Fantastic news! We are now an award winning company! Today we have won ‘ Business start-up of the year 2015’. This has been awarded by the Birmingham City Council’s programme Enterprise Catalyst. Enterprise Catalyst was the first place that we came to as a new start up business. Chilling out in a local coffee shop we noticed a poster on the notice board saying ‘Free business advice from Enterprise Catalyst ‘.Well we couldn’t say no to that.
We then met up with our amazing business mentor who was so passionate about our cards that she became emotional and couldn’t wait to enter us into the programme. First we attended ‘The Enterprise Generation 2014′ which was based in the Library of Birmingham. Here we sold cards, attended business seminars, communicated with successful business owners , it was a fantastic networking event for us. We then were entered into Birmingham City Council’s Dragon’ Den and won a cash prize. Following on we were published in the voice newspaper and featured on BBC WM Radio show. Being a part of the Enterprise Catalyst programme has been a great success.
Now that we have been awarded ‘Business start-up of the year 2015’ this has put the chocolate sprinkles on top of our cream cake. Many thanks for their support and help towards starting our exciting adventure.
It has been a while but overviewing the past 3-4 months there is a lot bursting at the seems which needs to be mentioned. Mainly about the coverage we have had at end 2014 and beginning 2015.
So bringing in the new year has been exciting. We have had some great opportunities and press releases. This all started with speaking to a team of excitable mentors from Enterprise Catalyst (we recommend a great mentor). With the help from people in their team, Curious Pencil Cards managed to catch the eye of The Voice Newspaper. On 14th December 2014 we had a newspaper article written about us.
After this exciting opportunity BBC WM radio then contacted us to discuss Curious Pencil Cards with their listeners on 21st December 2014.
This was a nerve racking experience for both of us but all the staff made us feel welcome and a part of the community, listen to us here.
Our next claim to fame was when we were contacted by Greetings Today to have an article about us in the number one greeting cards trade magazine ‘Greetings Today’ (January 2015, Issue 4 Volume 16).
Most recently we were contacted by Miss P:I – Nat to speak about our journey so far 19th March 2015, check out our interview here.