Winner winner chicken dinner

30 November 2015
Winner winner chicken dinner
Winner winner chicken dinner!

What a month it’s been, let’s back track to mid-October for a moment.

We have been overwhelmed with well wishes and support since the shortlist for The Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards was announced. Not only here in London and the UK but from all over the World. We can only thank you for believing in our unique concept and allowing us to continue to make a difference to the way people live for the better.

Two words, BAG TAX. I’m not going to go on about this as many of us have had this tax implemented in our countries for years. It’s better for the environment, it’s a good thing.  Sales of our bag have gone up so we say “we’ll carry your shopping and introduce you to the world at the same time.” Win, win!

We have to mention the Language show at the Olympia.  Wow, wow, wow what a response our bags got. We’re so new this year we said we’d go as guests and check it out not knowing what to expect. We got to meet some of our most loyal supporters of our brand and some new ones. We saw people at this event (The biggest of its kind in Europe) with our bags walking around grabbing the attention of others and boom, conversation starts in a number of languages. It was the best feeling to see this first hand at such a large event, it was awesome. We made a huge number of contacts with some exciting opportunities for 2016.

October was full of everything spooky from parties to people and places. We had a blast at our pop ups, it shows there’s no slow down with people wanting to communicate with people in this city, long may it continue.

Back to November, it started out a bit foggy but soon cleared up! We hit the ground running from meeting to meeting, our stomping ground in the IoD has never seen so much of us. We saw an increase in oversea sales this month which is thanks to you bringing us with you on your travels as well as the conversation on social media.

We were keeping up appearances all over the city talking to people on the streets of London. Chatting about social change, the impact it can have on communities and how our concept knows no race or religion. We are here to bring the wider community together and it’s working. In recent times a continued number of attacks are happening around the world. We want to say “together we are stronger.” We are with you praying for peace.

ESSM AwardTalking about win win earlier. Chatter Bags had the honour of winning an award at The Great British Entrepreneur Awards on November 25th. In a glitzy affair ‘hailed as the benchmark in entrepreneurial success in Britain’ our concept won an award in the Entrepreneurial Spark category and we had chicken for our dinner!! From rushing heart beats to Cheshire cat grins we are so thankful for receiving this award in our first year of trading. We work our socks off to make a difference, we already feel it’s worth it with the feedback we get and the positive change it has on life. This was the cherry on top. We’ll be writing a bit more about the ceremony in a later post highlighting how exciting it was for us to be in a room full of inspiring individuals and the drive it gives to continue in what we do to inspire others.

We can’t go without mention Christmas, yes Christmas already! We love this time of year for a number of reasons, mainly it brings people closer together. We’re so excited we even glammed up our page, we put a special little gift from us to you. Click on the present on our home page to find out more. Chatter Bags is the perfect stocking filler, what could be better than giving someone the opportunity to have limitless conversations and experiences with people wherever they are in the world. Our social tool works for so many people in so many different ways, giving them all different unique experiences.

Well after all that, we better get back and do some work.

Thank you all again.

Chat soon,

Big love!

Chatter Bags Team x

Finals here we come!

05 October 2015
Finals here we come!
What a fantastic surprise, we’re Finalists!

We still do not have words for how thrilled and excited we are to be a finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards in our first year of business. 

To a new concept like ours it means the world. We made a choice to drop everything from the jobs we are use to and start making a difference. We find in many ways the world around us waits for something to happen before they/we act on it. Why wait? With ongoing troubles around the world we need now more than ever to communicate, isn’t about time we all just got along!

We are all forever following trends in this world, why not be it a trend that can make a difference to the future? By acting now we can help make where we live a better place to be by the power of conversation. 

The idea behind Chatter Bags; Chatter Bags is a social tool to get people talking in the old fashioned way face to face. As our slogan says we’re made to make conversation and that’s what we do. We’re here to create a positive change, a social change, London is our platform and the World is our stage. Together we can make it happen. 

Did you ever feel lonely? Unsure if you made the right move? Nervous to approach someone because you didn’t know what to say? Try to fit into a new group? Try to make new friends? Or wonder why people keep to themselves? Most of us have felt one of these. 

Living in a mega city like London where millions people from all around the globe come to set up home, work, holiday or just visit for the day it’s no wonder things can get a little distant. By distant we mean, it’s sometimes hard to feel like a local, to fit in or to feel part of something. We found it hard to get to know people, we found people would choose to look at the footpath or swipe their way through a phone or tablet rather than acknowledge the world around them. We didn’t believe this is really what people wanted, we wanted to help change this. 

How can we change it?

We followed trends, we did a lot of research and the outcome was, most of us are a really friendly bunch, but we are a bit nervous to show it. This is where we came in, we found there’s an app for this an app for that, do we need an app to chat? No is the answer. 

Our concept is so simple, yet so effective. What do we all have in common? Language! We all speak something. How do make use of that?  We thought of a safer way to engage people, it had to be something affordable, not offensive, useful and most of us have one, it’s ethically sourced and printed in Shoreditch. Chatter Bags was born.

Since our launch at the start of the year we’ve had an exciting journey. From stalls in the world famous Camden market to our pop up stores in some of the trendiest café’s in town. We opened our online store to make it easier for people to grab a bag. Chatter Bags made its TV debut on a live chat show (Living the Life) where our founder Mark was a guest.  We’ve featured in the media from a full page spread in the Metro to Bdaily. We even made it onto an American news channel. We’ve been spotted at meetings in the House of Lords, the google campus and to wrap all that up an email from Boris Johnson’s office wishing us good luck. Now we are finalists in the category International Social Enterprise of the Year Award.  We are so happy!

Our bags have been seen all over the world, with some amazing photos sent to us and the odd little story! Chatter Bags is been used in so many ways.

·         Schools & Uni’s are using it as a language/social/educational tool.

·         Events are using it as an information/conversational tool. 

·         The tourist is using it as social/conversational tool. 

·         The everyday person is using it as a social/dating/friendship tool. 

In a way our bag introduces you to the world and it carries your goods. Result!

We are in talks with a whole range of business and companies to see how our concept can work for them. This concept is not limited to one city it can work all over the World. We’ve had a few meetings in the Netherlands and in Ireland and interest has come from Germany to bring our brand to the mainland. We have huge plans for the future and you are part of it.

We have a full range of Chatter Bags. Call one of the team for more information.

We want to make this happen sooner rather than later. So come on, let’s act now and build a better happier world together. 



Fingers crossed for the finals on November 25th.

Big Love,

Chatter Bags Team x

Did that really just happen?

21 September 2015
Did that really just happen?
Wow!

We don’t know where to start with this update. Whoosh and it’s gone…

What just happened?  It felt like a moment ago we were writing about the hottest day of summer and now we find ourselves looking through Christmas catalogues!

Let’s get back to summer, it was a bit hit and miss, right? Thanks to you all it felt sunny here all the time with all the amazing Chatter Bags pictures sent to us. You really did use our hashtag and ‘say hi your way’ making you feel like a local wherever you were. We are so glad we helped make your holidays even better. That’s part of our mission! We had so many enjoyable events and as usual we were out on the streets promoting the power of conversation. Our pop up store in Shoreditch saw people from all over the world coming through its door, the feedback has been so positive.

So the evenings are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer! Schools back and our social tool has been doing its part, introducing new starters from all over the world to one another. This is our first year and we couldn’t be happier with the results so far. We’re giving people that little push to say hello and it’s working a treat. Thanks to all the schools and universities for working with us and your kind words. Now get chatting!!

We set out with a goal when we came up with the idea for Chatter Bags, to get people talking face to face. Scrap the apps and bring good old fashioned conversation back. We're trying to create positive change, a social change in a world full of uncertainty. The fact is, people want to feel happier everywhere. We are giving you the tools to say "hey, I’m approachable" I actually want to engage with people.  

We had the pleasure of being invited to the Google campus for an event with the IoD. That was such an awesome evening, meeting likeminded people from all over. We got to meet some old friends and some new ones. We ate pizza, some of us drank wine it was fun. We enjoyed every moment of being around such an inspiring group. We love our job!

The start of September took us over to Ireland promoting our concept and so far so good. What a nice bunch of people over there. (Mark is Irish) Watch this space for updates on Ireland.

And finally; just a little mention that we are Finalists in The Great British Entrepreneur Awards. We’re still freaking out a bit, so once we stop shaking we will tell you all about it. We are in the process of doing our press release, ooh how exciting!!    

We’re sure we have loads more to tell you but for now we will leave you with this.

It takes one person to make a difference, we would like to thank everyone who believes in our concept and is a part of our journey. You’re helping us make that difference.

So much love coming from us to you!

Chat soon,

Chatter Bags Team x

Summer is here, well kind of!

27 July 2015
Summer is here, well kind of!
It’s summer…

Ok, looking out there today you wouldn’t think that but trust us, summer is in full swing!

So far we’ve had the hottest day of the year in July, Wah hey! We’ve been out and about in Greenwich chatting our flip flops off with the locals, tourists and whoever else came to say hi, it’s the bag that does the work! Such a great day. We were in the West End doing our thing and as always in Shoreditch and Camden, our pop ups do the talking there. We love, love, love it! Speaking of flip flops, did you see our logo? We put a pair on it to make you feel in the mood for summer.

Let’s talk holidays, where are you going? What are you doing? Who are you going with? We want to know. Us, our holidays are pretty spread out from Italy & Spain to the Netherlands & Scotland and of course taking advantage of as many City breaks as we can around the UK. Let’s see who we get chatting to on our travels. I know Katie had quite a few natters in Italy already, she is fluent in Italian, by looking at her the locals didn’t know that, now they do thanks to our social tool!

Did you all see the OFFLINE video that came out? We loved it, it’s helping spread the word of face to face conversation. This is what we are all about. You can see from the video there were so many negative  comments and good ones about online dating. Quotes; “People are afraid of actual contact” “Profile pictures can be deceiving” “I think you’re brave to meet girls in the old fashioned way, I think for that, you will have more success”  these are just some of the comments. We feel we are unique with our concept. Good work Tom, smooth on the Italian! Our advice; stop dropping things! It’s hard to get to know people in big cities, let us help you. Since we are showing videos did you see the one about us in the U.S.  Chatter Bags in whatever language It's pretty funny!

We think Chatter Bags is a must have item, come on, what other item do you know goes anywhere with you, introduces you to the world, breaks the ice and carries your bits, bobs and goodies without costing an arm and a leg and it’s ethically sourced! It’s a fun concept that actually works.

Please tell us about your trip and plans for the summer, maybe how Chatter Bags works for you, or if you have comments on the Offline video, we would love to hear them all. Email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or add comments below.

Chat to you in August :) 

Big Love,

Chatter Bags Team x

The story so far...

17 June 2015
The story so far...
Where to start with what’s been going on since we last wrote a piece.

Madness, that’s a good place! It’s been madness, in a great way! We are really falling in love with this City and the World all over again.

Since we launched at the start of the year Chatter Bags has proven that this City wants to talk to one another. The volume of bags are increasing monthly and it’s not just in London, we are sending our bags all over the Country and on many occasions around the World. It’s a huge thank you to you all, goes to show that good old fashioned face to face conversation is not dying out any time soon.

After the spread in the Metro and other write ups recently, we’ve had interest from many different business, so much so that we are in talks in mainland Europe about bringing the bag over there to a number of cities. Exciting!

We set out with a goal, our goal is to connect people. We want to give that ice breaker needed to give you the confidence to ‘say hi your way’. Chatter Bags is being used at this moment in so many different ways, our concept is so versatile it opens itself up to a variety of different everyday life situations. We are made to make conversation, made to make a difference.

Some examples of them are; Universities and Schools are using us as a language bag, a tool that allows you to connect with others. A tool that introduces you to people whether it be home or abroad, it allows you to try the lingo with others. It works, it’s fun, it’s friendly and more importantly you are gaining knowledge whilst sharing yours. It’s the perfect all-rounder.

We’ve been used by businesses as a networking tool, a way to get the most out of your event, to get the most out of that valuable conversation. This is very exciting for us. From personal experiences we often left a venue thinking was that worth it? Did I get the information needed? Would I go again? Why have I got this handful of flyers? Our way you get what you want the event, the organisers get what they want. Result!

Day to day sales of the bags been purchased in our online store or at our pop up stores are becoming more frequent. Chatter Bags are being used as a social tool, giving people that little confidence boost needed when approaching others or showing that you’re approachable.  It is introducing people from all over the City and all over the World to each other. No apps needed. If you’re looking for friends, love or just a bit of happiness we will try help you feel like a local and get you the attention needed, we’re by your side.

We are a new start up with a long journey ahead of us, we think it’s worth it if we can make a difference to the way you live. We are bringing things back old school, now a days there’s app for this an app for that. Do you really need an app to chat?

To find out more about any of the above contact us we would to love see how we can help you or your business.

Remember we’re made to make conversation. We start the conversation, you finish it!






made to make conversation