Yearly Archives: 2014

Yoshiko Wada brings Japanese fusion to Vallebona

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You might expect to see this fancy crowd a few miles up the hill sipping crystal in the debenture enclosure of the All England Club. Instead, it was an industrial estate in Wimbledon that had these lucky food enthusiasts licking their lips.

Leading Sardinian and Italian artisan food importer, Vallebona, has been holding regular pop up events for some time now, and they sell out fast.

Customer’s and good friends of ours, we’ve known Vallebona for some time now and had a small hand in providing some of their retail display fixtures and fittings (see the results in Two days to turn an empty space into an Italian pop-up market). We also had a company wine tasting there a while back, so when company owner Stefano invited a couple of us to join him for a Pop Up demonstration with Japanese Fusion Chef Yoshiko Wada, we said yes without having to consult a menu.

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Hammond’s family butcher goes under the knife

Several weeks ago, we received a lovely phone call from retail consultant Jules Kane regarding a terrific project she was working on. A project that I just HAD to get involved with.

Frothy cappuccino in hand and three trains later, I made my way to meet Jules along with entrepreneur Dom Ferguson, in the fashionable enclave of Kew Bridge.

The ethos of Dom and Jules’ project was one which WBC fully subscribes to “a celebration of independent producers and a regeneration of our high streets.” What’s not to like about that?

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Planning for Father’s Day – simple ways to sell to the manly


Our protective Fathers help us build our dreams. They are devoted, motivating and inspirational. They give us the tools we need to succeed. Here I’ve selected two very special props for Father’s Day windows or merchandising: our gorgeous vintage wooden spade (£49 Ex Vat) and the vintage garden fork (£49 Ex Vat). Now I know it may seem sexist to some, but when merchandising the perfect themed window or display, you have but seconds to grab attention and set the scene.

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Bags For Life ordering dates during Durga Puja

It takes time to look this good. Which is just as well since when  it comes to making bags for life, our INDIA ECONOMY SERVICE comes with a 12-14 week lead time. We know it might sound like a lot of weeks, but with it, you receive entirely bespoke bags for life, up to 25% cheaper than our UK EXPRESS SERVICE. With a little forward planning, time is a small price to pay for the quality and value for money you get at the end of it.

Ever heard of Durga Puja? The really colourful Indian festival that marks the victory of the Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Not ringing any bells? Well if you’re ever considering buying bags for life from India, it’s a festival worth knowing about because it affects your ordering dates.

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Sip sip hooray!! It’s London Wine Fair 2014

wl1Off the tail end of London Wine Week which ended a matter of days ago, yesterday I dropped by the Olympia for the London Wine Fair. It’s on until the 4th of June if you fancy a trip down, and you can register to visit here.

With 12,000 wines, 130 tastings and seminars and 700 stands, London Wine Fair creates the opportunity for buyers and sellers – retailers, restaurateurs, merchants and MWs – to meet in person and build relationships.

It’s all about discovery. The discovery of new producers and the discovery of those passionate people whose job it is to distribute. But most importantly it’s a taste discovery; a chance to sample unusual wines from regions across the globe.

At WBC, our roots are steeped in the wine industry. We’ve been supplying many of the UK’s producers and retailers with gift packaging for wine, transit boxes for mail order as well as branded wine accessories like cork screws and glass jacks for a quarter of a century now. But as a retail developer, it’s our recent range of wine display fixtures we call the BRIX display system, which I’ve been excited to be a part of developing, that hopefully will have a positive impact on simple ways to display wine in a retail and exhibition environment.

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WBC donates £5,000 to Prince’s Trust youth charity

It’s how WBC got started 25 years ago this year.

When banks and building societies didn’t want to know us, it was the Princes Trust’s support both financially and by way of mentor-ship, that allowed us to buy our first van to make deliveries and set us on our way.

Today, our director Andrew Wilson has himself had the privilege of mentoring several young people as they start up their own dream businesses. Each year, we ear-mark a portion of our sales towards charities that are close to our heart – one of them is the work of the Prince’s Trust.

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3 of our favourite wines to try for English Wine Week

It’s English Wine Week and if you’ve read our blog ‘How to boost your profits during English Wine Week’, hopefully you’ve taken us up on the challenge and getting involved in some way. But for those whose chief involvement starts and ends with supporting the wine trade through sampling some of England’s finest, here are three favourites we’ve been drinking recently. Leave a comment below and let us know yours.

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2014

Retail display and design is constantly evolving. Retailers and merchandisers alike are forever looking at how materials are used, and most importantly, how customers relate to shop interiors and shop environments from a tactile and emotional experience, and the correlating sales they create when executed well.

Each year, London’s Clerkenwell district plays host to a week of inspirational design. From exquisite artisan display tables to innovative lighting and spectacular modern furniture, this annual festival shows the best of London design. Clerkenwell Design Week celebrates its fifth year with more brands than ever before flocking to EC1 – and the event is taking place now!

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