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Project Hatchling Innovation Design Competition: Win the Chance to Market Your Product with Turtle Mat

On March 24th, 2014 Bea wrote on the subject of Competition,Tales from Turtle Towers.

Project Hatchling Logo

This spring represents a great opportunity for anyone dreaming of seeing their idea become a commercial reality. Turtle Mat is giving one budding inventor, entrepreneur, or designer the chance to have their idea brought to life. Entrants can submit any innovative product idea that they think would be a great match with the Turtle Mat product range.

As an industry-leader, here at Turtle Mat we are looking to extend our consumer offering and share our expertise. As part of the deal, the winner will have the chance to enter into an exclusive arrangement with us and market their product through Turtle Mat, both directly and as part of our nationwide retailer network.

The Project Hatchling Team

We have also joined forces with D2M Innovation, Coller IP, and Brand Refinery, so the winner will receive full support to develop, protect, market and sell their product, as well as receive widespread PR and media coverage.

The competition opens April 1st 2014 and runs throughout the month of April. After the deadline, twenty candidates will be shortlisted and a final ten will be selected to pitch their ideas to the competition panel, “Dragon’s Den” style.

As our Commercial Director Susan Leaver explains, the competition is an exciting part of our 20th anniversary celebrations: “Turtle Mats are designed and made in the UK and we are passionate about supporting British entrepreneurship. When the Turtle Mat was launched 20 years ago it was seen as an innovation of its day. We want to impart the marketing skills and retail knowledge we have gained over the years combined with the expertise of our project partners, to give the next big idea the platform to succeed.

“We aren’t necessarily looking for a completed concept and would welcome applicants to enter even if their idea was in the early stages of development. That is the benefit of having our project partners on hand, they will be able to support and help develop it into a highly successful consumer product.”

The competition is free to enter and up to three entries can be made per entrant. This is open to those aged 18 & over.

For more information and to submit your entry, visit the Project Hatchling website here: http://www.projecthatchling.co.uk/

A big, red nosed thank you…

On March 22nd, 2013 Bea wrote on the subject of Tales from Turtle Towers.

…from everyone here at Turtle Towers for supporting our Red Nose Day Sample Sale!

Turtle Mat Comic Relief Sale 2013

When the final tally was totted-up, we were pleased as punched to have raised £1,603 for Comic Relief and the good causes at home and around the world that they support. Thank you!


Written by Turtle Mat’s Home Shopping Manager, Rebecca Wilson

Help us move a mat mountain for Comic Relief

On March 13th, 2013 Bea wrote on the subject of Tales from Turtle Towers.


Turtle Mat Comic Relief Sample Sale

“Rural Britannia” Mad Dogs and Englishmen

On May 16th, 2012 Bea wrote on the subject of Best of British.

There’s been a bit of a debate at “Turtle Towers” this week about Britishness. Perhaps it’s the prospect of Jubilee celebrations that have got us mulling this over but the one thing we all agree typifies Britishness is the slightly barmy things we do when the sun comes out (and even when it doesn’t!)

Not only do we have a propensity to fling clothes (and modesty) to the wind when the weather sneaks above 18ºC we also seem to believe ourselves imbued with superhuman powers as soon as the days lengthen (I like to call this May Madness). What other explanation could there be for throwing yourself down a hill after a cheese (unless you were very, very hungry) or seeing shin-kicking as a sport? We are lucky enough that “Turtle Towers” is nestled in the Cotswolds and it seems (whether by accident or design I wouldn’t like to speculate) to be the epicentre of quite a lot of the “crazy” and we love it.


Monday, 4th June 2012 – Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill 2012


Heading out towards Gloucester at Coopers Hill we have the infamous (and now unofficial) cheese rolling on the late spring bank holiday. I have been lucky enough to be there in recent years jostling for position with the German and American TV crews and could only marvel at the recklessness that leads men and women to hurl themselves down a slope with a gradient of 1-in-2 and sometimes 1-in-1 into the waiting arms of the local rugby team.


Monday, 4th June 2012 – Tetbury Wool Sack Races


Even closer to us are the Tetbury Wool Sack Races also held on the bank holiday weekend at the end of May; where teams and individuals carry 60lb wool sacks up a 1-in-4 gradient hill . This is Tetbury’s idea of a fun race! The tradition arises from rivalry between two local pubs – The Crown and The Royal Oak.


Friday, 1st June 2012 – Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpicks


Finally, an event I attended for the first time a few years ago, Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpicks, where the self-explanatory shin-kicking competition takes place. Celebrating 400 years of the Cotswold Olimpicks in 2012 with extended celebrations, villagers and tourists alike venture to a field just outside the centre of Chipping Campden to see all sorts of events, most notably competitors kicking each other’s shins (ouch!) The culmination of this fabulous evening is a firework display and a torchlight walk back into the heart of Chipping Campden where a band entertains the assembled crowd.


We believe the greatest thing about these events (aside from the camaraderie of wincing at someone else risking their limbs) is their support of rural traditions, practices and businesses; whether this be Smarts Farm of Churcham, Gloucestershire – the makers of the much chased Double Gloucester or the Tetbury and Chipping Campden pubs which benefit from increased trade.

Makes me proud that I as well as Turtle Mats are “Made in Britain”.


Written by Turtle Mat’s Home Shopping Manager, Rebecca Wilson