Read how Colin Myles, CBA turned his small party shop into a thriving balloon business in this Designer Showcase.

Colin Myles is a very busy man. When not operating his shop or creating amazing decor for his many clients, he’s traveling around the world to share his knowledge with other balloon professionals.

Jumping Into Balloons

Colin Myles started his balloon business more than 20 years ago. At the time, he was running his family dairy processing operation but looking for a change. Colin and his wife Ray decided to open a party shop in some extra space they had on the farm. After taking a trip to a wholesaler in Glasgow, they opened the doors to Partytime just two weeks later.

Colin and Ray jumped right into the balloon industry by attending the Spring Fair in England and a symposium sponsored by Qualatex® in Amsterdam. Although they were a bit hesitant to attend a 3-day event about balloon inflation, the event completely changed their perspective and they knew immediately they could make a good living.

Over the years, Colin has been a delegate at many balloon events including the World Balloon Convention (WBC), the International Balloon Arts Convention (IBAC), Millennium Jam, and Twist & Shout. He enjoys attending these events because he always learns something he can apply to his business. Colin joined the Qualatex Balloon Network® in 1995, and earned his Certified Balloon Artist™ designation two years later.

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