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BabyExpo Brighton free ticket offer.

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

BabyExpo Brighton is taking place on the 30th of June at Brighton Racecourse & Conference Centre, Sussex.

Aimed at providing information and shopping opportunities for young families and parents-to-be, there will be over 150 exhibitors attending, with displays, stalls and family-friendly catering.

A wide variety of activities will also be on offer: demo classes, parenting experts, book signings, face painters, baby massage, playzones, meet the midwives, the Natural Parenting Zone, and the ‘mumandworking’ flexible working zone for Sussex-based budding entrepreneurs!

Tickets can be bought in advance for a reduced price of £3 , or bought on the door for £4, however I have received an email from ‘What’s on 4’, who organise the event offering free tickets for the Brighton BabyExpo- click on the link here . As a bonus, goodie bags will be available for the 1st 500 visitors who are advance ticket holders.

Parentskool will be one of the exhibitors at the BabyExpoUK in Brighton- they offer fun, practical and evidence-based  antenatal classes for first time parents in Sussex and beyond, and as part of their classes recommend the Baby Feed Wheel as a useful, new parent feeding equipment must-have!

Real Nappy Week 2013

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Today marks the start of Real Nappy Week in the UK, which this year runs from the 15th to the 21st of April. Real Nappy Week is an annual event aiming to promote the use of real (ie not disposable) nappies. There are lots of promotional events, nappuccinos*, demonstrations and competitions run by real nappy manufacturers and retailers.

Benefits of real nappies are both financial and environmental- over the course of babyhood, it’s cheaper to use reusable nappies than disposable. Goreal.org (the real nappy information service) calculates that a starter kit with all the nappies a baby will need can cost as little as £80, and adding £1 per week for washing costs means there’s still a saving of £500 compared to branded disposable nappies. 

Environmentally, there are apparently c 3million disposable nappies thrown away every year in the UK, and 90% of those will go to landfill. A baby will use around 4,000 disposable nappies between birth and potty training, so parents can make a big reduction in the amount of nappy waste going into landfill by using cloth nappies.

* (in case you were wondering, a Nappuccino is an event where Mums and Mums-to-be can pop along for a coffee and a chat about real nappies- find out all about them, ask questions, and there’s often a cloth nappy demonstration!).

There is even a real nappy week ‘clothopoly’ game with lots of prizes- you can collect letters from various websites, unjumble the anagram to find a phrase for the main prize (worth £500), and there are lots of other prizes to enter for along the way (the total prize fund is £9,000!)

Cloth nappies can even be included in nappy cakes, one of Chiggs stockists, Hello Baby Gifts was recently asked to make a ‘nappy-less’ real nappy cake which was really well received by the parents- Nikki who runs Hello Baby Gifts says she loves coming up with new ideas when these challenges come her way!

Egg-cited to attend a local Easter Market

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

I’ve taken Chiggs Wheels on the road this week- a large local Harrogate business runs occasional ‘markets’ so their staff can browse and buy in their lunch hour. There are all sorts of local businesses in attendance- jewellery, greeting cards, the local Molton Brown shop has a stand and this time a lady was selling Easter bunny jumpers, too!

I’ve attended a couple of times before- we weren’t outside this time thankfully (it was snowing!)- and it’s always an enjoyable event. I like getting out and about, chatting to people and getting feedback about our products. One of the first ladies to visit the market came over to say that she’d bought a Baby Feed Wheel for her nephew at a previous market, and he said that it was the most useful thing they were bought- made my day!

Another lady was interested in the Baby Feed Wheel and made the comment that “surely baby tells you when they are hungry” Ah, well, that’s the point, I explained- they don’t! Babies cry because they are hungry, tired, cold, hot, need a nappy change- or are just that way out! The first thing most Mums and Dads do to narrow down the options is recall when the last feed was. If it was 40 minutes ago, try something else like a nappy change- if it was 3 hours ago, baby is most likely hungry. And that’s what the Baby Feed Wheel is for!

Harrogate Nursery Fair weather update

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Tomorrow is the opening day of the biggest trade fair in the Nursery Industry’s calendar, The Harrogate Nursery Fair at the International Conference Centre, Harrogate. Chiggs is fortunate to be based in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, with Chiggs HQ being a mere mile up the road from the conference Centre- how convenient! 

Harrogate Nursery Fair weather reportAlthough spring has officially sprung, someone forgot to tell Mother Nature, and we seem to be in the grip of a new ice age in North Yorkshire at the moment! It snowed pretty much all day yesterday, and as I type this on Saturday morning the snow is still coming down accompanied by strong gusts of wind…brrrr!

The picture here is of our road- so you can see the volume of snow that has fallen on Harrogate in the last few hours!  The local roads in the area are very difficult, but the main roads in town are mostly clear. Here is a link to our local radio station, Stray Fm’s traffic and travel updates http://www.strayfm.com/trafficandtravel.php

 For those visitors flying in to the trade fair via Leeds Bradford Airport, however, the airport has been snow closed for periods over the last 36 hours with some delays, and it’s recommended that you check with your airline to get the latest updates- here is a link to the arrivals and departures updates on the Leeds Bradford Airport website.  http://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/arrivals-and-departures

If you are visiting or exhibiting, I hope you have a very successful show- Chiggs doesn’t have  an exhibition stand this year, but if you would like any trade information and a wholesale price for Chiggs Wheels, we have a trade enquiry form on the Chiggs website, or you can email us info@chiggs.co.uk and we will be delighted to send details of our unique, patented new baby gifts and greeting cards!

Nursery Fair Dates and opening times 
Sunday 24th March 2013:  9:30am – 6:00pm;

Monday 25th March 2013:  9:30am – 6:00pm;

Tuesday 26th March 2013 : 9:30am – 4:00pm

Spot of shopping? Don’t mind if I do!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Some of our lovely Chiggs Wheels resellers are drying off after the ‘summer’ and getting ready to head out and about to various Fairs, Fayres and markets in the coming weeks- here’s a selection!

Baby Blessed will be attending a Baby Fair at the Colne Valley Garden Centre (Scar Lane, Golcar, HD3 4QA Huddersfield) on Sunday, 28 October 2012 10.30 – 15.00. there’s all sorts going on, a bonny baby competition, infant massage demonstration, kids zumba as well as lovely baby goods like Chiggs Wheels to buy!

 Sue who runs Bottoms Up! (what a great name!) will be taking a selection of nappy cakes, Baby Feed Wheels and Christmas gift ideas to Kirkstall Abbey Market at Kirkstall in Leeds on Sunday the 28th of October (12 ’til 3)

Little Pj’s are very busy as usual, attending a host of events! My mother-in-law bought my daughter one of their gorgeous nighties last Christmas, and it’s beautifully made and so so pretty, so I can thoroughly recommend visiting their stand to make a purchase if you’re visiting one of these events!

Stowe House Christmas Fayre 27th-28th October, at the Stowe School near Buckingham

 Living North Christmas Fair, Newcastle Racecourse  1st to the 4th of November 2012

Living North Christmas Fair York, York Racecourse 16th to the 18th of  November 2012

Wynyard Hall festive Fayre, 21st-22nd November, Wynyard to get you in the festive mood!

Country Living Christmas Fair at the SECC Glasgow, 22nd to the 25th of November 2012

And finally one that I’ll be going to as it’s so local, Country Living Christmas Fair at the Harrogate International Centre, here in Harrogate North Yorkshire, Thursday, 29th of November to the 2nd of December 2012

A great Yorkshire brand with a great Yorkshire business at the Great Yorkshire Show!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Here are some events coming up in July due to be attended by a variety of Chiggs stockists and their Chiggs Wheels!

Piglet’s Boutique will have a stall on Thursday the 5th of July at the Pocklington Ladies Night, to be held at Woldgate School from 7:30-9:00pm. There are lots of different stallholders, and even a licenced bar- sounds very civilised!

 Bella ‘n’ Bob will have a stall displaying their toys, games and accessories for babies, (Chiggs Wheels included!) at the Gledhow Primary School Summer Fayre on Saturday the 7th of July (1.30 to 4pm)

Little Pjs are a Yorkshire based business specialising in baby and children’s clothes, nightwear, accessories and new baby gifts (including Chiggs Wheels), and will have a stand showcasing all their lovely goodies at the Yorkshire agricultural event of the year- the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate at the Yorkshire Showground, on the 10th, 11th and 12th of July. If  you are attending, look out for Ros in the  WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprize) tent. 

It’s a busy month for Little Pj’s, as they will also be in the WiRE marquee at the Newport Show at Chetwynd Deer Park on Saturday the 14th of July.

Don’t forget, if you are a stockist getting out and about with your Chiggs Wheels, let me know the details of the events for future posts.

 If you are a business owner looking to purchase a bulk order of Baby Feed Wheels, Baby Medicine Wheels and/or Get Well Wheels further information can be found on the Trade and Wholesale page on the Chiggs website, and  if you would like our trade price, minimum order quantity, postage costs or you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

And finally, tomorrow is the 4th of July, so once again it is ‘Independent’s Day’, an initiative to encourage consumers to support their local independent retailers by buying at least one item from an indie. We would like to encourage everyone to make that one item a Chiggs Wheel. 🙂

May the Wheels be with you.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

We have some events coming up in the month of May due to be attended by a variety of Chiggs stockists and their Chiggs Wheels!

Piglet’s Boutique has a stall displaying their baby gifts and gifts for mum, (Chiggs Wheels included!) at the Ladies Night being held at Market Weighton Social Club, East Yorkshire, on Wednesday the 9th of May. Tickets are £3 and include a drink- bargain!

Hello Baby Gifts will be attending the local produce and craft market at The Carfax, Horsham, West Sussex on Saturday the 12th of May and Saturday the 26th of May. Hello Baby also make up bespoke baby baskets and nappy cakes, so get in touch if you have any specific requirements.

ABF The Soldier’s Charity Spring Fair is to be held at Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn,Wensleydale, North Yorkshire on Thursday the 17th of May and Little Pjs will have a stall selling their gorgeous nightwear and gifts including Chiggs Wheels. Little PJ’s will also be attending the Great Yorkshire Show here in Harrogate in July, but don’t worry, I’ll remind you nearer the time!

Don’t forget, if you are a stockist getting out and about with your Chiggs Wheels, let me know the details of the events for future posts.

 If you run a business and would like to purchase a bulk order of Baby Feed Wheels, Baby Medicine Wheels and/or Get Well Wheels further information can be found on the Trade and Wholesale page on the Chiggs website, and  if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

#SBS winners event is planned

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

I posted on this blog way back in November 2010 when Chiggs was chosen by Dragon Theo Paphitis for a retweet on Twitter with the #sbs hashtag for Small Business Sunday. It was a very exciting moment for Chiggs, so lovely that someone with the status of Theo will spend time promoting and supporting small businesses like us.

It seems that the excitement may well be set to continue, as Mr Paphitis has announced that  there will be an event for all the businesses he chose as SBS winners to get together and network, to be held at Edgbaston Stadium on March the 30th. I’m very much hoping to attend, and will let you know how it goes! www.twitter.com/ChiggsHQ

December Jollities

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Once again, Chiggs Wheels stockists are out and about in the run up to Christmas, and here are some more festive events.

Friday 2nd December, Hello Baby Gifts will be at the Pavilions in the Park, Hurst road, Horsham, West Sussex

Piglet’s Boutique will be selling their lovely gifts for little ones at a  Christmas Fair in Hull at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre on Saturday the 3rd of December (10am til 4pm)

Durham City’s traditional Christmas Festival is on Friday 2nd December: 10am – 6pm, Saturday 3rd December: 9am – 5pm and Sunday 4th December: 10am – 4:30pm. There is huge craft and gift marquee on Palace Green featuring over 180 stalls selling a wide variety of Christmas gift ideas, and Little Pjs will be selling their lovely nightwear and gifts including Chiggs Wheels, (perfect gifts for parents of December babies!) for the 3 days of the festival.

On the 11th of December, Lulabells will be at Cockermouth Market, in Cumbria with their lovely selection of gifts.

And the 15th of December is the 6th birthday of Chiggs! We’re not sure what the celebrations will involve- mainly cake and jelly, I suspect- so watch this space 🙂

Diary dates for a spot of festive retail therapy

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

We have lots and lots of amazing small businesses selling Chiggs Wheels, and some of them are certainly getting out and about this month! As we are all gearing up for Christmas there are some rather exciting shopping events and baby fairs to attend during November, and here is a little sample of places you’ll be able to find Chiggs Wheels in the run up to the festive season…

 Tuesday 8th November– the NSPCC Christmas Shopping Fair in Carlisle– attended by Little PJs, a fellow North Yorkshire business who specialises in quality baby & childrens clothes, pyjamas, nightwear and accessories- including of course, Chiggs Wheels!

Tuesday 8th November– Ladies night, Horrabridge Community Primary School, Yelverton, Devon attended by Nat’s Nappy Cakes

Thursday 10th November – Indulge Cafe @ Hornbeam park (in aid of Oatlands pre-school)  Harrogate 7.30pm onwards attended by Baby Mu with their gorgeous selection of baby and children’s gifts.
 
Thursday 10th November– Christmas Shopping Night at Kiddiroo 6 Mark Square, Tarleton from 7.30pm
 
Thursday 10th to 13th November– Christmas Fair at Brocksbrush Farm, Corbridge, Northumberland, with Christmas Gift and craft marquees one of which will be home to Little PJs
 
Friday 11th November – Spree & Spa evening at Clifford Village Hall, Boston Spa 6.30pm to 10pm attended by Baby Mu
 
Friday 18th November – Kirby Hill Primary School Xmas Fayre, Kirby Hill – 6pm – 8pm attended by Baby Mu
 
Saturday 19th November – Cundall Manor School, Cundall – 11am – 3pm and Baby Mu will be there!
 
Sunday 20th November – The Main Furniture Company, The Green, Green Hammerton – 10am-4pm with Baby Mu
 
Wednesday 23rd November – Aldborough Village Hall, Aldborough -A winter shopping evening 7.30pm – 9pm- go and say hello to Baby Mu!
 
Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November Living North Christmas Fair at Harewood House with a Christmas Village and food fair- a very festive place to visit Little PJs
 
Thursday 30th November –  Late night Christmas shopping in Boroughbridge – all evening. The perfect chance to get cracking with your Christmas shopping and visit Baby Mu at The Old Foundry Kitchen, Boroughbridge (next to vets on New Row)