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  • 18 Aug 2011 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to Mike Harris of For Every Occasion in Rhyl for an update on the legislation regarding the compulsory 5p charge that retailers now have to make for carrier bags in Wales. 

    Mike asked the following question:  

    We run a balloon shop in Rhyl.  A lot of the time we use wheelie bin bags to place the balloon arrangements in with a view to:-

    • 1.        Protecting the environment by preventing  foil balloons from being released and
    • 2.       To ensure the product remains in perfect condition for the customer – I am sure you will understand that carrying a balloon arrangement worth up to £50.00 without a bag is not possible without it being damaged in any way.

    I cannot see any mention of a charge for bags other than a single use carrier bag and we are therefore not clear whether we will have to apply a 5p charge to each wheelie bin bag  or specialist decorators bag that leaves our shop. 

    Perhaps you could please clarify the position so it is clear to us.

    Mike received the following reply from Tobi Adeshokan of the welsh government:

    Dear Mike


    The single use carrier bag charge only applies to plastic, paper, natural starch and plant-based mateiral carrier bags and not to bin bags.

    We hope that this helps shed some light on what you can use.


  • 13 Aug 2011 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here's the latest BAPIA update, this one is focused on The Green Balloon Campaign and the Balloon Art Festival.

    Newsletter Aug 2011 Festival.pdf

  • 10 Aug 2011 4:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BAPIA is sponsoring the first Balloon Art Festival that has been organised by The Green Balloon Campaign and Dr Bobs Balloons.  The festival is a public display of balloon sculptures in The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff and is designed to co-ordinate with the Waterfron Festival in Cardiff Bay from 27th -29th August 2011.  The festival is an opportunity to promote balloons and balloon decor to the public and also to create awareness of the truth about balloons and the environment.  There will be balloon professionals on hand to answer questions from the public and to promote the Green Balloon Campaign schools project.  for more information go to  

    The Red Dragon Centre have organised a fantastic marketing campaign to generate interest in the festival and to achieve media interest in what we are doing. 


  • 21 Jul 2011 7:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BAPIA announces the launch of The Green Balloon Campaign, an initiative to highlight the facts about balloons and the environment and create greater awareness of what can be achieved with balloons.  For more information clcik on the following link to read the BAPIA update on the campaign.

    Newsletter July 2011.pdf

  • 15 Jul 2011 4:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you want to know the facts about the current helium supply issue click on the following link which will take you to an article on the Gas World website.  Our understanding is that the gas companies are working to limit the impact of this situation on their customers. For more information you shoudl contact your helium supplier.

  • 25 May 2011 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     From 1st October 2011 a minimum 5p charge will be introduced on all 'one time use' carrier bags for retailers in Wales. 

    The Welsh Assembly is introducing a compulsory minimum 5p charge on all carrier bags, the move is designed to encourage people to re-use their bags and reduce waste. 

    Currently the scheme is only affecting retailers and those supplying goods from within Wales but it is likely that other governemnts will be watching teh results of the scheme.

    For more information click on the following link



  • 13 May 2011 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New York artist Jason Hackenwerth is an experimental artist who is currently using balloons as his medium of choice but as an artist uses many different mediums.  Jason first started using balloons to help finance his way through University, his mother was an entertainer and despite his mild embarrassment at this as a youngster he could see the financial benefits and so started twisting for tips.

    His abilities with balloons carried on through to his professional artistry and he has exhibited at many large art exhibitions  and has been commissioned by large galleries and corporations to build his unique sculptures.

    He was recently approached to design and build some balloon sculptures to support Selfridges ‘Project Ocean’ campaign for a display in their main atrium at the London flagship store.  Jason, an avid environmentalist, explained to the team that all of the balloons were pure natural latex and 100% recyclable and this only served to re-enforce their desire to use his sculptures in their campaign.

    Jason and his team built the sculptures of sea creatures in the currently disused Selfridges hotel and then transferred them to the main atrium area where they were completed and hoisted into place.  The project was launched by HRH Prince Charles and Jason was really pleased that he got to meet him and have a brief chat.

    You can see pictures of the sculptures in our gallery Project Ocean

    Check out Jason’s video at 

  • 06 May 2011 9:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Amscan International have recently launched their new Amscan Decorator website which is a direct to decorators website where professionals will be able to source  wide range of Amscan decorator products and accessories as well as get the latest news and information from Amscan and view their current training schedule.

    For more information go to  

  • 05 May 2011 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As part of their 'Project Ocean' Selfridges are having a giant balloon creation built and installed by New York artist Jason Hackenwerth in the main atrium of their London flagship store.

    Jason, who as an experimental artist works with many different mediums but who has found success with his balloon sculptures and exhibitions has been commisioned to build giant sea creatures from latex balloons to bring a twist of colour and humour to the project.  The project launches on 11th May and Jason has promised BAPIA some photographs of his work there, so that we can all see what he has created.

    For more details on Project Ocean click on the following link

    For more information on Jason Hackenwerth go to his website at 

  • 18 Apr 2011 1:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For ever more….generations and generations of people around the globe will know September as International Balloon Month!

    The International Balloon Association (IBA), the balloon industry’s non profit trade association for manufacturers, distributors, entertainers and decorators are ramping up for their most ambitious campaign to date.

     Balloon industry members around the world will participate in promoting the wondrous world of balloons.  The public will gain exposure to the advancements and variety of balloon designs, balloon couture, balloon sculpture and entertainer talents.

    The excitement is mounting as balloon manufacturers select the unique designs of foil and latex Smiley balloons to offer distributors who will then pass on the special pricing to retailers.  The Smiley balloon is an iconic balloon and the face of International Balloon Month.  Consumers will find special promotions on Smiley balloons in most retail locations.

    International Balloon Month is an event that brings competing companies together for the common goal of promoting balloons.

    Keep your eyes peeled for sales on balloons, surprise balloon delivery blitz’s, balloon flash mobs, creative YouTube videos and countless antics planned by this group who are passionate about balloons and the balloon industry.

    2010 was the first year for International Balloon Month and their soft launch was a success proving the world is indeed ready for an International Balloon Month.

    The industry benefits by increased exposure, the public benefits by learning Smart Balloon Practices and amazing decor ideas and the ultimate beneficiaries are the recipients of the balloons.  Because as Winnie the Pooh said “No one can be uncheered with a balloon”.

    Get ready world - International Balloon Month is coming in September and people are bound to get carried away with all the excitement.

    For more information contact Marty Fish: 866-413-7358,,


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