20 July-20 August 2020
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Jordan Evans / 21 Jul 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Tweedmill
For decades Tweedmill has been delighting buyers and customers alike with their gorgeous...
Jordan Evans / 01 Jul 2020
Home & Gift Virtual schedule revealed
The organisers of Home & Gift have announced the launch of Home & Gift Virtual 2020, a t...
Celine Dibert, Press Loft / 24 Jun 2020
Getting ready for Christmas PR
Christmas happens twice in the world of PR. Every year, around mid-June to mid-July, bra...
Jordan Evans / 24 Jun 2020
Behind The Brand: Devaiya Oils
After experiencing the benefits of essential oils for herself, Ruby Sagu knew she needed...
Jordan Evans / 23 Jun 2020
Gift of the Year launches Gifts of Hope Awards
The Giftware Association has been so inspired by the specialist products, ranges and he...
Caroline Gardner / 10 Jun 2020
The Art of Journaling with Caroline Gardner
There are plenty of reasons that journaling is on the rise and becoming increasing popul...
Jordan Evans / 09 Jun 2020
#GiftThemThanks: New campaign ‘gifts’ back to key workers
The Giftware Association (GA), is calling on its members and gift companies across the U...
Jordan Evans / 04 Jun 2020
Meet The Maker: Sue Pryke
With a background firmly rooted in the crafts, Sue Pryke has built a career that has see...
Jordan Evans / 28 May 2020
4 Free Tools for Amazing Content Creation
From engaging blog posts to a captivating social media strategy, it’s never been more ...
Ian Pattison, Google Cloud / 27 May 2020
The Future of Retail: 2020
Ian Pattison, Head of Customer Engineering, Retail CPG & Travel at Google Cloud has shar...
Jordan Evans / 26 May 2020
NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH: The sculpture celebrating and supporting the NHS
Created by sculptor Thomas Meadows and the artisans in their Exmoor workshop, Clapping H...
Jordan Evans / 21 May 2020
Facebook shakes up the world of e-commerce with the launch of Shops
Shaking up the world of e-commerce with the launch of Shops, retailers will now have the...
Halcyon Naturals / 15 May 2020
The Halcyon Naturals simple guide to lifting low moods
Mood management can be easily done at home as part of your daily routine to stay in happ...
Jordan Evans / 13 May 2020
How Instagram is helping foster small business love
This week Instagram launched their ‘Support Small Business’ sticker, giving its user...
Jordan Evans / 12 May 2020
3 reasons you should have a Pinterest marketing strategy
Used by more than 300 million people world-wide each month and reporting a 60% year-on-y...
Tea Robinson / 05 May 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Eleanor Tomlinson
With over 200 bespoke commissioned artworks under her belt, Yorkshire born & bred artist...
Jordan Evans / 30 Apr 2020
HOME & GIFT LAUNCHES HARROGATE @ HOME
The organisers of the Home & Gift show have today announced the launch of Harrogate @ Ho...
Kat Maclennan / 24 Apr 2020
How to Plan for an Impactful Re-opening
As a Visual Merchandising Consultant, Kat Maclennan has spent her career collaborating w...
Jordan Evans / 22 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND We Love Seasons
We Love Seasons focuses on offering contemporary products for Easter, Halloween and Chri...
Jordan Evans / 17 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND BESPOKE AROMA
Education worker turned aromatherapist, Jo Evans, owner of Bespoke Aroma, launched her v...
Catherine Erdly / 16 Apr 2020
4 steps to create a plan of action to help your business thrive
We are living in extraordinary times. The impact on everyone's lives have been immediate...
Charlotte Simpson / 16 Apr 2020
Top Tips for using Instagram Live and Live Video for your brand
Many may be a bit hesitant as the word ‘live video’ can be out of someone’s comfor...
Jordan Evans / 09 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Peper Harow
Ensuring customers are stylish from top to toe, with their lovely range of stylish socks...
Kate Hardcastle / 08 Apr 2020
5 WAYS HOME & GIFT EXHIBITORS AND RETAILERS CAN SURVIVE THE CURRENT CLIMATE
Kate Hardcastle MBE, often referred to as The Customer Whisperer, is a leading expert in...
Kelly Grant / 07 Apr 2020
HOME & GIFT 2020 POSTPONED TO 2021
As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Home & Gi...
Jordan Evans / 02 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND VENT for Change
The brain-child of environmental and social entrepreneur, Evan Lewis, Bristol-based VENT...
Jordan Evans / 01 Apr 2020
A Celebration Of Snail Mail
As we move into April the US is celebrating National Letter and Card Writing Month but, ...
31 Mar 2020
Harrogate Convention Centre commissioned as temporary NHS hospital
You may have seen some media reports regarding one of the Home & Gift Show’s venues, t...
Jordan Evans / 25 Mar 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Little Blue Nest
Uninspired by the abundance of typical baby textile patterns on the market when she beca...
PR Dispatch / 20 Mar 2020
3 ways for small businesses to move forward in uncertain times
The current challenging and tough climate is forcing a lot of small business owners to f...
LIGA / 04 Mar, 2020
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Behind the Brand LIGA


Can you tell us about who you are and what you stand for?

We are a husband and wife running a family business founded in late 2017 and we’re on a mission to share our passion to make sustainable materials affordable and useable for everyday products. We use beautiful materials such as Cork, Organic unbleached cotton, oyster shells, recycled papers, vegan wax, compostable cloth, bamboo, recycled EVA plastics and ceramics to create a sustainable collection. These are all ethically sourced from around the world with the hand printing, making and finishing carefully done in Cornwall.

How did LIGA and the idea of using cork come about?

I (Jennie) have a background in design and retail. As a buyer for the company’s retail shops, I wanted to source affordable gifts and homewares made from sustainable materials with a clean contemporary design. However, it was not something that I could readily find so I decided to design and make my own.

Then, the love affair with cork started fairly quickly. The eco-friendly process of cork harvesting enables the products to be made without the need for felling trees. This process doesn't interfere with the delicate eco systems of the cork forests (also known as Montado forests), keeping the forests safe for their animal inhabitants. Montado forests play a vital role in the control of climate balance by absorbing a huge 32 million tons of CO2 each year. The harvested cork is still in fact a living material, which continues to absorb CO2 long after it has been harvested.

We launched LIGA with tableware collections including cork placemats, trivets and Earthware pottery and we have now branched into sustainable gifts.

What do you love the most about the work you do for LIGA?

We are excited to be part of the eco awakening that is undoubtedly happening right now and gathering momentum. It is such a pleasure to be designing sustainable collections for charities such as the RNLI. They are an invaluable part of everyday life in Cornwall and we feel proud to be supporting them in a small way.

Knowing what you do now, what advice would give yourself when you were first starting out?

Growing a business is a challenge. It has risk attached and there are no guarantees. I think I would tell myself to believe in what you do, always listen to your instinct and face every hurdle head on.

Will you be launching any new collections at Home & Gift?

Harrogate 2020 marks LIGA’s 2nd consecutive appearance at the Harrogate Home & Gift show. We will be leading with our new ranges at the Harrogate Home & Gift Show, and will be adding additional designs to our cork placemat ranges.

Beach Clean: The new BEACH CLEAN range uses plastic saved from our oceans. The beautifully tactile Beach Clean range includes placemats, coasters, key fobs and notebooks. A rainbow of EVA plastic, sourced from our oceans, is nestled playfully amongst sustainably sourced cork. EVA plastic includes recycled beach products like flip flops – from EVA plastics that have been saved from the oceans. Combined with sustainable cork, hand harvested once every 9 years. Sustainable Cork + Recycled EVA Plastic saved from our oceans = Beach Clean Collection.

Smoked Cork: Smoked cork, naturally blackened introduces a new product range of placemats, coasters and trays that create a statement look.  

Eco bands: Sustainable cork leather eco wrap bands that are vegan friendly. Available as single and double wraps in three different sizes.

Design service: LIGA are also launching their design service, making bespoke products for businesses, this has come from the success of working with the RLNI, RHS and P&O Ferries.

Any personal favourites from your new collection?

I love the innovative creation of the new material that is BEACH CLEAN – it’s very now and represents how we can take a different angle on looking after our Planet more.

 

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Be sure to visit LIGA on stand DP1-A11 at Home & Gift Buyers' Festival 2020.
 
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