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World WellBeing Week 2022

It’s World WellBeing Week.

Now in its fourth year, World WellBeing Week provides the opportunity for participants worldwide to celebrate the many aspects of wellbeing, from meaningful, purposeful work to financial security, physical, mental and emotional health, social resilience and empathic corporate and civic leadership, community relations and care for the environment.

Throughout the week there are free online workshops lead by a diverse group of experts who will share their thoughts, advice and insight on how you can make wellbeing inclusive and accessible in your company.

Wednesday’s workshop topic will cover “Sustainability And Bringing Nature Into The Workplace – How To Make It Part Of Your Wellbeing Agenda” – an issue we are particularly passionate about.

For over 25 years, we have pioneered the use of plants for interiors, not only as an eye-catching focal point, but also to promote the natural health benefits that being surrounded by plants can bring.

Known as ‘Biophilic Design’, the use of plants in providing cleaner air and connecting us with nature, when coupled with natural light, certain colours, acoustics, and fragrances has long been proven to have a positive effect on both mental and physical wellbeing.

Despite this, a data gap still exists in the financial impact nature can have on the built environment meaning it continues to be overlooked by many designers. This was made evident in the The Human Spaces report into the Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace with 47% of employees reporting they have no access to natural light in their workplace, and a further 58% having no live plants. 

At the time of writing, we are awaiting results from a landmark research study we recently participated in, The Value of Biophilic Design, which aims to plug this gap.

During an in-house pilot study, 6 participants carried out their daily work at a designated workstation in a 30m2 office space at London based PLP Architecture. Over the course of 8-weeks the environment inside the office was gradually changed from an average office space into a multi-sensory experience. Rich, natural stimuli was introduced to the participants such as lush, green, living planting, as well as access to natural light and outside views, new natural décor, patterns and colours, plus sounds from nature.

We believe the wellbeing and productivity of the participants will closely correlate with the introduction of these natural elements and will therefore allow us to quantify in monetary terms what biophilic design can offer to a business.

By doing this, we hope more designers, business leaders and decision makers will be encouraged to put nature at the forefront of their projects and embrace biophilic design as a strategic priority.

We work with businesses, architects and interior designers across the UK to include biophilic design in their spaces. Get in touch to discuss how we can help to improve the wellbeing of visitors to your space.

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When is the best time to get hanging baskets?

 

Where outdoor space is limited, eye-catching hanging baskets, planted with an array of fresh flowers and trailing plants, are a fantastic way to increase footfall and add vibrant colours and gorgeous scents to your venue.

We tend to think of hanging baskets as being strictly a feature of summer, and with the solstice already behind us, you may be wondering if splashing out on hanging baskets is still a worthwhile investment this year.

When purchasing hanging baskets for summer you ideally want to have them in place by April or May to make the most of the longer days and get maximum return on your investment.

Luckily, Benholm offer an award-winning full rental package that makes beautiful hanging baskets a possibility for your venue all year round.

 

Click the button below to download our free Central Scotland Hanging Baskets brochure

 

By renting rather than purchasing your baskets from us upfront costs are greatly reduced, and the time of year you decide to begin your rental contract is less important as you will benefit from seasonal replanting and a maintenance service throughout your contract.

Rental contracts are issued on an annual rolling basis, during which you will receive 16” spring, summer and winter baskets, and the installation of brackets if required. Our maintenance team will regularly visit at optimal intervals to keep your baskets in peak condition, giving you total peace of mind. In most cases, we can carry out installation and our maintenance visits without even scheduling an appointment, allowing you to focus on what matter most.

 

We also offer attractive artificial hanging baskets in Central Scotland to reduce the need for maintenance. These are ideal for hard-to-access areas, or as a lower cost option. With high-quality realistic, UV-resistant replica foliage, our artificial hanging baskets are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. They can also be refreshed throughout the year on a rental basis to reflect the changing seasons.

Rental contracts are not suitable for every business, and we have a number of clients who still prefer to purchase their baskets from us and do their own maintenance. Our purchase baskets are subject to availability and we ask customers to order at least 2 months in advance to ensure baskets can be reserved (contract customers have priority and stock is limited due to the seasonality of these displays). Please specify spring, summer or winter version when ordering.

Head to our gallery to see more examples of our work, fill out an order form, or contact our friendly customer service team today who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Ferrari win “Best Presented Sponsor” at The Sir Jackie Stewart Classic

We were thrilled to be contacted by another delighted client over the weekend to let us know their Ferrari exhibition had won an award for “Best Presented Sponsor” at The Sir Jackie Stewart Classic.

Held at Thirlestane Castle and presented by Rolex; the inaugural festival featured live motorsport action, an award-winning classic car show, and showcased the career of Sir Jackie Stewart – all in aid of Race Against Dementia.

If you’re hosting or exhibiting at an event this year then why not consider planting to bring your display to life? Benholm can provide a range of lush, planted greenery to catch the eye and increase footfall to your stand.

We thrive on the creativity required to bring events to life and have designed and installed unforgettable plant and floral displays for some of the biggest brands in the world. From major sporting events, annual occasions and conferences to graduation ceremonies and trade shows, we’ve helped customers amp up their events when they really needed it.

Our build team are experts in large scale event décor, allowing our designers to think big when it comes to your brand promotion florals. But however big the idea, we always come through, with a trusted network of suppliers for sourcing even the most unusual elements.

Floral frames and selfie walls, vintage bathtubs overflowing with blooms, hanging birdcage chairs, even flamingos made of flowers – there’s no limit to what our talented team can do for your next brand event.

Check out our previous floral brand promotions for the likes of Grey Goose, Bombay Sapphire, Eden Mill, Gordon’s, Johnnie Walker, Macallan, and Jack Daniels below. And start to imagine what we could do for you next!

Let your creativity blossom. Contact our team to discuss the endless possibilities our bespoke plant and floral designs could bring to your next brand event and get a free tailored quote.

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Rose Street Garden wins award for Best Use of Outdoor Space

"Theatrical cocktails and street food are served in this idyllic city centre courtyard, tucked away behind the iconic Edinburgh Dome restaurant, making it very much in demand on sunny days" - The Edinburgh Evening News

Congratulations to our client, Rose Street Garden, on winning Best Use of Outdoor Space from The Edinburgh Evening News.

With a delicious range of exciting food and drink options to choose from on a globally inspired menu, and appropriate infrastructure in place to ensure the garden can be enjoyed in all weathers, Rose Street Garden is a worthy recipient of this award and a great example of how to harness the potential of an outdoor area.  

Inspired by the release of Bombay Sapphire’s Citron Pressé gin, we used a mixture of zesty yellows, Mediterranean blues and artificial lemons for their recent summer refresh. These energising pops of colour contrasted perfectly with the lush green foliage we had previously installed to create an irresistibly sharable space for their visitors.

At Benholm Group we do more than just provide plants. From the perfect furniture to that finishing flourish of greenery, our team are here to help you design the ultimate outdoor dining experience for your hospitality customers.

Head to our dedicated outdoor dining page where you can find out more, see examples of our previous work and download our free Outdoor Dining Guide.

 

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Why should office plants play a role in your “Return to the Office” strategy?

With job vacancies outnumbering unemployment for the first time since records began, the ‘Great Return’ continues in earnest for businesses across the UK.

There is no doubt that one of the by-products of the pandemic was an unprecedented working from home experiment. Although many companies have been more than happy to make this temporary measure permanent, others have made it clear they want their employees back in the office. The problem is the feeling isn’t exactly mutual.

For employees who can satisfy most, if not all, of their role requirements from home, asking them to return to the office full-time amidst a worsening cost-of-living crisis can be a hard sell. Whilst working remotely during the pandemic workers were able to reduce expenses associated with working in a traditional office, use time spent commuting more meaningfully and overall enjoy a better work/life balance.

With office occupancy still a long way from returning to pre-pandemic levels and pervasive work from home options making it easier than ever to find such employment, companies have been forced to get creative in an effort to entice staff to return to the office.

More informal dress codes, restructuring conference rooms to be less hierarchical and dropping stuffy, outdated HR practises all have their merits in attracting staff back to the office but companies should also look to nature, particularly plants, to satiate a workforce that have collectively gained a greater appreciation of nature and become more health conscious whilst in isolation.

Being forced to stay at home resulted in us living an excessive digital life, with much longer screen times, and we missed out on the cognitive engagement that constant changes in the physical environment provides. Adding a touch of greenery can breathe life into clinical corporate environments and provide a more satisfying return to the office for staff.

Besides adding freshness and visual interest, plants have a host of less obvious abilities that can make returning to the office much more appealing.

  • Plants can be used to maintain a degree of social distancing in a way that feels less invasive offering a degree of reassurance for those still feeling cautious about occupying busy indoor spaces.

  • They also help to purify the air of harmful pollutants as proven by NASAs Clean Air Study which found that certain common indoor plants were able to remove up to 90% of the harmful chemicals tested. Separate research carried out by The Agricultural University of Oslo across 51 offices also found a reduction in fatigue, headaches, sore/dry throats, coughs, asthma, and dry facial skin in offices with sufficient greenery.

  • Staff who have become accustomed to the serenity of working from their own home may find the noise of a busy office distracting and worry about the impact this will have on their productivity. Through deflection, absorption and refraction, plants can help to improve office acoustics. Sound bounces from impermeable surfaces such as walls and hard storage units, whereas plants are porous to support photosynthesis giving them the ability to absorb sound waves from the air.

  • There are a lot of psychological and physiological stressors that we encounter in the workplace and unfortunately, workplaces often tend to be stripped of much of their connection to the natural environment. Plants are healing, therapeutic and can bring a sense of calmness to any setting with numerous scientific studies routinely finding they have the capacity to positively impact mental health.

  • In addition to enticing existing staff back into the office and aiding retention efforts, plants can also help to attract new talent to businesses. Adequate greenery sends visual cues about a company’s values and green spaces communicate to workers that their employers care about them and their welfare. The Human Spaces report: The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace found that a third of office workers say that the design of an office would affect their decision to work for a company.

We are in the middle of the biggest work revolution our generation has experienced making it the perfect opportunity to reassess how your office functions.

Plants create instant wellbeing, so if you are looking to make your staff feel nurtured, then we recommend that you introduce plants before you consider something that takes much longer and is more costly, such as an office refurbishment. With virtually immediate effect, you can quickly make a major difference with minimal disruption to day-to-day work.

Whatever you do to improve your organisation and get staff back into the office, the mindset of going back to “how we’ve always done it” is simply not going to cut it in 2022.

Get in touch today to find out how we can help you welcome visitors and colleagues back into your workplace. Benholm can provide a gorgeous array of lush greenery in a range of bespoke planters for both indoor and outdoor use.

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Benholm client scoops prestigious award for their hanging baskets

The Steps Bar's Kevin Henderson proudly accepts the award

It was lovely to hear from our friends at The Steps Bar this weekend to let us know they had won a prestigious award for their hanging baskets.

The Let Glasgow Flourish Awards was organised and judged by The Incorporation of Gardeners at the Trades House Glasgow and was presented by The Lord Provost of Glasgow, with the Deacon of The Incorporation of Gardeners watching on.

Not only are commercial hanging baskets perfect for decorating and attracting potential customers to businesses such as shops, restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars – they are also ideal too for council departments looking to improve the city’s streets.

For your total peace of mind, we offer end-to-end basket supply, bracket installation, and ongoing hanging basket maintenance in Central Scotland to protect your investment. Our teams are equipped with specialist maintenance equipment including bespoke watering vehicles to ensure every display is provided with just the right amount of water. We visit at optimal intervals year-round, with seasonal changes included automatically. So, you don’t need to think ahead. And with our deluxe service, further additional changes are possible if required.

We also offer attractive artificial hanging baskets in Central Scotland to reduce the need for maintenance. These are ideal for hard-to-access areas, or as a lower cost option. With high-quality realistic, UV-resistant replica foliage, our artificial hanging baskets are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. They can also be changed throughout the year on a rental basis to reflect the seasons, with customers none the wiser.

Head to our dedicated hanging baskets page where you can see examples of our previous work, download a free brochure, and fill out an order form.

 

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