Vegware is UK’s 29th fastest growing firm – with 919% growth!

News item posted on Friday, November, 21st filed under all news, awards

Last night, Vegware_growth_UK_1411Deloitte announced that Vegware is the UK’s 29th fastest growing firm – with growth of 919% over the last 5 years. Looking at the list of the UK’s fastest growth companies, we’re the 4th fastest growing in Scotland. And the cherry on the cake is that we were the top ranked GreenTech firm.

 

Joe Frankel, our MD and founder, is of course delighted: “Placing in the Fast 50 for the second year running is very satisfying and a testament to the hard work and creativity of the Vegware team. We’ve got lots in the pipeline so look out for Vegware in 2015!”

We wouldn’t keep on growing without our loyal friends, supporters and clients – so here’s a huge thank you for everyone’s continued support and good will.

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Job at Vegware HQ in Edinburgh: Finance Manager (20hrs/week)

News item posted on Tuesday, November, 11th filed under all news, jobs

Vegware_people_teamoffice_1407_800xWe’re hiring!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a part time Finance Manager within Vegware Ltd, for 20 hours a week.  The purpose of this role is to lead and motivate the Finance Team, ensuring Vegware’s financial systems are well maintained and developed to guarantee the financial performance of the company is accurately recorded.

Full info is here – please share this with anyone you think would be a good fit for our team!

Closing date: 2nd December 2014.

Newsletter – meet our gourmet range…and much more news too

News item posted on Wednesday, November, 5th filed under all news, newsletters

Vegware newsletter eco packagingHello again,

We’ve been up to the usual – launching new unique products, sharing leftovers recipes, winning awards, and organising educational seminars on NHS waste…here goes!

1. NEW – Gourmet range

We’re very excited about this! Meet the market’s first eco spill-proof window box – for hot or cold food to go. This unique patented range of bagasse bases with matching lids is exclusive to Vegware.

The base is made from recycled sugarcane fibre, which has 99% less embodied carbon than polystyrene and paper, and it’s suitable for the microwave or freezer. The lid has an anti-mist clear window made from corn-based PLA, which has 51% less carbon than PE plastic film. The whole thing is completely compostable, as you’d expect with Vegware.

Here is a short demo video, and here it is on our websiteget in touch for samples!

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Community Fund – Rhubarb Farm – October Update

News item posted on Wednesday, November, 5th filed under all news, Vegware Community Fund

PA100011_thumbIn October we were able to employ Djay Emery, a volunteer who came to us aged 18 on a programme for ex-offenders. He has worked hard, shown interest in horticulture and looked after our hens, so when the post of Gardener was funded by the Lottery’s Talent Match programme, to help young people into work, he was the best candidate at interview.

 

Well done Djay. It is wonderful to be able to give a committed young unemployed person a full time job. Djay, who lives with his grandparents, said “It’s great now because I can give my grandma some money each week towards my keep.”

 

We also hosted another Corporate Day for DWP Job Centre workers, and they built new compost bays for the Farm.

Vegware achieves ISO 9001 and 14001

News item posted on Wednesday, November, 5th filed under all news

Vegware board of directors celebrate ISO 9001 and 14001It’s now official – our brand new ISO 14001 and 9001 certification is the seal of approval that shows our quality and environmental systems are reliable and well managed. Here’s our board of directors showing off our new certificates!

Paul Adderley, the nice chap who helped us achieve our new certificates, said, “Some companies view QEMS as a tick-box exercise to gain the ISO stamp for a tender. Not Vegware. Overseen by three directors, the whole team has diligently worked with me to ensure that the requirements of ISO9001 and ISO14001 are not just exceeded, but thoroughly embedded. I can report that the business systems of this rapidly growing company are in fine form to keep pace with the demands of their expanding market share in Europe and beyond.” What a nice chap.

Lucy up for ‘Rising Star’ in UK Packaging Awards

News item posted on Wednesday, November, 5th filed under all news, awards

Vegware eco packaging compostable biodegradable catering disposables Lucy Frankel

Our Communications Director is up for an award!

 

Lucy has been shortlisted for ‘Rising Star’ in the UK Packaging Awards, after being nominated by Martin Kersh of the Foodservice Packaging Association. Amazing to be shortlisted – congrats Lucy!

Community Fund – Fundacion Fauna de la Amazonia – October Update

News item posted on Tuesday, November, 4th filed under all news, Vegware Community Fund

frog in bromeliad at nightHello, from the colonia 24 de mayo, here in the Amazonas area of Pastaza, Ecuador.

 

First off… an admission! The widespread grass common in Ecuador as forage for cattle and other domesticated animals and covering a decreasing area of the Fundacion’s land ( we are eradicating it as we go along) is not, in fact, ‘African’. It is Imperial Grass (Axonopus scoparius) and is native to much of South America. (Clayton, W.D., Vorontsova, M.S., Harman, K.T. and Williamson, H. (2006 onwards). GrassBase – The Online World Grass Flora. http://www.kew.org/data/grasses-db.html. )

 

Thanks to Laurence, our very knowledgeable and helpful friend, colleague and neighbor for this information, and apologies for the previous misinformation!

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Community Fund – Batley Girls’ High School – October Update

News item posted on Monday, November, 3rd filed under all news, Vegware Community Fund

UntitledRemember Remember the 5th of November!  Our desire to celebrate the historic activities of Guy Fawkes with fireworks and the ever increasing noise they produce also has a need to be concerned to the welfare of our pets and animals. So Remember Remember our animals on the 5th of November! Make sure they are safe by keeping them indoors or stables.

 

The gathering of leaves has continued throughout the month and the colours have been really beautiful this year.  The recent high temperatures for this time of year have allowed students the opportunity to enjoy this outdoor activity while socialising within the Gardening Club.

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Community Fund – Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture (COCA) – October Update

News item posted on Monday, November, 3rd filed under all news, Vegware Community Fund

250409_815630038493058_6564602442398654468_nAfter the last UNA volunteers of the summer had a busy two weeks putting it together, the new store shed in the field is already being put to good use. Made predominantly of recycled materials sourced locally, the shed is providing much needed storage of tools to save constant ferrying back and forth, and is currently providing dry housing for our most recent crop of onions.

Fortunate, as after an incredibly dry summer the heavens have finally opened above Pembrokeshire, and the sun has been replaced by wind, thunder and heavy showers.

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Free event: Sustainability, carbon and waste reduction in Scottish NHS Catering

News item posted on Tuesday, October, 28th filed under all news, events

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 16.11.49NHS boards are under pressure to improve sustainability, recycle more, reduce carbon and save money. New Scottish Waste Regulations have wide-reaching affects, including banning macerators and mandating food waste recycling.

This free educational seminar brings together NHS professionals from catering, waste and procurement teams across Scotland for a useful introduction to complex subjects, and an opportunity to discuss your experiences with our experts.

Who should attend: catering managers; national / board procurement staff; waste management officers; Health Facilities Scotland; communications teams.

Date: 20th November 2014, 10:30am-14:00

Lunch and refreshments provided

Where: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

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