Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Need more customers in 2020? Local expert Leaflet Distribution company has a cost effective solution!

You needn’t look far! Letterbox Smart who are based in Carlisle offers a one stop shop for Design, Print & GPS Tracked Leaflet Distribution and can distribute your leaflets/flyers to many rural villages. You can also choose to supply them with flyers you have already had printed too. I am using them for my own clients and received fantastic service. 

The most common questions often with leaflet drops are; 

Will my leaflet be wrapped in a newspaper or lost amongst other leaflets? 
Letterbox Smart will only deliver your leaflet/flyer along with a maximum of 2 other companies giving you maximum impact on when they are posted through a home letterbox. 
They always ensure that your leaflet/flyer is not going out with competing companies on the same rounds.

How do I know that my leaflet/flyer has definitely been delivered? 
Letterbox Smart only employ adults to deliver your leaflets and every delivery is GPS Tracked to ensure that each target zone is properly saturated. Bespoke software is also used to manage every aspect of your marketing campaign so you can be sure your leaflets will be delivered to the homes in the areas that you have chosen from the zoned maps they provide. 

You will also receive distribution reports throughout the campaign so you know when each round has been issued for delivery and completed, very useful for you when measuring the response from your marketing campaign. 

How much does it cost? Is it expensive? 
Letterbox Smart is very cost effective and they even have various Distribution rates on offer, the lowest un-targeted rate, working out as little as just 3.5 pence a letterbox.

Feedback from customers is saying that Letterbox Smart is more cost effective than Radio, Local papers & local magazines, as it enables you to target many more homes for less!  Getting your double sided front page advert on every door mat.

Letterbox Smart offer the lowest prices for high quality leaflet print by far! 
For example:- 10,000 A6 double sided leaflets Only £69.

Letterbox Smart also offer a professional design service if required for your Leaflet artwork.  They even offer FREE artwork with any order for 15,000+ for Print & Distribution.

Can I choose specific areas that I want my flyers to go to?
Yes, you can get really targeted if you wish. Letterbox Smart have zoned maps for Carlisle and all the towns they cover.  These enable you to select specific areas you want to target and they can give you a price for doing so.

If you aren’t sure where to start etc, Letterbox Smart are also on hand with their vast knowledge and experience to help you build a bespoke leaflet marketing campaign to maximise your profits!  Un-targeted options available too!

How do I get a quote or more information? 
Very easy and fast to get a quote from Letterbox Smart – you can contact them via a variety of means. You can request a quote via their website or send them a DM on any of their social media platforms including LinkedIn. Or you can call them 01228 737601. Do note their opening times- for the full list,

Listed some of the places your leaflet/flyer can go to 
(Contact Letterbox Smart for a copy of the zoned maps and full village list too!):
Carlisle, Whitehaven, Workington, Maryport, Cockermouth, Wigton, Brampton, Egremont, Cleator Moor, Moor Row, Gosforth, Seaascale, Brigham, Calder Bridge, Thurnsfield, Warwick Bridge, Wreay, Great Orton, Hayton, Heads Nook, Rockcliffe, Scotby, Burch by sands, Farlam, Talking, Thursday, Houghton, Greystone, Gilgarren, Plumbland, Threpland, Tallintire, Sandwich, Remain, Dovenby, Eagles field, Caldbeck, Blindcrake, Flimby, Dearham, Crosscanonby & Crosby, Ennerdale, Dean, Brought moor, Branthwaite, Thornhill, Siloth, Aspatria, Seaton, Lowca, low Moresby, Bigrigg, moor row, Arlecdon, Great Brought, St Bees, Frizington, Cleator, Beckermet,Alston and rise, Uldale...

You can find our more information on their website or get all their latest and examples of their work with local businesses on their social media pages;
Facebook Instagram @Letterboxsmart 
on Twitter @LetterboxSmart and on LinkedIn Letterbox Smart Leaflet Distribution Cumbria

(A small fee was accepted for this write up)

Remove the Stress & Plastic out of Christmas with a local Boxed Fresh Christmas Veg Box

Get all you need for your Christmas Dinner with a Boxed Fresh Christmas Veg box delivered for free to your door (for households in and around Carlisle)- two options; a Couple's box 2-3 people for just £10 and a Family Box for 4-6 people. It all comes plastic free in a recyclable box and all orders gets FREE Clementines. 

LAST ORDERS for your Christmas Veg box is this week so do put your order in by midday this Friday 20th Dec. You can order via various routes; call 07308 952166, email and via Facebook

What's in the box?
  • Potatoes 
  • Carrots 
  • Parnips
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Swede
  • Cauliflower
  • Red Cabbage
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • FREE Clementines
Also they will be launching their weekly Veg Box deliveries in January 2020 so keep an eye on their website as well as their Facebook and Instagram @boxedfreshveg 

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Windermere-based website & software company that’s “The Perfect Fit” for your business!

You might have seen their social media posts showing off the new office, the views of their daily commute to work on the Windermere Ferry and their lovely springer spaniel dog named Joss – who has been named after Cumbrian fell runner Joss Naylor! This is the newly relocated Iosys Web Technologies Ltd who have now made Windermere in the heart of the Lake District their home. They recently relocated from Leicestershire bringing with them extensive experience and the skills to enhance any business they work alongside.    

The company develops a wide range of bespoke websites from those ideal for small business to highly detailed e-commerce online shops– all of which are mobile-friendly as standard and hosted on dedicated servers rather than shared platforms.  

They make bespoke websites, tailored to suit what your business or establishment offers, and fully manage the sites they create without charging for general updates.

In addition to websites, Iosys are skilled bespoke software developers, creating business software applications that fit client requirements exactly - perfect fit not nearest match, hence their company strapline “The Perfect Fit.”

Iosys offer exceptional value for money. Unlike many other web developers, their services are fully managed, they don’t charge for general updates and domain names and SSL security are included as standard.

Craig Johnson, director at Iosys Web Technologies Ltd

So why not contact them now for more information or a quote; they are always ready to help-  super responsive to direct messages via their social media pages (Facebook Instagram @iosyswebtech and Twitter @IosysWebTech )  or if you can give them a call on 01539 889000 to chat further on your requirements. You can also find out more on their website

(small fee accepted for this write up)

Monday, 9 December 2019


“I’m so bored… what should I do?” It’s a phrase familiar to most parents – especially at weekends and during the long school holidays.

Thankfully if you live in north Cumbria there’s an inexpensive solution that might save you being asked that question every time your child or teenager struggles to keep him/herself occupied.

Carlisle Youth Zone (CYZ) offers a safe and fun environment where young people can enjoy themselves while developing their potential and learning life-long skills.

Membership costs just £5 a year and it’s open six night’s a week as well as at weekends and when the area’s schools are on holiday.

CYZ, which is based on Victoria Place next to the Richard Rose Central Academy, runs two main clubs: Junior Club (open to anyone between the ages of eight and 12) and Senior Club (for 13 to 18-year-olds). There’s also an Inclusion Club that’s aimed at those who might need a little extra time or support for whatever reason; whether it be a physical disability, learning difficulty or an Autism-spectrum condition.

Activities include sports, games, challenges, cooking, arts and crafts, singing, dancing – the list is endless.

Whatever your child’s hobbies, passions or interests there’s sure to be something for them to learn and enjoy while meeting up with friends or making new ones.

You can easily sign up your child or teenager with the click of a button, just head to their website or simply pop into Carlisle Youth Zone with your child or teenager during their opening times. These are listed on their website. 

Also you can get the latest from their social media pages; Facebook Twitter @CarlisleYZ and on Instagram @carlisleyouthzone 

Friday, 6 December 2019

Locally sustainably made honeys that will get you buzzing with excitement!

Known as an area of remote and rugged beauty, you might be surprised to discover that the unspoilt countryside of Cumbria’s far north is actually a hive of activity.

Well, it is at least for Helen Griggs and the thousands of workers that make her popular, top-quality products.

As you’ve probably guessed Helen is of course a honey producer and those workers are in fact bees. Based at Nook Farm – between the Scottish Border and the Northern Pennines at Bailey near Bewcastle - she has been making and selling specialist Nook Farm Honey since 2004.
Nook Farm 
She keeps 25 hives across four sites near her home where the bees can forage and gorge themselves on the numerous wildflower meadows holding willow herb, blackberry and clover that help give the honey its unique and distinctly Cumbrian flavour.

Producing between 500 and 600 jars of her own ‘Cumbrian Wildflower’ each year, Helen also buys in raw honey from other beekeepers that she packages under the Nook Farm label.

The honey is stored, filtered and bottled sustainably in a converted barn that’s powered by solar panels and a wood-fired biomass boiler.

And in the depths of winter when big blue skies and sunshine seem but a distant memory, Nook Farm’s honey can transport you away from the dark and cold to warmer memories. 

                                      Jar of Honey - Summer in a jar           Bee collecting pollen                                    
“It’s summer in a jar,” says Helen. “Not only does it taste great, but it’s packed full of natural antioxidants and has many health benefits.

“Our honey is treated with the utmost care from the time it leaves the hive and we make sure it retains every bit of natural flavour. We fine filter it to clean it but absolutely nothing is added or taken away during this process.”

        Helen Griggs inspecting the hives                                      Bees on honeycomb                                                            

Stocked at more than 40 shops and locations across Cumbria, from Barrow to Longtown, the company’s products are available online on

So why not pop over now on their fantastic website (delivery available to the rest of the UK as well) and get some of their honey to enjoy! Would also make great gifts to family and friends as can be enjoyed by itself, as a breakfast accompaniment and more! 

You can also check out the wonderful variety of wildlife that can be found and in and around Nook Farm under their Wildlife tab. Lovely to see and so many of them. 

Definitely also worth a look. 

You are also find them on Instagram @NookFarmHoney (you can also view this page on their gallery on their website).
Nook Farm Honey, Nook Farm, Bailey, Newcastleton, Cumbria, TD9 0TR  
Tel: 016977 48317

(small fee was accepted for this write-up)

Mission Christmas Appeal for more gifts for Teenage Boys!

I have long admired and supported CFM Cash for Kids including their Mission Christmas campaign and it is so easy to support it, when you do your shopping, just simply add another item and drop it off in their Mission Christmas boxes. The impact that your gift/s will make on a child or a teen will last a lifetime as well as ease the pressure of the parents who are already faced with many bills. It would truly make their Christmas!

Mission Christmas ensures that children and teenagers here in Cumbria have a present to open this Christmas morning. There is a shocking and sad statistic that 1 in 3 children are living in poverty so your gift/s are really needed. 
Also when you donate your gifts, CFM Cash for Kids make sure they get it to disadvantaged children near you. All gifts should be new and unwrapped, and you can drop them off at locations across our area. To find your nearest drop off, just head to the map on There are a 126 drop off points all over Cumbria, so do head to their website and type your postcode in to find out where you can drop off the gifts.

I had met Sara Oldham recently who is the charity executive at CFM Cash for Kids and had asked how it was going and she said that the response by the local people of Cumbria has been fantastic as well as the kindness of many local businesses to the many volunteers that have been helping out. She did mentioned that they are need more gifts for the teenagers, particularly teenage boys and suggested things like footballs, deodorant and socks.

Inspired by that, me and my family have gone and bought a number of items for them to gift to teenage boys. We had then dropped it off that the drop-off box at the B&M branch at St. Nicholas Gate Retail Park in Carlisle. When we dropped the items in the box, we had noted things like pyjamas so there can many items you can gift. 

So why not join in this community campaign and drop a gift/s off a drop off site to make a child or teen's Christmas!