Category Archives: Tour de France

The BEST of 2014

We wanted to share and have a look back at our 2014 highlights with you.

New Card Collections
-12 special handmade cards using embroidery, knits, felts and pretty
attachments to create a layered 3D effect on a textured cream background.


Two New Humour
Tickled Pink and Wise Cracks


Charity Fundraising
Cardgains 1

In June Alison Butterworth, Becky Dobson (Glick) and Nick Leek on completing the Three Dams walking/cycling for Cardgains nominated charity Peach.

Cardgains Challenge

A super summer for Essex


Monday 7th July saw the Tour de France travel through Saffron Walden

Tour de France

New Gifts Launches
In 2014 we’ve been delighted to launch our new stationery/fashion giftware ranges:

Moggies & Doggies
Doggies & Moggies Mel's version



It was an early start due to road closures for the intrepid staff who made it into Head Office at NQP on Monday 7th July 2014.
Thousands of people crowded the streets of Saffron Walden as the Tour de France riders were given a heroes welcome.  Prior to the main riders came the Tour Caravan arriving in Saffron Walden about two hours before the competitors.
Some of the staff from Head Office walked down to see the world’s top cyclists pass by and cheer the riders.  Afterwards the cyclists then headed towards London on Britain’s final stage to finish on the Mall.

Tour de France


The success of the London 2012 Games has spurred on a huge growth in cycling across the country.

Cycling is increasingly popular around Nigel Quiney’s head office in Saffron Walden due to the appearance on Monday 7th July of the Tour de France through the town centre.  The whole area is feeling the excitement of the event.

The third stage in the three week race starts in Cambridge and then moves into Essex and travelling down Saffron Walden’s High Street before heading to London to finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.


The resurgence in cycling is also being shown in greeting card sales. The second most popular design behind football in our Man’s World range illustrates a bike racing scene.