Archive for the ‘commercial marquees’ Category

The largest range of Marquees in the UK

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

As you may have noticed our website has changed, this is due to our expansion in to other ranges of marquees. We now have five ranges of marquees across 23 different sizes of marquee culminating in over 70 different marquees to choose from, we believe this means we have the largest range of marquees available in the UK and hope to have the marquee to suit any requirement. We also now stock a heavy duty range of pop-ups and pagodas.

Our two new cheaper ranges probably won’t be of interest to you as a hire company – the party tent range uses PE fabric (only suitable for occasional domestic use) and our new Classic range is made using 500gsm PVC but without the features we believe are essential to hire companies – I wouldn’t recommend hiring out a 6m marquee without eave braces for example.

Our new Professional range should prove popular in the hire industry, it is based on our Commercial framework but with a heavier duty 650gsm PVC roof.

As always our new products and ranges come from feedback from customers (thank you) and our own experience. This is why we are one of the leading designers and suppliers of marquees in Europe. Which we’re quite chuffed about to be honest.

We always like to hear feedback regarding our marquees or website so if you have anything to add or any new product ideas please always send them along.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

New 9x12m DIY Marquees now available

Monday, March 14th, 2011

There are some people (I suspect my wife included) who think we/I get a little too excited about marquees however this time I feel our excitement is justified! Our new 9x12m DIY Marquees are now available for sale off the shelf.

Up until now it’s been a big price jump for marquee hire businesses wanting to go from 6x14m marquees up to 9x12m ones. You were looking at £1,099 for a 6x14m but around £7-9,000 for a decent quality aluminium frame marquee. At that price it’s very difficult to get a good return on investment.

Our new 9x12m DIY Marquees are only £2,499 + VAT. They operate on a similar system to our 4 & 6m wide ranges but have additional roof braces on 50mm framework together with roof and wall bracing cables. The end result -as anyone who saw it at The Showmans Show will tell you is a very very strong and impressive structure.

Don’t worry, the price won’t suddenly shoot up if you want more in the future this isn’t an introductory offer. Remember it’s in our interests to offer you good reliable products that can earn good returns on investment as that means you’ll be coming back for more DIY Marquees in the future!

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Party Tents or Marquees

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

What’s the difference between party tents and marquees?

In a word, nothing. Well that was a short blog..

One of our customers met a rival recently who tried to tell him he wasn’t hiring marquees he was hiring party tents in what was obviously meant as an insult. This leads to two points of discussion:

1. When you meet a competitor there’s generally one of two reactions – either comraderie (we’re both in the same game) or one upmanship (we’re faster than you, our marquees are bigger than yours, our van’s shinier than your van..)

2. Is calling a commercial grade marquee a party tent an insult? Not really, most of the rest of the world don’t use the term ‘marquee’ they refer to all structures as party tents including ones 30m wide. The only countries that regularly use the term ‘marquee’ are the UK, Ireland, Australia and NZ to my knowledge.

You imagine that the rival in question above uses the over-engineered aluminium frame marquees for his 6m, so what’s your response?

You could try explaining the business sense of using our marquees, you could ask him as he pays over the odds for his 6m marquees does he also use a diamond-encrusted hammer to do his matting? Personally I wouldn’t do either, what’s the point in educating him? All he’s then going to do is copy you and buy our marquees -let him use the more expensive ones while you have the higher return on investment.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

9m wide modular marquees for sale – New for 2010!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

If you visited us at the Showmans Show you will know that we’re going to be supplying 9m wide modular marquees from March/April of next year.  Why is this so exciting? Why are we doing it? Why should you buy ours?

It’s exciting because it’s the culmination of a LOT of work and we’re confident it’s going to be well received.

We’re doing it because a lot of our customers are successful and expanding, at some time most expanding marquee hire companies have to offer larger structures so the sensible next step is 9m wide.

Why should you buy from us? Well we’ve worked very hard to ensure our marquees are compatible with the majority of kit already out there in the UK as well as making sure it’s the high quality and value for money people have come to expect from us.

We are taking pre-orders now for delivery in March/April 2010, if you don’t order by mid-December then we can’t guarantee availability. Prices are available by request (or look at your Showmans Show price list).

So what’s the spec of our new 9m marquees:

  • 4-channel aluminium profile with steel knuckles & apexes. The 4-channel aluminium allows greater flexibility with things like porches (see photo below) and catering areas.
  • Translucent PVC used for both walls and roofs – a lot of cheap modular marquees around the world use a ‘blackout’ layer in their roof PVC making the interior grey and gloomy (think of the light in an old canvas marquee). This might be suitable for deserts or the south of France but in the UK if it’s light outside you want it to be light inside. I think they may use the blackout layer just to increase the gsm of the fabric, certainly most of the PVC roofs already in use don’t use blackout.
  • 2.3m eaves – if you’re buying a modular marquee for use in the UK you want it to have 2.3m eaves. Why? Well nearly all the existing stock used in UK marquee hire companies uses 2.3m eaves, this means that all lining suppliers and theming companies have stock based on a 2.3m eave -so you can only use them if you’ve got the correct kit. Using 2.3m eaves also means the resale value of the marquee will be higher and you’re not tied to us if you want to buy more framework in the future.
  • choice of windows: georgian, arched or panoramic
  • choice of zips or dutch lacing (dutch lacing is by far the most popular choice)

Included with any marquee purchase we’re also offering:

  • A training session – when your marquee’s ready we’ll be arranging several training sessions for you to come along to so we can pass on all of our knowledge and tips (surprisingly that’s quite a lot!). We put these marquees up for 10 years and there’s lots of things to make your life easier.
  • A free single page website optimised for whatever keyphrase you want. A lot of companies have these single page satellites designed to get up the search rankings that link through to your main site. They can take a while to get there but we’re quite good at it and we’ll design one for you.

Below are lots of photos of 9m marquees that your marquee will look like:

Thanks for reading

Spencer

9m x 18m Marquee

Ivory pleated lining (with extra curtains over the walls)

9m x 18m roof only marquee

9m x 9m marquee with 3m porch

Two 9m marquees with panoramic windows (later ones have dutch lacing)

Two 9m marquees with panoramic windows (later ones have dutch lacing)

9m x 6m framework mid-assembly

9m x 6m framework mid-assembly

Aluminium profile (steel knuckle at the top of eaves)

Aluminium profile (steel knuckle at the top of eaves)

Gable uprights bolt securely on

Gable uprights bolt securely on

9m wide marquee with pleated lining & green swag

9m wide marquee with pleated lining & green swag

9m marquee with a walkway used as an entrance porch

9m marquee with a walkway used as an entrance porch

Party tents use powder coating, commercial marquees are galvanised

Monday, January 5th, 2009

I’m often asked why we don’t powder coat our marquee framework so here’s why:

When I suffered my back injury and realised I had to go into marquee sales rather than marquee hire I started to do some research. Basically I picked the brains of mates in the industry, various contacts and searched round for what the current options were.

The boundaries are getting greyer and greyer but people clearly differentiated between ‘party tents’ and ‘commercial marquees’.

By general opinion party tents were made from thin PE material, were a budget option and had….powder coated framework.

Commercial marquees were always seen to have PVC covers, be more durable and long lasting and always used..galvanised metal framework.

Visiting a friends marquee hire business really made up our minds -he had a mixture of powder-coated and non-coated framework and after just one season the powder-coating was scratched and chipped. The galvanising looked better simply because it still had a uniform finish. As he said if people want a marque for anything other than a cover out of the elements then they’ll use an interior lining anyway.

I think most people would think a powder coated framework is superior when brand new. But our marquees are built to last a long time and after a few uses when that powder coating becomes scratched and peeling nearly everyone would agree galvanising’s a better option.

That’s why we use galvanising.

Thanks for reading

Spencer.