Archive for the ‘buying marquees’ Category

Demo DIY Marquee going up 1st or 3rd March

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

We’ll be putting up one of our 6x12m DIY Commercial Marquees as a demonstration model next week – likely Tuesday 1st or Thursday 3rd March.

If you are considering buying one of our DIY Marquees or have bought one but not yet erected it you are more than welcome to come and see how it is done.

We at DIY Marquees have revolutionised the marquee sales industry in our ideas, designs and methods of construction. We’re more than happy to pass that knowledge on to existing or prospective buyers.

Alternatively the marquee will be staying up all summer for viewing.

A final decision on which day will be taken on Monday (29th), if you are interested in joining us then please get in touch and we will confirm timings on that Monday.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

New range of Pagoda peaked roof marquees for sale

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

6x12m pagoda peaked roof marquee Considering we first exhibited them at The Showmans Show 2013 and a lot of work had gone in prior to that we are very excited at finally being able to offer our new pagoda style peaked roof marquees.

They are based on our extremely successful Commercial range of marquees but incorporate a double (or single for 4x4m and 6x8m) peak. There are no centre poles and the interchangeable panels and other features of our Commercial range remain.

Pagoda marquees have always been popular as entrance areas in to larger marquees but they are now increasingly popular as marquees in their own right due to their use in The Bake-Off and other high profile marquees.

For those with existing DIY Marquees you can purchase just the roof and adapter pieces to convert your existing Commercial marquee in to a peaked roof one. They will eventually be in our spares section but that won’t be completed for a while yet, Alex our IT man has a lot of work on his plate at the moment and is already looking a bit stressed!

The peaked roof marquees are available for sale in 4x4m (single peak), 4x8m (double peak), 6x8m (single peak) and 6x12m (double peak).

Thanks for reading.

Spencer

6x4m marquee or 4x6m marquee?

Monday, September 1st, 2014

In the marquee industry there is not a huge amount of terminology for someone new to the scene to get used to. One is getting used to feet and metres and how to switch between the two (3m=10ft essentially), most customers prefer everything in metres but you still get some that need it in feet.

Another standard to get used to is that when talking marquees the width comes first and the length second. A 4x6m marquee is very different to a 6x4m one for example.

4x6m Classic DIY Marquee

A 4x6m Marquee means that the A-frames are 4m wide and it is 6m long (three 2m bays).

6x4m Classic DIY Marquee

A 6x4m marquee on the other hand has 6m wide A-frames and is 4m long (two 2m bays).

Why offer both?

The most popular way of covering a 4x6m area is with a 4x6m marquee, there are however times when this is not the best option.

  • If you already own a 6m wide marquee or have spare 6m metalwork then you can just buy a 6x4m roof and therefore increase your hiring potential without buying a complete new 4x6m marquee.
  • If the marquee is going up against a house then it is far easier having the gable butted up for weathering and access purposes. If the customer needs the 6m side of the marquee up against the house then it is best practice to go with a 6x4m marquee rather than a 4x6m one.

Hopefully that makes sense!

Thanks for reading, apologies for the gap in writing but this summer has been even busier than usual. Normal service (articles & blog posts alternating every week) should now be resumed.

Spencer

A message from our finance partner

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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Financing

Gable offers a full range of equipment leasing and financial solutions which can offer many advantages over outright cash purchases for all businesses in the private and public sectors; from sole traders to local authorities.

Gable Asset Finance funds a diverse range of assets, for all shapes and sizes of business. The customer negotiates the purchase price of the asset then Gable Asset Finance arranges the right financial package. Quite often the facility is already in place, being part of a pre-negotiated credit line. Financing in this way allows you to let your equipment pay for itself over a period of time for a small monthly payment.

Financing equipment is becoming a popular way to start a business or to improve the cash flow within an existing business.

With little or no capital expenditure, many business owners have reaped good financial rewards, by utilizing tax efficient finance agreements.

Small business finance

Gable Asset Finance provides tailor-made finance solutions to small businesses, medium enterprises and start-up companies (subject to status). Offering competitive rates on small business finance, Gable Asset Finance leads the market in providing affordable solutions in a challenging economic climate.

Corporate asset finance

Corporate asset finance provides a solution to companies that are in need of new capital assets. Gable Asset Finance, one of the leading providers of corporate asset finance in the UK, offers several different types of funding that can help businesses secure the assets and equipment they so desperately require.

WHY LEASE?

Leasing is probably the most popular method of financing new equipment today. Virtually any item of equipment can be leased from a Sunbed to a total new refit i.e. from £1000 to several hundred thousand pounds.

SHOULD I PAY CASH OR LEASE?

You may be able to afford to buy the equipment outright, but before you make this decision you must consider the following:

  1. All leasing payments are rental payments and as such are an allowable business expense, therefore if a business is making profits they reduce the profit by the amount of the rentals you pay each year which in turn reduces your tax bill.
  2. Lease payments are the same throughout the lease contract. This means that increases in interest rates do not affect you and enables you to budget your cash flow more effectively.
  3. Leasing enables you to save your cash for other purchases such as new stock, staff training, advertising and new business opportunities.

DO MY PAYMENTS INCREASE IF INFLATION OR INTEREST RATES RISE?

No. Your monthly payment is fixed at the start of the lease and so are unaffected by interest rate rises. This enables you to budget your cash flow more accurately.
As inflation rises, because your payments are fixed the cost of the equipment reduces in real terms.

IS THERE A TAX BENEFIT ASSOCIATED WITH LEASING?

Yes!
A business wishing to acquire capital equipment has to seek the most tax efficient way when doing this. All lease payments are treated as an allowable business expense and therefore attract tax relief for the full duration of the lease agreement. Your accountant will be able to confirm this.

HOW DO I MAKE MY MONTHLY PAYMENTS?

All payments are made by Direct Debit on the same date each month. Other options are available.

SHOULD I GO TO MY BANK?

Using your bank for all your business funding is not good practice. If you use all your overdraft facilities you leave yourself in a vulnerable position to react to any unexpected needs of short-term borrowing. Your bank may change the interest rate mid-way through a loan or reduce your overdraft facilities, which can dramatically affect the cash flow of your business.
Sometimes banks will limit the amount they will lend you without further security for example taking a charge on your home.

It is not financially prudent to have all your eggs in one basket.

WHO LEASES?

Nearly every market sector large or small benefits from leasing, from new start business to large established companies.

HOW DOES A LEASE WORK?

A lease agreement is a contract between you the customer and a leasing company. This enables you to use equipment over a period of time on payment of rentals to the leasing company.

With a typical lease agreement, you make a series of regular payments (usually on a monthly basis), thus helping cash flow, as opposed to a large capital outlay for the equipment.

At the end of the lease term, the equipment is yours, subject to a small final administration charge to transfer the title in the goods to you.

HAVE THE BEST EQUIPMENT.

You normally only pay a small deposit with a lease agreement, this enables you to choose the best equipment available with only a small initial cash outlay. This enables you to have the best equipment available with the latest technology and start to enjoy the extra profits this generates before your next lease payment is due.

Acceptance for leasing is subject to status and provided by the leasing company.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Welcome to DIY Marquees’ guide to marquee hire

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

This blog is intended to offer help and advice to those in the marquee hire industry or who are thinking or joining. From experience I can say that it is a very enjoyable professional that keeps you fit and has a large amount of job satisfaction.

Obviously the first question to ask is what marquees should you buy and where should you buy them from.

Naturally I’m going to say buy your marquees from DIY Marquees but apparently other suppliers are available. Here’s a list of reasons why we believe we’re the best supplier:

  • Experience. We’ve run a successful marquee hire business (and would still be doing so bar a freak injury), we know what products are needed and the quality of service required by a supplier. We are also on hand to offer advice whenever required.
  • Stock. We keep very large stocks enabling you to offer size options you may not actually have.
  • Accessories. You may not need too many accessories when you start out but over time as you expand you will require more and more accessories for your marquees.
  • Spares and replacement parts. Although our marquees are as durable as we can design them accidents can happen and parts can get damaged. Unfortunately as a hire company you often only find out when the marquee comes down (Mon/Tues) and you may need it to go back up in a few days. We keep large stocks and can get spares to you quickly (usually overnight). Before buying from elsewhere just phone them and pretend you need a spare part and see the service on offer, it may be fine, it may be that you have to wait a long time for a part to come from abroad (or they may refuse to sell you spares). We have a lot of people phoning to find out if our spares are compatible with other makes that they cannot get spares for.
  • A trusted family business. We have been in business over 30 years and are a second generation family business (the 3rd generation is in training). We have built up a reputation for being reliable, value for money backed up with excellent service.

Regarding what marquees to buy my recommendation is always not to buy too many to start with. You need one or two with which to learn how to put them up but then you can essentially offer all of the sizes we supply and just buy a marquee when you have a booking for it. If you already have a larger marquee of the same width you can always just buy a smaller roof.

The reason we have been in business for so long is because it is in our interest for you to be successful, to offer products that give you great returns on investment and ensure we supply everything you need to expand the business in the future.

Contact us today to see how we can help you start up or expand your marquee hire business.

Thanks for reading, the blog will become fortnightly this year while we try and expand our event planning articles (which will be written on alternate weeks)

Spencer

Training teamleaders, another cheap marquee on eBay & a shorter video

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Have you ever had a shopping delivery from Tesco’s? We have and the attitude of the drivers is always fantastic, in my experience they are the most helpful and approachable people you could possibly get. Reflecting this back on my time running a marquee hire business I realised we did zero training for our team-leaders in public relations.

Whilst we never really had any problems leaving teamleaders on site without us we were solely worried about their standard (and speed) of work while we weren’t there. What we should have done is also express clearly how they should keep the customer informed of everything that was going on for peace of mind.

If you’re going to leave people other than yourself in charge on site then as well as training them for the job I also think it’s well worth training them to relate well to the customer, they are after all the face of your company when you’re not there.

Thanks for reading

We’ve got another marquee on eBay – this time it’s a brand new 6x12m deluxe, the only reason we’ve had to put it on there is because some of the outer packaging was torn in the store. The marquee is brand new so it could be a bargain for someone.

There’s a new video on our marquee video page, it’s a shorter one minute version of the one from last week.

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

The first steps to marquee hire

Monday, June 20th, 2011

This is a conversation I have regularly, you’re interested in starting a marquee hire business and don’t know where to start. This is what I suggest:

Research
Find out who your local competitors are, what marquees they offer and how much they charge for the sort of marquees you’re likely to offer.
If there are hardly any competitors or the local companies all offer much larger marquees then this is a good thing. There’s space in the market for you to exploit.
If there are a lot of companies in your local area that offer similar size marquees to ours/yours then you might need to think twice about starting up. It’s not impossible but it is much harder to get going in a saturated market.

Stock:
The most popular marquees for hiring are 6x12m, 6x6m and 4x8m. If you’re based in a city then it’s more likely to be the smaller, 4m wide marquees that are popular.

What marquees should I buy?
I would recommend starting on a smaller scale initially. All of our marquees are designed along a similar, easy to erect style. If you’ve put one up then you won’t have a problem erecting a different size without practice.
Because of the large stock we carry and swift delivery you can just buy more marquees when you have the bookings for them – to me that makes good business sense, you only buy further marquees when you know you’re getting a return on your investment.

Insurance and misc
If you’re hiring out marquees then you should be covered for public liability insurance. When you buy a DIY Marquee we pass on 3 companies details who specialise in marquee hire cover. We also pass on a copy of the terms and conditions of hire we used to use as a hire company and we can provide some photos to get your website and advertising started.

We always enjoy helping people start up their own marquee hire businesses and will happily chat through any ideas you may have. The above is just a collection of ideas to start you off.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Something to think of when buying a marquee

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

That listing I linked to on eBay was for one of our marquees bought in March with accessories for £1,684 and used once for a wedding. It sold for £1,600. Find me something else wedding-related that holds it’s value that well after using it!

For some reason the last few weeks have gone crazy with requests from people with other makes of marquees wanting spare parts. I’m not sure what it is, whether it’s just the time of year for people to be planning their summer parties or whether there’s just been some unexpected bad weather somewhere but I’d say we’ve had an 800% increase than this time last month.

How does this affect you? Well generally parts of different marquees aren’t compatible with one another so if you have an accident with your marquee you’ve got to go back to the original supplier. But a lot of the requests we have are for other suppliers marquees who clearly state on their website that spares are readily available, which is confusing. I thought everyone was like us who send spares out immediately as the time you need a replacement is invariably when you need the marquee.

Now I’m not trying to criticise all of our competitors, I get on well with most and the reason for that is mutual respect and knowledge that we each offer a good service. But there are some out there who say one thing and do another. What I suggest is if you’re thinking of buying a marquee (whoever it’s from and whatever style it is) you phone them up anonymously saying you’ve got a 2 or 3 year old marquee already and need some spare parts for it, just see what reaction you get and keep that in mind when finding a supplier.

All of this and indeed our philosophy on spare parts comes from my own experience. Years ago I was really in the mire for one weekend and approached our usual supplier only to be hit by a brick wall. It was made very clear that they weren’t going to help me or go out of their way at all. So I approached another supplier we rarely used who bent over backwards to help even meeting us out of hours so we could get the job done. Who do you think we went back to in the future? Years of growth later and we were one of his best customers and I never forgot him helping us out that one nightmare weekend.

I’m not saying we’re the only marquee supplier who offers a good after sales service but just put a supplier to the test before buying. That way you can have more confidence if anything should go wrong in the future.

Thanks for reading

Spencer