talks to Greg Anderson at The Blue Parrot Company about their
latest strands to their event hire business. Illuminated dance
floors and photo booths are proving particularly popular...
Digger: Hello Greg.
Greg: Hello David.
Digger: We have got two good interviews lined-up now for our
site. Jimmy Lea from Slade and Steve Priest from Sweet, so
weíre going very Glam now!
Greg: Thatís good.
Digger: Please tell us about the background to Dance
Floors For Hire and how and why you formed this enterprise?
Greg: Dance Floors For Hire formed out of our existing
business which is The Blue Parrot Events Company where we
offer items for hire. Linen and props are our speciality. We
saw a niche for Dance Floors, especially in Scotland and we
went for it.
Digger: How many dance floors have you got out at one time?
Greg: That varies, but usually most of them are out.
Digger: Who makes these things?
Greg: There are many suppliers based in the UK, but some
concepts can be found in the US and in china
Digger: Itís amazing how huge retro is now, and thereís
all this associated paraphernalia with sixties and seventies
events, like dance floors, photo booth, fancy dress, props and
Greg: Yes, itís a big industry now. We are also doing the
photo booths alongside the dance floors and they are proving
Digger: I donít suppose you get many weekends free to
Greg: No, we got one in January because of the snow and nobody
was moving and they were broke from Christmas, but apart from
that weíre always booked.
Digger: Can you please tell us a bit more about the services
Greg: Weíve got the three websites Ė Dance Floors For
Hire.com, Photo Booths for Hire.co.uk as well as
Parrot Company.com. so these are all separate in their own
right. But for most clients they come under the one umbrella
and a lot of clients will use our services and book all three
for a wedding or a Christmas party. So we offer linen and
props, LED dance floors and photo booths but LED furniture as
Digger: You must have a vast warehouse?
Greg: Yes, itís getting smaller by the day. We moved here
just over a year ago and we thought it was too big at first
and the space quickly filled up.
Digger: Your stock must be out most of the time and, a bit
like an airline, if their planes werenít up in the air and
at airports around the world then they couldnít find room to
park them all. The same must be true with your stock if it was
all back in store?
Greg: Yes. Everythingís on a continuous cycle and out all of
Digger: Why is retro and nostalgia so perennially popular?
Greg: I donít really know the answer to that but I know
thereís an increasing number of retro bars in Glasgow.
Digger: What age group are you?
Greg: Iím 28.
Digger: Youíre a young boy! Iím an old boy, Iím 53!
Greg: Iím still young but have a love of all things retro.
Digger: Youíre a slip of a boy so donít remember the
sixties and the seventies.
Greg: No, I can vaguely remember some of the eighties music
and I quite like that.
Digger: There was some great stuff around in the eighties.
Greg: I donít really know why retro is popular but I do know
itís a big business these days and everyone seems to like
dressing up and partying with a retro twist.
Digger: What sort of feedback do you get about your services
and product from customers?
Greg: They love these dance floors. And we get a lot of repeat
and referred business.
Digger: Yes, I suppose because you have so many people at each
event then it only takes a few to book or to recommend and
youíve got a continual stream of interest?
Greg: Thatís right, although not everyone has a budget for a
dance floor. Itís a great addition to an event but you need
to budget it in.
Digger: I donít suppose you get called to many traditional
Scottish dancing events?!
Greg: No, the thing with the Scots is they like to do a bit of
Scottish traditional dancing for a few minutes at a party but
most of the evening theyíll be bopping away to disco and
Digger: I see. Thereís a phenomenon in Ireland, where my
family are from, where they love the Show Bands and itís a
thing thatís peculiarly Irish and it doesnít travel to
here at all. They still love all the music we did but they
also love these Show Bands.
Greg: These local cultural variations can be interesting.
Digger: What should people consider when thinking about hiring
a dance floor?
Greg: They have to obviously make sure theyíve got the
space. We can tailor the dance floors to suit in terms of
sizes and can go from as little as two metres square to twelve
by twelve but they have to think about the logistics of
getting into the venue and where it is. They also need to
check with the owners, whether itís a hotel or whatever,
that theyíre happy to put it in. And timing is also
important because the retro floors take a bit of programming
and wiring up so itís better thatís done in the morning.
So thereís a few logistical things that need to be taken
into consideration. Permission of course, but generally hotels
are fine with them. Generally there isnít a problem.
Digger: No, itís bringing business their way so theyíd be
daft not to.
Greg: In general, the hotels or the hall or function room are
good with it because it enhances their image too having a
Digger: What are the most enjoyable aspects of what you do?
Greg: Seeing people having a great time.
Digger: People must appreciate the hard work you put in?
Greg: Yes, they do.
Digger: It keeps you fit and you donít need to go to the gym
Greg: Thatís true.
Digger: Who are your 'typical' customers?
Greg: Our biggest customer base is in the wedding sector,
however we are kept busy particularly through the winter
months by a range of corporate customers and charity functions
along with many birthdays throughout the rest of the year.
Digger: What plans do you have for the future of Dance Floors
For Hire? More of the same?
Greg: Yes, and we have a couple of new developments in the
Digger: You canít tell us what they are?
Greg: Not really. At the moment but we have many ideaís in
which we can adopt the existing dance floors which we
currently stock, one of which includes being able to play
video through the floors.
Digger: The Scottish have always been at the front of so
many great inventions considering they have such a small
population. Itís amazing.
Greg: It is and itís part of the tradition to come up with
something new and innovative ourselves. We have received
awards for what we do and got an award based on feedback from
Digger: Well done for the award. What was it?
Greg: Thank you. It was the Vows Award and we won it in 2009
and in 2010 and were nominated by previous clients. That's how
you get nominated. We had to meet certain criteria to be
Digger: That must be very satisfying receiving an award based
on customer satisfaction?
Greg: It was and it was very encouraging for us.
Digger: Thanks for talking to us about what youíd doing
Greg: Thanks David.
Floors For Hire
for hire is part of the Crawford event hire group, who
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