Owner : Claryhse Nelson
Main Role: Owner
Other Roles:Primary Bag Maker Buyer/purchaser Bag Designer Customer Service Food Handler
Bio: Hello I am Claryhse (Clare for short) I am the owner/creator, designer and maker of the bags and parcels across all platforms. I am also a mother to 5 children and one step son, so some might say I am experienced at childrens birthdays and parties. I am also Simons partner outside of work.
Owner : Simon Keehne
Main Role: Owner
Other Roles: Web Designer Accountant Buyer/purchaser Customer Service Advertiser (Basically Anything To Do With Computers) Very Part-Time Bag Maker Builder/Electrician/Plumber ect.
Bio: Hello I am Simon, I am also the owner of Herts Party Bags. I am responsible for all the computer side of things from website design to advertising to everyday office based tasks as well as the resident builder/Electrician/plumber. I am father to 2 children and step father to four other children. I am also Claryhse partner outside of work.
The Kids (Kai, Kade, Jayden, Joshua, Paisley, Alana)
Main Roles: Sweet Thieves
Other Roles: Look Out During The Heist Sometimes, The Grass And Snitch
Bio: We sometimes help by putting lollies in to the pencils and tear up the Tattoos, but our main role is to raid the store room for sweets whilst the others keep watch so we don't get caught, We call it quality control!
About Herts Party Bags
Herts Party Bags was opened in March 2013. After the owner Claryhse Nelson who has 5 children Kai, Kade,Jayden, Paisley, Alana and a step son Joshua, had made party bags for her oldest girl Paisley. These 21 party bags went down well at a 5 years birthday party in Stevenage. The feedback she received where comments like "you should sell these", "you fancy making these for my childs party?" After receiving comments like that the idea of starting a party bag company become a real possibility. After research in to party bag favors and sweets for the bags, Claryhse decided to open a party bag business. The name Herts Party Bags came from the fact the company supplies Party bags and that the company is based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire (Herts). With the name came the idea for bright coloured party bags which lead to the multi-coloured Herts Party Bags logo. Herts Party Bags started to trade on Ebay and Facebook to start with until the launch of this website in May 2013 due to the demand of it services. Within the 1st month of trading Herts Party Bags had sold over 400 party bags via these platforms and in the 2nd month another 300 bags. With the 1st order being placed within 12 hours of the company opening.
In April 2013 Herts Party Bags launched Boys and Girls specific bags due to overwhelming interest from the Facebook community. These where priced at £1.25 a bag after running a poll on Facebook with 60% of the response voting for £1.25. But within a year the price was reduced to £1.00 per bag as party parcels where introduced to the range. The reason behind this price change was simple, everything for a pound was easier to market then two different price structures The company continues to grow from strength to strength with new suppliers being brought on board to reduce the cost of the bags and supply new items to our lines. This is why Herts Party Bags can supply their original generic bags for just £1.
In September 2013 we launched our new range of Pre Filled Party Parcels which was Patented by the UK government in August 2015. These launched at £1 each and still remain the same price today.
In 2014 Herts Party Bags moved out of the house we were running the business from into a purpose made out building complete with electric, heating and fully insulated with the plan that this would help us grow over the next 4-5 years. However this wasn't the case as the building was double the previous 12m2 and Herts Party Bags quickly out grew this as well taking on additional space in the way of a garage, Our house loft and Shed & Utility room and ultimately our hallway and bedrooms again.
This rapid expansion of the business in just over 24 months meant our monthly sales of party bags had grown from 300 bags a month to over 10,000 bags and parcels by April 2015. This quick expansion resulted in Herts Party Bags putting in a offer to the Stevenage Council to take on a 85m2 Retail unit in the Glebe Shopping Center, And on 22nd February 2016 after a complete refurb by the owner (Simon Keehne) a new modern party shop was born, We Still occupy these premises today, and have added offices, stock room and post room to our unit whilst still keeping our retail space.
Herts Party Bags introduced helium balloons to the store shortly after opening, and later that year Claryhse sat her exams in balloons and became one of 2,000 Certified Balloon Artist’s within the UK Herts Party Bags subsequently joined the Qualatex Balloon Network and NABAS (The Balloon and Party Professionals Association)
In August 2017 Herts Party Bags installed a balloon wall thanks to our supplier Amscan, This balloon wall became the largest balloon wall outside of their show room within the UK.
Herts Party Bags continued to grow and in March 2018 we under went some large changes in store, increasing our work space introducing a new balloon wall and changing our name from Herts Party Bags to “The Balloon Wall @ Herts Party Bags” this was to reflect the fact we had the largest balloon wall and how the balloon side of our business had grown over the years and was now the biggest seller within store
How Herts Party Bags Is Changing The Party Bag World
Herts Party Bags are the company that when launched on eBay, brought the price of party bags down from the lowest "Buy It Now" price of £2.30 per bag to £1 per bag! we sold so many party bags at this price that our competitors stood up and took notice straight away, something they still do today!
We knew that they would expect our prices to climb after the 1st month on eBay from £1 to somewhere near to the £2.30 they where all charging. It didn't happen! we continued to sell bags at £1 after the 1st month and we still do today.
This move by Herts Party Bags resulted in everyone else having to reduce their prices which Herts Party Bags doesn't mind because we set our prices at a very reasonable price but we know we will still be here in 10, 20 even 30 years time. The parents buying our bags today for their child's birthday parties, will be the parents buying our bags for their children's birthday in 20 years time!
Herts party Bags has changed the way and the prices in which party bags are sold in the UK. We where the 1st and original supplier of the Party Parcels. Something that proved so popular many others have copied very quickly, but not to the same original standards as a Herts Party Bags Parcel.
But it is not only our products that lead the way, our colour schemes and even pictures are copied by rival companies on a daily basis, everything from the offering the rainbow colours to the pictures you see on this site of the bags standing up at an angle in the rainbow formation.
We are also the first party bag company to turn to eco technology! we changed on 21st July 2013 to ecohosting and as a result offset all out carbon emissions by planting tree's around the country thanks to ecohosting.
So in summary who are Herts Party Bags? Just the industry trend setting, price setting, most cost effective and greenest party bag company in the UK