Everyone gets involved, nobody gets a free ride. Inspiration, design, printing, hand-finishing, packaging, distribution – there’s always a job to be done.
When it comes to making cards, we like to do most things in-house and very little is outsourced. We are quite possibly control freaks but it works for us.
We like snacks in the office. We have a ‘free fruit’ bowl, though it’s nowhere near as popular as the biscuits sneaked in (usually by Sam and his sweet tooth!). We drink LOTS of tea, and the occasional posh coffee when Paul tests out his barista skills on the coffee machine.
We like nights out. We try to behave sensibly but sometimes the cocktails get the better of us. There have been occasions where press-ups have been done on the dance floor, break dancing back-spins have been attempted and one instance of a drunken head being shaved.
As far as greeting cards are concerned, we can be quite fussy. We only buy the best materials and we like to work with nice people. We only buy envelopes which are either recycled or made from FSC paper. We love working with GF Smith and their vast array of luxury board. Most of the board we use comes from a paper mill in the UK Lake District and the rest comes from a fabulous mill in Munkedal (Sweden) which is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly paper mills in the world.
Approx 90% of our products are printed in-house by our sister company, Melbourne Print Ltd, with whom we share an office in Derbyshire. They have some super snazzy printing equipment. Many of our cards are hand finished with subtle sparkles – we have a super group of local ladies (and one gentleman) who do this for us. In 2016 we won a Henries Award for our card designs (as well as also reaching the finals in 2014, 2015 and 2017). To say we were delighted with our award was an understatement! It has pride of place in the office and is frequently stroked as we walk past it.