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The Showmans Show 2013 and new ranges

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The showmans show is next month (23rd & 24th October) at The Newbury Showground. We are on stand E277 -as usual come out of the main entrance marquee, turn right then left and we’re on the right.

I’m not sure exactly what we’re going to be exhibiting at the show, we’re very busy but in the midst of chaos from an extension being built to prepare for new product lines we’ll be stocking next year (more on that later in the year). We should have something new and interesting to look at so do pop in for a chocolate or two.

Panoramic windows are now back in stock. We’ve also introduced a 6x24m marquee for sale. It’s very big (and very heavy!) but it adds to our commercial and deluxe ranges.

Over the next week we’re also introducing a commercial pop-up range. We’re not going to stock lots of ranges of pop-ups we’re just aiming to offer the best and toughest one. It has 58mm aluminium framework and a very durable 500d coated roof and sides so should prove very effective for hire companies or people who want something stronger than the garden centre gazebos.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Cheap Clearance Marquees for sale

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

We’ve got some stock that was intended for the German market but the intended recipient has unfortunately gone bankrupt. So we’re putting the marquees on ebay at reduced prices to clear them.

These are not standard stock items but they are very very good. Essentially they are all pagoda design marquees with a combination of our commercial and deluxe features -2.3m tall eaves, 500gsm PVC, 38mm framework.

There’s some on buy it now and there’ll be some on auction in the next few days:

4x8m pagoda
5x10m pagoda
6x12m pagoda
6x6m pagoda
7x7m pagoda

Happy bidding

No blog next week, a well earned holiday beckons.

Thanks for reading/bidding

Spencer

Cheap Marquee for sale

Monday, June 17th, 2013

We have one of our deluxe marquees listed on an ebay auction with a starting price of 99p (no reserve).

Grab a bargain: 6x12m Deluxe DIY Marquee on ebay

The marquee itself is new and unused but the packaging is a bit scuffed up.

We’re also including a 6x10m second PVC roof. It was returned to us apparently with a small hole which we can’t find so we’re including it in this listing along with some repair PVC just to give flexibility.

Our commercial range exceed the standards of most marquees and party tents available, our deluxe marquees are a step up again in quality so there’s a lot of marquee available for potentially not much money!

Happy bidding

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.

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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

Cheap marquee for sale

Monday, August 20th, 2012

We are selling a marquee on eBay, the whole kit is worth just over £2,400 and we started the listing at 99p with no reserve. It’s now gone up a bit but is still very cheap so go over and grab yourself a bargain:

6x12m DIY Marquee for sale on eBay

We put this marquee up brand new last week complete with red carpet, flat ivory roof lining, curtain linings and wall linings – something we’ll be introducing next year. It was for a wedding but we used the opportunity to make some long overdue  new erecting videos that should be ready to publish in the next week or two. No doubt they will then be copied or imitated, I sometimes wonder if I posted my shopping list whether that would be copied (sales of Corona beer & Minstrels chocolate would certainly go up!) but I guess we just have to accept that’s where we are in the industry and take it as a compliment.

Happy bidding – remember this marquees has only been used once.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

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 a marquee dance floor

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Before I start on marquee dance floors I should mention that this week we have a 4x8m and one of our new 9x12m DIY Marquees for sale on eBay.

Nearly all marquee dance floors go together in the same manner using a brick type pattern for strength:

  1. Plan the position of the dance floor carefully. Often you can decide which way to lay the boards (across or down the marquee). If you think the customer might want to increase or decrease the size of dance floor at a later stage then orientate the boards accordingly. So  you only have to add or remove rows rather than lifting the whole floor to alter the size.
  2. Lay the first two or three rows of boards down and then stop: check the dance floor is square and going to fit in line with your desired position.
  3. Ensure there are no gaps between the boards, once the whole dance floor is laid it is very difficult to go back and change it
  4. Similarly pack up the boards as each row is laid to avoid any bouncy gaps underneath. It is a nightmare trying to pack up a bouncy dance floor once all the boards are laid
  5. Once all boards are down it is time to lay the edging. Firstly put the sides of the edging on – this is laid in the same way as the boards. So if the last row put down was big-big-small then your edging should be laid as small-big-big to continue the brick pattern
  6. Once both sides are fitted any corner pieces of edging can be put in and the gaps at both ends filled using the remaining edging.
  7. If you’re a bit short of edging then leave it off on the side facing the DJ/Band

All of this may seem common knowledge but to others it could prove interesting. I remember going on site to find one lad so frustrated with the hour that he’d spent trying to edge a dance floor that he was in the middle of hacksawing a piece down to fit. Once I’d shown him how it was supposed to fit blood pressures were lowered and the hacksaw was put back in the van!

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Demonstration marquee now up for viewing

Monday, April 4th, 2011

A few years ago we were approached by our friends who run the pub next door who convinced us to put our demonstration marquee up in their garden every summer. They get the use of a marquee every year and we have a display marquee available for people to see in use. It works well for both parties.

It’s a 6m wide marquee with red carpet, roof lining, curtains and panoramic windows down one side. I’ll get a photo up here soon.

As our instructional videos have proved surprisingly popular we thought it time to do another one and got the video recorder out to show how we do it. Our intention was to produce a serious, professional video. This was thwarted somewhat when a couple of older gents came out for a cigarette and watched us putting up the marquee:

The barman bringing us out a couple of drinks was going to make for a tricky edit (not that we were arguing about that one..):

When the landlord came out for a chat “how are you getting on lads”, “good thanks, we’re just making a video” and didn’t take the hint that he was standing directly in front of the video camera we decided to give up! (he’s a very nice guy and the pub do great food by the way):

In other news we’re continuing to have a clear out of our stores of all the marquees that we can’t send out due to damaged packaging. There’s a 6x12m on eBay at the moment and I’ll continue to put one on every week or so until we’ve cleared them. They’re perfectly alright inside but they’re a pain to work round for us getting other stock to be sent out.

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

How long can a marquee stay up for?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This is a question I’m asked often – how long can a marquee stay up for?

There are two parts to this -one is the structure, the other is the state of the ground.

Marquees are only designed as temporary structures, if you have them up for a long time then certain precautions should be taken. Checking it regularly for signs of wear & tear, checking the strength of bungees, making sure there is no water or snow gathering on the roof, not leaving it up in extreme weather conditions. All common sense stuff really.

The ground is only a problem if it’s going up on grass. As Legend mentioned on the forum recently if grass is covered for a long time the groundsheets underneath can become covered in rotting grass which smells. Badly. Can barely stay in the same vehicle badly! But I’ve only ever found that smell to be once the flooring has been taken up, never while the marquee is in use.

You can put flooring down for a week or two and all that will happen will be the grass will yellow a bit. A few weeks later and it will have recovered no problem. If it’s down for longer than that then the grass is likely to die off and need re-seeding.

Please don’t think about ‘breathable’ flooring/matting. As mentioned previously it allows a build up of condensation but also if it’s left down long-term the grass just grows up through the mesh. I can’t stand the stuff which is why we don’t sell it.

We’re trying to have a clear out before the season really starts so following on from the 6×12 we sold last week we’ve got a 6×6 with damaged boxes on eBay starting at 99p. In the main 6×6’s are less popular than 6×12’s so this could go cheaply.

Happy bidding, thanks for reading.

Spencer