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  • Make An Entrance Heads to Hannover!

    It’s been a busy and exciting start to 2020 for the Make An Entrance team as we kicked off the New Year with a visit to Hannover in Germany for DOMOTEX – the flooring industry’s leading international trade fair which brings together exhibitors and visitors from across the world.

    Our two co-directors Sam and Stuart attend the exhibition each year to gain an insight into all the latest industry trends, meet suppliers and network with businesses from around the world.

    Sam and Stuart Burlton at Domotex Our two co-directors Sam and Stuart exploring the halls of Domotex

    What is DOMOTEX?

    DOMOTEX is a trade fair run by Deutsche Messe – a leading global producer of capital goods trade fairs. The DOMOTEX exhibition is an annual event which takes place in January at the Deutsche Messe AG exhibition and trade centre in Hannover, Germany.

    Exhibitors and visitors from all over the world attend the three-day event. They visit to find out about the latest trends, innovative ideas and developments in the flooring industry. The event also offers businesses the opportunity to network with smaller firms or larger enterprises as well as suppliers.

    On average, the event welcomes around 1,400 exhibitors from over 60 nations; over two thirds of visitors come from outside Germany – and more than half of them come from outside the EU.

    Why did we go?

    During the exhibition, Hannover serves as the international centre for the flooring sector. It offers the ideal opportunity for businesses like ours to broaden their knowledge and connections within the industry.

    We currently source raw materials for our products from companies across Europe and as far away as India and Sri Lanka. Our visit to Germany was to meet a range of potential new suppliers. We were very excited by some of the products which we are hoping to add to our range throughout the year.

    Spinning Silk by Hand So many interesting things to see. This man was spinning silk into yarn using traditional equipment.

    ATMYSPHERE

    The keynote theme of this year’s expo was ATMYSPHERE. It’s based on the concept of using flooring to create a sense of well-being. With a focus on encouraging green living through the work that we do.

    For many people a doormat is only for covering the floor and wiping your feet on. But to us, a doormat has the potential to add style and character to any home.

    After all, we have to live with the flooring choices not only in our homes but also in our workplaces. So why shouldn’t they benefit our well-being and the environment too?

    This concept really resonated with us. One our main aims for 2020 is to increase our sustainable practices and the eco credentials of our products.

    Many of our doormats are already made from eco-friendly coir fibre.   This is produced using the fibrous husk that surrounds coconuts – a completely biodegradable material. Which means that it can be thrown on the compost at the end of its life.

    As a result of our visit, we’re looking forward to implementing what we’ve learnt at DOMOTEX to offer even more eco-friendly products very soon – watch this space!

  • 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/

  • 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

  • Coir Matting Cut To Size

    Coir Matting Cut To Size

    Made To An Irregular Shape

    Awkward shaped mat well? Don’t worry; our craftsmen can create a Custom Shaped Door Mat made to your template from our Coir Matting Cut To Size.

    Many mat wells are not exactly square but sometimes they can present a real challenge. If the area you would like to fit a mat is an unusual shape, perhaps with several cut out sections or angles, then simply create a life size physical template. You can then get a custom shaped door mat made to your own specification made from our PVC Backed Coir Matting Cut To Size or Our Hand Stitched Traditional Coir Matting.

    How do I make a template?

    It’s a good idea to take the measurements first of all sides of the mat well or area as this way you can at least check the template is to scale before you start that first cut with the scissors. You could even use our PVC Backed Coir Matting Fitting Guide tactic and draw on the edge of your mat well in chalk first and then lay the paper on top to get the basic shape ‘printed’ on the paper.

    There’s no need to use special materials to make a template, thick paper (such as wall paper), a paper table cloth or plastic sheeting are all fine, and we’ve had lots of other types of material too! Just go back to your ‘Blue Peter’ or school days and get cutting and sticking!

    Once you have created the template we would recommend you check (and double check!) it is the perfect fit within your mat well, the last thing you want is a custom shaped door mat that doesn’t fit! This is especially important if you choose to have a traditional handstitched coir mat made to a template as you cannot trim them in situ for the perfect fit like you can with our PVC Backed Coir Matting Cut To Size.

    If you want your Custom Shaped Door Mat personalised further by having some wording or motif printed on it then that is also possible! The thing to remember in this case is to write on your template which edge is the ‘top’ so that any printing is done the right way up!

    Do I always have to create a life size template for a Custom Shaped Door Mat?

    Not if all the angles involved are perfectly 90 degrees, or even if it is a perfect ‘semi-circle’. In these cases you could draw a sketch, ensuring all sides and edge dimensions are labelled and send us this via email or post.

    If you are uncertain as to whether a sketch or life sized template is needed for your custom shaped door mat just get in touch!

  • PVC Backed Coir Matting

    Here at Make An Entrance we specialise in PVC Backed Coir Matting.

    All the grades all the thicknesses.

    Coir Matting All The Grades All The Thicknesses

    All of our Coir is cut to the size that you need so there is minimal wastage. It is all cut here in our UK workshops.

    To make sure there is a PVC Backed Coir Matting to meet your needs we have all the Grades and all the thicknesses that is available anywhere in UK. We even have the thinnest!

    But  how do I know which of the three grades of PVC Backed Coir will best suit my purpose? Here is our brief rundown on the three options:

     

    Budget Coir Matting- When wanting to keep the costs down.

     

    There is our Budget Coir or Cheap Coir Matting as we know Sometimes, when price is the overriding factor, cheap coir is what you'll need, it keeps the cost down and you will be able to afford to replace it a little bit more often.

     

    Superior Coir Matting- The best mat to use in homes.

     

    Our Superior PVC Backed cut to size coir matting is a dense surface and uniform colour which looks very smart. Some shedding is normal with any coir matting but with our superior grade matting this dies down quickly. A noticeably superior grade product. This matting comes in 14mm thick the thinnest available in the UK. Perfect for the traditional look for shallow mat wells.

     

    Heavy Duty Commercial Grade- Commercial properties or when only the best will do.

     

    Our Heavy Duty Commercial Grade PVC Backed Coir is The highest quality cut to size coir on the market. This is the material we supply to hotels, restaurants and other businesses. The bristles are packed tightly together to give a very firm brushing action and the colour is uniform. Heavy Duty Coir Matting is also DDA compliant, the perfect accompaniment to wheelchair access entrance.

    Coir Matting DDA Compliant Coir Matting

    Coloured Coir Matting- Wanting to match your décor or give your entrance a colourful pop.

     

    We have a range of coloured coir matting that can also cut to the size that you need for your mat well.

    From grey to red we will have something to suit your needs and colour scheme.

    Coloured Coir Matting Coloured Cut To Size Coir Matting

    We're here to help:

     

    Make An Entrance is a family run company and we pride ourselves on offering excellent customer service. We do the job 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 email help@makeanentrance.com

    Stay up to date with our latest news and offers by following us on Facebook or Linked In. We also have an email newsletter (about once a month) featuring our latest offers and new products to our range. Sign up for it here to be the first to know our news.

     

  • Design Your Own Mat Competition

    Design Your Own Mat Competition

    Calling all frazzled parents. If you are stuck for entertainment ideas for your little darlings this summer, why not get them to enter our Design Your Own Mat competition?

    design your own mat competition Ideal activity to get the children away from their screens!

    The competition is running throughout August and we welcome as many entries as you like.

    We will make the lucky winner's design into one of our fabulous washable doormats. If you win you'll be able to choose whether you'd prefer a mat for indoor or outdoor use.

    You can see some lovely examples of previous winning designs in the images on this page.

    design your own mat summer competition Both of these designs were previous competition winners

    How to Enter|:

    Grab your pens and pencils and get as creative and colourful as you like.

    Please use a plain sheet of A4 paper. It doesn't matter if the design is portrait or landscape. However, the prize is a 75 x 45cm mat which usually works betters landscape.

    Then, send your designs to us via Facebook Messenger or email them to us at help@makeanentrance.com by 1st September 2019.

    Most importantly, don't forget to follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with competition progress. We post all our news and offers there so you won't miss out.

    Enter our design your own doormat competition Enter as many times as you like.

    We're here to help:

    Make An Entrance is a family run company and we pride ourselves on offering excellent customer service. We do the job 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. We also have an email newsletter (about once a month) featuring our latest offers and new products to our range. Sign up for it here to be the first to know our news.

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