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What makes Prep and Emporium proud?

Buyers from North London independents, Prep Cookshop and Richard Dare and online retailer, Emporium Cookshop express their reasons to be cheerful and proud (about embracing sustainability) in HousewaresNews.net’s series of short Q&As.

Miia Wren, managing director and Dawn Brown, purchasing manager of The Emporium CookShop:

Top: Miia and Dawn from online stockists, Emporium Cookshop pictured at the recent Excellence in Housewares Awards Product Judging Day.
Top: Miia and Dawn from online stockists, Emporium Cookshop pictured at the recent Excellence in Housewares Awards Product Judging Day.

What are you most proud of about the housewares industry?

“The reaction from the housewares industry to the public demand for alternative materials rather than plastics. We’ve seen new products made from recycled plastic and aluminium as well as from completely new ecological materials (rice etc).”

What has made you smile at work recently?

“Horwood’s new Smidge range… the name ‘Smidge’ made us smile. Awesome name and exciting products! It’s fantastic to get something completely different from them.”

 

Holly Wilson, owner from Prep Cookshop and Richard Dare, North London:

Above: Holly Wilson (left) at the recent Excellence in Housewares Awards Product Judging Day with Jo Howard from HousewaresNews.net and Progressive Housewares.
Above: Holly Wilson (left) at the recent Excellence in Housewares Awards Product Judging Day with Jo Howard from HousewaresNews.net and Progressive Housewares.

What are you most proud of about the housewares industry?

“We have embraced the trend for eco across the industry. It’s a great industry to be doing our bit for the environment.”

What has made you smile at work recently?

“One of my part timers left me a thank you card and a bag of lovely treats. I had given her some extra hours and she wanted me to know she appreciated it and loved working at the store.”

Who is your local hero (or housewares hero)?

“Fatima, my store manager at Richard Dare. A hero in everything she does for her brilliant VM, her commitment to the business and her way with the customers!”

 

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