#SmallBiz Part 19 - Boxcitement!

Monday, 18 July 2016

Hello there! I have decided to start another new series on my Blog, this time focusing on small businesses. Being a blogger I am regularly put in touch with owners of small businesses and it is a really enjoyable part of being a blogger. Whether it be reviewing a product, service or finding a new company which sells fashion at an affordable price, there is often a small team of people behind it, plugging away, putting in the late nights and the early mornings trying everything to make a success out of their little business. I do feel, that as bloggers we do owe some responsibility to them as more and more of them are turning to Twitter and bloggers alike to promote themselves. Plus, I think it's fun being one of only a handful of bloggers lucky enough to discover a burgeoning business and getting to trial some of their products! Or is that just me!?  
I have found all of the business I'll be featuring on twitter, under the hashtag #smallbiz as that is where they were all hiding! To start with, I'll be featuring a couple of the small businesses I've already come into contact with, as that way I hope that a few of you will have already heard of them too!

So if you like finding new places to buy fashion, beauty or a present for your loved one, sit back, grab a cuppa and read on!

Today i am going to introduce you to a slightly different type of subscription box. The kind of subscription box which makes you happy inside when you open the box! Boxcitement! 

Boxcitement was started in November last year by Sean and Deb, who both have experience in creative fields – Deb as a graphic designer and Sean with experience in jewellery making and fashion design. Pierre makes up the team and is involved in customer service and marketing. They wanted to start a creative biz which gave them the opportunity to design and make a wide variety of items, build real relationships with customers and add lots of extras to make their business a bit special – for example they have a regular crafting newsletter, freebie design downloads and a blog which all add value to customers’ engagement with them.

All the items which are put into their boxes have been designed by them as a creative team, and either hand crafted by personally or created by local artisans such as letterpress printers and laser cutters. This sets Boxcitment apart from other subscription boxes which curate items designed and made by other people. They all agree that it comes with its own set of challenges but they love being so involved and are learning new skills and techniques all the time. Apparently..."It really is the best job!"

Their boxes are each based on a monthly theme, and they tend to always include items of stationery plus small homewares, accessories and jewellery. One of our biggest challenges is designing things that fit into a small flat box every month!

They currently ship to the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, Slovenia, Israel, Malta and Croatia! They want to concentrate on their UK business as subscription boxes are relatively new here but they do ship worldwide and love getting orders from exotic places!

Our business model is monthly subscriptions but we also create limited edition boxes, for sale on our website – at the moment we have a teacher’s box for mums to give as a thank you at the end of term.

I have to say, when i opened my first Boxcitement box, I was genuinely SO excited because I had no idea what to expect! This made me very happy because usually with any type of subscription box, there are always spoilers around all over Twitter and all the surprise which was there, has all but vanished. So to be left genuinely surprised made me feel about 10 years old again! Thank You Boxcitement! 

I love how this month's theme was 'Midsummer Nights' to coincide with the lengthening of the nights and the Summer Solstice. Each item had been carefully chosen so it would lead to happy thoughts of spending time outside now Summer had arrived. (Or not as the case my be!) From the colouring print, to the clay wall hanging printed with 'Hello Sunshine' on the front and the lunch bag to encourage us outside, this box just made me smile! As my nickname is 'Sunshine Sarah' it also felt a bit like a personalised box as it had Sunshine written on everything! 

I loved the postcards, especially as one had a quote from the Shakespeare play, 'A MidSummer Night's Dream' which just happens to be one of my favourite plays and brings back happy memories of watching it live at Tolethorpe! (Aahhh those were the days...!) These have gone straight up onto my wall and they are the perfect addition to my 'Pinspiration Board' at home!  

The boxes cost £15-£18 per month, depending on the length of the subscription - customers can pay monthly or save money by opting for a three month, six month or even twelve month subscription! Boxes can also be purchased as one-offs for £20. All prices include UK postage and subscriptions can be cancelled at any time. 

If you ask me, it is amazing value for money and you know you are supporting budding artists as well as a small business. It is so unique and different to other types of boxes out there and a definite must for any stationery lovers out there - I know how you are! (Because I'm an addict too!) 

I hope I have enlightened you as to who Boxcitement are and what they do. I would urge you all to go check out their website and say hello to them on Twitter

Love, Sarah


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