In these uncertain times it's reassuring to know that Barlow Tyrie have been designing and manufacturing top quality teak furniture for nearly a century, and they have announced several new ranges to coincide with their one hundredth birthday.
David Coton was recently invited to the exclusive launch of Grange's new products for 2018, the result of significant investment that the garden structures and fencing firm have received from their Polish parent company.
The launch was held in the plush surroundings of Netherstowe House, where several new products and future plans for the company were revealed in the surroundings of this boutique hotel and restaurant in Lichfield.
Polish company Stelmet purchased Grange eighteen months ago, and put in place a strategy to expand the production and distribution facility in Telford while establishing another hub in South East England.
Increased production and supply chain efficiency will underpin Grange's renewed emphasis on customer service and product development, the results of which were present for all to see at this impressive event.
Best known for their fencing and decorative structures, Grange's range will now be complemented by a set of three beautiful benches, the Classic Single, Double and Triple, whose traditional style and sturdy construction will appeal to a wide audience.
These are all manufactured from smooth planed, pressure treated timber guaranteed to be long lasting and very comfortable with a style that never goes out of fashion.
In the same range you'll find two Classic Table and Chair Sets, one with a rectangular table top and two long benches, the other featuring four stylish benches with lovely slatted backs that curve around a circular table.
Container gardening has become enormously popular over recent years, and to enhance their Contemporary range Grange have now introduced two Rectangular and Square Planters and a Raised Planter which feature clean, sharp lines that enhance a lovely natural timber finish.
All the other products on show, such as a Contemporary Slatted Bench that oozes comfort and elegance, similarly reflected Grange's commitment to quality and outstanding design.
GardenSite is proud to continue its association with such a forward thinking company who undoubtedly have many more exciting developments in the pipeline and David summed up our feelings following the launch:
'I was delighted to see the new Grange products coming to the market for 2018 and appreciate the support we get from Jade Hill our Ecommerce Executive and from the rest of the team, all this helps us to grow our business but most importantly support our customers purchasing Grange products.'
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