Attire Accessories - May/Jun 2018 (Issue 70)

10 ATTIRE FIND OUT ABOUT ALL THE LATEST FROM THE FASHION ACCESSORIES INDUSTRY IN OUR REGULAR NEWS ROUND-UP Industry news THE WHALE COMPANY PROMOTES PLASTIC POLLUTION AWARENESS Accessories brand and charity The Whale Company has announced its intention to paddle 346km from the source of the River Thames to the sea at Southend in an event named Message in a Bottle – Source to Sea. Attempting to raise awareness of the global issue of plastic pollution in our waterways, Founder Carolyn Newton and Creative Innovator Carlos De Sousa will attempt the challenge on two stand up paddle boards made out of plastic bottles, with the aim to deliver a ‘message in a bottle’ to parliament when they travel through London. Carolyn says, “Along the route, with your support, we plan to run Bottle Boards workshops, clean ups and other events to raise awareness about plastic pollution in our waterways. A lot of incredible work is being done by many different individuals and organisations. Our aim is to invite everyone who cares about the issue to come on board because we believe by collaborating we can create more of an impact.” The mission will be split over three to four legs, with various projects and initiatives being held along the way, with documentary maker Bethany Staley filming the expedition. The move follows the pair’s achievement last year of becoming the first people in the world to paddle a marathon on a SUP made out of plastic bottles. Carolyn and Carlos went on to complete 12 marathons (42km) in 12 countries in Europe, catching the eye of European media.The plastic bottle SUP creates a real impact and is a great tool to initiate a conversation about plastic pollution. Carolyn and Carlos plan to start the event on World Ocean Day, 8 th June, 2018 and are looking for support and sponsorship to help the cause. Get in contact by calling +44 (0)7870 685 994 or email or alternatively visit BEAVERBROOKS NAMED AS TOP 20 PLACE TO WORK, 2018 Beaverbrooks the jewellers has been named as the number 11 place to work in 2018 in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2018’. The accolade makes the jeweller the highest ranked retailer, with the company having ranked in the list for the past 15 years. As a family-run company, Beaverbrooks is the largest company to feature in the Top 20 of the mid-size list, with employees having been asked to anonymously complete an engagement survey.This year Beaverbrooks received their highest ever response rate at 89 per cent. Mark Adlestone OBE DL, Chairman of Beaverbrooks, said, “We’re very proud to be recognised for the 15 th year as one of the most sought after companies to work for in the UK.This year’s ranking is our highest position since 2010 and so this year’s result is especially pleasing.” Beaverbrooks’ Managing Director, Anna Blackburn, continued, “Our people are the lifeblood of our business and so we’re immensely proud of this achievement. “The result is even more meaningful when you consider that 89 per cent of our people have completed the survey (average Best Companies is 68 per cent); this employee feedback is so important to us as it will help make Beaverbrooks an even better place to work.” Visit