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Family kite flying business takes Flagging Tape from surveying sites into schools
24 March, 2020
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For over 20 years, Kites 4 Kids has used Signet’s Flagging Tape as a tool to spark creativity among students and add the perfect finishing touch to their hand-crafted kites.
From a small stunt kite bought on holiday in Queensland and the determination to master the art of kite flying, paired with a passion for getting young people outdoors, Kites 4 Kids was founded by the Bakers over 24 years ago.
“We’d fly our kites in parks, teachers and passers-by would come up to us and ask if we would go into schools and teach kids about kite flying and how to make them.” —Jo Baker, Co-Founder of Kites 4 Kids.
Kites 4 Kids run after-school and holiday workshops, in-school excursions, and teach anyone between three and 93 how to construct their kites and educate them on the unique sport.
“Our mission at Kites 4 Kids is simple; to put smiles on kids’ faces from something they hand-crafted and encourage more outdoor play. As a family business with kids of our own, that’s what we want for our children.”
Traditionally used in the surveying industry, Jo uses Signet’s Flagging Tape to create ‘tails’ for her kites. The weatherproof and tear-resistant nature of the material means she can trust the tails to remain intact while in flight.
As business picked up,
the hardware store Jo was buying her stock from could no longer supply the
quantities she needed at an affordable price. Jo’s brother, a customer of
Signet’s for his screen printing business supplies, told Jo about Signet over
two decades ago, and the partnership grew from there.
Today, Jo uses over 6,000 rolls of flagging tape annually for her kite business, which she purchases on Signet’s online store. The bulk buy breaks also mean she saves nearly 50% compared to buying off the shelf.
“While Kites 4 Kids doesn’t feel like a business for us, it’s important that we keep our costs down and that we always have the stock we need on-hand for our students. Partnering with Signet has meant this isn’t a worry for us anymore.”
A steady supply of flagging tape at an affordable price for a small business means Jo can pass on her knowledge of kite flying and building without having to worry about stock shortages.
“We did a workshop yesterday with over 100 year seven students who all made their own kites. It’s so great to see the pure joy the students get flying their creations; it makes all the hard work worth it.”