Colleague Box - An invitation to Parliament

Colleague Box was thrilled to attend the Derbyshire Food Fair at the Houses of Parliament, following an invitation from MP Pauline Latham.

CEO Natalie Bamford headed down to London with a selection of Colleague Box goodies to join fellow Derbyshire producers and suppliers.

Hundreds of MPs, Peers and staff members attended to talk with the producers about their business and sample the products.

Natalie shares her thoughts on the event, meeting other local suppliers, and how far Colleague Box has come in the last two years.

CEO Natalie pictured with MP Pauline Latham - Jubilee Room, The House of Commons

"This was not only my first time exhibiting Colleague Box, but also my first time visiting Westminster, and so I really didn't know what to expect. However, everyone was so friendly and seemed genuinely interested to listen to our start-up story, about our gift boxes, and the idea behind the business."

" It was a surreal experience and one that will go down in Colleague Box history books!"

Colleague Box display in the Jubilee Room.

"When I first arrived at Westminster I was awe-struck with the sheer size and beauty of the buildings, such grandeur, it felt like I had entered a Harry Potter movie!

At first, I was somewhat nervous, the first time you walk into Westminster Hall can be overwhelming; When you start a small business growth often comes in a series of small and steady steps, so when such an extraordinary achievement appears it can bowl you over. Going from a start-up a business in your spare room to showcasing it at the House of Commons is one of those 'pinch me moments"

Images: Inside the Cromwell Green Entrance, Westminster Hall, The House of Lords.

  • Other Derbyshire businesses including doughnut crea