First of all, who is this 'Us', of whom you speak?
At the time of writing, May 2017, there are two of us in the business, Jim and Janet. Strangely we both have the same Surname - Campbell, this may be because we are married :-). We have been married since 1991 and are loving the adventure as much now as we did then. Along the way, we managed to gather up a couple of little Campbell's, a girl - Lyndsay and a boy - Matthew.
So this is a business, is it?
Well, yes, it is. Do you think we do it for fun? Actually, it is a lot of fun. How many people can say that they can play with balloons all day long and get paid for it? Now that's not to say that we don't take it seriously or work hard at it, we do. The difference is that most times we are working hard at something we love doing and so it doesn't really feel like working.
Tell me more about the business?
OK, I will. Our business was established in the year 2000 and is called Celebration Balloons. Back in those days the best way to advertise a business was using 'The Yellow Pages', all you young un's can ask a grown-up what the yellow pages was, or you might see a tiny little book with 100's of pages, still in a cellophane bag, lying in the hallway or close to the telephone (that's landline not mobile). Anyway, we used to spend £1,000's a year on advertising in that dinosaur, but once the internet got to produce the 'web 2.0' we started moving onto the interwebs, we made a website at www.celebrationballoons.biz. Then when Facebook was born and grew up a bit we opened a couple of pages there www.facebook.com/celebrationballoons and www.facebook.com/balloonsprinted.
Celebration Balloons and so The Printed Balloon Company is primarily a balloon printing company, basically, we take plain balloons and screen print an image onto them. The image can be text, logos, graphics, photos, pretty much anything that can be reduced to a single colour on a computer screen.
We supply balloons for lots of reasons, everything from large corporate jobs where the balloons are used to promote a business to small print runs where the balloons can be used for lots of social events from baby showers to weddings, anniversaries and memorials, and everything in between.
We are located in Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland, but we can (and do - regularly) supply printed balloons outside of our area. In fact, most of our printed balloons leave us in little mailing sacks, they travel to Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland, The rest of the UK, Europe, USA, and the Middle East. Most of them are going to the UK and Ireland, but it always surprises me how many we send out to the rest of the world.
I could go on for quite a bit here, talking about our business and balloons and the fun we have, but I'm sure you probably know as much now as you can take in one sitting. If you want more then check out our other pages and posts were and on our other websites and Facebook.