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Avert Valentine’s Day Panic Now

February 3rd, 2011 · Food, Special Occasions

You know that smug feeling when you’ve bought all your Christmas presents long before Christmas? Neither do I. Or rather, neither did I.

For the first time ever,  I’ve sorted out Valentine’s day a good two weeks before the actual date…


The guys at have put together a delicious Valentine’s hamper which contains everything you need for the perfect night in:

  • Chocolate pudding with Morello cherries, Kirsch liqueur and chocolate sauce
  • Half a dozen raspberry & rose dark chocolate truffles
  • Strawberry & cream fudge and dark chocolate and orange fudge
  • Chilli and fennel popcorn

All for just £19.99 with delivery included. They say food is the way to a man’s heart but I reckon this will appeal to anyone. I’ve ordered mine and you’ll have to hurry as orders close on Sunday!

Update: use the voucher code valentines at checkout to save £2.50!

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Renewable Energy Alternatives For Your Home with Greenheart Installations

April 20th, 2010 · Environment, Small Companies, Sustainability

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Like charity and family values, energy efficiency begins at home. So with your washing on at 30 and the kettle half full you might be looking at your rickety old boiler as the biggest energy thief in the kitchen, but before you rush out and buy the combi-boiler they’ve got next door, take a minute to check out Greenheart Installations and their renewable plumbing services. [Read more →]

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Chocolates That Help The Homeless

January 4th, 2010 · Charities, Non profit

Luxury chocolates are about indulgence. They give us little moments of excess in which we allow ourselves a brief bite of lavishness in an otherwise sensible and responsible day. [Read more →]

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Baby Food To Boast About

December 11th, 2009 · Organic, Small Companies

The Owl and The Pussycat Chilled Baby Food
Organic, fresh and delicious.  At last, I have found a company who puts their money where their mouth is.  They succeed where other baby food manufacturers have failed.

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Advanced Energy Usage Monitoring with Wattson

December 1st, 2009 · Climate Change, Small Companies, Sustainability

WattsonI have given up following people around turning off lights and being generally “annoying” about consumption. The problem is not a lack of desire to do the right thing (as so often reported in the papers) but more a lack of knowledge of what I can actually do myself.

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Kind Toys From The Organic Toy Company

October 28th, 2009 · Environment, Organic, Sustainability

Organic Toy CoI’ve learnt a lot.

Take cotton, for example.  A simple, natural material, you might think, but Natalie Southgate, founder of The Organic Toy Company knows otherwise.

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Duchy Originals: Are Good, Do Good, Taste Good!

October 26th, 2009 · Environment, Organic, Sustainability

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Established in 1990 by Prince Charles, Duchy Originals is a pioneer of the organic food movement. Beginning with a humble oaten biscuit in 1992, a recent partnership with Waitrose means the Duchy range will include over 500 organic products (see video below). Despite their success Duchy have remained true to the laudable values laid out in their good food charter.

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Calling All Single Gloves

October 21st, 2009 · Environment, Non profit, Recycling, Special Occasions, Sustainability

Green Thing

Remember Green Thing? We introduced you to him last year and while he may appear to be a hideous monster he is, in fact, not hideous at all.

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Paul Graham: Benevolence in Startups

October 7th, 2009 · Lovely People, Small Companies

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Paul Graham, founder of ycombinator, discusses the value of benevolence when working with tech startups.

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Business Model Of The Day: Fix The Planet

October 6th, 2009 · Small Companies

In case you haven’t come across iFixit before, they’re a relatively small startup that offer detailed electronics teardowns, DIY repair guides and all the tools you’d need to do them. Basically, they’re aim is to put the power back in the hands of the consumer, when it comes to the maintenance and repair of personal electronics.

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Sneak Peak Inside Fruit Towers

September 26th, 2009 · Innocent, Lovely People

innocent drinks recently had a visit from the folks at and they were kind enough to take a camera crew around with them so that we can all have a peak inside!

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TED Talk: A Web Of Random Acts of Kindness

September 26th, 2009 · Lovely People, Serendipity

In his heartwarming talk from this year’s TEDGlobal in Oxford Jonathan Zittrain discusses various random acts of kindness from the online world.

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Martha Lane Fox: Work Hard, Be Nice To People

September 25th, 2009 · Lovely People

Yesterday Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of, was placed at No. 25 in the Telegraph’s 50 Most Influential Briton’s in Technology.

Back in 1997, with business partner Brent Hoberman, she started which became one of the hits of the UK’s dot-com era.

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Employees Rewarded for Reducing Carbon Footprint

September 24th, 2009 · Big Companies, Environment, Lovely to Staff, Sustainability


How would you like your employer to hold you accountable for your carbon footprint?

WSP Group is doing just that.  The global management and consultancy service is pioneering a novel way to reduce the carbon footprint of its employees.

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Windows 7 Ad: Cutest Ever?

September 18th, 2009 · Adverts, Big Companies

Microsoft don’t feature very often here on but all that could be about to change with their new ad campaign for Windows 7. Is this not the cutest advert you’ve ever seen?

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Lovely Company News Round-up

September 16th, 2009 · Big Companies, Lovely People, Small Companies

Here’s a round-up of all the posts from the blogroll that I’ve starred recently in my Google Reader. Feedback on this experimental post format is very welcome!

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Join Football Legends At The David Beckham Academy

September 15th, 2009 · Charities, Competitions, Events, Fundraising

Sue Ryder Cup

Here’s a winning idea: a fund-raising football tournament.  Sue Ryder Care (the UK based healthcare charity) seeks lovely companies to participate.

Anyone can play.  All you need is a five-a-side team with the fitness and skill desire to challenge ex-Premiership legends for the Sue Ryder Cup.

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Innocent Smoothies For Kids

September 14th, 2009 · Adverts, Innocent

Check out the latest advert from innocent for their special ‘lunchbox-proof’ kids smoothies:

“…a gentle nudge towards their 5-a-day!”

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Fraser’s Tea Parties Land Him A Bighearted Scotland Award

September 11th, 2009 · Community, Lovely People, Small Companies, Special Occasions

Fraser McDonaldIn the last year, SuperJam boss Fraser Doherty has held over 120 Tea Parties bringing elderly people together and helping them make friends (previous coverage: here and here). Just recently, Fraser’s efforts were rewarded at the ‘Bighearted Scotland Awards’ where he scooped a specially created award as Scotland’s Young Business Person of the Year. The awards were sponsored by the News Of The World who have a write up here.

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Happy Birthday Innocent Veg Pots!

September 10th, 2009 · Innocent, Lovely to Staff, Special Occasions

cakeYesterday there was a little announcement on the innocent blog that their innocent veg pots product is now one year old. To celebrate, innocent staff were treated to a special birthday lunch with cake and a glass of fizz!

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