The Celebration Project is a new company offering colourful stationery where a percentage of profits goes to good causes.
All our products are designed and made in the UK.
The Celebration Notebooks and Exercise Books are perfect for recording and planning personal memories of a special event – birth, wedding, anniversary, milestone year, gap year…or even just your thoughts about each and every day. The Planner pads help you keep organised.
Get in touch
The best way to get in touch is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A little about me
I live in a small village in Hertfordshire, UK just about 25 miles north of London. I’ve lived in this particular house for about 10 years and have never lived more than 20 miles from where I was born in north London.My day job is as a marketing coach specialising in consulting, training and managing marketing for businesses. Away from the work environment I am an active member of Rock Choir, a community based choir singing pop, rock and gospel songs, open to singers of all ages and abilities – a true community choir. As a result I have sung at Wembley Arena, Wembley Stadium – the home of English football, the O2 Arena in London, at the Royal Albert Hall and as part of a flash mob at St Pancras Station in front of extremely surprised travellers catching the Eurostar between London and Paris or Brussels.
I am also a member of a local writing group – Weird Words Ink. We meet every couple of weeks to hone our writing skills, share our latest offerings and discuss how we can get that first book into print. If only I could get past that halfway point with my novel!
The germ of the Idea
Now you’ll probably need to know more about why I decided to set up this project. It all started back at the end of 2015 when I was invited by Dr Kathryn Weston, the most fantastic educationalist, researcher and author, to an evening about a local women’s group, known as Soroptimists. The room was jam-packed full of existing and potential members. With meetings held on a Monday evenings when I’m free, I thought I’d give it a try.
At the first meeting we were treated to a great talk by two employees of the St Albans’ branch of Lush, a UK based handmade cosmetics company. Now for those of you who don’t know about Lush – they sell ethicall sourced natural products. What I didn’t know is that they give a percentage f their profits to charity including projects in Africa where many of their ingredients are sourced. Lush website
At the time it struck me that their business model, which is clearly not unique, combines that old fashioned word, commerce, with charity. This sowed a seed in my mind.
A new business with a difference
I don’t know about you but not a week goes by when I am asked to donate to a good cause, sponsor someone running a marathon or fire-walking, buy raffle tickets or attend a quiz. And fundraising in these ways is fantastic but I wanted to create something different.
All big brands give money to charity. Whether it’s Virgin, Nike, or Deloitte’s, they are committed to giving back by donating and devoting many hours through their corporate social responsibility programmes.
This well trodden path of corporate giving is being emulated by a number of extremely successful young entrepreneurs. For example: John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Chris Ducker and Lewis Howes are all internet marketers who have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Pencils of Promise. Back in February 2016 John Lee Dumas created and launched a goal setting journal, raising funds on Kickstarter and in so doing has funded the building of three schools.
A New Challenge
The final piece of the jigsaw is that I need a new challenge. I have always been in the service sector. Firstly in investment management, then as a garden designer and for the last seven years as a business consultant. I have recently turned 60 and plan to celebrate this milestone year recording sixty celebrations at 60! So now is a great time to build a business with a purpose based around products which people buy to give to others to celebrate a birth, engagement, marriage, anniversary, milestone year, business success or even just today!