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What DIY Marquees Clients Have to Say: How We Set Up Strawberry Fieldz!

by on Apr.08, 2018, under Uncategorized

Guest Post: How We Set Up Strawberry Fieldz!

5 years ago I was about to head back to my very boring job following maternity leave, to work as a Relationship Development Consultant at a well know insurance company. My husband Adam was working in a planning role, which he had done for many years and was fairly bored. His main passion has always been music, gigging with his Dad from the age of 5 and playing in bands all through is life, teaching guitar, and running his own recording studio also. So we find ourselves at a small local festival, with a badly erected tatty party tent, with a tiny stage, and really badly managed sound where no one on stage could hear themselves. We sat in the sun after his performance and agreed we could do this set up better. So we did. Simple as that!

Adam researched products and prices, and I worked on a business plan and researched local companies. Where could we add value, go the extra mile, and make our offering unique.  After extensive research I found that websites were hard to navigate, quotes often did not turn up or where wrong, too many contact forms and not enough personal service. So that was where we felt we could really excel, using our years of customer service experience to offer the personal touch that was missing from our competitors.

We launched 8 months later with a website and no marquees at that point.  We used a well known business directory and got a fair amount of work from that.  We had a summer of bookings ahead and so we made the decision to borrow some money and buy the equipment.

DIY Marquees were absolutely amazing, they gave us brilliant advice because they have been there, started a marquee company and been in the hire market themselves. I turned up with a wobbly trailer and two screaming toddlers and we took our marquees home.

The rest really is history. We called many pubs and introduced ourselves, emailed local councils, joined local business networks, and had our vehicles sign written. Our hit rate for converting an enquiry to a booking was around 75% and I think this has to be down to us really caring about our customers and it coming across to them that we have time to discuss their needs, and we really want them to have a good experience with us. This has undoubtedly contributed to the amount of repeat bookings we receive. We have a strong repeat customer base and get recommendations all the time which saves on advertising costs!

We took very little pay in the first 3 years ploughing it all back in to the business to grow as quickly as we could.  We started offering small festival stages in the second year of trading which has added variety to our business. We have provided stages for festivals, local councils, pub events, and got paid to watch live bands!

We have so many great memories over the last few years, from our customers that invite us in to share a freshly made curry, to the quirky sheep that leapt in our van and ate our biscuits.  Every day is different, and each customer unique but it’s been an amazing experience and watching our business grow has been very rewarding.  DIY Marquees has been crucial to our success and have always gone the extra mile to help us. We have had to order next day delivery items at 4.59pm in the evening as we have lost a vital component, had issues onsite and needed advice, and been totally fine with us never giving the correct part name for an item in spite of them sending them to us numerous times. 😊

Get in touch with DIY Marquees if you are wanting to buy a marquee

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Knowall IT – Hosted Sage Cloud Service Providers

by on Dec.23, 2017, under Uncategorized

Why SWYX?

SWYX software intelligently links all forms of business communication into a platform with a uniform user interface changing the way we communicate on a daily. New technologies and new devices make extra demands on organisations and employees. SWYX integrates email, voice, voicemail, fax and instant messaging.

Knowall offer you a standardised, user-friendly and efficient solution that combines all these channels.

Knowall IT is a Managed Service Provider and 100% customer focused. They are focused on the provision of high-performance, tailored and secure hosted services to UK based organisations with a global reach. Being a managed service provider they have many service offerings such as Swyx and Sage Hosting.

Convert your existing Sage software to the cloud with hosted Sage.

Sage cloud hosting gives you the stability of the desktop with the flexibility of the cloud.

Hosting is designed through a consultative approach to ensure your data and applications are delivered quickly, securely and simply, to your users world-wide. Hosted Sage and other Line of Business applications on Knowall’s UK Enterprise Cloud Platform, ensures your data and applications are available 24×7 to your users, no matter the location or device.

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Tired of going to the movies?

by on Mar.15, 2013, under Uncategorized

Did you know Harmonized Systems have highly specialized engineers who undertake the installation of each of their clients making sure every clients individual requirements are met? This is highly important ensuring that each installation the interior design is taken into consideration.

Our technicians are specialized in hi-tech and luxury home cinema installation to ensure the highest picture quality on the screen and accurate sound reproduction whilst ensuring your home looks beautiful.

Speak to www.harmonisedsystems.co.uk about any audio visual requirements you have.

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Cashmere Wraps

by on Mar.25, 2012, under Shopping, Uncategorized

Plum Trading’s cashmere poncho’s are THE ultimate necessity for every woman’s wardrobe. That’s why we have negotiated a special reduced price for customers of The Travelling Souk. At just £152.00 and free shipping it is a deal that you won’t find anywhere else on the Internet. Our Poncho’s are made from high quality yarn from Loro Piana, it is super soft and luxurious against your skin. It can be worn in many ways; as a poncho, with a belt, as a scarf, wrap or a snood; the list is endless! So versatile and stylish that many women come back for more; and with five colours to choose from you will find one to match every outfit.

A cashmere poncho is brilliant for throwing on as you are rushing out the door, and it looks great over jeans as well as wrapped around the most glamorous of evening gowns. It’s perfect for looking chic on the school run and makes great maternity wear for expectant mums. Not only is it uber flattering over a pregnancy bump but is also a comfortable clothing choice for baby feeds. For more cashmere wraps and more visit our website.

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Three, four or more

by on Jan.26, 2011, under Travel, Uncategorized

Starting a family is a dream come true for many couples, and they welcome the changes that come with the new territory of family life. Often this includes rearranging the finances to provide for your new bundle of joy, but this need not mean you have to miss out on a much needed holiday. The burgeoning field of holiday lets offers a very cost effective way of giving everyone a change from routine. A family room in a hotel might not seem very peaceful when you are crammed into one small space, especially with different bedtimes for all. But when you find flats for rent London or cottage there is room for everyone – often at the same cost as that hotel you used to book as a couple.

Spend only a matter of minutes online and you can find a wealth of flats for rent in London on offer, providing as much space as you need. You may give up on room service, but what you gain is a beautiful property with privacy and freedom from your to-do list. You have only to relax with your family knowing that the property is cared for by someone else. No DIY jobs screaming for your attention, no big cleaning work. Maybe dad can play with the kids while mum has that long soak in the tub, or mum can treat the kids to some afternoon baking while dad has that nap he’s always wanted. And of course, mum and dad can curl up together to watch that movie they’ve been putting off, once the little ones are fast asleep.

This is all even before you step outside your apartment to explore your new neighbourhood. It might be a stunning countryside location, with cliff walks and ice cream on the beach, or an exciting city bursting to be discovered. With endless activities available for children of all ages (including big ones…) you can plan days out around relaxing in your stress free home from home.

Whether remote or inner city, your holiday let property will provide a stable, spacious base for you and your family. The benefits of a change from routine are many and valuable. Rediscover your family in a new and relaxed setting, and why not make it a real event and invite the grandparents too???

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