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New Full Stave Sizes

Oak has a special place in the hearts of the Worktop Express® bloggers, and we’re particularly partial to its full stave formation. So what better way to show our appreciation than to spice up the Worktop Express® collection with some new sizes, giving even more scope to this fab worktop range?

Full stave and standard worktops are equally attractive but are noticeably different in terms of construction. Full stave worktops are made up of only a few timber sections, a formulation made possible due to the sheer size of each component part: you see, each section of timber is a ‘full stave’ – a complete stave of oak running the entire length of the worktop. These staves are not only full-length but are much wider than the dainty solid wood blocks found in our standard worktops; the 90mm width of each section in a full stave worktop allows true appreciation of the timber’s character and grain pattern, an effect which is unique to the innovative formulation.

To celebrate this wonderful worktop construction, we’re adding three new sizes to our full stave oak range: 2.5M X 620 X 40mm, 2.5M X 720 X 40mm and 2.5M X 960 X 40mm. The new worktops are a special seasonal addition and already proving popular so do snap them up while you can!

Drainage grooves

The beauty of wood lies not only in its durability and natural attractiveness, but also in its versatility. Thanks to our high-quality techniques and superior materials, Worktop Express® are able to offer an expansive bespoke service that allows you to tailor your worktop exactly to your requirements. We’re always trying to improve our range to meet customer demand – and with this in mind, we’re delighted to introduce two new additions to our drainage groove range: the fan and the fountain.

These new designs are a stylish twist on our standard drainer groove. Both live up to their names: the fan grooves unfurl in a subtle sweep from a central point, whereas the fountain design curls in delicate swirls on the worktop surface.

Drainage grooves are a brilliant addition to your worktop. Not only are these grooves cost-effective, removing the necessity for separate draining units, but they also make an eye-catching feature: both in terms of their own appearance (a stunning series of grooves inlaid in the solid wood) and their accommodation of the ever-fashionable Belfast/undermounted sinks.

For exceptional bespoke service, look no further than Worktop Express®. We’re committed to saving our customers money and to using the best timbers, sophisticated machinery and the latest techniques.

And don’t forget, our dedicated fabrication team are on hand to make your worktop customisation dreams come true – please take a look at our bespoke cutting page for more information!

Free GL DeliveryChristmas is on the way (okay, there are still two months to go, but people are already starting their festive preparations!) and we know how much there is to organise… and pay for!

Therefore, to make things a little easier, Worktop Express® are now offering free delivery to GL postcodes. Our Gloucestershire headquarters are conveniently located to service the area and much of our in-house 2Man delivery fleet operate frequently within the region – so for a reliable and convenient service, simply proceed through checkout as normal and local delivery will automatically be processed as free.

There’s no room for Mr Scrooge at Worktop Express®; and if you are all good boys and girls we might even continue with free GL delivery throughout 2013. But only if you’re good: if not, you may find a lump of coal in your stocking instead of a fabulous worktop… (just kidding!)

‘Tis the season for free delivery, fa la la la la, la la la la!’

Gloucestershire Media

Here at Worktop Express® HQ, we’re pretty keen on kitchens. In fact we have been known to go gaga over anything kitchen design/interior-oriented.

And so when our friends at Gloucestershire Media suggested that we might like to sponsor the interiors page for their fabulous weekend glossy, Weekend, we couldn’t think of any reason to say no!

Weekend is a great supplement to the ever-popular Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo weekend editions, with brilliant coverage of food, fashion, culture, home, gardening… we could go on but you get the picture – there’s plenty of info crammed into its glossy pages! The pull-out magazine has been a staple of the weekend papers for years but was revamped in autumn 2012, emerging as an even more stylish supplement yet retaining its sense of local flair.

For Worktop Express® – with our recently-opened showroom in Gloucester (the only kitchen showroom in the area) and strong, continued commitment to the local community – it felt like the perfect fit. So if you’re in Gloucestershire over the weekend, please pick up The Citizen or Gloucestershire Echo and catch our first appearance as sponsors of the interiors section. We’ll be down the newsagents bright and early tomorrow to grab a copy or two: see you there!

Jeans for Genes BakeshopAs you may know, Friday October 4th was the national ‘Jeans for Genes’ day. For one day, the offices of Worktop Express® HQ transformed into a veritable sea of denim as bejeaned workers dug deep in support of the charity. The following Monday, we became ‘Bakeshop’ Express as a barrage of home-baked goodies were lined up in the canteen for an office-wide sale. Good job we had our jeans day prior to the bake sale – our tummies were certainly full after sampling the delicious treats on offer!

At the helm was our fabulous sales manager, Samantha Overton. The ‘Jeans for Genes’ cause is particularly close to Samantha’s heart and she worked tirelessly to ensure that the Worktop Express® team raised as much money as possible. As Samantha explains: ‘Jeans for Genes’ raises money for Genetic Disorders UK. Genetic disorders are specialised and very rare. Most genetic disorders are not visible and therefore not acknowledged.

‘When I was diagnosed at 2 years old there was no support or understanding. Children with genetic disorders are given a short life expectancy. Lucky for me, a German doctor training at Great Ormond St Hospital recognised what was happening. By chance he had read a paper detailing this new condition and was able to diagnose and treat me.

‘In the 21st century we should not rely on luck to help diagnose children. Funding from charities such as Genetic Disorders UK has helped to develop screening programmes on new-born babies. It has helped families to provide care for their children and support young adults as they become independent.

By sparing a bit of change we’ve helped fund a cause which will not only support lives but save them.’

A big thank you to Samantha for her hard work in organising the fundraiser and for sharing her story with us – it was not only brave but inspiring. We’re pleased and proud to have raised some money for such a worthy cause.

Jeans for Genes
Jeans for Genes Bakesale
Jeans for Genes Bakesale

It’s been great to see so many Worktop Express® customers checking out our showroom in recent months. It has also been a pleasure to hear that you enjoy viewing the worktops in situ and how this gives more of a sense of the quality and range on offer – not to mention the flexibility! The ‘Modern’ kitchen set with zebrano worktops alongside black painted doors and stainless steel accessories has been a big hit, truly showing that solid wood works equally well in a contemporary or traditional setting.

The one negative we’ve encountered, however, is that we’re just not open enough! Well, we can’t have that…

Worktop Express® are therefore delighted to announce that our Gloucestershire showroom will now open on Saturdays from 10:00 — 14:00, alongside our usual weekly operating hours (Monday — Friday, 9:00 — 17:00). Our friendly staff will be on hand to answer any questions that you might have, so please feel free to stop by (though if you are travelling some distance it might be worth making an advance appointment).

For more information on any aspect of our service, don’t hesitate to drop us as line or give us a call. We’re here to help!

Last night hundreds of people from the Gloucestershire business community gathered for the most prestigious event in the calendar: the Gloucestershire Business Awards. Direct Online Services Ltd – the company behind Worktop Express® – had been shortlisted for two awards and so we were out in force.

The experience was both humbling and exciting, not least because of the great company we were in. Established by Gloucestershire Media, the awards are sponsored by several prominent Gloucestershire organisations such as Randall & Payne and the 2012 nominees included leading local enterprises from Avon Metal to Creed Foodservice. In such a turbulent economic climate it is more difficult than ever for businesses to flourish; thus it was truly uplifting to see such a fantastic turnout last night with so much support from the county’s professional community.

Gloucester Business Awards Winner Will ReesNow, to the awards themselves. As mentioned, it was wonderful even to be shortlisted – there was no presumption regarding actual award success. We were therefore blown away when DOS Director Will Rees was named Young Business Person of the Year.

As co-founder of DOS Ltd, Will’s fantastic propensity for inventive e-commerce and marketing strategies has been crucial in steering the company to success since its inception just four years ago. Where the business started with a few key personnel, the workforce now encompasses 100 people and is still growing; with plans for further expansion both internationally and throughout the UK now afoot, Will’s horizons are broadening but his innovation and flair remain unchanged.

We’re very proud of you Will: well done! Our warmest congratulations to all finalists and winners – and thank you to Gloucestershire Media and all the sponsors for a brilliant and memorable evening.

Gloucester Business Awards Winners

Photos courtesy of Gloucestershire Media.

Ah, nothing like a fabrication-related chant to get the blood pumping on a Monday!

Yes, you did read that correctly: the ogee and fabrication are now related – in fact one may even go so far as to say that the Worktop Express® fabrication family has gained a new child in the ogee. Or, if that’s too weird, you can simply think of it as the most recent addition to our edge-profile range.

Full Stave Oak worktop with Ogee Profile

The ogee curve is fairly significant in architectural history. True Roman ogee profiles were known as talon or cyma reversa and featured highly in decorative mouldings. Typically the profile appears as an almost ‘S’ shape, incorporating two opposite arcs, one convex and one concave. The Roman variation favours the concave curve preceding the convex, but the ogee is pretty flexible; either formulation is correct.

But don’t take our word for it – take a look and see. The ogee is presented alongside our more familiar profiles on the bespoke cutting page for easy comparison. Everyone has a favourite edge profile: go on, pick yours today!