Soapworks Christmas Newsletter 2018



It’s been quite a year for everyone connected with Soapworks. In 2018 we celebrated our 30th birthday, we’ve enjoyed some tremendous customer collaborations, we’ve seen the global backlash against plastics and we became part of the Daabon group.
Please, take a moment to read our Managing Director’s look back at this incredible year, and the last 30 years. Learn about how Soapworks are going global as we make our first visit to trade fairs in the US, how bar soaps are back in fashion and how, 30 years since we started out, we’ve stayed true to Anita Roddick’s vision and kept corporate social responsibility at the core of Soapworks.
If you’d like anymore information on any of the topics covered in this newsletter please don’t hesitate to contact us.





We’d really like to thank all of our customers, suppliers and supporters for all they’ve done for us this year and over the last 30 years. We’d particularly like to thank Daabon. They are at the forefront of sustainable and organic palm oil and we were delighted when they saw Soapworks as the perfect fit for them. Daabon are over 100 years old now and still a family business. Their commitment to traceability, business ethics and sustainable farming is industry leading and we look forward to growing with them.
In lieu of sending traditional Christmas Cards this year we have made a charitable donation to Shelter Scotland. They help over 20,000 people every year deal with issues around homelessness and bad housing.
We hope you all enjoy the festivities over the holiday season and we look forward to working with you in 2019.
Please note Soapworks Ltd will be closed for the festive period from end of play Thursday 20th December, re-opening on Thursday 3rd January 2019.




In what’s been a big year for Soapworks, 2018 provided another first as we attended not one but two trade shows in America. Soapworks have worked with international customers since our early days but this was our first foray Stateside. Our attendance at Expo East in Baltimore and at PLMA in Chicago coincided with our expansion into this market. We’ve further events planned in 2019, please follow our LinkedIn page for all the details. 






Well, it’s official, bar soap is fashionable again, not that we felt it ever really went out of fashion. 2018 saw sales rise by 3% across the sector. This increase is being driven by innovation that’s increased the formulation options available, exciting packaging that has really allowed bar soap to reach premium markets and consumer and retailer environmental concerns, particularly around the use of plastic bottles and containers. Of course, those of us who keep a close eye on these things predicted just this trend. You should always listen to the experts at Soapworks! We’re expecting more of the same in 2019 as we’re working on some very exciting product diversification. We look forward to sharing our plans with you soon…




We’re very proud of our history here at Soapworks. As we celebrate our 30th birthday it’s fitting that we can continue to honour the charitable legacy instilled in us by Anita Roddick all those years ago. During 2018 we’ve continued to work with Soap Aid, a charity we’ve been associated with for a number of years. Hygiene is one of the biggest issues facing children in developing countries or in areas that have suffered natural disasters. The provision of soap to these communities helps reduce the spread of disease. We also continue to work with Glasgow The Caring City, assisting them where we can with their humanitarian work across the globe. 

Ross Galbraith, Overseas Aid Manager of GTCC  told us “On Behalf of Glasgow the Caring City, I would just like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Soapworks and its staff for their long and continued support of GTCC through their SOAPAID programme.

This year your SOAPAID bars were distributed to many humanitarian crisis areas such as Kosovo, Serbia, Lesvos, Chios and Idlib in Syria.

GTCC and our aid partners thank the team at Soapworks for their fantastic support over the last decade and again in 2019.”

Lastly, this year also saw us support the arts. A Berlin based artist exhibiting in Bristol asked if we could help supply over 3,000 bars of soap. Sadly the exhibit was temporary, however you can see photographs of it here, happily when the exhibition finished all the soap was donated to local charities.



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