The January Edit

The January Edit

We have had a great start to 2020 at Neat PR!

Our fabulous products have been seen in titles nationwide…

Here are some of our January press highlights from:

Royal Opera House shop, London Transport Museum shop, ReChic, Matchstick Monkey, Muddy Puddles, Le Toy Van and babocush.

 

A Day Out to the Royal Opera House

A Day Out to the Royal Opera House

Last Monday, we were very kindly invited to the Royal Opera House to take part in a backstage tour and to see the Opera.

To begin the afternoon, we were taken on a backstage tour of the Royal Opera House. We were first taken into the beautiful auditorium where all of the main performances are. We learnt all about the history of the famous Royal Opera House, and got to see the very impressive (and huge!) backstage. As we sat in the stalls, we saw the backstage crew dismantling the set for La Traviata – the work that goes into setting up each performance is beyond amazing.

Our next stop was behind the scenes into the costume department, where all the absolutely stunning costumes are made and stored for every performance. Our favourite costume was most definitely the tutus – the attention to detail and designs are exquisite… and we weren’t surprised after being told that each tutu takes 8 weeks to make!

From there, we came to one of the ballet rehearsal rooms. We were really lucky to see two dancers in rehearsal for their performance – this was amazing to see so close up! Outside of the room were all of the various types of ballet shoes and we got an understanding of what each one was used for.

In-between the backstage tour and the Opera, we met up with the lovely team at the Royal Opera House and discussed many exciting plans for the year ahead!

To end the day, we got to go and see the famous La bohème. With half of us having not seen the opera before, we really did not know what to expect, but we were amazed and absolutely loved it! The acoustics in the room were incredible. A fun fact for you… there are no speakers in the room, which means not one of the performers or orchestra wears a microphone!

 

If you haven’t been to the Royal Opera House before and you just so happen to be in the Covent Garden area, we urge you to go and visit! Not only is the building amazing, but the performances, restaurants and the shop are all fabulous too!

TOY FAIR 2020

TOY FAIR 2020

Hilary said “Amanda, we’re going to the Toy Fair in a few weeks!”  And, it’s fair to say I was super-excited…with three children under the age of 12, toys have pretty much been my world for many years now.

They are top of shopping lists for the never-ending number of birthday pressies we buy, they take over my house with games which I didn’t even know we owned appearing out of cupboards on playdates, and they bring endless hours of entertainment, smiles and (lots of) role play when our little ones are playing with them.

So, on Tuesday morning I was literally the coolest mum in the eyes of my children, off ‘to play with toys all day!’, as they so eloquently put it!

To be honest, they weren’t far wrong. 

Entering Olympia on a frosty London morning to be welcomed by the striking stand in front of you, none other than our lovely client            Le Toy Van in all their splendour.

It was our first chance to see first-hand the stunning new 2020 catalogue celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Le Toy Van – and touch, feel and play with the innovative, colourful and all-round fabulous new lines that will be available to purchase this year. 

From the ‘must have’ 180-piece Royal Express wooden train set to the deluxe and bang on trend blue Oxford Kitchen, through to my personal favourites, the Sweets & Candy Set and Star Beauty Bag complete with lipstick and powder puff – too cute for words!

    

Hilary meanwhile could be found off having fun in the new and totally exquisite Showtime Puppet Theatre – entertaining the crowds with a show (or two). Yes, really…!

It was great to see so many lovely journalists and catch up over building blocks and doll’s houses – there’s really nothing quite like a face-to-face chat with people that we speak with on a regular basis, so thank you for making time to meet us.

We couldn’t let this moment go by without a little wander around Olympia where we met a few other familiar faces – a photo opportunity waiting to happen (obviously just to show the kids!)

 

It really was a fabulous day, filled with smiling faces and excitement around the new Le Toy Van products for 2020, and not forgetting the classics that every child (and adult) will always love. 

Thank you Marie and Steven for welcoming us to your beautiful Le Toy Van stand.

   

Bring on Toy Fair 2021 – we look forward to seeing you there!

Introducing ReChic

Introducing ReChic

We are proud to introduce our fabulous new client, ReChic – the UK’s one stop shop for recycled interiors.

For fabulous furnishings that are also kind to the planet, look no further than ReChic, exclusively selling homeware containing recycled materials.

From beautiful bowls and soft knitted throws made from recycled bottles, to stunning sustainable pendant lights and high-spec pots and pans made from scrap metal, ReChic enables guilt-free interior styling by offering a whole website full of eco-conscious, on-trend products.

Giving waste materials a new life as striking pieces of furniture and accessories, whilst at the same time reducing landfill is at the heart of the ReChic concept.

Sourced from like-minded retail partners, ReChic is actively encouraging us to be part of a circular economy, to ensure a better quality of life for our children and grandchildren, without compromising the present.

We’re so excited to have ReChic on board and are more than ready for all the amazing coverage that the future holds! Watch this space…

The Christmas Edit – Part I

The Christmas Edit – Part I

The build up to Christmas has been exciting (and busy!) here at Neat PR…

We have seen our fabulous products feature in gift guides nationwide, achieving great impact on sales for our lovely clients!

Here are some of highlights this Christmas…


Royal Opera House shop


London Transport Museum shop


Le Toy Van


Matchstick Monkey

 


Muddy Puddles


babocush

Stay tuned for The Christmas Edit – Part II!

 

Matchstick Monkey wins GOLD

Matchstick Monkey wins GOLD

We were excited to be invited to join the Matchstick Monkey team at the Mother & Baby Awards 2020 (even though it is 2019!).

Getting ready was an event in itself, as the Neat PR team decided together on Hilary’s attire for the evening! Hair up or down, which dress was best suited to the occasion, black or gold shoes, and which handbag – a true team effort!

Held at the prestigious Westminster Park Plaza hotel, the room looked spectacular.  We were delighted to have three brands we represent shortlisted, Matchstick Monkey, Silver Cross and Muddy Puddles.

Neat PR has worked with Matchstick Monkey from its inception to the growing brand that it is today. Every day we continue to thrive on the inclusion of the Matchstick Monkey product collection in influencer reviews and in the media.

Being with the lovely, fun team (who are an extension to our Neat PR family) at the awards was brilliant. We waited in anticipation as the awards were announced, and as each one was called out it got closer and closer to the best teething product being announced.

When the teething category came up on the screen, imagine our feelings when the Matchstick Monkey Lion won bronze, and then the elation as the original Matchstick Monkey won GOLD.

  

What a fab evening with compere, Sally Phillips, keeping us amused and the gorgeous and very talented Fleur East (X-Factor) keeping us entertained with her outstanding voice and stage presence – it really was one big party.

Thank you Matchstick Monkey for a FAB evening and we’re very proud to be a part of such an inspirational brand!

The October Edit

The October Edit

It has been an exciting month here at Neat PR! Here are some of our October press highlights from our fabulous clients.

Now that Halloween is over, Christmas is in full swing and we are loving seeing the gift guides come out daily!

     

Kind Und Jugend

Kind Und Jugend

Just over a week ago we were in Cologne at Kind Und Jugend international Baby Show.

One of the busiest times of the year with around 1,300 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors to the show, we are on our feet all day, and buzzing from the opportunity to show off the exciting products and innovations we are lucky enough to represent.

We spent lots of time with with Matchstick Monkey, babocush, Cosi Care, Pottiagogo and Brizi. It was really exciting to see the brands come to life on the stand and get to show journalists and visitors the new offering from all.

When we first started working with Matchstick Monkey years ago, there was just one teether, this year there has been the introduction of new Nordic colours and Matchstick Monkey animals which everyone loved. Which one is your favourite…

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Cosi Care, Brizi and Pottiagogo are all brand new and not available to purchase just yet – visitors were excited to have time with the brands and get to find out how and why they have been developed. We loved spending time with the inventors, getting to know them and working alongside them introducing them to press.

Babocush is such a brilliant invention, we talked about the rocker that babocush will soon sit on and especially loved the new blue it was displayed in at the show.

We had lots of fun taking pictures with the giant Matchstick Monkey and spotting the Matchstick Monkey animals on the ferris wheel.

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Silver Cross had a fabulous stand with the most stunning look and feel. We especially loved the couture look of Wave pram with the model exhibiting the same fabric as the pram.

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And finally, it was fun to watch a great British TV channel film on the stand. Watch this space around December time to see the stand and our clients on TV….

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Watch out for Brizi, Pottiagogo and Cosi Care launch in 2020 along with lots of new products from Matchstick Monkey and babcoush.