The Qualatex Event 2011, The Very Best Event


It was one of the best weekends I have ever had, I worked hard, I put faces to names, I laughed, I made new friends and customers and it was all down to Qualatex for hosting the 2011 Qualatex Event at Haythrop Park Hotel, Oxfordshire England.

This event is held every 5 or 6 years at a considerable cost to Qualatex (Pioneer Balloon Company) but no matter what the cost the event is a 110% successful and strengthens the bond between the Qualatex brand and balloon professional from all over the world.

I am only a small part of this event offering a unique print service on the these Qualatex balloons, both foil and latex but I am still made to feel part of the amazing family. Every member on the Qualatex team ether staff of instructors makes this event so memorable and each adds their own personal touch.

For those of you who took part in the sculpture competition , WELL DONE. The standards and the attention to detail very high. For those of you whom I had the pleasure of meeting I hope I made you laugh and for those of you who know me know I have a wacky sense of humour and don’t I just love Champagne, either mine or someone else.

For those of you who are reading this blog and are not involved in the balloon industry and are finding it hard to understand my passion for this then the pictures below should explain everything, enjoy…..

The Saturday night fancy dress party was a huge success and I can assure all you ladies I have had strong words with Captain Jack Sparrow and can tell you he has been reprimanded. (Who does he think he is, would not catch me acting like that). The Gala Ball on the Sunday night was a black tie affair and I only think it correct to apologise now to all the guests on table 11 as I can assure you all I did not mean to knock over the bottles of red and white wine, break champagne flutes and smash coffee cups and can only think that Mr Sparrow had rubbed of on me. (He’s a bad lad)

All calm on table 11 prior to me juggling the wine bottles.


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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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