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Binky Moves Up in the world to Harrods and Selfridges

By Liz Nankivell When we first started out on our Binky journey over five years ago it was a far-fetched dream that our books would be sold in Harrods and Selfridges, but that dream has become a reality and we are now in the exciting position of discussing and planning in-store promotions with the Harrod's buyer!  So how did this all come about? Liz explains: "An email arrived out of the blue and from someone I did not recognise. It said:'You kindly sent my colleague a copy of "Binky Goes To London".  I'm rather charmed by the title and would like to select it for our stores in Harrods and Selfridges.' Well that sort of thing does not happen every day and after a celebratory mug of tea and a Hobnob, we set about supplying the Binky Bear series of books to the two most iconic stores in the land. Every day, at Binky Bear HQ we sit down to one challenge or another, managing the requirements of self-publishing: self distributing, self-marketing, in fact pretty much self everything! But it was a moment of inspired genius back in April that made us wonder if we could get Binky into Harrods and wouldn't that be amazing.  The brainwave we had was simple and profound...just phone the Harrods book department and ask who we should contact.  (Too many years in corporate life, respecting channels of communication can sometimes get in the way of a very simple task!)  Anyway, albeit at least 30 phone calls later and with the help of a brilliant switchboard operator we were starting to get closer to the right person. After a great deal of perseverance we had a name and we sent some sample books.  Now a few months on we are scoping out an exciting in-store promotion with Harrods so watch this space for some very special news!  
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#Binky Mug Competition – We Have A Winner

Drumroll please Binky! And the winner is... Fay Osborne who said Binky was drinking 'Hot chocolate, with cream and marsh mellows' Fay, congratulations and please email us your address to binky@binkybear.co.uk and your special Limited Edition Binky Bear Mug will be in the post to you on Monday! A big thank you to everyone for taking part and having such fun with us.
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#Binky #Giveaway We Have A Winner!

Congratulations Katie Kitchen! You were quite right – the answer is Guildford Waterstones. You’ve won our fantastic prize – a signed copy of Binky Goes to London and a cuddly Little Binky bear. To claim it email us at binky@binkybear.co.uk with a postal address and we will deliver your bag of #Binky goodies. You have 48 hours to claim your prize. We will choose another winner if we don’t hear from you by then. Thank you everyone for taking part and also for your comments. Look out for the next #BigBinkyGiveAway.
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The Royal Horticultural Society Wisley have got signed copies of Binky Goes To London

After reading Binky Goes To London to a group of very excited Binky fans, Liz signed some copies for you to buy in the RHS shop at Wisley and you can also pick up a free Binky bookmark at the till!  Big thank you to Alistair for being a very capable page turner! There is still lots to do for children at Wisley this summer holiday.  Click here for more details.  Look out for some Interactive Story Telling this weekend and of course their wonderful Great Garden Quest.
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And the winner is….

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Sally Butcher!  Congratulations!

Sally please send us your address to binky@binkybear.co.uk. Your Little Binky Bear is ready for his journey to your house and he is very excited!

The location is Abbey Gardens, Winchester.  In the background is the statue of King Alfred. What a fabulous response from you all.  Thank you for entering our competition and look out for the next one, coming very soon.
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Binky had a day out at the Royal Horticultural Society – Wisley…

Moira and Binky helped the RHS at Wisley kick off their summer season of brilliant activities for children with a visit on Saturday.  Check out the RHS website for details of events every day during the summer holidays.  Look out for their Great Garden Quest. Binky will be there again on Saturday August 16th.  Come along and shake his paw and hear Liz read Binky Goes To London. You will be able to buy your own copy and ask Liz to sign and dedicate it for you.  
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Happy 4th July to our friends in the US!

Did you know that just over 10% of the visitors to this website are from the US, as are several of our most enthusiastic Facebook fans.   Lots of Binky Books and bears have been bought in Great Britain, as souvenirs of holidays here and given to friends and family back home. It is really exciting to think that the adventures of our very British Binky Bear are being read at bedtimes all over the US. So in the spirit of doing something nice for your friends, Binky himself roped in two Little Binky Bears to pose for Moira's camera with their very own Stars and Stripes.  So Happy 4th July Holidays to you all on the other side of the big pond!
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#Throwback Thursday

Some of you may be familiar with the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday and we are starting to use it on Facebook to go back and talk about how we started with Binky Bear. When we first had the idea of creating a children's photographic picture book we knew that our book, Binky's Big Adventure would be location specific and would have a map so you could enjoy Binky's adventure in Alresford yourself.  What we needed first though was a Teddy Bear.  We both have old bears but they are just too fragile so we went on the hunt to local charity shops for bears with different looks which we could use for test shots.  Here is one of our first applicants for the job of Binky Bear and Moira managed to hitch him up on the sign for Alresford Station (The Watercress Line).
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Big Binky Bear Celebration Today!

Big hello to you all and thank you to everyone who has helped us build our Facebook page up to 1,000 Likes.  On May 1st we had 427 Likes and today we have 1014! Binky joined us for a very special pink lemonade and (almost matching) Red Velvet Cake at Long Barn Alresford today.  He even managed to look up from eating long enough to have his photograph taken. If you haven't liked out Facebook page yet, go one, come and see what all the fuss is about and join the Binky Family on Facebook. We post a new picture every day from the World of Binky and we'd love to have you aboard!  
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#Binky #Giveaway We Have A Winner!

Congrats! Kathryn Cuthbertson!  You’ve won our fantastic prize. To claim it, email us at binky@binkybear.co.uk with a postal address so we can deliver your bag of #Binky goodies.
You have 48 hours to claim your prize. We will choose another winner if we don’t hear from you by then.
Thank you everyone for all your wonderful comments and for taking part in all the fun.
Look out for the next #BigBinkyGiveAway.