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    July, 2016

     

    Home&Gift preparations

     

    Harrogate 2016 Frillybee


    Not long now before we open our stand at the Home&Gift Trade Fair in the heart of Harrogate. This will be our 2nd year at Harrogate where we have the same stand as last year in what was a new Design Point Marquee, our stand number being DP5-5. Once again, we will have new cards and products to display. For those that are going and would like to know where Design Point 5 is, the following video (published by kind permission and camera work by Jeremy Corner at Blue Eyed Sun), shows the layout from last year. Just click on the picture to activate the link. For those that do not know me, I'm the one waving the H&G badge, 42 seconds into the video, at the cameraman.


    How to find DP5

     

    June, 2016

     

    Home Counties Agent joins the Frillybee Agents team


    It is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of Sally Clarke who has agreed to act as our agent for a number of the Home Counties. Covering Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Berkshire, we look forward to working with Sally and her experience of Retailing in Floristry, Cards and Gifts. If any Retailers from this area are interested in meeting Sally for a discussion about our products, please do not hesitate to contact us and we'll put you in touch. Welcome aboard Sally.

     

    May, 2016

     

    PG Live preparations

     

    PG Live 2016


    There is just over 1 week to go before Frillybee heads for the Business Design Centre, Islington for the PG Live Trade Show. The Progressive Greetings magazine have a section called "Innovations" and we have managed to get a few details of one of our new ranges of cards, "FloraDora", into the May edition that came out in the last few days.


     

    PG Magazine Entry

     

     

    Also, as a number of customers already know, we have a good range of Birthday cards for named relatives. One of the more popular relatives is quite rightly Grandmother (to give the formal title). Around the country, different names / spellings are used so we have now added a 5th card for Nanny to go with the Nan / Nana / Granny / Nannie that we aready have and this will be on display for the first time at PG Live. How many more spellings are there? Please do tell through our 'Contact Us' section at the foot of the page. Other relatives have also been added to the list of captioned cards that we now have available. More details in the various Sub-Sections under "Birthday". See what you think. Comments always welcome.

     

    And last but not least, we have been looking at producing a range of A6 Notebooks for a while now. So, as you can imagine, we are pleased to be able to say that we've finally done it, in time to launch and show them at PG Live. In all, there are 6 stapled notebooks and 6 wirobound. Images and more details to follow. If you would like to express an interest in seeing these sooner rather than later, please drop us a note and we'll be happy to give you priority access over the next week.


    New Notebooks

     

     

    April, 2016

     

    PG Live and the launch of a new range / product

     

    Our 3rd time of showing at the PG Live Trade Show in Islington is fast approaching and our product base contimues to expand. Amongst others and showing for the first time will be a new range of designs entitled "FloraDora". These are our first Colourful 6" square cards, blank inside as always but also no front caption so they fit any greeting or sentiment the customer would like to use them for. They really have to be seen in your hand to appreciate the quality of the printing, board and envelope. You can sneak a preview within our website by clicking "FloraDora".

     

     

    There is also an additional gift line that we are trying. It has been proofed, our order is with our printers now and we'll be showing it off at PG Live, Stand no.764 in the Springboard area.

     

     

    March, 2016

     

    New Card Range


    We chose from the outset to leave the inside of our cards blank so that our customers could choose to say what they would like. However, there are times when we get asked for a caption on birthday cards that says just a little more than the usual Happy Birthday whether it be our cards or all the other Publishers that are out there. As always, we like to oblige if we can and have therefore just released a small range of 5 designs with captions like "Wishing you a Wonderful Day and a Wonderful Year to follow. Happy Birthday with Love" and "Sending Lots of Love and Warm Wishes on your Special Day. Happy Birthday to you!". To see the range, open just one of the cards by clicking here. They are all linked to each other.

     

     

    December, 2015

     

    New Product launch


    Our very first Gift items are now available following a successful launch in our new home village at the "Friends of Tysoe School Christmas Market and Fair". They come in the shape 8 Handbag Mirrors designed in the Frillybee style and are accompanied by a Black Velvet Drawstring Bag. Click here to see pictures and more details.

     

     

    October, 2015

     

    East Midlands / East Anglia Agent joins the Frillybee Agents team


    A big thank you to a very good customer of ours, Kevin at Taylor's Cards of Loughton, for putting ourselves and Debra in touch with each other. Debra will now be covering North & East London, East Anglia, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire & Nottinghamshire. Welcome aboard Debra.

     


    August, 2015

     

    Article in Progressive Greetings Magazine for August 2015


    Every month, Progressive Greetings magazine contact 4 retailers from around the country to ask for details of what card ranges are doing very well for them. This month, we are really delighted to see that one of our good customers, Bromley's in Halstead, has given us a mention:


    PG Mag - August 2015

     

    So, if you are nearby to Bromley's, please do pop in to say hello and browse their lovely offerings. Thank you Maxine.

     

    Agent Appointment - Home Counties

     

    We are really pleased to announce an addition to the Frillybee team covering Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. If you would like us to arrange a visit from him, please do give us a call and we'll put you in touch. Good to have you with us Nat.

     


    July, 2015

     

    Change of Address


    And as if it wasn't enough that we had going on this month, just 4 days after returning from Harrogate, we moved both our home and business off to a smashing village in Warwickshire. Full details in the website. Goodbye Essex. We'll keep popping back to visit.


    Home&Gift 2015 Trade Exhibition


    As previously mentioned, we had a stand in the new Design Point 5 Marquee at the Home&Gift Trade Exhibition in Harrogate. This was our debut at the show having previously only visited it. And what a really friendly show it is with a really good atmosphere. The marquee that we were in was also making it's debut and despite the on / off showers that we had during the 4 days, it was nice and bright to exhibit in....allbeit a little chilly when the sun went in!

     

    Marquee DP5-Stand 5

     

    And this is where we launched our new product in the shape of Gift Wrapping Paper and we were very happy with the reception it received from Retailers, Distributors, Agents and Publishers alike.

     

            Left view of stand              Gift Wrap at HomeandGift              Right view of stand


     Next Exhibition and New Product Launch

     

    Later in the month, we will be exhibiting at Home&Gift, Harrogate. We will take up residence in the new Greeting Card Marque, DP5 and will be occupying stand no. 5. Here, we will be displaying a brand new product for us in the form of everyday Gift Wrap. The designs are with our (new) printer at the moment with whom we are sorting out the print settings before going ahead with the finished product. We expect to have 10 different designs on display. Images of our new launch will be available very soon.

     

     

    June, 2015

     

    PG Live 2015 Trade Show


    Left side - PG Live 2015         Centre - PG Live 2015        Right - PG Live 2015

     

    Another busy month that started with the PG Live 2015 Trade Show at the Business Design Centre in Islington. With over 250 different companies exhibiting from the smallest to the largest of card publishers, this was a really good show for retailers to attend. Add to that the great lunch, the tea / coffee trolley circulating all day and the nice friendly atmosphere throughout the show, it was great for everyone. We were really happy with position we had acquired, right in front of the double doors leading into the hall, so this is the view of our stand that greeted the visitors.


    End view of stand in the Springboard section


    We launched "Flower Patch", our new range of Thank You, Thinking of You, Get Well, etc. cards plus the latest addition to the Christmas Silhouette range making up a complete display of 9 cards.


    The full set of 9 Christmas Silhouettes


    The first day of the 2 was the busiest during which we had a number of inquiries. More information concerning to follow on later.


     

    February, 2015

     

    "Conversation Pieces" launched at Spring Fair 2015     

       Conversation Pieces Board    

     

    This month has been busy following 7 solid days at Spring Fair 2015 (2 of setting up the stand and then 5 occupying it). Talk about tiring but it was really worthwhile. Within this, we launched our brand new range "Conversation Pieces" which was really well received by our audience. Some photos of the stand:


    Spring Fair 2015 Stand   Spring Fair 2015 Stand   Spring Fair 2015 Stand

     

    "Conversation Pieces" is a series of cards showing women friends, at various points in history, enjoying sitting for a chat over a cup of Tea or Coffee, much as we do today; exchanging news and gossip, discussing the latest fashions and sharing laughter.

     

    Conversation Pieces Card and Coaster  c. 1900 - 1910

     

    Also showing in the above photograph, that is coming soon, is a series of 8 coasters with the same images as the cards. The coasters are of good quality Melamine with a black Baize backing. Expected to be with us during w/c 23rd March. And it wouldn't be Frillybee if there wasn't any polkadot background to be seen!

     

    Also in the pictures above, our Silhouette Christmas cards can be seen in a prominent position. We were really pleased to see that one of our customers who writes in PG Magazine gave us a good mention. Article can be seen here: PG Magazine Feb 2015 on pages 30-31.


    January, 2015

     

    Best Sellers for 2014

    Now that we have our sales figures for the last 12 months, we can confirm which of our designs have been the top 5 sellers:

    Butterfly Tree - Fb48Misty Park - Fb34Blue Birdies - Fb130Arboretum Birthday - Fb210Pusscat Moongazers - Fb184

    We hope that everyone who bought and received these cards (and all our other cards) have enjoyed them as much as we have enjoyed producing and distributing them. Thanks to all.

     

    And now to get on with 2015. This month has been taken up with a lot of preparation for our first Spring Fair at the NEC. we have a 3.5m. x 1m. stand in Hall 4, Stand F110. At the Fair, we are launching a brand new range called "Conversation Pieces" as well as a few additions to the other collections. We look forward to meeting our current and hopefully, some new customers to our stand. But first, we need to work out what the stand will look like.

     

    December, 2014

     

    "Christmas Silhouette Girls" range

    It's been a good couple of months in terms of interest in our range of Christmas cards. They have been stocked in a number of shops from almost the northern tip of Scotland down to Surrey and from Worcester across to the eastern coast of Essex. Thanks to all our stockists.

     

    Fb204

     


    November, 2014

     

    Home&Gift 2015, Harrogate

    We are really pleased to announce that Frillybee will now be at a 3rd Trade Show in 2015. A stand has been booked in the new Design Point 5 hall at Home&Gift 2015 in Harrogate. This hall has been created especially for the Greeting Card Industry and is situated in a prime location within the complex. To keep the '5' theme going, we are on stand No. 5. More details nearer the time.


    Harrogate Logo

     

     

    Spring Fair 2015

    Preparation for the Spring Fair is moving along nicely with our traditional model stand being set up and plans for the layout being discussed. Looks likely that a spinner will be included for this Fair.


    The launch of a new range of everyday cards (called "Conversation Pieces") at Spring Fair 2015 is being finalised which includes the entry into the Innovations section of Progressive Greetings (February) magazine having been written and mailed off.


     

    Stand Details at Spring Fair 2015


    October, 2014

     

    We are delighted to launch a multi-pack facility on our website that enables customers to purchase a pack of 5 or 10 everyday greeting cards at a better price per card than is currently available for single purchases. Customers can choose which cards and how many of each are put into the pack which is made to order.


     

    Should you have any questions concerning this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

     


     

     

    September, 2014

     

    Spring Fair 2015

    The new Spring Fair website is now up and running so we are busy loading all the necessary information for visitors into it. Please feel free to have a look by clicking the link - Spring Fair 2015 - and we would love to hear any opinions of how it looks. There will of course be changes to the site as we get nearer to the dates with new information being added and other detail updated.

     


     

     

    August, 2014

     

    Spring Fair

    It is confirmed that we will be exhibiting at the Spring Fair 2015, NEC Birmingham. We are going to be in Hall 4 Stand F110.

    Hall/Stand: 4F110

     

    Frillybee will be at the Spring Fair 2015

     

    More details to follow nearer the time.

     

     


     


    July, 2014


    Following a number of lovely comments about a Christmas design from 2013, we are pleased to show the latest release from Frillybee for Christmas 2014.

     

    Christmas 2014 Silhouette Range

     

    A range of 8 silhouettes of members of a young family from days gone by, either decorating for Christmas, admiring the work of others or processing the Christmas Pudding. Details can be found either in the Christmas section or by clicking on this link to the "Christmas Silhouette Girls" collection page.

     


     

    June, 2014

     

    We can confirm that, following our appearance at PG Live 2014, we have now booked our stand for PG Live 2015. Again, we will be in the Springboard area but this time, we have stand no. 764. We look forward to seeing our Trade customers there.

     


     

    May, 2014

     

    We did it!! Our First Trade Show – PG Live 2014 – was a success and although a little stressful at times, was enjoyable. What a smashing industry we work in. Thanks for the all nice comments that people made about our stand and our cards.

     

    Our Stand at PG Live 2014

     

    Also, our thanks to everyone who visited our stand and especially to our current customers who placed an order with us and to our new customers who placed their first order with us. We wish you every success with our product in your shops.

     

    Our steadiest selling Thank You card