Mill Outlets Set For Expansion


Mill Outlets is on its way up in the world and last week we made the leap to a bigger and better location. We are expanding the company into a much larger unit in Braunston in Northamptonshire and we will also be growing our product line. We have been incredibly busy and all the staff are run off their feet but we did find time to get in a quick snapshot of the team under our brand new shiny sign. The sign was made super quick in only a week by Mark from SignZone who works from the unit just next to us in the same Business park which was very handy.


We are lucky to be moving into possibly the most scenic Business Park in the Midlands. Our unit is located next to the Grand Union Canal in Braunston on the intersection with the Oxford Canal making for a perfect place for a spot of lunch.

Braunston is famous for its intersection of the Oxford and Grand Union Canal which were once a critical part of the national transportation infrastructure. Braunston also has a huge Marina full of narrow-boats moored up where many people choose to live on the waterways. We even have a local family butchers in Braunston which no doubt will be perfect when it comes to National Barbecue week which is only a few weeks away now. Braunston was also once accessible by railway and was served by the Great Central Main Line from a station in the village of Willoughby only a few miles down the road from Braunston, now the railways is closed and like most disused railways they make a great place for dog walkers.


Due to this recent move it obviously means we now have a new address and a new phone number. Here’s the details if your planning on getting in touch:

01788 890966
Unit 10, Braunston Business Park
London Road
NN11 7HB

Scaling The Ladder


One of our hard working members of staff Jess, who has been loyal to us now since 2011, has made quite an impact on our team. She has been working hard in the dispatch team for a long time now and we thought that it was about time to promote her to “Senior Dispatch Assistant”. We are all very proud of her and she is certainly very pleased of herself.

The rest of The Mill Outlets Team would like to extend their warmest congratulations to Jess for a Job well done and for helping in keeping our dispatch team running like clockwork.

Four top tips to prepare your garden for the summer

~ by Irene Jones


Correct clothing is one of the most important aspects of preparing to spend some time in the garden. Remember that if we have a good summer, temperatures should climb so you will want to be adequately protected while not sweating. Finding the correct balance between gardening safely and not getting too hot during the summer can be tough but we plan to make this a little easier for you. Lets start at the bottom and work our way up. On the feet we recommend not getting bogged down by wearing full sized wellies which may limit your movement. Instead of full sized wellies, try these excellent and supportive short ankle wellies. I always find that jeans work best for me as they are durable and strong enough to keep scratches from your legs, however, in the summer these might not be appropriate so go for something a little lighter. With regards to the upper body, a thin long sleeved t-shirt works well. Remember to grab some lightweight gardening gloves and a nice summer hat to complete your attire.


Efficiency while gardening is a must and there is nothing more important than storage. If your shed looks like the image below then you might struggle. Try to work tidily and put things away once you have finished with them and you could end up with a much better shed. The cleaner your shed is, the easier it is to work efficiently. In an ideal world it would be nice to achieve the second image below.

Poor shed storage

Good shed storage


Preparation is the key. Plan which flowers you would like to plant and where, once this is decided then go and buy the seeds in advance of starting the work. I always find that a drawing helps, I’m not great at drawing by any means but it can help to get your ideas on-to paper and it can be useful to come back to once complete. Ensure all your tools are in working order, if not then make sure you go out and buy the correct tools early – there is nothing more frustrating than starting a project and then realising that you don’t have the correct tools to finish; causing a trip to the shops. Take a look at your calendar, see if you have anything booked and prepare your first gardening day around your plans. I once completely forgot that I had a wedding to attend and realised after I had got changed into my gardening gear and had the lawnmower out ready to start – call it old age!


Irene JonesIrene Jones is an avid gardener in her spare time, during the day she reviews and critiques garden & outdoor equipment for a British manufacturer of industrial supplies.

She has 40 years experience in landscape gardens and has enjoyed being employed to look after some huge landscape projects for many public gardens in the UK. Nowadays she enjoys walking in gardens with her grandchildren more than working on them but the passion still has deep roots. If you would like to get in touch with Irene, you can find her on Google+.

Keeping Your Kids Entertained This Summer

entertain the kids this summer article image by emm mcandrew

– By Debbie Phillips

It can be quite frustrating when your kids come home from school, or finally get a spring or summer break, and all they want to do is sit in front of a television or computer screen all day. When most adults think back to their childhood, they cannot remember spending a single summer day indoors unless there was practically a hurricane on the horizon. With problems such as childhood obesity and diabetes on the rise, how do we get kids up, moving, and active again?

Fortunately, all hope is not lost. There are a few fun ways that you can motivate your kids to spend their time productively, socialize, play, and stay active during their time at home, and it can all be done easily on a very inexpensive budget as well. The key is to introduce new hobbies and ideas for the children, and encourage them to try new experiences at least one time. They might be surprised at how much fun there is to be had away from video games and the Internet.

Here are some fun activities to try with your kids:

Start a Family Garden

Starting a garden with your kids takes can bring so many wonderful benefits to your family. It not only gets the kids out of the house and enjoying nature, but it also teaches them about biology and nutrition. Planting a garden can also help get your children eating healthier. You are certainly not alone if you have kids that do not want to eat or try new fruits or vegetables. However, when kids grow their own vegetables, they are more likely to be willing to try the foods and enjoy them. Growing your own vegetables is a very inexpensive way to entertain the family, and bring some great tasting fresh and nutritious produce to your meal times.

Start a Book Club

Most children have summer reading lists to get through over the summer. Is your child one that waits until the last week of summer vacation to finish the required reading? Even if your kids do not have to read specific books over the summer, a book club is a great way for them to keep their minds active, and socialize with other kids while away from school. If you ask around, there are probably plenty of other mothers that would love to start this club with you. The kids can get together, talk about what they’ve read, if they are very young, you can read to them, and then follow the meeting with play time including a game or sport of some kind.

Organize a Field Day

Who says you need to wait on a school or church to organize a field day? There are plenty of other mothers in your area looking for ways to keep their kids active. If you are willing to host a day of games, competitions, races, and other fun activities, you will find that other families are also willing and eager to help support your idea. You can turn the event into a major block party and have each mother bring a few supplies or snacks.

Encourage Your Kids To Keep Learning

School isn’t the only place where your kids can learn valuable lessons. During their time at home, encourage your kids to try to learn a new skill in which they are interested. This can be learning a new craft, playing an instrument, learning a language, or learning to cook. Find something that the child is genuinely interested in so that the process is not only educational, but also fun and entertaining. It can be a great bonding experience if you find a skill that you both would like to learn together.

Debbie Phillips enjoys writing about ideas to help stay at home moms from saving money to keeping the kids busy at

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