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Planning a Wedding? Plan ahead...

by Shelley from Sourcerer Events

23rd January 2014

Post Type: Other

If you recently became engaged over Christmas or New Year then you’re probably still floating on cloud nine. Congratulations! Whilst you may
want to bask in the glow of being newly engaged, if you’re intending to tie the knot this year or next, it makes sense to plan ahead or talk
with your wedding planner now about some key factors for your wedding. 


Wedding Venue

Spains Hall at night

Deciding on where you get married is probably one of the most important decisions you can make in organising a wedding. Whether you opt for a
traditional church wedding, a stylish manor house or rustic country barn, the choice of venue will be likely to reflect upon who you are as a

Understandably, you want this decision to be just perfect and so it’s essential to get out and see as many places now as you can and get the venue booked
early. Gorgeous venues understandably get booked up quickly and some may be booked two years or more in advance. Talk to your wedding organiser
about venues you are interested in viewing, or book some appointments directly. You’ll quickly get a good feel for the style and ambiance and
can then seriously think about booking your preferred choice.


Setting the Date

Wedding invitation

You may have your heart set on a winter wedding for this year, but the date for your wedding will be closely linked to the availability of your
chosen venue. Start planning now and you can look to secure both your top choices of venue and season.

It makes sense to think over other key dates in the calendar with your wedding planner that you may want to use or avoid. For example, it might be best
to avoid planning a wedding on certain dates this summer when the World Cup will be taking centre stage, especially if you have plenty of
guests who are football fans! Likewise, would you look to avoid the bank holidays in May and August or perhaps consider getting married on a
Sunday if many of your guests would have the Monday off work as a public holiday?


Other Key Decisions

Corporate entertainment

Whilst organising the venue and the date are essential in planning ahead for a wedding, there will be other key factors such as entertainment,
photography and catering. If you have particular ideas in mind for these, it is a good idea to start planning early so you can secure your
first choice suppliers.

We find the weddings that run the most smoothly are those which have been planned well ahead and with the greatest attention to detail.

What Can a Wedding Planner Do for You?

If you feel swamped in making decisions, or need some help or direction with planning your dream wedding, we can help. At Sourcerer we can become as
involved as little or as much as you like. We can help with budgeting, styling and theming your wedding as well as organising the venue,
caterers and other suppliers. Call us, we’d love to help!

Businesses bring home the bacon for charities at breakfast meeting

by Jeremy Rose from Creative Solutions

23rd January 2014

Post Type: Newspaper Article
Businesses bring home the bacon for charities at breakfast meeting
Newport Business Association NBA had a meeting at the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants Mess at Carver Barracks, raising over £350 for charity.

Over 45 local businesses, many Gateway to Business BNI members, attended a Business Breakfast to celebrate business opportunities at Carver Barracks. A spontaneous top-hat donation round raised funds for local charities supported by the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants Mess at Carver Barracks. Both Tiny Tots and Newport Free Grammar School benefitted from the generous support, as well as NBA members hearing that they raised over £4,500 for Carver Barracks welfare fund over the last year.
Jeremy Rose, Founder of NBA, said: "We're delighted to support the families and soldiers at Carver Barracks. Our business members have a deep respect and affection for the Royal Engineers. I'd personally like to thank Staff Sergeant Sid Wilson for his enthusiasm and commitment to attending our NBA meetings, bridging a vital gap between the local community and the families at Carver Barracks. Newport Business Association members would like to thank all at the Barracks, families and serving personnel, who contribute to our local economy, help keep our homeland safe and commit their lives to keeping fellow armed services out of harms way."
Staff Sergeant Sid Wilson, 101 Engineer Regiment (EOD) , commented: "I thought I’d let you know how much money was raised so you could pass on our thanks to the rest of the NBA for being so generous.  We were able to make a donation of £100 to the Newport Free Grammar School Fund and £250 to Tiny Tots."
Jeremy added: "When Captain Gau Gurung, Welfare Officer for 33 Engineer Regiment EOD, came to our breakfast meeting some five years ago, we all welcomed and embraced the tremendous support NBA members had for the Army at Carver Barracks. Over the years members have supported and raised funds to deliver local support for the families and serving personnel, helping to create the Carver Barracks Open Day, Deployment and information booklets for all at the barracks. I'd like to also thank Commanding Officer Lt Col Simon Stockley OBE, who has encouraged our members to work more closely with Carver Barracks, and has already seen a greater scope for local businesses to collaborate more effectively in the future."
NBA meets on the last Friday of every month at Coach & Horses, Newport. To attend a meeting, see website for dates: or email Jeremy Rose to book your place:

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New Smart Home Platform for the Kitchen and Beyond.

by Damien Turley from John Damien

09th January 2014

Post Type: New Member Article
New Smart Home Platform for the Kitchen and Beyond.

Consumer electronics giant Samsung unveiled its new Smart Home platform at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last night. The company says the platform is the manifestation of its vision for an online home in which all of a household's devices and appliances can be controlled by a single app.

Samsung Home will be made available across Samsung appliances, such as its refrigerators and washing machines, and devices during the first-half of the year, with the manufacturer saying it also has plans to collaborate with third-party partners to make the platform accessible for their devices.

“With Samsung Smart Home, we are bring our capabilities as the world's number-one manufacturer of smart devices to make the connected home a reality for consumer's today,” said Samsung's media solution centre president Wonpyo Hong. “In the coming days, we will continue to roll out better home services to our consumers to enable them to keep enjoying a brand new experience of smart living and beyond.”


For more information on fitted kitchens and fitted home furniture contact:
Damien Turley of John Damien on 01279 444408

Make your Christmas product more attractive with prepossessing packaging

by Noel Greenwood from GWD

25th November 2013

Post Type: Newspaper Article
Image courtesy of thephotoholid /
Image courtesy of thephotoholic /

There’s no escaping it, it’s that time of the year again.  The Coca Cola advert has been aired, and for most this signals yuletide rolling into town for one more year.   Love it or hate it, Christmas is here for the next month or so, so it’s time to get prepared.

From a commercial perspective, there’s no doubt that Christmas is an extremely important time of the year.  Here are some statistics to back up that claim:

  • On average, sales jump by 60% from September to December
  • The months of November and December account for 21% of annual retail sales
  • The average household spends £712.69 on Christmas related items; more than any other annual event
  • Over 90% of all Christmas spending goes on gifts, food and drink

So we can see that Christmas is a huge deal as far as retail is concerned.  And it’s not just the weeks leading up to Christmas that are important.  In 2012, there were 113 million visits to online retail sites on Boxing Day as the UK public went e-shopping for a bargain.rococo3

Quite simply, the Christmas period for a retailer is fundamentally important, and if you want your business to succeed, it’s crucial that you have every box ticked.  When it comes to winning or losing a sale, the minute details matter, and with that in mind, it’s crucial that the packaging you use for your product is as effective as possible.

advent-calendarWhen you think about packaging your Christmas product, have a think about how the packaging can best convey everything you want the public to think about your product.  It may be that you want your product to exude a touch of class or luxury, and if that’s the case it’s no good using brightly coloured and gaudy traditional Christmas packaging, as this won’t create the desired effect.

Similarly, if your product only really has the ‘wow factor’ when the customer can see what it is e.g. a chocolate snowman, then it’s useless putting it in some packaging which will obscure the product from view.

bettysQuite often people think of packaging in a means to end sort of way; like packaging is only necessary in order to carry or store the product, but actually it’s worth bearing in mind that most likely, the packaging is the first thing your customer will see, and if it doesn’t have the desired impact for whatever reason, then there’s every chance you’re going to lose a sale.  Given that Christmas sales account for a fifth of all annual revenue, failing to do what you can to ensure the sales you need can be a massive, and sometimes irreversible mistake.


Noel Greenwood is the Managing Director of GWD Ltd, the designers and manufacturers of presentation and promotional packaging.  You can reach him on (01279) 416093 or at the company’s website:

Gorgeous gloves go hand in hand with perfect packaging

by Noel Greenwood from GWD

13th November 2013

Post Type: Newspaper Article

As I sat in my kitchen a couple of Saturdays ago, listening to a programme on Radio 4 about a luxury glove manufacturer, I never thought for one second that just a few days later, I’d be swapping emails and phone calls with that very same manufacturer on a packaging project.

The programme that I was listening to was Saturday Live and the manufacturer being featured was none other than Cornelia James; glove manufacturers to none other than Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  It was a pretty interesting programme, and explained how the design student Cornelia James sought refuge in England in 1939, and after rising to prominence with her unique leather gloves, suddenly found herself with a Royal Warrant and consequently the official glove supplier to Queen Elizabeth.glovesblonde

It was a true rags to riches story that provoked real interest and it wasn’t one I was going to forget about in a hurry.  Nevertheless, I must admit that it wasn’t the first thing on my mind as I journeyed to work on the following Monday.

It was mid-morning when the phone suddenly rang and I was informed that the glove company Cornelia James was on the line.  I had a lovely chat with Andrew – Cornelia’s son-in-law – and it turned out that they were after some presentation boxes to go hand-in-hand (pardon the pun) with their product.  Of course we were more than happy to oblige, and have since produced the product pictured.IMG_5941

One of the things you must understand about the products that Cornelia James produce – they aren’t just ordinary gloves.  Quite often, when someone needs to buy gloves, they end up going for any old cheap pair, and whilst they serve a purpose, the chances are that they aren’t going to last too long.  The fact that Cornelia James holds the Royal Warrant for glove production is a ringing endorsement, as a supplier must supply the royal family for five years before obtaining the warrant.

operagloveThese days, Cornelia James has branched out, and at present they offer day gloves, lace gloves, evening gloves, fashion gloves, scarves and pashminas and even ski gloves.  Their specialist business continues to thrive, and the fact that they are so specialist got me thinking about some of the similarities that they share with GWD.  We both provide a niche product, the kind of things we sell are both widely used and we both have a commitment to producing British crafted products.

The other idea that the Cornelia James story got me thinking was that it is not just the expected products that require luxurious packaging.  Typically you might think that chocolate, wine and sweets are the main three items that need packaging, but clearly, if you want your product to make a statement, it doesn’t matter what it is, it needs to be packaged well.IMG_5942

We’ve really enjoyed the work that we’ve done for Cornelia James so far, and we look forward to plenty more collaboration in the future.


Noel Greenwood is the Managing Director of GWD Ltd, the designers and manufacturers of presentation and promotional packaging.  You can reach him on (01279) 416093 or at the company’s website: