Latest News | 12 January 2021

Colleague Box launches new range for 2021

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Personalised letterbox gift company Colleague Box, which was established during lockdown last year, has unveiled a new range of boxes for 2021.

The firm, which was founded by husband and wife Adam and Natalie Bamford, supplies bespoke boxes full of goodies to people’s doorsteps.

Since launching, the boxes have proven a hit with both corporate clients and individuals.

Now, the company has launched the Blue January box; a recyclable gift box jam-packed with sweet and savoury treats and drinks.

It has also revamped its popular self-care box, which contains gourmet chocolate bars, a relaxing scented candle and Chill Pill bath bomb, created by fellow Derbyshire business Divine Box.

Colleague Box has also created a personalised Veganuary box, featuring vegan-friendly goodies, such as Skittles and gourmet popcorn.

Adam and Natalie Bamford

Creative director Natalie Bamford said: “Letterbox presents have been hugely popular over the past 12 months for those wanting to send a gift to family and friends while social distancing.

“We have been impressed with the innovative way in which the Colleague Box has been adapted by businesses wanting to use them for awards ceremonies or couples hosting a gender reveal party.

“Our Christmas boxes were a huge hit and we already have exciting plans in place for Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day.

“January can be a miserable month and as we are in another national lockdown, there has never been a more important time to help put a smile on the faces of colleagues, friends or family members.

“Our boxes are all recyclable and feature a personalised message, which can be sent either direct to the office or to individual addresses. They’re the perfect pick-me-up for this time of year.”

Colleague Box is one of the business success stories of 2020. The idea came about when Natalie, a mum-of-two, was furloughed from her job back in March, as the UK went into a national lockdown.

Within six months, the firm had turned over £1 million, moved to its first commercial property in Derby and taken on staff to cope with demand.

Just two months later, Colleague Box leased a second, bigger warehouse in the city and, last month, they created and distributed 22,500 Christmas-themed boxes for a global delivery company.

The firm also sold thousands of its festive boxes to businesses and individuals, with £1 from the sale of each one being donated to Derby-based charity Safe & Sound.

Natalie said: “It’s hard to believe that Colleague Box is still less than 12 months’ old, so much has happened over the past year.

“There have been incredible highs but also some tough times; Christmas was fantastically busy but also fraught at times, as we worked long hours to make sure that our boxes were dispatched in plenty of time.

“We’re optimistic about 2021 and excited to see what the new year brings for Colleague Box.”

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