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The Showmans Show 2016 review

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Thank you to everyone who visited the DIY Marquee stand at the show, it was a fun couple of days chatting to customers new and old.

Our new Commercial Demi Marquee seemed to prove very popular whilst feedback from our long-time customers has given us plenty of food for thought regarding new product ideas for the future.

There’s always lots of have-a-go activities at the show and this year there was a really good one – Clayzer (laser clay shooting). We can highly recommend it, especially so as all 3 of us ended up on the leader board. If you think that’s competitive you should see it when we take all the warehouse lads go karting at Christmas!

Thanks for reading

Spencer

The marquees we will be exhibiting at The Showmans Show 2016

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

At this years showmans show we will have on our stand:

A 4x8m Commercial peaked roof marquee. The peaks add an attractive touch to what is one of the most durable and flexible 4m wide marquees in the industry. We are manufacturing an interior lining for half of the marquee so visitors can see the difference a lining makes.

A 3x4m Deluxe Demi Marquee and our new 3x4m Commercial Demi Marquee: We designed these marquees to butt up against buildings, they give a much larger entrance height and any water falls away from the building eliminating two of the largest issues marquee hire companies have when butting up against buildings. They have also proved popular as stand alone market stalls. The popularity of our Deluxe model has encouraged us to produce a similar structure in the slightly lighter Commercial design. Compare for yourself at the show.

A 4x4m pop-up marquee: We only supply the heaviest duty pop-up models (58mm dia. legs), at the show we are including our unique interior lining, compatible with just about any make of pop-up.

A 2x4m Walkway: Our walkways arrive as 2x6m but are modular so can be put up as 2x2m, 2x4m or 2x6m. At the show we’ll be putting it up as 2x4m and again include our interior lining.

We can’t display all of our marquees at the show but by exhibiting the above we are displaying a reasonable selection and illustrating many of the unique structures and accessories we provide suitable for marquee hire companies.

Thanks for reading, please come and say hello at the show (stand 263 Avenue E)

Spencer

The Showmans Show 2016

Monday, September 19th, 2016

It’s nearly The Showmans Show time again where we grab the slowest moving members of our staff and decamp down to the Newbury Showground for a few days.

We will be in our usual spot halfway down Avenue E on stand number 263 opposite the Arcotherm stand. Come out of the hall and turn right then first left for Avenue E.

For those unaware of The Showmans Show (with apologies to anyone who has read similar posts on here in previous years) it is the one trade show where all of the marquee hire industry have a presence. Any supplier serious about supplying the hire industry will have a stand and just about every existing or prospective marquee hirer will come to visit.

This is where you will see new innovations first and create contacts you may use for years.

It’s a nice well organised show and well worth a visit. It’s free to enter but to save filling out forms on the day it’s worth registering in advance: Showmans Show online registration

Thanks for reading, I hope to see you at the show.

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

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

The Showmans Show 2014

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

The showmans show is on again in a few weeks time, for those who haven’t heard of it it is the one show aimed at the outdoor event sector. In recent times it has become (whether by design or simply by the people attending) more about large public outdoor events rather than the relatively smaller private marquee events the marquee sales industry cater towards.

It’s something to be aware of but the industry is not the fastest moving in the world so there’s no real need to go every year.

With that in mind we will not be exhibiting this year. We were undecided but a couple of health scares have meant it is not sensible for us to attend this year – we will definitely be back next year though!

It’s a shame as we’ve got some new products for next year – you’ll just have to wait for them to go on the website over the winter.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

The Showmans Show conclusions

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Thank you to everyone who visited us at The Showmans Show last week. For those that didn’t make it we displayed one of our new pop-up marquees including linings, we also had a new pagoda style marquee that will be a standard stock item next year. We’re confident both will prove popular and really add something to the marquee hire industry.

The Show itself was again very quiet, personally I think a change to Fri/Sat would really help increase visitors. I know ourselves and many other suppliers will be monitoring the leads generated carefully as it’s becoming increasingly difficult to justify the large expenses incurred.

As an erector of smaller marquees it is always a joy to see what can be achieved in larger structures, some of the two storey marquees are very very impressive. Saying that I wouldn’t like to put them up!

Thanks for reading.

Spencer

Showmans Show and cheap marquee for sale

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

This week we are at The Showmans Show in Newbury – it is open on Wednesday (23rd) and Thursday (24th). We went down yesterday to set up and despite everyone down there getting soaked to the skin it seems like all the usual suppliers are there.

The weather forecast for the two days has improved so we look forward to seeing you there. We’re always open to offers on the demo marquees we have on display too.

Speaking of which our Commercial Marquee demo that we’ve had all summer is on ebay starting at 99p with no reserve: 6x8m Commercial DIY Marquee

Thanks for reading and I look forward to hopefully seeing you over the next few days.

Spencer

How to erect a marquee on hard standing

Monday, October 14th, 2013

The easiest way to erect a marquee is on grass using a tie down kit to hold it in place but sometimes a marquee has to go up on hard surfaces. With our DIY Marquees (and indeed most quality marquees) this isn’t a problem as long as you fit groundbars. Groundbars don’t hold the marquee down but they do make it more rigid – imagine the marquee as a box, securing the bottom line makes it a much stronger and more rigid box.

When erecting a marquee on hard standing:

  • Look around the site, if the marquee is to be erected on a patio often there are flower beds or other soft surfaces to gain anchoring points from and just use longer tie downs.
  • Assuming there is no existing anchoring point the remaining options are heavy weights or drilling in to the ground.
  • Drilling is usually only an option on car parks or old tennis courts (be sure to fill the holes afterwards with an appropriate filler).
  • Concrete blocks or sand bags can be used as weights but my preference is water butts. These are light to carry round but you only fill them up once they are strapped to the marquee (this does rely on having a hosepipe on site).
  • When using weights strap them directly to the marquee, having them a distance away just gives the weight room to drag slightly and then it’s lost most of its use.

Thanks for reading, not sure if there will be a post next week or not due to The Showmans Show

Spencer