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Jun 22

Children with Pawpaws at Butale Mixed Primary School

We work hard to ensure the materials we use are sustainably and responsibly sourced, as it is important to us to minimise our environmental footprint. As part of our commitment, Worktop Express supports the International Tree Foundation and have provided funding for a number of projects throughout the UK and Africa over the last few years. We recently posted updates for COMAID and VEFO projects, and this month we will be looking at how the support we have provided is being used in the Masaka District of South West Uganda.

This project started with ITF and the Masaka District Landcare Chapter (MADLACC) in August 2016, and involves 500 families, two primary schools and a farming group, ensuring that a large number of people in the local community will be positively impacted. The key aims of the MADLACC project are:

  • Increase farmers’ income from agroforestry practices
  • Increase the productivity of farmlands
  • Empower communities and teach the people in them how to plant trees

These aims will be achieved though the plan to plant 25,500 trees.

A local farmer with avocado and coffee

The ‘Landcare’ approach is an international movement started in Australia and focuses on combining production and conservation with local planning and ownership, so that all within the communities can benefit from their efforts. Education plays an important part in this, as it has allowed farmers to adopt agroforestry practices, which previously would not have been widely known in the local area. By planting fodder and fruit trees alongside crops, they have been able to develop ‘multi-storey’ farming which increases the surface mulch to improve soil quality, as well as the health of dairy cows and goats.

ITF have been working alongside MADLACC since 2014 and are pleased to report that

during a visit in April 2016 positive improvements were already seen to have been made in terms of engaging and empowering local people.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with the progress of the projects we are supporting in communities within the UK and Africa.

Jun 19

Free Delivery on Orders of £300 or More!

For the remainder of June we’re offering free standard 2Man delivery on all worktop orders of £300 or more! This fantastic offer can save you up to £70, so whether you are looking for new wooden worktops for a complete kitchen remodel, bathroom counters to update your en-suite or low maintenance laminate work surfaces for a high-traffic utility room, order now to benefit from this money-saving deal.

All of our kitchen worktops and bathroom surfaces are included in this offer, as are any other products you may want to purchase at the same time as your new work surfaces – from floating shelves to kitchen trolleys.

There is no code required to claim your free 2Man delivery – all you need to do is add the required items to your shopping cart, and when the qualifying total reaches £300 or more the cost of delivery will automatically be deducted. Whether you choose to place your order online, over the telephone, or in one of our worktop showrooms, you can still benefit from this fantastic offer.

Free delivery is only available in our standard delivery areas within England and Wales, and cannot be offered for our 1Man Saturday delivery service or any areas within Scotland or the Scottish Highlands. Full details of eligible postcodes can be found on our delivery details page.

This offer expires on June 30th at 23:59 and does not include delivery of samples. Make sure you place your order today so that you can benefit from this great deal! To stay up to date with future discounts and sales, please visit our current offers page.

Jun 12

At Worktop Express we work hard to ensure that we offer both the best products and service to our customers, and we are very happy to announce that we now have in excess of 16,000 reviews on our Trustpilot page. Trustpilot is an independent platform upon which our customers are able to post a review of their shopping experience with us. This gives potential customers an unbiased opinion of our service and products, which can be helpful when trying to make a purchase decision.

Currently Trustpilot rates us as ‘Excellent’ with an average rating of 9.4 out of 10 and 14,000 of our reviews receiving the full five stars. We are proud to have been given the following recent five star reviews:

Alastair Moser: “Easy to use website, delivered on time, great value for money.”
Stewart Church: “This was the second time we used WE and great both times will use again if required.”
Alex: “Fantastic service , great product, excellent price. Say no more.”

If you would like to read more of our reviews, please visit the Worktop Express customer review page, which showcases some of the excellent testimonials we have received.

Jun 05

We recently opened a brand new worktop showroom near Birmingham in Oldbury. Alongside the showroom, another regional depot allows us to make even more deliveries to the local area using our own 2Man delivery network.

With this increase in capacity, we are now also able to offer a 1Man worktop delivery service to even more areas on Saturdays. The following postcodes are now covered:


Our 1Man Saturday service now offers worktop delivery from both Gloucester and Birmingham depots.

Like our regular 2Man teams, this Saturday worktop delivery service offers a two-hour timeslot, a courtesy call from the driver when en route and worktop delivery in protective reusable packaging.

Our Saturday worktop delivery drivers are happy to help customers carry the worktops to a ground floor location of their choice, but only with the help of an able bodied individual – after all, some worktops are rather heavy!

Our Saturday 1Man service costs just £40 for the first worktop and £15 for each additional worktop delivered up to a maximum charge of £85. To choose this option, simply select it at the online checkout, or mention it to one of our advisors if ordered via telephone, email or at one of our showrooms.

To find out more about our highly-successful worktop delivery service, visit our delivery details page.

Jun 02

Order by June 15th and save 25% on any worktop customisations ordered via our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool

If you are looking for a bespoke wood kitchen worktop to complement your new kitchen this June, order before 23:59 on June 15th to get 25% off any bespoke worktop fabrication services ordered via our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool. For the next two weeks our bespoke cutting service is better value than usual!

Whether you need a cut-to-size worktop, want a hob or sink cut-out, or simply require a soft edge profile or radius corners on your new kitchen breakfast bar, our skilled team can help you to create a beautiful kitchen centrepiece without relying on expensive carpenters.

No discount code is needed as the price of our cutting services has already been reduced – simply place your order with Worktop Express and save today!

If you cannot decide which customisations you’ll need to create the perfect new wood worktop for your kitchen, why not browse through the images in our Bespoke Worktop Fabrication Gallery? This gallery features many photographs of worktop customisations undertaken by our fantastic team, which should provide plenty of inspiration for you.

May 30

Spend £500 and Save 10% on All Kitchen Worktop Orders

Until Wednesday 31st May there is still time to save 10% on any of the kitchen worktops in our collection when you spend over £500 at Worktop Express.

Whether you’re shopping for solid wood worktops, laminate worktops or any of the other kitchen accessories in our collection, you can save 10% by entering the discount code UP500 at the online checkout by 23:59 on Wednesday 31st of May.

Alternatively, orders can be placed directly with a member of the sales team via telephone or email, or at any of our worktop showrooms.

Though it is now a little late to order our worktop samples before the sale ends, you can view the vast majority of our kitchen worktops at any of our showrooms. Alternatively, why not try one of these popular choices?

May 22

As another month passes, many more magnificent custom kitchen worktops pass through the hands of our incredibly skilled fabrication team. This month they have created in excess of 750 bespoke wood and laminate worktops for kitchens around the country, and so here on the blog we have picked three of the finest for your delectation.

Full Stave Black American Walnut

This full stave black American walnut worktop is now part of an L-shaped kitchen

Our full stave black American walnut worktops are one of our most luxurious dark wood worktops. They have an elegant grain and rich colouration that is only accentuated further in full stave examples such as this.

This worktop was given a number of fabrications by our team, including a sink cut-out with matching tap hole and another circular cut-out to accommodate a pop-up plug socket. We also routed worktop connector bolt recesses onto the underside of the worktop, allowing it to connect easily to the accompanying surface. Finally, the worktop was given multiple coats of oil to protect it in transit and prior to installation.

Full Stave Sapele

Full stave sapele worktops have a beautiful rosy hue and are a great alternative to iroko.

Full stave sapele is one of the more recent additions to our collection, and is similar in appearance to iroko, but with a more rosy tint that is especially evident in these extra-wide full-length staves.

This particular worktop has been cut to accommodate a large double bowl undermounted sink, with a complimentary tap hole drilled adjacent to the aperture. At one end of the surface, worktop connector bolt recesses have been cut into the underside to accommodate the specialist bolts that are used to joint two worktops together at a 90° angle.

Granite Laminate Winter Carnival

This Winter Carnival worktop replicates the look of real granite, yet is affordable and easy to install.

Bespoke laminate worktops are becoming an increasingly common site in our worktop fabrication facility. This granite laminate worktop has a décor known as ‘Winter Carnival’, and is a beautiful imitation of real stone. One of our AEON™ Enhanced Performance Laminate worktops, this surface has a unique Mirage finish that is three to five times more hard-wearing than a standard laminate surface

This particular example was cut to accommodate a mason’s mitre joint, and features a cut-out to accommodate a wide oven hob, too.

No matter what your requirements may be – whether you would like a cut-out for a sinks or hob, an edge profile applied, or almost any other bespoke alteration you can think of – our fabrication team can assist. With the latest in CNC and finishing machinery, our skilled team can create all manner of bespoke worktops. If you would like to see further examples of previously fabricated worktops, then take a look at our Fabrication Gallery and browse through hundreds of excellent examples.

May 18

Spend £500 and Save 10% on All Kitchen Worktop Orders

For the remainder of May we have a fantastic saving for all customers who spend over £500: a 10% discount on their order.

Whether you are looking for solid wood worktops, laminate worktops, or worktop accessories to update your kitchen, all orders over £500 will can save 10% if placed before 23:59 on May 31st.

To take advantage of this great offer, simply enter the discount code UP500 at the online checkout. Alternatively, if you would prefer to order in one of our worktop showrooms, via telephone or email just mention the promotion to one of our sales advisers.

We offer a vast range of kitchen worktops which is regularly expanding, as well as a host of complementary worktop accessories. The only exclusions are samples and our bespoke cutting services.

If you are looking to rejuvenate your existing kitchen or are planning a new one, don’t hesitate to place your order soon to avoid missing out on this great deal!

May 16

Whether you are looking for extra storage space in your kitchen, living room or home office, our floating shelves are an ideal choice for creating a streamlined look with plenty of unique character. If you are looking for inspiration, these floating shelf ideas will help you to complement your existing interior design with the perfect matching shelves.

Floating shelves are available in a range of timbers to match your kitchen worktops.

Extra Storage for Your Kitchen

If your kitchen worktops quickly become cluttered, or you need more easy-access storage for frequently-used kitchenware, our floating shelves are a great idea.

Not only are our shelves available in a variety of timbers to match our solid wood worktops, but they also come in a range of sizes to suit any kitchen layout.

Use these floating shelf ideas to inspire your next home improvement.

Perfect Display Space

Thanks to the invisible brackets, our floating shelves create clean lines that are perfect for displaying your finest antiques, collectables, or anything else you might want on display.

If you’re looking for a floating shelf with a bespoke width or to fit in an alcove, give our bespoke solid wood floating shelves calculator a try.

Thanks to the invisible bracket, floating shelves are ideal for storing books on.

Ideal for Book Storage

Floating shelves are ideal for storing books upon. The lack of unsightly brackets means there are no obstructions for your books that might cause them to protrude in an uneven fashion.

These floating shelves are available in a range of widths, though we do not advise overloading our longest floating shelves with lots of books, as it may be too much weight for the wall to bear.

If you are looking for further floating shelf ideas, we recommend looking through the images on our wooden kitchen shelves gallery. Further information about fitting our shelves can be found in our dedicated Nutshell information guide on floating shelving.

May 12

Over the last two weeks we have offered customers a great opportunity to save on laminate worktops with a 10% discount available on our entire range. Since their introduction, our affordable range of laminate kitchen worktops has continued to expand and now features 24 beautiful decors.

Save on laminate worktops if you order before 23:59 on 15th May.

There are many stunning choices available, from wood-effect designs such as our oak block laminate; stone-effect surfaces like our Calcutta Marble worktops; to the very glamourous black sparkle laminate worktops that replicate highly-polished quartz. Every option on our website is available with next-day 2Man delivery that covers the majority of England and Wales.

There’s not much time left to save on laminate worktops, as this fantastic offer must finish at 23:59 on Monday 15th May. To save, simply use the discount code LAM10 in the online checkout, or mention the offer to one of our advisors if ordering at our worktop showrooms, via telephone or email.

To see any of our laminate worktops before placing your order, we recommend purchasing one of our laminate worktop sample packs or visiting one of our worktop showrooms. Alternatively, head to our Laminate Worktops Gallery to see lots of images of our laminate kitchen surfaces.