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But it’s raining..

Monday, October 5th, 2009

If you’re starting up a marquee hire company you have to realise you’ll be working outdoors most of the time. And most of the time it’s very enjoyable – you get a suntan, fresh air (City marquees apart) and life is good.

The flip side of this is you have to be prepared to put marquees up in all weathers. So when you start up a business and you’re drawing out costings don’t forget to include a decent set of waterproofs for you and anyone working with you. Ideally they’d have your logo on but don’t go spending silly money.

  • jacket
  • trousers
  • gloves (sealskinz were my favourite)
  • waterproof boots
  • hat – much to the amusement of some of my lads I’d often wear a hard hat in heavy rain. Why not? It’s got a natural gutter round the side so no dripping down your neck, it’s also raised off your head so you don’t get too hot.  It just makes it look like you don’t trust your workmates lifting skills!

This is on my mind as we’re out testing some marquee designs tomorrow and the forecast is awful, time to dust off my old marquee waterproofs (and maybe a hard hat).

Thanks for reading – only 2 weeks to The Showmans Show.

Spencer.

Weathering your marquees to a house

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Marquees often need connecting to a house, especially during the winter.

Someone will be organising a house party and will come to you because they basically want to gain an extra room. How are you going to do it?

First off you need to see if you can butt the marquee up against the house. Always use the 6m flat gable against the house if possible,  that means if it rains the water will go off the side and also as there’s no eaves bar at the end the door should open in to the marquee with few problems (as long as it’s not too high).

Sometimes this simply isn’t possible, in which case you need a walkway. But where can I buy one I hear you cry? Come along to our stand at The showmans show and you’ll see our new modular 2mx6m walkways that can be used as 2mx4m or 2mx2m. Priced very reasonably etc etc [fill in your own sales pitch here].

Other things to think about when using a marquee to gain a room on to a house:

  • Recommend either the food or drink or both is placed in the marquee. People always end up in the kitchen at house parties for a reason.
  • If there’s a window next to the door you’re butting up to don’t cover it over with a marquee wall, leave it open to help the atmosphere at the party (as long as it doesn’t leave draughty gaps)

We’re in our usual spot at The Showmans Show – Avenue E, stand number 267.  Come out of the entrance hall, turn right then first left. We’re along on the right. Alternatively follow your nose to the bar and we’re halfway there on the right.

Thanks for reading.

Spencer

The Showmans Show 2009

Monday, September 7th, 2009

On the 21st and 22nd October is The Showmans Show. For those who dont know the show covers all things to do with marquees and outdoor events. Anyone who supplies the marquee hire industry has a stand at the show. So for anyone who runs a marquee hire business or are thinking of starting up it’s a must-visit.

I was talking to a couple of guys last weekend that are thinking of starting up a hire business who were shocked I recommended they visited the show. “But you’re pointing out somewhere with all your competitors”. I have no problem with that, I’d much prefer people bought from us having researched the industry fully. As well as that we’re quite uniquely placed in the industry in the quality and value for money we offer 🙂

We’re working very hard at the moment to give you all some more hire options next year. Just to reassure existing customers these are all ideas to expand our (and your) range of marquees & accessories, we’ll continue supplying our current ranges so you’ll always be able to buy spare parts etc if required.

What are these new ideas? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see 🙂

Look forward to seeing you at The Showmans Show

DIY show marquee now up!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

For those who want to see before you buy and can’t wait for the Showmans Show in October we’ve currently got a show marquee up in a garden 10-15 mins away from our factory.

Show Marquee 1

It’s a 6m x 12m DIY Marquee though as we use the same design for all it’s useful to see even if you’re buying one 6m, 8m or 14m long.

We’ve got our new chandeliers in there and the new carpet that we’re stocking (details and prices should go on the website later this week). We’re very excited about offering these new products, they seem to have gone down very well and as people will see from the show marquee give the marquee an excellent finish.

We’ve also been experimenting with lining effects, the extra coloured trim in the with curtains seems to work well:

Show Marquee 2

When you think that this marquee costs around £1800 + VAT (excluding coloured swags) and hires out for £800-£1200 a time you really see how profitable marquee hire can be!

If you want to come and see the show marquee please phone ahead for an appointment, it’s in someone’s garden so we could do with knowing the day before to be polite.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Marquee Hire in a recession & photos of The Showmans Show 2008

Monday, October 27th, 2008
Showmans Show 2008 Entrance

I was too busy talking myself hoarse to see other exhibitors but the mood of hirers walking round was one of cautious optimism for the oncoming year.

I think people will always find the money for a wedding marquee but parties may suffer a bit. Expect a lot of late bookings and haggling as people don’t plan too far in advance for financial security reasons and make sure they get value when they do book. Don’t worry if you’re sat there early season and bookings are down on previous years, wait until the end of the season and it’ll probably be surpisingly healthy.
My only concern for hire companies is if you have a lot of equipment on finance. We don’t offer finance on any of our equipment as I think it’s similar to the irresponsible behaviour the bank-lenders went through to put us into this economic mess. When the return from hiring is 50% of the purchase price I just don’t see why you need to spread the costs over 12 months, delaying it using a credit card is fair enough -that way you could be in profit before you’ve even paid for the marquee!

Just my opinion, thousands of businesses are built using finance/overdrafts or loans I just don’t think they’re necessary for a marquee hire business if it’s run well.

With new equipment (new types of lighting for eg) I’d always try to get most or all of the money back on the first booking. Once you’ve got it in stock you can then discount it for future bookings. Often we were asked if we offered different styles of chandeliers, the reply would always be yes but they’re a lot more expensive -so you either get a return on your current chandelier or you get most of the capital for a new style. It’s an easy way to expand your stock and keep track of current trends without forcing people to have the same options again and again.
Thanks for reading

Spencer

DIY Marquees Stand 2008 our stand (pagoda & 6mx8m)
Customising Your DIY marquee customising your marquees

Customising your marquees

Monday, October 20th, 2008

So you’ve just hired out your shiny new marquees, the customer’s really happy with them and the world’s a happy place. While you’re away though the customer spots the manufacturers website printed on the marquee and finds they could have bought them for the same price as they’ve just paid you for hiring it! The world is no longer a happy place. In fact it becomes a very awkward place that you’d be lucky to get out of with your reputation intact.

We have the solution! (warning, sales pitch coming..)

We can now personalise our DIY Marquees with your website details.

We’re launching several branding options at The Showmans Show, I’m not totally certain how much it will be yet (one of many things I need to sort out tomorrow) but we’ll try to keep it as low as possible as I really think this will help hire businesses.

I’ll also sort out prices for extra signs so that people can customise their existing stock.
We can of course still supply the marquee unbranded as we’ve always done.
Sorry for the mixed up fonts recently, depending on where I am sometimes I write in word or notepad rather than direct and it doesn’t always copy across well.

Thanks for reading, I’m genuinely grateful/shocked that people read my ramblings on here. Please pop in and say hello at The Showmans Show -stand 235 Avenue E next to Prima flooring who are giving away free burgers this year:)

Spencer

Showmans Show

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Only 16 days to the showmans show!

We can be found on stand 235, Avenue E.  When you come out of the large entrance marquee turn right then turn left alongside the arena. We’re halfway down on the right.

I’ve no idea what our stand will look like, it’s only 2 weeks away but we’re so busy with orders I don’t think we can make anything special or unique. It”ll probably just be a 6×8 and one of our new pagodas with us standing in the middle eating sweets.
If you’re serious about setting up your own marquee business then come round to our stand first and I’ll point out each stand that’s a must see. I try to be honest and as unbiased as possible.

As I’ve said before the showmans show is a really good show. As someone who has a fair bit of experience (we used to exhibit at 30-40 shows a year throughout my childhood) I appreciate how well organised it is for both exhibitors and visitors. For us it’s just 2 days of sitting round chatting to people 🙂
Thanks for reading, hope to see you at the show.

Spencer

The Showmans Show

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

If you’re in the marquee hire industry, you must go to The Showmans Show. It’s as simple as that.

All the main marquee suppliers have  a stand there as well as flooring, lighting, heating & lining suppliers.  It’s very good for meeting all the contacts you’ll need in running a marquee hire business (incidentally we also include these contact details with our instructions when you buy a DIY marquee).

The Show is held at The Newbury Showground in the middle of October (22nd & 23rd this year), it’s good for getting some out of season deals as well as seeing the latest developements in the marquee industry. You have to avoid various jugglers and entertainers as it’s geared towards everyone in the outdoor evets industry.

Thanks for reading

Spencer.