School Dinners are flying

There was much consternation this week at MBHQ when it was discovered that the School Dinner in A Matchbox menus had been printed without the actual menu on them, just a nice picture of a dinner la...

Havering Awards Retail Business of the Year 2016

Celebrations at MBHQ as Marvling Bros was awarded Best Retail Business of the Year 2016 in Havering. The team donned their best frocks, grabbed their other halves and headed straight for the Prosec...

Yoga Practise

Marv was shocked to find Jane in the office practising headstands this week instead of packing the new Marvling product - Let's Glow - a party preparation kit in a can. It transpired that w...

The Strange case of the bitten chocolate

With lots of new products on the horizon, much of this week was spent photographing said products, many of which involved food. There were lots of volunteers to help with the shoot, particularly t...

Milk Monitor position filled

Tea break is an important part of the routine at MBHQ so a number of people have been involved with the supply of provisions. Mostly this has focussed on cakes and chocolate biscuits so when Annie,...

Our Skillled Team

This week the Bros have needed handmade matchboxes made up for the new personalised products now out. The last time they did this task between them it ended up in tears (Marv) and tantrums (Ling) a...

Cutting Edge Stuff

It's getting pretty dangerous at MBHQ these days. Along with several oversized guillotines, and a creasing machine there is now a badge press, a ribbon printer and most frightening of all a hot wir...

Tooling up

It's been a busy month for the Bros. As well as the immensely successful January Sale, Marv and Ling have been busy developing new products and this has led to some very interesting packages contai...

Happy New Year Sale!

Happy New Year - Employee of the week: Ling... Ling is alone in the office workingThe rest of the team are all out twerkingThey are all having New Year funwhile Ling takes orders 'cos the sale has ...

Good Morning!

It was excitement all round today as Hot Stuff was examined by Eamonn Holmes and handled by Holly Willoughby. The whole team incumbent at MBHQ gathered round the computer and watched agog as Hot St...

Black Friday

As Black Friday hit In A Matchbox, it was all hands on deck as the orders flooded in. By midday there was over 500 orders but the MB team were unfazed. Indeed Donna took multi-tasking to a new leve...

Health and Safety Matters

The health and Safety officer was out in force this week. Shirley, in a magnificent effort to prove she was not just a golden girl, boxed up Hot Stuff until she was sick her usualy area of expertis...

Hero of the Hour

On Thursday a £250 order came in with the post due to go in just half an hour. Marv, Moll, Nell and Jane all agreed that, with a concerted effort, they could easily produce four personalised gift b...

A Winning night!

The MB team triumphed! When the announcement for the most prestigious award of the night came, the biggest cheer came from the MB tables. Marv's long suffering partner cracked open the bubbly and i...

The Reject Tree

Moll brought in an unwanted tree and the MB team lost no time getting into the Christmas Spirit. Marv and Ling who were out having fun at the accountants came back to a tree decorated with reject m...

Awards Imminent....

The atmosphere has reached fever pitch at MBHQ. With the awards ceremony imminent, everyone has been going a bit crazy. Ling bought over £200 worth of make up and then her long suffering partner...

Kilts and T-shirts.

The whole MB team were very busy this week. With their eye firmly on what's important everything revolved around getting outfits for the up and coming awards. It is black tie and Marv and Ling's lo...

Making Magic Movies

Ling and Marv were making movies this week demonstrating how to do the Magic tricks in the new It's Magic Box. Ling has written instruction leaflets with diagrams to put in the box, but they are so...

Bribery & Corruption at MB HQ

Ling decided it would be a nice, team building idea to introduce Employee of the week, but this already much coveted position has induced a change of atmosphere at MB HQ. The once friendly, office ...

A Touch of Magic

Employee of the week goes to Shirley who not only volunteered her granddad's vintage top hat for the It's Magic photoshoot but also designed a Blue Peter style target poster to inspire the whole MB...

New Term Starts!

The whole team is back from school holidays. Some relaxed, some tanned, some bruised, but all ready to start the busy Christmas season. Nell was first out of the blocks, grabbing 2500 Christmas Kis...

Social Media Blues

Okay. Marv and Ling are techno-phobes. But they have bitten the bullet and are publishing their first Email-newletter. It is a competition to win their new Veggie Volts in a matchbox and whilst Mar...

Let's get down to business

MB HQ was visited by a proper business man today. It was the first official visit to the new offices by an outsider (Nell's jujutsu partner and Moll's husband don't count) and Marv was concerned ab...

Training Day

It has been a full on few weeks. Ling has been decorating the new office - painting, screwingand hammering accompanied by lots of swearing. Marv has been transferring everything from her house to t...

Key to success

The keys to the new MB HQ were handed to Marv and Ling today. Unfortunately Ling's track record with keys is not good (she has to wear her important keys around her neck on a bight red lanyard and ...

New box!

Yesterday Moll turned up at MB HQ with a fully fledged matchbox prototype for Mother's Day. She moaned that it had taken a couple of hours to develop. Marv and Ling who have been trying to do a sim...

Work Rota

Ling unveiled the first draft of the work rota today as everyone will be having regular hours this year to prevent Marv from bringing out her grindstone and putting people's noses on it every spare...

The Move Begins

Preparations for moving into the new MB HQ start this Saturday. Marv and Ling met the landlord and got the low down on important housekeeping matters. Marv is very territorial which is causing some...

New Staff Uniform

Yesterday was the first ever Marvling Bros Staff meeting. Ling opened the meeting by announcing the new staff uniform. Designed by Ling to reflect the company's Essex roots, the limited budget and ...

Back to work

Hard work maketh the man, so all the MB team were given lots of filling and packing over the Christmas period whilst Marv and Ling took two weeks off as Marv doesn't want to be a man and Ling is ma...

Pastures New

We are officially closed and at the same time off to pastures new. Up til now Marv's house has been the main focus of the action but now she has got fed up with running out of bread and loo paper (...

Christmas Decorations

The MB elves have been so busy posting, packing, stamping, sacking and eating biscuits and ensuring everyone gets their matchboxes in time for Christmas, that their homes have been sadly lacking in...

RSI @ MB HQ

14 days to go til Christmas break but all sorts of ailments are hitting the MB workforce. Everyone has got paper cuts from boisterous boxes and evil envelopes, but more unusual complaints such as '...

Matchbox Music

To get everyone into the Christmas spirit Marv has been playing a selection of good old fashioned Christmas melodies, but after the 50th rendition of 'Santa Baby' (She has been playing the same pla...

Envelope Crisis Hits MB HQ

It has reached tipping point at MB HQ. Reinforcements on the home front (post room) have been brought in in the shape of Jane and as the stocks of ammunition get lower, everyone is working overtime...

Big Night Night Out

It started with Black Friday and ended with Cyber Monday. Thousands of orders were dispatched and inbetween the chaos, it was Marvling Bros Xmas night out. 9 out of 13 of the MB cohort converged in...