Ever wondered exactly what it's like behind the scenes at the headquarters of one of the most popular pushchair brands around?? Well today we're taking you in for exclusive access to iCandy!
With the launch of their futureproof new single to tandem pushchair, the Orange, we decided it was time to show you exactly where iCandy pushchairs originate and what it takes to create a 5 star pushchair.
During the day we've been given a tour of the showroom and warehouse, and chatted to the people behind the brand on Facebook Live. There was Helen Johns - Technologist, Thom Bateman - Head of Marketing, Alex Palfreman-Brown - Head of Repair and Mark Bradbury - QA Tech Manager.
Our Facebook live Q&A session was a chance to ask lots of questions to the experts, as well as asking some from our audience. And if you commented on the post, there's even a chance to win an iCandy Blanket, and a competition running on the website.
We also met Bradley and Warren, brothers and also CEOs of iCandy. A family business, they remain an integral part of the company's development.
We've also invited mum of three, Hannah Oakes to the headquarters to test out the Orange. With her two children, we asked her to put it through everyday situations that you would come across, including going out for lunch, to the shops and getting in out of the car. She gave us the low down of the pushchair and exactly how she found it with her two youngest.
"We really enjoyed taking out the Orange. I found it really it easy to steer and manage with the kids. I loved trying out some of the configurations and my son just loved the ride on board, he was smiling and pointing to different things as we went for a walk. It was pouring with rain and so we got to put the raincovers to the test - my children stayed dry, whilst I didn't! It easily fitted in the boot too!"
While we were in the iCandy warehouse, we were treated to a demonstration of how the iService works to restore your pushchair, and could see just how fast those Orange boxes are flying out the door.
"We are extremely proud of the iCandy Orange, it once more underlines our brand's dedication in creating ground breaking innovative products which help make parents life easier and also reflects their identity as individuals.
However, we won't be stopping to congratulate ourselves anytime soon, the Orange is a signal of our continued mission to revolutionise the nursery industry. We have a comprehensive line-up of new products incoming, some of which will be exclusively revealed at Kind & Jugend later in the year." - Martin Boyle, Managing Director
And of course, there has been mention of a little exclusive secret - 'Dusk', but that's all we've be given. We'll let you know more as and when we know it.
It's been a jam packed day here at iCandy HQ. We have learnt so much and enjoyed getting to know this company from the people to the pushchairs. What is clear, is that this a brand committed to offering the very best for parents; from the design to customer services and after-service care, the customer is at the heart of everything they do.
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