Spondon businesses Colleague Box, Bluebells and Project D Announce New Collaboration

Dec Connolly Editor

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THREE Spondon businesses have teamed up to bring tasty treats direct to hungry people across the UK.

Bluebells Dairy and Project D are working with personalised gifting company Colleague Box as they launch their latest venture; a self-powered gifting trailer that can visit your home or place of work.

From September the Colleague Box van – known as ‘Tilly the Trailer’ – will be available for local deliveries, for businesses wanting to reward employees, and also households in the region who fancy a sumptuous snack produced right here in Derby.

The award-winning company run by husband-and-wife Adam and Natalie Bamford are also offering corporate deliveries of Project D’s delicious doughnuts nationwide, with an option to add your own branding to each doughnut.

Colleague Box CEO Natalie Bamford said: “We’re really excited about being able to offer Project D doughnuts in our gift boxes now, and then both the doughnuts and Bluebells ice-cream will be available to purchase via app Deliveroo and delivered, once she’s up and running, by Tilly our trailer. Both are iconic Derby brands who we have a lot of respect for.”

The collaboration came about after all three businesses – plus Darley Abbey Wines and fruit liquor company Hogg Norton – were invited to the Houses of Parliament by MPs Pauline Latham and Amanda Solloway, to exhibit their good in Westminster as part of ‘Derbyshire Day’.

Natalie says that this collaboration is another way of diversifying what Colleague Box offers, following their recent foray into selling flower bouquets and plants. 

She said: “Visiting the Houses of Parliament with Colleague Box was surreal and another milestone for our business.

“Going from a startup business created in your spare room to showcasing it in London was definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment.

“A number of companies I met are practically on our doorstep; like Colleague Box, Project D and Bluebells Dairy are based in Spondon. Finding out more about their journeys and building connections was beneficial.

“Part of the Colleague Box mission is to grow responsibly and sustainably and, where possible, we aim to work with local suppliers.”

Husband Adam is excited about taking their trailer to new places and bringing the gifting experience to different workplaces in the UK.

He said: “We are excited about launching our new service and absolutely over the moon to have Project D and Bluebells Dairy onboard.

“Colleague Box has a five-star food hygiene rating – this was one of the requirements needed to enable us to sell our boxes via Deliveroo – and now, with our state-of-the-art trailer, we can provide companies with everything they need for an event including draught beer and cocktails, stone-baked pizza and merchandise.

“If the past couple of years has taught us anything, it’s that we really missed getting together during covid. More than ever, milestones are being celebrated; work anniversaries, sporting events and historic occasions such as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“Tilly is quite something. If there’s no room at your place of work, we can fit our gifting experience into a meeting room or space inside your premises.

“We can then tailor gifts to be taken away or enjoyed on-site. It’s an excellent way for companies to reward employees’ accomplishments. We’re really excited about Tilly and our collaboration with Bluebells and Project D.”