Archive for June, 2013

Still on the lookout for a contract web developer

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Have you got mad PHP/Front end web development skills? Do you know your way around a whole host of development technologies and languages? Could you punch a hole in the side of a moving bus?

If you have the first two qualities, and are interested in some possible contract work for us here at Together then please email us a with a CV.

You need to be familiar with (and bloody good at) the following technologies…


The following would also be useful…

AS3, Linux
Nginx a plus

So, if you’ve got the skills, the experience and a love of moderately priced biscuits, then you could be just what we’re looking for.

However, if all you can do is punch a hole in the side of a bus, then we have little use for you.


Our Stowford Press cricket promotion ends with a £50k bowl

Thursday, June 6th, 2013


Our hugely popular cricket-themed sales promotion for Stowford Press –  ‘Bowl For £50k’ – reached a dramatic conclusion at Trent Bridge cricket ground yesterday, as promotion winner Chris Newall won the £50,000 prize.

The promotion offered the chance for 4 lucky winners to go to the Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham and – during the interval of the England versus New Zealand One Day International match – bowl at the stumps for the chance to win the cash prize.

They were required to first successfully bowl at three stumps, then two and then just a single stump in order to win the cash prize. And this is the quite amazing way it all happened…

Chris Newall was the last competitor to bowl and, buoyed on by the 16,000 crowd, he successfully struck the stumps with each of deliveries.


Chris was congratulated immediately afterwards by BBC Five Live sports presenter Mark Chapman with an embrace that has been shared widely across Twitter.

Chappers and Chris

Former England captain Michael Vaughan also tweeted (rather cheekily) about the achievement, suggesting that the Australian attack could well be looking closely into Chris’ ancestry in search of Aussie roots. Chris, £50,ooo richer, was then applauded from the pitch by the Trent Bridge crowd.


A perfect end to a sales promotion we’re all incredibly proud of.

The Gestalt Club: helping new food and drink products get to market

Monday, June 3rd, 2013


Three companies, including us fine fellows at Together, who individually are experts in food technology, manufacturing and marketing have joined together to from The Gestalt Club, an organisation devoted to pooling their talents to help new food and drink products reach the supermarket shelves.

Food technologist Brian Smith, operations specialist Ian Noakes and our own senior marketing professional Jonathan Turner have formed the organisation based on the Gestalt principle that the whole is more than the sum of the parts.

‘We’ve all got experience, knowledge and valuable contacts in each of our individual sectors’ said Jonathan, a marketer with over 20 years’ experience working on major international FMCG brands. ‘What’s more, we realise how difficult it is for new food and drink products to reach the market without the right knowledge, a rigorous NPD process and the appropriate level of investment. We can offer people who have new and interesting food and drink ideas the knowledge of how to develop the idea and bring it to market and ensure the greatest chance of success. We will also help raise investment where this is required.

Alongside Jonathan is Ian, one of the founding directors of Dovedale Foods with over 15 years experience in new product development and manufacturing and Brian Smith founder of Booth Smith Food Technology who have successfully developing new food and drink products in 55 countries.

The Gestalt Club has already taken on several projects which are in advanced stages of development, and are continually looking for innovative and ambitious people to work with.

Offering consultancy as well as a complete service to get the product developed, manufactured, given a brand identity and marketed, The Gestalt Club works with individual entrepreneurs and food companies – whether they need guidance, a structured development plan or help finding investment.

‘The Gestalt principle is all about the importance of taking individual elements and bringing these together to help great ideas fly. Through the collective wisdom of members of the Gestalt Club we can help develop and nurture ideas to maximise chances of success.’

So, if you want to find out more about The Gestalt Club or if you’d like them to help you get your idea off the ground, simply email Jonathan.