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So you want to start a marquee hire company?
Congratulations, a wise choice. But where to begin?
Research: You need to look into who you're targeting, what competition you face and the quality of marquees you want to buy.
Target Market: Weddings, parties, country fairs or maybe all 3. Weddings require a better quality finish (interior linings, flooring etc) than country fairs who generally just need a cover out of the rain.
Your competition: Check online, check yellow pages, get your competitors brochures or any literature you can to see what they offer -don't introduce yourself yet, you may want them to come and do a site visit for you (I'll expand on this later).
Quality of marquees: The quality of marquees varies greatly, though mostly it comes down to the thickness and type of material used in the roof (walls are less important). You should also consider upgrades -if you want to expand into the wedding market you MUST be able to offer linings.
Finally you need to consider what your budget is likely to be. Put together all the costs, how much you can charge per hire (slightly less than your competitors I'd suggest) so that you're aware of how many hires are required until you're in profit.
We believe our DIY Marquees are the ideal entry level into marquee hire. They offer excellent returns on investment whilst being suitable for any event - unlined marquees for fairs & fetes or add a lining for parties and wedding marquees.
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