Window Lights are a wonderful way to greet visitors to your house at Christmas, and here Andy Taylor reviews a contemporary and traditional range of Candlesticks, Welcome Lights and Silhouettes.
I had the pleasure of visiting Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair on Sunday 12th January along with my wife Kay and business partner Simon Whitehead.
Though we don't actually buy a lot on the day we do a lot of groundwork and make decisions that will shape our Christmas purchasing policy.
Premier Decorations are one of our major suppliers and we always visit early in the day, and Sunday was no exception. Premier have their own hall and they fill it to bursting point. We were particularly interested in the new Christmas trees that they had added to the range along with the fibre optic pictures and tapestries, the illuminated outdoor trees and as ever the lights.
I have the luxury of being a Premier customer from very many years ago so I have grown and seen their range evolve and expand. However I am always pleased to meet with Pravin Patel (Director) who gave me an update on trading up to Christmas 2013 for Premier. They had sold through very many lines, as they always seem to do, and Pravin indicated that even the last few weeks before Christmas showed sustained growth even though sales can fall away as Christmas approaches. Once again it had been another very successful year for Premier Decorations.
Neither Pravin nor Premier like to look back too far and consistently look to invest in the future. Testament to this is the massive product catalogue that they have published for the 2014 season.
Driving buying prices down for retailers has always been core to the Premier philosophy with special show offers as well as reductions on many lines. This means even better value for money for the consumers that consistently buy Premier Decoations Christmas products.
Premier have already celebrated 25 years of successful trading with a fabulous celebration in Mayfair. I suspect there will be many more. Customer service is key to their success as well as product quality and Sabine Moutiama (Customer Services Manager) has been looking after our account since she joined the company some 3 years ago. Thank you Sabine, we think you are a star.
Premier will also be exhibiting at the Spring fair in Birmingham in February where they traditionally have an even bigger stand than at Harrogate. I also understand there will some more new products to see, so well worth another visit.
You might not be familiar with the UK Men's Sheds Association but this is a fast growing organisation that, as David Coton discovered, encourages camaraderie and a sense of achievement among its members.
The Wildlife Aid Foundation recently purchased several animal ornaments from GardenSite and David Coton, one of our partners, thought that this charity carried out such terrific work that we made a charitable donation to assist with the cost.
With high winds increasingly affecting most parts of Britain, many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies at some time regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite.co.uk can help with an independent insurance quote and claim.
Here in Birmingham, the weather has been as changeable as ever, very warm just before Easter followed by a cold spell only last week. During May the threat of further frost will largely pass and, with spring well under way, Robert Hall is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.