Clerkenwell Design Week

Set across three days 22-24 May 2018, Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) returns for its ninth edition, hosting the best in design from the UK and beyond, and featuring a wide range of talent from the area from young entrepreneurial start-ups to well established design practices.  As the annual focus for London’s leading design district, the festival programme has been tailored to reflect the unique nature of this vibrant London hub, home to a plethora of creative businesses, design consultancies, showrooms and architectural practices.

2018 will again play host to hundreds of fringe events, showroom presentations, workshops, talks and public-facing installations all with design at their heart.  Events run over three days and follow a distinct trail north to south from Spa Fields down to Farringdon linking together several exhibition spaces and a series of specially commissioned installations. 

Each year, Clerkenwell Design Week displays new projects and commissioned installations located within high profile spaces across Clerkenwell.  Working with leading names in design, engineering and architecture, these projects aim to bring spectacle and energy to the district whilst pushing the boundaries of design concepts, process and material capabilities.  This year, sustainability is a key theme with several participants and projects addressing this trend.

Integral to the festival are the local resident design showrooms, many of whom partner with CDW, providing an array of stimulating events from talks and workshops to major installations.  Over 90 companies will be participating in CDW 2018, including high-end furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom brands alongside specialist manufacturers.

Our Interiors team will be attending CDW every day, to be in with a chance of winning a bottle of champagne, just hand any of them your business card to be entered into a draw – one lucky winner will also win a wine tasting experience!  We are looking forward to seeing existing and new partners.


The Bluestone 20th Birthday Party (part one)

On Thursday August 4th Bluestone Leasing held the first of their two summer parties, celebrating 20 years in business with our northern based customers, partners and banks.

The party was held in the fantastic venue of Crafthouse bar, based in Trinity Leeds, and the stunning views across the city made for the ideal backdrop for our celebration.

20160804_115914The Bluestone Team






 The guests were entertained with beautiful cocktail jazz music by The Vernon Sisters and magician Andy kept everybody guessing with his quick card tricks. There was also a cocktail station with in-house mixologist Tom showing the guests how to mix the perfect gin and vodka cocktails.

The Vernon SistersAndy the magician





The food came in the form of stunning canapés and mini dishes provided by the chefs at Crafthouse, the mini fish and chips was a particularly nice touch to give the food a Yorkshire feel.

Smoked salmon canape Fish and chip mini dish










A huge thank you to all the guests that joined us on the day and a special thank you to Investec, PEAC, Close Brothers and Aldermore for sponsoring the party.

If you missed out on this party and would like details of our second party later this summer please get in touch with Stef on

Kick Start 2016

Every January, at the start of our financial year, the business gets everyone together for our annual Kick Start event. Invariably this is held off-site and over the years we have mixed up domestic locations, such as Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham and York, with more exotic destinations such as Rome and Copenhagen.

The day essentially breaks into three distinct sessions. The morning is made up of presentations that review the year just completed and, more importantly, set out the strategic direction and objectives of the business for the year ahead. After lunch we get everyone involved in team building activities, which vary every year, and the day concludes with a company dinner complete with annual awards and the obligatory night out.

This year we did something quite unique and quite special. Last autumn we helped our client, Bon Coeur Fine Wines, to relocate their business to new premises at Scotch Corner just off the A1. Having been involved with the project throughout, I was delighted to see the finished building. In addition to modern warehousing and distribution space, the property boasts facilities for events and conferences with elegant kitchens and bespoke space for tasting sessions. It didn’t take long for my mental cogs to start whirring and discussions began with the owners…

Three months later, Bon Coeur delivered a fantastic and bespoke event for our business. Split into six teams, each one had to come up with a concept for a new wine – very much in an Apprentice style. Not only did they have to come up with the concept and name, they had to blend the wine from different grapes, complete a wine tasting challenge, design their wine label and even cook a meal from an unknown box of ingredients to compliment their chosen wine! A three minute power pitch to a panel of judges in front of all their peers notched up the tension and created a real buzz as the winners were announced. Great day and a great event – so much so that Bon Coeur intend offering the package to others looking to do something similar.

As the person responsible for these key annual events, I was delighted with the response from the team with many describing 2016 as the “best Kick Start ever”. Its difficult to capture so much of what was great about the day but this tongue-in-cheek “Movie Trailer” will give you a small taste of what we got up to.

Thanks to everyone at Bon Coeur and all the Bluestone team for putting in so much energy to make the day the huge success it was.

Steve Russell