Posts Tagged ‘Yorkshire’

Baby Week Leeds

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Today marks the start of Baby Week Leeds, which runs from the 12th to the 16th of September 2016. Based on the Semana do Bebe (the week of the baby) model in Brazil, this event is an Early Years initiative aiming to raise awareness of the critical growth stages of a baby’s life.

There are many events for professionals, parents, and babies taking place throughout the city during the week. The timetable can be found here and includes interactive activities such as sensory storytelling time and baby massage sessions at locations including Chapeltown Children’s centre and Kirkstall Children’s Centre.

Following the closing ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall on Friday, there will be a pram push around Millennium Square at 3pm. Fingers crossed for some good Yorkshire weather!

For more information, (and to register for events) visit the Baby Week website, and for daily updates search for #BabyWeek on Twitter.

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.

Tour de France- global phenomenon with a local legacy?

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Here at Chiggs we love Harrogate, and we love ‘Wheels‘, so we are naturally very excited that this weekend our home town will be hosting the Tour de France!

Yellow bike at Harrogate Tourist Information centre

‘The Tour de France cycle race is a global phenomenon, televised on over 85 TV channels in 190 countries- but what will be the local legacy for an area like Harrogate  from the Tour de France Yorkshire legs? It will put Yorkshire firmly on the map (as if it wasn’t already!) with hopefully more tourists coming to visit (and cycle) our magnificent Dales in the coming months.

A bonus in these straightened financial times would be a boost to the local economy from the event itself. A couple of enterprising local ladies have been supplying local businesses with yellow, green and spotty bunting reflecting the colours of the Tour de France cycling jerseys, and local gift shops have been doing a roaring trade selling the bunting to people wanting to decorate their houses with it!

In my role as manager of a junior cricket team playing in the Nidderdale league, I’ve been driving (with my cricketing daughter!) round a lot of the route the Tour de France cyclists will be tackling this weekend, while on my way to our away matches recently. I’ve seen a lot of ads from all sorts of businesses on the route with green spaces offering camping (the hotels in  Harrogate apparently sold out within days of the announcement that the Tour de France would be coming to Yorkshire). Very entrepreneurial, and obviously fulfilling a need-Harrogate Rugby Club has a full field of tents booked- sold out! What a great boost to the finances of the sports club!

Tonight Chiglet and I are going to the Tour de France opening ceremony at the Leeds Arena which we are very excited about. Le Tour de Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France is about to start, and we at Chiggs can’t wait to be there for the ride!

Tour de Bunting knitting update

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

I thought I’d blog an update on our efforts at knitting little jerseys for the Tour de France bunting.

Chiglet and I have completed 3 little yellow jerseys, and well before deadline (at least a day or two!) we took them to one of the drop off points, a shop on Cold Bath Road in Harrogate called Baa Ram Ewe which specialises in, as you can guess, the art of knitting!

The chap in there is absolutely lovely, he gave us some great advice when we originally went in to pick up our pattern and some yellow wool. This time he was very kind about our efforts, and gave us more good advice about ironing our finished jumpers (ie don’t! Just give them a little steam! I had pressed them to within an inch of their lives, which is not the right thing to do!).

He also suggested that although Harrogate Council are no longer collecting bunting, that should not stop us keeping on knitting, and that we should make more little knitted jumpers to make some bunting to adorn Chiggs HQ. What a great idea!

Harrogate County Council originally hoped that keen knitters would knock up 3,000 yellow, white, green and white-with-red-dots jerseys, hoping also that wasn’t too optimistic. And how many jerseys have been knitted? Over 23,000!!! As you can imagine, that is going to take quite some stringing!

Earlier this year we went for a family walk up to RHS Harlow Carr, and passed by the Council nursery at the top of Harlow Hill. We were rather surprised to see a couple of lines of the jerseys hanging out- we thought they must be the experimental bunting to see how the knitting copes with the Yorkshire rain!

In the next week or so the  lines of bunting should be appearing above the streets of Harrogate- and yes, we are going to see if we can spot our jerseys but with over 23,000 we may be there a while 🙂

All the fun of the Fair

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Conference CentreI enjoyed a very interesting visit to the Harrogate Nursery Fair yesterday. It seems to get bigger every year with more and more exhibitors filling every single hall of the Conference Centre (which is quite the rabbit warren- good job there are lots of very helpful HIC employees to help you find your way- I needed help more than once!) I was also given a lanyard and badge with my name and company details on that is scanned on entry. This always makes me feel very important, and in keeping with the Harrogate trade conference tradition, I wore it all day, around town and everywhere 🙂

I stopped by Ruby and Ginger, a fellow Yorkshire company based in Leeds who had a really pretty stand. Although I’ve been tweeting with them for a while now, it was great to actually meet and see their lovely products ‘in the flesh’! Their cosy car seat cover for baby car seats was very popular with retail buyers, no doubt realising that babies will need some extra help to stay snuggly warm in this extended winter weather!

As usual, the trade fair was a mix of vast sprawling stands from the household names (with what must be mahoosive exhibition budgets!) and the ‘bijou’ stands of the smaller companies with smaller product ranges, and some new to the market. It’s always an interesting experience, the ‘baby’ industry is a great one to be part of- Chiggs is very lucky!

Today is the last day of the fair, with an earlier closing time of 4pm.

nursery fair

Harrogate Christmas Market

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

This festive season our lovely town of Harrogate is holding it’s very first Christmas Market. We’ve been watching the preparations for a few days, as the marquees and stalls have been put up on a triangle of the Stray at the bottom of Montpelier Hill and Cold Bath Road. While fully intending to visit yesterday (Thursday) for the light switch on, Holly and I wimped out due to the monsoon-rain like conditions. However, this evening (Friday) has been a lovely clear and crisp winter night, so we had a walk down into town from Chiggs Headquarters, to enjoy the atmosphere and do a little Christmas shopping.

It was super! Holly was distracted by the stalls selling sweets, cupcakes and biscuits, while I’m a human magpie- love anything sparkly and shiny- and there were lots of different jewellery and gift stalls to keep me happy. We bought a few Christmas presents and chatted to some lovely stallholders about their businesses- one even said Holly should be running her own business as she did the hard sell (on me!) and I really will not be surprised if that prophesy comes true; my daughter is already showing a real entrepreneurial spirit even at the age of 9!

The Harrogate Christmas Market is well worth a visit, and is on for the next two days- Saturday the 23rd of November (10am-7pm) and Sunday 25th of November (10am-5pm). We hope it will become a regular feature of Christmas in Harrogate!

There are also a couple of events in Yorkshire that Chiggs stockists will be attending this weekend:

 Little PJS will be at the Christmas Gift & Food Fair at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday the 24th of November (10:00 ’til 16:00) Entrance is £2.50, accompanied children are free. There will be over 70 stalls including gifts for all the family, food and wine tastings, home-made Christmas cakes, Santa’s Grotto, face-painting and children’s activities.

Baby Blessed will be taking their range of gifts and childrens products to the Christmas Fair at Shay Stadium, Halifax on Sunday the 25th November 2012

In addition, Twinkle Twinkle, a lovely baby and toddler shop in Sandbach, Cheshire who sell Chiggs Wheels have some late night openings for you to crack on with the Christmas shopping, on Friday 30th November they will be open until 8pm and every Thursday to Christmas will be open until 8pm too.

Baby Shower Parties- help is at hand!

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

If you fancy a Baby Shower but are unsure about the logistics of organising one, there are companies who are on hand to throw a baby shower party for you. Chiggs stockist Hugs and Stuff, based in West Yorkshire, will do as much or as little as you like- from invites, catering, decoration and games, through to even sending out personalised thank you letters!

If you are in East Yorkshire, Piglet’s Boutique will bring a selection of their new baby and new mummy gifts ( such as, of course, Baby Feed Wheels!) so that you and your friends can do a spot of baby shower shopping in a relaxed environment- ie sitting in  a comfy chair with a glass of juice or something stronger!

For pregnant ladies in the Wirral/Merseyside area Vikki, a Chiggs stockist very appropriately named The Baby Shower Lady has everything needed to help you throw a perfect party, be it a budget bash or lavish Beckhamesque occasion!

And finally, if you are more into a Do-It-Yourself baby shower, many Chiggs stockists including previously mentioned Hugs and Stuff, and also Baby Shower Host and Baby Shower Centre have some free printable downloads with party checklists, baby shower games and menu suggestions. Cheers!

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. 🙂

Chiggs in print!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Nursery Industry Trade Magazine

I’m very excited to have become a published author (ooh, maybe something else I could put on my business card?!) with an article in the ‘Viewpoint’ section of Nursery Industry magazine, a monthly trade mag for the baby and nursery industry.

The article ‘Can the Union Jack boost the flagging economy’ (geddit?) expresses the hope that the patriotism and pride in Britain that we are seeing so much more of this year, will lead to a change in consumer buying- with customers actively looking to buy goods that are Made in the UK.

I was driving my daughter to her cricket match a couple of days ago, in a gorgeous little North Yorkshire village that was festooned in red white and blue bunting- it all looked wonderful! As the UK hangs out the bunting to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic games, I hope that the happy patriotism helps people realise that if they buy UK made products, they can help boost the British economy.

I’m very proud that Chiggs Wheels are all printed in the UK. The envelope each is supplied with, and cellophane the Wheels are lovingly enclosed in are made very local to us, in Bradford. Even the little stickers used in the ‘handmade’ process to attach the embellishments are from a business in Shipley, West Yorkshire, just round the corner from where my husband was born. We do like to keep things local!

Just like throwing a pebble in a pond, as I sell my Wheels to the lovely independent businesses who sell baby goods and greeting cards to the public, so I place orders with my UK suppliers, and the economic benefits spead outwards. If the buying public and retailers make an effort to buy British, maybe the legacy of the summer of 2012 could be a boost for british business?