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  • Pay it forward - why collaboration with local business is key

    At Ulster Weavers we are always motivated to use our expertise in new product development, international manufacturing opportunities and bespoke product sourcing to help local businesses and entrepreneurs to grow their business and their brand.

    We are especially keen to work with likeminded passionate people. Hence our excitement when we were approached by the super talented guys at Skunkworks Surf Co.

    Akin to Ulster Weavers, Skunkworks Surf Co have a clear commitment to responsible business practices and reducing any detrimental impact to the environment.

    When big dreams become a big reality

    After years of spending time fixing surf boards from Ricky's surf school, Chris thought there must be a better way of making boards, so the brothers set out on the path to creating the most robust, high performance soft surfboards and stand up paddle boards in the world.........whilst minimising their impact on the environment.

    Click here to see their story… https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bzbxaj487Pk

    Riding on the crest of a wave

    Over the past few years Skunkworks Surf Co have moved from a small industrial unit, opened a 16000 square foot factory and trained up a strong work force. They are selling surfboards all over the UK and Ireland and have made positive steps into Europe with sales in France, Portugal Norway, The Netherlands and Spain.

    Skunkworks Surf Co were keen to grow their brand by offering their own clothing and accessory range, in particular the development of a changing robe type garment. To achieve this Ricky and Chris knew that they required support from an industry expert renowned for innovative and high-quality products and that is when the relationship with Ulster Weavers began.

    We love it when a plan comes together

    ‘Tim Paisley and his team at Ulster Weavers have been amazing to work with. They have designed a changing robe exactly to the spec we have asked for and are helping us make it an original Skunkworks Surf Co garment. We are tweaking our first garment sample and are really looking forward to seeing the finished product.

    As well as the changing robe we are also looking at changing mats and towel robes.

    Working with Ulster Weavers fits perfectly with our ethos of supporting local businesses and we hope to build a strong and lasting business relationship together’. (Ricky & Chris)

    Skunkworks Surf Co are currently doing a raise through Crowdcube. The target was originally £350K but this was raised when 200 investors promptly got involved. They are now over funding and aiming for £600K. So watch this space!

    Good luck guys from all the team at #UlsterWeavers! 

     

     

  • National Tea Day

    Here at Ulster Weavers, we have mugs at the ready to over-indulge in the favourite British drink for National Tea Day on 21st April. There’s no better excuse to invite friends and family, old and new over for a cuppa! Go on, put the kettle on, warm the teapot and enjoy our fun facts about this quintessentially British tipple; you can use them to impress friends and family at your next impromptu par-tea... 

    It may surprise you, but most of the leaves inside our sacred teabags are bought from an auction in Mombasa in Kenya.  Back in the 18th Century there were many discussions about the health benefits of tea and whether it was good or bad for you.  In the 21st Century, we know that tea has many health benefits, for example it can boost endurance; specifically, green tea extract has been found to increase metabolism and the body’s ability to burn fat. Drinking tea also reduces the risk of heart attacks and Parkinson’s disease, as well as degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, that are linked to dehydration. 

    There are all sorts of traditions attached to our trusty cup of tea; whether as a comforting hot beverage in times of crisis or a decadent treat as afternoon tea or a cream tea.

    Afternoon tea was born by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford when she complained of feeling a little peckish during the late afternoon. A hot cup of tea and light snack was created and served between 3.30pm-5pm to fill the hunger between lunch and dinner and was very popular with the upper classes back in the 1840s. By the 19th Century it was established within the middle and upper classes and nowadays afternoon tea is served in hotels, at any time consisting of sandwiches, cakes, tea and sometimes a glass of bubbly. 

    The cream tea tradition ignited in the Westcountry in the 1850s when tourists flooded in thanks to the new railway opening. Visitors were looking to relax and indulge and so the, now famous, cream tea came to be; made with only the finest local ingredients. The tea always consisted of strawberry jam and clotted cream on a warm scone. The biggest debate still to this day is how do you make your scone? Cream then jam, or jam then cream? We say at Ulster Weavers, jam and then cream!

    Finally, nobody wants a cold tea so if like us, you like to keep your tea hot, our beautiful tea pots and tea cosies are perfect; the cosies come in all different shapes and sizes; simple, decorative or shaped there’s one for everyone.

    Find them here

     

     

  • Top tips for a family Halloween

    There’s no denying that in recent years, Halloween has become something of a highlight on a family’s social calendar. It’s a great chance to have some fun, show your creativity, and potentially spook your children, and who doesn’t want to do that occasionally!

    To help with your Halloween inspiration, we’ve put together a few ideas on how to decorate your home, as well as interesting Halloween party food ideas to serve up for trick or treaters, or at a spooky get-together.

    Decorate your house.

    You can’t have a Halloween party without making your home spooky, it just wouldn’t be right. However, this doesn’t mean you need to spend lots of money on special decorations that, let’s be honest, are likely to end up in the bin on November 1st.

    We’d suggest using your creative skills, as well as your kids’, to make something a bit different, reflecting your own style and sense of humour, while also saving yourself a bit of money. It also increases the Halloween fun for your kids! Some of our favourite ideas on how to make Halloween decorations include:

    • Another simple Halloween idea is to cut eyes into toilet roll holders and place a small torch or a glow stick inside them. Hide the holders in dark corners or hedgerows. The resulting sinister glowing eyes will spook your family, friends and neighbours! For the ultimate effect, try to use red or green lights.
    • Follow this step-by-step guide on YouTube.For trick-or-treaters in your neighbourhood, you can ‘monsterise’ your front door, turning it into a character all of its own. This can be done in many different ways, but if you treat the letterbox as the ‘mouth’ of the character, you can add teeth by using paper cut to shape, as well as eyes further up the door.
    • If you’re skilled with photo editing software, you could put your head in a jar… Don’t worry, it’s completely painless. It requires you to take 3 photos of your face, from both sides and straight on, blend the photos together, laminate the image, and place it in a large glass jar filled with water and food colouring. Find out how to do this here.

    Make something delicious.

    Halloween wouldn’t be the same without treats for everyone. It’s a big part of the whole experience, and probably our favourite part! If you’re a keen baker, you can produce some fantastic sweeties for the spooky occasion. From literal finger food to spider cookies, it isn’t too difficult to make scary, delicious food with our helpful Halloween tips. Just make sure to grab your special Ulster Weavers Halloween tea towels and oven mitt!

    • For a simple, yet effective, Halloween treat, try making your own spider chip cookies. We’ve got our own favourite cookie recipe as a basis, but any recipe where the chocolate chunks are clearly visible will suffice. To turn chocolate chip cookies into spider cookies, remove the baked cookies from the oven, and immediately take a toothpick or cocktail stick, and streak out the chocolate to look like legs. That’s it!
    • Create creepy ‘finger’ food for a delicious, yet unnerving treat. Simply combine porridge oats, dates, dark chocolate and peanut butter in a food processor and pulse until you have a rubbly consistency. Shape the mixture into fingers, and press a toasted almond flake in to the mixture to represent the fingernail. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them!
    • You can create delicious mummies by coating chipolata sausages in honey, mustard and ketchup, and wrapping in croissant pastry (home-made or pre-rolled). For that added effect, use the mustard to create creepy eyes through a slit in the pastry, perfect for a party!

    Do you have any other special recipes or ideas for Halloween, or have you tried any of ours? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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