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13May/170

DIY MARQUEES HAVE THE BEST TO OFFER IN THE MARQUEE INDUSTRY

DIY Marquees have become the market leaders in marquees for sale and only implement the latest technologies when it comes to manufacturing and providing our clients with high quality professional marquees for sale.

Their superior quality, top of the line, durable marquees are key to their success. Their team is dedicated to ensuring client satisfaction is their main priority.

With the widest range of marquees for sale, DIY Marquees have become a leading brand in commercial marquees for sale and pop up marquees.

the commercial diy marquee range

The Commercial range of DIY Marquees are ideal for marquee hire companies or for people who require a much stronger, more durable and flexible marquee than their Classic range.

They believe their Commercial DIY Marquees are the best marquee in their class available in the market today:

FEATURES
  • 500gsm Rip-stop Duracoretex PVC Roof
  • 500gsm Rip-stop Duracoretex PVC Side Panels
  • Flame Retardant to BS5438 & BS7838
  • Windstop velcro sealed side panels
  • Wind resistant 2m end panels (4 & 6m)
  • 38mm Steel pipe framework
  • Groundbars included
  • Eave braces (6m)
  • Gable uprights in end (4 & 6m)
  • Wind resistant 20 degree roof (6m)
  • Unbranded
  • Interchangeable side panels
  • 'True Georgian' curved top window panels
  • Simplex design for ease of erection
  • 4-season marquee (year round though additional precautions should be taken in snow and extreme conditions)

Not only does DIY Marquees supply the most quality tents in the UK, they also supply some of the most sought after and fundamental marquee accessories such as :-

  • Heating
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Doors
  • Repair Kits and more ……
DIY Marquees make sure that their clients walk away with a fully comprehensive product ready to start a business.
13Feb/170

High Quality & Durable Marquees from DIY Marquees

DIY Marquees have a beautiful range of high quality durable marquees for sale. If you are thinking of starting your own marquee hire business speak to them as they have a marquee for every occasion. Their large range extends from garden marquee for sale or if you are going to specialise in a certain occasion such as weddings then don’t hesitate to look at their wedding marquee for sale.

DIY Marquees stand out from the competitors for the way they assist marquee hire companies start up. They advise on every aspect of marquees be it flooring, lighting, décor or heating you can be assured they will give you the most honest and best advice to help your business grow and succeed. They are a family business and have many years’ experience in the marquee industry.

the classic diy marquee range

They have put together marquee lighting packages and their friends at Essential Supplies are running electrical courses aimed at the marquee hire industry:

Event Electrics Course:

Our one day workshop is specifically aimed at those working in the Marquee
& Events industry. We will cover all aspects of the design, installation and testing of temporary electrical systems for events. The course is aimed at those who specify and install such systems but have no formal electrical qualification. We will guide candidates through best practises in installing electrical and lighting systems in temporary structures for events, including how to avoid some common pitfalls and some not so obvious. There will also be plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with some of our latest products specifically designs for our industry.
This is a non examined course and provides no formal qualification; it is de-signed to provide candidates with an awareness of the issues surrounding electrical systems for temporary events. Candidates will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion and a set of course notes.
Price: £180 + VAT per candidate

Event Lighting Course:

Our one day workshop is specifically aimed at those working within the events industry. We shall cover methods and types of lighting and how to install your system. This is a non examined course and provides no formal qualification; it is de-signed to help candidates with lighting. Candidates will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion.
Price: £180 + VAT per candidate

PAT Testing Course:

The aim of our one day ‘practical’ workshop is to obtain an understanding of why
PAT Testing is necessary and be able to demonstrate safely and accurately all aspects of electrical testing necessary to perform PAT tests on your own or other people’s electrical equipment
The course is specially designed for those within the events industry, looking at key
Products, unique to the Events World. The testing techniques learnt can be used in any in-dustry. You will be shown how to PAT test a wide range of our products from extension leads to metal light fittings and from simple distribution boards to power tools. To ensure you get the most out of the course we aim to have a maximum of 6 Candidates on each course.
Price: £220 + VAT per candidate

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If you have been in the hire industry for a few years and look to be taking the next step up in complexity of marquee bookings, then I would recommend attending the Event Electrics Course first with the Event Lighting Course later.

Click here for more info on marquee tents for sale

8Feb/160

History of the first marquees sold by C & D King Ltd

Recently came across the most helpful site when looking to buy a commercial marquee, considering it’s a commitment deciding to go in the marquee business I decided to ‘snoop’ around DIY Marquees website to get an idea of the ethos and reliability of the company. DIY marquees has an excellent reputation in the industry, however, I was intent on doing my own research.

The first thing I noticed going on the blog posts is the transparent way in which each post is written thus showing that the owners of the business are open, honest, passionate and willing to go the extra mile to ensure their customers have all the knowledge they need thus making a success of their business.

I came across this special post that I wanted to share as this sheds light on the history of the company.

The first marquees sold by C & D King Ltd

DIY Marquees is part of C & D King Ltd, a company that has been manufacturing for over 30 years. Originally the manufacturing of clothing was bigger than marquees but over the years the balance has reversed.

Over Xmas I found some photographs from the early years.

This is c 1983 and we think the first marquee built by us. A lot of work for a 3x6m!

c 1983 First marquee

 

This is c 1984. The marquee in the background is likely to have been the 3rd or 4th one we built/sold (a bit different to the thousands we have sold since!).

Fair1984

Circled top left is Mary who had just joined after leaving school. Mary is now head of production and responsible for much of the smooth running of the company. Bottom right is lil’ ol me. Also featured are my brother, mother & grandparents. Quite the family company!

So if you are thinking of buying a heavy duty marquee look no further than the experts in heavy duty marquees for sale.

11Nov/150

Buying a marquee can be confusing. Let DIY Marquees help you !

I have asked Spencer King from DIY Marquees to give consumers useful advice when purchasing a marquee.DIY Marquees

Pop up Marquees are a very clever invention but although all of the different designs use a similar folding mechanism the quality of the structures vary greatly. The quality of any pop up marquee comes from the quality of the frame, the quality of the covers and the build quality. At DIY Marquees we only sell the heaviest duty design of pop up marquee. This is designed for marquee hire businesses or those wanting a more reliable and durable structure than available elsewhere.

the pop-up diy marquee range

When wishing to buy party tent also consider what accessories you may need - tie downs and flooring are often required but interior linings and marquee lighting turn the party tent in to a far more impressive venue.

Marquee lighting takes many forms but the most popular are festoon lighting or marquee chandeliers all operated on a dimmer system for ease of use. You may not require accessories when originally buying the party tent but knowing that a wide range of accessories and spare parts are available gives you greater future proofing on your investment.

6Aug/150

Experts in commercial marquees

Do you need help with buy party tents? Are you looking to buy marquee party tent that’s durable, affordable and safe? Speak to the experts in marquee sales for their professional advice. They will advise you on the best party tents to buy.

The term party tents generally refers to structures that are lighter weight than average marquees. Party tents are made using PE material in weights of 90gsm (grams per square metre) in the basic models up to 240gsm in the heavy duty party tents. There is a similar range of different quality framework ranging from 20mm pipework in lightweight models up to heavy duty 38mm steel pipe in heavy duty party tents.

If you're looking for a good quality party tent marquee then look no further than DIY Marquees - we offer a wide variety of different models starting at our light weight and easy to erect party tent range up to our commercial marquees designed for the marquee hire industry. Whatever your requirements we have the party tent marquee for you.

The following table shows the available sizes in our Classic range of marquees. Size guides can vary greatly, this is due to the variety of ways a marquee can be used. For example a 6x12m marquee can seat 70-80 people at round tables but if you allow for buffet tables and/or a dance floor then the capacity is reduced.

 
Size of Marquee (width first) Capacity seated Capacity standing
3x2m DIY Party Tent 4-8 4-12
3x4m DIY Party Tent 6-12 9-18
3x6m DIY Party Tent 12-20 15-30
3x8m DIY Party Tent 12-24 18-35
3x10m DIY Party Tent 15-30 20-45
3x12m DIY Party Tent 18-40 27-60
4x4m DIY Party Tent 8-15 10-22
4x6m DIY Party Tent 12-24 18-35
4x8m DIY Party Tent 12-30 18-45
4x10m DIY Party Tent 15-35 18-55
4x12m DIY Party Tent 20-48 25-70
6x6m DIY Party Tent 15-40 20-60
6x12m DIY Party Tent 30-80 40-120
5Jul/150

DIY Marquees raising marquee to new heights

Historically the marquee industry consisted of very large marquees used by commercial marquee hire companies, heavy duty party tents and small gazebos from garden centres, whilst these are still available now there are so many options between the two extremes. Increasingly popular are small marquees for sale, party tents structures that are heavier duty than the lightweight gazebos but smaller than the large marquees bought by commercial companies.

    

Small marquees for sale are by their nature easy to erect but still highly durable and able to withstand nearly anything the British weather can throw at them.

Marquee companies for sale happen very rarely, both sales and hire companies are usually long-term business ventures and so come up for sale very rarely. Due to the variety of different marquee qualities marquee hire companies for sale often only appeal to similar companies using similar ranges but not covering the same area so the potential buyers are limited. Marquee companies for sale that actually sell marquees are even rarer and therefore attract a greater premium than otherwise would.

If you're looking for a marquee for sale then look no further than DIY Marquees. We offer a variety of different ranges and models meaning we have a marquee for sale to suit any budget. Whether it's a sit down formal wedding marquee or a party tent marquee on a patio we have the marquee to suit.

18Jun/150

Read DIY Marquees interesting articles

We love DIY Marquees blog posts, they are not only informative but make an interesting read from the experts who have been in the industry for many years; having tried and tested every area of marquee for sale business.

I found these interesting articles especially for those that would like to set up their own small marquees for sale business.

Why are most marquee linings ivory?

In the UK marquee industry now just about all professional marquee linings are ivory, this has come about from years of experience and customer feedback not just from us but from all lining manufacturers in the country.

From a customer’s point of view ivory just adds a touch of class to the marquee, if you have two lined marquees side by side one with white and one ivory customers choose ivory every single time – whether they go for flat/shaped, pleated or ruched is personal opinion and another matter altogether!

From a hirers point of view ivory is much lower maintenance than white, marks and creases show up far more on white than ivory. It also ages better than white – we used to have 10 year old ivory linings right next to brand new ones without any issue. Try putting  a 10 year old white t-shirt next to a brand new one and see the difference!

The only down side to ivory used to be there were many many different shades of it from different material suppliers in the marquee lining industry, fortunately in the last 10 years or so everyone has settled on a similar shade generally referred to as mid-ivory.

That’s why 99% of professional marquee linings are ivory now.

Especially for marquee companies for sale

Check list for completed marquees

Its good practice when you’ve finished a marquee (and before the event) to have a check list, one copy for the customer and one for you.

What goes on a check list is entirely up to you but here’s some suggestions:

  • Sign to say that they are happy with the marquee. It won’t cover you completely, they may find something and call you back but it does help to have a paper trail should anyone try to take action against you after the event (I’ve never heard of this happening but it’s simply good practice).
  • Sign to say that all furniture is there (by sign I mean one signature for everything)
  • Sign to agree to take responsibility for all of the equipment (unless you have separate insurance/damage waiver).
  • Sign to say they have been shown how to use any marquee heating and/or lighting.
  • A note to say where any equipment can be plugged in (and not to plug in anywhere else)
  • A note asking for any decorations around the marquee not to be attached using staples or non-removable tape.
  • A note mentioning no metalwork should be removed and side panels only removed if good weather.
  • A note asking for pets (dogs) not to be allowed in to the marquee. There were a couple of occasions I can remember finding presents from the family dog, they were not pleasant experiences!

It’s also good practice to have the emergency contact number on the bottom.

Note this is a check list for the customer (they have a copy, you have a copy) which may be separate from your own erectors check-list, something the team leader might fill in ensuring everything meets the required standards. Flooring is well fixed down, all straps are done on the outside of the marquee, no lighting or heating could come in to contact with PVC/lining, furniture all laid out, dance floor laid flat etc etc.

For those who are starting out this may all understandably be a bit of overkill. If you’re in charge and just putting a 6x6m shell of a marquee then that’s fine. The above should always be the aspiration though, as you get bigger, as your equipment becomes more diverse, the jobs become bigger and when more of the responsibility is delegated to others having check lists is simply good practice.

Some see setting up a marquee hire business as very easy. Others see setting up any business as a potential headache. At DIY Marquees we work very hard helping people set up marquee hire companies by taking a lot of the stress and worry out but promoting good practices so they can thrive in the long term.

13May/150

Buy a long lasting, excellent quality marquee from DIY Marquees

When hiring out marquees it is good practice to have some discrete marquee branding. Keep in mind that any branding shouldn't be over the top or take up too much of the available face, you do not want your marquee to appear as a billboard. You want your marquee to remain looking clean and elegant whilst guests who wish to find out who supplied the marquee can find out if they want to by having a discrete vinyl marquee branding on one or two side panels or the trim of the roof.

Marquee lighting is not always required - any good quality white marquee will be light inside if it is light outside so for daytime functions lighting in marquees is not always necessary. For evening functions there is a variety of possible marquee lighting options but whatever option you choose -festoons, uplighters or chandeliers, ensure all lighting is dimmer-controlled to help the party atmosphere.

Marquee Flooring always adds to any marquee but be wary of any cheap breathable options. Professional marquee hire companies always put a non-breathable layer down before any type of marquee flooring, this prevents the grass giving off water vapour which then forms as condensation and can ruin a function. All of the marquee flooring packages we offer at DIY Marquees include this non-breathable layer as well as a choice of colour carpet to suit any occasion.

14Feb/150

Having several functions? Ask DIY Marquees for advice

Uplighters and marquee spotlights are becoming more popular but require a professional to fit and so unsuitable for the DIY market. Similarly buying lightweight globe lights whilst excellent in small walkways or gazebos are not powerful enough to light marquees of any serious size as each bulb is limited to 25 watts.

the commercial diy marquee range

Options for marquee lighting. There are many different marquee lighting for sale and each come with their own pros and cons. The most popular option in commercial marquee for sale are chandeliers (gold or otherwise), they give a good quantity and quality of light and from an erectors point of view relatively easy to fit which means they can also be used and fitted by any domestic user.marquee chandeliers

Strings of festoon lighting offer a perfect solution for those wanting to light any size of marquee. They give flexibility in the power of lighting supplied but can also be used discretely behind an interior roof lining. They are available for sale with a dimmer system and can usually take any dimmable bulb up to 100W for greatest flexibility.

20Jan/150

Read DIY Marquees advice if you want to start your own business

I meet a lot of people looking to start up a marquee hire business, it is one of the best parts of my job. A lot of people who come in to see me have never worked for themselves and see it as quite an aspiration position. Often the decision has been made to work for themselves long before the idea of marquees came around. And to be honest working for yourself is great, you do have to go in to it with your eyes wide open though and this is something else I often find myself discussing with potential marquee customers.

The first, most important point when starting a new business is having your close family on-board. Getting a business off the ground takes a lot of time, energy and work which would only be rewarded in the medium-long term. It is very difficult to do without the support of those around you. The last thing you want is for your start-up business to seriously affect your relationship (especially if you've married in to a family of solicitors and QC’s!).

The pro’s and cons of starting up your own marquee DIY Party Tents for sale or Pop up Marquees for sale for example  (or other) business:

Pros:

  • Greater flexibility
  • Greater job-satisfaction. Not just because the work you’re doing is for yourself rather than some else or an organisation but because most marquee work is making people happy
  • Potentially greater financial reward (it depends on what job you’re giving up of course)
  • Greater involvement in all parts of the business. You may have had a job in marketing but in a start-up you’ll be involved/responsible for every different part of the business.

Cons:

  • Greater responsibility
  • Less financial security (the rewards are potentially greater but there is always the risk of the business not taking off).

And in-between both is a certain blurring of your work/life hours. You can often do non-work things during work time but then you’ll often have to do work related out of hours.

Working for yourself or working in a small business can be a culture shock but ultimately a move most people view well worth it.

A good friend of mine went from working in a huge multinational to a small start-up business. On the second day he was shocked to be told to drop everything as a photocopier had arrived downstairs (they were on the 5th floor) and everyone had to go down and lift it up the stairs. But this is what happens in a small business, everyone has to be prepared to be involved in any part of the business (manual handling or otherwise).

We are always happy to discuss any ideas you may have in starting up your own marquee hire business (or even helping an existing one), we have a lot of experience both in having done it ourselves and in helping many many others over the years.

the pop-up diy marquee range