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Spice up the party atmosphere during the Six Nations …

It’s less than a week now before the 2016 RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship starts and, not surprisingly, the news is now a frenzy of team low-downs, breaking headlines and general frenzy.

We love the way major sporting events get our nation buzzing and we almost feel it’s our duty to contribute to this in any way we can.

This year we wanted to do something completely new and applicable to as many sporting events in the UK sporting calendar as possible the only question was …

…  ‘what to do?’

After thinking about this logically for a few minutes we answered this question in the only way we knew how – with honesty.

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London Boat Show – Tuk Tuk’s steal it & the band plays on …

The London Boat Show, 2016 at Excel has just finished and we’ve had a stand there for the past three years.

As you may well know we like to offer our own unique take on all the events we attend throughout the year and the boat show is always a favourite as it allows us to ‘test the water’ with new product ranges sourced in the quieter, winter months of the year.

The London Boat Show, 2016 in video …

As a lively starting point we’d love you to watch the videos below – the first is a quick visual tour of our trade stand at the event and the second is the official highlights put together by the organisers of the London Boat Show in 2016.

Enjoy …

The event from a Garden Furniture perspective …

When we tell people that we’re exhibiting at the London Boat Show most people’s reaction tends to be,

‘what, you sell garden furniture at the London Boat Show?’

And the answer is most definitely,

‘yes, we do.’

And the key to this, as with the majority of our event stand range throughout the year, is the unique appeal to the furniture we take which catches the eye of the sow-goers and allows us to create a nice relaxed buzz for people to enjoy without being aggressively sold to.

Event Stand favourites in 2016 …

Luxor – Marine Grade:

The Luxor Contemporary Range was launched at the 2014 London Boat Show and was received extremely well – in fact, our very first sale of this range was to the Sunseeker Exhibitors in 2014 after the furniture on their brand new launch yacht had blown off on its way down the Thames!

London Boat Show 2014 Luxor Range on the Sunseeker

The Luxor Range on the Sunseeker in 2014 …

The range has grown in popularity ever since and this year we launched the Pienza Modular Suite – our brand new extension of the Luxor family.

Another hit was the Magic Apple, again, a new addition to the Luxor Range this ‘mini outdoor day bed for one’ has to be seen to be believed.

magic apple at the boat show

Tuk-Tuk draws the crowds:

 We’ve also recently invested in a cracking range of Upcycled Furniture cleverly made from decommissioned working vehicles in India. So we’ve got Tractor Tables, Ambassador Car Benches and what is steadily becoming the biggest hit of them all – the Tuk Tuk Bar.

tuk tuk bar

All in all, a great show.

Our best bits from 2015

2015 – Out & About, the Media and New Beginnings …

You know, it’s only when you reflect, that you realise what you’ve achieved.

This time of year is a quieter one for our business so it always gives us time to look back on what’s gone before.

Time to be proud of our successes from the year just gone by.

And, of course, to use the benefit of hindsight and identify the not so successful parts to avoid in the year to come.

To build a successful brand you have to evaluate and this is our time of year to do just that.

And, in hindsight it’s been a brilliant year – a year in which we’ve moved The Garden Furniture Centre brand forward in leaps and bounds through hard work and determination as a team.

So we thought we’d share the highlights with you – our current and potential customers – after all you are, fundamentally the reason we’ve got a brand in the first place.

2015 – Our Best Bits …

The Trade Shows:

2015 Trade Show round up

2015 really has been the year we perfected a winning formula at these and their huge popularity over the past 12 months back this up.

In fact, we won Trade Stand Awards for presentation at all the RHS Flower Shows – which says it all really – and that’s not taking into account our other successes for example at The Boat Show and The Ideal Home Show.

You can see the full round up from our UK Trade Stands and get a sneak preview of some brand new additions for 2016 here.

The Media Spotlight in 2015:

Just where do we start with this.

We guess the first thing that springs to mind is the Brand Endorsement that we received from Kerry Katona when she spent a day in our Warwickshire Showroom to help launch our brand new Silvertex Range of outdoor furniture.

Product launch with Kerry Katona in 2015

She was an absolute delight and we’ve lost count of the amount of press we received coverage from both online and in print, not to mention the huge exposure across Facebook and Twitter, of course.

You can read the full low-down on this amazing day here.

However, the media coverage doesn’t by any means stop there.

Alice Smellie, regular columnist for The Daily Mail, reviewed our fabulous Athena LED Patio Heater for a full page feature and then approached us again later in the year to review some of our Firepits – a feature which is pending publication as we write this.

Alice Smellie reviews Patio Heater

And as if that wasn’t enough this novelty patio heater has been highly sort after as a competition prize throughout the year by a number of high profile media outlets not least The Sunday Post.

Jon Haimes, director at The Garden Furniture Centre, said of the Athena LED …

“We invested in this LED patio heater because of its novelty appeal and the fact that it’s based around the original and very familiar Athena Plus Gas Patio Heater Design – which is still our best-selling patio heater by far.”

Definitely one of your better investments, Jon!

On the Telly again in 2015:

Yes, you might have guessed it, that LED Patio Heater’s involved again …

The Gadget Show also took a liking and featured it in Episode 10 of their 2015 Series which was filmed at the very impressive Brinsop Court in Hereford, just down the road from us, in fact.

However, the real highlight was our second appearance on ITV’s Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh back in August.

You can see the full round up here.

Love Your Garden 2015

This is just such a fabulous programme that consistently helps very worthy causes, making it an absolute pleasure to be able to contribute something to the proceedings.

Our first appearance saw us donate an Apple Day Bed and a very touching Engraved Bench for a garden dedicated to Alice Pine.

New partnerships for 2015 and beyond …

We’ve also been busy making some new business friends throughout 2015.

The English Garden approached us half way through the year and we now offer a subscription incentive to their beautiful magazine with every order we receive.

However, perhaps the best partnership opportunity we had – one which we grabbed with both hands – was the chance to offer a £60 Naked Wines Voucher absolutely free with every online order placed – we imagine this helped a few people out over the festive season just gone!

Free glass of Fizz in our Super September Sale

And watch this space in 2016 as we have a couple of other little things in the pipeline as well.

And not forgetting the further business expansion …

2015 also saw us put further measures in place as part of our business expansion programme.

We invested in a brand new, state-of-the-art Stock Management and Back Office Sales System, aptly named ProfitPlus.

We now have brand new warehouse premises currently being finalised.

And we updated our 10,000 square foot Showroom in the Midlands on the stunning Yew Tree Farm Shopping Village.     

All in all – a pretty good year …

Brand New Pienza Outdoor Range

BRAND NEW IN 2016 – Pienza Outdoor Range …

Our Luxor Range has been around for a while now and has proved hugely popular in all the retail channels we use from the yearly Trade Shows to our Showroom in the Midlands and, of course, our online catalogue.

The Pienza Outdoor Range is the newest addition to the above range and it’s getting its first outing at The Boat Show starting on 8th January at Excel in London.

Pienza Outdoor Range – stunning Marine Grade Rattan & Synthetic Leather …

Contemporary Pienza modular Corner Unit

Contemporary Pienza Modular Corner Unit …

As with all the furniture manufactured by Domus Ventures the Pienza Outdoor Range uses the highest quality materials to produce highly contemporary, luxurious outdoor furniture with some unique little touches and attention to detail.

We are selling two main pieces; a Modular Corner Unit and a Modular Chaise Unit.

However, as with many of our outdoor corner units the Pienza Outdoor Range is modular in nature meaning you can to the base sets to the suit the style and size of outdoor space you’re catering for.

Pienza – it’s all in the detail …

Attention to detail in the Pienza Outdoor Range

There really are some great little features that make outdoor life as comfortable and pleasurable as possible with the Pienza Range.

Coffee Table:

This is included with both the base sets above and comes complete with a tempered glass top and an inner storage compartment to house drinks, glasses and the like for entertainment purposes.

Handy storage compartment in the Coffee Table

Handy storage compartment in the Coffee Table …

Modular Units:

The luxurious synthetic leather is stitched into the rattan frame itself and has memory foam capabilities for all round comfort and uniformity.

Add to this the fact that some sections have an ice box incorporated into the back section – discreetly covered when not in use by a removable cushion – and you’ve got the perfect place to relax and enjoy one of those long and lazy summer afternoons with friends and family.

And don’t forget the removable sun canopies that finish off the Pienza Outdoor Range perfectly.

Ice box in the Modular Unit ...

Ice box in the Modular Unit …

MarinaPlus and AbacoXF …

Respectively, these are the makers of the synthetic leather fabrics and the outdoor rattan.

Manufactured to the highest standards – meaning we are able to offer a 3 Year Guarantee on the frame and a 2 Year Guarantee on the fabrics.

The specifications at a glance …

  • Very low maintenance and dirt resistant as standard so it keeps that just like new look.
  • Laboratory Testing ensures its suitability for regular use in a wide range of temperatures, specifically from -20⁰C to +60⁰C. Plenty enough to cope with the British climate.
  • UV Stabilisers and Colour-Fast preservatives are added as standard.
  • Suitable for use with all types of water including sea and chlorinated water.

And then you’ve got the lightweight aluminium frames throughout that make the Pienza perfect for your outdoor space in 2016.

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Bruce the Bull Country themed drinks coolers …

BRAND NEW!!

Bruce the Bull Cooler has been a part of our range from the start – in fact he was the first novelty drinks cooler we ever got from Think Outside.

His popularity has grown and grown ever since to the point where we’ve now commissioned a number of country themed Bull Coolers and recently added them to our range.

Bruce’s of the world unite …

All the Bruce’s of the world are 100% unique apart from Bruce the Bull Scotland.

We do plan on expanding the range going forward as we know that these will be immensely popular especially at the Trade Shows we do throughout the year.

Take a look below to see them in their full glory …

England:-   

 Bruce the Bull England

Wales:-

 wales

South Africa:-

 south-africa

New Zealand:-

 newzealand

Scotland:-

 scotland

Ireland:-

Bruce the Bull Ireland

Australia:-

australia