Reasons to camp in the garden this Spring
We’re sure that the event will help people to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment and will help to lift people’s spirits. To view the event on facebook, visit the group page here.
Who are OLPRO and what do we do?
First published back in 2013.
We make some pretty funky outdoor stuff for definite. Started 3 years ago when I left the employment of others we started designing and dreaming up things which would make being in the outdoors even more fun.
There are now 9 of us in the team and we’re growing all the time.
As well as from the camping world we also have people in the team from clothing and from marketing. We’re always looking at what we can develop or what we can make that’s not out there already. This has led us down some different paths but we’re always up for exploring new ideas.
Our exposure on social media has helped (21,000 followers on Twitter) as we get great feedback from friends and followers.
We’re really well known for Melamine sets. We design and then produce some fantastic melamine designs for people who want something contemporary and cool. Our Berrow Hill melamine set is sold across the world now and has been featured in a lot of media, as well as winning a number of awards. It’s a great set which depicts camping, caravanning, outdoor wildlife and tree! Following from Berrow Hill we launched Bewdley which is made for the gardener.
Recently, we launched our EAT OUT set. This has gone crazy. For once we wanted to put together a set where everything in the box was different. So, the person who buys the EAT OUT melamine set gets 16 different products – 8 plates, 4 bowls and 4 mugs but all with different etchings across them.
Every one loves EAT OUT, which recently featured in Jamie Olivers magazine.
Away from Melamine we make tents.
Again we don’t do boring stuff.
Our family range of tents features cool three colour designs and special design features made for families. We’ve won awards in the national press 2 years running now for tent design and work with several festivals. Our new Cocoons won Festival Tent of the Year for the Four Berth and with features such as the removable panel and darker sleeping areas we weren’t surprised.
We camp all the time so these tents get a lot of testing and we tweak them a lot before launching.
2015 see’s the launch of our Martley 2.0 and Wichenford 2.0 tents. More on these in the coming months.
One product we didn’t see coming straight away was the Pop Up Beach Hut. This fantastic full size Beach Hut you can take anywhere with you! It comes in a 80cm bag and all you have to do is take it to the beach – open it up and voila! You have somewhere to chill and keep the kids out of the sun.
We have become well known for our Beach Hut and again, it’s been seen on a lot of TV and in a lot of magazines. We’ve also had some great emails and photos from people who’ve found all sorts of crazy uses for them. Most recently it’s been a regular feature on Lorraine in Benidorm.
OLPRO have also become famous (in our own bath water) for making some pretty fancy chemicals including Bottom & Top PLUS which is an all in one toilet chemical and rinse, highly concentrated, and in a measuring bottle – so for campers and caravanners alike you need only take one small bottle away with you – rather than two huge bottles. It saves money, time, space and effort.
And if all that wasn’t enough we also make sleeping bags, windbreaks, tent pegs, bags and covers for all sorts of camping accessories, awning carpet, tent carpets, lighting and accessories for caravans.
And finally in 2014/ 2015 we have become the exclusive distributor of the Happy Camper range of accessories from Unikia in the UK and for the SAFIRE Roaster. These are two very OLPRO ranges of products, the first from Norway and SAFIRE from South Africa.
You can see the full range of OLPRO at http://www.olpro.co.uk and we have links to both our retailers and to those people who offer the ranges online.
Because we’re pretty funky we only sell to like minded people so there are lots of places you can’t buy our products. If you need to find somewhere then email us or call us and we will be very happy to help. We do supply over 150 retailers and many with multiple stores so we should find someone near you.
If you want to sell our products then contact us too and we’ll he happy to talk further about what we do and the support we can give retailers.
Research Finds Music Festivals More About Escapism & Less About MusicDespite the social media frenzy that follows the announcement of a headline act at the UK’s top music festivals, according to research by British camping manufacturer www.olpro.co.uk , it’s not the music that keeps people coming back. It’s the inner hippy in all of us that festivals unleash, allowing us to live simply, in a community and without responsibility.
The OLPRO team went to ten festivals in 2013, each of them offering a different range of music and content, appealing to everyone from families to heavy metal fans. OLPRO spoke to over 10001 festival-goers and established that 90% were there to forget real life rather than to see a specific artist. Interestingly, most of those questioned admitted to spending only 50% of their waking time enjoying the music with drinking, eating, partying and being with friends and family being equally as important.
Of those questioned who had gone travelling during a gap year, for example, 95% stated that a festival reminded them of the simplicity of life as a backpacker. People seem to yearn for a stripped-down life where the only concerns are where you are going to sleep and what you’re going to eat.
40% of those OLPRO spoke to stated that they have started to go camping at other times of the year to recapture the feeling of being at a Festival, even though the majority never went camping as children. Commenting on their findings, OLPRO MD Daniel Walton stated:
“Festivals remind people of their childhood – the big circus-like tents, fairgrounds, entertainers, stalls and side shows, bubbles. For a few days they can forget their job, their responsibilities, which reminds them of how they felt before they grew up. The music seems to be secondary to the adventure.”