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Tea-riffic Competition!

A great Cup of tea remains a national treasure and is the most consumed drink in the UK! We typically brew up 3 times a day; although one in four thirsty Britons will get through 5 cups or more!

How do you like your tea?

Whilst us Brits can all agree that we love tea, how we enjoy our tea is quite a different story. Some like it milky, some like it strong; Whilst some like it with sugar, some are sweet enough!

A poll for WRVS, a charity that provides support for older people, revealed 35 per cent of people like their tea to be mid-brown; with only 3 per cent preferring their tea very milky. One in five likes to brew their tea in a teapot, while a traditional 6 per cent still use a cup and saucer. And 7 per cent are so picky that they will not let anyone else make them a cuppa. (when you know what you like, you know hey!)

How do you drink your tea

*Photo from Daily Mail.*

Win Win Win

To celebrate the uniqueness of us tea drinkers, we are giving one lucky person a tea-riffic prize. If you work in the care sector or in the hospitality industry and would love to win a hamper of goodies for your work; all you have to do is follow @collectivePurch on Twitter, send us a tweet with a photo of your ideal brew and use the #BestBrew to be entered. All entries need to be in by 2nd July (midnight). Collective Purchasing will announce the winner on Thursday 5th July!

Good Luck!!


Tetley Tea Comp


Fancy trying some new Tetley teas? Check out this blog from 2016 where we reviewed loads of teas, from fruit to decaf! We said it then, we will say it again – Tetley, we love you!!!


Collective Purchasing Tetley Tea Review


Raise some dough this cupcake day!

The 14th of June sees the annual Alzheimer’s Society cupcake day return for its 3rd year. So far a whopping £1.4 million pounds has been raised; and the Alzheimer’s Society is urging everyone to unite against dementia with their families, friends and colleagues to raise more dough this year; whilst having a giant helping of fun!

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There are about a million different ways make a cupcake – it can be as easy (clue: packet mix) or as fancy as you like. And let’s face it however they look, they all taste great fresh out of the oven (or fresh from the shop!) Each cupcake sold will help towards finding a cure, help improve care and offer someone to talk to for people affected.

By signing up for your fundraising pack you will get all this…

  • Posters to help you spread the word (more people that know, the more people will come and buy your cakes!)
  • Fundraising ideas and fun games to play on the day
  • A donation box and Gift Aid form (for the all-important ‘dough’)
  • Cake toppers and decorations
  • A selfie-frame to share your creations on social media (use the #CupcakeDay and tag @collectivepurch and @alzheimerssoc
  • Some lip-smackingly fab recipes to inspire you.

The difference your Cupcake Day makes

Dementia devastates lives; In the UK, someone develops dementia every three minutes, and there is currently no cure. But together Alzheimer’s Society says we will beat it, dementia will not win.

Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer’s Society will be there for anyone affected by dementia – wherever they are, whatever they’re going through.

By hosting a Cupcake Day you get to enjoy some tasty treats with your workmates, friends and family knowing you are helping to find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for dementia.

Why not take a ‘whisk’ and try one of these recipes


Marmite cupcakes

Here we have two recipes for marmite cakes that you will either love or hate; Marmite caramel and marmite chocolate. Find the recipes here.

Peppermint and Liquorice

The crunchy peppermint goes great with the sticky Liquorice. Find the recipe here.

Ch-acon cake

Dark Chocolate and Bacon; what’s not to love? Take yourself on a taste adventure and give these a try. Recipe is here

Why not go savoury?

This one is seriously weird. What could be better than mini turkey meatloaves topped with mashed potato “frosting?” Find the recipe here.




Did you know….

We can help you with your uniform needs!

Uniforms are great for helping reduce cross-contamination threats; especially in a food or caring environment. However, that is not their only benefit!

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They create a good image for your business. 

Rightly or wrongly we as a society are quick to judge a book based on its cover. If your staff are all wearing their own clothes that don’t match each other and are scruffy; this, unfortunately, reflects badly on your business. If everyone is wearing the same not only do your staff look smart, but customers can easily tell who your staff are!

Professional Image

Uniforms promote your company or brand.

When employees wear uniforms displaying your logos and colours, they help brand and differentiate your business! Well designed work uniforms worn in public become “walking billboards,” promoting your company’s products and services “for free.”


Improve security.

Company uniforms featuring specific styles or colours quickly identify who does or does not belong in specific work areas or on job sites. Especially in a caring environment, residents will be able to tell who is who from looking at the uniforms.

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Foster team spirit.

Work uniforms promote a sense of team spirit and a sense of belonging. This, in turn, can improve worker productivity. Everyone wears the same and doesn’t create worry for staff over what to wear. They also save employers money, and tax can be claimed back!! Win-Win!

Promote company pride.

Work uniforms help instil a sense of pride and responsibility and can turn employees into “brand ambassadors” outside the actual workplace.


Check out this infographic from positive branding showing the power a uniform can have to the individual and your business. If you would like to get your uniform through us get in touch today. We can offer a variety of sizes, colours, styles, clothing and even personalised or custom pieces! Call us today on 01329 236821.


Power of uniform

Weekly Vine

11th May Weekly Vine: This week find out about cream cheese, Dame Barbara, Chocolate, More Chocolate, Sun burn & lots more!

More than cream cheese!

There’s more to Philadelphia than really good cream cheese, there’s a whole range of flavours and fat levels, snacks and spreads.


We are used to seeing the cream cheese on our shelves and you may have even tried the flavours – garlic and herb, Chives, Sweet Chilli and Mediterranian herbs. Well hold on to your seats, two new flavours are joining the gang!! Philadelphia with salmon and Philadelphia with caramelised onion! Both sound great and are very versatile. Not just for your crackers, why not mix them into pasta and create an amazing dinner. Here are some great recipes.

Dame Barbara

Barbara Windsor’s husband has announced that his wife is suffering with Alzheimer’s. He said the EastEnders star had been taking medication to manage her condition but that symptoms had worsened in recent weeks. The veteran of film and TV was made an MBE in 2000 and a dame in 2015 for services to drama.

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Dame Barbara Windsor with her husband Scott Mitchell pictured together in December 2017, photo from Shutterstock

Mr Mitchell said he noticed his wife found it difficult to learn her lines in 2009, just before she left EastEnders for the first time, but they didn’t think anything of it. By early 2012, she had started repeating certain sentences and stories, he said. Following a series of mental agility tests and a brain scan, he said, she was diagnosed. He recalls that on hearing the news, his wife mouthed the words “I’m so sorry” to her husband. “I squeezed her hand back and said, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll be OK'”, he told the Sun newspaper. Our thoughts are with the couple!

Chocolate River

Tonnes of melted chocolate poured out onto a motorway in Poland after a lorry that was carrying it overturned.

Rescue officials said the liquid chocolate was solidifying as it cooled and would require large amounts of hot water to clear away. Pictured: An aerial view of the chocolate crash

Dramatic pictures from the scene showed the truck on its side surrounded by a huge puddle of the liquid treat. Rescue officials said the chocolate began to solidify as it cooled, making the clean-up quite a difficult task. Luckily the driver only suffered a broken arm, and no one else was injured. Try not to drool looking at the pictures, taken from the daily mail!!!

Chocolate Propercorn!

More chocolate news for you – chocolate Propercorn is here!

Their team of popcorn perfectionists have spent years creating the ultimate flavour for chocolate fanatics. With the help of expert chocolatiers, they have sourced the best quality cocoa from Peru to coat their hand-popped butterfly corn. These rich, dark cocoa notes combine with whole milk, sweet Demerara and a sprinkling of sea salt for smooth chocolatey sweetness. At just 126 calories per pack, this bitter-sweet, Chocolate popcorn makes for a healthier moment of indulgence. Check out this flashback to a weekly vine from last year where we reviewed other flavours of Propercorn!

Soothe the burn

After some glorious weather over the last week, you may have spent just a little too long in the sun. Resulting in some rather sore sunburn. Whilst we all know after sun and aloe vera is great for soothing the burn. Did you know that we all have something in our fridges that may help even more? Cold milk is the answer to soothing your sunburn pain, according to New York dermatologist Dr Joshua Zeichner.

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Sunburn is damage to the skin caused by UV rays and greatly increases your risk of skin cancer. Your skin will become red, inflamed, sore and hot to touch. In extreme cases, it might blister and peel which can be extremely painful. But a cold compress of milk will help cool the pain and heal the skin. “A milk compress can help calm inflamed skin as well, as proteins in the milk coat and soothe the skin,” Dr Zeichner told the Mail. Milk contains vitamins A and D, amino acids, lactic acid, fats and whey and casein proteins. It’s these ingredients that help the skin recover.

Vitamins help the skin to heal while the lactic acid encourages the skin to get rid of the dead cells, so your immune system doesn’t have to work so hard to repair it. There will also be less inflammation if your immune system isn’t working as hard. Some dermatologists suggest that yoghurt or cream will help too.



Eat Seasonably

Eat the Seasons


A serious contender for heavyweight champion of the ‘eat the seasons’ year. The asparagus season is tantalizingly brief but the quality is frequently exceptional. Asparagus deteriorates relatively quickly after picking. Traditionally matched with hollandaise sauce, asparagus picked just a day or so ago (try your nearest farmers’ market) requires minimal messing with. Enjoy it with a drizzle of olive oil, a twist of black pepper and perhaps a few shavings of Parmesan cheese. Yum!

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Try this asparagus and garden pea risotto for a perfect summer evening meal!


Other News:

We should be thinking like Japanese and ‘learn from’ their social care

Nursing fellowship graduate reduces care home falls by a third

Children help care home residents pimp up bland zimmer frames

Brexit: Warning of rising food bills and disruption to supplies

 Price spectrum:

↑ Haddock

↓ Plaice

F&E Promo Corner:


Caterlite Countertop Manual Fill Ice Machine


Compact and convenient, the Caterlite manual fill ice machine is the ideal ice maker for staff rooms, waiting areas, small restaurants or even the home. Incredibly easy to use, simply manually fill the internal water reservoir and bullet-shaped ice is produced in either small or large sizes as preferred. Dispensing ice is also effortless – either use the supplied scoop or remove the whole plastic ice basket in one go.


Call today for a quote 01329 236821

Weekly Vine

27th April Weekly Vine: This week find out about Royal Week, Dancing, Marmite, Above and Beyond, Veggie Week & lots more!

Right Royal Week

This week has been quite the Royal week; the queens birthday and the royal baby being born both happened this week! Also with the warmer weather over the weekend, many people celebrated our majesties birthday with parties and events! And with Care Home Open day on Saturday, it was the perfect way to combine and celebrate all things British!

The photo above was taken by our member the Fremantle trust. They said ‘Care Home Open Day was a great opportunity to welcome visitors by inviting them to sample a range of fun activities. By building strong neighbourhood connections, we are able to develop lasting relationships. To find out more about taking part in Care home open day next year head the website.

Babies and the elderly get dancing!

An innovative new idea which has seen babies mixing with elderly care home residents across Britain and abroad has now reached Lancaster. Abi Doughty set up her Sling Swing group for mums and babies 18 months ago, which gives parents the chance to dance with their babies in slings. And she has now taken it a step further by taking the class into Laurel Bank Care Home.

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The classes have given the elderly residents the chance to interact with the babies, as well as join in with the fun. Abi said: “When my youngest was a toddler he built up a great relationship with some of the people at The Cornerstone Cafe. Their faces would light up and you could see the positive effect which went both ways. “I saw a video of someone going into care homes and running a class with the residents. It gave me the idea that maybe I could do a class with the residents joining in rather than being observers.”

You either love it or hate it, with less salt

Unilever has launched a reduced-salt variant of its yeast extract product Marmite in the UK. The new product has 25% less salt than traditional Marmite and is designed to appeal to the growing number of consumers seeking a low-sodium diet, Unilever said.

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Shannon Lennon-Smith, Marmite brand manager at Unilever, said; “Unilever knows that consumer tastes and a desire for wider choice, including lower salt variants, is constantly evolving. Marmite has a huge and very loyal fan base and we want to ensure we are listening to their needs and responding accordingly.” Has anybody tried this new product? I personally am in the hate camp so won’t be going near it. Let us know if you are in the love camp and have tried it!

Above and beyond

A care provider in London, which helped a resident with Autism overcome a fear of hospitals. Has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Support for Living Domiciliary Care Agency has been awarded the highest possible rating. Inspectors praised the committed staff who have gone ‘above and beyond’.

CQC said; “Staff had an exceptional understanding of people’s needs. They used their skills and experiences to support people in their daily lives. For example, a care worker used ‘social stories’ to help a person overcome their fear of attending a hospital appointment. The visit was successful and the resident received the necessary dental treatment; as a result of the care staff’s proactive and innovate work.”

Go Veggie

National Vegetarian Week 2018 runs from 14-20 May and it’s all about eating delicious and exciting veggie food. Remember it is not unusual for the veggies in a group of family or friends to have a big say in where the whole group will choose to eat. By offering better veggie/vegan choice on menus you are not only making more people happy more of the time but increasing the likelihood of return custom.

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Don’t forget…

  • Get Creative – Don’t be boring. Not every veggie likes goats cheese (like our very own Sales and Operation manager Laura) Try other ways to get protein in like, beans, pulses, tofu, Quorn. The possibilities are endless!
  • Be aware of non-veggie hidden food – on the topic of cheese, did you know parmesan isn’t veggie? Worcestershire sauce (which contains anchovies), and certain beers and wines are also common pitfalls.
  • Educate – It is so important your customers can access the correct information. Ensure staff know the basics of vegetarian and vegan diets and which items on your menu are suitable or adaptable.
  • Enjoy – Have some fun widening your menu.

Eat Seasonably

Eat the Seasons

Jersey Royal new potatoes

The fabulous flavour of Jersey Royal new potatoes arises from the unique growing conditions on the island. A true seasonal gem, around 99% of the crop is exported to the UK and the rest are enjoyed by the Jersey inhabitants. How lucky are we? The season is short-lived so gorge on them while you can.


The early season potatoes are smaller and more tender, the later season ones larger and more flavourful; both are fabulous. Look for unwashed potatoes; they travel better wearing a jacket of earth.

To enjoy them at their best buy just what you plan to use in the next two days and keep them in a cool, dark place.

Leave the skins on – most of the flavour and goodness lies just beneath the surface – and give them a wash. Steam or boil until tender (15 – 20 minutes, cut larger potatoes in half if necessary) and add butter and other fresh herbs such as mint, chives or parsley as desired.

Other News:

A food writer is shocked to be billed for £1.50 ‘parmesan supplement’ for having cheese grated on her tagliatelle at a trendy Italian restaurant

Have scientists found the elixir of life? An enzyme that halts ageing in plants, animals and HUMANS is decoded after a 20-year quest


Price spectrum:

↑ Almonds

↓ Hazelnuts

F&E Promo Corner:


Bolero PP Grey Armchair and Table Wicker Set

Bolero PP Wicker Armchair & Table Set

Make your outdoor dining spaces a relaxing home-away-from-home haven for customers with Bolero’s PP woven rattan-style resin armchair and table set. Designed for style and convenience, the outdoor table and chairs set is weather resistant for year-round use indoors or outdoors. Bolero’s garden furniture set comes helpfully supplied with two cream seat cushions for customer’s comfort and support. The table also has plastic foot stoppers, so you’ll have no worries about it marking your decking or patio.

Fill your dining space with this gorgeously presented rattan effect furniture, offering excellent functionality and design combined. The large rattan style chairs have a wide backrest for restful seating so customers can spread out and enjoy their dining experience with your business for long periods. Matched with a high-quality low rise rattan effect coffee table, the affordable set adds a deluxe furnished look to elevate your business style further. For a fully furnished, attractive outdoor dinette set why not pair with our vibrant artificial plants or impressive outdoor patio heaters?

Call today for a quote 01329 236821

World Allergy Week 2018

This week sees the start of World Allergy week 2018. Catering for people with allergies can be daunting at first. You may think it is difficult and time-consuming. However, with the correct knowledge and ingredients, you can create a great allergy free menu.

We have dug into our blog archive to find these recipes from 2015, why not try them today!

Gluten-Free Pesto Pasta:

Special Dietary Requirement Recipes


For the pesto: 100g Hazelnuts, 100g Grated Parmesan, Half a clove of garlic, 6 Tsp Olive Oil, One large handful of parsley, One large handful of basil, Juice of 1 lemon, Salt & pepper, Water, Gluten-free Spaghetti, Baby Plum Tomatoes, 1 Courgette (peeled into strips), Optional: Pine Nuts, Optional: Cheddar Cheese (grated).


  • In a blender, combine the ingredients for the pesto and blend well. Add a little water to get the right consistency.
  • Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Add the courgette strips 2 minutes before the end time of cooking and drain both together. When draining, keep a small amount of the pasta water and put it, along with the pasta, back into the pan. Stir in the pesto.
  • Quarter the tomatoes and add these in. I like to stir in some grated cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of pine nuts for a little-added bite.
  • Finish in a bowl with a little parmesan on the top and a couple of basil leaves.
  • Enjoy!

Raw Chocolate Brownies: (Gluten Free)

Special Dietary Requirement Recipes

Ingredients: 100g (3 1/2oz) medjool dates (stones removed), 50g (2oz) dried strawberries or black cherries, 100g (3 1/2oz) smooth almond or cashew butter, 50g (2oz) whole blanched almonds, 50g (2oz) coconut oil, 1 1/2 tbsp agave nectar, 50g (2oz) dark chocolate, grated, 50g (2oz) dairy and gluten-free cocoa powder, 100g (3 1/2oz) dark chocolate, chopped, 2 tbsp coconut cream, 15g (1/2oz) pistachios (chopped).


  • Put all the ingredients for the brownies into a food processor and blitz until well mixed. Spoon the mixture into an 18cm (7in) square cake tin.
  • Put the tin in the freezer for around 15 minutes, to firm up the brownie mix. Meanwhile, melt together the dark chocolate and coconut cream in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water.
  • Once the chocolate mix has melted, smooth it over the top of the brownies, sprinkle with the pistachios and allow to set in the fridge for 5 minutes. Cut into squares and serve, or store in the fridge for up to a week.

Chicken Goujons (Egg, Dairy and Gluten Free):

Special Dietary Requirement Recipes

Ingredients: 400g pack chicken breast strips or breasts cut into even sized strips or chunks, 3 tablespoons plain flour (or corn flour if Gluten Free), 2 tablespoons oil, 4 tablespoons non-dairy milk, Two ends of a loaf of bread (use any bread you like, Gluten Free if needed).


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C
  • Place the bread in a food processor and whizz until the bread is fine breadcrumbs
  • Put the oil and milk in a small batter bowl and whisk until well mixed and frothy with a stainless steel whisk.
  • Put the flour on one plate and bread crumbs on another.
  • Coat each chicken strip well by rolling it in the flour, then transfer to the oil and milk emulsion and coat well in that too.
  • Place the strips on the breadcrumb plate and coat in the breadcrumbs by turning and patting them on.
  • Place the chicken on a flat stone such as a medium bar pan (you’ll need two of these) or a rectangle stone, and cook in the oven for 25-30 mins until golden brown.
  • Serve with chips or mash, peas, and plenty of sauces for dipping.

Meat Free Chicken a’la King:
Special Dietary Requirement Recipes

Ingredients: 1 box Fry’s Meat Free Chicken-Style Strips, 50g margarine (for frying), 250g punnet mushrooms, cleaned and sliced, 1 green pepper – sliced, 50g margarine, 1 tsp. crushed garlic, 60g maizena flour (mixed in ½ a cup water and ½ a cup milk or try dairy-free milk), 2 tsp. black pepper, Salt to taste, 250ml can fresh cream (or try Orley Whip Imitation Cream), Nutmeg to garnish, Parsley to garnish.


  • Melt margarine in frying pan and cook through Fry’s Strips. Drain and set aside. Fry mushrooms in remaining oil for 2 minutes and add green pepper and sauté for 5 minutes and set aside.
  • Sauce: add 50g margarine, crushed garlic and maizena flour mixture and stir continuously until mixture thickens. In a large pot, add sauce, fresh cream, strips mixture, black pepper and salt and simmer for 2 minutes. Sprinkle Nutmeg and parsley on top.

Schnitzel Vegan Burgers:Special Dietary Requirement Recipes

Ingredients: 2 Fry’s Golden Crumbed Schnitzels, 1 tbsp Margarine, 1/4 Onion, sliced, 2 tsp Olive oil, 2 Bread rolls of your choice, 2 tsp Oil of your choice, 50g Wild mushrooms, 10g Fresh rocket or lettuce, 1/2 Avocado (sliced).


  • Heat margarine in a thick based pan and fry onions until they start caramelising.  Drain and set aside.  Add 1 tsp olive oil to the pan, toast bread until golden brown and set aside.
  • Add 1 tsp olive oil to that pan and sauté mushrooms.  Drain and set aside.  Heat 2 tsp of oil and fry schnitzel until golden brown.
  • Build your burger using the bread, onion, mushroom, schnitzel, fresh rocket or lettuce and avocado.  Serve with a fresh side of salad of your choice.

We Can Source You All of the Ingredients You Need for All of These Recipes! Give Us a Call 01329 236821 to Place an Order and Get Cooking!

Weekly Vine

20th April Weekly Vine: This week find out about Running Man, Wish Granted, Mayochup, Plastic straw ban, Has summer arrived & lots more!

Run Forest Run!

John Starbrook, aged 87, will be the oldest runner in this year’s London Marathon this weekend.

John is running the London Marathon for the 33rd time. He began running marathons to fundraise for Age UK, back in the 1980s when he was 53. Since then he has raised over £40,000. He said: “I’ve always loved sports and I’ve been active since a young age. I’ve also done skydives in between marathons – it’s all a bit of fun!” Well done John, and good luck! To support John’s fundraising efforts click here.

Mayochup – Yes or No?

Heinz has released a new sauce which blends together ketchup and mayonnaise. The new product, Mayochup, is designed for foodies who cannot decide between the two sauces.

After a Twitter poll reach its goal of 500,000, Heinz will be releasing a blend of its ketchup and mayonnaise in America.

Currently only sold in the Middle East, it has divided opinion among sauce fanatics across the globe. Although not available in the UK you can buy it online – or you know, make it yourself?! Either way, whats your thoughts?

Wish Granted!

Want to drive a train? Want to see your favourite popstar? How about meeting the Pope? Well wishes big and small are being granted to residents by a London care home; which has answered an elderly man’s prayers to meet Pope Francis.

When 85-year-old Father Richard Dangerfield – a resident at Whitby Dene Care Home – expressed a wish to get a blessing from the pontiff in Rome, the manager of his care home was determined to get in touch with the Vatican. The resident, known as Father George, has been a Roman Catholic priest for 50 years and has dementia. After hanging up the resident’s wish on the care home’s ‘wishing tree’, care home manager Saad Baig, forwarded his letter to England’s Cardinal Vincent Nichols who sent it on to the Vatican. Mr Baig said: “This was no ordinary wish, but we were determined to take on the challenge and are thrilled we could make this a reality for Father George.” What a great feel-good story! Dreams can come true at any age!

Plastic Ban

Following on from last weeks weekly vine; plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government’s bid to cut plastic waste. Ministers pointed to one estimate that 8.5bn plastic straws were thrown away in the UK every year.

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The prime minister said plastic waste was “one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world”. And Theresa May will urge leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to follow the UK’s lead in tackling the problem.

Hot Hot Hot

This week has seen the temperatures suddenly rise. The sun is out and everyone seems slightly happier in the office! Whilst it is great and exciting to know that summer is on the way, make sure you look after vulnerable people in the heat.


Ensure you stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun. Check out this blog from last year on how you can stay cool this weekend!




Eat Seasonably

Eat the Seasons

Sea Trout

The wild sea trout, or salmon trout, bears little resemblance to the inexpensive but unexceptional farmed trout sold in supermarkets. Its time spent at sea means that it is closer to wild salmon in colour, flavour and texture but with a less prohibitive price. It’s difficult to make a bad dish using good sea trout.

A Collective favourite is Sea Trout Fillets with a Lime-Anchovy Butter. To make the butter, beat some chopped anchovies and chopped capers into butter and blend in a little lime juice and zest. Wrap the butter in cling film, shape into a sausage and chill! . Grill the sea trout fillets under a hot grill for a few minutes. Serve with a slice of the butter melting over each fillet and vegetables of your choice for a sensational meal.  Perfect for this weather!!

Other News:

Care home boss challenges Jeremy Hunt to find a dentist to visit elderly with dementia

From skincare to fertiliser and fuel: 10 ways to reuse coffee grounds

Ramsey is to go Vegan!

Waitrose to install ‘health food police’ to help customers stay away from junk food 

Price spectrum:

↑ Lamb

↓ Turkey

F&E Promo Corner:

Dyson Cool™ AM07 Fan – White / Silver

Keep your home chilled and refreshed with this desk fan from Dyson. Thanks to its 56 Watt power output, it will keep you cool in even the highest temperatures. With 10 speed settings to choose from, you can easily adjust it to suit any weather. It uses clever Air Multiplier technology to create a constant stream of air, so you won’t feel the choppy effect of standard fans. Every inch of your room will feel the benefit too, as oscillation allows it to pivot and distribute cool air in an arc. You can even turn it off after a set time, as the sleep timer can be programmed to your needs.


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Sleep Tight

Don’t let the bed bugs bite

We all know that the average person spends a third of their lives in bed. We also know that as we age, this figure could rise dramatically; meaning we spend more time in bed. Getting the right bed and linen can play an important role in residents well being.

Here at Collective Purchasing, we have a dedicated department that can help you with all your furniture needs. Whether you are doing a complete refurb, or just updating bedding; we are here to help. We work tirelessly to get you the best products at the very best prices.

Here are just a few examples;

Flame Retardent Linen

This ‘Gardtex’ bedding is 100% flame retardant to the relevant standards. It can be washed at 72ºc (for thermal disinfection) and it’s easy care properties make it the perfect choice for the care industry. Coming in a range of colours and options of single or double; this makes the perfect addition to any care home room.


The 500gsm Superior Contract Quality Bath Sheet Towel - White - 40x60"

From face towels to bath sheets – we have you covered. Coming in a range of colours, thickness and prices, you will be sure to super soft towels at low low prices. Starting from just £0.52p you can add a splash of colour to a guests bathroom without breaking the bank.


This chair is versatile, vibrant, comfy and traditional. It will make a great addition to your lounge area or even in bedrooms. Priced from £200 you can add a little bit of luxury for not that much money; making your guests feel like king and queens!

Bedroom suites

Dementia Bedroom Furniture Range

If you have residents with dementia, you may be better off providing them with furniture designed with them in mind. This dementia bedroom furniture package features softer, rounded edges, open viewing sections so care home residents can easily see what is inside, large handles and a simple design. This dementia friendly bedroom furniture range aims to help care home residents living with dementia maintain their independence. Includes –  Door & Locking Drawer Bedside Cabinet (WARD056), 3 Drawer Chest (WARD050) and Single Wardrobe (WARD049).

If you are looking at updating your care home or would like a quote for anything else please email or call the office on 01329 236821 and we will be happy to help.


Weekly Vine

13th April Weekly Vine: This week find out about Alzheimer’s gene, Ruby Kit Kat, War on plastic, Palm oil & lots more!

Alzheimer’s gene neutralised

Scientists have claimed an important breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s after neutralising the most significant gene responsible for the disease for the first time.

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A team in California has successfully identified the protein associated with the high-risk apoE4 gene. They have then managed to prevent it damaging human neuron cells. The study could open the door to a potential new drug capable of halting the disease. Whilst this is great news, the researchers have said to not get too excited. The research has only been done on a small number of cells; however, this is a great step forward.


Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby

UK consumers will next week be the first in Europe able to buy Nestlé’s four-finger KitKat, made with so-called ruby chocolate from specially selected cocoa beans.

KitKats made with ruby chocolate will go on sale in the UK on Monday.

Ruby Chocolate was created by Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut – the world’s largest cocoa processor – which spent more than a decade unlocking and experimenting with the beans’ colours and flavours. We wrote about it way back in 2017; Read more here. It has been described by one taster as ‘creamier than milk chocolate, less sickly than white chocolate, with just a hint of a zingy fruit-yoghurt tang’. Whilst someone else said ‘the stuff smells like that waft you get when you step within 25 paces of a Lush store.’ Either way, KitKat is the first major brand in the UK to feature this innovative but “naturally coloured” new chocolate, made from ruby cocoa beans grown in the Ivory Coast, Ecuador and Brazil.

War on plastic!

The amount of plastic which we Brits throw away is set rise by a fifth by the end of the next decade – with a 34% rise in crisp packets, 41% more plastic straws and 9% more drinks bottles. The conservation group WWF wants governments to implement policies to tackle the problem, including a “latte levy” on single-use drinks cups, and a deposit-return scheme to encourage plastic bottle recycling.

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Here are a few examples of what some companies are doing to help tackle the war on plastic!

  • Selfridges will no longer sell carbonated drinks in single-use plastic bottles, following its ban on the sales of disposable plastic water bottles. The department store has not stocked single-use water bottles for almost two years and it hopes the latest plan will encourage its clientele to stop using throwaway plastic and instead look to purchase aluminium cans or glass.
  • McDonald’s has become the latest restaurant chain to say it will phase out plastic straws from its UK restaurants. The fast-food chain said it is “really close” to the point where all its packaging can be recycled, but its straws are still unrecyclable.
  • Waitrose is to stop using disposable coffee cups in a move the supermarket says will save 52 million cups a year.
  •  Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has launched a new range of branded reusable water bottles as the latest part of its strategy to cut waste across its business.
  • Glass milk bottles are making a comeback as the backlash against plastic gathers pace among British shoppers.


Palm oil

Iceland has said it is going to stop using palm oil in its own-brand products by the end of 2018. They are the first major UK supermarket to say they will ban palm oil. Currently, Palm oil is used in more than half of its products, from biscuits to soap.

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The supermarket chain said growing demand for the oil is devastating tropical rainforests across southeast Asia. The frozen food specialist said it was alerted to the environmental challenges that palm oil presented by campaigners at Greenpeace. The ban only applies to Iceland-brand products, meaning other products sold by the retailer may still contain palm oil.  Good on you Iceland!

Why is palm oil controversial?

  • Palm oil production is said to have been responsible for about 8% of the world’s deforestation between 1990 and 2008
  • Burning large areas of forests to clear areas where oil palms can be grown has also been blamed for high levels of air pollution in South East Asia
  • Palm oil is used in almost half the products stocked by UK supermarkets. It can be found in everything from shampoos to biscuits, as well as biofuels
  • Some experts say eating palm oil is unhealthy because it is high in saturated fat
  • EU labelling laws were changed in 2014 so products must now state specifically if they contain palm oil

First for the UK

Tonic Housing, which revealed plans for an LGBT+ care village three years ago; has confirmed it is currently looking at sites in London.

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The organisation which was set up with the aim of boosting the quality of life for older LGBT+ people in Britain has also appointed a chief executive to lead the project. Anna Kear, who is former executive director of UK Cohousing, said: “Despite the advances in LGBT+ rights, statistics showing that 45 percent of older LGBT+ people have experienced discrimination when accessing social services and 73 percent are uncomfortable disclosing their sexuality to care staff indicate that there is still much work to be done.” There are around a million LGBT people in Britain over the age of 55 and research has shown that many people living in care homes feel they have to return ‘to the closet’ after being ‘out’ most of their lives due to fear of prejudice and discrimination. This new care village will be a lifeline for so many!

Eat Seasonably

Eat the Seasons


The distinctive, slightly bitter/metallic flavour of spinach makes it something of a ‘love it or hate it’ food. If you’re in the ‘love it’ camp, try one of our suggested recipes and prepare to love it even more. Spinach is available year-round, but the freshest, tenderest spinach is most easily obtainable in the spring.

Thai braised beef with spinach and leeks

Ravioli with Walnut, Spinach and Porcini


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‘Doughnut’ Worry. Be Happy.

You ‘Dough-nut’ want to miss this event; National Doughnut week is from 12-19th May 2018!

National Doughnut Week


National Doughnut Week is a week where businesses including bakers, coffee shops, offices and care homes take part and sell lots of delicious doughnuts. All in a bid to raise funds for The Children’s Trust. It’s really easy to get involved and there is no charge to take part! All you have to do to register is complete the online registration form and you will receive a pack of goodies to help organise and promote the week.

Here is our guide to a jam-packed week full of doughy goodness!

Plan Plan Plan

Make a plan and have some fun! You could have just jam doughnuts – but all different flavours. You could have savoury doughnuts only; Or you could go for themed doughnuts – what about a willi Wonka themed doughnut event?

Whatever you go for make sure it is well planned. Complete a to-do list to make sure the event runs smoothly.

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Earn maximum ‘dough’ by promoting your event well in advance. Run offers or buy one get one frees to maximise sales. Remember, the more money you raise the more money goes to charity!

One way to promote your event is to run a competition in advance. This will ‘raise’ awareness but can also create a fun-filled time for kids attending. Get them to design their perfect doughnut and try and make the winning entry (if its not too weird and wonderful). The competition will create a buzz before the main event.

Spread the Word

We all love doughnuts, but what is the point of keeping them all to yourselves? Shout it from the rooftops to make sure people attend your event. Get in touch with the local media (or even better – send them some doughnuts) so they can promote your event. Utilise social media. This week is all for a great cause, the more people know about it the more people will attend. Follow this twitter account to find out all the news you need for this awareness week! And happy eating!!!!

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