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James Royston
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Email: marketing@myvq.com
Tel: +44(0)1420 592499

More for Mum this Mother’s Day

British audio brand VQ partners with Bloom & Wild to deliver a little extra, for the most important woman in all our lives, Emma Bridgewater Digital Radios and a Bouquet of Flowers.

February 16th 2016 – Mother’s day is just a few short weeks away and for those of us who are ardent traditionalists or, in the opinion of some, lacking imagination there’s one sure thing – Mum’s getting flowers again.

This Mother’s Day, thanks to a partnership between audio brand VQ and award winning florist Bloom & Wild, your mum can enjoy an extra special treat. Any digital radio in VQ’s Emma Bridgewater collection comes with a beautiful £20 bouquet of flowers included.

VQ’s digital radio’s are an excellent gift for any seasonal occasion with a perfect blend of sound & style – all the radios are DAB/DAB+ digital radio & FM along with features like Bluetooth so you can listen to Apple Music, Spotify, podcasts or any other content from a phone or tablet. There are three radio models to choose from in a range of up to seven patterns so you’re sure to find something ideal for mum.

 

Retro Mini - £89.99

The Retro Mini is as the name suggest both vintage inspired and perfectly petite but don’t let appearances fool you as this radio comes packed with more than enough modern functionality.

  • DAB / DAB+ Digital Radio
  • FM Radio
  • Bluetooth Streaming
  • Aux-in & Headphones
  • Equaliser (MyEQ) with Bass & Treble Presets
  • Storage for 30 Radio Preset Favourites
  • Clock with Dual Alarms (His/Hers), Sleep Timer, Countdown Timer
  • USB Charge output for Phones, Tablets or other Smart Devices
  • Mains or Battery Powered (4x AA)
  • Real Wood Case for Acoustic Fidelity Wrapped in Leatherette
  • Available in 7 Iconic Patterns; Black Toast, Blue Daisy, Marmalade, Pink Hearts, Polka Dot, Rose & Bee and Wallflower

 

Retro Mk II - £129.99

Retro Mk II, is one of the most comprehensively connected radios with DAB/DAB+ Digital and FM Radio, Bluetooth connection and an always handy Apple Lighting dock. Retro Mk II also offers premium audio performance beneath is vintage exterior, with a range of acoustic enhancements.

  • DAB / DAB+ Digital Radio
  • FM Radio
  • Apple Lighting Charge & Play Dock
  • Bluetooth Streaming
  • Aux-in & Headphones
  • Equaliser (MyEQ) with Independent Bass & Treble Control with Presets
  • Storage for 10 Radio Preset Favourites
  • Clock with Dual Alarms (His/Hers or Week/Weekend), Sleep Timer, Countdown Timer
  • USB Charge output for Phones, Tablets or other Smart Devices
  • Mains or Battery Powered (Optional Rechargeable Battery Pack)
  • Real Wood Case for Acoustic Fidelity Wrapped in Leatherette
  • Available in 6 Iconic Patterns; Blue Daisy, Marmalade, Pink Hearts, Polka Dot, Rose & Bee and Wallflower

 

Hepburn Mk II - £149.99

Hepburn Mk II is effortlessly elegant and supremely stylish but also a triumph of technology with award winning sound quality and comprehensive connectivity allowing you to listen to what you want when you want.

  • DAB / DAB+ Digital Radio
  • FM Radio
  • Bluetooth Streaming
  • Aux-in & Headphones
  • Equaliser (MyEQ) with Independent Bass & Treble Control with Presets
  • Digital Sound Processing Software
  • Storage for 10 Radio Preset Favourites
  • Clock with Dual Alarms (His/Hers or Week/Weekend), Sleep Timer, Countdown Timer
  • USB Charge output for Phones, Tablets or other Smart Devices
  • Mains or Battery Powered (Optional Rechargeable Battery Pack)
  • Available in 6 Iconic Patterns; Blue Daisy, Marmalade, Pink Hearts, Polka Dot, Rose & Bee and Wallflower

VQ Partner with Brit Awards 2017

The Brits are one of the most glamourous and star-studded evenings in the music calendar, so it seems only natural for British digital radio brand VQ to partner with the event to add their own sense of sound and style.

VQ will be supplying a range of digital radios from their designer collection for lucky celebrities to take home and enjoy as part of the Brit Awards goodie bags. This prestigious promotional opportunity is only afforded to the most desirable and luxurious brands.

The VQ Digital Radio range includes 6 different models available in 11 standard colours and 9 designer prints in collaboration with Emma Bridgewater and Lulu Guinness. The comprehensive collection gives enough choice for even the most avant-garde red carpet VIP.

The Brits are Back

Multi-award winning British audio brand VQ Launch their unique radio range in Australia ready for Christmas

With Brexit negotiations set to start in 2017, Australia should be bracing itself for an influx of all things Pom, but it’s not just; fancy accents, Yorkshire puddings and an astonishing inability to apply sunscreen you should be expecting. British audio brand VQ are paving the way for a sound and style revolution by launching their irresistible range of vintage inspired Digital Radios, in time for Christmas.

The three key models in the VQ range are available in a charming selection of 11 different leatherette hues, all offering DAB+ & FM Radio coupled with Bluetooth streaming for complete content flexibility at prices starting from just $129.99.

If the gift of music wasn’t enough this Christmas, VQ true to their Sound and Style ethos are working in partnership with TONI&GUY to offer a luxury hair and beauty gift package worth over $100 with the purchase of any Retro Mini from MyVQ.com.au or national retailers in December. This offer is outstanding value when you consider the Retro Mini digital radio is priced at just $129, putting VQ a cut above the rest.

It is certainly not a case of style over substance as the VQ range is already multi-award winning in the UK with a reputation for premium audio quality. Other features for the tech-savvy include dual alarm clock functionality, a range of equaliser settings and USB charging for your phone/tablet.

This Christmas a radio from VQ could be your answer to the perennial question of what to get the person who has everything or simply how you drown out grandad’s snoring after dinner. In the case of Retro Mini you even have the opportunity to create a new you in the New Year thanks to TONI&GUY.

VQ & Bauer Media Go Radio Gaga

British audio brand VQ announces extensive Q4 partnership with commercial radio's leading broadcast network Bauer Media

October 4th 2016 – VQ and Bauer Media are pleased to announce a partnership which will see the British based digital radio brand support a number of initiatives across a number of Bauer Media’s most successful and iconic stations, including Absolute Radio and Magic.

The partnership forms a cornerstone of ambitious promotional plans for VQ as we move from through the autumn and into the Christmas peak.

James Royston, Marketing Director for VQ commented, “This year we’re pleased to have the opportunity to work with Bauer Media as part of our seasonal promotions. This is a very natural partnership as without great content from networks like Bauer Media the demand for radio devices simply would not be there. We believe that appetite for digital radio content is as high as it has ever been and so it’s the right time for us to launch our most comprehensive marketing plans in the history of our brand, we have built a strategy to deliver over 130 million impressions to our brand through; On-air radio content, print media and online & social media.”

The news of this extensive seasonal media campaign comes just a few short months after the VQ announcement of a six figure investment made in securing their own product development and manufacturing facility.

VQ Secures Digital Tick Status on it's Award Winning DAB Radio Range

12th July 2016 – VQ is pleased to announce Digital Tick status for its current range of FM/DAB Digital Radios & Bluetooth speakers from 12th July.

The Digital Tick is administered by the independent body, Digital Radio UK. The mark, as with a similar scheme which covered TV switchover, is a guarantee of quality and offers consumer assurances that products are “future ready” ahead of any radio switchover, with many experts pointing to 2020 as a potential date.

During a statement made at Digital Radio UK’s summer reception, hosted at the offices of Global Media, James Royston, Marketing Director, confirmed “The Digital Tick applies to all our current models; Blighty, Christie, Hepburn Mk II, Retro Mini and Retro Mk II. As a premium British brand we’ve been consistent supporters of the Digital Tick mark and, with the launch of 18 new Digital radio stations this spring, now is the right time to announce our adoption of the mark.”

During the statement, Royston, also announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility confirming “A six figure investment has been made in our own facility which gives us a unique opportunity to have complete control over products - from first design sketch to a consumer’s home.”

Completing a trio of announcements at the event it was also confirmed that VQ would, by the end of the year, have finalised a planned move from a standard one year warranty for consumers to a comprehensive three year offering. Royston commented “in line with our commitment to the digital tick and the successful launch of our own manufacturing facility, quality is at the core of everything we do. It’s therefore only natural we share that commitment with consumers by offering a three year warranty which we look forward to launching before the end of 2016.”

VQ & QVC DISCOVER THE NATION’S FAVOURITE NEW DAB DIGITAL RADIO STATION

British audio brand VQ have partnered with leading UK retailer QVC to discover the nation’s favourite new radio station. This poll follows the successful launch of 18 new national DAB digital radio stations, dubbed Sound Digital (D2), giving the greatest ever choice of stations to listeners around the UK.

The Top 5 new Digital radio stations as voted by the Great British Public are:-

  • Absolute Radio 80s
  • Kisstory
  • Heat Radio
  • Planet Rock
  • Virgin Radio

As well as the greatest ever choice of stations prompting this poll VQ & QVC are offering the perfect way to listen to the stations with a special promotional airing for VQ’s new launched Hepburn Mk II DAB Digital Radio & Bluetooth speaker.

Hepburn Mk II features the very best in British design and engineering with particular attention, as you would expect, paid to the acoustics – dual ultra-wide stereo speakers provide a room-filling 20W output, but it’s not all about power. Hepburn Mk II features an intelligent equaliser MyEQ, a mix of user control on Bass & Treble and digital sound processing technology.

For those overwhelmed by the choice of digital radio stations, the radio also features Bluetooth letting you stream the likes of; Apple Music and Spotify from any smart device. The addition of a handy USB charging port means you can even charge your phone/tablet as you play.

Other features include; Leatherette exterior with 11 colour choices, dual alarm clock with sleep and kitchen timers, 10 DAB ’ FM Radio presets, headphone and 3.5mm aux cable connections and an optional rechargeable battery pack which offers playback of around 25 hours.

Hepburn Mk II Full Specification

  • DAB/DAB+/FM Radio
  • Wireless Bluetooth connectivity
  • 3.5mm Aux-in & Headphone Jack
  • USB Port for charging devices
  • 10 DAB/FM presets available
  • Dual 10W ultra-wide stereo speakers
  • MyEQ with Digital sound processing technology
  • VQ lifestyle alarm – dual alarms, snooze & sleep timer
  • Multi-language settings
  • Mains (UK/EU) Plug
  • Rechargeable battery pack for up to 25hrs battery life

ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING AUDIO BRANDS IN THE WORLD LAUNCH THREE NEW PRODUCTS @ IFA 2015

This year is only the second attendance of VQ at IFA,but a lot has happened in 12 months, the independently owned British brand is taking the world by storm with DAB Radio’s designed with Sound & Style at their core.

VQ have embarked on an exciting global growth strategy which has seen the brand take their uniquely British brand into Europe and wider afield in territories such as Australia, Hong Kong and South Africa.

At IFA 2015 VQ look to cement their place as one of the fastest growing and most innovative audio brands in the world.

This ambitious target is driven by inspirational CEO and Creative Director, Jonathan Merricks, who is hands on in all product design based at the UK offices in the Hampshire countryside. At IFA this year VQ announce 3 product launches:- Susie-Q, Hepburn Mk II and Retro Mk II.

Susie-Q

Susie-Q represents the future of radio and a new flagship model for VQ. The most comprehensively connected radio on the market. Susie-Q really is the only radio you’ll ever need and it will be the beating heart of your multi-room audio set up.

The soul of VQ will always be radio so true to these roots, Susie-Q offers DAB, DAB+, FM and WiFi internet radio functionality, all of which adds up to a lot of live broadcast content. You can listen to big brand digital radio stations, your local FM station, or open a world of content with Underground Jazz live from New Orleans, Reggae from the Caribbean or a Classical Concert broadcast from Moscow.

Jonathan Merricks, VQ - CEO & Creative Director, said: "The true future of Multi-room and the Connected Home is open source, we don’t live in a world where consumers buy only one brand of products. It’s not realistic and it’s not fair to funnel consumers into little more than a trap. Susie-Q & Harmony is open source and we’re proud of that. We have always wanted a more honest and faithful relationship with our consumers."

Susie-Q is more than a radio, it’s the heart of your multi-room system with Harmony by VQ – a multi-room system that’s truly open source. Powered by Frontier Silicon – UNDOK technology Susie-Q can connect with any other open source brand on the network all controlled with the intuitive Harmony App on Android and iOS. With Susie-Q at the heart of your multi-room system you can listen to your own music collection on live broadcast at the touch of a button in any or all rooms of your home.

It’s certainly not a case of all substance and no style with Susie-Q, as the technical spec is clad in an equally dazzling case. The use of real premium enamel on the fascia with satin nickel accents offers a unique tactile aesthetic and vintage style. This design coupled with a choice of leatherette colour wraps or alternative finishes including black enamel or walnut veneer, make Susie-Q a perfect example of VQ Sound & Style.

Jonathan, said: "For me the inclusion of internet radio was key for Susie-Q, the user statistics for services such as RadioPlayer and TuneIn are phenomenal, over 50 Million people can't be wrong."

Key Features

  • DAB / DAB+ / FM / Internet Radio
  • Harmony by VQ - Multi-room Connectivity
  • App enabled - Frontier Silicon UNDOK architecture
  • Spotify Connect compatible
  • Bluetooth 4.0 connection & NFC
  • Superior audio with 2 full range drivers & 2 tweeters
  • Wrapped in quality leatherette with a beautiful enamel front fascia

Retro MKII

The VQ Retro Radio is an icon, and multi-award winner - including the coveted What HiFi 5 Star Award and with tens' of thousands of units now sold worldwide. However, with a few technical and aesthetic upgrades Retro is reborn.

For all too long the Retro Radio was of most keen interest to Apple users with its 30-pin or Lightning dock options for charge and playback in addition to DAB, DAB+ and FM radio. However with Retro Mk II the addition of Bluetooth to the Apple Lightning Dock means users of any smart device can stream direct to their beloved radio. The Retro Mk II also features a complete facelift with a remodelled front fascia enhancing the classic style with a more elegant flair. Of course with VQ this is complimented by the 11 colours and a range of designer patterns delivering a radio for any taste and style.

Jonathan Merricks, said: "As a brand we owe it all to the success of the Retro, I love this radio so rather than letting it slip off into retirement we've maintained the style and updated everything else. More Connectivity, Better Acoustics and in my opinion a more Designer Look."

Key Features

  • DAB | DAB+ | FM Radio
  • Enhanced Connectivity with Apple Lightning Dock and Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm Aux-in & Headphone Jack
  • USB Port for charging devices
  • 10 DAB/DAB+ & FM radio presets
  • Dual 10W stereo speakers
  • High-fidelity stereo speaker drivers with an 90Hz to 20KHz frequency range
  • Mains (UK/EU plug) or battery powered (Rechargable battery)
  • VQ LifeStyle Alarm - dual alarms, snooze & sleep timer
  • Up to 62hrs battery life (standby)

Hepburn MKII

The vintage style and modern functional of the original VQ Hepburn was key to garnering many industry awards including a Which? Best Buy alongside thousands of happy customers across the globe.

With Hepburn Mk II, VQ very much work on the model of don’t mess with perfection – the vintage styling is timeless and remains unchanged still offered in a range of 11 colours with the addition of iconic Emma Bridgewater patterns. However, the tech that drives Hepburn Mk II has seen major improvements making this radio an even more outstanding model.

Hepburn Mk II features a completely new acoustic design with new speakers and drivers, but still using prestigious NXT flat panel technology. Further enhancements are made with the addition of digital sound processing (DSP), which ensures the very best quality sound experience no matter what the source or the content.

Jonathan Merricks, said: "Hepburn is a beautiful product, people love the sound and style of the radio. We could of quite easily sat back and left the product alone, but I want to ensure we’re always offering our consumers the very best. These acoustic upgrades help maintain Hepburn as one of the best radios in the market for under £150.”

Key Features

  • DAB / DAB+ / FM radio reception
  • Wireless Bluetooth connectivity
  • 3.5mm Aux-in & Headphone Jack
  • USB Port for charging devices
  • 10 DAB/DAB+ & FM radio presets
  • Dual 10W stereo speakers
  • High-fidelity stereo speaker drivers with an
  • 80Hz to 20KHz frequency range
  • Innovative Digital Sound Processing Technology
  • VQ LifeStyle Alarm - dual alarms, snooze and countdown timer
  • Multi-language settings
  • Mains (UK/EU plug) or battery powered (Rechargable battery
  • Up to 76hrs battery life (standby)

About VQ (formerly View Quest)

VQ is a unique British audio brand inspired by the fusion of Sound and Style.

At VQ we believe that colour and design is an important part of who we are, so why should the technology we buy only be Black or Silver and lacking individually of design?

Our award winning acoustic development programme ensures all our products feature the latest technology and unbeaten sound quality. Couple this with our passion for the creative world of: the arts, fashion & interior design and this means our products don't just sound great, they look great too.

Join the VQ Revolution with our award winning technology that's designed to match your style.

VQ rules the airwaves with Blighty

VQ launches pocket DAB/+ and FM portable radio

VQ, the British audio brand that delivers stylish designs and superior sound quality, announces the launch of the Blighty DAB/DAB+/FM portable radio. Available in red or grey, with comprehensive digital and analogue radio reception and a 10-hour battery life, it is the perfect summer accessory. Blighty, the handy, pocket radio is available from www.MyVQ.com at £49.99.

With Wimbledon, The Ashes and the Rugby World Cup all around the corner, Blighty is a great way to keep up-to-date with the latest results when on the go - via both digital and analogue services. For those trying to follow more than one game, the 10 DAB presets built-in to the Blighty make storing and switching between favourite stations simple. Whether home or away, the DAB & DAB+ reception means users can listen to digital stations all over the UK or even on holiday in any other digital broadcasting nation.

When out and about, in the garden, at the park or at the beach, the vivid 1.6 LCD screen can be easily read in the sunshine and will auto-dim to save battery power. Blighty also features a powerful built-in lithium-ion battery (runtimes circa 10 hours) that is easily charged with the Micro USB charging cable provided, so avid sport and music fans never miss a thing. Stereo headphones are also included so Blighty can be listened to straight out of the box, making it an ideal commuting partner.

With VQ, there is no compromise when it comes to the aesthetics of Blighty. The case is a beautiful anodized aluminum reminiscent of the trusty iPod, available in gunmetal grey with black fascia or a vivid cherry red with cream fascia. The simple button layout with a soft-touch responsive feel makes Blighty simple and intuitive to control.

Jonathan Merricks, CEO and creative director, at VQ commented: “For far too long pocket DAB radios have been hidden away – and with good reason, a complete lack of design flare. Blighty is going to change all of that, a great radio that is easy on the eye and perfect in the palm. Everyone will want to have Blighty to hand this summer.”

Pricing and availability

Blighty is priced at £49.99 and is available now from www.MyVQ.com.

Features

  • DAB/DAB+/FM radio reception Auto-scan for FM and DAB
  • 10 DAB Presets
  • Lithium-ion battery (up 10hrs runtime) Tactile anodized aluminum case Vivid 1.6 inch LCD screen
  • Auto screen dimmer to save battery power Micro USB charging
  • Stereo headphones included
  • Micro USB charge cable included
  • Choice of colour – Grey or Red

VQ launch sleek accessories for summer

Take sound and style wherever you go with the new battery pack and carry case designed for the VQ Christie radio

xxx - VQ, the British audio brand known for its fusion of sound and style, today announces the availability of a new bundle of accessories to transform the popular Christie into the most sophisticated portable radio and speaker. Consisting of a rechargeable battery pack and carry case, users can now enjoy music/radio whilst relaxing at a champagne picnic, glamping with friends or catching the latest results during Wimbledon. The accessory bundle is available now from www.myvq.co.uk at £29.99.

The Christie

The Christie is the newest addition to VQ’s gorgeous radio line up. Christie is a DAB+ Radio and NFC/Bluetooth speaker featuring a range of unique design features. Featuring a real enamel fascia panel, a 360 degree premium leatherette wrap, the Christie also boasts a, patent pending, rotating 2.4” LCD display that enable the beautiful radio to sit either in landscape or portrait orientation. Available in 11 vibrant colours including black, blue, brown, cream, emerald, mustard, pink, purple, red, teal and radiant orchid.

The Carry Case

Available in classic cream, this carry case perfectly matches the stylish radio. Designed with the same vintage style as the Christie, the unique shoulder strap design allows the radio to be carried with ease and comfort. The radio is held securely in place within the leatherette strap with a stylish metal clasp.

The Battery pack

The Christie rechargeable battery pack delivers runtimes of 16hrs with an extended 36hrs runtime on standby mode so there is never a moment with out music.

Pricing and availability

Battery and carry case available from www.myvq.co.uk at £29.99

VQ Christie Radio is available from www.myvq.co.uk at £99.99

Delivery Times

Please allow 10 days for delivery once ordered.

Little Green Shed & VQ Interview

  1. 1. Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you do?
  2. Hi, I’m Jonathan Merricks the CEO and Creative Director of VQ. We’re a British audio brand specialising in Digital Radios and Bluetooth speakers. We’re a small, but growing team, and we’re all passionate about the brand, the product and quality of customer experience. Uniquely, and unlike the “big boy’s”, the company is independently owned not part of some large corporation and everything we do is about delivery fantastic products that look and sound amazing. Our strapline is “Sound & Style” and that’s the heart of the brand and everyone working here.

  3. 2. What is the inspiration behind VQ?
  4. The business is around 4 years old and it really does come out of my two passions in life, music and design. I’ve been very fortunate to have worked in the music industry in both recording studios and also at live events with nightclubs and festivals, and I’m still passionate about music and quality audio. I also have a love of great design, be that physical design, unique materials or colour – I just love beautiful well-crafted products.

    VQ is, if you like, my response to the status-quo that existed in consumer electronics, for far too long everything was black or silver and a choice of how big you want your square box to be. It’s dull, it’s lifeless and it’s not personal – I want my products to be a perfect blend of form and function. A product you want to own because it beautifully complements your home and also performs to the high technical standards we all now expect.

  5. 3. VQ is a very British brand, can you describe your influences in designing the radios?
  6. You’re quite right, we’re British through and through. We celebrate our Britishness, and increasingly as we expand into new countries around the world we see that other nations still hold up British design and engineering as something to be respected and it really adds value to what we produce. We also work with some of the leading universities in the UK for product development and in particular acoustic design, which again helps to build the premium credibility of the brand.

  7. 4. The Collection has radios named after famous female stars, which I love! What was your thinking behind this idea?
  8. Quite simply, as a brand, we are unashamedly female focused. As I said the consumer electronics market has been far too complacent in aiming entirely at a masculine audience and ignoring 50% of the population, to us that’s madness. We began with the mission of addressing this with products design specifically for female consumers. Having products with names synonymous with female icons is the perfect way to reinforce this mission.

    Over the last 4 years the tech landscape has evolved so quickly, it’s fantastic, so many products now feature – design and colour. Why? Because people demand it, people want it, people have always wanted it and we’re so pleased to of been right there at the vanguard of this industry change. And we’re more than pleased to say that our core audience remains female consumers but we have an ever increasing male audience becoming more design conscious!

  9. 5. Can you tell us some key features in the radios?
  10. Well without a doubt you have to start outside our radios – they’re all wrapped in premium leatherette with our current colour range numbering 11. We’re pleased to report that when it comes to colour people are increasingly bold, when given the choice – traditional Cream and Black will always be popular but we see huge demand for Red, Teal and Emerald. We’re also starting to look at non-traditional materials so Christie our latest release feature an enamel fascia panel, irresistibly tactile and as far as we’re aware is the first audio product in the world to use enamel.

    Beauty is more than skin deep though, all the products feature a whole host of technology, again if you take Christie for example you can listen to whatever you want, whenever you want, with; DAB, DAB+, FM, Bluetooth, NFC and Aux-in. This means you can listen to any live radio broadcast you like (as long as you have coverage) but you can also stream content from Spotify, your iTunes library or anywhere else and get quality audio rather than tinny speakers on your phone, tablet or laptop. True to our desire to be unique and innovative Christie also features a patent-pending rotating display and control panel which means you can place the radio in portrait or landscape orientation. A very simple idea, but sometimes the best ones are.

  11. 6. I notice you have a collaboration with Emma Bridgewater on some of the radios, can you tell us more about that?
  12. Emma Bridgwater is an absolutely fantastic partnership for us, we approached them a few years ago as we saw a great opportunity apply their prints to our radios and create something truly unique. They only work with a very small number of licensees and we’re extremely proud to be one, we feel this again reinforces the pedigree and quality of our brand. Consumers respond really well to this collaboration too, the radios are frequently best sellers on the Emma Bridgewater site. The really exciting news is having launched Rose & Bee as a new pattern on our Hepburn earlier this year, we’re currently finalising some more pattern launches for 2015 so keep your eyes peeled.

  13. 7. If you could have any famous person using your radio, who would it be and why?
  14. It may sound corny but we get excited about anyone owning one of our products, we love them from the pages of sketch books to final products. You can’t help but feel incredibly proud when you read a good review or see a comment on social media about our products. It still gives me and everyone in the team a real buzz.

    Funnily enough following on from talking about Emma Bridgewater, Kate Middleton was recently at an event at the Emma Bridgewater factory to launch a charity collection of pottery and she did leave with a “radio sized bag”. Kate is that perfect combination of style icon and the embodiment of our Britishness, we’d love it if she had one, but we can never decide which she’d go for.

  15. 8. Where do you see VQ going in the future?
  16. We’re definitely going to stay true to our Sound and Style ethos, we’re an audio brand that will always create beautiful products which stack up technically against anything else in the market. We might not stick with just digital radio though... and we certainly won’t always be vintage.

    I can give you a little insight into one product we’re very excited about launching later this year, which is our unique take on multi-room audio. We’re creating something beautiful alongside working with leading technology partners, including Spotify, to create an amazing product, which will do everything you could possibly hope for, and a bit more that you might not even of thought about.

    Ultimately, we’re a designer brand and to stay relevant means we have to focus on both technical and style trends. We’re never going to be passé!

  17. 9. And finally, where are the radios stocked, where can we buy one?

The great news is, you can find our radios in more and more stores all over the UK and increasingly across Europe and the rest of the world. If you’ve fallen in love and have to have one, the best way, visit our website – www.myvq.co.uk and see the full range with all the colour and pattern options. As we’re fans of the blog ourselves we’ve even got a special offer for you, 15% off any product bought on our site with code LGSChristie15 at check-out.

VQ DRIVES 56% SALES INCREASE WITH NEW LOOK INCENTIVE

VQ is a unique British audio brand, successfully blending iconic retro-styling with award winning audio quality. To drive sales and mark the launch of its new consumer website (http://www.myvq.co.uk) at the end of 2014, the business introduced a tactical marketing initiative called ‘Our New Look, Your New Look'.

According to Matthew Allen, Sales and Marketing Director, “The website was completely redesigned with a new look, improved functionality, new products and colours – it now reflects the high standard you see through the rest of the brand in terms of product, packaging and all other collateral. In the run up to the all-important Christmas period, we undertook an integrated campaign including e-marketing, social media and PR, designed to both drive traffic and sales via the newly launched site.”

Central to the campaign was a sales incentive created to appeal to VQ’s predominantly female consumer-base. Matthew continues, “We are unashamedly female focused - our products are colourful and design-orientated, celebrating individual taste and style, created to enhance any interior décor. We wanted to offer a reward that would both appeal to our core customer and could be used and appreciated immediately as a treat at Christmas. After careful research and consideration, we decided that New Look gift cards would be the perfect incentive, because of the obvious brand synergies of style, value and customer base. A £30 New Look gift card was sent as a thank-you with every product purchased through the website during December. For us, it was important that recipients would be able to spend their gift card immediately either in-store or online, and treat themselves with a new outfit for the festive party season. With so many stores around the country and next-day online delivery, the brand is accessible to all and has proved hugely popular with our target market.”

“The period of December, when the promotion was running, saw a 56% increase in sales across our radio and Bluetooth speaker range – even accounting for seasonality, this represents a significant jump which was in part driven by the promotion and the value of the New Look/VQ association. It was our first time running any kind of “added value” incentive and has been judged by the business as being extremely successful both in terms of the value of sales generated and in the brand association. The New Look incentive was one that resonated with our consumers and we would certainly look to work in partnership again in the future.”

VQ’s Christie DAB+ radio now available in the UK

DAB+ radio features unique enamel design and rotating LCD display for landscape or portrait orientation

VQ, the British audio brand known for its fusion of sound and style, today announces the availability of Christie. Available in 11 contemporary colour options, Christie is a beautifully designed DAB+ radio and NFC/Bluetooth speaker. It has a unique, genuine enamel front panel with 360-degree premium leatherette wrap, as well as a rotating 2.4” LCD display that enables the radio to sit either in landscape or portrait orientation.

Providing superior sound quality, Christie features a single 10W speaker that makes use of specially tuned digital sound processing (DSP) software. The use of DSP means that high audio fidelity and surprising volume levels can still be enjoyed from a compact unit. The quality of sound is vital given the wide range of audio sources available with Christie from digital and analogue radio to streaming content from sources such as Spotify, TuneIn or Last.FM via any smart device with one-touch NFC connection or standard Bluetooth pairing.

Additional functionality includes the VQ LifeStyle alarm – a dual alarm (his and hers or week and weekend), sleep timer and kitchen timer. Also included is USB charging for third party devices, which is particularly useful when using Christie as a bedside radio. The optional, rechargeable VQ battery pack and carry case mean that Christie can be used in the garden or when out and about.

VQ CEO and Creative Director, Jonathan Merricks, comments: “Christie has been a labour of love. We’re passionate about the use of beautiful and non-traditional materials in our products and we took a long time to refine the application of enamel with Christie in order to create a stunning and unique effect. The use of enamel makes Christie absolutely perfect for the kitchen and the wide colour choice ensures there is a Christie to suit everyone’s taste and style.”

Christie is available in 11 colours including back, blue, brown, cream, emerald, mustard, pink, purple, red, teal and Radiant Orchid.

Pricing and availability

Christie is priced at £99.99 and is available now from www.myvq.co.uk. Optional rechargeable battery and carry case is £29.99

Features

  • DAB/ DAB+/ FM radio tuner with 30 presets
  • High quality real enamel fascia
  • Rotating display
  • NFC & Bluetooth connectivity for any smart device
  • 3.5mm aux-in, 3.5mm headphone jack and USB charging
  • Single ultra-wide premium speaker driver (10W)
  • Innovative digital sound processing technology
  • VQ Lifestyle Alarm – dual alarms, sleep time and kitchen timer
  • Standard mains power with UK/EU power adaptor included
  • Premium leatherette wrap in 11 colours
  • Christie Carry Case and rechargeable VQ Battery Pack optional

VQ’s Hepburn DAB+ radio is coming up roses with its new Emma Bridgewater pattern

London, February 2015 - VQ today announces its latest collaboration with iconic British designer Emma Bridgewater on its vintage inspired Hepburn radio becoming available in Rose & Bee and Polka Dot pattern prints. Following on from the success of the Sampler, Polka Dot and Black Toast Emma Bridgewater prints on its original Retro Radio VQ is thrilled to add two of the designer’s most popular patterns to its Hepburn DAB | DAB+ | FM radio and Bluetooth speaker.

The combination of the Rose & Bee pattern with Hepburn marries two design classics: the popular modern floral print with the vintage inspired radio. VQ has added the new print as floral patterns are tipped to be a leading trend in interior design for 2015.The eye catching Rose & Bee pattern features an array of scattered roses and leaves amongst a cream setting adding to the elegance of the popular Hepburn radio.

Jonathan Merricks, VQ CEO said: “We’re very proud to be one of a select few of Emma Bridgewater partners and we enjoy a close and successful relationship. Our original Retro Radio features three of Emma’s most iconic patterns and remains one of her bestselling products online. We’re thrilled to be adding not just a new pattern but the Emma Bridgewater brand to the Hepburn.”

The Hepburn radio is available in 11 different eye catching ColourGen colours and two Emma Bridgewater prints, Polka Dot and Rose & Bee. Hepburn features the latest in modern functionality including digital or analogue radio reception, Bluetooth for smart device streaming, MyEQ for control of bass and treble, dual alarms with sleep timer and USB charging for external devices.

The design and modern functionality of the Hepburn radio is further enhanced with intelligent British Speaker technology – NXT BMR flat panel speakers. These premium speakers are renowned for delivering a clear, rich and warm audio experience that can be further enhanced by the built-in equalizer with a range of presets or independent bass and treble control.

VQ has also just announced a price reduction in time for Christmas with the Hepburn ColourGen range that is now available for £129.00 in 11 different colours including the Pantone colour of the year 2014 radiant orchard, as well as emerald green, cream, red and blue.

Pricing and availability

Hepburn Rose & Bee and Polka Dot is available now exclusively from www.emmabridgewater.co.uk priced at £149.00.

VQ partners with iBiquity Digital to offer Designer HD Radio & Bluetooth Receivers

British designed and engineered HD Radio & Bluetooth receivers launching in North America

CES, Las Vegas, January 5, 2015 – VQ and iBiquity Digital are delighted to announce their partnership in North America to provide VQ HD Radio receivers. iBiquity is the developer and licenser of HD Radio Technology, which is transforming AM and FM broadcasting with expanded channels, improved sound quality and an array of new data services.

Multi-award winning VQ is a unique, British-based company that creates a fusion of sound and style with innovative audio products boasting the latest technology. VQ take their inspiration from non-traditional areas, such as, The Arts, Interior Design and Fashion helping to create compelling audio products designed to enrich the lives of their owners with aesthetic appeal as well as acoustic perfection.

VQ’s acoustic development programme ensures that the latest technology and amazing sound quality can be found in all its products. All products are designed and engineered in the UK.

The growth of digital radio in North America is extremely rapid, with Jonathan Merricks CEO & Creative Director of VQ stating “The success of HD Radio Technology in the automotive sector has been exemplary and we believe that our innovative designs and digital radio experience will help grow demand for home and portable consumer products.”

Jeff Jury, Chief Operating Officer at iBiquity Digital went on to comment “We are very pleased to see leading radio designer VQ enter the HD Radio retail market.   We believe that their products will add new exciting form factors for the home radio market, giving consumers new full featured audio oriented devices.”

Merricks continued, “As an innovator in the radio industry, VQ is committed to creating compelling audio products that look great, sound great and provide a full range of functionality which also includes Bluetooth that enable users to connect their smart phones and tablets to listen to or stream music.

“At this stage of the HD Radio life cycle, it is so important to ensure that all major players within the digital radio sphere are sharing knowledge, experience and ideas to guarantee that we further the industry. We are delighted to partner with iBiquity as they share our passion in revolutionizing and transforming how consumers use and benefit from the radio.’

“We are proud to be exhibiting at CES on the iBiquity Stand #8232 in Central Hall, and I would like to suggest retailers and press contact our SVP of Sales and Marketing, Matthew Allen on mallen@myvq.co.uk.”

VQ launches Retro Mini –
A small but mighty DAB+ radio and Bluetooth speaker

4 September 2014 - VQ, the British audio brand known for its fusion of sound and style, today announces the Retro Mini. Retro Mini is a compact and affordable DAB+ radio and Bluetooth speaker, which takes its inspiration from VQ’s multi-award winning Retro Radio.

Retro Mini may be small at only 224 x 147 x 105mm, but it packs more than enough functionality for even the most demanding audiophile. It features DAB, DAB+ and FM radio reception with 30 presets for a user’s favourite stations. For those that prefer to dip into their own music collection, it comes with wireless Bluetooth connectivity for any smart device, with access to locally stored music, Spotify, TuneIn or any other streaming service.

The Retro Mini’s functionality is backed up by high quality audio technology through a wood case for acoustic fidelity, an ultra-wide, premium, five watt speaker driver and VQ’s MyEQ function, which provides a range of specially tuned preset bass and treble settings.

With an eye-catching vintage design, the Mini is available in 11 colours including black, blue, brown, cream, emerald, mustard, pink, purple, red, teal and Pantone’s colour of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid. The Emma Bridgewater designs include Black Toast, Polka Dot and Sampler.

Retro Mini offers a number of additional features such as the VQ LifeStyle alarm – dual alarms and sleep timer, and a USB port for charging devices – ideal for streaming content to the speaker or for bedside positions. The Retro Mini can also be used on the go, simply by adding four AA batteries.

VQ CEO and Creative Director, Jonathan Merricks is enthusiastic about Retro Mini, stating: “We feel Retro Mini is an ideal introduction to the VQ product range. It is a very affordable radio and Bluetooth speaker that stacks up against our competition in terms of functionality, but also features our unique fusion of sound and style. It will make the perfect gift for Christmas this year.”

Pricing and availability

Retro Mini will be available from October from www.myvq.co.uk as well as a range of retailer outlets. It is priced at £59.99 for the ColourGen version or £79.99 for the iconic Emma Bridgewater design.

Key features

  • DAB/ DAB+/ FM radio tuner with 30 presets
  • Bluetooth connection
  • 3.5mm aux-in, 3.5mm headphone jack and USB charging
  • Single ultra-wide premium speaker driver (5W)
  • MyEQ equalizer for personalised sound
  • VQ Lifestyle Alarm – dual alarms and sleep timer
  • Standard mains power with UK/EU power adaptor included or portable with 4x AA batteries (up to 15hr playback)
  • Premium leatherette wrap available in eleven colours and three Emma Bridgewater designs

VQ launches Christie -
sound and style from every angle

September 2014, VQ, the British audio brand known for its fusion of sound and style, today announces Christie. Available in 11 contemporary colour options, Christie is a beautifully designed DAB+ radio and NFC/Bluetooth speaker.

Christie uniquely features a real enamel fascia panel with 360 degree premium leatherette wrap in 11 colour options. Christie also boasts a real first with a rotating 2.4” LCD display that enable the radio to sit either in landscape or portrait orientation.

Providing superior sound quality, Christie features a single 10W speaker that makes use of specially tuned digital sound processing (DSP) software. The use of DSP means that high audio fidelity and surprising volume levels can still be enjoyed from a compact unit.The quality of sound is vital given the wide range of audio sources available with Christie from digital and analogue radio to streaming content from sources such as Spotify, TuneIn or Last.FM via any smart device with one-touch NFC connection or standard Bluetooth pairing.

Additional functionality includes the VQ LifeStyle alarm – a dual alarm (his and hers or week and weekend), sleep timer and kitchen timer. Also included is USB charging for third party devices, which is particularly useful when using Christie as a bedside radio. The optional, rechargeable VQ battery pack and carry case mean that Christie can be used in the garden or when out and about.

VQ CEO and Creative Director, Jonathan Merricks, comments: “Christie has been a labour of love. I’m passionate about the use of beautiful and non-traditional materials in our products and we took a long time to refine the application of enamel with Christie in order to create a stunning and unique effect. The use of enamel makesChristie absolutely perfect for the kitchen and the wide colour choice ensures there is a Christie to suit everyone’s taste and style.”

Christie is available in 11 colours including back, blue, brown, cream, emerald, mustard, pink, purple, red, teal and Pantone’s colour of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid.

Pricing and availability

Christie, priced at £99.99 will be available in October from www.myvq.co.uk and a range of retailer outlets.

Key features

  • DAB/ DAB+/ FM radio tuner with 30 presets
  • NFC & Bluetooth connectivity for any smart device
  • 3.5mm aux-in, 3.5mm headphone jack and USB charging
  • Single ultra-wide premium speaker driver (10W)
  • Innovative digital sound processing technology
  • VQ Lifestyle Alarm – dual alarms, sleep time and kitchen timer
  • Standard mains power with UK/EU power adaptor included
  • Premium leatherette wrap in 11 colours
  • High quality real enamel fascia
  • Christie Carry Case and rechargeable VQ Battery Pack optional

VQ introduces Emma Bridgewater Black Toast DAB+ and FM radio with lightening dock

VQ, the British-based developer of innovative audio products, today announces the latest addition to its Emma Bridgewater retro radio range - Black Toast. Emma Bridgewater - British design icon, who for three decades has been creating pottery, gifts and homeware in her own inimitable style – continues her partnership with VQ to develop the new design. With an in vogue vintage look, the Emma Bridgewater Black Toast Retro radio features all the latest technology and functionality for unbeaten audio quality.

Black Toast is one of Emma Bridgewater’s most iconic designs and is exclusively adapted for VQ with the words ‘life & soul & radio’. Its smart and playful pattern injects a hint of style and fun into everyday life and the luxurious finish in a high quality leatherette detailing will fit seamlessly into any interior.

Like the other Five-Star What Hi-Fi award-winning models in the VQ Emma Bridgewater range (Polka Dot and Sampler), the Black Toast Retro radio combines a vintage inspired design with superior sound quality and is packed full of features. It includes DAB and DAB+ so you can listen to all your favourite digital stations in the UK or across Europe. The radio even features an FM mode if you’re outside of digital coverage. In addition, a user’s own library of music can be accessed via the Lightening dock for iPod or iPhone or the 3.5mm aux input to connect to any other audio device. The radio will even charge your iPhone or iPod while it’s docked.

The VQ Emma Bridgewater Black Toast radio comes with two impressive 10-watt speakers for high quality sound, as well as the VQ Life Style dual alarm. As standard the radio comes with a multi-region plug for UK or EU use. To listen on the move users can add batteries, with typical run times up to 15 hours.

Pricing and availability The VQ Emma Bridgewater Black Toast radio is available exclusively from Apple and Emma Bridgewater and is priced at £129.99.

New Dawn Innovations appoints Tony Dugdale as Non-Exec Chairman

New Dawn Innovations Limited, a British-based company that develops innovative audio products, today announces the appointment of Tony Dugdale as Non-Executive Chairman. A well-known and respected figure in consumer electronics industry with a successful track record at senior board level, Dugdale has held senior positions throughout his career with the likes of Phillips, Pye, Sharp UK andSamsung Electronics.

Jonathan Merricks, Founder of New Dawn Innovations, comments: “We are delighted to appoint Tony as our Non-Executive Chairman. He is a highly experienced business advisor with vast amounts of industry and commercial knowledge that we can draw upon. His proven track record in developing brands while increasing market share and turnover will be a valuable asset to the New Dawn Innovations board.

“Our award winning audio products which fuse sound and style are already well-known across the UK and we have exciting plans for expansion into Europe and other territories around the globe. This all means it’s an ideal time for Tony to join us and his appointment will leave us very well placed to ensure the future success of our business.”

Tony Dugdale, Non-Executive Chairman, New Dawn Innovations, says: “I’m extremely pleased to be taking up this appointment. I look forward to the chance to contribute to the company’s further success and capitalise on the huge opportunities ahead.”

New Dawn Innovations is best known for its VQ brand of DAB+ radios and Bluetooth speakers that includes a range developed in partnership with British designer, Emma Bridgewater. Additional ranges include Bardot, Hepburn and Retro ColourGen. All are feature rich products that combine exceptional sound with high design. New Dawn Innovations also owns the Lava brand and has exclusive UK distribution rights for the Lenco brand.