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Price Rises and How to Avoid Them!

I have been writing an email to a customer in the Netherlands and had to delay sending it for over a week to wait for a an important piece of information I needed. In that time, we’d gone from 89p to the Euro to 92p.

We all know that it wasn’t long ago that it was 84p.  I was amazed it took some of our suppliers so long but we know that some items and supplies will increase by 4% on 1st October.  We expect more in the New Year and /or April

We’re thinking of ways round this.

For example, all current stock will be sold at pre-increase prices.  Hires for 2018 can be at current 2017 prices if booked now.  It would be very wise to book for Easter 2018 very soon in any case as pools are limited (see our last blog).  

 

Ex-Hire Stock Sell-Off – Grab A Galilee Baptistry at a Bargain Price!

Galilee BaptistryBaptistry UK is selling off its remaining very limited ex-hire stock of the ever-popular portable Galilee Baptistry.

Why are we stopping selling this baptistry (especially as it’s so popular!)

  • The Galilee is a fantastic baptistry, however with its curved sides it was a little bulkier when packed, and therefore more expensive to ship than a flat-pack baptistry. We are therefore replacing it with the Flat-Pack Galilee and selling off the curved sided stock.

Why is the Galilee such a popular baptistry?

  • This is an exceptionally well insulated baptistry. You may not need a heater if you have access to hot water
  • Fast and easy to put up and take down
  • 100% no-leak reliability record

This is a fantastic opportunity to own your own baptistry at a not-to-be repeated price! Don’t miss out – there is very limited stock of these baptistries so call us now to confirm your order (+00 44 (0)345 230 1381)

SAVE 1/3 OFF THE NEW PRICE AND YOUR LAST CHANCE TO BUY

Price per baptistry: £1,250 INCLUDING VAT AND UK MAINLAND SHIPPING
Save £600 on the new price of a Galilee Baptistry!

Safety Testing Pool Heaters

Safety testing heatersIt is worth re-running this old post.

Before coming to you, each heater has journey of testing to come through.

The electronics are made for us in the UK by Cyclops / DJ Assembly in York. The heating coils are made at Backers in Rotherham. They are tested and certified by the manufacturer before coming to us.

Other components are sourced from reputable UK companies such as Honeywell and RS Components.  All have their British Standard mark.

When bringing together the parts, we test each main component individually. Then the assembled unit is further tested.  There are a suite of tests we perform to be able to give them their CE marking.

And finally, we run the heater in water for 8 hours to simulate its use and the check it one last time.

And just to make sure, there is a 12 month warranty period for additional peace of mind.

Also, the ‘4.8kW heater’ and the ‘2.4kW with Control heater’ are both serviceable and will give you a long life.

The rest is over to the customer.  Think of the instructions as part of the product.  The instructions must be read and no one who as not read them should use the heaters.  If you ever lose your instructions, get in touch and we’ll send you some new ones.

Whilst these are relatively low temperature heaters appliances, they still have a hot metal element and should be treated with respect.

We have been making heaters for nearly 30 years, and tested 1000s of them. We know how they work and what breaks them.  Keep to the following and your heater will give you long service.

  • No heater should ever be switched on outside water.
  • No heater should be removed from the water before being switched off, unplugged and allowed to cool
  • Ever!
  • And if any part of the heater has been damaged, do not use it: contact us to arrange repair.

 

 

 

 

 

Movable Baptistry on Wheels – Use the Space!

movable baptistry on wheelsThis is is a big baptistry at 4m long and over 1.5m wide and a maximum depth of 1.2m…and steps at both ends.  We’ve just made this for a church in Preston.

Usually, baptistries are sunken into the ground, a few go above ground.  But there is a trend in the States to have them above ground and on castors so that they are mobile and can be moved about the church.  In modern open-space church buildings, a mobile baptistry makes use of the flexible space.  Will this trend catch on?

Most ‘new expression’ churches want space, open, flexible space that fits with their wide range of outreach and worship.  A baptistry that can be wheeled to any part of the auditorium fits with this style.

BTW, we do put brakes on too!

Delivery and Couriers

Current Courier

After using FedEx for over 6 years we have had major problems with them over Easter.  Hopefully, customers will not have noticed.  However, FedEx implemented a new online booking procedure and, in short, it was chaotic and their pricing and billing system has become erratic and unreliable.  What is clear is that it has been a cover a for a price hike.

Looking At Pallet Services

To send a Nonagon pool now would cost £140 there and back whereas it used to cost £100.  To send the old Galilee pool, we were recently charged over £300 instead of £120!  We are urgently looking at other carriers and it is likely that we will have to use a pallet service as the default carrier.  This has three immediate benefits: it is cheaper; the delivery is within a much narrower time-window; the baptistry is easier to repack for the return to us.  The down-side is that a customer must be able to receive a pool on a pallet.  The carrier will have a tail-lift on the lorry and a pallet truck and will deliver to the foyer on the level.  For customers who can receive and return on a pallet, we are looking at other carriers who can cope with such large consignments.

Two (or Three) other pieces of better news.

As all this may wish you could buy the pool, we are putting together a way for customers to buy in instalments over more than the 3 months currently offered.

The lease scheme is better value than hiring if you use the pool more than 3 times per year, and whilst it is a 5 year lease, there is an opt-out at 3 years.

BUK GalileeThe Galilee baptistry, which was very popular because it was quick to set up and had a double-liner system has become too expensive to send with Flatpack Galilee baptistryFedEx because the curved panels result in big, bulky boxes.  Hitherto, FedEx were the only ‘parcel’ carrier who would deal with boxes of this size, now they seem to be charging silly prices.  To help matters, we have redesigned the pool to give the new Flatpack Galilee.  At the same time, we’ve made changes to the dimensions – the new flatpack Galilee is 78cm deep (the same as the Nonagon and Croydon pools) because some felt the depth of the Galilee a little on the shallow side.  It is also a wee bit longer and broader. at over 7′ long and 5′ wide internally, this is a very spacious baptistry that stores well.

A new way to get your baptistry: Leasing

For nearly 10 years now we’ve run the baptistry hire side of our business as a service to church congregations of all denominations because we think it is an important part of mission for churches.

We’ve taken a long, hard look at baptistry hire and come to the conclusion that there is a group of problems centring on sustainability.

Sustainability- transporting them to and from is dead money for the customer. Sustainability – transporting pools around by courier leads to more wear and tear on them and the need to keep making new ones.  Post-Brexit, raw material costs are creeping up. Sustainability – the business.  This year we carefully looked at the figures and worked out that we were barely breaking even on the hire side.  And there is the sustainability of us as people –  there is a lot of work in organising the logistics, packing and repacking pools, making and repairing pools, and so on and we are not getting younger.

We will carry on renting out the pools but we have formed a new way for customers to get their baptistry.  With leasing, customers will pay a far lower weekly rate and not have the transport costs between hires.  Nor will they have to worry about whether another church has damaged the kit as you will have complete control over the pool with you.  If the liner does get damaged, we factor in one replacement liner during your lease.  You will have a baptistry at your church all the time and the facilities on hand to offer baptism more often.

Leases can be for 3 or 5 year periods as you prefer.  If you currently hire 3 times a year, then it would be worth your while to look at leasing.  Leases are available now (speak with Ruth).

Rentals as we do them now would carry on but the cost would reflect the true cost of putting on such as service.  We know that for special one off events and for particular Church circumstances a hire service will still be required, but we also know that to sustain the service in the long run we will not be able to do the work ourselves.  So we are planning to pay staff to do the work and offer the service.  We want to pay a real living wage and to do this our hire prices will rise from Pentecost onwards.  The Apostle hire will go up to £300 plus £120 delivery, the Croydon and Galilee will hire at £235 plus £100 delivery and the Nonagon will hire at £225 plus £100 delivery.

 

Woodenbaptistery

It may seem a bit odd to be advertizing another company but bear with us!  Wooden Baptistery Co make wooden portable baptistryportable wooden baptistries such as the ‘Ben’s Boat‘ and we put together a kit box for each of their pools, hence us advertizing their baptistries.  All their pools are handmade in the UK and a particular favourite is the wooden hexagonal because of the way it fits together without any tools.  At 5′ across it is quick to fill as well making it an excellent baptistry where a church needs to set up and take down quickly.

We provide a kit for each of their pools which contains a pump, lay-flat hose pipe, base pads, insulating cover  and, if ordered, a  heater and a step.

Crates for the Pool Heater

Protective crate for baptistry pool  water heatersProtect your pool heater! After a customer sent in their heater for its service in a flimsy cardboard box, and, unsurprisingly, it arrived cracked and bashed, we decided that the heaters need the tough crates for protection.  These are the same lidded crates we use when sending out a heater in hire.  These will keep the heater safe when in storage and in transit.  We’ve put the prices up to cover some of the extra cost.

This applies to the 4.8kW pool heater and the 2.4kW with Control Box.

Post Easter offers

Just to announce – after Easter is usually the time when Ruth has exhire baptistries that are on offer.

Piping up about pipes

We’ve a short blog today to share our thoughts on different kinds of piping. There are three main types: lay flat pipe, hose pipe and crushproof pipe. So what are the pros and cons?

Lay flat pipe is what you’ll find when you hire a baptistry from us: it makes your postage cheaper as they’re lighter and flatter to transport. However, we replace them regularly as they don’t have a long shelf life. So we’d suggest a lay flat pipe if storage space or the ability to transport the baptistry are your main concerns.

Hosepipe is the easiest to source and you may already have a hosepipe to hand. It maintains water pressure and is made from durable material so it works well.

Crushproof piping will last longest, it’s tough and durable and doesn’t usually kink. It comes in 30 metre rolls so it’s best if your toilet or drain is some way from the baptistry. However, it is the most expensive piping of the three.  Where crush-proof really excels is in emptying the pool with a pump, you still need a hosepipe to fill it.  It allows the pump to get up to full speed because there are no kinks to stop the water.

You can also upgrade from lay flat to crushproof piping for £15 when you hire a baptistry from us.

We’re here to talk if you want to ask anything specific about your booking, just ring us on 0345 230 1381.