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More Press Coverage for Hampton Blue!

October 18, 2012

Thanks so much to Period Ideas Magazine for featuring our yummy East of India Warm Mince Pies Candle in their November edition of the magazine.  Warm Mince Pies Candle, £6.50                            Also, many thanks to Good Homes Magazine for featuring our new Cavallini and Co Destination stickers.  Need a hat trick for November now!

Cavalllini and Co Destination Stickers, £10.95

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In the Press!

October 11, 2012

We would just like to take this opporunity to thank some of the national and local magazines and papers who have very kindly featured some of our products in their publications recently.  This kind of press coverage for a small, family run business like Hampton Blue is just priceless.

October’s issue of Prima magazine very kindly featured 0ur Wild and Wolf  Travel Card holder  in their Travel Notes Section. 

Wild and Wolf Travel Card Holder

Travel Card Holder, £6.95

Essentials Magazine have also liked our new products and they featured our Disaster Designs Bon Voyage Wash Bag in their September issue.  The whole Bon Voyage range, which includes a satchel, purses, make up bags and a mini bag, seems to be going down a storm with our customers.  Check out the rest of the products from Disaster Designs on our website. 

Disaster Designs Bon Voyage Wash Bag

Hampton Blue in the News: Invest NI

April 12, 2010

Hampton Blue is in the news again. We’re featured in Invest NI magazine, and Debra is acting as a case study to help promote enterprise in the region. You can read more of the Invest NI case study:

If the term ‘mumpreneur’ is the latest buzzword to describe those working mums who have started a business in the hope of a better work/life balance, then Debra McVicker is a fine example.

It was after the birth of her second child that North Belfast mum Debra decided to translate her passion for travel and artisan giftware into a web-based retail business.  Having travelled extensively and been enchanted by a treasure trove of high quality, affordable gifts from tiny artisan shops in Italian villages to downtown boutiques in New York, Debra was inspired to go out on her own and start a business with her sister, Tracey Houston.

Their brainchild, www.hamptonblue.co.uk, is the fruit of Debra’s participation on Invest Northern Ireland’s Go for it programme.

“The support package that I was offered through the Go for it programme helped me  to set my ideas and business plan down on paper in an organised manner, rather than just having it all in my head” said Debra.

The web-order business, which was started on 5 June of last year, offers a miscellany of high-end sundries from costume and semi-precious jewellery to occasion bags, scarves, photo albums, candles and soft toys.  Customers can place their orders using secure online booking software, and product is dispatched either wrapped in tissue paper with a Hampton Blue sticker or in a gift bag.

Having little frontline experience in either retail or e-commerce, Debra readily admits that the first six months have been a massive learning curve:

“We set up in the middle of a recession, and just as the postal strike was about to begin.  With my hands full with the two children during the day, I had to work nights and at the weekends to get things done.  Hopefully, we’ve been through the most difficult phase, but you still have to reconcile yourself to putting in the hours to make a small business work”.

Aside from the logistical challenges of juggling work and family life, Debra cites marketing and customer service as key challenges facing the Hampton Blue venture:

“Our main challenge is getting people on to the site and impressing them sufficiently so that they come back for repeat orders.  It’s not a bricks and mortar shop, where you have an immediate passing trade.  We need to raise our profile and let people know we exist”.

With the Hampton Blue business model now solidly embedded, Debra has her sights set on building the product line, sourcing more local and Fairtrade product, and adding a wedding gift and vouchers section:

“There are many other ideas in the pipeline, but as a start up business, funds are limited, so it’s a case of one step at a time” says Debra.

Stellar Magazine says, “a go-to website if you need your shopping fix”

March 22, 2010

Header imageHampton Blue’s fabulous range of gorgeous gifts for you, your family and your home is hitting the headlines again this month.

Stellar magazine says that Hampton Blue is, “Stocked with gorgeous jewellery, quirky gift ideas and the cutest baby clothes” and picked three items from designer Lisbeth Dahl.

The article continues, “It’s a go-to website if you need your shopping fix, without the killer credit card bill and a great place to bag a really unique treat for someone special.”

  Home Sign With HooksStellar also liked the fabulous HOME sign with hooks for your keys, dog leads and more. At just £9.50 it is a great way to add a little style to your home this spring.

And did we mention that OK magazine picked up our Dandy Compact Mirror as a fabulous treat for you last month? We just can’t get enough of these cute handbag accessories.