A strange start to Spring…

Meakins had a strange start to Spring...

Around early February, Colin and Andrew got called to a meeting by Robert Hayward, the owner of TEXO Scaffolding & Construction. Thinking it was to do with ARC Promotions & Events Management's Boxing Event, (the company they started in January with Rob Bowyer) which was being held at Five Lakes on April 9th (check out ARC Promotions Facebook page for more information), they left with their events management hats on.

As TEXO were the main sponsor for the evening, alongside JD Contracts, they were just expecting some details from them. However, there was a huge shock in store, as Mr Hayward broke the news that he was the main Sponsor for the Anthony Joshua World Title Fight at the 02 Arena on the same night! When we reminded Rob of the date, he was a little upset, but being the gentleman that he is, he left his sponsorship money in the ARC Event.

Happily for Meakins, TEXO decided to use us for all their merchandise (T-Shirts & Jumpers) and his vehicle graphics! (Pictures below). Rob Hayward needed someone he could trust to give him the best quality at an affordable price. Under the harsh time constraints, he knew who to call!

Meakins achieved everything required of them, with time to spare and to top everything off, when AJ knocked Martin to the canvas, he only sat down on the end of the TEXO logo!

ARC's event went off fantastically and Rob was even kind enough to pay to have thee AJ fight on in the Crowne Plaza hotel to the delight not only of our boxing guests but the rest of the hotel.

Its not everyday you get to produce for a world title fight, so we were proud to deliver, just like AJ on the night!

Thanks again to Texo's Rob Hayward, and JD Contracts.

For more details on TEXO Scaffolding  go to www.texoscaffolding.co.uk

The Highs and Woes of a Boiler Case

Innasol Boiler Cases!

I suppose most companies only put their outstanding successes on their website. Well anyone that's been in business knows, a company proclaiming a 100% success rate, is a company lying about their success rate.
We were tasked with the challenge of making a flight case into a boiler case, for our client Innasol, a company that sells eco friendly boilers, heating and appliances. They do a lot of exhibitions and shows, which require them to have their main boilers at the event for demonstrations and showcases to potential buyers.
These boilers can weigh up to half a ton and sell up to £16,000. The hard working Gavin at Innasol had been using a pallet and a pallet truck to move a boiler to a from events, whilst also having to get the boiler on and off of the pallet for aesthetic reasons.
Now I don't proclaim to be a genius, but I do, do weights and can tell you that shifting a 500kg boiler is no easy task!
So we have the flight case made to the appropriate requirements, and deliver it to Innasol. As I mentioned, not everything in business is a piece of cake. The trays that give the cases their strength were unfortunately obstructing part of the boiler where the pallets go in, therefore making demonstrations very difficult.
After a long and frank discussion, the client told us what they needed to have done to make this project viable for what they were needed for. This required having the trays remade with no sides. Instead, the tray would act as a flat base. We would then have to attach latch and clips to the new sides and under the bases, to stop the sides from falling off.

We had a date of the 10th April, which gave us around 4 weeks to get this done. Unfortunately at the last minute, Innasol added a show into their schedule, and the cases were required the following Friday! After extensive phone calls, and a lot of persuasion from us to our supplier, we managed to get the trays/bases on the Wednesday. Not bad, considering we had Easter weekend in between this period!
We called on our friend Ben Pink, who is a carpenter to help us fix the latches and clips that were needed to hold it all together. Ben was a busy boy, but after seeing a mate in need, he spoke to the company he was working for and arranged the Wednesday off to finish the clips.
As usual with this job, the delivery from our supplier to us was missed. We were now looking at Thursday, so Ben managed to change his day off, and the moment of truth was weighing heavily on us with no margin for error.
The trays turned up at lunchtime, and Ben and myself worked from then until 8:30pm on getting the cases ready for the client the next morning. We had a finished product to supply the customer with!
Upon putting the boilers on the trays it became clear that removing the sides had affected the strength, and the heaviest boiler was bowing the base! Luckily this boiler wasn't going to the shows, which meant we had time to amend this base. The call that Ben was hoping to never get from me again was made, and he again made time to help me add strength to the base. After much deliberation, we decided that a piece of thick ply wood attached to the bottom, then 3 wheels across the middle of the base would be sufficient, and it would make a finished product capable of ticking all the boxes.

The outcome was that even when the task changed midway through, by using our creativity and a little of others expertise, we got to a more than satisfactory conclusion. We overcame some particularly difficult circumstances with patience, learning and dedication.