Museum Shop Sunday: A national success

Museum Shop Sunday: A national success

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On the 26th of November, The Association for Cultural Enterprises joined forces with over 100 museums in and around the UK for the first time.

For those who didn’t jump on the bandwagon, Museum Shop Sunday offered a ‘feel-good’ alternative to Christmas shopping. With all proceeds directly supporting each institution, it was a great opportunity for people to get onto Santa’s nice list.

Organisations which took part included: the Science Museum, Natural History Museum Ronald Dahl Museum, Glasgow School of Art, British Library, Barbican Centre, Design Museum and London Transport Museum (to name a few!).

Museum Shop Sunday event organisers & participating shops were delighted to see interest from nationwide publications such as, Metro, London’s Fabric magazine, Londonist, and many more.

Overwhelmed by the event’s achievements, Imperial War Museum’s online retail manager Kieran Whitworth said: “We had one of the best online trading days ever – up 145% on the previous year!”

Iveta Rozlapa, Freud Museum’s shop manager, commented: “I’m pleased to hear that the Museum Shop Sunday was a success, we certainly think it’s true as we received loads of smiles and admirations from visitors on the day.”

Iveta added: “We greeted 55% more visitors than last year on the same day! We were really happy to receive some excellent publicity from our local paper ‘Ham & High’ which had both an article and a cartoon about our Freud cookies.”

Overall, Museum Shop Sunday proved to be a great success for all involved. To those who didn’t make it this time, get your shopping game ready for 2018 as we are thrilled to hear that many participants will be returning next year with even more surprises up their sleeves.

 

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Did someone say chocolate… baubles?!

Did someone say chocolate… baubles?!

We all know Christmas is a time to indulge and ditch the diet- Really, why else would Santa provide us with chocolate advent calendars?

This year, The Grown-Up Chocolate Company has answered our prayers (and stomach groans) by creating beautifully hand-crafted chocolate baubles. With a printed star design and matching ribbon, these sweet treats will perfectly fit in with any tree décor – that is, until they’re consumed (and we’re betting that won’t take long).

 

Salted Peanut Caramel Bauble £7.95

These hanging balls of joy come in four different flavours – Salted Peanut Caramel Bauble, Crispy Toffee, Crunchy Praline Wonder and Dark Chocolate Smoothy (for the milk-haters out there). And while we’re biased and couldn’t possibly pick a favourite, it’s good to know that Cosmopolitan is *nutty* for the Salted Peanut.

Make your friends & family jealous this Christmas with a stand-out chocolatey tree. Just make sure they’re not half eaten when your guests arrive!

 

GUCC chocolate baubles in four different flavours

Two weeks at Neat: My work-experience journey

Two weeks at Neat: My work-experience journey

Hey!

I’m Shivani & I’ve just come to the end of my fabulous 2 weeks of work experience at Neat PR. From studying business/marketing at university and being someone who grew up within the digital age, I always knew that I enjoyed learning about the power of social media & advertising. However, it’s only after getting the chance to do work experience at Neat that I actually understand the extent of what PR entails. My two weeks here have been both exciting and educational; from helping to write press releases to updating blogger information or reaching out to journalists – and, not to mention, enjoying a lot of sweets – I was able to see how busy yet enjoyable the life of a PR agency could be.

I have absolutely loved my time here and I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone at Neat PR for being so warm and welcoming and giving me this opportunity.

-Shivani 😀

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Imagination Realised – The Wonderful World of Children’s Parties

Imagination Realised – The Wonderful World of Children’s Parties

Spotted: Luxury events company Dazzle & Fizz in Metro’s Hot List roundup today!

Ever find yourself wishing for a magic touch when it comes to planning your kids’ parties?

Look no further than Dazzle & Fizz. This creative company takes extravagance to skyscraper-level with magical children’s parties for any and every occasion. Famous for throwing show-stopping events for royals, celebrities and more around the world, they specialise in immersive, theatrical scenes that whisk children away to distant lands, magical spots and prehistoric soirees as soon as they enter the door. Every production makes imagination realised, down to the very last table decoration.

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With such an eye for design, it’s no wonder their newest party trick is a real show-stopper. Dazzle & Fizz’s recently launched online party shop brings all the ceremony and none of the price tag to your very own home.

Now, for the first time ever, everyone can decorate their children’s special day the Dazzle & Fizz way, with curated top party wear picks giving you the VIP treatment. Whether your little one wants to dance with unicorns, party like a prince or soiree with superheroes, their perfect party awaits the click of a button!

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Unicorn-themed accessories

Pick from perfectly coordinating table sets to set the stage down to the very last straw – seriously, don’t forget the gold star paper straws (£4.50 for a pack!) to match your gold cups and starred napkins. Add a regal touch with colourful tassels fit for a king, locate your nearest buried treasure with pirate map tablecloths, and eat from the rainbow (nearly) with spectacular plates for every occasion that even national newspaper Metro wants to steal for their “own stylish summer soirees” – We hear you, Metro (can we join?)!

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Spotted in Metro!

Save yourself an extra step with a pre-themed Party in a Box. Only £14.50, this inclusive kit contains everything down to the kitchen sink (or, in this case, tablecloth). Simply pop open the box, send out the unique party invites, arrange a stunning selection of recyclable themed tableware and top it all off with decorated party bags – then pat yourself on the back for a stress-free event.

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Signature Party in a Box

Whatever the budget, no dream’s too big for Dazzle & Fizz. Plan your next do with the click of a button today – Visit www.dazzleandfizz.co.uk today!

Under the Big, Blue Sea

Under the Big, Blue Sea

Whale, hello there, Hope! The skeleton of a blue whale, affectionately dubbed “Hope”, was officially unveiled last Thursday in its new home, the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall.

To celebrate this exciting attraction, the Natural History Museum shop has released a brand new, under-the-sea inspired collection, bringing a nautical splash to homes this summer. The collection ranges from kitchenware to fashionable accessories, ensuring there’s something for every big blue sea lover.

Originally stranded in Wexford Harbour, Ireland in 1891, this 4.5-tonne whale skeleton has been on display in the Museum’s Mammals Gallery since 1938. Now, shown in the divine lunging feeding position, her name was chosen to represent hope for a sustainable future.

Explore the new collection today at http://www.nhmshop.co.uk/.

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Did you know?

The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) feeds almost entirely on small crustaceans called krill. Incredibly, it can eat up to four tonnes of krill each day, so much so that it turns the whale’s poo red.

 

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Introducing Muddy Puddles!

Introducing Muddy Puddles!

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We’re so excited to announce our newest client, Muddy Puddles!

A children’s outerwear brand that believes every child is wild at heart, Muddy Puddles is on a mission to encourage childhood play in the great outdoors. Waterproofs, wellies and ski wear are sure to keep children warm, dry and happy, regardless of the weather!

Known for their vibrant, unisex colours and designs, Muddy Puddles is built on the proposition that there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong kit. Each item in the extensive Muddy Puddles collection has been carefully designed to protect children from the elements to enable as much outdoor fun as possible.

Designed with technical performance in mind, Muddy Puddles’ outerwear inspires families to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, regardless of the weather (which, as we all know, can quickly reduce any day out to tears). The Muddy Puddles team painstakingly perfects their designs to ensure every item is flawlessly fit for purpose. Suitable from ages 0–12, each piece is fully waterproof, breathable, and machine washable (yes, even the wellies! Parents, rejoice). A brand with a conscience, their newest A/W ’17 collection even includes innovative styles made from cutting edge recycled fabrics to reduce negative impacts on the planet.

Started by a farmer in Devon familiar with the woes of muddy children, Muddy Puddles has been creating weather-proof clothing for over 20 years. Now, their vision extends beyond just clothing as Muddy Puddles continues to inspire through their various, charitable ventures. For the past two years, Muddy Puddles has supplied samples, returns and non-saleable items to children in need; those living in makeshift homes in refugee camps worldwide. Leading up to this years Refugee Week, they’re calling on other brands to donate their fully-functional returns.

Together, Muddy Puddles and Neat PR are intent on spreading the message that children need to spend 5-15 hours per week on outdoor activity to have healthy bodies and excellent concentration. By protecting children from the weather, Muddy Puddles enables children to leap into life, rain or shine!

You can check out Muddy Puddles’ extensive collection today at www.muddypuddles.com.

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Family fun? Travel made easy by Silver Cross

Family fun? Travel made easy by Silver Cross

Parents, be honest – Who agrees they need an extra pair of hands even at the best of times?
Holiday travel can test even the most patient of parents – we’ve all been there. That’s why Silver Cross has announced the launch of Avia, weighing in at just 5.5kg.
Featuring a one-hand operated ultra-compact fold, this state of the art lightweight pushchair is a must-have for parents who are after both a practical and stylish pushchair this summer.
From Britain’s favourite nursery brand, this design is suitable from birth. For little ones up to 20 kgs, the Silver Cross Avia is set to become a must-have for every family, just in time for sunny travels.
Available this June.
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