The prank is on us...

29 April 2016
The prank is on us...
The prank is on us…

Our April update starts off with the usual pranks at the start of the month. This year it was our turn to get a spoof call asking the most random questions regarding our concept and its limits! It made for a very confusing April fools' day hahah. Thank goodness it’s only once a year!!!

It’s an exciting time for Chatter Bags. Our Concepts page seems to be going down a treat, feedback is awesome and this powerful social tool is doing exactly what it says on the tin. We love the fact; we start the conversation, you finish it. Job done, yes it’s that simple! Find out more here

We attended a very interesting meeting at the O2 with Visit Greenwich and SE London Enterprise. There’s so much happing down in this historic part of the city and we look forward to being a part of it.

Up up and away, well for about 40 minutes. Some of the team took the short trip over to the Netherlands for meetings. Its major cities bustling with people from all over the world and equally the universities here see a large number of visitors from the continent and overseas call this wonderful place home for now. Many of our bags have been sent and photographed around the counrty, the potential is very exciting and the demand to integrate people and communities is here also too. Watch this space.

Our now permanent pop up store has seen an increase in demand, the word is spreading. Keep the conversation flowing! This offline way to meet new people and feel like a local has Brick Lane and the surrounding areas chatting.

Your messages on twitter are always such a joy to read. We are happy we are helping to create social change with a positive impact. This is just the start, it’s people like you who want to see that change & make it happen, we just make it that little bit easier for you. Keep sending your pics and tweets we love them all.

As Rhianna would say; it’s time to “work, work, work!

Until next time,

Peace, love and chattiness!

Big Love, 

Chatter Bags gang x

March madness

31 March 2016
March madness
It’s been a pretty mad month!

We love this time of year!  Spring is in the air, the evenings are getting brighter for longer and the social scene is hotting up. We all tend to come out of hibernation and the mood is electric!

So electric some of our team chanced their arm at The St Patrick’s day festival, Trafalgar Square, by doing their rendition of a Riverdance (we’re trying to get hold of the video) watch this space! It’s the day the whole world becomes Irish for the day, hailed as the friendliest day of the year and we couldn’t agree more. It would be great if we could make it a quarterly thing!!!

Let’s not forget International Women’s Day, it gets bigger and better each year, we think it’s proving to be a very important day on the events calendar. We sent out messages of appreciation and thanks to our followers and friends around the world. We love all the wonderful ladies in our life, especially the lovely Katie. Thank you for all you do!

We had some lovely snaps sent to us of people on holidays using our social tool chatting with people from all around the globe. It gives us great pleasure to know we are helping make a difference by connecting people. Check out our twitter to see more.

The Language show Glasgow was here and gone. We received some awesome feedback from our users how they in particular stood out from the crowd and got noticed our way. You too can #sayhiyourway with us.

With all the shenanigans going on we nearly forgot to talk about ‘Our Concepts’.

Chatter Bags is not only used for Schools, Universities and the tourism industry, we are also known for our Events! Yes Events! Our unique way to start a conversation works wonders for your event. No fancy gadgets, just good old fashioned face to face chat, crucial for your business needs. Our tag line ‘Let’s talk about…’ is printed on our bags with relevant topics to suit your company.  It allows you/your customer get the most from the event. We say: “Tick what you want to talk about, talk about what you tick.” It’s that simple! All bags are bespoke with colour if needed and tailored to your event. Have a chat with one of our team and see how our concept will work for you.  

Enough business talk! Chocolate, so much chocolate everywhere sometimes you forget the real meaning of Easter! We’re not complaining, we love chocolate and we love that Easter brings people together.  The city has so much going on, our friends at Time Out have loads of info to keep you busy and up to date.

Well that’s March wrapped for us, before we go we cannot leave without mentioning the people of Belgium and all the other countries caught up with ongoing troubles. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all x

Thank you all for your continued support, our mission is to help make your city a happier, safer more social place to be. Together we can do this!   

Until next time,

Peace, love and happiness.

Chatter Bags Team  x

"Loved up"

25 February 2016
"Loved up"
We’ll get back to all that lovey-dovey stuff a bit later!

It’s was a pretty good start to the New Year, right? 

We were up to our usual tricks getting people from all around the globe talking the old fashioned way.

Half term madness flew by, we had a day out in tourist hotspot Greenwich Park chatting to locals and people from near and far promoting our way to say “hey”.  The feedback was cracking and it’s always great to build awareness face to face, you can grasp the real feelings from individuals about your products and act on the comments given.

February has been fantastic so far, we had an awesome interview with the wonderful Lucy Purdy from People of London and attended events all over the city. Last night’s event; Power 100 was very informative regarding the future for start-ups and scale-ups. It was a real pleasure to be invited, we got to meet some old friends and made some new ones.

Our permanent pop up at The Vintage Bean has seen an increase in demand for our social tool which is super exciting! On the topic of cafes; we had lovely coffee, cake & chats with one of our loyal supporters Delia Cazzato from Pinner which was such a treat.

“Loved up”, that’s all we can say about Valentine’s Day, it was wonderful this year knowing that we brought people together. Long may it continue, our offline approach is taking things back to how it use to be, it feels good! We would love to hear your stories if we brought you love birds together! Write to us .

The team and I are working hard on our new concepts and designs which will launch very soon. Exciting! We are opening the brand up to a number of different sectors. Chatter Bags is a versatile conversational tool, we can’t wait to show you the finished products.

That’s you guys kept up to date. The next time we chat we’ll all be painting the town green for Paddy’s Day.

Remember, keep the conversation flowing!

Big Love x

Mark and the gang

Welcome 2016

20 January 2016
Welcome 2016
Christmas is gone, the New Year is here.

December was our kind of month! Full of meeting friends, family and eating a little more than recommended!

The month that really brings people together, a time for sharing a time for reflection, a time for caring. Our team were spread all over Europe, we all had a catch-up to see how some traditions varied. One thing is for sure, consumption was the same!!

The New Year was brought in with a bang, fireworks galore and quiet mild temperatures. The thing we love most is the resolutions chat. That yearly must have conversation, New Year, New You Malarkey!

Some of us got on to the sugar tax chat and how this will encourage us to give up some of our daily treats, others talked about getting body ready for Rio 2016 and all of us chatted about the year ahead and what we’re going to do to make a real difference. Exciting stuff!

Blue Monday was just another Monday to us. We saw a few unhappy faces around the city, hopefully they noticed our smile and we cheered up their day a little.

The team at Chatter Bags worked their butts off in its first year. From events around the city to TV and newspaper interviews, pop up stores to market stall mayhem in Camden. We even squeezed in a trip to the House of Lords helping spread the word about how this idea is creating social change in a time where it's most needed.

Our unique concept has become one of the most talked about bags in London and that's all thanks to you.

I'm sure we all have a million and one stories about meeting people. We think our way is special, so special that it takes one piece of common ground to start that conversation without having to swipe through a couple of pictures to see can you be bothered to chat to that person, then play the waiting game to see if they answer!

Our way is old school, you make the rules! We start the conversation, you finish it. The language bag has been used in numerous ways from schools and universities to beach holidays and daily shopping trips. It’s been photographed around the world from Asia to South America. This concept got you talking your way and we are so proud. We ready to take it to the next level. For the last few months we’ve explored different avenues on how we can make a difference on an even larger scale.

2015 ended on a high for us winning an award at the Great British Entrepreneur of the year in November. 2016 is looking promising so far! We have some exciting news to share with you regarding new additions to the brand. Keep your eyes peeled for future posts

For now we say wrap up warm, keep an eye out for elderly neighbours!

Enjoy the rest of the month!

Big Love,

Chatter Bags Team X

December let’s make it a month to remember!

24 December 2015
December let’s make it a month to remember!
December, let’s make it a month to remember!

This month we would be nuts not to talk about everything Christmas, by talking about it we want to talk about the pluses and minuses this time of year can have on certain people.

Before all that being in Britain we have to mention the weather, 16 degrees in December! Wearing a T-shirt in the afternoon here seems so wrong but feels so nice. Talking about weather we have to take a moment and think about the families around the UK & Ireland with the other extreme weather events occurring. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

So far the build up to Christmas has been an exciting one for us, we put up some lovely decorations on our website and the festive tunes are pumping daily. The online store has an amazing promotion for the holidays with a little gift from us to you. Click on the white gift on our home page and all will be reviled.

Christmas is a time for giving & sharing, being with friends, families and having loved ones around you. We did our little bit this year by giving gifts to the Great Ormond Street Hospital via one of our loyal followers and close friend Deise Silva. We hope it can give a little bit of festive cheer to these wonderful brave kids.

This leads onto the subject of minuses this time of year can have on people. The strain it can have on some families financially and mentally will never be known. We think about the ones that are alone, having seen it first hand while working in the hotel industry. Elderly people for example would check in on the afternoon of the 24th and usually stay until the 27th . On arrival you can see the emptiness in some facial expressions and you know you’re going to do your living best to make these people have the time of their life.

By the time all have settled in we purposely set up an informal drinks reception with carols. We personally invite the guests to join us, that’s where the magic of Christmas starts coming to light. People from all over the country coming together to celebrate the time of year, Christmas lunch is no longer a table for one it’s a table of fun. This continues for the next few days and some lifelong friends emerge from this one stay at a hotel that made its mission to bring people together.

Not all people have the opportunity to do something like this, we ask you to keep your eyes open for the people around you, even if it’s just giving someone a “Merry Christmas” you could make their day.

I had to share that story of the hotel n Ireland, it made a huge impact on my life, the power of bring joy to other people at a time most needed is for me the best gift of all. Another reason why we made Chatter Bags, giving you the opportunity to meet others in whatever city they are in.

Enough of the ranting we’ve got some family time to take care of.

Merry Christmas to you all!

Big Love X

Mark & the Chatter Bags Team
made to make conversation