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Our First Newsletter

We decided that as part of our new brand re-vamp it was absolutely essential to collect all our Grabbit news in one space to show you!

Initially, we experimented with Canva based landing pages to the old website, so that’s why this one looks a little different!

Things To do in Norwich this Easter

Grabbit is all about spreading community – that’s why we’ve decided that instead of any self-promotion, we’ll hop into the Easter spirit and write about some of our favourite things happening in Norwich that you can enjoy this Easter. Of course, if you need us for any last-minute essentials, we’ll be right on task too!

Afternoon Tea @ Alchemista 

For something more special than a hot cross bun why not indulge in this luxurious – and extra yummy! Afternoon Tea from Alchemista coffee co? As a young start-up, we love supporting newer businesses in the city, and even as a popular cakes, coffee and cocktail bar, Alchemista only started selling these gorgeous afternoon teas this March!

Just book with at least one day’s notice and pay up front in store or with a check. They also have vegan options, and the chance to swap your hot drink for a cocktail too!

Two very Different Easter Egg Hunts

Now for something for the families: The absolutely essential Easter Egg Hunt!  Although there are lots more across Norwich and Norfolk, we at Grabbit think these two stand out best amongst the crowd. 

First, the more traditional Easter Egg Hunt at Felbrigg Hall. A glorious hall in the Cromer area, this egg hunt is sure to be a hit where the National Trust and Cadbury Bunny unite to make a day to remember in the gorgeous gardens. With curious clues for kids to follow and a treat to be won on trial it will be an Easter event to remember at only £2.50 a ticket from the 30th March – 2nd April 11am – 3.30pm.

Second up is slightly more low-key, but no less fun – and wonderful for the community! It’s the Good Friday Easter Egg and Doggy Treat hunt, raising money for the worthy FA.I.T.H. Animal Rescue centre. Why not eat some yummy Easter treats, set up your own picnic (maybe with Grabbit bought goods!) and hunt for eggs whilst raising money for man’s furry friends.

Something a little bit different

If you’ve scoured the city for eggs and bunnies, youmight just start to feel a little bit ‘Eastered out’. So, here’s our recommendation for an activity that’s full of family fun while giving our favourite bunny a bit of a break. If you haven’t already, we’d recommend checking out the new Quentin Blake Portraits Collection at the Forum. The famous illustrator has produced new portraits of Iconic Roald Dahl characters to celebrate the 100 years since the famous author’s birth. This is a short and sweet hop along that’s perfect for a quick culture fix in the middle of city shopping. This free entry exhibition is open until the 10th of June!

And Timeless Traditions

Whether you’re religious or not, why not celebrate Easter in one of Norwich’s best loved landmarks by visiting Norwich Cathedral?  You can appreciate the traditions behind the holiday in a gorgeous location. There are services on good Friday (30th March)  and Easter Day. (01 April) There’s also an Easter Family Fun Day on the 11th of April which is just £3 for over 5’s and free for accompanying adults. You can even book a delicious two course Sunday Roast with all the trimmings for £13.95 pp at the Refectory Café.

Meet our Blogging Competition Winner

Last month we at Grabbit introduced our first ever blogging competition! We were hunting down a passionate blogger with immense writing skill – and lo, we found him! Read all about our winner and his winning blog below: 

We wanted student bloggers to utilise their skills and write a 500 – 1000 word post on the topics of ‘Diversity, Community and Reliability’ : Our comapny’s top values through ALL incarnations of the app. 

Our  budding blogger wrote a story about a shy young boy going through the list of qualities he’d like in a friend. We at Grabbit encourage all of our customers, whether Grabbers or shoppers, to see us as a national database of friends just as much as a business. We want every delivery to be ‘sealed with a smile.’

Scott wrote  with a lot of passion and finesese. He won £50 and our official commendation.

Go Big or Go Home – TechCrunch & WebSummit after 3 months!

After being on the AppStore for only 3 months we decided to showcase Grabbit.  We flew over to the ‘TechCrunch Disrupt’ event in San Francisco and the Websummit in Lisbon to have a coffee with the some world leading Start – Ups.

A social app start-up has been seeking funding from international investors after pitching its delivery service at an industry event in San Francisco.

Now Norwich-based Grabbit is preparing to head off to a web summit in Lisbon this week as it aims to expand its business across the UK.

Happy B-Day SyncNorwich – Hello Grabbit!

Happy B-Day SyncNorwich - Hello Grabbit!

As SyncNorwich celebrated its fifth birthday we couldn’t have missed the exciting opportunity the event posed of showcasing Grabbit to Norwich’s ‘Early Adopters’ of  new apps and tech. 

Together with another 4 Start – ups we presented in front of Norwich’s Community for Innovation.

One of the region’s foremost tech groups celebrates five years of supporting the digital community and driving innovation this week

Celebrating Success – We’re featured in the Eastern Daily Press (EDP)

On 28th June 2017 we had the pleasure of being featured in the paper edition of the Eastern Daily Press. It’s the daily regional Newspaper for Norwich- which gave us our first taste of media stardom!

We’ve been featured in many of their online articles since our first feature– and hope to be the subject of many detailing our successes in the future!

In 2017, three UEA graduates developed an app and put the social bit of social media into the community.
From the results so far, they think Grabbit is an idea whose time has come. 

It all began when one of the Grabbit team members arrived in Norwich, fell ill almost immediately, and was unable to get out of bed. As a newcomer to the area, he had no friends, no social network of the old-fashioned, face-to-face kind, which meant there was no one to help with shopping for the things he needed, such as food and medicines.

Shortly after the launch, the team secured funding from the University of East Anglia and started conversations with Age UK Norfolk and Norfolk Carer Support to expand the network. As Tim Allard of Norfolk Carers Support explained, “I think Grabbit can be a great help for family carers picking up medication and other essentials at times when they can’t easily leave home or are living away from elderly family members. “It’s also a great tool to give back to the community through volunteering some time to drop off things and have a conversation on the doorstep.” Ensuring safety is fundamental to Grabbit. The team has created a secure registration process for DBS-checked individuals willing to deliver products to vulnerable people.

Plans for 2017 include incorporating automatic DBS checks, as well as raising awareness, taking Grabbit to more rural areas of Norfolk, creating a self-sustaining community and exploring the wider benefits of Grabbit. The potential for charity fundraising is being actively explored by the Grabbit team.

Any new service in a new market brings its own challenges -and opportunities – but one thing is clear: 2017 has seen a bright start for Grabbit.