Body eco cleaning firm BioD developing abroad deals Hull Daily Mail

“Staff at Hull-based Bio-D, the UK’s biggest independent producer of eco-friendly home cleaning products, have returned from a visit to Shanghai as the firm’s overseas sales continue to grow.
The company has recorded a 30 per cent increase across all international markets in the past six months.
Managing director Lloyd Atkin and key account manager Emily Gallagher visited distributors TCOAI Trading, who are based in China’s largest city and have imported Bio-D products for three years.
The trip enabled the firm to explore further opportunities for growth in the Chinese market: Bio-D’s exports to China have risen by a third in the past year as the country has embraced a trend for greener lifestyles.
Bio-D is now sold across five Chinese provinces, including in the country’s biggest department stores.”

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On course with Clementene for furniture restoration Bradford Telegraph and Argus

“UPCYCLING, it seems, is everywhere.
With TV shows such as BBC2u2019s Great Interior Design Challenge showing what can be done with a lick of paint and a creative streak, more and more people are picking up a paintbrush and embarking on their own furniture restoration projects.
And Clementene Coates, specialist professional furniture painter, is passing on her expertise in a series of classes at venues across Yorkshire.
Clementene, from Saltaire, swapped the legal profession to pursue her passion for upcycling and hand painting antique and vintage furniture. A former solicitor, she found her heart lay in interiors and set up her own furniture painting business.
u201cFor as long as I can recall Iu2019ve loved interior design,u201d says Clementene. u201cThe beautiful Yorkshire countryside I grew up in influenced my love of all things rural, from country cottages to rustic farmhouses.u201d
For Clementene, an old, tired piece of furniture is just waiting to be loved. u201cI donu2019t believe in throwing furniture away just because itu2019s a bit dishevelled,u201d she says. u201cOften it has the potential to be transformed into something beautiful and worth cherishing. Some pieces I work on are over 100 years old. As long as furniture is solid and has longevity, I can breathe life into it so it can be treasured – a piece of the past restored for the future.”

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