HOW DID IT ALL START


SPECIAL OCCASION FOIL BANNERMatt Lewis logo NEW

HOW DID IT ALL START

I have run my own Balloon Decorating Company for the past 21 years and have enjoyed every minute of it, stressful at times but I can’t remember a day when I’ve not enjoyed myself. Being the longest established Balloon Decorating Company in Coventry and Warwickshire you find your self at the fore front of many new ideas. My first balloon printing machine was purchased in 2001 and a second followed very soon after, both machines are identical and we specialise in trade balloon printing offer a very quick turn-a-round for balloon companies all over the United Kingdom and beyond, I can even boast clients in New York, Los Angeles and Australia. We have a reputation that goes before us and strive to meet every deadline that it put before us no matter how tight, often burning the midnight oil to get those balloons printed on time, everytime.

Whilst conquering the latex balloon printing we had many clients ask if we could also print foil balloons, it was not just a few who asked but hundreds so I took the plunge, did my research and then purchased a suitable machine and now find myself busier that ever and with the help of a very trusted and enthusiastic workforce tackle each job with professionalism and dedication. So there you have it from balloon decorating to balloon screen printing ,its been my life for the past 21 years and so on to the next project….. Special Occasion Foils.

SPECIAL OCCASION FOIL BANNERIt was back in October 2008 I found myself  hand writing two 36″ foil hearts with the names of the Bride and Groom on in a glitter pen, it looked OK but it did not create the WOW Factor I strive for. Now I come from a very artistic family and my Mother is a professional artist and she’s good, she’s even had painting stolen which is one of her claims to fame quoting ” My painting are good enough to be stolen, it puts me up there with the finest” and that’s not bad for some one who’s in her 80th year, so I asked her to set about and create some original artwork. The first two designs I rejected so she fell out with me and we did not speak for a week but she then produced a third design and it was perfect, just what I had been looking for and all hand drawn and original, it was then scanned in to a computer and transposed onto a large 30″ x 40″ silk screen and printed onto 36″ jumbo foils

Ivory wedding heart copysilver weeding foil copy

The Bride and Grooms names are then plotted on to the foils when required. I then contacted Pioneer Europe who are the manufactures of these foils ( that’s Qualatex to us guys in the industry) who immediately dispatched their most trusted of representatives Mark Drury for a closer inspection. After close deliberation a big cheesy grin appeared across Mr Drury’s face and those words he uttered I will never forget ” Matt, Its fantastic, its just what this industry has been waiting for, what next!.” Since then Special Occasion Foils has moved from strength to strength, 3 more designs were commisioned  and the portfolio now consists of  Wedding Foils, Christening Foils, Confirmation Foils, 1st Holy Communion Foils, with Birthday, Anniversary and Valentines to be launched on the new Special Occasion Foils online ordering website later next month.

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Matt

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About matthewlewisdisplays

We are a small balloon company based in Coventry. We specialize in balloon decoration and balloon printing. We have our own balloon printing machines & print on Qualatex latex balloons from 9" to 36" as well as 4ft & 5.5ft Chloroprenes in single colour and foils balloons from 18" , 20" and 36" in multi colour. We also have a full digital print arm to the company supplying business stationary and balloon race labels. As for me I'm self motivated, love my job and private life. Im married to Traci, have two children Joshua (Josh) and Harriet (Harribo) and two dogs, Midnight is a black Labrador and Zara is a black shaggy coated Labradoodle. My main hobby is fishing which I find very relaxing and I can be found with a rod in my hand most Sundays (Weather permitting). I also run a quiz every Monday evening in the pub I live next door to raising money for SANDS My balloon decorating career started many moons ago in 1989. I was introduced to Qualatex balloons just after that, passed my CBA in 1994 and have never looked back since. My work has taken me length and breath of England and into Europe working on large scale decor at Euro Disney in Paris and as well as Alacante in Spain and more recently appearing on the hit TV show "Idiot Abroad" staring Karl Pilkington & Warwick Davis on location in Macedonia for the 3rd and final series. My passion for balloons and balloon decoration continues to grow and I am a great believer that to be the best you need to use the best so Qualatex are my first and only balloon I use for large scale WOW factor decor. Their education and training are second to none and their vast array of products tick all the right boxes in the creative juices department.
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