Month: January 2022

Sustainability: Spotlight on DGSL.Ltd


Dr G’s shoe repair company is a professional restorer of trainers, handbags, shoes & boots. Located in Colchester’s Red Lion Yard, is one of the many small, family run businesses that are helping to contribute to a more sustainable future!

Entrepreneur Gareth Tansey turned his passion for repairing people’s used trainers into a business idea, and is upcycling, redesigning and restoring shoes for people all over the world.



In 2020, won trader of the week in his home town, right here in Colchester, Essex. Before growing his rapidly expanding shoe and accessory restoration business, the shop began in his garden shed until he later moved into his home garage. Eventually, in 2021 opened it’s doors to their brand new shop inside a unit in Colchester High Street.

“Ever since I was younger I’ve always hated having dirty shoes when going out. I always cleaned them to the best of my ability and received compliments for how smart they looked. After this, I received requests from family and friends to restore their worn shoes. From this I was asked to restore a handbag after wine was unfortunately spilled much to the owners despair. After a while, my friends recommended me to their friends and this is how Dr G’s Sneaker Laundry was created!” – Gareth Tansey

The best plant-based dishes to try this Veganuary at M&S

New year, new healthier you?


This Veganuary we are making it even easier for you to take part in the 31 days of veganism. So, if you are thinking about trying a plant-based diet as one of your new years resolutions, M&S has the perfect range of Plant Kitchen dishes for you to try!

We’ve chosen some of our favourite picks from the Plant Kitchen range, including the award- winning Vegan Beef Wellington.


Vegan Beef Wellington 











Kicking it off with the award-winning Vegan Beef Wellington. This tender vegan fillet wrapped in indulgent Duxelles and perfectly flaky dairy-free pastry is the ultimate table centrepiece and showstopper this Veganuary!


No Lamb Shawarma












If you’re looking for an easy on-the-go work lunch, this Plant Kitchen favourite is the perfect option. The No Lamb Shawarma is made with succulent wheat and vegetable protein, vine ripened tomatoes, a creamy vegan garlic dressing, zingy tomato and chilli sauce, crunchy salt and vinegar potato fries, spinach and red onions on a soft flatbread!


Vegan Chocolate Cake Jar 












Because every meal should end with a mouth watering desert… The famous cake jar is back, and better than ever with a brand new vegan-friendly option. This jar of joy is made with chocolate sponge cake layered with chocolate buttercream, Belgian chocolate sauce, biscuit balls and decorated with dark chocolate. Vegans, now you can have your cake and eat it!