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Get ready for university!

Get ready for university with Epoints

university

Going to university for the first time is daunting, to say the least. It’s easy to overpack and overspend on kitting our your university room. Hopefully, through Epoints we can help you save the cash whilst making your uni room as homely as possible!

Heart Fairy Lights – 40 Blubs

Stackers Quartz Face Hanger

MICROSOFT 13.5″ Surface Laptop 3 – 128 GB

3 Piece Aluminium Non-Stick Pan Set

Habitat Bobby Desk Lamp – Steel

New Year’s Resolutions made easier with epoints

New Year's Resolutions made easier with epoints

Is exercise on top of your New Year’s resolution year? But this gym feel so, so far away? Don’t worry, your resolution has just been made a whole lot easier! With epoints, you can show thousands of sports accessories to make working out at home a breeze. 

Reebok 5kg Dumbbell, Grey

 Tone your muscles, get fit and burn calories with some dumbbell assisted exercise routines. Coming in a vibrant, contemporary design you can enjoy a grip-friendly comfort that’s gentle on your hands.

Pilates Core Set: Ring, Band & Ball Kit with Exercise Poster, Purple

You’ll have everything you need for your Pilates workout with this handy kit. This Pilates kit includes a double handle Pilate resistance ring, a medium latex resistance band (1.2m x 15cm) and a 9″ (23cm) Exer-Soft Ball (also known as a soft over ball).

Yoga Mad Studio Yoga Mat Standard – Orange

 The Yoga Mad Studio yoga mat comes in the most popular thickness (4.5mm), which provides optimum cushioning, slip-resistance and durability and makes it suitable for both studio and intensive home use. This standard mat is made from Phthalate free PVC and was the first yoga mat to be tested as free of harmful substances for skin to Oeko-Tex Level 1. It is machine washable.

Dual Exercise Resistance Band

Add something a little different to your exercise routine with this Dual Resistance Band. Strengthen and tone your abs, back and waist and more whether you go to the gym or enjoy a workout at home. 

Includes: Soft Padded Dual Handle Band Perfect for core training, yoga.

Lush is now live on epoints!

Lush is now live on epoints!

Lush has now launched on epoints. Choose from your favourite bath bombs, beauty products and makeup and enjoy 10% off with epoints. We’ve done all the hard work for you and picked our top five favourite Lush products. 

Yog Nog Shower Gel

If you love warm, winter smells – you will love this one. When all the festivities are over and done, and your belly is full of great food, there is only one thing left – pudding! To get your sweet fix, hop in the shower with this toffee-scented sensation reminiscent of caramel and custard. You’ll love this if you like: – Sweet scents of maple syrup and clove bud oil.

Rehab Shampoo

Nothing damages is your more than low winter temperatures and wind. Here’s your winter haircare hero. The cleansing enzymes in freshly squeezed pineapple, kiwi and papaya juices will be your friend and put your hair back on the mend all in the time it takes to belt out a classic tune. A herbal helping of stimulating peppermint, rosemary and lavender oils calm and refresh your hair and scalp, leaving hair so shiny you’ll never say No! No! No! to rehab again.

Cup O' Coffee Face Mask

For anyone who struggles to wake up in the morning, this face mask will help. If you like it strong, dark and stimulating, take a shot of this face mask to the skin and feel invigorated with the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Roasted cocoa extract, vetivert and coriander oil combine to create an addictive fragrance. It’s so enticing you’ll want to use it all over.

Ultrabalm

Your next winter favourite. This is a very simple but effective formula, with just three moisturising ingredients. Pop this anywhere that feels really dry for instant relief: chapped lips or hard skin such as elbows, or use to tame lashes and eyebrows, brighten up tattoos, or to protect your skin when you’re dyeing your hair. Perfect for carrying in your bag or on your holidays.

Slap Stick Foundation

A new foundation on the block. Completely vegan made from all natural ingredients. Say hello to post-facial radiance – skin so dewy you could have just hit the spa and ingredients so luxurious they hydrate, soften and rejuvenate with every application. With 40 shades available (also with warm and cool undertones) to cater for every complexion, your skin’s never had it this good before.

Christmas Shopping Gift Guide for your Mum and Dad

Christmas shopping gift guide for your Mum and Dad

Are you struggling with Christmas shopping this year? Do you feel like another pricey candle is just not going to impress your Mum and another bottle of gin won’t surprise your Dad? We’re here to help! With epoints, you can find plenty of great affordable products that will make a perfect gift for your parents. 

ULTIMATE EARS WONDERBOOM Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker ​

Are your parents still using their old CD player that’s been in the living room for the last 10 years? Why not give them an upgrade with this wireless UE Wonderboom Portable Speaker? This small device provides powerful sound with a battery lasting up to 10 hours. It’s ultra-compact but packs a punch with two tweeters and two bass drivers for fat, crisp and satisfying sound whatever you’re listening to. Drop the old Christmas CD and play your favourite Christmas carols from your phone!

Le Creuset Stoneware Cafetiere Coffee Press

This is something for all the coffee lovers. If your parents like to use a french coffee press, why not gift them this stylish Le Creuset Cafetiere press? You can pair with a set of two stoneware cups to create a full set. The durable enamelled surface of these stoneware ceramics resists staining, chipping and cracking, and is easy to clean. Providing a totally hygienic surface, it will not absorb odours or flavours. Add to basket

If you are getting bored of all the candles, aroma diffuser is a great addition to every home. Providing wonderful smells, completely smoke-free. This Ultrasonic Diffuser releases a fine mist of natural essential oil aromas to help you relax and take care of your body and soul. Winter evenings just got cosier.

Crock-Pot CSC026 DuraCeramic™ Sauté 5L Slow Cooker

Make cooking easier for the whole family with this Crock-Pot. No more burnt meals and having to stir every 2 minutes! Create delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals with ease using the Crock-Pot CSC026. Rustle up a variety of hearty dishes from soups and casseroles to tasty tagines. Try out this amazing device and cook your Christmas turkey to get the perfect meal!

eve Sleep Original Memory Foam Mattress

This present most likely won’t fit under your Christmas tree but it for sure is worth it! If your parents keep complaining about their back backs and poor quality of sleep, this might be just the right thing to gift them. The pressure-relieving comfort foam helps improve sleep efficiency by eliminating pressure points. It aids the high-density foam to conform to your body so your bones and joints sink into softness. Sweet dreams!

Create a smart home with epoints this Black Friday

Create a smart home with epoints this Black Friday

How many times did you wish to turn the lights off without getting up? Or switching from one TV series to another without using your TV remote? With Black Friday approaching this week, it’s easy to get lost in the overwhelming amount of discounts and promotions. We’re here to help you find the best deals in order to create your smart home.

Google Home Mini

Getting a small, smart speaker is the perfect start in creating your smart home. Don’t be deceived by the size of this device. Although small – it’s pretty powerful and will make some of the most draining tasks really easy! From checking the weather forecast in the morning to playing music from your favourite radio station – Google Home Mini can do it all. Google Assistant will help you with your tasks and when paired with other smart home devices like Chrome Cast – it can even control your TV without a remote!

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Ultra HD with Alexa Voice Remote

For all the Alexa fans – this is an absolute must-have. This powerful streaming media stick with a new Wi-Fi antenna design is optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming. And the best part? You can enjoy all the benefits of it without even moving from your sofa! With this device, you can launch and control your favourite shows with the Alexa Voice Remote. Alexa, put this in the basket!

Hive Active Heating and Hot Water Thermostat Without Professional Installation - Works with Amazon Alexa

As the temperatures are going down this winter, our heating bills are going up! You will never have to worry about heating an empty home with this Hive Thermostat.  With Hive you’ll never need to heat an empty home again so you could save up to £130 a year on your heating bills. You can easily keep track of how you’re using your heating through the temperature graphs on the Hive app and receive heating alerts when you leave or return home. This is a winter must-have!

Philips Wake-Up Light

Have you recently been setting five alarms, all one minute apart, to make sure that this time, you definitely get up for work on time? With the little amount of light we get every morning, it’s impossible to wake up feeling refreshed. Philips is here to help. Wake up with light, feeling more refreshed with a Wake-up Light that wakes you up naturally Wake up with light 2 natural sounds FM radio and Bedside lamp Choice of 2 different natural wake-up sounds At your set wake up time a natural sound will play to complete the wake-up experience and ensure you are awake.

Amazon Echo Flex + Philips Hue White Smart Bulb Twin Pack LED

To complete your smart home, you can synchronise the lighting in your house with these Philips Hue smart bulbs. You can control the lights with your voice, just ask, “Alexa, turn on the living room light”. These lights will also allow you to dim or brighten the light. Make any space a little smarter: Echo Flex lets you get help from Alexa in more places in your home. Ready to help: ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices and more. 

ATF

Anytime Fitness launches innovative reward scheme bringing major benefits to their members

Anytime Fitness launches innovative reward scheme bringing major benefits to their members

ATF
  • Anytime Fitness the second-largest gym operator with over 165 locations in the UK are showing how much they value their members through a partnership with epoints.
  • Epoints membership gives members of Anytime Fitness exclusively lower prices on trusted online retailers

  • Members are given a 6-month free membership to epoints, without the need to pay the £50 joining fee or £30 per year as a thank you for being a loyal member

  • The exclusive members-only epoints shopping platform offers at least an extra 10% discount at trusted online retailers products even when the retailer is already running sales

November 2019- Anytime Fitness, has announced its partnership with epoints. The scheme is being rolled out across their 165 UK Anytime Fitness gyms with the aim of improving member satisfaction and loyalty among their 178,000 members and counting.

Gabby Macis, national account & partnership manager at Anytime Fitness, said: “Our members are what we come to work for. We believe that doing right by them is what matters and that isn’t restricted to our core business. If we can find innovative ways of adding value, we can continually drive our passion to be at the heart of the community.”

Epoints enables companies to reward their members with access to what would otherwise be a paid-for membership to the exclusive shopping platform, primarily used in major employers such as BUPA as an employee benefit.

In the Employer market Managers can send digital ecards to individuals or departments and can attach the epoints currency to ecards as a reward. epoints can be spent on the widest range of products and experiences in the epoints shop saving employees time and money (minimum 10% lower priced across trusted online retailers).

Through the partnership, each member of Anytime Fitness will be given a free membership to epoints, the shopping platform which offers exclusively lower prices at trusted retailers as well as the ability to collect epoints in a similar way that cashback websites operate. With epoints, members not only enjoy the extra 10% discount on their online shopping at retailers such as John Lewis, Debenhams, Curry’s, Argos, B&Q, Amazon and many more but can also ‘gift’ epoints to friends and family for important occasions such as Birthdays and Christmas.

Gabby Macis, national account & partnership manager at Anytime Fitness, said: “Epoints is such a compelling proposition to our members. To save extra every time they shop online is a great benefit and something our competitors aren’t doing. It also gives us great insight into what appeals to our members which helps shape our marketing and inform other partnerships. In today’s competitive, fast-changing climate, companies can’t afford to be complacent when it comes to member loyalty.”

Matt Norbury, CEO and Founder of Epoints, said: “We are getting lots of traction with epoints, having now issued our 500 millionth point. A recent study by leading research company Global Data said that over the next 5 years epoints will reach 76% of the UK shopping population. We have lots more innovative stuff coming up for epoints members which will continue to benefit both Employers, Membership organisations and retailers.”

Matt concludes: “Working with Anytime Fitness is a fantastic opportunity and one we really look forward to developing. I know that Anytime Fitness prides itself on the excellent levels of service it provides and to do so needs to continue going the extra mile for members. We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Anytime Fitness and look forward to developing our relationship with them further.

About epoints

Epoints, the hassle-free shopping platform which offers exclusively lower prices at trusted online retailers. With epoints, employees receive free membership to the epoints platform (usually costing £30 per annum plus a £50 joining fee) where they’ll enjoy an extra 10 – 15% discount at major UK retailers.

About Anytime Fitness

Ranked #1 Global Franchise (2014-2016) and #1 Fitness Franchise for eight consecutive years (Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500), Anytime Fitness is the fastest-growing fitness franchise in the world (IHRSA). Outpacing the likes of McDonald’s and Subway, Anytime Fitness opened 3,000 clubs in just 13 years. Today, Anytime Fitness has over 4,500 clubs, in 34 countries, with over 4 million members. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing its members with convenient locations and opening hours, quality clubs and community aspects with a friendly, personal service. With over 165 clubs trading in the UK, Anytime Fitness operates a join one, join all policy. All franchised clubs are individually owned and operated with state-of-the-art equipment, private bathrooms and welcoming environments, giving a health club feel at an affordable price.

epoints and Anytime Fitness join forces

Anytime Fitness Partnership

epoints and Anytime Fitness join forces

epoints, the hassle-free shopping platform, is delighted to be working in partnership with Anytime Fitness. The new partnership will offer gym franchisees the opportunity to earn big, while offering their customers huge savings. 

Through the partnership, gym members will get 6 months free Gold membership to the epoints platform, worth £65. With epoints, they’ll enjoy exclusive savings at major online retailers, including Argos, John Lewis & Partners, B&Q, Amazon and many, many more. 

Franchisees will earn commission on each of their member’s purchases and following their free trial, a significant share of their subsequent membership fees

KEY PARTNERSHIP BENEFITS

Franchisee and gym member benefits

COMMISSION BREAKDOWN

MINIMUM

You’ll earn £0.25p every time a member makes a purchase on epoints, regardless of how much they spend. 

EXTENSION REWARD

You’ll earn 25% of the epoints account fee for every member who extends their membership beyond the free 6 months. 

SAVE AS YOU EARN 

All commission can be spent on selected gym and health products which include an extra 10% off.

PROMOTING THE SCHEME

As a franchisee, it’s important to ensure you promote the scheme to your members. Remember, the more gym members use the scheme, the more you’ll earn.

Top tips 

  • Ensure you are familiar with the scheme, how members can sign up (via www.epoints.com/ATF) and your unique promotional code 
  • Encourage all gym employees to look at the user guides (see below) and to sign up to epoints themselves so that they are familiar with the benefits 
  • Place promotional materials in prominent positions across the gym so that your members are aware of the added benefit of their gym membership. The print-ready documents can be found below, including posters, floor stickers and pull up banners
  • Speak to every single gym member, when possible, about the benefits of epoints membership, where they can enjoy at least an 10% off at trusted online retailers. With your unique promotional code, they’ll get 6 months free membership – worth £65.
  • Announce the partnership on your social media channels (see social media assets and suggested posts below

And, finally, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us for support on 0118 979 6341

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MARKETING ASSETS FOR PRINT

SOCIAL MEDIA ASSETS

Suggested posts:

We’ve partnered with @epointsUK the hassle-free shopping platform, offering exclusive discounts at trusted online retailers. You’ll get 6 months FREE membership to epoints – worth £65! To sign up, visit www.epoints.com/ATF using the promo code [enter unique promo code] #Alwaysbetteroff 

Gym member? Claim your FREE 6 months Gold membership to @epointsUK where you’ll get at least an extra 10% off at trusted online retailers. Visit www.epoints.com/ATF and use promo code [enter unique promo code] #Alwaysbetteroff 

Check out this video about our brand new partner @epointsUK. Through our partnership, you’ll get 6 months free Gold membership to the platform (worth £65), where you’ll get at least an extra 10% off your online shopping – even in the sales! Sign up at www.epoints.com/ATF and use promo code [enter unique promo code] #Alwaysbetteroff 

USER GUIDES

For support, please call us on 0118 979 6341

easter half term

Keep the kids entertained this Easter

Keep the kids entertained this Easter

easter half term

Easter means time off for you (yay for the bank holiday weekend!), but also means you’ve been given the dreaded task of entertaining the kids for a whole two weeks. Easter half term is full of chocolate, eggs and adorable animals. So surely lots to do? Check out some of our ideas on how to keep the kids entertained this Easter half term!

Road Trip

Singing in the car with the whole family whether you’re on the way to Nan and Grandpa’s, or a fun-filled weekend of countryside adventuring. Make sure you have enough games and gadgets to keep the little terrors entertained! Tablets in the car are great for keeping the peace between siblings.

Amazon Fire HD 10 10.1 Inch 32GB Kids Edition Tablet - Blue, £180

Camping

We no taking the whole family camping is a potential risk when it comes to throwing up new challenges. If you’re sceptical about the idea, why not try a test run in the garden for a night or two before you leave? This will give you idea of essentials you’ll need to take with you. Provided the lovely, predictable english weather acts like it’s actually spring. A camping trip is the perfect way to spend some quality time with the children, and get them out for some much-needed fresh air.

Olpro The Malvern 6 Berth Tent, £315.00

Bake some goodies

Rainy days doesn’t always mean boredom. Grab the rice rispies and some left over easter eggs to create some chocolatey goodies! By melting some unwanted easter eggs, and adding rice crispies you’ve got the perfect easter snack the kids will love-making (and eating)! If you want to go the extra mile, adding mini eggs on top will make the little cakes look like nests!

Meri Meri Easter Cookie Cutters, Set of 5, £9.00

Spring clean

No one likes to clean trust me! However we know it’s not often you get a double bank holiday, and you’ve been meaning to clean out a certain part of the house since Christmas! Blasting out some tunes and getting the kids involved might actually make the dreaded task a little less of a nightmare!

Google Home, £129.00

Get sporty

Organising a friendly sports game with some friends is a great way to waste an afternoon. Letting the kids run around for a few hours means early nights and give you some much-needed ‘me’ time. Whether its football or rounders, any sort of exercise is a great was to where the kids out!

2 in 1 Football Goal, £38.70

Arts and crafts

Setting up the living room up to become an art studio will get the kids crazy excited! A huge box of arts and craft supplies can range anywhere between £5 to £80, the bigger the box the more crafting products you get, guaranteed hours of fun.

Collage Craft Storage Tray and Craft Essentials £43.20

Easter egg hunt

Its easter after all! Planning your route is key. Folding up little clues on colour coded paper for each of your children to run riot all round your house. Leaving hints and clues in places they don’t usually go will make really get them thinking!

Easter Egg Mould, £4.50

After two weeks of childrens activities, we think you need a break! Check out our bath-time blog…

How to make the most out of your bath

Hiking

5 cheap activities that are great for burning calories

Hiking

5 cheap activities that are great for burning calories

Every year, weight loss and burning calories is in the forefront of everyone’s mind in the wake of lent and the Christmas holidays. But, for most, the thought of gorging our weight in celery and heaving ourselves up early for a frosty jog appeals to no one. We are always on the look out for more engaging and rewarding ways to exercise. There is no better way than taking up a sport because of the multitude of benefits. As we do best, we have arranged our top picks for sports you can do to blast the fat and socialise in a new hobby.

Tennis

Grab a friend of yours because its time to hit the courts! Tennis is an extremely skilled and athletic sport. Constant lateral movement with quick bursts of muscular power to change direction make this physically demanding on the cardiovascular system. It can also improve cognitive focus and hand-eye co-ordination. When you play with a friend, or meet people at the local club, it can be a very sociable as well. Tennis is a good all-rounder as it is also cheap to play as you don’t have to splash out on gear.

Cycling

Cycling is a very good sport to be involved with because of the diversity of benefits. If you fancy yourself an environmentalist, you can substitute four wheels for two and hit the road. It can be done with family, so there’s no excuse not to get anyone out. You can use cycling to traverse the shorter trips by bike and really cram in your recommended 20 minutes a day of exercise. If you have kids, it is a good excuse to bond with them, get out and explore and even teach them a life skill. The more hardcore fitness heads among you may even want to take a spin class. Taking a spin class is a fantastic way to give fat the boot as you can scorch between 400-600 calories based on the intensity of the class .Cycling offers so many benefits and is definitely the most family oriented way to boost your cardiovascular fitness and get the dopamine pumping!

Swimming

Hands down, THE best sport on this list in terms of your cardiovascular fitness. It is one of the only sports which trains the Aortic valve in your heart that helps build its overall strength. It is also a full body workout. Water resistance requires a tremendous amount of muscle conditioning to move through the water so the more you do it the more conditioned you will be. It is great at blasting fat, building strength and training your circulatory system. And all you need is a pool.

Hiking

Another one for the family lovers among you. Hiking is a fantastic way to stay in shape. You can go witness those picturesque views in your local country park, build log forts with your kids or potentially camp out (if you’re daring enough). You may have to do a bit of travel to find the perfect hiking spot, but when you do, it is a great family day out. It is the perfect combination of getting you children to explore learn and a great workout.

Yoga

As long as you have a floor (which I believe we all do somewhere) then you will be able give it a try. People often overlook Yoga as has a funny reputation in the eyes of some. Actually, it has a vast pool of benefits as it takes a holistic approach to health. It is proven to increase muscle tone and strength, increased flexibility, very useful for preventing joint injuries and respiratory and circulatory improvements. Those of you that get easily stressed, it even helps the mind. Yoga aids in the calming of the nervous system as well as: reducing cortisol levels (hormone responsible for stress) and reduces blood pressure. Yoga is good for the whole body, despite the silly reputation it upholds. We give it a thumbs up, so go out there and try it. 

Thank you for taking the time to read our suggest and we hope you enjoyed it. If you are looking for ways to unwind, why not take a look at our our blog: How to make the most out of your bath.

 

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate and Fitness Tracking Wristband, Large, Blue

Keep track of your health statistics, heart rate, steps and sleep patterns. Fitbit will help you keep on the right track and steer you to a healthier path if you need.
 

e 25,019 · £125.10

Ford Titanium 52-59cm Urban – Grey

When doing all of that cycling, we promote safety first. Protect your head. Have a browse through our range of head-wear and bike related accessories.
 

e 3,770 · £18.85

Vaude Moab pro 22L Backpack

Big activities require big bags. Get stocked up and conveniently carry all of your equipment for that upcoming expedition. Check out our range below.
 

 e 21,600 · £108.00

We hope you enjoyed this blog. If you did some hard exercise and are looking to reward yourself with a little treat, check out our latest blog. After all it is the season!

Chocolatey Easter treats

Chocolatey Easter treats

It’s Easter and we’ve all got far too much chocolate again which begs the question… what to do with it all?

Well luckily we have you covered with these amazing Easter themed puds! These scrumptious Easter treats are perfect for using up all that chocolate whilst getting the kids involved!

Rabbit Cup Cakes

(Or to us grown-ups, carrot cake with an added chocolate glaze that is sure to get the little ones interested.)

By trading butter for vegetable oil, you end up with a really moist and scrummy cake.
These cakes are super easy to make so the kids can get involved.
Makes 10.

  1. Peel and grate 3 medium carrots or, if you’re feeling lazy, throw them in a food processor until finely chopped.
  2. Sieve together 300g plain flour, 400g caster sugar and a tablespoon of baking powder. Add 4 beaten eggs to the mix with 250ml vegetable oil and the carrot. Stir until combined.
  3. Spoon into cupcake cases and bake at 180º C for 30 minutes.
  4. For the chocolate glaze, heat a tablespoon of butter, 250ml milk, 2 tablespoons of honey and 100g chocolate in a saucepan until melted. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
  5. Wait for the cakes to cool and top them with the chocolate mixture. We added little icing carrots we found in the supermarket.

Eggstra Realistic Easter Nests
A twist on the classic rice krispies cake, these Easter nests use shredded wheat to make them look more like a little bird’s nest!
They only take about 5 minutes to make and everyone is bound to love them.

Makes 12.

  1. Crumble 8 large shredded wheats (approx. 180g) into a bowl.
  2. Melt 250g chocolate and 50g butter in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Once melted and smooth, take off the heat and add 3 tbsp golden syrup (this helps them stick together).
  3. Add the shredded wheat and stir. Spoon into cupcake cases, top with mini eggs and leave to cool.

Easy as pie. Well, easier than making a pie, actually…
If you’re in the mood for cooking and baking this Easter weekend, check out our eggciting Easter breakfast ideas. Don’t forget to share photos of your concoctions with us on social media!