Business stars Jaqueline Gold and Theo Paphitis believe this Blackpool online gift business is a real winner


David and Jane Charnley created Toast in the Post in 2020 when their existing events business Love Expo was impacted by pandemic closures. They moved their businesses to offices in the Blackpool Airport Enterprise area after selling over 3,500 gift sets in just six months.

Today, they have hired a collaborator, developed their range by adding little extras to the drinks boxes and launched a corporate range.

They have just returned from the Small Business Sunday event in Birmingham after winning Theo’s Twitter contest four weeks after it launched. And, after also winning the #WOW (Women on Wednesdays) award from Anne Summers’ supremo Jacqueline Gold, they’re now set to meet her in London as one of her top winners.

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David and Jane Charnley of Toast in the Post, Blackpool-based drinks in the postal gift business with retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis

Jane said: “Exhibits are only just restarting after a two year hiatus, but David and I have kept going with A Toast in the Post.

“The business continues to thrive. The business market is proving popular. With no minimum order quantity, each personalized toast and a range of beverages to choose from, they make the perfect corporate gift for many reasons, such as celebrating a company anniversary, rewarding staff and thanking customers.

“Participating in the SBS event gave us a much-needed boost! Not only did we meet Theo Paphitis and have a photoshoot with him, but we were thrilled to meet all of the supportive business owners we we’ve been connected virtually since launching A Toast in the Post, and winning the SBS contest.

“We left the event inspired after hearing a powerful and positive presentation from Theo, a fireside chat with Touker Suleyman and Theo and hearing Rachel Watkyn and her inspiring journey with the Tiny Box Company.”

One of the Toast in the Post gift boxes

“Jacqueline Gold contacted us to announce that we were one of her top three companies of 2021 and we were invited to a mentoring day with her at Anne Summer’s HQ and lunch at The Ivy in London.

“It’s all the more special that Jacqueline used our corporate gift service and received toasts herself and she sees the potential in our business.”

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