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Introducing Beard Shop UK: Your one stop beard maintenance shop

Introducing Beard Shop UK: Your one stop beard maintenance shop

Beard Shop UK, the Bedfordshire based beard boutique opens it’s doors today and launches into the world of online retail

Established by bearded bloke Lincoln Miles, the store launched after Lincoln struggled to find a reliable source for beard oils.

Stocking a large range of beard balms, shampoos, moustache wax, shaving gear and other male grooming products, Beard Shop UK is ideal for beards of all shapes and sizes.

‘This is not your average shop. We’re not launching a rival Superdrug or Boots here. Beard Shop UK aims to bring together the best in male grooming products from a variety of big and small brands. We’ll be showcasing well known companies alongside up and coming brands, all in one place’

Said Lincoln, himself sporting an impressive beard.

Beard Shop UK offers popular brands such as Captain Fawcett, The Bearded Man Co, Black Dog and Mariner Jack, and will be adding new products from home-grown brands over the next few months.


‘Beards have become much more popular in the last 5 years or so. The social attitude to beards has changed, but the retail environment has not adapted to the needs of the modern consumer. The business world is no longer dominated by the clean shave, but there’s an art to a good beard – the ragged hobo look doesn’t work for everyone, which is why we launched Beard Shop UK’

To check out the latest products and get the low down on what to do with your beard visit http://www.beardshopuk.co.uk, or check out the social channels below.




For trade enquiries, contact Lincoln Miles on 07856 614509

Men’s Essentials: Hackett vs Preppers Shop

When we came across this lovely layout from Hackett London, Preppers Shop UK sprung to mind.

The audience for Preppers Shop UK are more slip-knot than slip-on so it seemed right to produce an image in the same style.

All of the products in the Preppers Shop image are available to buy online, and the post went down well with the prepping community on facebook and twitter.

Hackett London's take on Men's Essentials

Hackett London’s take on Men’s Essentials


Preppers Shop UK take on Men’s Essentials

Private Numberplates – What’s the fuss?

Here’s a post we created for client SpeedyReg.co.uk, aiming at demonstrating just how easy it is to add a personalised numberplate to a vehicle:


Or you can read the post here…


Private Number plates: What’s the fuss?

A private number plate adds individuality and creativity to a part of the car that is compulsory by law.

Why personalise a number plate?

There are many reasons why an enthusiast would want to personalise a number plate. After working on a car for many years, an owner may want to add that finishing touch – after all, if it’s a vehicle that’s going to be kept for some time, it makes sense.

Other buyers see number plates as an investment, whilst others simply want to associate their number plate with their car, such as having MG or BMW somewhere in the digits.

One of the marques most well known for featuring private number plates is Morgan. You can almost guarantee that when a Morgan cruises past you, it’ll be wearing a MOG plate!

Businesses often purchase private number plates to give their fleet consecutive numbers, or as another branding expertise as part of their marketing.

A large proportion of classic car (or nearly classic car) owners will personalise their number plates to hide a cars age. “It’s a 15 year old car” said Graham about his Mazda MX5 “But with my dateless plate no one knows. It’s always polished and looks brand new, so why should the plate give the game away?”

This anti-aging process can also be applied the other way around, as it has for Colin:
“I love the older cars but my Mini is a 1993 model, it has a few subtle touches to make it look older, including an older number plate. I’d never try to sell it as an old car, but to the casual onlooker it appears to be a vintage classic…. But I know the secret!”

How do I apply a private number plate to my vehicle?

There are many online retailers of private number plates. The process is very simple, once you’ve chosen your perfect plate simply follow the procedures on the website.

With a good number plate retailer such as SpeedyReg.co.uk, the process will be handled and you’ll be kept informed every step of the way. Once your certificate has arrived, you’ll need to return your V5C and tax disc to SpeedyReg, who will then handle the rest of the process for you.
When you purchase the number plate, you’ll be asked whether you want to have the actual plates provided, or you can choose to go and purchase them elsewhere.

How much do private number plates cost?

As much as you want to spend! Dateless plates can be bought as low as £50. Some of the most expensive private number plates have sold for upwards of £250,000!

Is there a transfer fee for the service?

Yes, the DVLA charge a standard transfer fee of £80 for the process.

What happens to my old number plate?

Unless you choose to keep the plate on retention (£105), the DVLA will simply reclaim it back.

How long does it take?

With a good provider, the whole service should take around 10 working days.

What are the age restrictions for dated number plates?

DVLA registrations are dated registrations and therefore can only be transferred onto an age related vehicle. You can make your vehicle look older but you cannot make it appear younger:
Eg DO57 COW would not be able to be transferred onto a 1997 vehicle.

However if your vehicle was first registered in April 2008, then there would be no problem in transferring J17 XNE onto your vehicle, as it will make your vehicle look older – which is allowed.


Vauxhall VXR8 Review

This review was originally written for Wavelength Surf Magazine, July 2013:

Er, what is it?

The Vauxhall VXR8 is the British cousin of the Australian HSV Clubsport R8 Tourer. Put simply, it’s a practical estate car with a whopping great V8 engine. To the untrained eye at the beach it may look like just another sporty estate car, but there are aesthetic hints as to its awesome capability. The aggressive snouts on the bonnet, flared arches, 20 inch wheels, and four tailpipes are clues that give the game away – this is one serious piece of kit.

What’s it like to drive?

The comfortable leather bucket seats hold you in place whilst the huge steering wheel and generous pedals make the driver feel connected and in charge. The steering is perfectly balanced – firm and planted yet light enough to make parking a breeze. Around town the car is civilised and easy to drive, although the clunky gearbox can take getting used to.

Out on the open road the pace is blistering. The 429bhp 6.2 litre V8 engine feels like it’s never going to run out of power – it just keeps on pulling. The stated 0-60 time is 4.9 seconds, but it’s the acceleration from there on that’s mind blowing. This car just loves going fast. Keeping that power in check are four huge AP Racing disc brakes, the performance of which is almost as impressive as the engine itself. The combination of an engine that loves to go and a braking system that loves to stop is perfect for those ‘report says six foot but the wind is swinging round so we need to be fifteen miles away half an hour ago’ scenarios that most surfers will be familiar with. The VXR8 can capitalise on the smallest window of opportunity for overtaking slower traffic, just dropping a gear and stamping on the fun pedal unleashes a deep wail from the V8 as it rockets forward. Despite it’s size and weight the power isn’t intimidating, it may sound like seven hells but the advanced traction control system and incredible brakes make this a very enjoyable car to drive quickly.


How does it sound?

Incredible. The 6.2 litre V8 starts with a grumble that would make any car nutter grin; it burbles and pulsates at idle in the most satisfying way. I’d rather listen to any engine than local Cornish radio but the VXR8 comes with a compilation of ear pleasing tones that’d rival Zane Lowe’s best late night set list.

What’s it like to live with?

The VXR8 is a very practical car. Although this Australian thoroughbred feels wide on tight Cornish lanes, physically it’s no harder to live with than any other large estate car. There are plenty of toys to keep you entertained in the cabin such as cruise control, zonal climate control, detailed race analytics, reversing camera – it’s got the lot.

In terms of fuel economy it’s very efficient. A 102bhp VW T5 can return 37.7mpg, so the VXR8 being 4 times more powerful should use 4 times more fuel. Driven sensibly the VXR8 can achieve over 20mpg, which makes it twice as economical as a diesel VW T5 when compared like for like. (Obviously this doesn’t quite make sense, but then nor does buying a VXR8 if fuel economy and the environment are a concern…)


What’s it like for a surfer?

With the gigantic load space the VXR8 will transport you and your surf buddies in comfort and at pace. The rear seats fold flat and split fold – the most important two features any surfer should look for in an estate car! If you’re determined to take four surfing friends on an epic adventure it can be fitted with solid roof racks. Despite the 20inch wheels and low skirts; ground clearance only becomes a problem in the most rutted of car parks.


Are there any alternatives?

If you’re looking for a fast, V8 estate car that can transport the whole family and all your surfboards then the VXR8 represents good value:

Mercedes E63 AMG Estate, 549bhp V8, £75,535

Audi RS6 Avant, 560bhp V8, £76,985

What’s the verdict?

If you can stomach the fuel economy and want to stand out from the crowd then this is the wagon for you. That V8 howl will never get old, you’ll never have the problem of parking next to an identical vehicle in Polzeath car park on a Bank Holiday and Joel Parkinson drives one.


2013 Vauxhall VXR8 Tourer:

Engine: 6162cc V8 Petrol

Transmission: 6 Speed Manual

Fuel Consumption: 20.9mpg (combined cycle)

CO2 emissions: 324g/km

Top speed: 155mph (limited)

Price From: £49,500

Working with In Motion Media on the Air Ride Lotus Esprit

We’ve been busy working with In Motion Media shooting a fantastic air-ride Lotus Esprit, that uses air bag suspension to achieve the ultimate stance.

Here’s the final edit from In Motion Media:

Men’s Essentials

Our client Preppers Shop UK have recently started stocking Opinel Knives, and we’ve been a into Opinel for many years. It was a no-brainer to put together this simple little Men’s Essentials image to use on the Preppers Shop Blog. You can see that post here:


Men's Essentials image for Preppers Shop

Men’s Essentials image for Preppers Shop

New Cover Photo for Alder Sportswear





We really enjoy working with Alder Sportswear, they make high quality cold water surfing equipment and the range of boots and gloves is second to none.

It’s great working for a client who’s products we really believe in…!
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