Yearly Archives: 2015

National Minimum Wage Employer Fact File




Updated Monday 4th April 2016 16.34pm

The Government’s National Living Wage is due to be introduced on 1 April 2016 for all working people aged 25 and over, and will be set at £7.20 per hour. The current National Minimum Wage for those under the age of 25 will continue to apply.

As the saying goes, ‘ignorance is no defence’, so here’s a quick fact file on what you need to know; the basics, the government business helplines and the penalties you incur if you don’t play ball.

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McQueen’s Savage Beauty most successful V & A exhibition


It’s officially the Victoria & Albert Museum’s most successful exhibition to date usurping even the immensely popular David Bowie exhibition of a few years ago. The Savage Beauty: Alexander McQueen exhibition has finally drawn to an end with a record 493,043 visitors flocking to see the clothes that put British fashion firmly on the world map for good.

Once again, WBC Bags for Life were super proud to have been asked to supply the Alexander McQueen tote show bags as part of the merchandising program for the show. Our team produced a canvas backpack, canvas tote bag and a heavy weight premium canvas bag, all of which featured McQueen’s world famous trademark heritage skull motif.

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WBC at the Great Taste Awards dinner 2015


Described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world, September 7th saw the 21st year of the annual Great Taste Awards – presenting coveted Golden Fork trophies to the finest food and drink producers across the UK.

Hosted by the Guild of Fine Food, our very own Nick and Laura from WBC’s Business Development team were the lucky ones to spend a jubilant night of celebrations, delicious drinks and it goes without saying, some fantastic food too!

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Top 10 new WBC products at Speciality & Fine Food 2015

Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2015

Top 10 New WBC Products

They promised us bigger, and bigger it certainly was.

Especially if the annual ‘exhibitors reception’ was anything to go by. Movers and shakers, journos and food producers of all varieties from across the UK and further afield, flocked to the Olympia for this year’s Speciality & Fine Food Fair, an event that’s grown to well over 750 artisan food and drink exhibitors. It was pretty amazing to see the amount of creativity UK food and drink has to offer.

For us, it was a chance to roll out our new ‘Christmas is Coming’ collection of gift and hamper packaging ideas for the upcoming festive season. If you were unable to attend the show or just need a fresh reminder of what we exhibited on our stand, here is a list of the Top 10 products we’ve received most feedback about. Thanks again for the positive reception to them all, and in no particular order:

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Drygate: the UK’s first experiential craft brewery


One of the things I like most about the craft beer world and how it does business, is its seemingly natural ability to step outside the box and work collaboratively – sharing in experiences, pooling resources and welcoming others to take part. In the case of Glasgow’s Drygate Brewery, it involves ‘open doors, open minds: whatever it takes’.

And maybe it’s the beer that mellows you out, but it always seems so effortless and unforced; a “democratic attitude” (as the list describes it), and one that’s not just showing face but considered a genuinely valid way of doing business. So with Drygate, you immediately get this sense of collective involvement – a wall graffiti painted by a staff member, waitresses who genuinely look like they don’t need to be paid to hang out there.

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WBC’s Christmas ordering guide 2015


Getting ready for Christmas doesn’t have to be the nightmare we brace ourselves for each year. As you begin preparing and organising yourself, here is a handy guide of our top tips for ordering Christmas gift packaging, along with deadlines and useful things to know.

We hope it takes some of the stress out of the equation. If you have any questions we haven’t thought of, tweet usFacebook us, email us, or phone us on 08000 85 85 95, or simply leave a comment below and we’ll get right back to you.

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Networking event ‘Grub club Cambridge’ visits London town

Grub Club Bags for life

For those of who haven’t heard of Grub Club Cambridge yet, we ask you, where have you been?!

Described as ‘fun for foodies’, Grub Club Cambridge was founded by Vhari Russell of The Food Marketing Expert and Kelly Molson of local design agency, Rubber Cheese. A series of regular fun networking events – the pair aim to bring together producers, retailers, buyers and their businesses – for interesting conversations accompanied by delicious food and drink. Sounds amazing right?

The concept behind this foodie event is to encourage like-minded small businesses and individuals within the industry to support each other and create a forum to talk about their market; who’s doing what, sharing advice and building relationships within a fun and relaxed environment.

Grub Club Cambridge recently brought the event to London town; its first visit to the big smoke. We asked founder Vhari Russell how it went…

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A small business guide to employing an apprentice

Apprenticeships: Good for business?

The business world is changing at a rapid rate. The competition to secure full-time, long-term, decently paid employment is harder than ever. The costs of full-time further education have sky-rocketed too. A typical student on a three-year uni course OUTSIDE London is expected to graduate with around £35,000 – £40,000 of student loan debts. And then there’s the black cloud of trying to find a job at the end of it.

The fact is, it’s a skills market out there with prospective employers increasingly wanting you to actually have them; often times a lot more than the piece of paper that proves you didn’t spend your entire uni career drinking bad wine in the student union. That’s where apprenticeships come in.

At WBC, our journey into employing our first apprentice as part of the government apprentice scheme started last year with Leanne McCloud. We quickly learned that not only is an apprenticeship a real job with real training, allowing you to earn while you learn and get recognised qualifications at the end of it, we also saw first-hand the benefits it can bring to small businesses too.

Read our question and answer with Leanne, to see just what it’s like to be an apprentice in one of today’s small businesses.

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