Archive for the ‘marquee hire advice’ Category

Can I use a DIY Marquee as a smoking shelter?

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Yes, you can use one of our DIY Marquees as a smoking shelter but only with some precautions/conditions:

Will the marquee smell? No, not really. The PVC will not absorb smells so as long as it well ventilated the marquee will not smell and could be used for alternative purposes at other times.

If you are building a smoking area at an event then it is best to erect a separate roof only marquee or create a porch at the front of the marquee.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Duracoretex PVC

Monday, January 25th, 2016

How do I know the quality of a PVC marquee cover? This problem arises as the only generic way of describing PVC is by weight – 380gsm, 500gsm, 650gsm.

The problem we have as a supplier is that there are many many different qualities of PVC within these weight bands. We could make our marquees cheaper by using a different quality (but same weight) PVC for example.

The problem you have as a hirer/user is how do you know what quality of PVC you are buying?

After many many years of supplying marquees using different versions of PVC we are now exclusively using Duracoretex PVC, this is because it has proved itself to be the most durable of all of the materials we have used across all weight categories.

Duracoretex PVC

The strength of the initial core material gives the fabric its strength with Duracoretex PVC often out performing heavier weight non-branded PVC.

So is all non-branded PVC unsuitable? Certainly not. But the quality of our marquees is how we have gained our excellent reputation and this is not something we wish to risk. Hence we use Duracoretex PVC.

Thanks for reading.

Spencer.

PAT Testing, Marquee Lighting and Event Electrics Courses

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Our friends at Essential Supplies:

We will be running PAT Testing, Marquee Lighting and Event Electrics Courses next year. For further information, prices and availability please email sales@essentialsupplies.co.uk

All of the marquee lighting we supply is designed to be very easy to fit but if you expand and take on more adventurous lighting or electrical work then you want to make sure you’re following best practice.

Spencer

Marquee Heaters – how much fuel to supply

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Even though the weather is still relatively mild any marquee hire will now be going out with heating. The question is how much fuel do you allow for and what is reasonable?

As with many things it is best to preempt any potential head ache by telling the customer in advance. We would usually specify (both on the quote and verbally when erecting the marquee) any heating comes with 12 hours of heating. This would usually be plenty for any function – if the party starts at 7 tell them to fire the heaters up at 5 to warm the marquee up and if they’re still going at 5am then the alcohol will keep them warm!

By not specifying this you run the risk of customers running out of fuel whether that be gas or diesel. As with many things I only know this from personal experience but customers will be in the marquee the evenings beforehand using the heater only to find they’ve used up all of the fuel before the function.

This doesn’t of course apply to electric heaters though as discussed elsewhere they are only really suitable for very small marquees/gazebos. Diesel heaters have the advantage over gas in that customers will often be happy topping up the fuel themselves to save you going out to do so (you can even leave a spare canister and funnel).

Save yourself the headache and risk of a callout by making it very clear in advance how much fuel for the heaters you are supplying.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Selling used marquees

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Ben Dawson has written a really interesting blog post on Linkedin: Selling used equipment – marquees especially

For those who don’t know Ben he’s the man who set up curlew.co.uk which is simply the place to sell second hand marquees or associated equipment. He’s a very, very knowledgeable person on marquees and I can only agree with all the points he makes.

Spencer

 

Showmans Show 2015 – review

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Thank you to everyone who came and visited our stand at The Showmans Show 2015. I grew up on stands at various outdoor shows and as I’ve said previously The Showmans Show is so much better organised and so much more exhibitor-friendly than any other show we have exhibited at it is a joy to be a part of.

The atmosphere among the marquee hire trade in general is so much more positive and upbeat than just a few years ago.

Our newly designed demi-marquees seemed to go down very well, they are based on a concept we developed years ago but it’s nice to at last produce a more polished model. The deluxe version will be available early 2016 with a commercial model to follow.

The best part of the show is meeting people. Whether it’s meeting new start-ups with the energy they bring or existing customers that we have dealt with for years. There are also a number of past customers who pop in having moved on to the bigger machinery-erected structures that intimidate and impress me in equal measure!

Thanks for visiting us, I hope to see you at next years show.

Spencer

Walkways, connecting to a house and the showmans show 2015

Monday, September 21st, 2015

The marquee hire business I built up got to a sufficient size that I could not be on site for every job. We would be running several teams of erectors with me and another site foreman running between each site.

I turned up one afternoon to find a team nearly finished. The marquees were up, the flooring and linings were fitted and they were just setting up the furniture. The quality of finish was excellent. They proudly stated the only thing left was the walkway to the house “and they’re easy”.

Walkways are easy to erect, indeed our current model of walkway is the easiest one we’ve ever designed. They are not easy to erect if you don’t leave enough space for it – as this team had done!

The lesson to learn from this is when connecting marquees to houses always always start building from the house outwards. Build the walkway (or one of our demi-marquees, details coming soon) first and then butt the main marquee(s) up to it. That way you know you’ve allowed enough space or know you’ve got to do some adapting to make fit before you get too far in to the build.

As for the job in question it was solved using a hacksaw and PVC welding to still give an excellent job but it turned an early-finish day in to a late night one for everyone.

We’ve just had notification that we will be on stand 262 Avenue E at this years Showmans Show. Come out of the entrance marquee, turn right and then first left – we’re halfway up on the right as usual and opposite the excellent Arcotherm (well worth a visit for marquee heaters). Please do pop in and say hello, we’ll be launching our new range of demi-marquees as well as exhibiting our always popular walkways and other marquees.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Why are most marquee linings ivory?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

In the UK marquee industry now just about all professional marquee linings are ivory, this has come about from years of experience and customer feedback not just from us but from all lining manufacturers in the country.

From a customer’s point of view ivory just adds a touch of class to the marquee, if you have two lined marquees side by side one with white and one ivory customers choose ivory every single time – whether they go for flat/shaped, pleated or rouched is personal opinion and another matter altogether!

From a hirers point of view ivory is much lower maintenance than white, marks and creases show up far more on white than ivory. It also ages better than white Рwe used to have 10 year old ivory linings right next to brand new ones without any issue. Try putting  a 10 year old white t-shirt next to a brand new one and see the difference!

The only down side to ivory used to be there were many many different shades of it from different material suppliers in the marquee lining industry, fortunately in the last 10 years or so everyone has settled on a similar shade generally referred to as mid-ivory.

That’s why 99% of professional marquee linings are ivory now.

Thanks for reading.

Spencer

Erecting marquees on hard standing

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Our DIY Marquees like most commercial quality ones can be erected on hard standing. There is the small issue of how to anchor the marquee down (answer: longer tie downs to a nearby soft surface, bolting or use heavy weights) but otherwise it is easily done.

There is one small issue which you should make your customer aware of and that is what happens when it rains (and I’m not talking about our funny on the FAQ page). If a patio normally floods in heavy rain, a marquee won’t stop that occurring. If the hard standing has a slope then water may try to flow through the marquee.

The risks of this happening are usually very slight and whilst it’s worth mentioning to customers it’s not worth going overboard or scaremongering about it. If the forecast is bad there are some solutions:

  • Wooden floor throughout – this raises the floor up so the water passes under. The best solution but also by far the most expensive and most work.
  • sandbags or similar round the perimeter of the marquee.
  • strips of carpet underneath the groundbars – this was suggested to me recently by a marquee hire company and I think it’s an excellent and resourceful idea. Strips of old carpet rolled up and then squashed underneath the groundbars cuts out all but torrential rain from making its way in to the marquee.

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