About UsFamily run business, established in 1994.
Manchester Balloons (The Gift Doctor) is an independent business in Wythenshawe Town Centre, Manchester. The business was established in 1994, then called Dunc’s Little Pottery trading from Wythenshawe Market. The business grew from strength to strength and eventually moved into a permanent market unit. In 2011 due to demand and a need for bigger premises,
The Gift Doctor moved into Unit 20 The Birtles where you can find us today. As an independent retailer, we like to provide a service to our customers that they can no longer find in a town centre. This includes a more 1 on 1 personal service with a friendly approachable attitude.
- Family Run Business
- Established in 1994
- Independent Retailer
Meet the Team
Kathy teamed up with Duncan (the other half) after selling her own successful business in 2011. She brought her own ideas with her and thought hang on a minute, why aren’t we doing……BALLOONS? It was a rocky start but after many courses and playing with ideas Kathy established a new vibrancy in the business. She lets Duncan think it was his idea though (shhhhh).
The Other Boss
Duncan is the one who started it all. After leaving his job as an aerospace engineer he decided he wanted to be his own boss. From market stall to shared shop to large shop, he nurtured the business and he’s quite proud of how it’s all turned out. Don’t ask him about it unless you’ve got all day!
The Shop Manager
Ciaran joined the team in 2012. After coming home from uni he said “Hey Mum and Dad, can I have a job?” They said “go on then” and rolled their eyes but after a short while they realised he had some good ideas so they said “you’re actually alright at this balloon stuff you can stay” so he immediately asked for a pay rise (didn’t get one).