Singing the praises of our local suppliers and why they are so good to use

An absolutely fabulous autumn afternoon, everything looking beautiful and not a cloud in the sky … Box Clever have just delivered the next consignment of cardboard boxes for us and they make everything so easy that I decided they would be the theme of this particular blog. Box Clever are based in Mitcheldean (The Forest of Dean) and they are endlessly accommodating and helpful. They make all our packaging for us, all bespoke sizes and, in my opinion, even better, they take away all our waste cardboard. Steve and Julie (not forgetting Rob!) make our lives at White Cloud very straight forward and they never let us down. It is what makes using local suppliers so worthwhile.

This is an opportunity to also mention Perpetua Press in Newent– Ed, you are wonderful at interpreting all of our ideas and transforming them into reality. This can be anything from stickers for the Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust, to size labels for cartons, to Pillow Tags for our French customers. We have also been working together on new Cashmere labels for our new White Cloud boxes which are nearly in the pipeline and will be with us by mid November. Ed, the service you offer goes beyond the call of duty- you have even been known to drive to bring us artwork out to us if deadlines are running tight. I think that is what makes for great customer service and we feel extremely fortunate to have such great local businesses to help us.

Sue– you are getting a special mention in dispatches and it is definitely a case of “last but not least”. You have coped single-handed with manufacturing an exceptional order of pet beds this weekend for Achica customers and somehow you managed to make about 18 without any fuss at all. Despite running out of material on Friday and then piping cord, between us we managed, and it means we have fulfilled our order book- a tricky thing to do when we didn’t know how many we were going to sell! You are an integral part of the business and your Invoice has gone straight to the top of the pile…

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