Posts Tagged ‘Chiggs Wheels’

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

‘High Street July’ encouraging people to shop local, shop Independent

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

As you know, here at Chiggs we are passionate about championing local independent businesses, as they are the lovely people who sell Chiggs Wheels and keep my little business going!

Also waving the ‘buy local, buy Indie’ flag is the national website Free Postcode Lottery. They have unveiled a campaign called High Street July to encourage people to shop from their local independent retailers, to help prevent “Our local businesses [being]  pushed out by big supermarket chains and our high streets blighted by betting shops”!

If you are a member of Free Postcode lottery (and as the name suggests, it’s free to join!)  you need to  take a photo/scan of your receipt and email it to receipts@freepostcodelottery.com and they will add 5% of your spend to your Bonus.

I’ve been signed up to the Free Postcode Lottery website for a while now, and check the draw daily. I’ve not had any luck yet, but by checking everyday I have built up a little bonus pot, which will be added to my winnings should I strike lucky!

If you’d like to have a look at the lottery page to find out how it all works, (and it is legit… the prize money is generated by the advertising revenue from the site, and Martin Lewis at money saving expert has recommended the lottery… that’s how I found out about it and registered my postcode!) follow my link:- Free Postcode Lottery

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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!

#ThrowbackThursday

#ThrowbackThursday

 

 

 

 

Harrogate Nursery Trade Fair will open to the public in 2016

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Harrogate International Nursery Fair has been a trade-only show for over 45 years, and for the first time during the 2016 show it will combine the last day as both a trade and public open day.

This means companies making baby products who exhibit at the show can showcase their goods to shops and retailers on the first 2 days, then use the final day when public can attend to raise their profiles and market to their end consumers.

Show dates:
Sunday 20th March 2016 – Trade only
Monday 21st March 2016 – Trade only
Tuesday 22nd March 2016 – Trade and public open day

Display of Chiggs Wheels at trade fair

Display of Chiggs Wheels at trade fair

The announcement initially proved controversial, with exhibitors wondering how the new format will work as the final day will be a ‘no selling’ day, and will be to provide visitors with  information only.

Here at Chiggs we have exhibited our Baby Feed Wheels and Baby Medicine Wheels at this trade show twice in the past, although not for a few years now, and we are considering taking a stand at the 2016 show. So we have a few queries about how it will work!

Will non-trade visitors want to attend a baby show where they can’t buy anything? It’s on a Tuesday, so unless people are on maternity leave, will many be at work?  There will be demonstrations and seminars for mums and dads-to-be to encourage attendance… will this be enough of a draw?

Exhibitors will have to only display retail price on the Tuesday, as consumers won’t need to know wholesale prices. Any retailers visiting on the Tuesday will have to ask for the trade price “under the counter!”

Consumers visiting on the Tuesday who are interested in products will be directed towards local stockists…. in our case, if Chiggs exhibits that will be Little Star Company, a baby goods shop in Harrogate, or Magpie a greeting card shop also in Harrogate.

Little Star Co, Harrogate

Little Star Co, Harrogate

The show organisers have reported positive feedback from the majority of exhibitors…

Adrian Sneyd, show organiser, commented: “Initially there was a little confusion about how the trade and consumer day would be structured and there was concern that additional stock and payment facilities would be required. However, now that exhibitors understand that this is not the case, there will be no selling at the show; they are beginning to see the benefit of raising brand awareness to consumers.”

It’s a bold step from Harrogate Nursery Fair organisers, and has probably arisen because large companies are not paying to attend Harrogate trade show, they are doing their own individual company Show Cases instead. It’s very expensive to exhibit, and many smaller businesses like mine struggle to afford a stand. With fewer companies exhibiting at Harrogate, fewer independent shop owners are attending, and attendance figures are down; opening the show to the public may address this.

 

Buy British Day 2015

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Today, Saturday the 3rd of October is ‘Buy British Day’. The campaign started last year with the very first ‘Buy British Day’, and as last year you can follow the #buybritishday hashtag on social media to find out more about the campaign.

buy british day 2015

I’ve said it (many times!) before, and I’m sure I’ll be saying it again 🙂 Chiggs is very proud that Chiggs Wheels are all printed and handfinished in the UK. Our printers are a fabulous Lancashire based family business, and our envelopes, cello bags and even the sticky pads we use to hand-embellish our cards with are all made in Yorkshire.

So ‘Buy British’ today! The full range of Chiggs Wheels- Baby Feed Wheels, Baby Medicine Wheel and Get Well Wheels- are available from the shop on the Chiggs website, and our cards can also be bought from our stockists -have a browse on the stockist page to find a Wheel near you!

If you’re a retailer who would like to join the British revolution, Chiggs Wheels are all available to trade at wholesale prices, and we will be very happy to send you our trade price, terms and information by email if you fill in the trade enquiry form.

 

New baby congratulations cards

new baby essentials

Get Well Soon cards and medicine reminders

Get Well Soon cards and medicine reminders

Buy British Day

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Friday the 3rd of October sees the very first ‘Buy British Day’.

You can follow the #buybritishday hashtag on social media to find out more about the campaign and connect with british businesses you may want to buy from!

Buy British Day

As regular blog readers will know, Chiggs is very proud that Chiggs Wheels are all printed and handfinished in the UK. Our printers are a lovely Lancashire based family business, and our envelopes, cellophane wrappers and even the sticky pads we use to hand-embellish our cards with are all made in Yorkshire.

So ‘Buy British’ today! The full range of Chiggs Wheels- Baby Feed Wheels, Baby Medicine Wheel and Get Well Wheels- are available from the shop on the Chiggs website, and our cards can also be bought from our stockists -have a browse on the stockist page to find a Wheel near you!

If you’re a retailer who would like to join the British revolution, Chiggs Wheels are all available to trade at wholesale prices, or we can send you a trade price and terms by email if you fill in the trade enquiry form.

Hallmark will stop manufacturing greeting cards in Bradford

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Bradford based business Hallmark have announced that they are outsourcing production of their greeting cards to the Far East. This is a huge blow to the city, as it will result in the loss of around 300 jobs by the end of 2014.

Hallmark UK has been based in Bradford for over 30 years, and employs about 1,000 people in the city; this news means  that it will become even harder to buy greeting cards that are made in the UK.

There are, however, still a number of UK based card publishers- often the smaller independent publishers like Chiggs- who do still make their greeting cards in the UK, providing jobs and supporting the UK economy. I think it’s worth looking for a ‘printed in the UK’ label- I’ve written before about my hope that there will be a change in consumer buying, with customers actively looking to buy goods that are Made in the UK in an article published in Nursery Industry magazine.

So the moral of this blog post?  Support British Business! Buy UK made greeting cards! I just happen to know where you can get some…. 🙂

We are very proud that Chiggs Wheels are all printed in the UK, and over the last 8 years we have been wonderfully supported by the family printing business who supply all our Wheels. A Bradford company make the envelopes and cellophane pockets we use, and even the ‘high-tac’ sticky pads used to secure the embellishments to our hand– finished ‘new baby’ and ‘get well soon cards’ are from a business in Shipley, West Yorkshire.

New baby congratulations cards

New baby congratulations cards

New Year, new business?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Here at Chiggs we’ve been around for a while now (some may say it shows!) and we find that the New Year leads to an increase in the number of enquiries we receive about our products.

Baby feeding product

The majority of our business is supplying our baby feeding products, medicine timers and greeting cards to a variety of retailers- we have some information about our trade and wholesale terms on the (you guessed it!) ‘Trade and Wholesale‘ page on the Chiggs website. All but the trade price is detailed there, and interested parties are invited to fill in the trade enquiry form to send us a message. We will, in turn, reply with not only the trade price, but a lovely email with pictures and everything.

Many people must make a  New Year Resolution to start their own business, or even just to find new products for a business they are already running, as we always see a spike in trade requests in January. And with this in mind, we are delighted to announce that we have a grand total of not one, not two, but three new stockists this month!

Medicine Timers

Medicine Timers

In the last few days we have sent out orders to Oh Nappy Days (what a great name!) who make some incredible crib and even motorcycle shaped nappy cakes;  Clickandbuygifts, a onestop online gift shop, and Little Tiddlywinks ltd whose fabulous tiered nappy cakes are works of art. We are delighted that these lovely businesses have chosen to add Chiggs Wheels to their product ranges!

Angel Wholesale stocks Chiggs Wheels.

Monday, October 14th, 2013

We’re delighted to report that award winning wholesaler Angel Wholesale are selling Chiggs Baby Wheels- (the Baby Feed Wheel in blue, pink and lemon, and the Baby Medicine Wheel) on their website.

Angel Wholesale specialise in baby products from top baby brands, and are a one stop shop for nappy cake, baby shower and baby basket supplies. If you head to section ‘nappy cakes’ and then ’embellishments’ you can find each of the Baby Feed Wheels and the Baby Medicine Wheel. All Chiggs Wheels are available in single quantities from Angel Wholesale, but there are economies of scale, and savings to be made by buying them in larger quantities.

Angel Wholesale have won Online Business of the Year in the FSB Streamline UK business Awards 2013, and are currently shortlisted in the Nursery Industry Awards 2013 for Best Distributor and Wholesaler. They are happy to deal with all types of retailers from small to large, start-up to established business,so go on…take a look!

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!