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Buy British Day – Discount on www.chiggs.co.uk to celebrate!

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Saturday, the 1st of October 2016, has been designated as ‘Buy British Day’.
The hashtag #BuyBritishDay will be used to promote products Made in the UK, and lots of British-made brands will be supporting the occasion and offering special discounts.

New baby congratulations cards

 

As you know, Chiggs Wheels are very proudly printed and hand finished in the UK, so to celebrate Buy British Day we will be offering a 10% discount on purchases made on the Chiggs online shop. There is, of course, a magic word… and the word is “Harrogate”. Just pop it in the ‘promotional code’ box at the checkout page, and 10% will magically disappear from the cost of your order 🙂

Medicine timers

Harrogate Home and Gift (Buyers’ Festival) is open for business!

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Today is the first day of the Harrogate Home and Gift trade fair, which runs until Wednesday the 20th of July.

The trade fair has been given a new name, and is now the Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival, possibly with a nod to the fun atmosphere Harrogate provides, which helps it stand out from other trade events and makes it so popular with both exhibitors and visitors!

Yes, there is plenty of Yorkshire Tea drunk, but the Pimms bar is also incredibly popular 🙂 . There are four product trails to follow around the trade fair, the Eco Trail, Best of British Trail, New Product Trail and Christmas Trail.

We’re not exhibiting at the Buyers’ festival, an exhibitors stand is a little out of our price range (as they say in Yorkshire “‘Ow Much?!”), and if you can’t make the trade fair either but would like to discover some fabulous British made greeting cards and gifts for yourself, have a look at the trade and wholesale page on the Chiggs website, and get in touch with us!

Chiggs trade fair

The Great Northern Retail Forum takes place over three days of the fair (Sunday to Tuesday) with a line-up of retail experts and speakers offering various talks in The Forum next to Hall D.

Home and Gift Buyers Festival 2016 Opening Times:-

Sunday 17th July 9am – 6pm

Monday 18th July 9am- 6pm

Tuesday 19th July 9am- 6pm

Wednesday 20th July 9am- 4pm

Cie Carabossa Fire Gardens

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Last night Chiglet and I went to a spectacular display in the Valley Gardens, in Harrogate. Part of the Harrogate International Festival (co-comissioned by the Yorkshire Festival) the Fire Garden was created by a French company Carabosse.

We were absolutely entranced! We got there at around 9pm and the fires were lit from around 9.15, and as dusk approached and the darkness encroached upon the remains of the daylight the fire installations seemed to brighten and intensify. (Yes, I know, rather arty-fart talk for Chiggs, but the whole magical experience affects you like that!)

Lighting the fires

I find fire rather mesmerising, and the mixture of large installations and many many small ones (like the flaming flowerpots lining the paths) was spectacular. The smell of incense combined with the scents of the Garden flowers, and with the heat of the flames and ethereal music it really did touch all the senses.

 

 

Cie Carabosse is also on this evening (Friday 24th of June) and tomorrow (25th of June) and I urge you to visit if you can. At £3 for adults and £1 for children our magical evening cost us a mere £4… as we say in Yorkshire, that, lad, is a reet bargain!

 

Happy New Year… here’s to a joyful 2016!

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Happy New Year to you all!

There was a celebration in December as the 15th was the 10th Birthday for Chiggs, marking the day 10 years ago that I took delivery of the very first print run of Baby Feed Wheels. I can scarcely believe I have been running my business for 10 years, and I’m very much looking forward to the next 10!

Rewind to 10 years ago this January, and I was approaching local shops to see if they wanted to sell the Baby Feed Wheels. I had a great reaction to the cards, and was also offered some very useful advice… of course, I was completely new to business, so any help was very very welcome! On the advice of a local card shop I put the cards in cellophane wrappers… I’d been so involved with the design of the Wheels, it was something I hadn’t thought of!

The very first shop I approached was Magpie Greetings, which at the time was based in the Westminster Arcade in Harrogate. They bought a stock of Baby Feed Wheels to sell in their shop, and I’m delighted to say that 10 years down the line, many re-orders (and a premises move to Beulah Street) Magpie are still selling Chiggs Wheels! They now also sell the Get Well Wheels in their ‘get well soon’ card section.

Here is a #ThrowbackThursday photo of me and Chiglet at our exhibition stand at the Harrogate Card and Wrap Trade Fair, taken in January 2009. I must point out that my little helper is now 13 and as tall as me!

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Harrogate Nursery Fair 2015

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Harrogate Nursery Fair starts tomorrow, and weather-wise it looks set to be a wild one! It will have been an interesting set-up day today in the gale force winds we have experienced.

Harrogate International Nursery Fair fills 6 halls of the Conference Centre, and this year will feature more than 180 exhibitors. 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 patented new baby cards and medicine timers!

Chiggs Baby Wheels

Always popular is the free drinks reception straight after the show on Monday! A good chance for a catch-up, chat and networking for both exhibitors and visitors, the After Show Drinks Reception (sponsored by Progressive Preschool magazine) will take place in the beautiful Royal Hall  from 6pm until 8pm. I know the free drinks will be the big draw, but it really will be worth attending to take in the splendour of the Royal Hall!

HIC nursery fair

There is also a programme of seminars this year. Topics are:-

Are parents fitting child car seats correctly?

Will parents spend more in 2015?

Grandparents – are they your target customer?

Savvy social media & digital marketing for nursery stores

The online journey to becoming a Mum.

Latest requirements affecting the nursery industry.

Seminars are free to attend, and are in Hall H.

Harrogate International Nursery Fair runs from 29th to the 31st of March 2015 at Harrogate International Centre on King’s Road. Don’t forget, the clocks go forward one hour early on Sunday morning, so we lose an hour – don’t be late for the first day of the show!

Hollywood comes to Harrogate

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The beautiful Montpellier Quarter of Harrogate has seen some changes over the last couple of days, as a film crew has rolled into town!

The cobbled, picturesque district has been transformed into a part of Switzerland for a new film being shot in Harrogate.

The first clue was a sign saying “Montpellier Street is currently being dressed in preparation for a new film The Hunter’s Prayer, some shop names have been changed for this reason.”

When I went to have a look this morning, the weather was shocking which may explain why no filming was taking place! I walked from the centre of town towards the Crown Hotel, and down Montpellier Street itself towards The Stray. There are no signs of film crews and all their paraphernalia if approaching from that direction, so I really felt as though I was walking down a lovely cobbled Swiss street!

I love how the Slug and Lettuce pub is exhibiting a split personality, Slug on one side, rotisserie on the other!

Once through the Street, though, the full extent of the operation becomes apparent. There are lorries upon lorries upon marquees upon caravans! It really makes you realise how much work and how many people it takes to produce a film.

Here at Chiggs we can’t wait for the film to be released, so we can see our little piece of Switzerland-in-Harrogate in all its glory!