Archive for February, 2012

Cheap marquees for sale

Monday, February 27th, 2012

In preparation for the new season we’re clearing our stocks of a few marquees left over from last year, these will be going on eBay with no reserve starting at 99p so grab yourself a bargain:

6x12m Deluxe DIY Marquee for sale on eBay

To be honest if it sells for 99p then we may reconsider listing the others we have!

Thanks for reading

Spencer

How to lay marquee flooring

Monday, February 20th, 2012

This is how we and most of the marquee hire industry lay flooring in a marquee:

Any marquee flooring should have a non-breathable layer down underneath the main surface. This prevents the grass from giving off water vapour that will come back down as condensation and stops the surface getting muddy. Grass is tough stuff and covering it over for a week or so shouldn’t be a problem.

Use 4″ or 6″ nails to hold down the carpet, this pulls the surface tightly and prevents any trip hazards. On hard surfaces use double sided carpet tape.

Thanks for watching/reading.

Spencer

The marquee bonus culture

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Bonus is a bit of a swear word at the moment but as long as you’re not rewarding incompetence and the bonuses aren’t 7 figures (if they are then I’d like to apply for a job) then they are an excellent way to retain key staff.

The marquee hire industry is obviously very seasonal generally peaking in mid-summer. It doesn’t matter who you are or what size company you have if you lost key members of staff at that time then it’s going to cause you serious problems.

For all team leaders (ie someone you can leave in charge on site) we would give them a 4 figure bonus if they stayed with us until the end of September. I can think of at least 2 occasions when tensions were running a little high this saved us losing a key member of staff. 4 figures may sound generous but if you sit down and work out what you’d have to do if they walked out in the middle of your busiest week then the bonus is a cheaper option.

We also had a condition that any tool breakages/losses were deducted from the bonus which suddenly increased their life-expectancy but that’s just an optional extra point.

Thanks for reading -try not to let your bonuses create a worldwide credit crisis.

Spencer

Eave Braces

Monday, February 6th, 2012

All of our 6m wide marquees now include eave braces. These are metal braces that connect the number 2 pole at the eaves with the number 2 pole halfway up the roof. Shown in red on an overhead diagram of a 6x16m marquee here:

This extra bracing makes the structure stronger and more resistant to strong winds and water pooling without adding considerably to the weight. Keeping in mind the weather currently outside I should mention that although these braces add to the structure’s strength no marquee in the UK is designed for snow loading so always make sure you don’t allow snow to settle on a marquee roof.

Thanks for reading

Spencer