Archive for December, 2011

Marquee Market & Merry Xmas

Monday, December 19th, 2011

A marquee related website that could prove useful is marquee market, in their own words:

Marquee Market is a new website that aims to bring under one roof a range of functions to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for information/resources aimed directly at marquee companies and other event industry providers.  The website, which has been built by a team experienced in growing an established marquee hire business is still very much evolving and currently has facilities for;

  • advertising marquees for sale and other event equipment for sale (free adverts before end Jan 2012)
  • a platform for advertising marquee hire jobs (free adverts before end Jan 2012)
  • a manufacturers special offers page
  • a marquee cross hire listing

The aim is to build an informative website that offers up to date, relevant information which encourages communication within the industry. The Marquee Market team have many new ideas that will be introduced in the coming months – so do keep in touch! www.marquee-market.co.uk

If the website takes off then it could be a really useful addition to the marquee hire industry.

There won’t be a blog next week, frankly with a substantial and alcoholic Christmas planned it’s probably for the best. So I’d like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, thank you for all of your business in 2011 and here’s to a busy and successful 2012 🙂

We are closing at lunchtime on Friday 23rd December and opening again on Tuesday 3rd January 2012

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Marquees in strong winds

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The UK is suffering from some strong winds and there comes a point as a marquee hire company when you have to consider if it is safe and sensible to continue with a hire.

Hopefully in your terms and conditions of hire there is a Force Majeure clause covering you for events out of your control (the sample terms and conditions we include with every purchase have this in). Obviously these should only be referred to as a last resort and 99% of any problems should be resolved through amicable discussions with your customer.

Every site is different and the responsibility of whether the marquee should stay up pretty much falls on you so these are the things to consider:

  • How sheltered is the site? A marquee in a courtyard won’t be as affected as a marquee in a field on a hill
  • Are the sides going to be opened? A marquee without sides is effectively a large umbrella and very vulnerable to the wind. A marquee with only 1 or 2 entrances not facing the wind is much better
  • How well anchored down is the marquee? If it’s grass then how solid is the ground? If it’s weights then have you got enough weight strapped to each leg? Make sure all stakes are angled away from the marquee for added strength
  • What type of event is it? This will govern how far in advance you may have to consider cancelling the function
  • If the wind speed doubles then the forces on the marquee quadruple
  • If you’re looking at weather forecasts then look at the gusting speed not just the quoted wind speed

There does come a time when the sensible thing to do is to simply take the marquee down as the wind is simply too strong (take great care as in strong winds this is not easy). All through this process you should consult with the customer explaining the situation and possible outcomes. From experience most people are very reasonable about this kind of thing and indeed strong winds are not just going to affect the marquee but also guests going to and from the event so the function as a whole needs looking at.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Dirty marquee linings

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Now we all like to think that we keep our marquee equipment clean and well maintained at all times. Sadly that’s not always the case and this is especially true of linings, you can open a bag of linings that you swore were clean when the last marquee came down but now have a variety of marks on them.

If you’ve got spare linings in your stock then that’s fine, just put the dirty ones to one side and clean them before you need them again. The problem is often you don’t have spare linings and you simply have to use them so you have 2 options:

1. Clean them on site (or take them back to be cleaned and return them). There are mould away sprays available, if not bleach for small spots

2. Failing that then put the marked linings in the least obvious place, roofs should be at one end not in the middle of the marquee where everyone’s going to notice and any walls with marks on could go behind the DJ/Band for eg. Not ideal but if you’re on site with no other choice but to use the linings it’s the best you can do.

Thanks for reading

Spencer