Today Sunday 29 November is our Small Biz 100 Day! We are so excited to be chosen as one of the hundred top small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday, the dedicated day for the UK’s five million small businesses, taking place this year on Saturday 5th December.
To celebrate, until midnight on Monday you can get 25% off site wide with the code TREAT25, and we also thought we’d take some time to tell you about our small business by answering the same questions we have been posing fellow small businesses in our Spotlight on Small series.
Where it all started
That’s me – Martha Keith – below with Mr Love Give Ink my very patient husband. Looking back, it all started with a proposal. He proposed to me with a treasure hunt that took me round a hotel in Cornwall and ended up not just in a marriage, but the start of us trying to out-do each other with creative, romantic and occasionally soppy gifts. Gifts such as the ‘Reasons Why I Love You’ box I gave him on our first wedding anniversary. And that was where the idea came to me of creating ‘lovingly inventive’ gifts – ways to help others say ‘I love you’ or show they care.
At the time I was working in a corporate job with no retail or design experience! But in 2013 I decided to take the plunge and just a little over two years ago I launched Love Give Ink from my spare bedroom in our house in Chiswick, West London.
What we love about what we do
Gosh how the last two years has flown! It has gone from being just me to now having a little production team who are all as passionate about creating beautiful products as me. Our absolute favourite thing is delighting our customers, so we take great care to make every product and package it beautifully. Most of our products are personalised and we love being part of such personal moments. We also love coming up with new ideas. We regularly introduce new products and ranges that aim to help our customers bring thought and imagination to special occasions.
A typical day at Paint HQ
No two days are exactly the same, which is one of the things we love. One of the key factors is how busy we are with orders; at the moment we are gearing up for Christmas so it is pretty busy and I have a team of eight who arrive at 9am to help with production! I am a morning person so I usually get up well before they arrive to work on designing new products, planning our social media, marketing or PR. We are still based out of my house in Chiswick. Mr LGI and I have little space left that is not filled with boxes! The dream is to move into a studio next year… and we also have lots more exciting things planned then!
Our favourite products
Many of our most popular products are based on things Mr LGI and I have actually given each other. The ‘Reasons Why I Love You’ box I gave him on our first anniversary has become our Boxes of Love range, and we have versions for your other half, Mum, Dad etc. We LOVE making these because of the wonderful things that our customers write for each ‘reason’. Another of popular range are our Secret Message cards. We recently introduced a bridesmaid proposal version and this has flown off the shelves! We also create beautiful greeting cards, stationery and ceramics. Oh and we also have a treasure hunt that is based on how Mr LGI proposed to me all those years ago!
Our plans for Small Business Saturday
We have so much planned for Small Business Saturday next Saturday 5th December! To countdown, we have been profiling other small businesses on this blog with our Spotlight on Small series, and we are going to be collaborating with them on Small Business Saturday itself to run an Instagram loop giveaway. Follow us on Instagram to keep updated. We will also have a competition on Twitter and lots more across our social media pages, as well as running a pop up at a local event to talk to local people in West London about what we do.
Thank you for stopping by. Do pop back on Small Business Saturday to see the whole team and what we are up to. In the meantime, don’t forget you can get 25% off our lovingly inventive gifts and stationery today with the code TREAT25!