Latest News

IMG_1837

iCandy exhibit their full 2014 collection on their show-stopping booth at CBME, China 

Proving to be one of the most exciting events at the Shanghai show; iCandy stopped visitors in their tracks as they exhibited for the first time to launch the much anticipated iCandy Peach 3, Raspberry and the Strawberry 2 pushchair.

Show7 300x225 iCandy return from proudly waving the Union Flag at a successful International Children Baby Maternity Industry Exhibition, Shanghai

The iCandy booth

With over 80 years of cutting edge innovation and nursery experience, iCandy brought a collection of beautifully formed, luxury pushchairs; providing the ultimate iCandy experience that Shanghai has seen. Inquisitive crowds gathered to view the much anticipated collection and after meeting various people of the trade, iCandy were delighted to fill their visitor’s book within one day of exhibiting.

IMG 1883 225x300 iCandy return from proudly waving the Union Flag at a successful International Children Baby Maternity Industry Exhibition, Shanghai

The iCandy visitors book

Martin Boyle, iCandy’s Managing Director said: “CBME is the perfect platform for us to showcase some of our greatest, most beautiful British designed pushchairs to date and we’re delighted with the reception we have received at Shanghai. Being at the forefront of innovation and style in the nursery industry means continuous improvement and innovation.  We are inordinately proud of the 2014 iCandy Collection and enjoyed revealing the range to China, allowing us to further build iCandy’s brand awareness internationally.”

IMG 1837 300x224 iCandy return from proudly waving the Union Flag at a successful International Children Baby Maternity Industry Exhibition, Shanghai

The iCandy Booth

Peach 3 Azure

Housing the Summer 14 collection, iCandy’s website now allows users to purchase

Following great customer demand, iCandy World’s e-commerce site is now live. For the first time, the aspirational pushchairs are now available direct from the brand themselves. A company never to stand still, iCandyworld.com has developed from an online look book to an e-commerce site housing the latest collection from the world’s leading pushchair brand.

The online shop will act as iCandy’s ‘digital flagship store’ and will house the full summer 14 collection as well as special editions and the much anticipated Peach 3 range. The iStore ‘shop’ function will serve the UK before being rolled out internationally in the future.

Making the world of iCandy available at your fingertips, the site has also been designed to build brand awareness, with sections dedicated to the iCandy story, latest press news, the configurator that allows users to create their bespoke iCandy, and customer support providing everything from iSpare parts to video demonstrations. The new platform has now evolved and affords iCandy a very hard-working digital presence on which to inspire trade and serve their fast-growing customer base.

In a recent iCandy survey, a great 82% of consumers voted ‘yes’ for iCandy to sell directly online. Developed by the digital marketing agency ‘My Social Agency’ the move marks a complete overhaul of iCandy’s online platform, which the brand ensures will match the level of customer service that customers currently receive in-store.

“We are proud to be involved with this development for iCandy, a brand that we all admire. Creating a fully mobile responsive website within tight deadlines was a challenge we relished, and we are delighted to have created a finished, working product in record time.” said Mark Mitchell, Managing Director of My Social Agency Ltd.

Martin Boyle, Managing Director of iCandy said “This is a great step for iCandy, buying a pushchair for a child is a special moment, especially for the first time. Everything we do is highly personal and the site needed to reflect that and be interesting from both a commercial and an awareness perspective. The most important thing for me is that whoever visits the site can interact with it and that there is the depth of information to allow our customer to explore iCandy World in a curated space. The scope of iCandy and the revolution in technology presents new and exciting opportunities in the e-commerce space.”

900 vlnma1376316606 300x199 The iCandy e commerce site is now live

Martin Boyle – Managing Director of iCandy

 

 

aaron-feature-pic

The luxury pushchair brand have teamed up with top trainer Aaron Flynn for some Health and Fitness advice just in time for the summer holidays!

 

Family life and exercise are not usually words you see in the same sentence. Most of us would like to lose weight and get fit, but it’s hard enough just to fit all your work and family duties into the day, without having to think of exercise too. Most parents believe they simply don’t have time to work out – but iCandy Word reveal this is not the case!

The luxury brand have teamed up with top trainer, Aaron Flynn, for some Health and Fitness advice to help parents get the most out of their training and advise families on how to live a more balanced lifestyle!

Aaron is an award-winning trainer who has been providing nutritional advice and personal training to clients around the world for over six years. “Summer is the perfect opportunity to get moving, it’s a chance to get outdoors and try new ways to get fit with the family. Whether you prefer to jog outdoors, get active with the family or sweat it out in the gym, the way you exercise can be tailored and streamlined to maximise its benefits for your health.” Aaron says.

IMG 0507 300x200 iCandy reveal how staying fit can be fun for all of the family

Little Riley and Aaron

iCandy will be working alongside Aaron to publish posts throughout the summer to help parents discover the fitness fanatic within! This will include fitness videos that will most certainly get you moving, sweating and working every muscle in your body. Shooting in various locations around the country, Aaron demonstrates a combo of push ups, pull ups, lunges and squats – just a few of the exercises that will challenge your body. Aaron will also share his passion for cooking, creating various delicious recipes that come with full nutritional information and are simple to prepare and follow. They are all print and mobile friendly, so you can take them with you wherever you go.

Everyone can get involved, so this weekend why not get the whole family together and make exercising fun!

CBME

iCandy due to exhibit their full 2014 collection including exclusively revealing the Strawberry 2 at CBME, China

 

Set to be one of the most exciting events at the Shanghai show, iCandy will be exhibiting for the first time to launch the much anticipated iCandy Peach 3, Raspberry and the Strawberry 2 pushchair.

 

The International Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME China) is the recognised annual gathering of industry leaders, brands and key players of the baby and maternity trade. After 13 successful years, CBME is now the world’s largest sourcing event for baby and maternity products.

 

With over 80 years of cutting edge innovation and nursery experience, iCandy brings a collection of beautifully formed, luxury pushchairs, set to provide the ultimate iCandy experience that Shanghai has seen. One of the most exciting events at CBME is iCandy’s launch of the Peach 3 and Raspberry. In its third generation, the Peach 3 has pushed the boundaries further as the experts at iCandy further develop its engineering and design. Another exclusive appearance at the show is the latest addition to join the iCandy family, the Raspberry. Lightweight with a compact, freestanding fold chassis, the iCandy Raspberry pushchair will keep you on the move and is the smart choice for urban adventures with your new born – or toddler. The all-new Strawberry 2 is also set to make an appearance for the first time at the show, now in its second generation, the revamped travel system will be available in 6 fresh-colourways with a variety of new innovative features.

iCandy will be exhibiting from the 22nd – 24th July on stand number W1E23 W1E22.

 

The CBME organiser added: “We’re delighted to have the leading luxury pushchair brand, iCandy World exhibiting at CBME China for the first time. We have always focused on supporting the exhibition of successful international brands such as iCandy. As the industry grows, we see a demand for such innovative design and trusted manufacturing. CBME China is a professional exhibition that upholds the highest quality standard, it only features certified products and also adheres to intellectual property guidelines and laws. 2014 will see the expansion of CBME China as we take the exhibition to the next level and include well-regarded nursery brands and we greatly believe iCandy’s pioneering products will contribute to this. Through CBME China, iCandy hopes to gain a foothold in China’s juvenile products industry.” Athena Gong, General Manager, CBME.

he Raspberry in Lush with matt black chassis will be available to view at The Baby Show, ExCel

Lightweight, compact and manoeuvrable the unveiled iCandy Raspberry pushchair will keep you on the move

 The Raspberry is iCandy’s new state-of-the-art lightweight, freestanding compact-fold stroller. Hopping on and off buses, from cafés to cabs, up kurbs and through the London underground, with its agile chassis, ease of fold and innovative, hidden spacious storage capsule, the quick and easy pushchair is the smart choice for urban adventures with your new born – or toddler. Weighing an astonishing 8.4KG, the Raspberry is one of the lightest luxury pushchairs on the market and will be sure to keep you on the move.

The latest addition to the iCandy range has been conceived from consumer feedback and given life by iCandy’s design team. Part of the design brief was to ensure comfort; the seat unit is luxuriously soft with added cushioning for a comfortable ride, made from a breathable, water resistant fabric for ease of cleaning. Already recognised for its pioneering design, the Raspberry has received various awards, including the international Red Dot: Design 2014 award earlier this year.

In a recent survey, a great 56% of parents have said they plan to travel abroad with their pushchair this summer and 48% of parents admitted that a lightweight compact ‘urban pushchair’ would encourage them to visit city areas more often. iCandy have created the perfect solution to provide on-the-go parents with confidence when traveling abroad and in cities. The Raspberry ensures families enjoy life to the maximum – lightweight, compact and manoeuvrable, the award-winning Raspberry keeps you on the move and is suitable for children weighing up to 15kg.

The seat unit is highly adaptable, the option of a lie-flat position allows the stroller to be used from birth, as well as parent or world facing. The 3-position reclining seat adjusts to suit the mood of your infant or toddler. The stroller will fold with the seat unit in situ or it can be removed to make storage of the Raspberry even more compact. The innovative seat folds like a clam shell protecting the seat unit from muddy wheels when stored. When folded the Raspberry is compact and freestanding making it easy to fold, carry and store.

Parents take pride in the luxurious look of an iCandy, but it’s in the handling where iCandy pushchairs excel. Styled to perfection, the Raspberry comes with a state-of-the-art wheel design to complement the innovative tyres with 4-wheel independent suspension, ensures smooth strolling for both parent and child no matter the surface or bumps in the road.

iCandy images 280 300x294 The Raspberry, the latest addition to the iCandy family

iCandy Raspberry

The chassis comes in two colours, a sleek matt black or natural brushed aluminium with the iCandy logo lasered into the frame for that perfect, lasting finish. To allow you to customise your Raspberry the hood is available in 7 fresh colour ways – Arctic Night, Atlantic, Lush, Beetle, Sunflower, Wisteria, Fuchsia.

What’s more, the quick and easy pushchair goes the extra mile: its unique iCandy accessories allow your Raspberry to grow with your little one. For newborns iCandy have created a fabulous Newborn Pod keeping your baby warm and comforted with a knitted outer fabric andluxury inner fleece lined double layer wrap. The design also makes it easy to take your baby in and out of the stroller, whether they are awake and wriggling or sound asleep. For the older child there is a larger footmuff with a non-slip base, Ripstop performance fabric on the outer lining and a cosy inner fleece lining to keep your little one warm and snug. iCandy know your child likes to have independence and movement so on the front there is a large fleece-lined pocket for the child to keep their hands warm or store their favourite toy.

Both the Newborn Pod and Footmuff are also available in 7 stunning colours so you can choose to match the hood or you can mix and match to your own taste with over 100 fashionable combinations.

Variety of accessories 300x300 The Raspberry, the latest addition to the iCandy family

iCandy Newborn Pod and Footmuff.

 

iCandy are selected as ‘Ones to watch’ on the annual league table of Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing profits

Contributing to the success of the iCandy brand, the award recognises the leading British company’s brand values, innovation and impressive profit growth.

Business at iCandy is very much a family affair, established for over 80 years, the current third generation CEO’s brothers Bradley and Warren Appel, absorbed manufacturing knowledge from their grandfather Charles who founded a fashion company in 1933. Today iCandy is the leading British luxury pushchair brand, receiving many accolades and most recently the business was shortlisted for the ‘Ones to Recognise’ award in conjunction with The Sunday Times, BDO Profit track 100.

2014 Profit Track OTR logo 186x300 Fast Track recognises iCandy World

The Sunday Times Profit Track

As part of the shortlisting The Sunday Times met with joint CEO’s, Bradley and Warren to discuss the company’s captivating history, challenges overcome, and future plans for the luxury brand.

The Ones to Recognise programme, which has run for 8 years, showcases privately-owned companies that are playing an important role in the revival of the UK’s economy.  While iCandy distributes on a global scale, it is in fact run by a tight-knit British team of just over 50 people. The privately owned business has experienced an impressive growth in recent years and with its great British heritage and company values has been recognised for numerous awards.

The glamorous Profit Track 100 awards dinner took place on Tuesday 10 June, at The Savoy in London.

Bradley Appel, joint CEO of iCandy said “It’s a great honour to be acknowledged by The Sunday Times. For iCandy this reinforces our innovation, trust and pioneering British design to our consumers. It’s an important accolade to have and it means so much to be recognised as ‘Ones to Recognise’ with other great British private companies also achieving the fastest-growing profits. This supports what we believe and is a powerful endorsement, we’re delighted as a British family business to have an independent organisation also recognise it.”

Bradley and Warren Appel Joint CEOs of iCandy World 300x282 Fast Track recognises iCandy World

Bradley and Warren Appel, Joint CEO’s of iCandy World

 

iC Life

The world of iCandy is now available at your fingertips through the new iC Life blog page

For the first time, the aspirational pushchair brand have developed a blog page that reflects the reality of being a parent today. A company never to stand still, iCandyworld.com has developed from an online look book, housing the latest iCandy collection to a hub of reliable information.

iC Life will provide advice, parenting tips and tricks, health, fashion, shopping and entertainment for both you and the children.Making the world of iCandy available at your fingertips, the site offers information to parents on everything from the latest baby gadgets and how to lead a healthier lifestyle to the latest fashion trends. The page will cater to all parents, from those of you who are still planning, through to working parents, single mums and even at-home dads! It will undoubtedly make life as a parent just that little bit easier, and provide a good laugh along the way.

iC Life blog screen shot 300x268 The iCandy iC Life page is now live

iC Life page

The platform has now evolved and affords iCandy a very hard-working digital presence on which to inspire and serve their fast-growing customer base. The iC Life page will serve the UK before being rolled out internationally in the future.

Martin Boyle, Managing Director of iCandy said “This is a great step for iCandy, everything we do is highly personal and the site needed to reflect that. The most important thing for me is that whoever visits the site can interact with it and that there is the depth of information to allow our customer to explore iCandy World in a curated space. The scope of iCandy and the revolution in technology presents new and exciting opportunities for the brand.”

iC Dad of the year

Luxury pushchair brand, iCandy are on the search for super dads in the lead up to Father’s Day 2014

In the build-up to this year’s Father’s day, it’s time to celebrate all dads across the UK. iCandy are giving tribute to Dads as they look for the ultimate iCandy Dad of the Year 2014.

Father’s Day is all about great British dads and the leading pushchair brand are encouraging its fans to nominate a Dad close to their hearts with photos of their choice, accompanied by 100 words to explain why they deserve the accolade.

The award is being handed out by iCandy and the winner will be chosen by the nation online. Stay tuned to the iCandy World Facebook page to find out how you can enter the super hero dad in your life into an exciting competition to win a trip to iCandy HQ and various exclusive iCandy goodies.

  Lifestyle image Dad of the year1 iCandy Dad of the Year 2014

Shortlist Voting Terms and Conditions
  • Open to UK mainland entrants only
  • All entries to be submitted by midnight on 8th June 2014
  • Independent judging will take place with the top 5 entries shortlisted on our website or social media channels for national voting.
  • National voting will take place 10th-13th June 2014UK residents aged 18+. 1 vote per person per Facebook account only.
  • By sending in your photo for this competition, you are granting permission for iCandy to use that photo for our marketing purposes. If you do not wish for your photo to be used in this way, please confirm this at the time of submission.
  • The prize includes an all-expenses paid trip to iCandy World Head Office, Montgomery Way, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. SG18 8UB. The winner will receive a £500 iCandy gift voucher which can only be redeemable at iCandy World Head Office and cannot be exchanged for any other prize.
  • The winner’s expenses to iCandy Head Office will be reimbursed upon presentation of receipts. Winning Dad to be announced on Father’s day, 15th June at iCandy Worlds UK Facebook page.
Peach 3 Elevators

Cutting-edge design at iCandy elevates your child

 

The iCandy Peach range provide unique elevators that ensure your child will be closer to the parent and away from exhaust pipe level

Astonishing headlines in this mornings tabloids as minister, Ed Davey warns that young children in buggies who are being pushed around at ‘exhaust pipe level’ are ‘vulnerable’ to dangerous car fumes.

In an interview with The Evening Standard, the top Lib Dem, Ed Davey stressed that children were predominantly at risk from traffic pollution; “at the moment they are vulnerable if they are being pushed down congested high streets. In a buggy they are at near exhaust pipe level.”

The Climate Change and Energy Secretary added that parents had raised fears that the pollution from busy roads was damaging their children’s health and that the level of harmful diesel soot pumped out of exhaust pipes near children was extremely dangerous.

The pioneering designers at iCandy have created innovative elevators that can be simply clicked into place to allow for the single seat to be positioned higher and closer to the parent and most importantly, away from exhaust pipe level. The new iCandy elevators raise the seat unit 17% higher and 29% closer to the parent – 14cm closer compared to a Peach 3 without the elevators.

IMG 4113 214x300 Cutting edge design at iCandy elevates your child

Peach 3 Fuchsia with elevators

This unique feature furthermore encourages interaction between the parent and child, a parent-facing seat option promotes child development and has now become a signature to iCandy.

Understanding the needs of the modern day parent, the elevators allow the child, when in world facing mode to be closer to the table for when out and about at picnic benches, in cafes or even at home. This additionally provides ease of use when feeding or when taking the child in and out of the pushchair.

Furthermore, with on-the-go parents in mind, the designers at iCandy have furthermore created the innovative elevators to be small enough to fit into a changing bag.

Although parents have the ultimate responsibility, iCandy create such solutions to ensure families enjoy life to the maximum.

Elevators Cutting edge design at iCandy elevates your child

iCandy Peach Elevators

  • Peach 3 has now launched in the UK and include the new elevators.
  • The iCandy Peach elevators are compatible with the entire Peach collection.
  • The collection is available directly at all iCandy retailers nationwide including John Lewis.
  • The Peach 3 will retail from £670.00.
  • The Peach 3 is compatible with the Maxi-Cosi cabrio, Pebble and the BeSafe iZiGo infant carrier car seats. (Maxi-Cosi cabrio and Pebble car seats can be used in Blossom mode)

 

The Baby Show

iCandy at the Baby Show, NEC

Set to be one of the most exciting events at The Baby Show is iCandy’s 2014 Collection, including the reveal of the much anticipated Luxury Bag Collection

The much anticipated iCandy 2014 Collection is to be displayed at The Baby Show, NEC, Birmingham. The Baby Show is the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event, running for over 10 years the show attracts major players in the nursery industry and has become an essential part of the journey into parenthood.

With over 80 years of cutting edge innovation and nursery experience, iCandy brings a collection of beautifully formed, luxury pushchairs and changing bags. Set to be one of the most exciting events at The Baby Show is iCandy’s reveal of the Peach 3, Raspberry and the new Luxury Bag Collection.

In its third generation, the Peach 3 is the latest addition to the iCandy family; pushing the boundaries further, the experts at iCandy have further developed the iconic pushchairs engineering and design. An additional exclusive appearance at the show is the Raspberry, not due to launch until summer 2014 the innovative, super-lightweight pushchair is the smart choice for urban adventures with your new born – or toddler. For the first time in the UK, visitors will be able to view the new iCandy Luxury Bag Collection. Janet Collin joins iCandy from Mulberry, combining practicality and style, Collin has designed the bag collection ensuring fashion savvy, stylish parents can be sophisticated on the go whilst carrying all a child’s necessities.

As well as a variety of 7 collections from iCandy, the stand will also allow customers to get to grips directly with the luxury pushchairs with demonstrations of how to get the most out of your iCandy and a range of experts will be on hand to answer any query.

The Baby Show ExCel stand 300x181 iCandy at The Baby Show, NEC

The iCandy stand will exclusively be revealing the Luxury Bag collection, the Peach 3 and the Raspberry

The Baby Show, NEC is the last baby show iCandy are visiting this spring and is certain to provide the ultimate iCandy experience. The iCandy stand will be exhibiting all weekend on stand number L65 – Friday 16th May to Sunday 18th May 2014.

All products showcased will be available to buy and the new Peach 3 and Raspberry will be available to pre-order through iCandy’s retail partner, Aftabs.