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Jun 29 2012

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*Guest Post* Nella Bees, Little ones enjoying hours of play, learning as they go!!

Nella Bees is a new online business in Lancashire

 

Hi my name is Debbie and I am the founder of Nella Bees.  As a mum to 3 girls and step mum to my husband’s son and daughter, you can only imagine the amount of toys that have broken, not been played with, mounted up in piles and generally not held there value.  To be passed on, resold or kept as that treasured possession.

Before going on Maternity Leave, I was working as a full time mum working long shifts in a demanding job, (the job in which, I love) however my children hate my long hours and sleeps away from home.  As busy working parents my husband and I know what it is like to go to work, make the tea, sort the washing, keep up to date with every social event our children are attending and the list goes on and on…  As you will agree it is a hard slog. 

When pregnant with Nella I was struggling to find nice items for our ‘new baby’ that would be something special to be kept for years to come.  This got me thinking about a new venture to start my own business, trading in nice gifts, toys and accessories where by the items are a little different from what you can buy in your standard high street store.

With the ease of buying on line I put my thoughts into creating an on line store that is easy to navigate and use.  We have a quick checkout function and all our products are easy to find and search.

I began with local research by devising a questionnaire and attending play groups.  The parents, aunts, grandparents, child minders, and others that attended these groups where really receptive to my business venture.  What became apparent was that some people don’t buy on line.  This is because they like to see what they are getting. 

However they would buy from the local supermarkets, because there are no little local boutiques that offer good value for money. And simply don’t have the time to travel.  So back on goes my thinking cap…and I came up with our Toy Club (think book people).  Nella Bees has now begun to leave 10 items that are available to order, at various play groups and businesses.  This way you can see the lovely quality of our products and then have the confidence to buy from us on line in the future.

We also attend various, Play Centre’s spending the day showcasing our stock which is available to purchase.  Some places we pay for room hire and where we are not charged we donate a % of our daily sales to charity. 

We are always looking for new places to leave a basket and you are welcome to contact us, if you would like us to bring a box to your place of work.  Or would like us to attend an event and showcase our gorgeous products?  Give us a call 01254 610078.

At Nella Bees we have worked really hard to find good quality items that are a little different at affordable prices. We have been able to source some amazing soft toys that are handmade (these items are Fair Trade items and support local communities in poorer countries), as well as wooden toys that are made using wood from sustainable forests.

We also offer

Wooden Toys Outdoor Toys Wooden Balance Bikes Children’s Bedroom Furniture Bedroom Accessories Bedding

Rainy Day Wear  Dressing Up Outfits

Please help Nella Bees to maintain our support to Fair Trade schemes by taking into consideration the products we offer when buying a gift.  Come and see us on Facebook and like our page to keep up to date on our new stock and offers

Because many of our items are handmade they are individual and unique and will be treasured for years to come.  Check out are beautiful Fair Trade Handmade bags, these bags are so well made and contain 2 zip compartments and a pocket at the pack.  The workmanship that has gone into these bags is incredible.

I could go on and on about Nella Bees and I hope you have enjoyed the read.  And if like me you are looking to start a new venture, to work around your family.  Good luck and keep at it!!  I am new to this and some days can be hard going but I have been told ‘Don’t be disheartened! keep going and things will work out’.  So here goes, wish me luck.  Support me and share my store www.nellabees.co.uk and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NellaBees if you like what you see.

Thanks for reading my post and thanks to Paula for inviting me onto her blog pages x

Best wishes and Happy Shopping

Debbie

Nella Bees

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