Drapes specialist Cover It Up has moved to bigger, better, brighter purpose designed and built premises in Camberwell, south east London.
This vastly increases the warehouse and office workspaces plus the available storage capacity to accommodate the recent increases in stock. It also facilitates easier access to the City than the previous Peckham location.
The move has been prompted by a steady increase in business over the last 2 years. Cover It Up's Rhys Sion says, "With the economy in its current state, and the world's need to be more environmentally conscious, the practical and aesthetic potential of draping in all sorts of applications is really generating interest".
A sunken loading bay can be accessed simultaneously by 3 vans, which will also allow further optimisation of the new space, further increasing the fast turnaround needed to be achieved on a daily basis
Sion comments, "Designing our own premises from scratch has really enabled us to make a difference to the operational efficiency of the workflow. Serious effort went into planning the new layout and maximising our resources."
There are now dedicated areas for elements requiring special attention - like starcloth maintenance and rigging, plus a sealed area for the storage and handling of delicate fabrics like white trevira, velvets and gauzes. A space has also been created for the steaming of trevira before it's dispatched to site - ensuring it always arrives in pristine condition.
A new larger machining room is fitted out with a series of bespoke cutting tables and has also been optimised for the quick and expedient processing of standard and custom orders.
Sion explains that a lot has changed since he arrived 6 months ago! "The new premises is the latest in a line of measures taken to expand the business and continue to deliver multiple projects to the very highest standards."
Sion's background as an event producer has been invaluable in the ongoing restructuring - which has included the implementation of staff training programmes - as well as in generating new business. He can assess the client's needs from budgetary, creative and practical perspectives.
He also sees a bright future for the drapes industry generally, particularly because of its' green credentials.
Drapes fold into a tiny space and cover large ones, don't require any power to look beautiful or striking and minimise wastage because once made, they are recycled into stock and not discarded. Even damaged materials are re-used and made into smaller drapes. Drapes also don't require any specialist access vehicles like forklifts once on site - they can be moved around a venue and rigged via human power.
Cover It Up's new contact details are :
Lilford Business Centre,
T : +44 207 326 7900
F : +44 7787 134645
www : cover-it-up.com