Posts Tagged ‘get well soon’

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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Home & Gift Harrogate

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

July is on it’s way, and that means the Home and Gift 2014 trade show will be hitting Chiggs’s home town of Harrogate.

Home & Gift is a huge event, it takes up all the Halls in the Harrogate International Conference Centre, the Cairn Hotel (with marquees in the grounds) and the Majestic hotel with a number of enormous marquees covering their gardens, too. It covers so much of the town centre, that there is a free shuttle bus running around all the venues.

Organised by Clarion Events, Home & Gift Harrogate features hundreds of exhibitors (over 1,000!) who produce, wholesale or import a variety of products:- design-led and everyday gifts, homewares, jewellery & fashion accessories and greetings & stationery.

Retailers (both with bricks and mortar shops, and those who operate on line web based stores) attend the show looking to buy new lines for their shops, or visit current suppliers to renew old acquaintances and see if there are new products on offer.

Chiggs is not exhibiting at the event, although we are very happy to meet any retailers attending the show to demonstrate our new baby cards, parenting products and Get Well Soon cards over a coffee (or even a Pimms in  the Pimms tent!). Wholesale and trade information is available on the Chiggs website, and there is a trade enquiry form to request the trade price, or any other information.

Although Home & Gift is a serious buying event in any retailer’s calendar, there are various social events during the show, too- there is no escaping from football, as the World Cup Final will be shown on Sunday the 13th of July, after the very civilised sounding ‘Sunday Sun-downer’  event at 6pm the same evening.

Monday the 14th of July sees a pub quiz held at the Cairn Hotel, and the last evening during the show is marked with a  party night at the Revolution Bar.

The show preview popped through the Chiggs postbox a few days ago, and we were delighted to see that local Chiggs stockist Pots 2 Go get a mention in the Harrogate feature- ‘Shopping in the Montpellier Quarter’

Opening Hours

Sunday 13 July 09:00 – 18:00
Monday 14 July 09:00 – 18:00
Tuesday 15 July 09:00 – 18:00
Wednesday 16 July 09:00 – 16:00

Greeting Chiggs stockists.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

We have had a real variety of wholesale orders so far this year; re-orders from our regular retailers and we also have some brand new stockists of Chiggs Wheels.

The ‘Stockists’ page on the Chiggs website has been updated. This page  lists our retailers, ‘bricks and mortar’ shops county by county, and also has  ‘jump’ links to our international stockists, and to the online retailers who also sell Chiggs Wheels.  This is an incredibly diverse range of companies, including businesses offering baby gifts, greeting cards, children’s clothing, new baby hampers, nappy cakes and baby shower goodies. Phew!

New retailers to join the Chiggs family since our last stockist update in January include Smartieprints who specialise in personalised gifts, Lemon House Gifts, based in Preston, and Baby Cakes to Celebrate have added Baby Feed Wheels and Baby Medicine Wheels to their range.

A new shop recently opened up in Darlington, County Durham, Love Style Home, are selling Baby Feed Wheel ‘new baby’ congratulations cards and also the Get Well Wheel ‘get well soon’ cards.

We’ve also made deliveries to fellow Yorkshire businesses recently, Pots 2 Go ceramic cafe here in Harrogate (pictured above), Appleby Cards and Gifts in Otley, and Magpie Greetings (also in Harrogate, and incidentally our very first stockist way back in 2006!) have all reordered Chiggs Wheels for the delectation of their customers.

If you would like to sell Chiggs Wheels through your business, have a look at our Trade and Wholesale page, and either fill in the trade enquiry form or send us an email for more information. We’d love to hear from you!

Aaachooo!

Friday, November 9th, 2012

It’s that time of year again- you’ve got flu, you’re a bit feverish, yet  have to take your flu remedy tablets every 4 hours. It’s a nightmare to remember what time you took them and when you can safely dose yourself up with the next lot!

This is where the Get Well Wheel is a godsend:-

Take tablets (lots of water!)

Set the numbers on the dial to show the time your flu medicine was taken

Pop your Get Well Wheel on the mantelpiece or bedside table.

Easy!

Each card is supplied with an envelope, so you can write a little get well soon message on the back and post it as a card or pressie to someone who’s feeling under the weather.

There are 3 embellishments to choose from, a red hot water bottle, pretty pink hottie-bottle or orange flower with green leaf design. Available for just £4.20 (free delivery!) from the Chiggs shop. It’s brilliant to add to a get well soon hamper and as with all Chiggs Wheels available at wholesale prices. Fill in our trade enquiry form for a trade price and information.

The (nursery) fair is coming to town!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Activity at the Conference Centre

As I whizzed through town yesterday, I noticed lots of activity at the Harrogate Conference Centre, preparing for the  nursery industry’s favourite trade fair, which starts very soon on Sunday the 27th of March, and continues until Tuesday the 29th.

We have exhibited our Chiggs  Baby Feed Wheels and  Baby Medicine Wheels  twice previously at the  Harrogate Nursery Fair, and both fairs have been fantastic. It is always a pleasure to get out of Chiggs Towers and meet other businesses involved in the Nursery Industry, but the best part has been meeting the people running the businesses that sell Chiggs Wheels, and gaining new stockists.

 Much of our wholesale business is done over the internet, Chiggs can process trade enquiries, orders and payments from companies without having to meet, so having an exhibition stand at a trade fair such as the Harrogate Nursery Fair gave us an opportunity to meet, sometimes for the first time, people from companies that we had been doing business with for years!

Trade shows are also a great chance for us to introduce Chiggs Wheels to shops and etailers looking to stock innovative parenting products, and those looking to offer their customers something different:- new-baby must haves, products to add to a breastfeeding or bottlefeeding range or new baby congratulations cards that are actually useful for the new parents. Of course, the Baby Feed Wheel and the Baby Medicine Wheels tick all those boxes (and more 🙂 ) and we have found many new stockists through the trade fairs we have exhibited at.

While we are not exhibiting at the Nursery Fair this year (we’re hoping to do a greeting card/ gift fair later in the year, so that we can showcase our full range of Chiggs Wheels, including the ‘Get Well Wheel’ get well soon card), I’m looking forward to visiting- I will report back!

Nursery Fair Dates and opening times
Sunday 27th March 2011
9:30am – 6:00pm
Monday 28th March 2011
9:30am – 6:00pm
Tuesday 29th March 2011
9:30am – 4:00pm

Get Well Soon, flower

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

We are delighted to introduce our new style Get Well Wheel,  developed in response to stockists getting in touch and asking for a funky addition to the range, for children or teenagers (ie those who are between the teddy bear on the Baby Medicine Wheel and the hot water bottle of the original Get Well Wheel!)

Get well soon flower embellishment

Get well soon card with flower embellishment

Supplied with it’s own envelope, and sealed in a cellophane wrapper this is a beautiful ‘get well soon’ card, and with it’s numbered dial to keep note of medicine times, it’s also truly useful!

The green and orange layered flower and leaf embellishment complements the cream coloured card, and as with all Chiggs Wheels, the new ‘flower’ Get Well Wheel is printed and handfinished in the UK.

So, if you’re looking for an innovative Get Well Soon greeting card, The flower Get Well Wheel is available from the online shop on the Chiggs website for just £3.99 (with free postage and packing)  and of course is available at wholesale for stockists old and new.

We’ll be adding to the range of embellishments in the Get Well Wheel range, so let us know what you’d like to see!

set the numbered dial to record the time you take medicine, and you'll know when the next dose of tablets are due!

Fair’s Fair.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

It’s a shame the Harrogate Nursery Fair that was scheduled for the 19th and 20th of October ’10 has been cancelled. The Baby Show for Trade due to be held at London’s Olympia earlier in the month is a little far for us- mind you, with the Harrogate International Conference Centre just one mile away from Chiggs Towers, we are rather spoilt to have access to trade shows right on our doorstep!

Chiggs has visited a fair few trade shows over the years, and we’ve enjoyed exhibiting at some of them, too.  We exhibited at the  Harrogate Nursery Fair just after starting up in March 2006, where the Baby Feed Wheel (at the time our only product!) received an excellent response. We were thrilled to be chosen by trade mag Childrenswear Buyer Magazine as one of their ‘picks of the show’.

Display of Chiggs Wheels at trade fair

Having only just started Chiggs, we were very new to the baby goods business way back then, but we met some lovely people, and found the nursery industry to be very friendly-  fellow exhibitors offered helpful advice, and we received wholesale orders from many new retail outlets who are still ordering  Chiggs Wheels from us nearly 5 years later.

More recently, last year we exhibited Chiggs Wheels at two rather different trade fairs, the first being Card and Wrap (which was part of the Christmas and Gift fair) held in Harrogate in January. We had a stand in the lovely conservatory room in the famous Harrogate hotel The Old Swan. It really was a super place to spend 3 days (not least because our stand was next to the complementary tea, coffee and biscuits- result!)

This trade fair was aimed at greeting card and gift retailers, and we had brilliant feedback about the Baby Feed Wheel as an original, out-of-the-ordinary ‘new baby’ congratulations card, and the Get Well Wheel was very popular as a get well soon card that was not only very different from the usual, but useful, too. Because all Chiggs Wheels are supplied with an envelope and sealed in a cellophane wrapper, they are perfect products for greeting card retailers, and we gained many new stockists from all over the UK at that show.

A couple of months later, in March ’09 it was ‘back to babies’, and we exhibited again at the Harrogate Nursery Fair. Our daughter, Holly, was involved as always, coming down after school to help give out leaflets- a job she absolutely loves, so much so that she’s constantly asking when our next trade exhibition will be! I’m assuming this is because she loves helping with her Mummy’s business, and not because she knows that lots of stands hand out sweets, mints and other goodies!

Where we are now

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

The Chiggs Wheels range was completed (for now- watch this space, as I’m always working on new ideas!) with the Get Well Wheel. My husband Andrew’s Gran asked to have a Baby Medicine Wheel so she could use it to keep track of the cholesterol tablets she takes on a daily basis. Even during the design process for the Baby Medicine Wheel I realised that the concept would be useful for everyone, and Grandma Winnie’s request spurred me on!

The design of the Get Well Wheel actually took longer than the other Wheels, mainly because I got fixated with a

Sorry you’re ill

Time of Last Pill

rhyming couplet which, frankly, was never going to fit on the front of the card, and also because for a while I couldn’t find an embellishment I was happy with.

Eventually it all clicked into place, with the Get Well Wheel designed as a neutral cream card with a red hot water bottle embellishment, and ‘Time of Last medicine’ printed on the front. To appeal to our greeting card shop stockists who sell the Baby Feed Wheel as a (useful!) new baby congratulations card, the Get Well Wheel is supplied with an envelope so that it’s a (useful!) get well soon card- far more practical than a bunch of grapes!

While designing and developing these new products to increase the Chiggs range, we have continued to focus on the wholesale and trade side of the business. Features in trade magazines such as Gift Focus Magazine (pictured below)  launching the Get Well Wheel have helped us build up the number of greeting card shops selling Chiggs Wheels, adding to the nursery/baby shops and online retailers already selling our products.