Posts Tagged ‘North Yorkshire’

Harrogate’s Little Star

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Last week I delivered a re-order of Baby Feed Wheels to one of our local stockists, Little Star Co, a beautiful baby shop on Westmoreland Street here in Harrogate.

Little Star Co, Harrogate

Little Star Co, Harrogate

If you’re in this area of North Yorkshire and looking for travel systems, accessories, clothing, gifts or feeding essentials I can thoroughly recommend a visit!

The shop is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am til 5pm, and by appointment on Sundays and Mondays. A member of the team is available to  fully demonstrate and explain the features of the prams on offer, and the aim of Little Star Co is to create a relaxing shopping experience, which I’m sure new parents-to-be will appreciate!

Little Star Co is also an award winner as Anna, the owner, picked up the gong for ‘Best New Retailer’ at the esteemed Nursery Industry Awards in October 2014. We are very lucky to have such a lovely, Independent shop in our town!

#SBS winners event

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

On Friday January the 30th I went to Birmingham to attend the Small Business Sunday winners event. I’ve mentioned #SBS before, back in November 2010 when Chiggs had the great honour to be chosen for a retweet on Twitter by entrepeneur and former dragon, Theo Paphitis. Chiggs SBS badge

Small Business Sunday continues, and has grown and grown since Chiggs was a winner- now businesses can tweet their details to Theo every Sunday Evening between  5 – 7.30pm,  and he retwees his favourite 6 companies on Monday evening at 8pm. As you can imagine, there are a lot of winners now, enough for an entire networking event to be organised! There have been 2 previous events, but I was unable to attend them due to childcare issues so I was really thrilled to be able to make this one!

Small Business Sunday sbs event photo

 

What an inspiring day it was! Theo gave a talk in the morning and there was a question and answer session in the afternoon.

SBS event Q and A _H1R9255

I was able to finally pick up my winners certificate- the only disappointment of the day was that the queue to have a photo taken with your certificate and with Theo himself was so long that I ran out of time before I had to head back up to North Yorkshire to take over childcare duties from my husband before he headed off to work a night shift- once again the perils of running a business around a family!! Ah, well, never mind- this photo shows the closest I was able to get to Mr Paphitis….

Theo

the Tour de Bunting for Le Tour de France!

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

I’ve mentioned before that Chiggs is very lucky to be based in the beautiful North Yorkshire town of Harrogate, and this year we have some added excitement as the  Tour de France cycle race is coming to the Harrogate district.

Yes, I know it sounds a bit bizarre that an iconic French cycle race will be whizzing around the Yorkshire dales, but while the Tour de France bicycle race is primarily held in France, it also occasionally makes passes through nearby countries- and this year it will be coming to Yorkshire!

Harrogate is hosting the final stage of the first day of the “Grand Départ” on the 5th of July, and the race passes through the district again on the 6th of July. In what can only be described as a truly British idea to celebrate the cycling extravaganza, Harrogate Borough Council have launched “Le Tour de Bunting “.

They have appealed to local groups, organisations and individuals to knit little woollen jerseys to represent the colour and shape of the riders’ shirts. These will be made into bunting, and used to decorate the district in the build-up to and after the event. It’s an ambitious project; the aim is to produce over 3000 knitted jerseys!

Here at Chiggs we love projects like this, so I have dusted off my knitting needles, and I’m teaching Chiglet the basics. The colours of the shirts are bright yellow, bright green, white and polka dot (white with red dots)

Le Tour de BuntingWe have chosen to knit an iconic ‘yellow jersey’, (I’m purling and Chiglet is doing the knit rows), and I have to say it’s going surprisingly well!  We have completed one little woolly jersey, and are well on the way to finishing our second. I’ll be the first to admit, it’s not perfect- we have an odd ridge on the back of our finished jersey (I think I knitted when I should have purled!) but I’m sure when the finished knitted bunting is in place and fluttering in the balmy North Yorkshire breeze above the streets of Harrogate no-one will notice!

We can’t wait for the event now, it will be lovely to look at the finished ‘Tour de Bunting’ and to think “we helped make that”

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

Great service whatever the weather

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Two blog posts in two days- once I get going there’s no stopping me! I wanted to share a lovely email that came through on Tuesday

Harrogate Postman making his way through the snow on The Stray!

Dear Chiggs
 
My order arrived safely yesterday despite the nasty weather.  Great service.  Thank you

Well, firstly, it’s an absolute pleasure, we take customer service very seriously here at Chiggs, (both for customers buying Chiggs Wheels through the Chiggs online shop, and our trade and wholesale customers buying Chiggs Wheels to sell through their shops!)

Secondly, what a super email to receive- I do appreciate our happy customer taking the time to send us such a lovely message.

And thirdly, well done to the Royal Mail Posties, too! We’ve had some pretty heavy snowfalls here in North Yorkshire over the last couple of weeks, and yet here at Chiggs HQ we haven’t missed a single delivery, even on Monday when the schools here were all closed for a “snow day”, our postman delivered (although not wearing his customary shorts on that day, I noticed!)

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.