I would personally love to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Bow Gifts brand, and the new experience you are about to embark on. We are Corporate Gift Specialists with a Multi-Platform approach to gifting, and here is my Bow Gifts start-up story.
I officially launched the brand as BowBaskets in September 2014 as a full-time business and I have continued to grow the business ever since.
In February 2014 I was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition called Endometriosis. This meant I needed to do a 180 degree turn and dramatically change my life to manage and deal with it, which wasn't easy or straight forward in many ways.
Following invasive surgery and a further six months of treatment, I knew I had to make some big leaps into the unknown and I was scared. But I have strength of character and a happy nature that will always seek the positive, so from battling with surgery, further treatment and chronic pain; three and a half years later, I have now proudly won 5 awards - including Entrepreneur of the Year Award!
I have an amazing team of staff, I have moved the office out of my home and into premises, and the business has couriered into 20 countries around the world! We have 150+ clients, including bluechip companies.
I am tenacious, passionate and believe strongly that the situation I found myself in only a few years ago, could be turned into something remarkable and drive me to a new way of looking at life. My mindset is transforming all the time and I embrace change, newness, opportunity, difficulty and risk with open arms and a willingness to grow and evolve.
I have decided my diagnosis was a gift in itself and maybe even a silver lining, these my thoughts only. It forced my hand to make this fantastic leap and at three and a half years old, we are growing so much so that the business could no longer serve our clients under just 'BowBaskets', its former name. It therefore transformed into Bow Gifts in March 2018, increasing from one service to multiple specialisms. I am beyond proud! And firmly believe we all have the opportunity to build our vision one step at a time.
Our clients love our growth too, because our clients told us what they wanted and we listened.
As part of how we work, I personally want to pay it forward and I think this is important. If you would like to learn how I have designed the business to pay it forward, visit our Charity Page and our Bow Rewards page too.
This is me, this is us and this is what we do. I am a firm believer that effective relationships make the world go round, in every capacity imaginable. This is why I anchor my business around giving, and why I believe it is important for others to do so as well.
When we recognise the value of enabling and strengthening positive relationships, only great and wonderful outcomes can be the byproduct. Never has a relationship suffered when the focus is effort, recognition and generosity.
Best wishes - Emily Newstead CEO & Founder