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  • Business Woman of the Year Win for Our Co-Director!

    We’re nearing the end of a fantastic 2019 here at Make An Entrance, and now we’re going out with a bang as our very own co-director Samantha Burlton has been named as Northern England Business Woman of the Year at this year’s National Business Women’s Awards!

    Sam Burlton of Make An Entrance - Northern England Business Woman of the Year 2019 Sam Burlton of Make An Entrance - Northern England Business Woman of the Year 2019

    Samantha received the prestigious award at a glamorous awards ceremony on Thursday 12th December at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington, London.

    Sam was joined by our fellow co-director Stuart Burlton for emotional support during the nerve-wracking moments before the award was announced and to celebrate in style afterwards!

    Stuart Burlton and Sam Burlton at the awards dinner Stuart Burlton and Sam Burlton at the awards dinner

    Why did Sam win Business Woman of the Year?

    Sam scooped the award for her significant accomplishments over the past 12 months. For possessing the award’s key attributes of vision, innovation, entrepreneurial drive, leadership and commitment to gender diversity.

    Sam’s aptitude for business has been evident from a young age. In sixth form she demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit by leading her Young Enterprise team to success. They raised enough money through various projects for a trip to the European Parliament.

    She is an experienced and inspirational business leader who has always had entrepreneurial flair. After leaving her previous job in 2004 to write her own business plan, Sam launched our website in 2005. She has continued to build our company which has gone from strength to strength over the last 14 years.

    Sam’s innovative ideas and determination to adapt in order to remain competitive have kept our business at the forefront of the flooring industry producing beautiful, traditional and high-quality doormats using time-honoured techniques.

    What does this mean to Sam?

    Sam is beyond ecstatic to have won and to be finishing what has already been such a great year for our company on yet another high.

    The award is a much-appreciated reward for battling through the business highs and lows she’s faced and for coming out the other side stronger for it.

    She’d like to say a massive thank you to the National Business Women’s Awards for the honour and for putting on such a fantastic awards night.

    Sam Burlton - delighted to be presented with the Northern England Business Woman of the Year Award Sam Burlton - delighted to be presented with the Northern England Business Woman of the Year Award

    What does this mean to Make An Entrance?

    We’re so proud of Sam for championing women in business and inspiring those with a similar entrepreneurial spirit to pursue their ambitions.

    Finally, we’d like to congratulate Sam on behalf of the business and we’re now looking forward to the New Year and all the exciting developments to come!

  • Support Community Gardening with a Charity Calendar

    Christmas is a time for giving and we have the perfect gift for loved ones: a 2020 charity calendar! By purchasing one of these calendars you’ll be able to tick a gift off your Christmas list and help a good cause at the same time – two in one!

    We’ve teamed up with Lincoln Print and Copy Centre and David Harrison Photography to create a 2020 calendar to support a wonderful community interest company called Sage Gardener.

    Sage Gardener Charity Calendar 2020 Sam Burlton, (Make An Entrance) David Newman & Jane Newman (Sage Gardener). Photo: David Harrison Photography

    What is Sage Gardener?

    Sage Gardener runs a community garden set in ancient woodland near Swinderby in Lincolnshire. It is used by members of the local community including those living with dementia and their carers. As well as those who are lonely or affected by mental health issues.

    Sage Gardener’s vegetable, flower, sensory and wildlife gardens act as a social hub to engage members of the community. Activities include gardening, floral and rural crafts to reduce stress and improve health and well being.

    What does the charity calendar include?

    The calendar features stunning wildlife images taken around the Lincolnshire countryside and the great work of volunteers and visitors on site at the various gardens.

    It also features a series of helpful tips on gardening and well-being. This makes it the ideal gift or addition to the home for any green-fingered enthusiasts or local wildlife lovers.

    age Gardener Charity Calendar 2020 Sage Gardener Charity Calendar 2020

    Why should I buy a calendar?

    All the money raised by purchases of the calendar will go straight towards building a new wooden cabin. This is desperately needed for members of the community to use during the winter months. This will allow regular visitors and bigger groups to continue enjoying the facilities even during periods of bad weather.

    We visited the gardens in November to hear first-hand from Jane Newman, Director at Sage Gardener, about the work they do. We were inspired to hear how they help those of all ages get outdoors. To learn about gardening, crafting and experiencing the rewards of growing your own vegetables.

    As a result, we were inspired to support the amazing work being done by Sage Gardener in any small way we could. Sponsorship and facilitating online orders for the calendars is an easy task for us but makes an enormous difference to the organisation.

    You can buy the calendar for £10 (including postage and packing). Order through our website, or by calling us on 07707325016. Every penny goes towards fundraising for the cabin.

    Finally, we close for Christmas on 20th December. All calendars ordered after this date will be posted when we re-open on 2nd Jan 2020.

    What can you do to help?

    We would be so grateful for your help in supporting Sage Gardener and all the amazing work they do. Once you’ve bought a calendar, don’t forget to share a picture of it on social media and spread the word!

    To find out more about Sage Gardener visit their website, or follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

  • National Award Recognition for Our Co-Director

    Here at Make An Entrance we think that every single person who has contributed towards building our company is a superstar – and it seems we’re not the only ones!

    Our very own co-director Samantha Burlton has been nominated as Northern England Business Woman of the Year at this year’s National Business Women’s Awards, and we couldn’t be more proud.

    National Business Women’s Awards - Sam Burlton - Make An Entrance Director as finalist National Award Recognition for Our Co-Director Sam Burlton

    This is the third nomination that we’re celebrating this year. In October Sam was nominated for Business Person of the Year 2019. And Make An Entrance was also nominated in the Small Lincolnshire Business of the Year category at this year’s Lincolnshire Media Business Awards.

    What are the National Business Women’s Awards?

    Now in their third year, the National Business Women’s Awards honour business owners, leaders and inspirational business women across the UK who have achieved significant accomplishments over the past 12 months.

    The 2019 awards are made up of 21 categories and this year’s awards ceremony will take place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London on Thursday 12th December. Over 250 guests are expected to attend and on the night will be able to enjoy a drinks reception, as well as a three-course meal and entertainment.

    Why has Sam been nominated?

    Sam is an experienced and inspirational business leader who has always had entrepreneurial flair. After leaving her previous job in 2004 to write her own business plan, Sam launched MakeAnEntrance.com in 2005. She has continued to build our company which has gone from strength to strength over the last 14 years.

    Sam’s innovative ideas and determination to adapt in order to remain competitive have kept our business at the forefront of the flooring industry.  We produce beautiful, traditional and high-quality doormats using time-honoured techniques.

    What does it mean to be nominated?

    It is an honour to have Sam shortlisted and recognised alongside the likes of businesswomen from Total Fitness, Crest Nicholson and Systematics International.

    2019 has already been such a great year for our business; we opened our new Lincoln workshop and have taken on our first apprentices. It’s fantastic to be recognised for all the hard work that’s been put in to make the company a success.

    Please keep your fingers crossed for us this week. We’ve got our party frocks ready and we’re looking forward to celebrating what should be a great night!

  • Doormats for YMCA’s New Nomad Centre

    At Make an Entrance giving back to worthy causes and supporting our local community is an important part of our business.

    When we found out about YMCA Lincolnshire’s latest project to open the new Nomad Centre on St Rumbold’s Street in Lincoln, we were keen to get involved and support the project to help make a difference to the lives of those facing homelessness in the city.

    What is the Nomad Centre?

    The Nomad Centre is a specialist facility for homeless people built by Lindum Group for YMCA Lincolnshire – an organisation which provides a range of support, services and facilities within Lincolnshire including emergency overnight accommodation, housing, day care, youth work and training.

    Make An Entrance Doormats for YMCA’s New Nomad CentreNomad Blog

    The YMCA and its projects aim to uphold the worth and dignity of all individuals, ensuring that people of all ages and backgrounds have access to the basic essentials of life and can enjoy the benefits of companionship.

    The Nomad Centre is a new facility which replaces the existing Nomad shelter on Monks Road and is the only permanent direct access homeless provision in Lincolnshire. It has 20 new en suite rooms, two hostel rooms, a professional kitchen and a day centre giving residents 24-hour access.

    The centre was officially opened by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Mr Toby Dennis, on Wednesday 13th November and a community open day was held on Saturday 16th November for members of the public to visit the centre and get first-hand experience of the fantastic facilities.

    How are we involved?

    Sam Burlton from Make An Entrance with Rachael Baxter from YMCA Nomad Sam Burlton from Make An Entrance with Rachael Baxter from YMCA Nomad

    The Nomad Centre will support those without homes, those forced to sleep rough, those with complex difficult backgrounds and those who have suffered from abuse, addiction or have fallen on hard times. The YMCA therefore wanted to ensure that these rooms were more than just four walls and a bed; every room is designed as a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) for Trauma Informed Care (TIC). When we heard about the wide-set corridors and laminated flooring, we knew our doormats would make the perfect welcoming touch.

    Delighted to be able to get involved, we produced five doormats that not only match the Nomad Centre’s branding but are also machine washable so they can be cleaned easily.

    Ahead of the official opening last week, we visited the centre to deliver five of our Carpet Logo Mats, which are each complete with the green-coloured Nomad logo printed big, bright and clear on each mat.

    During our visit we were given a tour of the amazing facility by Rachael Baxter, Community Engagement Manager at YMCA Lincolnshire. The rooms were dressed to appear occupied by residents, with inspiring case studies from those helped by the centre placed in the rooms to highlight the impact the project has on the community. It was fantastic to see how our doormats have instantly added a homely feel to the rooms.

    Why is the new facility so important?

    During our tour, we talked to the centre staff about how important these rooms will be for improving the quality of life for the residents. The whole centre creates a homely and positive environment and is a crucial service given that street homelessness in Lincoln is now three times higher than in 2010.

    We’re thrilled to have played a very small part and would like to thank YMCA Lincolnshire for all their hard work within our community – the new Nomad Centre looks fantastic! If you’d like to know more about how you can get involved to support the YMCA, visit: https://www.lincsymca.co.uk/get-involved/

  • Book Shop Doormat for Lindum Books

    Beautiful Book Shop Doormat

    We love a challenge at Make An Entrance, that's why we create our book shop doormat. When we saw our favourite book shop struggling to find a suitable doormat we were desperate to help.

    Lindum Books BEFORE we made their book shop doormat Lindum Books BEFORE we made their book shop doormat

    Lindum Books is a beautiful independent bookshop in the heart of Lincoln's bailgate. A gem of a place, filled with a wide range of books from classics to the latest releases. And always with great advice from the dedicated team.

    Why they needed help:

    The lovely building is also a source of one of the challenges the team were facing in terms of finding the right kind of doormat.

    There is no mat well (recess) in the historic quarry tiled floor and the clearance under the door is tiny.  As a result, there was no way they could put any kind of doormat right next to the door. 

    The shop has a compact layout with the desk to the right of the door. The majority of people stride straight ahead to the back of the shop, past the front counter. When we noticed this it gave us an idea.

    Our Logo Mat Solution:

    Let's create a logo doormat to really set off the desk area. But, we'll use it like a runner. This will take advantage of the flow of foot traffic through the store to really keep the floors clean.

    Our Book shop doormat was a brilliant solution and the new mat looks great. It's large to absorb lots of water. Very stylish with the Lindum Books logo in gold on a classic black background.  Most importantly, it's a lovely finishing touch to their recent refurbishment.

    Logo Door Mat for Lindum Books Our Logo Door Mat for Lindum Books

    At peak times such as the Lincoln Christmas Market. The book shop team have previously really struggled to keep the floors clean and dry. We're sure that their new Make An Entrance logo mat will have made those problems a thing of the past.

    If you would like a quote for your building, get in touch with our logo mat team here.

    Let us help:

    Make An Entrance is a family run company and we pride ourselves on offering excellent customer service, getting the job done right first time.

    Finally, if you have any questions or would like to place an order by phone, we're here Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to take your call on 020 8819 5869 or 01522 24 68 38.

    Stay up to date with our latest news and offers by following us on Facebook or Linked In.

  • Unique Christmas Gifts

    It is that time again already, red and white packaging starts to creep in, greeting cards at the counter, days are shorter and the gloves are on. It must be Christmas! At Make An Entrance, we aim to eliminate the gift buying stress with our Unique Christmas Gifts.

    Unless you know what someone wants, gift buying can be quite difficult. How do you chose a gift the receiver will actually like, use, and last? With personalisation, they are destined to love and cherish.

    Have a look for yourself…

    Personalised Wooden Stall - £79.99

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    Personalised Bottle Opener - £32.99
    Hit the ale on the head with this  individually hand-made oak bottle opener engraved with the name of your recipient and their first initial. Made from Oak and finished with Danish Oil for a long lasting protective sheen. Made to order for you by artisans in our UK workshop.

    A beautifully made gift that will enhance any interior. Treat your loved ones to quality hand-made gifts. This will definitely come in handy over the festive period!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Personalised Dog Lead Hanger - £29.99

     

    A present they will pawsitively treasure furever. An individually hand-made Oak Dog Lead Hanger engraved with the names of your furry friends and bearing the message "Let's Go For A Walk"

    Made from Oak with the option of 1 or 2 pegs and finished with Danish Oil for a long lasting protective sheen. Made to order for you by artisans in our UK workshop.

    A beautifully made gift that will enhance any interior. Treat your loved ones to quality hand-made gifts.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Balancing Wine Bottle Holder - £24.99

    Be on Cloud Wine with this balancing wine bottle holder!

    This is destined to impress and become a talking point amongst guests. It’s even personalisable!

    Our hand-crafted personalised wine bottle holder makes the perfect gift. Expertly hand crafted from beautiful oak and sealed with Danish oil for a beautiful finish.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Gin Slogan Slate Coasters - £24.99

    Gin-gle all the way to Christmas with this coaster set! These make the perfect gift for any Gin-thusiasts - we all know one!

    These coasters are expertly handcrafted on smooth slate to an exceptionally high quality.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Personalised Slate Cheeseboard - £39.99

    Sweet dreams are made of cheese!

    This expertly hand crafted smooth slate cheese board can be personalised. Our slates are 8-10 mm thick and exceptionally high quality. To brie or not to brie?

    There's no Feta gift than this for a cheese lover! Cheese boards make a great table piece for any party.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     Gifts for Little Ones

     

    Personalised Stable Hooks - £32.99

    Keep the tack room tidy with this unique Christmas gift for your horse-mad friends.

    Beautiful hand-made personalised sign in solid oak with laser engraved lettering in your choice of typeface.

    The hooks are in the shape of a horseshoe and are practical as well as a very attractive addition to your tack room. Each sign is a one off, individually hand crafted by artisans to your exact requirements. The finished plaque is protected with Danish oil to give a lovely sheen.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Personalised Wooden Stall - £79.99

    A beautiful hand crafted gift that your recipient is sure to treasure for years, it makes an ideal foot stool for adults too!

    Each stool is individually hand turned in natural beech and then deep carved with your choice of personalisation.

    Your recipients name in larger lettering and a second line of smaller text, which may be used for a date or special message.

    As beech is a natural material every single stool will be unique. Our artisans treat the wood with care to bring our the natural grain and protect it for years to come. A hard wearing beautiful addition to any child's room.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    View the rest of the Unique Christmas Gifts by clicking HERE

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Eco Friendly Matting 10% Off


    Eco Friendly Matting made from coconuts10% Off Eco Friendly Matting.

    Through out September we've had a spotlight on our woven backed Eco Friendly Matting. Because its made from coconuts it's one of our most eco-friendly choices. It has no PVC backing meaning its completely biodegradable. You can simply compost it in your home compost bin at the end of its life.

    We have a wide range of standard sizes and also made to measure if you can't find the perfect size for your home.

    September's offer is 10% off any of our woven backed coconut eco friendly matting.

    Simply use code "Eco10" at checkout or quote it when you order by phone on 020 8819 5869.

    Offer ends 1st October.

    Let us help:

    Make An Entrance is a family run company and we pride ourselves on offering excellent customer service, getting the job done right first time.

    Finally, if you have any questions or would like to place an order by phone, we're here Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to take your call on 020 8819 5869.

    Stay up to date with our latest news and offers by following us on Facebook or Linked In.

  • Eco Coconut Matting the Traditional Coir Door Mats

    We have been making eco coconut matting the traditional coir door mats for a very long time. In fact, the roots of Make An Entrance stretch back to the 19th Century.

    Originally partially sighted and blind people made traditional coir door mats in workshops around the UK. They were run by the charity Royal National Institute for the Blind.

    Today we still stitch our traditional mats by hand in the same way we always have; they are made to size you need in a range of thicknesses to suit your needs.

    Eco Coconut Matting The Traditional Coir Door Mats Eco Coconut Matting The Traditional Coir Door Mat

    What Is A Hand Stitched Coir Mat?

    It is our partner in India who makes the giant rolls of coir. These rolls of coir are made specifically for us.

    Our craftsmen then take this Eco Coconut Matting cut it to the size you need, and hand finish your bespoke doormat here in the UK.  The same way they have been made for decades.

    What makes it Eco Coconut Matting?

    Coir fibre is a waste product. It's the fibrous husk that surrounds the coconut. Using coir to make doormats is a great environmental option. It uses a waste product to do a great job. Then at the end of its life is can be composted to help other plants grow.

    Because coir (coconut fibre) is totally biodegradable, when your mat eventually wears out you can simply throw it onto the compost heap.

    Any of our woven back coir mats can be classed as eco coconut matting as they're plastic free and totally biodegradable too.

    Let us help:

    Make An Entrance is a family run company and we pride ourselves on offering excellent customer service, getting the job done right first time.

    Finally, if you have any questions or would like to place an order by phone, we're here Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to take your call on 020 8819 5869.

    Stay up to date with our latest news and offers by following us on Facebook or Linked In.

  • Eco Large Door Mats Video

    Introducing Eco Large Door Mats:

    Our new Eco Large Door Mats are one of the products we are most proud of at Make An Entrance.

    Check out the video below to find out why:

    How  we make Eco Large Door Mats:

    We make these by hand on a traditional wooden hand loom in southern India. This gives them a very tight weave and firm pile. So they are extremely hard wearing.

    Our partner in India who makes the giant rolls of coir we use for our made to measure mats makes these mats specially for us.

    Because coir (coconut fibre) is totally biodegradable, when your mat eventually wears out you can simply throw it onto the compost heap.

    Coir fibre is a waste product. It's the fibrous husk that surrounds the coconut. Using coir to make doormats is a great environmental option. It uses a waste product to do a great job and then at the end of its life is can be composted to help other plants grow.

    Why we make them:

    At Make An Entrance we specialise in hard to find doormats. Because of this, people often come to us because they are struggling to find Eco Large Door Mats. These new 100% coir mats are a perfect choice. For instance, the biggest standard size is 123cm x 76cm which is already pretty huge. However, if that's not big enough for you we also do made to measure, as big as you like.

    If you'd like to learn more please get in touch. We're here to help.

    Let us help:

    Make An Entrance is a family run company and we pride ourselves on offering excellent customer service, getting the job done right first time.

    Finally, if you have any questions or would like to place an order by phone, we're here Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to take your call on 020 8819 5869.

    Stay up to date with our latest news and offers by following us on Facebook or Linked In.

    Shop for Eco Large Door Mats

  • The Original Eco Doormat

    Our handmade traditional coir mats are the original plastic free Eco Doormat.

    100% Coir Doormats are the best eco doormats available. 100% Coir Doormats are the best eco doormats available.

    As coir is a totally natural material, from the outer husks of coconut shells, it is biodegradable. In the past, people would use their doormats until they wore out. Then they could be thrown onto the compost heap where they would break down to nourish the garden leaving no waste behind. The perfect eco doormat solution.

     

    Woven Coir Matting Made To The Size You Need. Bespoke hand stitched 100% coir doormat

    These days doormats have moved on and now come in many different types and materials including photo personalised mats, cut to size coir matting off the roll and washable synthetic doormats too.

    All of these products have a lot to recommend them, they are highly practical and long lasting. However, as we all become more conscious of our impact on the world around us, perhaps it’s worth revisiting the methods of days gone by. If an eco doormat is your aim then go for a traditional coir doormat that’s totally plastic free.

    Well to help you out our 100% coir eco doormat range is second to non. Our standard woven backed off shelf 100% coir doormats come in a range of sizes, thicknesses and qualities. Such as our Traditional Hand Loom Coir Doormats. Made from the same great hard wearing material that is used for our Hand Stitched Coir Mats the only difference, they are not finished by hand here in the UK.

    100% Coir Door Mat. Eco Doormat Tradtional Hand Loom Standard Door Mat

     

     

     

    We have 5 standard sizes available for you to choose from all 100%Coir with a woven back and finished edges. Meaning it is also eco-friendly and biodegradable when you are finished with it.

    But for something really special we offer a bespoke service where we make the mat to the size and shape you need. All stitched by hand here in the UK, The truly bespoke eco doormat.

    Every little bit helps when thinking about our impact on the world around us. Take your own coffee cup, refuse a plastic straw, buy a long lasting coir doormat.

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