G-Hold featured on Packaging of the World


G-Hold's packaging has been nominated for a Scottish Design Award, so Packaging of the World spoke with Adam Gourlay of Shaw Marketing and Design. Adam worked with our own inventor, Alison, to create the innovative look and function of the packaging. 

“It was important to capture the style and tone of the product and present what is a truly innovative piece of kit in an appropriately attractive way,” said Shaw designer Adam Gourlay. “This is a product that is essentially simple, elegant and effective and we wanted all of these qualities to come through in the packaging."

Read the full story here

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

G-Hold packaging makes it to the finals of the Scottish Design Awards 2015

The Drum Scottish Design Awards

We are delighted to announce that G-Hold's packaging, designed by Shaw Marketing and Design, is a finalist in the Scottish Design Awards 2015. The prestigious awards, in conjunction with The Drum, celebrate the best of the country's design projects each year. 

The winners will be announced on the 21st May, so look out for more news coming next month.

Other nominees include: 

Here Design and Hendrick's Gin for Hendrick's Minisculinity and Hendricks Dreamscapes

Here Design and William Grant & Sons for The Balvenie 50

Pocket Rocket Creative and Douglas Laing & Co for Timorous Beastie Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Pocket Rocket Creative and Dunnet Bay Distillers for Rock Rose Scottish Gin

StudioStand and Isle of Skye Brewery for Skye Ale

Make sure you check them all out and see what good company G-Hold is keeping.

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

G-Hold has the Edge

Alison with ScotEdge CEO and some of the other winning companies

We are thrilled to announce that last night, after the final round of an intensive selection process, G-Hold® won a ScotEdge award, including funding of £31,000. G-Hold was one of 16 winning companies, chosen from over 190 applicants. Yesterday 21 companies pitched in front of a distinguished panel of judges, chaired by Sir Tom Hunter, with our CEO and inventor Alison Grieve following host Carol Smillie to kick off proceedings first thing in the morning. After some tough questions from the panel, it was a nervous wait until the evening ceremony to find out that we had won.

Thankfully we were able to spend the day watching the brilliant pitches by all the other companies, and being inspired by the drive, talent and innovation on display. It was an incredibly strong group, and we didn't envy the judges when it came to decision time. We've never been more excited to be a part of the Scottish business community, and to take advantage of the mentoring and support on offer to us as winners.

Visit www.scotedge.com for more details of the competition and the latest news.




Posted by Caroline Whitham.

The lowdown on all the PitchUp finalists

Gate 8 – If you, like us G-Holders, do a whole lot of travel, you’ll know how cumbersome it can be to unpack your baggage for security clearance. Gate 8 offers some innovative solutions to make your travel a whole lot simpler. Up in the Air travellers take note.

Indentity Papers - Mi casa es mi casa when one gets in touch with this wonderful design house, personalising your surroundings with text or photographic wallpaper and boxes.

Veglo – These urban cyclists had their light bulb moment with quite possibly the very best bike light on the market. Like the G-Hold, Veglo put their concept up on Kickstarter and were successful in achieving their goal. Check it out here. Their involvement in the Gadget Show’s British Inventors project has provided some well-earned coverage in the media.

Popcord – Ever find yourself hunting round your house or office for your phone charger? It’s especially frustrating when your battery is flat and you have an urgent call to make. Well, Popcord has come up with an elegant solution to ensure your trusty charger is always by your side. Their miniature design functions as both a charger and a keyring – simply plug it into any USB port and your phone will be juiced up in minutes.

Lexie Sport – There are some fashion brands that just jump out at you with their edginess and effortless style. Lexie Sport not only jumps out at you but also asks you to join in with the jumping. For achingly cool British iconography and a soundtrack that gives a British classic a modern twist, check out the Made in GB section on their website.

G-Hold – For those tablet lovers out there who sometimes wish they could find a more comfortable way of holding your beloved devices, look no further. The G-hold enables you to comfortably and securely hold your tablets in any environment. On a mission to change the way the world holds things, we looked to Kickstarter to fund our project and are hugely grateful to all the backers who made the project a success.

SMOO – Another pun on light bulb moments - Patrick Evans, a self-taught electronics engineer, has come up with a unique wall light that brings blended colour projections into your living room – a colour for every mood.

Pretty Athletic – This new British skincare brand takes care of your skin while you take care of your health. Totally unique in its offering, this brand is aimed at sport lovers who want to stay both fit and beautiful.

Squidkids – For a splashing good time for little ones on a rainy day, check out this imaginative range of rainwear for children. Not only does it reign (‘scuse the pun) supreme in both quality and style, it also changes colour when those rain drops come a falling. Never before has British weather been so much fun.

T1 by Daniel Harkin – This prolific inventor / designer has been hard at work to successfully create the world’s fastest toaster. With a 20 second toasting time, using 80% less energy and a no-burn guarantee, you’ll have your jam on toast faster than you can say ‘John Lewis Pitch Up Legend’.

Fiendishly Fabulous ( or www.blankgame.co.uk)  - This award-winning range of puzzles and games designed for a range of ages and abilities was cited as one of the best buys for Christmas 2013 gift. Putting the fun into crossword style challenges, this will expand children’s vocabulary and keep the adults on their toes, all contained in travel-friendly packaging.

Bildy – In the age of Minecraft, with creative building enjoying a surge in popularity, it’s great to see a new toy designed to have your little ones building off-screen and in the living room. This product invites both girls and boys to build flat-pack worlds of castles, cars, houses and more. Their Vimeo video is well-worth checking out.

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

Finalists for John Lewis’ ‘PitchUp’ initiative announced

by Megan Dunsby

High street retailer John Lewis has revealed the 12 finalists of its 2014 ‘PitchUp’ competition; an annual initiative which offers retail entrepreneurs the opportunity to get their products stocked on its shelves.

Backed by national pop-up shop campaign PopUp Britain, the 12 start-ups will now receive retail mentoring in order to get them ready to pitch their products to a panel of John Lewis buyers at the chain’s head office on August 1.

Intended to support British innovation and give retailers their “first taste of the high street”, the finalists include lightweight luggage solution Gate 8, children’s board game Blank, and cycle safety light specialist Veglo.

Ranging from sportstwear to wrapping paper, the 12 ‘PitchUp’ retail finalists are:
    Gate 8
    Identity Papers
    Lexie Sport
    Pretty Athletic
    Daniel Harkin
    Fiendishly Fabulous

John Lewis’ head of brand innovation, Matt Hully, said:

“We are delighted with the initial response to this year’s PitchUp, with a record number of applicants. We have a very exciting set of finalists, and look forward to welcoming them [...] and hearing their pitches.”

PopUp Britain manager, Becky Jones, added:

“Getting a chance to pitch your product to a panel of John Lewis buyers is every entrepreneur’s dream – a fact reflected in the number of applicants we had this year – almost 700.”

Read more here.

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

G-Hold is a finalist in the John Lewis PitchUp competition

We've been sitting on our hands to stop ourselves telling you about this exciting news for about a week but we can finally announce it - we're through to the finals of the PopUp Britain John Lewis PitchUp competition.

Almost 700 entries have been winnowed down to the final 12, and we will be flying down to London on the 1st August to pitch G-Hold to the company's top buyers. It's an incredibly exciting opportunity to get feedback from these retail gurus, and we are looking forward to hearing their advice and learning as much as we can. We also can't wait to meet the other young British brands who will be there - look out for an update coming soon with more info about their products. For a fascinating insight into John Lewis' history, check out the story of their founder here.

Big thanks to our Kickstarter backers for taking us this far, we couldn't do it without you.

Follow our journey on Facebook and Twitter, and send your support using #holdinghands


Posted by Caroline Whitham.