Hugh’s News May 2013

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Rachel and I recently visited the RHS show at Cardiff, and we had an excellent day out. It was a bit of a busman’s holiday, but nice to be off duty for once! The floral marquees were fabulous (see tulips above), and we are very much looking forward to being at the Malvern Spring Flower Show later this week (Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th May). Do come and visit us if you possibly can; it’s a great show, in a lovely part of the world.

Come and see us at Malvern…

So far this year our show season has been ‘challenging’ – that’s a very English way of saying pretty disastrous. In Suffolk over Easter we had snow on the displays – that was a first, and at Newbury two weeks later we had two days of wetness. But it was good to get our new display up and running, and we are now crossing fingers for a reasonable run in May and June. To see where else we are going to be on show over the next few months, have a look at this page.

Outdoor range goes live

Jumbo Pemalangs in actionOur two new outdoor ranges have now gone live, and we are very excited about their prospects. We took the Pemalang and Jombor ranges round to my sister’s house a few weeks ago, and had a marvellous afternoon trying them out in a proper garden, in proper spring sunshine. They really did feel good, and we look forward to getting your reactions when you get to try them out. Seen above are the Pemalang Jumbo chair set; below left the Jombor 4-piece set , and below right the sweet 3-piece Pemalang Comfy chair set. For more info on price and dimensions etc click here.

Garden furniture with a differenceComfy fairtrade garden furniture

 

 

 

Special May Offer – 20% off selected ranges

We are pleased to offer 20% off three of our ranges during the month of May.

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If you have been wondering about either the Jepara or the Bantul range, or our banana fibre lighting products, now would be a very good time to talk to us. We have good stock levels of these ranges and we are keen to place more orders with the group who produce them. So let us know if you are interested, or you can buy online – just quote (or use) this code F40K2D65Y3MO.

Latest staff member

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We have a new part-time member of staff. Meet Eddie, (Jon’s faithful dog). Eddie has a number of positive effects on the organisation. He makes sure the office floor is cleared on a regular basis (whatever we miss, he will consume).

We also find he is very good at giving the casting vote if the rest of us can’t agree. He’s also pretty handy on the keyboard, and has helped sort out various spreadsheet issues. Attaboy! For more info about the human members of the team, click here.

Special products for special customers

One of the great things about being a small family business is that we can personalise our products to individual customer wishes. Recently one of our customers said they would like a Jogya sofa with one side high, and one side low. ‘Why not?!’ was our response, and 3 months later the customer received their sofa – which to date is unique in the world.

It was a great idea, and now we can make it available to other people (but it is still classed a special product so takes longer than the usual 4-5 weeks). Call or email us if you are interested in this type of sofa, or if you have any other creative thoughts for us. Click here for more information about the Jogya range.

And finally…

If you are in or near the Salisbury area please do come and see us. We love people to visit our showroom and meet us personally. Give us a call first to make sure we are here (01722 340882).

We have a great situation overlooking the River Wylye, and it’s amazing what we get to see from our office window. Here is a snap of one of the magnificent Highland cows which graze the water-meadow opposite. Believe it or not, this is the view from our office window!

 

Any thoughts on what sort of subjects you’d like to hear about in future newsletters please just email me: hugh@fairtradefurniture.co.uk


Best wishes

Hugh

 

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