Thursday, 18 May 2017

Birthday cakes, weight loss and mud!

·        Yesterday was Phil Hartell’s Birthday! – we can’t really say how old he is, but there were rumours about his retirement and buying a mobility scooter- ahha just JOKING Phil!
(Phil enjoying his cakes!)

·         Solene, our European sales executive, is having a well-earned rest and she’s off to Malta than off to Paris, for a few days. Mais oui!

·         When it comes down to business, Carole, Wayne and Ollie are hard at it dealing with the last minute rush with our Hirers and Leisure Centres to be ready for the summer season!  Our Factories are at full capacity now making our excellent range of inflatables for the 4 corners of the world. Our production slots are filling in rapidly, but we have stock ready to go so we encourage you to check our website for stock( http://airquee.co.uk/airquee-stock/uk-stock )  and check out our e-Range stock as well, we have plenty for you all, and our website is up to date! ( https://www.airqueeonline.co.uk/ )

·         On a fun note, Wayne is doing well at Slimming World- he is already getting into a slimmer version – he will not reveal how much he lost! PS he ate one of Phil’s Birthday Cake!!! (you cheater!) Clare, has just come back from a few days Hen party is Ibiza. She’s fine, well and recharged ready to do her best as always! And in one piece, but we’re not sure about her Friends!
(Wayne showing off !!)

·         Mark is tucked away somewhere writing marketing text for our amazing .com website so watch this space for a launch!

·         As usual Kerry is up to her crazy antics and recently took part in a Muddy Dog Challenge 5K assault course with our CEO Norman the Patterdale- The fun just never stops!
(Kerry and Norman during the 5k Challenge)

·         We’re sorry that we haven’t posted in a while for all our blog fans! We are working on something exciting which we cant wait to see how you react to it! See you in the next blog post!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Another day another penny!

Another weekanother Pound, another Euro! Two of our beloved leaders have been on a Top Secret mission to Belgium, Holland and France! AGAIN! Two weeks on the trot, some say it might be something to do with solar panels? (interesting...) It is so exciting for us, more to follow as we get more details!  
As of Kerry and Mark, well..they are stocking up on those fabulous Belgian chocolates.. AGAIN! We hope they bring some back to Blighty as the Troops need treats! (Special request from Wayne- for some soft centres- remember that he lost a filling at the last show, eating on some Airquee toffee! Ha ha!)

Whilst Kerry and Mark on their jollies, I mean work trips; Phil H is holding the fort at AQ UK HQ and is inundated with Nickelodeon artwork and characters… smart move by Airquee as our Global customers are loving the crispness of the artwork, watch this space as I have seen the amazing Box Jump & Slide in Paw Patrol….
Holiday is over for Ollie! He’s back from his week of retreat to Mid Wales, fresh and ready to be back at it, that is a lie as he is STILL yawning…. Too many lie-ins me thinks…!  As a side note, he didn’t sell the Fishing Retreat a Pool inflatable, at least not YET!  But fingers crossed Ollie, there is still time!.  Carole and Wayne are hard at it with last minute purchasing from our Leisure clients ready for the rapidly approaching Easter Holidays!  The new 15m Whirligig has caused a sensational storm of interest…  After enjoying St Patrick’s Day our fantastic Irish customers are stocking up on inflatables just in time for the celebratory Holy Communion and Confirmation period.  Remember there is always Airquee Online erange inflatables for those last minute bookings with same day collection and next day delivery.

Josh in Repairs and Testing is flat out with PIPA tagging, Annual Inspections and is learning the business really fast! Go JOSH! We always have room for an emergency repair –cheeky advertising!   On the other hand, poor Sol is recovering from a twisted ankle, she loves her Basketball so much but this proves that exercise is not always good for you.   Mind you, our Feisty French Exec isn’t going down that easily and has set herself up at home to work to ensure that her French, German, Spanish, Belgian, Estonian...-oh wait i should have said EUROPEAN haha-, customers still receive her Gallic charm over the phone. 
(Krzysiek and Jacek doing what they do BEST)

Stay tuned for the next week’s blog, as we always try to bring you news about our lovely world of Airquee inflatables. Make sure you follow us on every social media platform as we post with regularity and you might see something you didn’t know you needed!


Friday, 17 March 2017

Nickelodeon, Wayne's fit and many more!

What a busy week at Airquee!!!  Our European neighbours got a taster of Airquee and our superb Nickelodeon range in Holland and Belgium last week and they loved them.
The locals were astounded by the crisp artwork the units and we are already doing a roaring trade. Kerry has still not recovered from her travels, missing with all the Nickeoldeon celebs is not easy as they all came along to the Open Day to try out their own branded inflatables .  Kerry and Mark are off again next week to the Continent on another top secret mission. More on this one to follow; something to do with solar panels…
(Nickelodeon Open days In Belgium)

 Our new boy Josh is doing fantastically well with our leisure centre and hirer customers with a rush of Annual Inspections, PIPA certifications and H&S inspections galore.
BOOK early to avoid disappointment !!!!  The Airquee Cwmbran Repairs and Testing team, led by Kris, Jack and Damien are all doing a grand job.  If you are ever passing our HQ at Cwmbran NP44 7XB, drop by, have a cuppa and take a look around our fully equipped Showroom; bring the family as children are our best critics.

Oliver is taking a well-earned rest this week with his girlfriend at a Fishing retreat in Carmarthenshire. I bet he is sizing up the lake for an Inflatable!!!
Wayne is contemplating his 60th birthday in a couple of months’ time… there is life in the old timer yet as you can see from his moment of fame in the 3-in-1 Sports Game photos !! He is there, reliable as ever to answer any questions you fire at him. Carole is, as always, another of our inflatable experts; actually thinking about it she must be coming up to a big anniversary of time served at Airquee… need to look into that. If you want to know anything about a Pool Inflatable, an Obstacle Couse or Bouncy castle- Wayne or Carole are on hand to help. 

(Wayne on the far left, and Ollie throwing some bbal)

In Romania, Erika and her team are always available with Production or any despatch questions. Big hand for Erika !!! Remember this is just the start of the busiest period for the factory and we are already flat out so please have some patience if we are not coming back to you as quick as you would like :)!

A big thank you to Viktor, our unsung hero who looks after our websites, our Facebook Posts and generally keeps us on the internet straight and narrow.



Thursday, 9 March 2017

Europe, Nickelodeon and Orders!

This week was busy, busy, busy as usual for Airquee. Nickelodeon European launch is taking place in Amsterdam, Holland this weekend. The Dutch need to WATCH OUT- because KERRY, is about! ( and she’s all out for business!).  Our fantastic Nickelodeon licensed bouncy castle range will hit the European market across next week...EXCITING news  and we can’t wait for bigger and better things to come with more characters being introduced as time passes... watch this space! 
(Open Days in Holland at one of our Distributors)
Mark and Kerry are waving the Airquee flag across the Netherlands and Belgium over the next few days with lots of Customer visits, orders and sales potential! Enjoying the local delights, no DOUBT.. Waffles, Chips and Chocolate-  not all at same time, we hope (haha)!!
 Our International Sales Exec, Solene, is hitting the German and the Swiss markets this week. We’re hoping to expand our relations even further in Europe, and Sol is the right person for the job!! You GO GIRL!

Carole, Wayne and Ollie are swamped with incoming enquiries from social media and last minute orders before for Easter from Leisure venues, commercial clients and Hirers! 

Meanwhile- our UK based Senior designers, Rob and Ryan are creating brand new inflatable innovations for the upcoming season, all hush-hush of course (but we’ll be soooo excited to show you soon).

The 8th of March is International Woman’s day, and in Romania where the tradition is to hand out fresh flowers to every lady you know –our case work with!  A symbol of Springtime and respect towards our female colleagues! Nice touch! Our Factory Director, Adrian is spoiling the ladies rotten; he even Skype'd some flowers to Kerry!! 



For more adventures and news stay tuned for next week!

Friday, 3 March 2017

Pancakes and Pool Inflatables!

Pancake day is always a highlight for the Airquee as the UK Team are well aware that Kerry loves getting busy in her pinny and her special frying pan!! We were not disappointed; she drove three hours all the way back from Hertford to get to the office in time to show off her culinary skills.  2017 was the year of the ‘flipping good deal’ so not only was Kerry ‘tossing’ our pancakes with BOTH hands at the same time she also offered FREE delivery to celebrate the National Day for Tossers!  As if that wasn’t enough excitement Lady McIvor’s cooking show went ‘live’ to the masses as she broadcast the whole affair on Facebook!
(Kerry the Chef, Wayne the tester!)

After the success of the Facebook Live factory tour last month from Romania, we took a trip around the Airquee Head Office at Cwmbran, giving you all even more of an insight into the wonderful world of inflatable design, sales and manufacturing! On the tour we stopped off with two of Airquee’ s most experienced designers Ryan and Rob, explored the highly reputed Repairs and Testing Department with Krzys and Jacek and culminated in a pancake race in the fabulous Airquee showroom.  Ollie won and Kerry was NOT happy about that I can tell you! 

Watch the full live videoAirquee Pancake Day!

Leisure Centres and Lidos are preparing for the upcoming Easter holidays and choosing Airquee for our sensational new pool inflatable designs to encourage new visitors to their sites. Our stock pages are packed with inflatables both for the pool and land available for next day delivery (Tuesday to Friday) which is proving to be perfect for those who may have left it a bit late to get an order in or if their inflatable is beyond repair!  Click on the link below to buy your new inflatable NOWAirquee STOCK

Friday, 24 February 2017

Is that a Daffodil…. Spring must be on its way

Our fearless leaders were out on the road this week spreading the word about Airquee.

Phil has been busy organising the final few details of our brilliant, new look website with our web designers and he can always be heard negotiating with Nickelodeon about new unit designs and styles- Keep your eyes on the Airquee website and Facebook Page for news!

Mark was rushed to Derby hospital, DON’T PANIC it wasn’t an emergency, he was having meetings with them about our award winning Derby Door! This is just one of the many commercial inflatable projects that really sets Airquee apart and no-one has more knowledge or experience to help in these matters than Mark.

Meanwhile, Kerry has been visiting leisure centres all over the country discussing our latest pool inflatables and offering training sessions to staff. She loves getting out on the road and is always accompanied by her co – pilot Norman the Dog!I
The Airquee showroom has undertaken a face lift with some new banners and, of course, it is full of fantastic products. If you have not had time to come and meet the team at any of the recent shows, please come and visit us in the Cwmbran!
Our repairs and testing department, with Josh now at the helm, has been flat out helping our customers get ready for the upcoming outdoor hire season. Remember, if you have any pre-season niggles that you need sorting, please book in with Airquee. 01179 414918 (option 3).

And don't forget to follow us on all of our social medias, so you are kept up to date with the new and exciting events that are happening at Airquee!



Friday, 17 February 2017

Josh, Romania and our Facebook LIVE!

Our new arrival Josh who runs the Repairs and Testing Department diary has been giving us all the low down on his eventful week at our Romanian Factory. He was gobsmacked by the sheer size of the factories and very impressed by the system that are followed and the stringent checks carried out all the way along our manufacturing process.  He got on so well with the many staff members and made a new ‘Bestie’ in Viktor and we gather they had some interesting nights out… In addition some customers were also at the factory during his visit and they joined him at a ‘nightclub’, (not an inflatable one) on his last night and looking at the photos of them all crammed up in the car on the way to the airport it was a ‘heavy’ and eventful night! 

(Josh, Viktor (the beard), Colleagues, half of Kerry and clients) 

On a professional note the visit helped Josh gain enormous insight into how we create our inflatables from the order to delivery and he learned so much of the technical processes to help him carry out his role even better.

The office has an international feel this week. Sol, our multilingual Sales Executive, has been speaking with our clients across Europe, in French, German, Spanish and a smattering of Italian, taking orders and building relationships.  Everyone loves Sol; she is impressive when you hear her on the phone and boy does she know her stuff about the inflatables that are popular in Europe!  
(Sol and her lover!)



 Ollie and Carole have been hard at it with our Leisure centre Clients talking about our brand new Pool Inflatables and Party Packages.  Its been all go !
New Clients have been visiting us at our Showroom and office at Cwmbran with their new projects in the pipeline. We are really going places this year!!!  In addition, watch this space as very soon you could see our very own Kerry (Foxy) actually pn a POOL INFLATABLE!!! She is loving Facebook Live…

Link to our live : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7-NzBB7Ds0