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Inkerman's sustainability journey...
Inkerman's sustainability journey...

Inkerman is always committed to achieving the very highest standard of quality and customer service whilst making sure of more sustainable outcomes whilst minimising the environmental impact.   We recognise that by ensuring good environmental practices into all areas of the business, we can offer lu...

Father's Day Gift Guide
Father's Day Gift Guide

Now that vaccines have made it possible to be together in person again, showing appreciation and connecting with your family is more important and exciting than ever.  With Father’s Day approaching on Sunday 20th June, there’s an opportunity to celebrate the dads, grandpas, husbands, and all the fat...

The Inkerman Wedding Gift Edit for 2021
The Inkerman Wedding Gift Edit for 2021

With so many weddings being postponed during the pandemic it's great news that they're now being allowed again, albeit a maximum of 30 people in a covid secure venue.  There is light at the end of the tunnel though, with the possibility of all restrictions being lifted by the end of June.  We have s...

Everything you need to know about the Grand National .....
Everything you need to know about the Grand National .....

The Grand National is one of the most famous and unpredictable horse races in the world, taking place this year behind closed doors for the first time in its history.

It's a hugely popular event and 600 million people watch it on TV all over the globe.

Lots of people follow it at home, and you and your family might even pick your own favourite horse - often based on its name and colours.

The race is part of a three-day race meeting held in Liverpool, with usually more than 150,000 people in attendance. 


It all began at Aintree Racecourse, in Merseyside, has been the home of the famous Grand National since its first running in 1839.

A version of the race took place before this, but 1839 is accepted as the official start of the race as we know it today.

Between 1916-1918 during World War One, the race had to be moved to Gatwick Racecourse. Then, it was called off between 1941-1945 because of the Second World War. 

The race has changed a lot since it began.

The courses and fences have been tweaked over the years - not least to make them safer for the horses and jockeys. The starting line has also moved further away from the main stand to help the horses to remain calmer at the beginning.

But throughout the years, it has always been one of the biggest jump races for horses and riders in the world - and it is currently the longest race in the UK.


The Course - The Grand National is held at Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside
During the three-day event, more than 20 different races will take place.

In the biggest race - the Grand National - horses have to complete two laps of the course, covering four-and-a-half miles and jumping 30 fences.


There are 16 different jumps, known as fences, on the National Course.

All 16 are jumped during the first lap but on the second lap of the circuit the horses only jump 14 of them - so that makes 30 fences in total for the race.

The fences are different widths and heights, and some of them have different names

Horses and riders jump Canal Turn during the 2018 Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2018

One of the most famous fences is called The Chair, which is the tallest on the course at 5 foot 3 inches.

The ground on the landing side is higher than the side the horses take off from, and there's also a six-foot ditch that horses have to jump over before the fence.

Fortunately, The Chair is one of the two fences that riders only have to go over once, rather than twice like most of the others.

Canal Turn and Becher's Brook are two other extremely difficult fences.


Famous winners - A horse called Red Rum is the only horse to have won the Grand National three times - in 1973, 1974 and 1977. He also came second in 1975 and 1976.

Red Rum died in 1995 at the age of 30 and was buried near the winning post at Aintree.


In 1993, no one won because there was a false start - some riders didn't realise and carried on so the race had to be cancelled!

George Stevens is the most successful jockey in Grand National history.

He has won the Grand National five times, but given that his final victory came back in 1870, you probably weren't around to remember this!

Ambush II, who won in 1900, was owned by Prince Edward VII who became King of England less than a year later

The fastest time ever the course has ever been completed in was by Mr Frisk in 1990, who covered the four miles and 514 yards of the race in just 8 mins 47.8 secs.


Inkerman are now in their 14th year of working with Aintree as the official trophy supplier and never before has it been run in its history behind closed doors.  Inkerman are providing over 80 trophies for

owners, trainers, trainers and stable hands.  The crowds and soldiers will be missed along with that Grand National 'roar' from the crowd, but here's hoping that next year it will be back stronger and bigger

than ever!


The beginners guide to glassware…
The beginners guide to glassware…

Lucy has recently joined Inkerman to help Angela with private sales and as a new member of staff has been brushing up on all things gifts, trophies and awards

First on the list is glassware... 

The distinction between glass and crystal items can often be misconstrued and mislabelled, especially as...

Inkerman at 25
Inkerman at 25

Inkerman reaching it’s 25th anniversary has made us feel very proud and nicely established.  To put 25 years into context some of the events you may remember from 1996 are the first ever Red Nose Day, Kylie & Jason’s wedding in Neighbours, Dolly the Sheep, Edwina Currie’s ‘Salmonella-in-eggs’  contr...

Running a business in Coronavirus
Running a business in Coronavirus

Firstly we can’t complain;  Inkerman is as busy as ever,  we still have our jobs,  we’ve managed to keep the virus out of our office and none of us have lost anyone close to us.  For this we are very grateful.  But the Groundhog Day phenomena is getting to us. 


Life is very different to a year a...

The Inkerman Christmas Gift Guide 2020
The Inkerman Christmas Gift Guide 2020

However you end up spending Christmas this year, thinking up gift ideas is no easy feat, whether it's for your sister, brother, mother or father, girlfriend, boyfriend or best friend.  This year will be a challenge for most to get it crossed off the list without battling high street crowds and with ...

It's been a while...
It's been a while...

We thought now would be a good time to re-introduce Inkerman to our followers (existing and new) to give everyone a brief overview of our business: how we started, our values, our challenges and goals, to introduce our staff & craftsmen and to show you how products are designed and made.


It’s be...

Trophy Supplier Visit
Trophy Supplier Visit

Our visit to one of our trophy suppliers was incredibly insightful and allowed us to gain a deeper understanding of the trophy manufacturing process, and the endless possibilities for creating trophies and awards.

Firstly, we were shown the trophy showroom; an array of awards in all different shap...