Another Busy Week Ahead

 With under 2 weeks to go untill the big day it’s self the pressure is on and the company is stretched to the limits every day, I’m not complaining in fact I’m loving it. Monday and Tuesday have a graceful element to them and we find ourselves in Daventry on Monday evening and Tuesday at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth for the Thomson TUI Awards 2010. Wednesday is build up day for the rest of the week, Thursday were back at Ricoh Arena for 2 more Events covering more that 200 tables, Friday we a hoping all over the place with events at the NEC, Ricoh Arena, University Hospital, Warwick University and we then close the week on Saturday with 7 events including the final event at Ricoh Arena with over 185 tables.

Monday 13th December and we have a late installation at Shebang in Daventry. Purple and silver foil star table bouquets for the call centre and two free-standing displays along the corridor

30 table bouquets help bring the call centre to life

Two free-standing displays in the main corridor leading to the call centre

Tuesday 14th December and it’s the Thomson TUI UK Awards at the Chesford Grange hotel, Kenilworth. A giant megaloon arch decorated the plain wall opposite the main function room and 36″ gold foil stars gracefully floated hight above every table.

TUI UK Awards 2010 megaloon arch

Entrance Arch

36" Gold Star Foils grace ever table with metallic gold ribboned tails


Wednesday 15th December. A more tranquil day today. Office bound with the rest of the crew prepping for the next 3 days ahead and Thursday, Friday and Saturday see a volume of orders pushing us to the very limit, Oh well it is Christmas .

Thursday 16th December. Before the weather turns for the worst is a quick dash over to Ricoh Arena and install 40 table bouquets in the Eon Lounge for Centrica and at the same time deliver all the table centre pieces for Pop Goes The 80s in the Jaguar Exhibition Hall

Another transformation of the Eon Lounge to Winter Wonderland

Pop Goes the 80s in the Jaguar Exhibition Hall at the Ricoh Arena

Friday 17th December. So I made an early start and arrive at the office at 7.30am, loaded the van and did the first drop at the NEC by 9.30am, a very simple job for Melville, 30 table bouquets of 3 x 20″ star foils. Headed back to the office to load up for eRicoh with 150 table centre pieces and headed of the the other side of Coventry. Took in a cheeky coffee at McDonalds and then it started to snow. Within 30 minutes 1.5 inchs had fallen onto freezing ground and everywhere was at a stand still so I quickly phoned back to the office and told them to get as much done as possible as I would be back ASAP. They could not understand what I was going on about, No snow here came the reply. The office is about 4 miles from Ricoh, they had no snow, we had lots. The picture below shows what the roads conditioner were like 4 miles away from the office.

Phoenix Way towards Ricoh from the City Centre. 10am

Compact snow on the road outside Ricoh. The small incline was almost impossible from a standing start for most vans

The next stop was 300 pre-inflated balloons for University Hospital delivered to the Coventry Sports Centre

Pre-inflated delivery

Were now on the home stretch, 3 more jobs loaded into the van and the rest of the crew are prepping for the jobs tomorrow which included 190 table centre pieces for Pop Goes the 80s at Ricoh Arena. We have to be in and done by 12 noon as Coventry City Football Club have a home game against Norwich tomorrow.


Saturday 18th December. We have survived and come through this week unscathed. The first 3 jobs were in and delivery by 12.00 noon then it was off to Ricoh for the final night of POP GOES THE 80s and balloon for 191 tables.

191 Tables at Ricoh

Now back at the office and prepping the next 3 jobs, two are local but one is Alcester and access is not untill 6pm. The snow is now falling heavy so if you don’t hear from me again can someone send a search party over Stratford way and look for a big silver van with my name on it.

Next week we have a heavy print schedule so watch this space.


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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