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Feb 17

Free 2Man delivery is available on orders of £300 or more for the rest of February.

Good news: for the rest of the month we’re offering a fantastic bargain for customers who are covered by our standard 2Man delivery service. Simply place an order for £300 or more and we’ll deduct the cost of delivery, saving you up to £85!

The usual cost for delivery via our 2Man service is £25 for the first worktop (and £15 for each additional worktop), but until 23:59 on February 28th any wooden worktops or laminate surfaces will qualify for free delivery (provided they are to English and Welsh postcodes covered by our 2Man team).

Our next-day 2Man delivery slots are subject to availability, and often get snapped up fairly quickly, so place your order as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

No discount code is required to take advantage of this great saving: simply pick our 2Man delivery option when completing your order at the online checkout, or specify your preference for our free 2Man delivery offer when purchasing via telephone or email.

To find out more about the Worktop Express 2Man delivery service, please visit our delivery details page.

Feb 13

Over the last two weeks we’ve been offering 10% off orders over £500 – but if you’re looking for new worktops and want to make the most of this fantastic offer, you have only two days left!

If you have been hoping to purchase any of our products – from solid wood worktops to worktop accessories – great savings are available if you spend over £500. To qualify, you can purchase anything from our collection, including a kitchen sink, as long as your order is placed before 23:59 on February 15th 2017.

After you have selected your preferred items and added them to your shopping cart, simply enter the code UP500 to receive 10% discount. If you would prefer to speak directly with one of our sales advisors, you can also use this code for orders placed via telephone or email.

A huge range of solid wood worktops are available as well as an extensive selection of laminate work surfaces – not to mention all the accessories needed to complement them perfectly. The only exclusions are samples and our bespoke cutting services. Don’t delay and place your order before 23:59 on February 15th to make the most of this amazing discount!

Feb 01

10% off Orders Over £500 until February 15th.

For the next two weeks we are offering customers who spend over £500 the chance to save 10% on their order.

Whether you would like to purchase our solid wood worktops, laminate worktops, or anything else in our collection, any order over £500 will save 10% if placed before 23:59 on February 15th.

To save, simply choose the items you require and add them to your online cart, before entering the discount code UP500 at the online checkout. Alternatively, the discount code can be used when placing your order via telephone or email – just mention it to one of our sales advisers.

As time is limited on this great deal, don’t hesitate to place your order to avoid disappointment.

Iroko Worktops on Sale throughout February

Iroko worktops sale February.

As well as running a fantastic promotion for orders over £500, we’re offering 10% off our standard iroko worktops for the entire month.

This discount has already been applied to our highly-popular iroko surfaces, meaning that you don’t need to enter a discount code to enjoy this amazing saving. Simply head to our iroko page and choose the size of worktop(s) you require before 23:59 on February 28th.

If you’d like to take a closer look at our iroko worktops – or any of the other surfaces in our collection – why not visit one of the Worktop Express showrooms? We currently have six showrooms located across the country, each of which contains samples of our worktops for customers to take away.

Jan 27

Once in a while an exciting tree-related news snippet catches our eye. The latest concerns City of Trees and their fantastic project to plant three million trees – one for every man, woman and child – in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.

The City of Trees project promotes tree planting and woodland management in Greater Manchester.

Credit: City of Trees

The benefits of tree planting in urban communities are not only aesthetic; indeed, trees have been proven to reduce environmental stress, improve air quality, and increase the time shoppers spend in retail areas.

As well as planting many new trees, the scheme also aims to improve the woodlands surrounding the city. “We are very much focused on bringing existing woodland into management because there is no point in planting new woodland if you can’t manage what you’ve got already,” City of Trees director Tony Hothersall explained.

“We want to engage people a lot more in their natural environment; in planting trees; in managing areas; in understanding more about the benefits that trees and woodlands bring to our society.”

He also expanded on the scheme’s intention to line streets with appropriate trees, as well as adding greenery to private gardens and parks.

“It is really about planting trees wherever it’s appropriate to put trees. What is really important is it’s about the right tree in the right place.”

The City of Trees team has partnered with researchers based at the University of Manchester to analyse how trees can help reduce surface water flooding in built-up areas.

In addition to the studies that link green spaces in urban zones to an improvement in community wellbeing, there is also research that highlights the positive effect trees can have in retail areas.

City of Trees is expecting to plant at least three million trees in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.

Credit: City of Trees

Mr Hothersall said: “There has been some really good work done showing that people actually spend more in retail areas and linger longer in retail areas where there are trees.

“We’ve seen that as quite a good example in terms of a sort of cafe culture with one of my projects in Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. The introduction of trees and general improvement of the environment there have actually led to a cafe culture developing from what was one of the, I suppose, harder environments in central Manchester.”

At Worktop Express we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our business, and as such only handle timber that has been sustainably sourced and complies with the EUTR regulations. Our European and American wood work surfaces are manufactured from FSC or PEFC certified timbers, whilst all African timbers are carefully sourced from well-managed supplies.

Furthermore, each year we also fund the planting of trees in the UK and Africa in conjunction with the International Tree Foundation. So far they have planted over 100,000 trees thanks to support from Worktop Express, helping to improve communities and re-establish and protect tree populations. You can read more about this and much more on our Environmental Policies page.

Jan 20

At Worktop Express we are very proud to use our own next-day 2Man delivery service for the vast majority of worktop orders. In fact, in 2016 our ever-expanding fleet of 2Man teams delivered more than 60,000 orders – consisting of over 100,000 worktops – which totalled close to 90% of all deliveries made.

We have made a conscious effort to reduce reliance on third-party couriers as it gives us far more control over deliveries; by using our own fleet, we can ensure deliveries are on time and that our products are handled carefully.

Indeed, in 2016 we had a 98% delivery success rate on orders handled by our own internal delivery teams, a figure which is very difficult to replicate when using external couriers (as these do not operate under our control).

Our 2Man Delivery service offers next-day delivery on worktop orders placed before 12 noon

With this in mind, this year we have made the important decision to remove third-party courier options from all zones covered by our own 2Man teams. We believe this will not only help us to offer more reliable delivery options, but will also ensure that customers enjoy the high-quality service they have come to expect from Worktop Express.

We will still offer external courier options for surcharge areas of the UK that we are currently unable to reach with our own service, but please note that these will be limited.

Further updates to our service will be made throughout the year, with a focus on the ongoing improvement of our systems and processes at all levels – from placing the order right through to delivery.

If you would like to find out more about our delivery service, please visit the delivery details page. Alternatively, key information is included in the ‘All About Our 2Man Delivery Service’ information guide.

Jan 01

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.

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 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.