Behind The Brand: Bubblegum Balloons
Bubblegum balloons was founded by the three of us - two sisters and best friend, we’re Laura Slater, Sally Clackett and Megan Robertson. It’s taken us further than we could ever have imagined, from exclusive parties of the super rich to a BBC2 documentary and styling the catwalks of London Fashion Week (plus everywhere in between!). We are keen crafters and sewers which has certainly come in handy. Our backgrounds include a business degree, management experience, and a keen eye for design.
Ok we’re starting off with a question we’ve been desperate to know the answer to for a long time. How many balloons would it actually take to lift the house in Up?
We one had a call from a radio station asking us to calculate and quote how many 3ft Giant Balloons it’d take to lift their presenter off the ground for a fun stunt. We worked out it’d take around 400 3ft Giant Balloons to do this, so we’re going to say a house would most likely require 1,000,000+!!
We love your balloons! Where did the idea come from to start Bubblegum Balloons?
We began the Bubblegum business in the Clackett Family Home. Surrounded by endless amounts of glitter, feathers, helium and ribbon, the Bubblegum dream was born. With a vision to create a beautifully personalised gift for every special occasion, the business has grown into a team of 26 Balloon Ninjas! Having explored the gifting market we found a gap for impressive, deliverable and personalised gifts. We’d wanted to send a friend a balloon to celebrate the birth of her first child and it was obvious there wasn't anyone out there making high-end balloons easily purchasable. Almost 6 years later, Bubblegum Balloons is delivering over 120 balloons daily.
Have you ever had any bizarre requests for balloons?
All of the time! From hilarious gift tag messages to request of ‘balloons with Hugh Grant’s face on’, we seem to attract some very curious requests!
What’s the best part of your job?
Having delivered over 150 proposals, 400 bridesmaid requests, helped welcome over 1,000 new babies and signed over 250 NDA’s it’s safe to say we’ve been a part of some incredibly special occasions. It's difficult to find a product that surprises and delights all ages and works for all celebrations the way the Bubble Balloon does. It’s magical that we get to be a part of so many people’s milestone occasions.
Do you have any tips for making sure your balloons last as long as possible?
Keep it in the warm and away from anything sharp! You’d be surprised how many people open a balloon box with scissors or knives!!!
Are there any trends that you’ve got your eye on for future ranges?
We’re currently working on 26 new ranges – nothing is out of our realms of possibility! We’ve already launched Space, Fiesta & Circus with the rest rolling out over the next few months.