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bibas

bibas

Following last years fun in Blackpool we were back again this year with a repeat order at The Bibas 2016. I took an extra crew member this time (there were 3 of us) because of the large table centres. I wanted more help at that difficult moment when the net rises and...

Roundhouse

Roundhouse

Roundhouse 10th Birthday Celebrations image © John Williams Before installing the Google drop last December I worked closely with The Roundhouse in Camden to match their strict safety standards. They must have been please as they called me back to help celebrate their...

Liberty

Liberty

Here's our second shopping mall drop for Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford. This one was to celebrate Valentines day and 200 of the 1000 balloons had vouchers stuffed inside. At this venue there was no balcony available so we filled the net at ground level and chain...

NYE 2015

For the last 3 years I’ve been decorating a large restaurant in Mayfair early AM before it opens. The venue is made up of several smaller restaurants each serving different styles of food. Previously they’ve ordered 5 large drops and it’s been a tight turnaround to...

Google Party

Google Party

This balloon drop at The Roundhouse in Camden was a little different because Google wanted big balloons. When we drop smaller 11" they get jumped on and burst but when BIGGER balloons fall everybody wants to bop them back up into the air and punch them around the...

9 Spellbinding Years

9 Spellbinding Years

Amazing to help celebrate 9 spellbinding years for Wicked this September 2015. They dropped 2000 Emerald Green balloons and were lucky enough to watch the show, it's a fantastic story and the songs just blow you away.   We've rigged this drop for the theatre...

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

This was a standard balloon drop installation very similar to the theatre work we do. This drop consisted of 2 x 750 Metallic Gold balloons lifted into the ceiling area of this famous Blackpool landmark. The drop was for the Biba 2015 awards and the client wanted one...

7K Liverpool Drop

7K Liverpool Drop

We installed this 7000 balloon drop at the Liverpool One shopping mall overnight on 21st July. We started at 10pm and worked though to 6am before waiting for the afternoon drop. 3500 Of the balloons were stuffed with tickets of which 500 were winning prizes....

Dundee Drop

Dundee Drop

This all Gold drop was to mark the opening of a new wing at Dundee University. As we're based in The Midlands there was a fair amount of travelling involved but we like an adventure. We had to cost in 2 days travelling and hotel accommodation but the final results...

The Savoy

The Savoy

500 Balloon drop installed in The Savoy Hotel for a charity fundraising ball, the balloons were released when the charity total hit £1 million raised. The tech guys at the hotel prepared two ceiling hooks for us at 20ft apart. This sounds straight forward but when we...

Selco

Selco

We've been installing arches for Selco at various of their store openings. These are a 1 day promotion so we put the arch in at 6am and return at 6pm to take it down. This included 2 arches in Southampton & Weybridge on the 30th November when storm Clodagh hit the UK....

Dulux Colour Run

Dulux Colour Run

As on previous years Brighton was the location for the final Colour Run of 2015. We were in luck with the weather although we have installed helium arches here on very windy days.   30th August - Colour Run Belfast To save risk of a flight delay we traveled over to...

Arch Life Span

Arch Life Span

As I’ve used these arch frames more and more Ive started to push my luck with how long they’re last. Stores like to take them in at night and put them back out in the morning. They seem to last 3 or 4 days no problem and I charge for the hire of the frame. Some Tesco...

5 Tesco Extra

5 Tesco Extra

Installation of 5 balloon arches in Tesco Extra stores located in Blackpool, Watford, Woolwich, Camberley and Shoreham. Each promotion installed within the cosmetics area of each Tesco. We top printed the Gold balloons and air filled attaching to a flexible carbon...

Car Arch

Car Arch

This Land Rover Discovery was driven away by the lucky winner of an Aqua Pura competition. Competitors simply entered a barcode from bottles of water to try their luck at winning this fantastic car. This arch was delivered to Dulwich college, the perfect backdrop for...

Marie Curie

Marie Curie

This arch in Weybridge was required for a Marie Curie fundraising event in the reception of the Proctor & Gamble office building. The client required the arch to last 4 days so we built it on a carbon frame and employed a local freelancer to dismantle it. They were so...

NISA

NISA

This Nisa Local store arch was installed in Oldbury just Half a mile from our shop. I've known Rita who runs this store for 20 years as her family owns the Global foods store next to our shop. I installed this on a Friday but all the latex were inflated and attached...

What happens when it rains?

What happens when it rains?

This is what happens to an outdoor balloon arch when it really rains. This arch was built with the aeropole system and as water is heavy the poles are not built to carry that much weight. There is a simple solution, use less poles. If you use 4 or 5 poles the arch is...

99p Stores

99p Stores

99p Stores wanted something special to attract a buzz when they opened they're 250th store in Northampton. We installing this Yellow & Sapphire air filled arch and built the 250 numbers using Aluminium Rod. The arch is made with air filled balloons on a flexible...

Genie

Genie

I've been using these Genie cylinders for a while now and I've been thinking about the advantages and disadvantages. I'm still using the old heavy cylinders as well because I have a regular customer base who want them (customers who don't need to move the gas because...

Columns

Columns

Balloon columns are a great alternative to an arch and work well when space is at a premium. We cover all the One Stop openings and refits across the Midlands. To help protect against the weather these columns are built on solid metal bases and poles and the balloons...

3ft Table Decs

3ft Table Decs

I tend to stay away from 3ft balloons for weddings as it's just not my cup of tea. The popularity of Pinterest has started photos of these spreading around the internet and I get sent the images asking "can you do this?" followed by an image of a balloon holding up...

Shop costs

Shop costs

Here's the real costs of reopening our shop - so much for me saying it will cost nothing to reopen a shop we already own. Cowboy builder who did nothing but fill skip & make a mess - £1400.00 Awesome electrician who rewired the shop: £745.00 The rewire cut out the...

Username @balloon

Username @balloon

About 3 years ago a French software company approach me to buy the domain name balloon.com. Whenever I get a decent offer for the domain I google the name of the person making the offers followed by the word 'balloon' (offers usually come from a @gmail or @yahoo email...

Lottery Wall

Lottery Wall

This wall contains 1750 balloons and took 2 staff 7 hours to build. There are no supports, bases or frame - the wall fits snug between the floor and ceiling and contains only balloons, line and some elastic bands. The balloons are sized to 10.5" & 8.5" to create a...

3ft Balloons

3ft Balloons

These 3ft latex balloons were projected with various moving shapes to create a spectacular effect across the Palace Suite at the Birmingham Metropole. We sized the balloons to 30" to leave a little flexibility by squeezing the 3ft's between 2 tables. The 3pm access to...

4ft Balloons

4ft Balloons

4ft Virgin Media balloons helium filled to promote cloud computing. It’s tricky to price a job that involves large balloons as it’s difficult to calculate the amount of helium required. I looked at the cubic capacity of a 4ft balloon and compared this with the BOC...

Floating a Man

Floating a Man

We were employed by a lads magazine to inflate 120 x 3ft balloons with helium and attach them to a midget to see if he would float. The event and  procedure was also shown in a documentary which I edited and upload to YouTube. At all times we had a safety line to make...

ICC – 36″ Stars Hall 3

ICC – 36″ Stars Hall 3

This is something a bit different than you're usual bouquet of 5 balloons. Here's 75 tables with a 36" Foil Star, 5" collars and tulle attached to a weight with fishing line.

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