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It’s a big thumbs-up for Tilly – the new onsite gifting experience from award-winning Colleague Box

It’s a big thumbs-up for Tilly – the new onsite gifting experience from award-winning Colleague Box

Award-winning business Colleague Box has unveiled its latest innovation – a converted horse trailer that is available for on-site gifting experiences, celebrations, festivals and events.

The trailer – specially adapted for the Derby business by Bespoke Conversions; a family-run company based in Cheshire - has been kitted out with a fully-stocked bar, plus a triple fridge to keep stock at the optimum temperature. It’s been given the nickname ‘Tilly’ by the Colleague Box team.

Colleague Box – who were awarded a five-star food hygiene rating earlier this year by Derby City Council - have teamed up with local businesses including healthy drinks business So Good Kombucha and Project D doughnuts, who can provide personalised doughnuts for any event.

Tilly’s first outing was a wellbeing event for Lister House Surgery Derby before she was taken to Sort Group, whose conveyancing business is based at Derby Conference Centre.

CEO and co-founder Natalie Bamford said:

“We’re really excited about Tilly and the different direction that she can take the business in. Whilst we have seen a lot of interest in corporate events – ideal for those whose workforce has returned to the office - it's also perfect for occasions such as weddings, baby showers, birthdays and gender reveal parties. She is decorated and stocked accordingly to suit each event. It's so exciting!

“Our first couple of events have been well received. Sort Group have been clients of ours for a while and they loved the idea of having Tilly visit their offices in Derby.

“Each employee received a Colleague Box, which was covered by a customised Sort Group sleeve. Inside were personalised gifts such as water bottles and notepads. They also received a drink of their choice and a delicious Project D doughnut decorated with the company logo.”

“Tilly has been a good few months in the making and it’s been all hands on deck to get her ready for the first few events,” added COO Adam Bamford, “but we’re really pleased with the results.

“Feedback has been positive, and Tilly has been booked for all sorts of events, from business breakfasts where merchandise can be branded to celebrations, Halloween-themed corporate events – and even World Cup parties, where we’ll be serving pizza, beer and Prosecco from our serving hatch.”

Emma Brown, Head of Marketing at Sort Group, is a big fan of Tilly the Trailer. She said:

“We have been working with Colleague Box for a while now and just love the idea of rewarding employees for their hard work. We have also used Colleague Box when sending gifts to clients, and for our employee reward scheme.

“The event has gone down so well; everyone returning back to their desks after collecting their Colleague Box has a smile on their faces. The motto ‘Delivering Happiness’ really is true.”

To enquire about hosting Tilly the Trailer at your next event, visit

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