Wednesday, 1 June 2016

German Fair


So we are now back in the office after a week away travelling and visiting Germany for our first European retail show.

We left fairly early, 7:30am to be precise, and started our first road trip of the year! All the preparation was just about finished and the van loaded with stand and stock just hours before we left. Anyway, we did it, obviously with the help of our fantastic, JS team! Thankfully Jane and I spent the entire journey in hysterics and a whole 14 hours later we arrived! 

We got to our first B&B with still an hour and a half to go to the exhibition grounds, Das F├╝rstliche Gartenfest, Schloss Fasanerie. The first day was our set up day making sure the stand was complete and in pristine condition for all our customers. The show started at 10am each day and we were surrounded by such lovely people, the highlight has to be having a food stand opposite us that also sold prosecco, strawberries and cream! What a bonus! 

We love seeing our customers enjoying our products, even our little ones!
Above is the complete stand, have to say we thought it was a rather lovely, British looking stand! Who would have thought the weather would be so cold too, we ended up wearing most of Carina Hildebrandt's clothing, thank god she over packed!
Here's Carina Hildebrandt's stand. Note; very warm clothing!
So there you have it, the first road trip of the year! Stay tuned for our next adventures...

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Top Drawer Trade Show

It’s all go at the moment in the office with Jane and myself getting ready for Top Drawer, just to add, the first trade show we have ever done, no pressure…! 

Jane and John left shortly after 10:30, not quite the 9am they were planning! Everything all prepped and boxed up in the van, how much easier it is planning for Top Drawer rather than the Spirit of Christmas, no stock needed, one of each product, and then just the two of us. 

The first of the pictures I started receiving from Jane, it definitely didn’t look like much when I received this…


Getting there… It’s easy from where I’m sat, at my desk at HQ!


Nearly there…don’t think I’ll mention it sloping along the top!


Think they both deserve the next picture I received…


and it’s complete, rather impressed for the first show this year hopefully many more to come. 


Sunday morning I catch the train up to get ready for the next three days, meeting new potential customers, putting names to faces and looking for new products ourselves. Doesn’t sound like we are going to stop. It is a great show to network with people and really make the most of new products we have available.

Staying in London really adds to the show as I get to catch up with friends that live there, it is so different to where I live, we can actually socialise after 9pm and there are bars and restaurants open! It really makes you feel refreshed for the next day, or not! 

Breaking down after the show is something I have never done before, so I will describe it in one word…easypeasy, not quite one word but so much easier than the Spirit of Christmas breakdown!


Again we have managed to bump into our Spirit of Christmas friends and have brief catch ups before we must all head home, back to HQ’s and to crack on with the workload we have brought back!

-Shannon 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Spirit of Christmas 2015


We all know at JS that Christmas has approached once we attend the Spirit of Christmas show in Olympia, London. 
Whether you attend Spirit of Christmas for the food and wine, a social event, or to start the christmas shop, the week long fair has all of the above!
So Jane and John head off from our Somerset studio to hit the road, early should I say! It’s all go once we get to Olympia, vans pulling in from everywhere, boxes being unloaded, the odd fragile box you hear drop… We leave the stand looking like we aren’t going to be ready for the Monday and that the week is going to be an utter disaster.
Sunday is when I (Shannon) come along, I get the long straw for setting up! Pricing products and making the garland look ‘pretty’. The Sunday flies by as does everyday when we are exhibiting, but, ta dah the stand is complete, so the week commences!
On the Thursday it is late night shopping, the day still seems to fly by even when it closes at 8pm. This is the night I manage to escape from the stand and check out the show, need I say more when Lily, from Branche D’Olive and I end up sampling the upstairs which is of course, the alcohol…!

The whole show this year was a complete success, it was our second biggest year since we have been attending and that’s been quite a few years. It was such great fun, meeting repeat customers, new customers and also networking with other businesses, what more could we want. We have the lovely ‘Branche D’Olive’ opposite us, ‘Helen Moore’ to the right and ‘Carina Hildebrandt’ just around the corner, such a fun and festive atmosphere!

We hope you have a lovely Christmas from us all at Jonny’s Sister and hope to see you at next year’s Spirit of Christmas! 

-Shannon

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

New JS Staff



Since the last blog we posted we had the likes of, Lisa, Leanne and Martha working for us. A lot has changed since then, their choice to leave though, not ours! They have all taken the next steps in their careers, Lisa has gone into admin in a school, Leanne has gone to a college working in admin and Martha is doing a university degree. All three of them started at Jonny’s Sister doing an apprenticeship in business and administration. 


(Clockwise- Alec, Shannon (ME!), Martha, Leanne, Lisa and Lara) 

Although they are all sadly missed at JS we have employed some newbies! It started with Becky, then Emma, Katie and Rhiannon. Here’s a little bit about them;

Becky is our chief despatch person! She is in charge of despatching all items on time and making sure they are sent out in a JS standard state, poor Becky as we have such high standards!

Emma is our new admin team member! She has office experience and is a whizz at speaking to customers on the phone, she deals with the order management making sure everything is with the correct suppliers and being despatched on time.

Katie is another new admin team member! She used to work at TESCO dealing with the charity events that happened in her local store. She is a very bubbly person and was chucked in the deep end when she joined about 6 weeks before Christmas! 

Rhiannon is a new studio member! She finished her design degree in summer just gone and is super talented with her work, although she doesn’t say so herself! At JS she works on the production of orders that are done in house and new product development. 

So there you have it, a quick introduction to our new JS members. There are still the three of us from the old team, Alec, Lara and Me, oh and don’t forget Jane, John and the dogs! 

-Shannon

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Pet Christmas Sacks

Do you ever think that maybe pets get forgotten at Christmas? Well we say 'no more!'

This year we have introduced a new Christmas sack to our festive range; with the choice of a cat or a dog symbol, with a rudolph-esque nose sewn on, your pet is sure to feel just as included as you. Imagine your pets delight when they wake up on Christmas morning to find their very own personalised sack filled with fluffy, squeaky and edible treats!


Whether they're a Buster, Barney, Sissy or Sooty, your pet will love their own personalised Christmas sack. Just send us the names and the animals that you would like sacks for and we will do the rest. 

You can find them in the Christmas section of our site, here.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

100 Days Til Christmas!

It's that time again, Christmas is on it's way! With only 100 days until the big day (which to some people may seem like an age), the festivities are in full swing here at Jonny's Sister HQ. The temporary Christmas elves are in training, the kitchen table is full of treats, and the Christmas sack orders are flying in..

As we are all feeling super prepared, we have put together a list of our top Crimbo picks for those of you who are too!

1. Reindeer Mug
Last year we introduced these festive little mugs to our enamelware range. They can be personalised with the name of your choice, with the wording matching Rudolf's nose. They are perfect for those cosy winter evenings spent tucked up with a cup of something warm!



2. Cream Cake Tin
These tins are the newest addition to our cake tin range, perfect for budding bakers with a flare for something colourful! The wording is painted in the colour of your choice, from cherry pie to our popular metallic shades, you are sure to find something to suit your kitchen! Why not treat your Granny to an extra special tin to fill with mince pies?


3. Christmas Sack
It isn't Christmas here at Jonny's Sister without the sound of people shouting about Rudolf's nose (or no nose!). This is the 5th year of the Christmas sack, and they are now going stronger than ever! Perfect for small children and adults alike, we even do a Christmas sack for your favourite pampered pooch or pussy cat!


4. Wool Dog
What perfect stocking fillers these little wool dogs are; filled with lavender, they are sure to make your bedroom smell divine! You can personalise the collar with a special message, followed by one of our festive Christmas symbols- we love Santa's sleigh!


5. Man Tin
Last but not least, why not treat the man in your life to one of our personalised Man Tins? They can be funny, factual, or just plain personal; these tins can be filled with all of his 'man stuff'!


We can't believe how quickly time is flying here at JS, soon it will be December 1st and the countdown truly will begin! Are you getting ready for Christmas? We'd love to hear how you're preparing for the holiday season!



Friday, 28 August 2015

Bank Holiday Bonanza!

This bank holiday we're praying for sunshine; the past few weeks have been dismal to say the least, and we want to make the most of the weather before Autumn hits! 

Before the nice weather is over, why not snap up one of our new children's deckchairs? These are by far the cutest addition to our summer range, and are perfect for the garden, beach, or even for the corner of a bedroom or playroom! They come with a choice of 5 sling colours, and can be personalised with the wording of your choice- nicknames are welcome!

   

But deckchairs aren't the only items perfect for the sunny weather, why not take a look at our gardening products? We have watering cans, seed boxes, tray and pots and more.

This weekend we have an exclusive discount being offered to our newsletter subscribers- sign up before midnight on Monday to receive your code the very next day!*

   

*Offer excludes sale items.