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Indian furniture, Dining Table, Nest of Tables, Cushions and Accessories

Myakka win big at the Somerset Business Awards

Monday, 25 October 2010

Friday evening saw 10 of the team travel up to Somerset County Cricket ground in Taunton to attend the sixth annual Somerset Business Awards where we had been short listed for two awards, Service Excellence and Business of the Year (5-50 employees) award.

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The evening proved to be a great success with Myakka winning Business of the Year (5-50 employees) and coming a close second in the Service Excellence Award. We are all so proud to have won the award and were incredibly flattered at even being short listed, especially for two awards!

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The awards are organised by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses with the aim of celebrating the success of businesses within Somerset and raising their regional & national profile.

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This was the first time we had entered the awards and it proved to be a very worth while experience with a lavish award ceremony on Friday including a five course dinner! The whole team is delighted with the win and the award is great recognition of the hard work that everyone at Myakka puts in on a daily basis.

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FSC accredited furniture draws ever closer!

Friday, 15 October 2010

Simon and Alexandra have just returned from another really successful trip to our suppliers in India. This was the second trip of 2010 and was as productive as the first with designs being finalised for new pieces in the Mallani and Thakat ranges as well as a completely new Sheesham range.

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 Designs were also finalised for our first Mango wood range which we plan to be manufactured from FSC certified timber.  This is an exciting step for us as we strive to ensure that all our wood is sourced from a responsibly managed source.  Our supplier in India already holds the FSC Chain of Custody accreditation for processing the timber, but we have been hindered by the lack of FSC accredited timber.   This new supply of FSC Mango wood represents a huge step forward not least because mango wood has such brilliant environmental credentials.  The tree is planted and harvested for mango fruits for around 6 years until it goes past its productive lifespan.  At this point, the tree is felled and the timber used for secondary products, such as furniture.  We’re also working with the timber merchants to source FSC accredited Sheesham wood.  It currently doesn’t exist and is down to the Indian Government which manages the forests to gain the accreditation.

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These regular visits help maintain excellent relationship with our supplier and to oversee the development of our new lines.  It also gives us a chance to monitor quality and production techniques as well as improve on packaging provisions to ensure your furniture arrives at your door in perfect condition.  The trip provided the opportunity for some ‘drop testing’ which basically involves dropping the packaged furniture from a height and assessing the damage!  Although a little funny to watch, this helps to improve our packaging to minimise transit damage.

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The photo below shows a Sheesham tree growing on the top of the factory.  With the trunk looking a little wonky, we don’t think there will be much furniture being made from this little tree!

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Watch this space for new lines being launched in Spring 2011.

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IndiAbility Games and SKSN School

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Regular readers of the blog will know that we support SKSN School in Jodhpur, India through charitable donations and active trade.  Simon and Alexandra visited SKSN again during their visit to Jodhpur last week and were caught up in the great excitement of the forthcoming IndiAbility games. 

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The whole school is preparing to welcome 1500 children from across Rajasthan come to compete in the IndiAbility games which encourage both able-bodied and physically challenged children to come together and compete in sports such as cricket, athletics, badminton and yoga.

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The games are organised by the IMAGE (Indian Mixed Ability Group Events) programme which is funded by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.  Laureus is a foundation that promotes the use of sport as a tool for social change and celebrates sporting excellence.  IMAGE was founded five years ago and runs nine after school clubs with children from 18 schools from across Rajasthan.  The initial IMAGE club was is SKSN school and now has more than two hundred 8-12 year olds from the school enrolled and regularly taking part.

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The aim of the project is to try and change community attitudes towards those with disabilities and build relationships between the two parts of the community.  IMAGE also helps to form relationships between parents of disabled children who can support and help each other.  The games are timed in conjunction with the commonwealth games currently being held in Delhi and will be attended by special guests and Laureus members, Baroness Tami Grey-Thompson and Kapil Dev.

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This is naturally a huge event for SKSN School to set up and co-ordinate and all at Myakka wish them every success for the two day event!

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To find out more about SKSN, please click here

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To find out more about Laureus, please click here

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To find our more about IMAGE, please click here

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New and Improved - Find out more about Myakka

Thursday, 7 October 2010

If you would like to find out more about Myakka then look around our new and improved About Myakka  and Fair Trade sections of our website.

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Have you ever wanted to put a face behind the friendly voice on the end of the phone? Well here is your chance with our new Meet the Team section. This consists of some funny images of the whole team when we were a wee bit younger as well as some interesting facts and our favourite Myakka products.

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With fair trade being so important to us we thought we could try and explain what fair trade means to us. With this in mind we have explained how trading fairly and honestly is the driving force behind everything we do.

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Have a flick through the new pages and let us what you think!

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