NABAS Level 1 Balloon & Business Basics:

Essential for anyone starting a balloon business – it not only explains all about different balloons, inflation and equipment but also the way to price jobs for profit and market your business to generate customers:

Some of the topics covered include:
– Explanation of different gases and equipment
– Safety and handling
– Principles and Elements of Design
– Marketing and Promotional advice
– Pricing for Profit and Job Costing
– Correct inflation of various types of balloons, sealing and tying, arranging into displays, arches and garlands
– Calculations of helium capacity used in balloons
– The science behind balloons and gases
– Effects of temperature and altitude on balloons
– Manufacturers and wholesalers
– History of NABAS and it’s place in the Balloon Industry
– Codes of Conduct
– Understanding business, overheads, expenses and insurances
– Pricing for profit and job costing
Plus much more including tips and techniques to help you troubleshoot and kick-start your business with confidence.

Also upon completion of the Level 1 course you not only get an industry recognised qualification and certificate, but also 10% off your first year membership to NABAS – The Balloon Association – which includes the most comprehensive liability insurance in the industry, access to a members-only business support, webinars and forms, quarterly trade magazine, access to our closed Facebook group and lots of other benefits – please see

As part of the course you’ll also get me as your point of contact for any questions you may have in the future – I’m always here to support and help you with your journey.

Just £250 per Delegate

Please note under current restrictions we are unable to provide refreshments or lunch, so please bring your own.

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Organic balloon training

NABAS Approved Course – Classic vs Organic Decor

Maximum 6 students – £180 pp

William Segar Hodgson Pavilion, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire

This course shows the differences between the more fluid organic style versus the more classic and structured columns and arches.

Covering centrepieces, columns and arches, you will be able to see how both styles are created and implemented into décor, as well as realising how the materials, time and, crucially, job-costings differ along the way.

Learning tips and techniques, through a combination of demonstration and hands-on build, you will leave the course feeling confident with both styles and realise how both involve set design principles, just implemented differently.

So whether you prefer the speed of classic, or the individuality of organic this course will give you all you need to know.

Includes NABAS certification, course notes and after-course support group.

Please note under current restrictions we are unable to provide refreshments or lunch, so please bring your own.

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On Trend Wedding Balloon Decor Course hosted by GO International:

Price per Delegate – £125 + vat

Wedding Balloon Decor Course hosted by GO International on 27th July 2021

This course is taking place in the stunning barns of Knebworth House, a popular luxury wedding venue on the outskirts of Hertfordshire. Perfect for balloon decorators looking to learn new wedding décor skills or increase their confidence with organics and make their debut in the wedding market.

During the course you will learn how to:
• Create a stunning organic half arch from initial frame construction, arch creation using organic balloon principals to adding those perfect floral finishing touches.
• Create stunning, elegant, sellable table designs with the beautiful perfectly clear aqua balloons
• Work with large balloons, and ensure they are fit for a wedding venue using tassels, lights, vinyl and foliage
• Create beautiful centrepieces with tulle and how to dress with florals including helpful ideas on how to tailor these for a variety of clients budgets

You will also learn:
• A multitude of industry specific hints, tips and techniques
• Principles and Elements of Design
• Job Costing and how to ensure you price for profit!

Benefits of this course:
• Fantastic opportunity to construct various balloon designs and capture portfolio images in the stunning wedding barns at Knebworth House for your website and social media advertising.
• A mixture of hands-on training and instructor demonstrations
• Gain confidence in pricing your designs and ensuring your business is profitable
• Gain confidence using a variety of different balloons on how to inflate, use and create beautiful balloon displays.
• Network with other balloonies and wedding businesses and create business relationships.
• Free all-day refreshments and lunch included
• Free parking at the venue
• Easy access via taxi (10 minutes) from Knebworth or Stevenage Train Station with fast trains to and from London King’s Cross (approx. 25 mins train dependant)

COVID-19 Safety & Guidance
We will ask each delegate to comply with any government guidelines with regards to face masks, social distancing and venue health and safety guidelines.
Class numbers and the layout of the class will be adjusted to make allowances for social distancing, hand sanitisers will be readily available.
For queries with regards to this course please contact

Cancellation Policy:

GO International Cancellations and Amendments Policy.
All requests for cancellations and/or transfers must be received in writing to
Cancellations will become effective on the date of written confirmation being received. The appropriate cancellation charge will apply based on the cost of your booking (excluding any card processing fees and/or booking fees previously applied), as shown below.

Calendar days notice before the start date of the event Refund applicable
15 calendar days or more 50% refund of basic attendance fee or a full credit to be used against a future training course.
Between 1 and 14 calendar days (inclusive) No refund will be given
Failure to attend/On the day cancellation No refund will be given

In the event the course needs to be cancelled by GO International due to government restrictions you will be able to transfer your booking to another date for the same course. In the event there is no suitable alternative course availability, you will be offered a full refund.

Hosted by: GO International – Balloon & Party Wholesaler

Instructors :

Paula Ardron-Gemmell – Pink Tree Parties
Liz Milligan – Executive Events & Balloons
Claire Carney – Claire Carney Floral & Balloon Designs
Sharon O’Bryan – Luxury Bows & Roses

Location: Knebworth Barns Conference and Banqueting Centre
Knebworth House,
Old Knebworth Ln,
Knebworth SG3 6PY

Date & Time: Tuesday 27th July 0900-1600hrs

Course Fee: £150.00 (£125.00 plus V.A.T)

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