Getting Involved in Crowdfunding, Bonnie Bling Stylie

Posted: Wed, 02 May 2012 by Tim

Fabulous guest blog from Tim Hunter-Davies

I was recently made aware of a new crowd funding website called Bloom VC, and more specifically a project from a small business called Bonnie Bling.

6 Reasons Why I’m supporting the Bonnnie Bling crowd funding project

Bonnie Bling is a range of Scottish slang word jewellery made from acrylic plastic. Each piece is designed and made by the girls from their studio in the Hidden Lane, Glasgow. The main range includes necklaces, earrings, badges and cufflinks featuring common Scottish slang words or phrases. This is currently stocked in around 20 outlets across Scotland

They want to make all their own products here in Scotland and need their own laser cutting machine to make it happen.

Whether its a gem-encrusted Prada Jacket, shiny Versace or Dolce & GabbanaBling is all the rage!

What is crowd funding?
Crowd funding describes the collective cooperation, attention and trust by people who network and pool their money and other resources together, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. See Wikipedia for more..

So, here are my 6 reasons for getting involved in crowd funding Bonnie Bling:

1. Supporting Small business

I remember what it’s been like in the past to have an idea but not be able to fund it to fruition. Nows the time to help make it happen for others…

2. They’ve got Good Numbers

Before I parted with my cash I got in touch with them and asked a few business questions – half expecting a flaky answer, and thus removing myself from funding. Instead I got an immediate honest reply with all the figures I asked about.

In summary, they sold 6,000 units last year with 20% of orders coming through their website. They’ve had a cracking start to the year and with all the publicity they’ve had I’d expect them to achieve their forecast.

So, at the end of the day, I’m not expecting them to waste the investment.

3. They’re making news

Lana Del Ray, X Factor’s Amelia Lily, MTV’s Laura Whitmore, Tallia Storm, Mary Portas – they’ve all been photographed wearing Bonnie Bling.

Pretty impressive for a small business just breaking through.

4. A Business that is Design Led

The project is design led, it’s fashion, it’s about tapping into the popular sub-culture of today’s youth. Ok, it’s the complete opposite of some of our clients, but that’s not the point.

It’s design led by enthusiastic people. Enough said.

5. I’m supporting Scottish Business

Move over negative news – it’s time for a bit of booom in your step and encourage people out there making a damn good go of it. 

6. You get rewards

Other than feeling good about a philanthropic act, with a Bonnie Bling crowd funding promise you get rewards – some of them perfect for birthday and christmas presents. Although I may just get a blinged-up “HD” knuckle duster made for an upcoming party!

Go forth and get involved!

So, now I urge you to get involved – even if it’s just for £5, £10 or £20.

After all, wouldn’t it be great to see one of Bonnie Bling’s products on a celebrity on tv or in a magazine and be able to say “I helped fund that company”?!

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Tim lives and works on Skye and runs  Skyewebsites and Hunter Davies