|Custom Covers' stunning pink entrance
|1st prize best interior
|2nd prize big stand
Southampton-based Custom Covers (1984) Ltd the UK market leader in the manufacture of marquee covers and decorative marquee linings, confirmed its position at this year's Showman's Show by winning Show prizes for the 13th consecutive year.
With a 1000 square metre space split into five distinct areas, the Custom Covers stand impressed onlookers; no one was surprised when it was awarded two of the prestigious Exhibition Stand Awards:
1st prize in the category: "Exhibition Stand of any dimension with the best interior design". 2nd prize in the category "Exhibition Stand of 30m frontage and above"
The 15m x 15m pink lined entrance marquee delivered the wow factor to the Custom Covers Show stand, the entrance was inspired by October's Dare to Ware Pink Breast Cancer Campaign. The Campaign is one of Custom Covers' 2008 charities for which the company has raised £1,282 this year.
Jeremy King editor of Event magazine who judged this year's competition noted that Custom Covers had made things different by bringing the companies products to life
He specifically liked the pink entrance area of the marquee inspired by the Breast Cancer campaign and the area of the display inspired by the degree course of Southampton Solent University.
At the show Custom Covers carried out their annual prize giving at which two categories of prize were awarded:
First was the prize for best interior given to design students from Southampton Solent University. The fabulous "Sex and the City" inspired area, designed by the winning team of interior design students from Southampton Solent University, s imulates a skyline at dusk. The aptly named skyline linings were incorporated in the exhibit as part of the company's show stopping stand.
Second was the photo competition where cash prizes totalling £500 were awarded for best interior and exterior photo of a Custom Covers marquee product. "I was pleased to see such a high standard," said Robert Sanders Custom Covers Chief Executive who had to choose from over 90 entries, "we were looking for a brochure shot showing our products in their best light, so the award went to Jamie from Marquees Direct for best exterior picture and Ruth from Classic Marquees of York for the best interior picture featuring a Custom Covers marquee or product."
Other components of the Award winning stand included the launch of the of the 9m CQ Cone to complete the family of 6m, 9m and 12m tensile roof cones, all of which were on display.
Also on show the Southampton-based marquee manufacturer clearly demonstrated that compromising on quality needn't be an issue when working to a tight budget, as it showcased its Back to Basics marquee: Robert Sanders, pointed out "after listening carefully, we decided to tackle the credit crunch head on showing our customers what can be achieved on a limited budget"
One other themed area showed off the increasing fashion for flat marquee decorative linings with a white and black themed area.