Celebrating Susie Ma: Tropic Skincare Founder

tropic Mar 08, 2018

In celebration of International Woman’s Day today, we thought we’d recognise the truly inspirational Tropic Skincare founder, Susie Ma. Thanks to her amazing drive and determination since she was just 15, Susie has made it onto the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe in Retail and Ecommerce list this year.

We’ve chosen to celebrate Susie today as we love her company’s ethos and the totally natural skincare and makeup products Tropic sells. While listening to Susie speak in January, her passion was clear. She grew up in North Queensland with her mum and grandma, surrounded by the ingredients that now make up her products. As a chemist, her grandma knew about side effects of chemicals and encouraged the family to lead a natural lifestyle, which included natural beauty products.

Susie moved to England and continued to nourish her body and skin with natural products. In 2004, when she was just 15, Susie made a big batch of her first product, rented a pitch at Greenwich...

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Is Sitting the New Smoking?

healthy lifestyle Feb 23, 2018

“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.” Explains Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic, Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative.

After years of studying the adverse effects of our sedentary lifestyles for years, researchers have found that there’s an increased risk of developing types of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes if we continue to sit for prolonged periods of time.

The good news is that simply through exercise and good habits, we can reverse the risk and live a longer, healthier life.

Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, has been out of the office recently and comments: “I can’t help but notice a lack of aches and pains since spending time away from my desk. Inspired by World Yoga Day yesterday (Thursday 22nd February) and RSI Day this coming Wednesday (28th February), I thought it might...

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Bridget’s IOSH Week: Collaborating for Success

Uncategorized Feb 14, 2018

Throughout the year, Bridget Gilmour, Hundred Acre’s founder and director, gets asked to attend a number of events and formal meetings in her role as a Vice President of IOSH. Every so often, they all fall together and last week was one of those weeks.

After the fun of celebrating the winners of the Safety Group UK Alan Butler Awards at the House of Lords at the end of January, last week was more work-focused. On Tuesday 6th February, Bridget and four other members of the presidential team met at IOSH headquarters, The Grange, for media training.

“Two journalists led the training, initially talking through media request, journalists and different types of interviews,” explains Bridget. “Then it was our turn and we were put to the test with different styles of interviews. I’d never done anything like that before, so I was wary at first, though thankfully I felt a lot more settled by the last attempt at a radio interview. I don’t think I’ll...

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There’s No Time To Lose

campaigns Feb 02, 2018

With World Cancer Day just around the corner, we thought it was an ideal time to discuss IOSH’s No Time To Lose (NTTL) campaign. The campaign is all about working with employers and employees to fight certain work cancers. Shockingly, workplace cancer still claims an unbelievable 742,000 lives a year worldwide, 8,000 of which happen here in the UK.

NTTL aims to help businesses better understand the causes of occupational cancer so they can take action. The campaign is working to:

  • raise awareness of a significant health issue facing workers in the UK and internationally
  • suggest some solutions on a UK scale to tackle the problem – a national model that can be transposed internationally
  • offer free practical, original materials to businesses to help them deliver effective prevention programmes.

Worryingly, many workers worldwide are still exposed to deadly carcinogens on a daily basis. Working with asbestos, coal tars, diesel fumes, metalworking fluids, mineral oils,...

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Winnie-the-Pooh Day

winnie the pooh Jan 18, 2018

We couldn’t let Winnie-the-Pooh Day pass by without paying homage to our favourite bear and A.A. Milne’s beautiful books.

Every year, on A.A. Milne’s birthday, Winnie-the-Pooh Day is celebrated around the world, and of course, in our very own corner of Hundred Acre.

As most of you know, these classic tales and the characters within them are a huge inspiration to us in our Hundred Acre world. We’re certainly not alone though. It’s testament to the amazing writing of A.A. Milne that Winnie-the-Pooh and friends are still celebrated today; 92 years after we were introduced to their first adventure.

To mark the 90th anniversary in 2016, we were treated to a new character, Penguin, and four new stories. Not content with just reading about adventures in Hundred Acre Wood, we visited Ashdown Forest (the real Hundred Acre Wood) for an adventure of our own. You can find out all about it in our blog post: Adventures in Hundred Acre Wood.

The world continued to...

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What do we do at Hundred Acre?

hundred acre Jan 12, 2018

It’s been a while since we talked about what we do in our Hundred Acre world, so we thought we’d refresh your memory. Hopefully you’ll know that we’re an occupational safety and health consultancy, but chances are you probably don’t know how that transpires into the services we offer.

First and foremost, Hundred Acre is our safe place. It has been since 2008, and our vision is to make it everyone’s safe place. By spending time with your key personnel and truly understanding your business, we’re able to deliver bespoke, flexible health and safety solutions that fulfil your legal obligations and ensure everyone returns home from work in the same physical and mental state as they arrived.


Most of the time our work with clients starts with an audit, which looks at your people, property and processes. We’ll visit your workplace, talk to your staff and take a look around your premises. We’ll discuss the health and safety...

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Our V&A Adventure

winnie the pooh Dec 15, 2017

Many of you know we love adventures here at Hundred Acre, and we never need an excuse to go on one. Our latest adventure was one we’d waited months for, and on Friday 8thDecember, we finally made our way to London to visit the V&A.

The V&A is a wonderful museum, billed as the world’s leading museum of art and design. It’s filled with all sorts of free exhibits as well as special exhibitions throughout the year. Following on for some wonderful predecessors including David Bowie, Pink Floyd and the incredible Alexander McQueen, this week has seen the opening of one we couldn’t wait to visit; Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic.

As most of you will be aware, Winnie-the-Pooh is important in our Hundred Acre world, and he’s also one of the most popular children’s characters of all times. This magical exhibition walks you through a Hundred Acre world, telling the story of the origin and creation of our favourite bear. While the original toys...

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A Week of IOSH and Inspiration

Last week was one of the most enjoyable weeks of 2017 in our Hundred Acre world, and it was mainly dominated by IOSH. Bridget Gilmour, Hundred Acre’s founder and director, shares her reflections on what has been a great and inspirational week.

IOSH 2017 Conference Opens

We were delighted to see a sign language interpreter as Graham Parker opened the conference.

“From Graham’s opening words of conference on Monday, to a presentation to the East Anglia branch on Friday; my week has been IOSH through and through.” Explains Bridget.

“The themes that were discussed at conference were very different to those of previous years. The world in which we work is evolving every day, and as a profession, we need to do the same. While the IOSH goal of ‘a safer world of work’ and Hundred Acre’s ‘everyone’s safe place’ will remain the same, the way we achieve it has to evolve.

“Hearing from the IOD and discussing the gig economy, it’s clear we all...

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Rethinking Remembrance

rememberance days Nov 12, 2017

This year, the Royal British Legion has asked us all to consider the sacrifices made by the armed forces community, both past and present. We will always honour the fallen who helped create the world as it is today, and as we mentioned last year, we also recognise Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday in support of the new generation of veterans and service personnel who help to keep our country safe today.

This year, the 10th, 11th and 12th November are all key dates for us to reflect upon. Friday 10thmarked 100 years since the end of the Battle of Passchendaele, Saturday 11th was Armistice Day, which marked 99 years since the formal agreement between the allies and Germany, and today, Sunday 12th November 2017, is Remembrance Sunday.

Bridget Gilmour, Hundred Acre’s founder and director, visited London yesterday and paid her respects at the Cenotaph. “I couldn’t be in London on the 11th and not pay my respects.” Explains Bridget. “This weekend has been...

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Annual HSE Statistics Released

Uncategorized Nov 02, 2017

Did you know that 1.3 million people in Great Britain are suffering from a work-related illness? Are you surprised to read 137 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2016/17?

These alarming statistics are just two of the key figures the HSE has released in their latest annual injury and ill health report for Great Britain (2016/17). Take a look at the full statistics on our infographic below and ask yourself, is your business doing all it can to eradicate workplace injury and illness?

We agree with the HSE Chair, Martin Temple, that these figures should “[. . .] act as a spur to reduce the impact of ill-health and injury on Britain’s workforce and businesses [. . .]” and we’re confident they will.

Although there are lots of stats for us all to digest, what stands out to us are the figures around prosecutions. 554 cases were prosecuted in 2016/17, with the fines from convictions totalling £69.9 million. More prosecutions took place in...

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