Thumbs up to Pudsey Bear!

Did you know…

1. Children in Need was first broadcast in 1980, when it was hosted by Terry Wogan, Sue Lawler, and Esther Rantzen. The inaugural event raised £1 million for charity.

2. The first ever Children in Need charity single was ‘Almost Seems (Too Late to Turn)’, performed by Clannad. It only made it to number 80 in the charts.

3. Children in Need mascot Pudsey bear was created in 1985 by BBC graphic designer Joanna Ball. Pudsey is named after Joanna’s home town in West Yorkshire.

4. In 2009 Pudsey introduced his new ‘best friend’ Blush Bear to the public. Blush, complete with pink cheeks and dotty bow, was designed by the charity to attract more corporate partners.

5. Since the first major appeal in 1980 BBC Children in Need has raised over £972 million to help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people around the UK.

Chocolate Week

Back in 2016 Smart Business Supplies celebrated chocolate week by listing the top 10 chocolate bars within the office at that time, with very few members of staff from that time remaining we wondered how different the list would turn out this year………


2016                                                                    2018

1.    Double Decker                                             Kinder Bueno
2.    Kit Kat Chunky                                            Mars Bar                                     
3.    Maltesers                                                     Flake
4.    Minstrels                                                      Maltesers
5.    Cadburys fruit and nut                              Double Decker
6.    Toblerone                                                    Twix
7.    Galaxy Ripple                                               Lion Bar
8.    Crunchie                                                      Cadbury’s Caramel
9.    Snickers                                                        Toffee Crisp
10.   Mars Bar                                                     Picnic



We also asked the team for their favourite chocolate ‘Spin Off’s some of the things that were said are

Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Souffle

Strawberries dipped in chocolate

Chocolate Spread

Do you agree with the Smart Teams chocolate choices?


In 2017 more people were killed from injuries caused by taking a selfie than by shark attacks!

There were only 5 shark related deaths worldwide yet there were 35 deaths by taking selfies.

the most common cause of death was falling from a height. Interestingly, in India, trains feature significantly as a cause of selfie death. And a significant proportion of selfie deaths in the U.S. and Russia are caused by weapons. “This might be a consequence of the open gun laws in both the countries,”

 Beware of the growing selfie curse!

Beware of the growing selfie curse!