With the recent hot weather encouraging everyone out into the garden and the threat of frost disappearing during May, David Coton is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month.
Oase is a company that is passionate about water, with a huge range of products that will soon include a brand new indoor aquarium range. That's why I recently went over to Germany with my colleague Andrew Hall to visit their headquarters.
Based in Horstel, north west Germany, and founded just after the war, Oase have developed a big reputation for outdoor water installations, with impressive projects that interplay water with light and sound.
Then three years ago, after taking over Eden, an Italian manufacturer of high quality aquariums, they moved into the indoor aquatics market. Oase have subsequently developed the Eden range with the eventual aim of branding it under their own name.
Their intention to become a major player was further enhanced by the surprise acquisition of Reef One, manufacturers of the technologically advanced biOrb aquariums. 'A perfect fit' was how Oase's CEO described the biOrb purchase, with both companies striving for 'quality, unique design, service and innovation.'
I focussed with Andrew on the first major product launch of Oase's expanded operations, three Oase branded aquariums, internal and external aquarium filters, air pumps and sump pumps that are due to arrive in the UK in May
We also saw how other products such as Aquamax pumps, Filtral filters and Vitronic clarifiers are manufactured in a state-of-the-art environment.
Our attention was also drawn to the irrigations and drainage range that Oase has been working on. Marketed under the ProMax name, these products include clean and dirty water pumps together with garden and fountain pumps.
Suitable for various domestic and commercial applications from emptying swimming pools, relieving flooding to helping with recycling, these water pumps that will also be available on GardenSite soon after their UK launch.
As one of the few 5star retailers in the UK, GardenSite have been judged by Oase to have knowledgeable staff who deliver excellent customer service on a comprehensive range of products. The Oase range is available at our Aquatics Superstore in north Birmingham and also online through our Oase and BiOrb shops on GardenSite.
New products are the lifeblood of many industries and it’s no different in the gardening sector and most of us above a certain age will know the Rubbermaid brand well, particularly if you have ever been in the cleaning industry.
GLEE is the garden retail industry's annual show at the NEC in Birmingham. David Coton took the opportunity to visit this year's event to catch up on the news, visit current/potential suppliers and evaluate new products we would like to offer on GardenSite in the coming year.
I had never heard of Evika Greenhouses but when I walked into our annual Garden & Leisure Exhibition 2019 (GLEE) it was the only product I really saw. A brand new greenhouse brand is always going to get my attention but the sense that this was not only new, but different, kept my focus.
Although the growing season is slowly coming to an end, David Coton can suggest quite a few jobs that need to be done over the next few weeks, helping you make the most of what's left of summer and preparing for the arrival of autumn.