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We had a quick trip down to London last week – just before people started misbehaving down there.

The reason for the trip was a meeting with a design company to pitch a couple of product ideas, the meeting went very well and hopefully something will come of it. If anything develops I will post news on the blog.
John and I also took the chance to have a snoop round some shops while we were in London, here’s John almost asleep in an Eames lounge chair in Skandium, he had been up all the previous night getting presentations ready for the meeting!
I also took the decision to start a Snowhome wholesale business. I was in discussion with a couple of distributors regarding the Word Map but after a good deal of deliberation I have started to take on the distribution myself. I will be looking to sell it into a network of national design shops and specialist retailers so if you’re interested or know a shop that might like to sell our best selling Word Maps please do get in touch.
The idea is to build a small portfolio of own brand products that we self distribute to selected retailers. It’s a big step and wholesale is a business in itself but I like a challenge and I think the time is right. There is also an opportunity for some creative freedom which I find exciting, I have a few ideas up my metaphoric sleeve and am already working on a new Word Map which will be launched at the Top Drawer/Home show in January 2012.
As ideas become products the shop, website and blog will be the testing ground, thank you to all the customers who have supported our own brand products; I’m as big as… YouToDo, The Accumulator, Flower Grenades and of course Word Map over the last few years. You will be the first to know about our new additions.

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