News

9th January 2019

Kitchenware Competition Winner

Kitchenware Competition Winner

Congratulations to Mrs Knight, our latest competition winner. 

Mrs Knight has bagged herself a huge bundle of kitchenware & accessories including a Judge Vista Saucepan Set, Stellar 44pc Cutlery Set, James Martin Carving Set, Judge 3 Teir Steamer, Judge Gravy Boat & Stellar Roast & Rack. The total value of the set is over £300!

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition in our stores, and be sure to keep your eye on our social media pages for information on any upcoming competitions!

Permalink
21st December 2018

Glasswells Celebrates Long Service

Glasswells Celebrates Long Service

We have recently celebrated our annual Christmas party for long serving and retired staff last Friday at our Newmarket Road store in Bury St Edmunds.

The “gold watch club” is made up of employees from all areas of the furnishings, removals and warehousing business who have worked at Glasswells for twenty years or more and, who traditionally, are awarded with a gold watch to mark their long service.

Between them, they rack up over 1,700 years of long service with the family business. Attendees included Terry Glasswell and Richard Ball, who both retired from the company after 50 years of service, and Roger Tricker who still works for the firm after 54 dedicated years.

The annual get together coincided with the Glasswells’ Christmas gift and profit distribution to staff, a tradition started over seventy years ago by the father and son founders, Jerry and Leslie Glasswell.

“At Glasswells, we pride ourselves on the knowledge, experience and exceptional customer service that our staff can offer our customers; that is what sets us apart from other retailers and makes us the number one home furnishings store in East Anglia.” Paul Glasswell, Managing Director explained. “Our long serving staff list is really rather extraordinary and it’s very satisfying for myself and the family that so many of our colleagues have enjoyed being at Glasswells for such large parts of their working life. I know that everyone looks forward to our annual Christmas party as it is a chance for them to see some old friends and enjoy retelling the many stories of yesteryear. Whilst we treasure our history and heritage, we are always looking at ways to move the business forward; the £1million massive refurbishment project at our Bury St Edmunds store has modernised and improved the shopping environment, bringing the hottest new styles and designs to homes in the region. ”

Thank you to every single member of staff for their continued hard work, we hope everyone has a great Christmas & New Year!

Permalink
12th December 2018

Train Selfie Winner

Train Selfie Winner

Congratulations to Arabelle for winning our Christmas competition.

All customers had to do to enter was take a selfie in front of our Christmas train display at our Bury St Edmunds store & upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #glasswells to win a £100 voucher! 

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Make sure you check our social media pages to hear about any future competitions.

Permalink
22nd October 2018

Stellar Competition WINNER

Stellar Competition WINNER

Congratulations to Lara who is the lucky winner of a Stellar Rocktanium Frypan! 

The Rocktanium range from Stellar has a non-stick QuanTanium coating to deliver a scratch resistant and durable cooking surface. The riveted handle provides a firm and safe grip, and the pan is suitable for all types of hun, including induction. It is completely dishwasher safe, and oven safe to a temperature of 210 degrees. They are so confident in the quality of the product that they offer a lifetime pan guarantee as well as a 10yr non-stick guarantee!

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition on Facebook, and be sure to like & follow us on all social media to be the first to find out about upcoming special offers & competitions!

Permalink
1st October 2018

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Glasswells took part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

According to their website, the first ever Coffee Morning happened in 1990. "It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, we did it again the next year – only this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan."

We baked two delicious Macmillan cakes & raffled them off in our restaurants for £1 an entry, and also sold Macmillan cupcakes with £0.50 of each sale going to the charity. 

We are pleased to have been able to donate a grand total of £395.50 to Macmillan, and look forward to next year's event!

Permalink
7th August 2018

Bury & West Suffolk Tennis Tournament

Bury & West Suffolk Tennis Tournament

The 91 st Bury and West Suffolk Tennis Tournament took place last week at Culford School's Tennis Centre in glorious summer sunshine, which Glasswells were once again pleased to sponsor.

Chair of the tournament Susan Glasswell said the event had been excellent, with around 171 players taking part in all categories from 8 and under through to Open events in the Grade 4 tournament. This saw a massive 370 matches take place over the week. There was still some excellent tennis played, and the quality was very competitive, but also played in a lovely spirit.

Susan continued that the weather had been kind to them during the week and everyone had been enjoying the new "Speed of Serve" competition which has just been introduced this year. A good dose of healthy rivalry ensured this was a resounding success. In the over 15 category, parents and even coaches failed to top the leader board leaving 15 year old Mason Bickers the outright winner with a service speed of 163 km/h, just 10 km/h slower than Johanna Konta's best ever.

Mason's 20 year old sister Claudia took the girl's prize, while two 11 year olds served the fastest in the Under 14 category, Ashton Boswell hitting at 147 m/j and Louwna Hendricks 117 km/h for the girls.

On Saturday Finals Day it was a triple win for Assa Sumner-Keens from Risbygate Tennis Club who won the Mens Open, Mens 18 and under as well as the Mens Open Doubles with partner Marco Mitev-Will, meanwhile at the other end of the spectrum, William Lamb won the Mini Tennis Red U8 mixed competition.

Susan added a huge thank you to all the hardworking Committee members Susie Cairns, Diane Rix, Lucy Wright, Gary King and Alastair Passey. Referees were Tom McArdle and Kevin Starkey, and Assistant Referee was Richard Smith.  Special thanks to Ashton Pepper of Culford School for organising the Mini Events.  

Glasswells were glad to be able to sponsor the event again, alongside Culford School, Ensors, Greene & Greene, Wildtracks, Towergate Insurance, Highfield Events and Top Spin Tennis.

Permalink
30th July 2018

Glasswells in Ipswich Raise Vital Funds for Suffolk Mind

Glasswells in Ipswich Raise Vital Funds for Suffolk Mind

Glasswells home furnishing store are celebrating 10 years at their Ranelagh Road location in Ipswich. Last weekend over 100 members of staff joined together to celebrate the store’s anniversary, which included a raffle in Aid of Suffolk Mind.

Ginny Idehen, Head of Business Operations at Suffolk Mind, was invited to collect the donation and thanks everyone at Glasswells for supporting them. She said “Every day one person in Suffolk takes their own life because they cannot see a future, they have no hope. We at Suffolk Mind devote our time and efforts to giving people back their hope and helping them find a future. We are engaging people to come and learn how to take care of their own mental wellbeing and how, in turn, they can help their friends, families and colleagues”. 

If you would like to become a friend of Suffolk Mind and receive more information you can email them at friends@suffolkmind.org.uk or visit their web site www.suffolkmind.org.uk.

Permalink
13th July 2018

Suffolk Carers TV

Suffolk Carers TV

Glasswells were pleased to have a team in from Suffolk Carers Matter to film the first episode of a new series for Carers TV, which will provide a platform for news, information and advice across the county.

The show, which was recorded on Tuesday at Glasswells in Bury St Edmunds, included an interview with a family carer, Michelle Clark, who is the founder of the Lose the Label charity. The charity aims to break down the stigma surrounding Down’s Syndrome.

Paul Glasswell, managing director of the family-run business, was also a guest on the show, which will be aired on the Suffolk Carers Matter website monthly.

The programme was hosted by TV and radio presenter Nick Pandolfi and Laura Watson from Suffolk Carers Matter, and will be aired from Thursday July 19. Simon Brown, founder of Suffolk Carers Matter, said:
We are here to provide support to families and parent carers and be a voice for them - and Carers TV is an extension of that. We wanted to provide a digital show where carers could relax or escape with features and interviews that are interesting for them. If carers have a question, a problem or a challenge, however big or small, we want them to ‘Just Ask’ through the link on our website. Suffolk Carers Matter is a place where carers throughout the county can go for help, support, information and guidance. Carers do an incredible job but who is caring for the carers? We want them to know they are not alone.

The show will be aired on Suffolk Carers Matter’s website – www.suffolkcarersmatter.org.uk 

To find out more about Lose the Label, visit www.losethelabel.co.uk

Permalink
3rd July 2018

Vintage Glasswells Adverts

Vintage Glasswells Adverts

Last week Mrs Coleman one of Glasswells respected customers came into our Ipswich store and gave us some vintage newspaper adverts that had been in her possession since the early 1960's.

We received them most gratefully as they are a snapshot in the long history of Glasswells, and are always interesting to look back on.

When we asked her how she came to be in possession of the adverts and why they had been saved for a considerable amount of time she replied:

When I was eight years old we moved to Derby, I loved to cut out and keep any photos of the Royal Family and if there was a Royal event I would keep the whole newspaper.  We moved to Ipswich when I was fifteen years old, I am now in my mid Seventies.  I kept all the old Newspapers for years, but four years ago we moved into a bungalow, and when you move you go through all your old stuff, I went through the old Papers and saw your adverts and thought how lovely they were.  We used to go to Glasswells in Bury St Edmunds before the Ipswich Store was built. So I cut the Adverts out, put them in a Folder and put them in a safe place, or so I thought,  but last week we were clearing our spare bedroom out and I found the Adverts and wanted you to have them, so dropped them in to you.”

She went on to say:

Glasswells is such a lovely Store, a caring family store and Ipswich hasn’t got many, if any, like it. I wish you all well, hope you have many more happy, successful years in Ipswich!

It was wonderful to receive them and they have now been put into the Glasswells archive for future reference. A big thank you from Glasswells to Mr and Mrs Coleman & family.

Permalink
27th June 2018

Kaymed Factory Visit

Kaymed Factory Visit

Recently we were able to travel to Dublin Ireland to visit the Kaymed Bed Factory, along with their foam making plant. 

Making the memory foam is a complex chemical process, depending on a closely guarded recipe with a unique mix of ingredients. By changing the type and mix of ingredients there are a large number of foams that can be created. Each type is a different density, with a different recovery speed. 

Kaymed run the foam plant for around an hour a day. The ingredients are mixed onto a moving conveyor belt, which within 30 seconds makes the foam expand to a depth of 1.5m. The foam is run continuously for the hour, and different coloured dyes are added to differentiate between the types of foam. The large blocks of foam are cut and left to cure for 24 hours. 

A huge volume of foam is created in this short period of time, and it is used in Kaymed's beds, and also sold to other suppliers. Kaymed use this foam for their memory foam mattresses, and shape it for use in cushions. 

It was clear from our short visit that the bed factory had quality at the heart of everything it does. The components they use are sturdy & well-constructed, and the mattresses are designed to support many different weights. Every day's production is delivered the following evening, and the factory has 3 shifts over 24 hours, ensuring production is never disrupted. 

It was evident that a lot of thought and expertise goes into making a Kaymed product, and the resulting bed will last a long time and give superior comfort.

Permalink
« Previous | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | Next »