The Big Scary Bear Company

The Big Scary Bear Company   Luxury Alpaca Products       The Big Scary Owners                                       Karen and Richard Collier are the owners of The Big Scary Bear Company, which is based at Bramble Cottage in a small semi-rural village in Cock Clarks, Essex. They are passionate about their Alpacas, which brings you a chance to buy your very own British Alpaca Products.   The Alpacas Their Luxury British Fleece is sourced from their very own herd of twelve white Bozedown Alpacas. Bozedown have been breeding Champions since 1989 and have a solid foundation of World Class Bloodstock, carefully selected from Peru, Australia and USA. Karen and Richard’s Alpacas are living on a mini farm in Essex, along with their eight rescue rabbits, five pygmy goats and one rescue cat.  The Wool Alpaca fibre is considered a Luxury Yarn due to its properties of being very fine and lightweight, whilst being exceptionally warm and strong. Alpaca yarn is known for being hypoallergenic and non-flammable. The alpacas are sheared once a year in June, the fleece is hand sorted on site and graded before being made into 50g balls of double knitting and crochet yarn by a specialist wool mill based in Cornwall.  The luxury yarn comes in six stunning colours: Navy, Seafoam, Cinnamon Grass, Pebble, Teaberry and Porcelain.  Contact The Big Scary Bear Company Tel: 01621 730846 Email: sales@thebigscarybear.co.uk  Website: thebigscarybear.co.uk Big Scary Following Twitter: @thebigcarybear Facebook: facebook.com/thebigscarybear Etsy: etsy.com/uk/shop/TheBigScaryBear Hand Knitted Alpaca Toy £15 Jute Bag £6 / Knitting Kit £20 / Yarn £6 Alpaca Knitting Kit £20 Knitting Yarn...

The Gandy Brothers|Tsunami Kids|Our Journey from Survival to Success

Tsunami Kids Our Journey from Survival to Success On Boxing Day 2004, Rob, Paul, Matty and Rosie Forkan lost their parents in the tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka. Aged from eight to 17, they subsequently made a harrowing 200km trek across the decimated country to try and find their parents and get home. The bravery and ingenuity they displayed was a direct result of their unique upbringing. When disaster struck, they had been working for charities in the Middle East and India for four years. Taken out of school at a young age, they had received an unconventional global education, learning independence and emotional resilience. Almost a decade after the tsunami, the two eldest brothers, Rob and Paul, had a dream. They created the multinational brand, Gandys Flip Flops, in the front room of their rented flat, and also set up the charitable foundation, Orphans for Orphans, using 10% of their profits to support children deprived of essentials such as education, nutrition and medication. This is an enthralling, harrowing but ultimately uplifting journey from the slums of India and the tsunami, to the boardrooms of the City of London, Downing Street and beyond....

Jo Malone| The International Bestseller| My Story

Jo Malone MY STORY Jo Malone is the inspirational British businesswoman responsible for creating her globally renowned beauty business and, more recently, her new brand ‘Jo Loves’. This, her first autobiography, tells in full her incredible journey from modest beginnings as a teenager, struggling with dyslexia and leaving school with no qualifications, to becoming an international brand name and one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. Jo’s lively story explores how her fascination with smell teamed with her natural ability to create world-famous blends such as ‘Lime, Basil & Mandarin’, revolutionised the way we think about fragrance. Her unique talent for pioneering innovation and originality within her field is unrivalled. Yet, despite her success, she has faced huge challenges with courage and determination, including being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37 and told she only had nine months to live, and her decision to go it alone after selling the original Jo Malone brand to the Estee Lauder Corporation and walking away in 2006. Jo’s commitment and down-to-earth approach to life, work and family makes her one of the most likeable and well respected personalities in British retail and her honesty, hard work and entrepreneurial grit are an inspiration to all....

Mary Portas| The Sunday Times Best Seller book| Shop Girl

Mary Portas SHOP GIRL The Sunday Times BestSeller book ‘Shop Girl‘. Young Mary Newton, born into a large Irish family in a small Watford semi, was always getting into trouble. When she wasn’t choking back fits of giggles at Holy Communion or eating Chappie dog food for a bet, she was accidentally setting fire to the local school. Mary was a trouble magnet. And, unlike her brothers, somehow she always got caught…...

Going back to our UK factory roots | Vanners Tie Factory | 27th June 2017

At Karen Collier Careers, we love going back to our factory roots to see how products are still being manufactured in Britain, using traditional skills and craftsmanship, so we visited Vanners tie factory near our home town in Essex. Tie Construction  Once the silk has been woven, it is passed through quality control where it is inspected closely for any inconsistencies or loose threads that may have been caught up during the weaving process. A good tie is determined by a skilled cutter, using a bespoke pattern unique to penrose. The cloth is cut by hand on the bias to ensure that it doesn’t twist or gather during the cutting process or when tied The definitive Penrose tie is a bespoke semi-bottle neck shape with an 8cm blade and flared tail end. Penrose believe that this shape and width create the perfect knot for every occasion. For a more contemporary feel, a slimmer and straighter 7cm blade is available. Tipped All of the Penrose jacquard ties are tipped using 100% silk tipping both on the front and tail blade. Hidden in the tail end is Mr. Penrose himself, our woven mascot. According to season and composition, you can find some penrose ties self-tipped or untipped with beautiful hand-rolled edges. Interlining The Penrose interlining not only helps with the structure, weight and handle of the tie, but also the recovery rate; leave a Penrose tie to hang overnight once it has been worn and it will have virtually ironed itself by morning Hand Crafted Skilled craftsmen and women fold the fabric precisely around the interlining before pushing the interlining to the...