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Bababing! welcomes local MP to discuss IP Protection

Yorkshire based BabaBing! welcomed local MP for Keighley and Ilkley, John Grogan to their new HQ on Friday 14th June.

Following their ongoing dispute with retailer Aldi regarding the duplication of their successful Mani Backpack, MD Nick Robinson reached out to Mr Grogan who has since shown his support for the company’s campaign by visiting the company’s new Head Office in Keighley to learn more.

Both parties discussed the impact this practise by some large retailers has on small businesses across the UK. Nick from BabaBing! will now also continue his mission to stop this happening to his and other small businesses by visiting the House of Commons on Wednesday 26th June 2019 to attend the British IP Day meeting with Pete Wishart SNP MP for Perth and North Perthshire; Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe Conservative Peer and Former IP Minister, Bill Esterton Labour MP for Sefton Central and Shadow Business Minister, John Whittingdale Conservative MP for Maldon and Former Culture Secretary along with other MPs dedicated to this supporting UK innovation.

Nick Robinson comments: ‘We were delighted to welcome MP John Grogan to our new Head Office and grateful that he gave us the opportunity to discuss with him the events of the past few months concerning our ongoing dispute over the blatant duplication of one of our products. As a small business, we invest heavily into product development and when retailers like Aldi copy products and discount heavily, they are affecting our bottom line dramatically which will have further repercussions on future growth plans.’

MP John Grogan adds: ‘Great creative design and flair deserves to be rewarded in business and local jobs depend on it. We must make sure that our laws are strong enough so that the big companies with deep pockets cannot copy the ideas of innovative entrepreneurs and hope to get away with it’

The Mani Backpack is one of BabaBing!’s most popular lines and features unique elements developed by the award-winning design team including the super-sized changing mat. The Aldi version replicates the dimensions of the mat and is available in the original colours that BabaBing! launched with. Having appeared on both the Victoria Derbyshire Show and BBC’s The One Show, BabaBing! will continue to raise awareness and campaign for more rights for small businesses.

Nick continues: ‘People will say this is a David and Goliath story and we suppose it is but this is also a matter of principle and a statement to Aldi and other retailers that small businesses like BabaBing! will not just accept these rip-off products being produced.’


For further information, please contact BabaBing! on 01535 606871


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