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Posted on: May 11th, 2018 by Drew No Comments

This is Bart

During his early childhood he suffered a number of severe injuries to his knees and legs, as a result he has been left technically disabled. He was born in Poland, but came to the UK as it was proving impossible to get a job, sadly due to his physical state he has found the UK no better (including a major supermarket who sacked him upon discovering his disability) Well, now he’s found his way to Sunshine and we’re happy to have him!

He is hardworking, good natured and keen to prove himself to the world. So, if your lucky enough to be on Bart’s timetable (Barclays mainly) come by and say ‘Hello’ and get your shoes shined.  A very welcome addition to the Sunshine family!






Sunshine and the Barons Court Project

Posted on: April 21st, 2018 by Drew No Comments

The Barons Court Project is a wonderful organisation based – as the name suggests – in south west London and is dedicated to helping homeless and people with mental illness providing everything from drop in facilities to drama classes for those who’ve fallen on hard times.

On a balmy evening in south west London various dignitaries, business owners and trustees gathered in part for a fund raiser and in part as a forum for helping the project extend it’s reach and offer help to even more disadvantaged people.


Lady Mayoress of Fulham and Hammersmith
and various fabulous volunteers


A fabulous meal, chicken salad and huge trifle was prepared by volunteers, money was raised via a raffle for House of Lords chocolates donated by Lord Southwark
(below) and ideas were thrown into the forum.


Selfie time – posing with Lord Southwark


We’d like to thank everyone involved and all the guests for such a great evening! It is truly inspirational being around so many dynamic good people.  Until next time!



City vs Docklands

Posted on: March 16th, 2018 by Drew No Comments

It hit me like a velvet rope. Today whilst walking through the Colonnade Shopping Centre I knew I had to do something.

Gazing at the doughnuts sitting in perspex cases, the silk ties shimmering from boutique windows. I knew I had to write.

My thoughts escaped to the City. 20 minutes away on the tube, but might as well be 20,000 miles. The Grand Old Lady that we know as ‘The City’ had its way with business in the UK for a millennia, whether you were a broking start up or a blue chip asset management company. Bluntly you HAD to be in the City.

‘Things must change for things to remain the same’

Ironically, it is the very idiosyncratic nature of the City, it’s antiquated thoroughfares and eclectic buildings that proved to be it’s downfall. Finding enough floor space for a large bank was borderline impossible and the space that was available was so limited it pushed prices up higher than Canary Wharf tower.

The wife and the mistress

Despite, no in fact, because of her eccentric ways the City will always be my darling.  History, architecture, romance and charisma the City has IT, an indefinable je ne sais quoi  that the Romans fell in love with a 1000 years ago and people still are today.  Canary Wharf is the cosmetically enhanced mistress, ticks all the boxes for a oh – so – modern romance, looks, education and career but it’s, I dunno…. meh

people prefer the City, business prefers the Wharf

Of course I generalise, they’re are people who adore the shining towers of the Wharf, the instant gratification of the cosseted shopping and the practicality, it’s just soooo convenient. However, the ‘people/business’ paradigm is a rule I have noticed since the we first started our affair with the Wharf.

So if, you’re luck enough to find yourself on a lunch break in the City today take some time out to marvel at the sights and sounds – drink it in. You are part of a rich mosiac that has, via commerce, defined the world we live in today. From the Great Fire of London to Mary Poppins they’ve all played their part in our collective imaginations.

and if your on the Wharf gulping down an All Day Breakfast sandwich on a bench in the mall (we’ve all been there) spare a thought for the Grand Old Lady, just a few miles away, her ancient alleyways still remember you.





What’s happened to Kiwi?

Posted on: March 14th, 2016 by Drew No Comments


Generations of shoe lovers will be well acquainted with Kiwi, the product which was first launched in 1906 quickly established itself as the go-to brand that gave better results.   Kiwi polish has with stood the test of time as a world wide entity, dominating till recently.

Due to a complex and recent chain of events, the tables have been turned in regard to Kiwi’s dominance within the shoe polish market.

Kiwi has been bought by a confusing array of different corporations over the years (Sarah Lee etc….), recently Kiwi was bought out by The Althlete Foot Corporation, which has subsequently been bought by the giant Aussie RCG Holding Corporation. They were not interested in Kiwi, (they are interested in the Dylon home dying kits) and have left the product on the way-side.

As a result of all this boardroom shenanigans, Kiwi has fallen behind on production, so much so that for 2 months a national shortage is anticipated to the extent there will be no black shoe polish available in the UK shops whatsoever.

The general concessus is this will have a terrible knock-on effect to Kiwi sales, giving Cherry Blossom and Lincoln in the U.S the opportunity to take advantage to overturn their once seemingly unassailable position. Kiwi could easily lose out in this market for good.

This could easily spell the end of the long held global dominance of Kiwi polish.

How Long Should a Shoeshine Take?

Posted on: March 4th, 2016 by Drew No Comments

It is a question I am often asked. Well, how long is a piece of string? In truth the time can vary from 5 minutes to 5 days dependent upon your individual requirements i.e if you we’re in the forces 5 days is probably more akin to your needs as they are taught to shine their shoes to a mirror finish as a form of discipline in itself

A good shoeshine will increase the longevity of your shoes and they will look great too. In respect to this it need not take any longer than 10
minutes (not including the time it takes you to set your equipment up) I must point out that there are certain variables like how dirty they are and how big.

The next question I will address in a future blog is how often should I shine them? Stay tuned.

Why firms Hire Sunshine Shoeshine for Exhibitions

Posted on: February 25th, 2016 by Drew No Comments

Exhibitions! Why do corporations do exhibitions? They take part in them with many other firms, all exhibiting to raise their profileand what they do. The whole event takes place to mingle and create new, or even re-new ties with other firms.

Networking is the main point in exhibiting. Gaining new clients is a must, sometimes an exhibition is important to meet a previous client and re-new business in person. When it comes to networking in business it’s often better off talking to people in person, rather than just a number of phone calls and emails.

Through our Sunshine service we work in partnership with corporations which are looking for something a little extra that isn’t on any-one else’s stand. The point of this is if there’s something special which draws people onto a stand, then this is a benefit for our client hiring us. As we’ll provide our service, they’ll talk and promote to a potential client.

The concept of hiring Sunshine at exhibitions is well suited to banking, insurance, and energy firms, but we have been known to work
in partnership with many sectors.

The Heart of the City

Posted on: February 22nd, 2016 by Drew No Comments


Heart of the City


The Heart of the City, what is it? It’s an organization which exists to work with likeminded firms large and medium sized, with the raison d’être of enhancing their CSR. They work in partnership, giving advice, and direction on every aspect of Corporate and Social Responsibility.

City firms run charitable projects, the idea of these projects is the notion that business can do much more than make profit , but also in giving something back to the communities, and often the environment too. An admirable cause!

The main principal of CSR is;

1) A firm can do something for the community/environment

2) Through these endeavours the respect and image of the business are upheld.

3) This gives a significant boost to the public perception of the company.

Corporations can stamp out the one sided idea that all they care about is there own financial gain. They can better themselves and their image in what they stand for in and outside of the office.

Best Women Shoes for the Office

Posted on: February 19th, 2016 by Drew No Comments

If you’re a women working in a white collar environment you want to appear smart, professional, and serious but still lady like (elegant).

The Options

There are a number of different types of women’s shoes, here are a few to mention. Sling-backs, Kitten Heels, Pumps and Women’s flat shoes.

My Opinion

When it comes to women’s shoes there has to be a balance between looking smart and professional, but still appearing elegant without appearing too casual (Unsuitable for the office).

Sling-backs are lovely they’re elegant and smart and can still be formal enough for the office. Kitten Heels are similar to Sling-backs but the heels are shorter. They’re still a little slinky and popular in offices too.

Pumps shoes are versatile and fit in with formal & informal dress code

Flat women’s shoes can be quite formal (suitable) but are very simplistic & plain (un-amaginitive)

In Conclusion

Personally I prefer Kitten Heels, they are formal enough for the office and elegant too. They’re suitable for near enough all occasions.
Plus the heels aren’t too long and thin, so there’s less risk of falling over.

Sling-backs & Kitten Heels are my personal favourite types of Women’s shoes.

Best Mens Shoes for the Office

Posted on: February 16th, 2016 by Drew No Comments

Crocket & Jones Oxfords


If you work in a professional white collar environment, then appearing smart and professional are a must. (as well as impressing the boss!)

The Options

So, what type of shoes would suit you best? The are a loads of types of shoe on the market with confusing names, like the Derby,
Oxford, Blucher, single and double monk straps and the Loafer.The Derby & Oxfords are both lace ups, the monk strap is a loafer
with a single buckle and double monk strap is with two. While the Loafers are basically slip-ons.

My Opinion

It is possible to get a nice smart pair of Loafers suitable for the office, but generally I prefer lace ups. I have come across a pair of loafers good
for the office only on rare occasions, so on the whole I find lace ups are better.

In Conclusion

The Derby or Oxford lace up never fail to emulate formality and if they’re looked after properly will look great for years to come.





New Sunshine Blogger – Alan

Posted on: January 24th, 2016 by Drew No Comments

Hi my name is Alan i’ve been working for Sunshine for 8 years, primarily in eMarketing, administration, and yes as a Sunshiner too!
I have suffered from mental illness in the past and used to suffer from extreme myopia, my eyesight used to be -18 but now my eyes have been corrected and are substantially better in part due to working at Sunshine. Now that I’ve been working at Sunshine for 8 years I now have a good employment history, If I should seek a different challenge in life.

I’ve now taken over responsibility for the social media and I’m looking forwards to chatting with all you lovely people. Stay tuned!

British Heart Foundation Richard House Oxfam Scope
Help us transform East London RSPCA Marie Curie Cancer Cure RNIB


Well, working for Sunshine Shoeshine is not an easy job like I anticipated.



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This is Bart During his early childhood he suffered a number of severe injuries to his knees and legs, as a result he has been left technically disabled. He was born in Poland, but came to the UK as it was proving impossible to get a job, sadly due to his physical state he has […]