Paul Bloomer - Bloomers Balloons
Having been a member of NABAS since 2004, I was co-opted onto the committee in the Retailer / Decorator category in November 2010 and fully elected in June 2011.
I am quite recently divorced with 3 adult sons Christopher, Matthew and Adam, a grandson Nathan and a granddaughter Ruby. I like DIY and have recently bought a 1900 terraced house that I am busy renovating and improving and loving every minute. When not DIYing, I will either be reading, cycling, computing or occasionally swimming.
My business base is a shop in Bolton selling balloons, cards, gifts and party accessories but my main focus is on balloon decor for parties, and events. I have two websites and am working on an e-commerce enablement that should be live in a month or so to provide greater scope for the retail end of the business.
I have been on numerous courses and portfolio days with NABAS and am a Qualatex CBA. Training to achieve a good quality of work is something I believe in whole heartedly. I love going to portfolio days and conferences & meeting like minded people in the industry. I can twist and balloon sculpt quite well but have not acquired the bug to compete in competition.
Teaching is something I enjoyed in an earlier life training programmers and analysts in the computer industry and teaching still does appeal to me - maybe I will take my PTLLS certification later this year and teach balloon courses, who knows :)
I still enjoy computing and am currently the guy driving the NABAS Facebook and website updates and upgrades. I do not tweet but NABAS has a Twitter page so maybe I will have to persevere and improve my tweeting to build NABAS a following on Twitter.
I would really like to see the NABAS members take an interest in their association & get involved with the Facebook & website - news & views and submit interesting articles and pictures of their work. It would be great if more people could try to attend the shows & events - hopefully this will be easier now we are introducing regional events. We probably have as diverse a collection of individuals on the committee as there has ever been and also with a wide selection of backgrounds, knowledge and expertise.I am hoping that the members will each see something of themselves in one of us and be motivated to lend a hand by contributing news, views, pictures and comments to help us all move forward as individuals and as THE industry association that is NABAS.
If you would like to contact me for any reason:
Paul Bloomer CBA
820, Bury Road,
Telephone: 01204 531487
Mobile: 07762 940799