Our Visit To Maped Helix

Last week I very excitedly dropped the kids at school/nursery and drove like a woman possed over to Kingswinford to play with lots of stationery with some fellow bloggers at Maped Helix HQ. If you read my blog often enough I am a huge lover of stationery, and it was even discussed at the event just how people (mainly women) are stationery lovers this really pleased me as I thought it was just a small minority thing but no. There are lots of stationery lovers out there *waves*.

Maped-Helix LogoMaped Helix are sponsors of this years National Stationery Week which is from the 27th April to the 3rd May, aimed at reigniting our passion for stationery (not that I need help there) and get Britain writing.

During the event Maped Helix we were told of the history of the brand, from being founded in 1887 as the “Helix” brand based in Lye, Stourbridge to how Helix became part of the Maped Group in 2012 and relocating only 5 miles up the road to their new premises in Kingswinford. The Maped Helix Group was started as a family brand and is still to this day run by the same family.

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Being at the event gave me a great scope of the brand, a brand which I haven’t really encountered since leaving school nearly 13 years ago. I got to see how products have evolved and how Maped Helix now make and manufacture products for young children right through to school, college and businesses.

Maped-HelixWe got to test out lots of fun products, whilst learning about being huge players in the stationery market (valued in excess of £2bn!!), whilst learning about their ranges and new upcoming products.

Maped-Helix 1Maped Helix really have excelled at making products aimed at young children, ideal for safety, product durability and long life span. For example;

  • The Jungle Pen Holder holds pens in the base, you remove the pen and the cap stays in place this ensures no lost pens and caps.
  • The ColorPeps Pencil Sharpener sharpen pencils to have a rounded tip thus preventing led snaps especially in the hands of young children.
  • All felt tip pens aim to provide a 3-4 day life span, when the cap is left removed and are ultra washable.
  • Child scissors are for children learning to cut, they will cut paper effectively but not hair (we tested have also tested this feature!)

Maped-Helix 3Upon on my return home my children could not WAIT to dive into the bag of goodies and I was eager to test out the products in the real hands of children. The Color’Peps Jungle Innovation, Kidicut Scissors and ColorPeps Smoothy Crayons were a sure winners for the evening. With all this new stationary I now need to look into extending the kids arts & crafts storage in the playroom.

Last I want to show you a game we have just discovered for our tablet computer, available on Android or Apple products, Jungle Adventures.

Maped-Helix 4The idea of this game is to choose and colour in your flying vehicle of which there are 4 to choose from, then flying around the jungle collecting creatures. With each level you complete you get to choose an animal prize to colour in and place in the jungle. A great and simple game which has kept both Lewis and Leah entertained and they even work well together finding the creatures.

 

**This is not a sponsored post, I was invited along to Maped Helix to play all things Stationery. All words and opinions are my own.

3 Comments

  1. Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk)

    25th March 2015 at 11:57 am

    Thats so amazing! I love stationery and pens and pencils too!

  2. Emma T (@ETusty)

    24th March 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Ooh I love stationery too. I think it must be a bit of a blogger thing to love stationery so much.

  3. Sarah Doyle - let them be small

    24th March 2015 at 9:14 pm

    I was invited to this but it was too far for me. I am INSANELY jealous of this! x

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