VIDEO: Business making a splash in the Forest of Dean
By Mark Owen and David Wood | 14th March 2023
An award-winning hot tubs business which was launched eight years ago is expanding and gearing up for its annual 'tour'.
Hot Tubs Rock, based at Marina Business Park, Lydney, was founded in 2015 by Angharad Wrigley.
In December, the business expanded to open Living by Velvet Estates in the upstairs of the showroom, selling gifts and furnishings.
When Punchline editor Mark Owen paid a visit to Hot Tubs Rock, Angharad said: "Downstairs we've got our hot tubs, garden furniture, outdoor kitchens, pizza ovens, Joe Brown's cushions, everything you could want to make your garden look beautiful."
Angharad said her favourite part of the building was a pergola with retractable sides and roof where "you can sit and watch the stars or you can push the button and close the roof".
"It's fully waterproof," she said. "If it starts raining, at the press of a button it becomes fully waterproof sat in gorgeous furniture. It's where we tend to hang out because it's really cosy in here."
Upstairs, Living by Velvet Estates houses a new range of high quality, indoor and outdoor furnishings, accessories and gifts.
Angharad said: "We needed to diversify a little bit and see what else we could offer because we offer all the outdoor living products. We thought it would make sense to do indoor too. We've got some occasional furniture, candles, gifts, cushions, as many local bits as we could find, and just a really eclectic mix of gorgeousness in my opinion. And it smells good!
"We chose only the best suppliers and local businesses and then hand-pick our favourite products.
Angharad is particularly proud of the bar area which houses the tills which is made from recycled car parts.
During Punchline's visit we found Angharad's partner Joe, who runs JM Electrical, working on creating a new showroom which will house more hot tubs, a pergola and garden furniture.
Joe said: "It's a bit chaotic at the moment but it's all going to come good within the next few weeks. We're expanding - we've got lots of hot tubs to go in here. We're redoing the whole thing. We're looking to create a garden inside the building."
As for business, Angharad said: "January has been really, really good, February not so bad and March is looking pretty exciting. So it's on the up."
Every year Hot Tubs Rock goes 'on tour' around the region's various shows.
Angharad explained: "We make sure that we take the tubs on tour. We can't just sit in the showroom and hope that people will turn up. It's really important that we get out and get the opportunity to engage with people.and talk to them about hot tubs.
"We do the Malvern shows - the Spring, Three Counties and the Autumn - and last year those three shows were responsible for 20% or our turnover. We also do all the smaller local agricultural shows like Usk, Chepstow, the Cotswold Show and this year we will be doing Monmouth.
"It just gives us the opportunity to engage with people in a non-pressurised environment. They haven't had to come to a hot tub showroom, they're out having a nice time. They can ask us questions, we can answer them honestly and we had two people in the last week who saw us last year in Malvern and have come in and bought tubs.
"It gives that brand awareness, trust and consistency. We turn up to the same events and people come looking for us, so it's a really, really important part of our business year."
Hot Tubs Rock and Living by Velvet Estates' range can all be seen in person in the Lydney showroom or purchased online.
To find out more about the business, call 01594 808844 or visit https://hottubsrock.co.uk
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