MONDAY 20th MARCH 2017
The Coach & Four Public House, 69-71 Alderley Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 1PA



09:00 – 09:30 Delegates arrive. Tea/coffee

09:30 – 11:30 TRAINING – with Matthew Lewis

Create the WOW factor with a stunning but simple photo frame that will add fun and excitement to any event. Matt will run you through how to build and transport to site this stunning design and how by adding micro foils you can upsell this design. This is a total hands on class so be prepared to muscle in and get creative. Matt will run you through all the equipment you need as well as where to buy the conduit, what size you need and how to attach the corners. It is very simple & very sellable.

11:30 – 12:30       TRAINING – with Paula Ardron-Gemmell of Pink Tree Parties

Paula will show you Decos…how to do gumball decos, foils inside decos, confetti (small discs!) and possibly feathers.   Decos are huge at the moment and Paula will show you how to inflate and seal them properly.

12:30 – 1:30 Buffet Lunch

1:30 – 4:00 TRAINING – with Mitch Gilbert

Mitch will show you two different aspects which are associated to balloons.
First Part: As you grow your balloon business you may find by lowering your cost both in labour and materials you can still maintain fantastic displays. Mitch will demonstrate several different ways to achieve this.
Second Part: square pack balloon method to demonstrate a puzzle effect which can be built and then be disassembled and reassembled again.

This wonderful day will be packed with many ways to help increase your balloon portfolio.

All products and materials will be provided on the day so please bring your cameras and note pad or iPad

4:30 – Delegates depart


Members £75 per person.

Non Members £95 per person.

Price includes VAT, buffet lunch and all product used on the day.

Car parking is available at the venue; and accommodation is available in the hotel next to the venue

Contact the NABAS Office to book your place: – 01989 762204 or


Programme subject to change

Past Events

Let it rain balloons – One day workshop approved by NABAS
Thursday, 1 December 2016
Time: 10am – 4pm
Duration: 1 day, Capel Manor College – Enfield

Time to get ready for the Festive Season & Balloon Décor that can be utilised not only for Christmas & New Year but throughout the year for all occasions.

Exploding Balloons, Balloon Drop Nets, Balloon Drop without nets & interesting techniques you may have not seen before, all within our 1 day workshop at Capel Manor.

Mitch Gilbert, from USA, was the instructor for the day. He has had 31 years’ experience within the balloon industry. He has provided balloon instruction throughout the world including Finland, Holland, Spain, Ireland & UK.

The many varieties of balloon drops & techniques he has introduced have been used by numerous balloon professionals throughout the country, since he introduced the exploding balloon back in 1987.

If you are thinking of expanding your balloon portfolio for the Christmas & New Year season 2016 & beyond, you will definitely not want to miss this “Let it rain balloons” balloon workshop.

NABAS Distortion Techniques & Fantasy Flowers

Monday 19th September 2016 – 9:30–16:30

Stevenage Club & Institute situated at 31, High Street, SG1 3AU in Picturesque Stevenage Old Town.

Distortion Techniques & Fantasy Flowers can seem time consuming and perhaps difficult for everyday balloon decoration, but in this class they saw how simple some distortion and fantasy flowers can be! A fun but informative hands on class that gave the delegates many ideas to try!
The day included all the products and materials needed – Free Flow Tea & Coffee and food! And all this for Only £97 per person.

NABAS Social Media Webinar – Tuesday 19th July 2016

As promised, we held Amanda Hill’s Webinar. There were 2 options when booking: £0 which was for everyone that registered and paid for the business building course we held in Coventry, And then a £20 option. This was for everyone else that wanted to be a part of this information packed seminar.

No matter if you work from home, a shop, a unit or a wholesalers – you still need to capture customers and get them to do the hard work of selling your business to others… With social media, businesses have never had it so good – there are so many routes to market that you can find no and low cost marketing at every turn.. BUT how effective are you at using them and and is it making the till ring?
This 2 hour, intensive training session concentrated on a couple of important social media channels to your business, to help you attract the audience you need for your balloon business, without spending every waking hour disappearing down the black hole of online.

NABAS Training Day & AGM – 25th April 2016

NABAS held a Training Day on Monday 25th April 2016 at The Maudsley, Allesley Old Road, Coventry, CV5 8GJ.



09:30 – 10:00 Delegates arrive. Tea/coffee

10:00 – 11:30 TRAINING – Aeropole with Matthew Lewis

Let’s keep it simple and sellable. A great piece of kit which allows you to create perfect air filled swirl arches. Matt will ran you through tips and trick to create the perfect arch and also adding more value with 260Qs. Which was a great opportunity for delegates to advance their air filled skills

11:30 – 12:00 Tea / Coffee

12:00 – 1:00 Annual General Meeting

1:00 – 2:00 Buffet Lunch followed by DEMO – Silhouette Cameo with Kelli Kelly

If you still have your Silhouette in the box then now would be the time to unpack it and start familiarising yourself with it, as Kelli gave a demo on using the machine to cut not only vinyl but also card to create wonderful bespoke tails for balloons

2:00 – 3:30 TRAINING – Square Pack Method with a Twist with Mitch Gilbert

Mitch educate delegates about double sided square pack – if you didn’t know what this is now was your chance to find out!

3:30 – 4:00 Q&A

4:00 – Delegates depart

£20 per person. Price includes VAT, unlimited tea/coffee throughout the day, sandwich lunch and all product used on the day.