The Zest Social Media Awards

November 14th, 2014 by Macleod

Zest social media awards logo - largeLast night was the annual Zest Social Media Awards.

These busi­ness awards, now in their second year, are run by Harborough-based Zest Com­mu­nic­a­tions & the glitzy awards even­ing was once again held at the stun­ning Kil­worth House.

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Kil­worth House

I’ve been asked to judge the entries for both years; for a new awards the num­ber & qual­ity of entries is impressive.

Last night’s win­ners were…

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Prac­ti­tioner of the Year

Sub­lime Science

award-winning sci­ence parties; makes science

fun at children’s birth­day parties, schools & events

 

 

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Tomorrow’s Engin­eers

Highly Com­men­ded

engin­eer­ing careers’ by bring­ing engin­eer­ing to life in schools

 

 

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Best Cus­tomer Service

South Leicester­shire College

bril­liant use of social media to

keep in con­tact with their students

 

 

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New­comer of the Year

Blighty Bazaar

an emporium of over 115

vin­tage & hand­made sellers

 

 

Rose­mary Con­ley CBE gave the key­note speech.

Spotted On Emmerdale

November 9th, 2014 by Macleod

Not that often our work is spot­ted on tele­vi­sion. But here’s our New Home greet­ings card on Friday’s epis­ode of Emmer­dale on the mantlepiece at Home Farm…

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Climbing The Ladder

November 8th, 2014 by Macleod

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This week Coulson Macleod had a night away in Essex. Westcliff-on-Sea to be pre­cise. Our white-washed hotel over­looked the wide estu­ary where the River Thames meets the North Sea. Which may sound like we were on a mid-week mini-break, but actu­ally it was to attend some­thing called The Lad­der Club.

The Lad­der Club is an annual two-day crash course in greet­ings card pub­lish­ing. Day 1 is to help new pub­lish­ers get on the lad­der. Day 2 is for exist­ing pub­lish­ers (us).

Run by the well-respected mat­ri­arch* of the greet­ings card industry, Lynn Tait, who’s both a pub­lisher & retailer (The Lynn Tait Gal­lery). *not her offi­cial title

Mark & I drove down on Tues­day, pop­ping in to see a long-time stock­ist of ours in Leigh-on-Sea. Tues­day night was a del­eg­ates din­ner. Hav­ing been in the industry less than a year we were sur­prised by the num­ber of famil­iar faces; and even more sur­prised that they all knew us.

Jakki Brown, editor of Pro­gress­ive Greet­ings magazine & runs Pro­gress­ive Greet­ings Live trade show, who is a wealth of know­ledge; our paper sup­pli­ers, one of our print­ers, our envel­ope sup­pli­ers, & a num­ber of greet­ings card pub­lish­ers we’ve met at trade shows.

One who I hap­pily sat next to at din­ner was Eloise Hall who designs the pret­ti­est of cards…

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The sem­inar on Wed­nes­day was non-stop; back-to-back talks from rep­res­ent­at­ives from the entire industry. Claire Wil­li­ams & Karen Wilson, co-founders of Paper Salad, made us all laugh with their straight-talking account of the highs & lows of cre­at­ing a major greet­ings card com­pany. Jeremy Corner from Blue Eyed Sun advised on export­ing & increas­ing sales. We heard from small chains (known as ‘mul­tiples’ in greet­ings card lan­guage), buy­ers for mul­tiples, agents, sup­pli­ers, & broker­age companies.

Other pub­lish­ers that we met included…

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Jes­sica Hog­arth Designs

Louise Wright Design

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Noah’s Ark Ink

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Happy Nut Creations

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Tache Crafts

Christmas Shopping In Kibworth

October 10th, 2014 by Macleod

What are you up to on Sat­urday 1st November?

If you live in the East Mid­lands there’s a Christ­mas shop­ping event you won’t want to miss.

One day : forty stalls. letterhead-white

We’ll be there (which is why we’re men­tion­ing it!) selling our Christ­mas cards, greet­ings cards, & art prints.

Other sellers include…

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Lon­don Dry Gin, Eng­lish Vodka & Absinthe hand­craf­ted in small batches; pro­duced in Mar­ket Har­bor­ough & sold in Fort­num & Mason.

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& Jerry Wes­ley Fine Art Photography

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Entry: £2.50 (includes glass of Bucks Fizz). Kib­worth Gram­mar School Hall (LE8 0EW)

 

Coulson Macleod At Top Drawer London

September 10th, 2014 by Macleod

Coulson Macleod will be exhib­it­ing once again (our 4th year in fact) at trade show Top Drawer Lon­don. Stand J32.

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Top Drawer open this Sunday 14th Septem­ber and closes on Tuesday.

We’ve got spe­cial show offers and even a little present for retail­ers who stop by our stand.

National ‘Thinking Of You’ Week

September 10th, 2014 by Macleod

If you’re think­ing of get­ting involved, then we now have a huge selec­tion of greet­ings cards. Plus, we also have a range of per­son­al­ised greet­ings cards too.

Etsy; Three Months & Counting

June 18th, 2014 by Macleod

Today we ‘cel­eb­rate’ three months on Etsy & as we showed you our pro­gress at two months, thought we’d con­tinue to let you know how it’s going.

116 sales : 88 admirers : 9 reviews.

Com­pared to our stats at two months — 52 sales : 62 admirers : 3 reviews.

We’ve also cre­ated a Pin­terest board of the Etsy treas­ur­ies our art prints & greet­ings cards have been fea­tured in. CM loves: etsy treas­ur­ies has 22 (11 this month) pins so far.

Our nine reviews are all 5*, so whilst not very many at least they’re all great. Here’s a taster…

A beau­ti­ful, touch­ing card. It made both myself and my best friend, who had just given birth, cry ! The qual­ity of the card was superb. Would def­in­itely recom­mend.”

Top qual­ity card. Brought back a few memor­ies for me (even for a ’79 er) . Excel­lent fast deliv­ery, well pack­aged. No com­plaints at all.”

Very easy to com­mu­nic­ate. Product looks bet­ter in per­son. Shipped promptly. So glad I made this pur­chase!”

A very unique and per­sonal gift, excel­lent qual­ity and promptly shipped and delivered. Over­all, extremely pleased.”

Father’s Day 2014

June 1st, 2014 by Macleod

Father’s Day is on Sunday, 15th June. Don’t for­get to give him a card.

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Coulson Macleod Loves Industrial Shelving

May 27th, 2014 by Macleod

Today Coulson Macleod loves indus­trial shelving using the humble steel pipe.

Rather than scaf­fold­ing boards (like the ones in the 1st photo) we’d use reclaimed wood in keep­ing with our cur­rent shelves & frames we use for our prints. Love the fact you can eas­ily cre­ate your own shelving to fit any space. Click on the pho­tos below as some of them take you to diy sites with step-by-step instruc­tions on how to cre­ate them.

scaffolding board and steel pipe shelving by inspirit | notonthehighstreet.com - yeah right at £1200 could make my own for about £50!!

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Coulson Macleod Loves Vintage House

May 26th, 2014 by Macleod

Today Coulson Macleod loves Vin­tage House Dayles­ford, an 1860s miners cot­tage in Vic­toria, Aus­tralia, that’s avail­able to rent.

We’d like to move in per­man­ently. It’s been com­pletely restored to high­light the ori­ginal fea­tures & fin­ished with antique, vin­tage, & indus­trial fur­niture & art­work. We’d not change one single thing.

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