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It’s starting to feel a lot like…a Virgin Christmas!

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It’s starting to feel a lot like…a Virgin Christmas!

A couple of weeks ago we announced an opportunity for our Pioneers to apply to trade at our Christmas fairs – including pop-up opportunities with Virgin Trains and a chance to trade at the Virgin Media offices. And there was also a chance for this opportunity – the Virgin Management Christmas Fair at the Battleship Building, Paddington.

We were bowled away by the standard of entries – and the amount! Almost 100 of you got in touch, and it was amazing to be reminded of the incredible range of businesses we have out there, and the inventiveness and quality of your products. We could only pick a handful, but we think you’re all winners. 

This Christmas Fair is close to our hearts, because the end of the year is a time to celebrate. At the centre of what Pioneers does is a love of creating opportunities for businesses – whether that’s sending you abroad, helping you make connections, or simply bringing you all together. And this Christmas fair is also an opportunity. The businesses will trade in the Battleship Building, which contains hundreds of people from different branches of Virgin; it’s an invaluable opportunity to connect with people who could move your business forward, and get to know the Virgin team a bit better. It’s also a chance to treat yourself a bit, reflect on how far you’ve come in the year, and walk away renewed and inspired for 2015. 

So huge congratulations to the businesses who made the cut (below) – and thank you from the bottom of our heart to all the other businesses that applied. Check back next year for another Christmas opportunity – though you won’t have to wait that long before the next exciting Pioneer venture comes up! 

And please note that if you’ve applied for the Trains pop-up opportunities or Virgin Media opportunities, you might still be a winner yet! 

Candy Baker 

Candy Baker’s luxury hosiery and accessories are a great Christmas gift. (Or a gift for yourself – we won’t tell!) 

Axby & Hirst 

Axby & Hirst create beautiful personalised homeware from the worn and well-loved – everything from cheeseboards to cuddly owls. 

Ginger Doodles 

Ginger Doodles creates gorgeous and quirky screen-printed bags and prints with a sense of humour. 

Dark Matters 

Got a sweet tooth? Dark Matters has the perfect brownie for everyone, whether you like yours straight-up or marshmallow-topped. 

Smiley Booth 

Everyone loves a photobooth – we’re looking forward to seeing the Virgin team dressed up in hats and comedy moustaches, for memories that will last a lifetime! 

Yours Sustainably 

With a huge range of beautiful gifts, there’s something for everyone and all price ranges - and you can rest safe that everything is ethically-sourced and sustainable. 


The most Christmassy business of them all, Celebrate sell cards and stocking-fillers – perfect to get you in the festive mood!

Image source: Flickr Creative Commons