Lego Rainwear arrives at PuddleDucks.ie

We’re really big fans of Lego and love the new Lego movie. So we are delighted to announce that we have just added Lego Rainwear from Denmark to our range of kids waterproofs. The new range includes fun and funky waterproof rain jackets, along with waterproof dungarees and trousers.

Lego Rainwear at PuddleDucks

The Lego jackets are designed with dots to replicate the pattern of Lego bricks and will be adored by all Lego fans!  The jacket is completely waterproof and windproof and suitable for everyday use including wet or muddy outdoor play and as a school coat.  The unlined jacket is made from a strong but soft material that is comfortable to wear and move in. The jackets are hard wearing and fully machine washable.

The new jackets are available now online at €31.99.

We look forward to adding more Lego rainwear to our range very soon.

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Christmas Offer: Free Gift from Bia Beauty

We have a very special free gift for you this Christmas. Just spend over €55 at PuddleDucks (excluding postage) and we will send you a free Bia Beauty Bitesize Skincare Gift Set (value €9.95). Cork-based Bia Beauty has an award winning range of luxurious natural skin care products.

The Bitesize Set contains sample sizes of their Mellow Mandarin moisturiser, Orange & Grapefruit Exfoliant, Skin’s Superfood and Stop the Clock Eye Gel, all packed up in a neat pink gift box.

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Terms & Conditions: Just order over €55 (excluding postage) at PuddleDucks.ie between 12th Dec and midnight 15th Dec. Write “free gift” in the customer notes at the time of ordering. Please note that we are unable to include the gift if it is not requested at the time of order.  One free gift per order.

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PuddleDucks Summer Photo Competition 2013

What a fantastic Summer! We hope you’ve been enjoying the warm, sunny days and having lot of outdoor family fun.  It’s time again for our annual PuddleDucks Summer Photo Competition and we’d love to see your Fun In The Sun (or in the rain!) photos.  Our theme is Outdoor Summer Fun and you can send in as many photos as you like.  We’ll select one photo and the winner will receive a €50 PuddleDucks voucher which can be redeemed againt any items from our range.  And everyone who sends us a photo gets a 10% discount voucher off their next order at PuddleDucks.

Email your photos to us at photos@puddleducks.ie and please tell us a little bit of info about the image. Please also include your name and contact phone number.

Terms and Conditions:

  • You can send as many photos as you like (the more the merrier!)
  • The closing date for entry is Friday 16th August 2013
  • One winner will be selected and will win a €50 PuddleDucks voucher
  • Each entrant will be be sent a 10% discount voucher for their next PuddleDucks purchase
  • By entering your photo you agree that the photo can be posted to our Blog, Facebook and Pinterest pages
  • Please feel free to post your photos directly on our Facebook page but please also send it to us by email
  • Please send us the photos in jpeg format in as high a resolution as possible

And below is our own summer photo of our boy Jake, body-boarding on a beach in Kerry.

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Little PuddleDuck-ers on the farm in Argentina

We always love to receive your photos of PuddleDucks gear in action. And it’s extra special to get these photos from the other side of the world.

This week, we were thrilled to get these photos from our customer, Vicky in Argentina, showing her kids Beatrix and Harvey having fun in their farm uniforms (as the kids call them!). Vicky says “the dungarees are fab, and as a company you were a pleasure to buy from”.

Many thanks Vicky. The photos are great and it’s lovely to see the kids putting their PuddleDucks to great use on the farm.

If you have a photo of your kids in their gear that you’d like to share, please send it to us at info@puddleducks.ie, add to our Facebook page or let us know on our Twitter stream.

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PuddleDucks announced as IEDR Optimise 2013 Winner

We’re delighted that PuddleDucks are one of the 20 winners of the Optimise 2013 Fund, supported by IEDR (the .ie Domain Registry).

IEDR’s Optimise eCommerce Website Development Fund provides €150,000 worth of professional consultancy and support to help 20 Irish SMEs and micro-enterprises upgrade their online presence and grow their business using the Internet as a sales and marketing channel.

We are very grateful to IEDR for selecting us as one the winners. We are looking forward to the opportunity that Optimise will provide to take PuddleDucks to our next stage of growth.

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The full list of winners of Optinise 2013:

The Butler’s Pantry: www.thebutlerspantry.ie

Killowen Farm: www.killowen.ie

Business World: www.businessworld.ie

Press22: www.press22.ie

Java Republic: www.javarepublic.ie

Rock Farm Slane: www.rockfarnmslane.ie

Wholesale Directory: www.wholesaledirectory.ie

Seavite Bodycare: www.seavite.ie

Viking Marine: www.vikingmarine.ie

Colmac Robotics: www.colmac.ie

Eurocycles: www.eurocycles.ie

Courtlough Shooting Grounds: www.courtlough.ie

PuddleDucks: www.puddleducks.ie

Motive Television: www.motive.ie

Manasik Tours: www.manasik.ie

Square Fit: www.tyresdublin.ie

Anchor Safety: www.anchorsafety.ie

Air Impact: www.airimpact.ie

Datascope: www.datascope.ie

RA Kee & Sons: www.rkee.ie

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Our Customer Photostream – Down on the Farm

We always love to receive your photos of PuddleDucks gear in action. It’s great to see kids having fun outdoors – wrapped up warm and dry in their PuddleDucks waterproofs. We recently received this lovely photo from our customer, Margaret Mary Murphy from Co. Kilkenny of her son out and about with the cows wearing his  fleece-lined waterproof set.  She commented on Twitter “My four year old won’t go farming with out his #puddleducks gear… Thanks for keeping my washing down!”.

Thanks for the photo, Margaret Mary – we love it.

If you have a photo of your kids in their gear that you’d like to share, please send it to us at info@puddleducks.ie, add to our Facebook page or let us know on our Twitter stream.

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PuddleDucks in the Press: Irish Times 13th February

Suzanne was interviewed and discussed PuddleDucks in an article in the Business Section of the Irish Times this week. A link to the article is here and the full text is below:

What is distinctive about your business?

We specialise in quality outdoor wear for children. Our products are completely waterproof but also soft and lightweight. Durability is also key. These practical clothes are made to last. Even after years of constant wear and washing, they keep on going.

What has been your major success to date?

Survival and organic growth. We set up the company in 2005 and even through the recession our sales and profits have continued to increase year on year. Increasingly, we are selling overseas. This has come about entirely through referrals and repeat business.

We now ship regularly to more than 15 countries and have a growing customer base in the US, Canada and Russia.

What has been your biggest challenge?

The one we are currently facing – taking PuddleDucks to its next level of growth. It is very difficult for an online retailer to really grow if they are only selling to the Irish market, so we want to build on our current export market and drastically increase it in several key areas.

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What key piece of advice would you give to someone starting a business?

Believe in your products and love your customers. A large proportion of our sales are from repeats and referrals. We believe this is because we back up quality products with the highest level of customer service.

Who do you admire most in business and why?

Anita Roddick of The Body Shop. She started her first shop on a shoestring as a means of supporting her family but went on to have more than 1,000 shops in 40 countries.

She achieved this through customer loyalty and people wanting to be part of the “feel-good factor” created by the Body Shop at that time.

I also really admire her outlook on corporate responsibility. At a time when it was unheard of, she saw business in the wider context of a world that should respect animals, nature, people and employees.

What do you think the Government should be doing to stimulate the economy?

Boost consumer confidence by taking the uncertainty out of any future tax increases and spending cuts. Retailers depend on consumer confidence to maintain and increase sales.

The lead-up to the budget each year causes consumer anxiety about what’s going to be announced. This has a direct and negative impact on spending.

Also, there should be more support for Irish online retailers to sell at home and abroad which, after all, is an export business.

At the moment, 75 per cent of all online spending by Irish consumers goes outside the county. Government agencies should recognise this and help boost the home-based e-commerce sector to redress the balance.

What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made in business?

In the first few years we sold directly from our website but also sold the kids’ waterproofs wholesale.

However, we soon found we were spending a lot of time processing wholesale orders for very little gain. Now we only sell direct to the public.

What’s your business worth and would you sell it?

To us it is invaluable and currently we would not sell, as there is so much potential for growth.

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