What are you Thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the past year,  and give thanks to the people, events and things in that have happened in your life that you are grateful for. Here is what we’re grateful for this year…


I’ve always appreciated the smaller things in life. I give great thanks to them, as my life wouldn’t be the same. They tend to be forgotten, or taken advantage of, but they really do make a difference to my everyday life.

I’m also thankful for the loved ones I have around me; friends as well as family, that are there for support, advice and laughter the whole year round.


I give thanks this year for the wonderful family and friends I have on both sides of the pond. I truly have some amazing people in my life. It’s hard being an expat because you can’t see all the people you love all the time which is why I’m also thankful that I’m able to return home for a week this year to visit those across the pond. Special thanks go to my husband for being my best friend and partner in crime.

I’m also thankful for the start of my favourite time of year, the Christmas season!


Without sounding too cliché, I am thankful for my family (and the size of it), for helping me and supporting me throughout this eventful year. We’re big, loud, and crazy, but I know there will always be someone to talk to. I guess that’s the good thing about big families, everyone has their specialities.

I am also thankful for being able to live with them peacefully, in a Country that has things that other countries don’t, for example a National Health Service, or even a working police force.


I am most thankful for being surrounded by my family, friends and loved ones, especially now it’s getting closer to Christmas, but also for being able to keep in contact with old friends and distant relatives much more easily. (Thank you Internet!) On a more serious note, I am thankful for my good health and wellbeing.

I also give thanks for being fortunate enough to have a secure home and environment to live in, with warmth, water, food, something which for some is a luxury, when it is actually a necessity of life.

From the thanks given in this blog, it is clear to see that everyone here in the office has something in common this year; being grateful for their Family and Friends.  So before you tuck in to your dinner today, take a few moments to give thanks to the things in your life that make it special.

Don’t forget to tell us what are you Thankful for this year?


World Asthma Day – 01.05.12

Today is World Asthma Day 2012Dedication to Asthma Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment, an annual event, organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma with a goal to improve asthma awareness and care, all around the world.

This year’s World Asthma Day theme is: ‘You can control your asthma’ and this blog focuses on asthma, allergies and our new exciting announcement!

Indoor Allergies

With the summer fast approaching, we can hopefully enjoy the great outdoors and spend most of our time in the glorious sunshine; however in reality, a lot of our time is spent inside (approx. 90%) where indoor allergens hide. Therefore it’s important to make sure our time indoors is as allergy-free as possible.

House dust mites, in particular, can affect the quality of the air inside our homes, causing side effects such as; itchy eyes, shortness of breath, congestion, headaches and even poor sleeping. Indoor allergies are actually very common and approximately 10-20% of the UK population alone has an indoor allergy. Whilst these may not pose a serious threat to our health, those with allergies will tell you that it can have a significant impact on their quality of life.

Asthma can also be triggered by; house dust mites, mould, mildew, pet dander, tobacco smoke, pollen as well as cold air.

Some Unusual Asthma Therapies

Damlatas Caves in Turkey

Have you ever visited the Damlatas Caves which are said to help asthma? The cave, with its temperature of 22-23 degrees Celsius and humidity level of more than 90%, is one of the town’s most popular tourist attractions.

The atmosphere is meant to be therapeutic for people with respiratory problems and, doctors in the town actually prescribe visits to the cave for their patients!

Source: Wikipedia

Salt Therapy

Salt therapy is a common natural treatment in Eastern and central Europe, but mostly unknown elsewhere. Put simply, it is a room full of salt, where you can relax and breathe in the salty air for therapeutic reasons. Again, on the theme of caves, these salt spas can be found in a cave/mine like atmosphere.

KenkoAir® Purifier

So what about a simpler solution to helping asthma and allergies?

You may have already heard the great news about the newly launched KenkoAir® Purifier in Europe!

The KenkoAir® provides fresh, clean air by eliminating air pollutants and bacteria and its medical-grade ULPA filter removes 99.9995% of airborne particles. So it really is like bringing pure, fresh forest air into your home. To find out more, visit our public website or MyNikken to read the latest article on this new modern Nikken product!

Let us know on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter if your new KenkoAir® is helping your allergy and asthma symptoms.

Nikken Digital Team 🙂

Happy Earth Day 2012!

With Earth Day approaching this Sunday 22nd April 2012, we thought we’d write a short blog, hoping to inspire everyone to make eco-friendly choices! Together we can make just one small change that can have a great impact on our environment, ensuring a Healthy Society.

We’ve handpicked some of our favourites:

Turn it OFF – Turn off any Lights, technology, TV’s and other equipment when they aren’t in use.

Water – Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth, don’t rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, wash clothes at a lower temperature and hang dry rather than using a tumble dryer. Take a shorter shower. Re-think bottled water (try the PiMag® Sport Bottle for instance!)

Give to charity – Donate unwanted clothes, household items and furniture rather than throwing them out.

Recycle – Recycle any glass, paper, newspapers, old mobile phones and materials. Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by up to 20% and related water pollution by up to 50%. (http://www.50waystohelp.com/)

Online & Digital – Technology provides us with more opportunities to carry out tasks online. For example paying bills, finding out telephone numbers and information that we used to normally receive on paper can now be viewed online, in the paper-less format!

Bags – Re-use bags and take a ‘bag for life’ shopping so you don’t have to use lots of carrier bags.

Travel – Can you carpool? Can you take the bus? Can you walk or bicycle to where you need to be?

Get Creative! – Wrap presents using items and materials around the house that you don’t use. Newspaper, materials and cloths will make a gift extra unique.


We liked this hand drawn image on Pinterest. On our Pinterest profile you’ll find more Earth Day images and other ‘Healthy Society’ pins!

Let us know on Facebook what you’re doing differently to help the environment and what you’ll be doing on Earth Day this Sunday.

Nikken Digital Team 🙂

Nikken Community

In addition to our last blog on the 4th of the 5 pillars, “healthy society” this blog shows just some of the things that we’re doing here at Nikken Europe to help the wider society and community – giving something back.

Pink Day – http://www.wearitpink.co.uk/

On Friday 28th October 2011, Nikken Europe got involved in ‘Wear it Pink’ day, in support of the Breast Cancer CampaignWe were part of the cure. 🙂

As you may have seen on our Facebook photo album ‘Nikken Europe HQ – Behind the Scenes’, staff here in Milton Keynes gathered as many personal pink items as they could find and wore them to work. We had a selection of rather funky pink wigs and ties around the offices. 

 This year we had two winners!

Sally Johnson (Finance Team) wore a staggering number of 80 pink items in total, and Anja Newberry (Legal Team) dressed as a pink Cowboy Builder – something different! The girls won themselves some pink champagne and some chocolates for their great efforts.

Breast Cancer Campaign’s mission is to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure. We wanted to be a part of the cure and raised a total of £86.00!

Children in Need – http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/

BBC Children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity. Thanks to the support of the public, this charity is able to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.

£94.81 in total was raised for Children in Need, with special thanks to Matthew Smart’s (Product Development Team) two daughters who baked cakes and sold them to friends and neighbours, raising £8.00 to add to our ‘Dress Down Day’ donations.


Willen Hospice

Andy Butterworth (IT Team) came up with a great idea to donate unused PC units from our offices, putting them on sale to staff as well as donating them to organisations, local Children’s centres and charities.

With the spare PC Units we have been able to help; Stony Stratford Children’s Centre with 2 PC Units, a local school that Matthew Smart (Product Development Team) has supported has also received 2 units as well as donating 4 Units to an organisation that creates audio news for the blind.

It is fantastic that Nikken Europe has been able to help the local community and support great ideas such as this. It’s all part of…Humans Being More.

In total we have raised £207 with the sale of the PC Units, for Willen Hospice – find out more about the great Milton Keynes-based charity here http://www.willen-hospice.org.uk/

Volunteer Scheme

We’re looking at a volunteer scheme for our head office to get involved with during January 2012 – a positive start to the New Year, to help the local community. Visit our blog in the New Year to hear more news about this!

Christmas Food Bank Donation

Today (14th December 2011) we have donated a food hamper to the Food Bank in MK, which is a local charity who make up food parcels for less fortunate families in Milton Keynes.

Christmas is a time for giving and sharing. A time for Humans Being More and we hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones over the next couple of festive weeks.

Digital Marketing & Events Team