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Jan 14

Our free 2Man delivery on worktops must end Monday!

Since the start of the New Year, we have already distributed in excess of 2,000 worktops to customers across England, Wales and Scotland, with the vast majority of orders qualifying for our FREE 2Man delivery offer. There are now just two full days left in which to take advantage of this fantastic saving – so don’t delay if you’re thinking of placing an order!

Our 2Man delivery service is usually priced at £25 for delivery of the first worktop, and £15 for each additional worktop ordered, but until 23:59 on Monday 16th January this service is being offered absolutely free of charge to postcodes within our standard coverage area.

Please note that our 2Man delivery slots are subject to availability, and – although we are continually expanding this service – they often get snapped up very quickly. To avoid disappointment, don’t hesitate to place your order as soon as possible.

If you happen to live in one of our surcharge areas (such as Scotland), we are still able to offer the same level of discount, meaning only the surplus charges will apply.

No discount code is needed to take advantage of this excellent saving – simply pick your desired worktops, worktop accessories and other products, then complete your order at the online checkout to choose a delivery date. Alternatively, get in touch via telephone or email and our sales advisers will automatically apply the free delivery offer to all qualifying orders.

Jan 09

Pinterest is a great platform on which to gather ideas and inspiration for your wood worktops. This list has been put together to showcase the most popular boards on our page.

Prime Oak

It is no surprise that our Prime Oak board is amongst the most popular we have on Pinterest. One of our most commonly-purchased timber types, Prime Oak is a favourite with many due to the quality of the timber and the worktop’s seamless appearance (in this form the staves are specifically chosen for their consistency in colour and grain pattern). Naturally very strong and hardwearing, oak is an easy choice to make when it comes to selecting wood worktops for your home. Want to know more? Our Prime Oak worktops were picked as July’s Worktop of the Month in 2016 – please take a look at our dedicated blog for further details.

Camden Solid Wood Worktops Showroom

Our Camden Showroom opened in August 2016 and has proved a fantastic success thus far. For prospective customers who wish to see our wood worktops in the flesh, a visit to one of our worktop showrooms will provide great insight into what we can offer. We have a number of showrooms dotted around the country, but we also offer a sample service that allows you to see how one of our wooden worktops would look in the comfort of your home.

Caramel Bamboo

Caramel Bamboo is an elegant alternative to our standard bamboo worktops, with a honey-coloured hue that has always proved incredibly popular. As one of the most environmentally-friendly choices we have on offer, bamboo is technically not a wood, but a grass; so not only does it look beautiful, but also makes an excellent conversation starter!

Installing Wooden Worktops

When you order one of our wood worktops, you’ll make a huge saving against comparable products from high-street kitchen retailers. Fitting your own kitchen can mean further savings, so it makes sense that our board about Installing Wooden Worktops is so frequently visited. We offer a range of installation accessories, too, allowing you to order everything you need to fit your worktop at the same time as purchasing your surfaces.

Customer Kitchens

Finding out how other people have integrated their wood worktops into kitchens, bathrooms, and offices is a great way to get inspired. Our Customer Kitchens Pinterest board features a variety of examples in a range of different settings, providing a clearer view of our fitted worktops – and the beautiful, functional aesthetics that can be achieved with them!

You can find all these boards and plenty more on Pinterest. Remember, too, that if you’d like your kitchen to be featured in our ‘Customer Kitchens’ gallery, please do share your pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Jan 02

Start the New Year by Sampling Our Kitchen Surfaces

In 2016 we expanded our range of solid wood worktops quite considerably as well as introducing a large range of highly-affordable laminate countertops.

With so much to choose from, we understand that picking new kitchen surfaces can be a difficult decision, which is why we offer a comprehensive worktops sample service. No matter what surface type you’re considering – whether your preference lies with solid hardwood or laminate – samples are available for each of the worktops in our collection.

Our wooden worktop samples are cut from existing worktop stock and measure 200mm x 150mm x 40mm. Each one is fully sanded and comes pre-oiled on one side to allow you to appreciate the appearance of the finished timber. Our laminate samples, by contrast, are supplied in a pack that includes a small sample of every type of laminate surface in our range, allowing you to compare them easily in the comfort of your own home.

All samples are priced at just £5 including free next-day courier delivery. If you go on to order worktops from us, we will happily refund the cost of the samples on a one-for-one basis. Simply speak to a member of our sales team when placing your order and we will be pleased to discount the sample’s cost from the total.

Samples can also be viewed at each of the Worktop Express showrooms; at present there are six branches – all of which are situated at accessible locations throughout the UK – with new sites due to open in 2017.

Dec 30

Our brand new Camden showroom is now open in the heart of the capital.

2016 has been an incredible year of highs and lows for many businesses across the country, but here at Worktop Express we have continued to build on last year’s success and have made some truly amazing progress towards our goal of becoming the leading online worktop retailer in Europe.

The year kicked off with two brand new showrooms opening in Warrington and Redhill way back in January, and since then, we have opened another flagship showroom right in the heard of London on Chalk Farm Road in Camden. Further showrooms are planned for other key locations across the country, more news of which we hope to share with you in the New Year.

Throughout the year we have added fantastic new products to our online store on a regular basis, with exciting additions such as our wooden kitchen trolleys and kitchen sinks alongside a vast new range of laminate worktops, which are both easy to maintain and incredibly affordable (prices start at just £60).

Our directors were delighted to be chosen as an investment opportunity by the Business Growth Fund.

In October, we were very proud to announce that the Business Growth Fund is investing £3 million into our parent company to further expand our operation in UK and Europe. Over the next few years we hope to use this investment to further increase our product range, expand further into Germany, and launch a new delivery service in many parts of France.

What a year it’s been! We’re so thankful to all our customers for their continued support, and we look forward to an equally exciting 2017.

To see what we’re all about, why not visit one of the Worktop Express showrooms? We now have six locations open across England, with more opening soon!

Dec 26

Free 2Man Delivery on Countertop Orders of £300 or More

Worktop Express® offers a superb, great-value range of wooden and laminate countertops, the entirety of which we are proud to deliver to customers across England, Wales and Scotland via our 2Man service.

To celebrate the expansion of our service into 2017, we are offering FREE delivery on all orders over £300 placed by 23:59 on Monday 16th January. Our standard 2Man countertop delivery charges are usually £25 for the first worktop then £15 for each additional worktop ordered, but over the next few weeks the cost will be waived for customers who meet the minimum order value and live within our non-surcharge delivery areas.

There is no code to worry about – the delivery cost has already been discounted for you, making it incredibly easy to save during the promotional period. Simply pick out the worktops and other products you would like to order from us then head to the online checkout, where the discount will be automatically applied.

All orders to postcodes covered by our 2Man delivery service are eligible to receive this discount. Any customers that are located within our surcharge delivery areas will still receive the equivalent discount, but surplus charges may apply.

This free delivery offer also applies to qualifying orders placed via telephone, email, or in one of the Worktop Express showrooms, so don’t hesitate to place your order now and get a beautiful new kitchen surface to kick off the New Year!

Dec 23

Wishing you a very merry Christmas from everyone at Worktop Express!

It’s been a wonderfully busy autumn for the Worktop Express team. Indeed, we have delivered a whopping 21,500 worktops to customers throughout England, Wales and parts of Scotland since October 1st, meaning that during this time we delivered a worktop approximately every 6 minutes!

2016 has also seen some huge growth here at Worktop Express, with three new showrooms opening; new warehouses required to hold our ever-expanding range of worktops and other kitchen products; and as many as forty 2Man vans now delivering orders every weekday.

We have also been incredibly fortunate to receive the support of the British Growth Fund, which has pledged to invest £3 million in Direct Online Services (the company behind Worktop Express and our sister brand, Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets).

But we won’t rest on our laurels: we look forward to touching base with you regarding further developments in 2017, with new showrooms planned and new ranges of worktops and other products to get excited about.

For now it only remains for us to wish you a very merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!

Dec 19

Don’t delay in ordering worktops – orders must be placed by 12 noon on Wednesday 21st December!

Unbelievably, the last working week of 2016 is upon us: where has the year gone?! It’s been an incredible twelve months at Worktop Express®, and our ever-expanding team are looking forward to taking a little break over Christmas – but never fear, we’ll be working hard until the very end of Friday!

Indeed, our 2Man delivery service will run until Thursday 22nd December, meaning that you have until 12 noon on Wednesday 21st December to place your order for worktops with pre-Christmas delivery.

We must point out, however, that delivery slots on the 22nd will be allocated strictly on a first-come, first-served basis, so we would recommend you place your order as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment. Once our delivery slots have filled up, your first post-Christmas delivery dates will be on the 28th, 29th and 30th of December – and we expect these to fill up quickly, too.

Please note: the delivery dates above are for our 2Man fleet, which does not cover every part of the United Kingdom. The lead-time for Scottish deliveries is currently three working days (minimum) from point of order; moreover, not all Scottish postcodes are covered each weekday, so please check our delivery details page or contact us to discuss the delivery options available in your area.

Dec 12

Christmas seems to have crept up on us incredibly fast this year – our phone lines and sales rooms are already considerably busier than usual, as customers hurry to complete their stunning new kitchen in time for the festive party season.

If you are planning on ordering your countertops from us, then please take a moment to look at the following schedule – it has all the vital times and dates that you will need to know if you want to order worktops with pre-Christmas delivery.

Thursday 15th December

Place your bespoke worktop order by 12 noon to receive your order in time for Christmas (final fabrication diagram must be confirmed and approved by 12 noon on 16th December to qualify for pre-Christmas delivery).

Saturday 17th December

The following showrooms will be open 9:30am – 2pm:

Camden, Chesterfield, Harlow, Redhill, Warrington.

Please check the individual worktop showrooms for further details.

Wednesday 21st December

Our last pre-Christmas order date for ‘off the shelf’ worktops. Place your order by 12 noon for delivery on our 2Man next-day service.

Thursday 22nd December

For customers wishing to use our 2Man delivery service, this is the final pre-Christmas delivery date.

Friday 23rd December

No deliveries on this day. Sales lines and showrooms will be open 9am – 2pm

Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th December

Closed

Tuesday 27th December

Sales lines and all showrooms open 10am – 2pm.

Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th December

First post-Christmas 2Man delivery dates.

Sales lines and showrooms will be open 9am – 5pm.

Saturday 31st December

Sales lines and all showrooms open 9am – 5pm.

Sunday 1st January

Closed

Monday 2nd January

Sales lines and all showrooms open 10am – 2pm.

Tuesday 3rd of January

Normal opening hours resume.

First 2Man delivery date of 2017.

If you would like to take advantage of our bespoke wood worktop service or our laminate cutting service, your request must be received by 12 noon on the 15th of December so that we may confirm it the following day. If your diagram is not confirmed, we cannot guarantee that the fabrication will be completed before Christmas.

If ordering any non-bespoke worktops, we recommend you order as soon as possible to ensure a choice of delivery dates. Please note that the quoted dates are for delivery via our own 2Man teams, which do not cover all areas of the United Kingdom. Scottish deliveries will take a minimum of 3 working days from the point of order, and we do not cover all Scotland postcodes every weekday; please consult our delivery details page to find out when we deliver to your area.

Normal opening hours resume on Tuesday 3rd January. If you have any queries about our delivery schedule or opening times over Christmas and New Year, please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone, email or live chat.

Dec 09

Direct Online Services was recently picked as a Fast Track “One to Watch”

This week, our team were very excited to learn that Direct Online Services – the company behind the Worktop Express® brand – had been chosen by the Sunday Times as one of their Fast Track “Ones to Watch”.

This fantastic accolade recognises DOS Ltd. as one of the rapidly-growing companies that fall just outside the main league table, though thanks to a recent £3m investment from the Business Growth Fund, we are hoping that our ongoing growth and expansion will ensure we feature on the main list in the near future.

Over the next year we hope to increase our range of solid wood worktops and other products; expand throughout additional countries in Europe; and make a number of investments in our team, infrastructure, sales and marketing.

You can find out more about this prestigious list by visiting the Fast Track 100 website.

Further details about our company, its history, and much more besides can be found on our About Us page.

Dec 05

Our ash worktops are on sale with up to 10% off until December 22nd.

Our light, bright and hard-wearing ash worktops are made from high-quality European hardwood that features a tight, linear grain. This worktop is a great alternative to oak or maple, and a perfect fit for kitchens lacking in natural light, as it is a highly-reflective surface that is almost white in parts.

For the next three weeks these superb ash worktops are discounted by up to 10%, so if you are looking for a light worktop for your new kitchen, now is the time to make your purchase.

To take advantage of this fantastic saving, orders must be placed before 23:59 on Thursday 22nd December. No code is needed as the worktops have already been discounted – simply add the ash worktops you require to your online shopping cart.

If you would like to order ash worktops by telephone or email, please mention the offer and our sales team will be happy to apply the saving for you. Do note that ash upstands, plinths and samples are excluded from this promotion, though they are still available at very competitive prices.

If you have any questions regarding these kitchen worktops – or any of the other worktops in our collection – please do get in touch by contacting us via the ‘Live Chat’ button, emailing us at , or by telephoning 0345 22 22 644. We would love to hear from you!