Thank you to all of the Chelsea visitors that took time to call upon our stand during Chelsea Flower Show 2009. It was a massive success for Bulldog Tools, with an increase of 30% over the previous year. What a delight it was to talk with all of the garden enthusiasts that use the Bulldog brand, or were only discovering the brand for the first time.
What struck the team us most was the enthusiasm by our visitors for the fact that Bulldog tools are still made here in Wigan, England. Quality was also a big talking point. It was good to hear that many members of the public are tired with buying poor quality tools. Instead they want tools that will last “a lifetime”.
One woman in particular took time to tell us the story of her own particular Bulldog spade that had been handed down to her by her grandfather. We worked out that the tool was probably in excess of 100 years old and still being used in the garden to this day!
As always our ratchet secateurs, mini pruning set and topiary shears were a massive success. However this year we saw a big increase in the number of spades and forks purchased. One of our best sellers was the Bulldog Hedging Spear. This is one of our favourites and always is a success at the flower shows. Its narrow blade makes it perfect for planting and transplanting, as well as digging in smaller spaces.
It was a brilliant week, the weather was kind to us and we feel encouraged that the Bulldog brand is growing once again in the mind of the consumer-gardener to be recognised for the quality brand that it is.
Thank you to all of our visitors, we look forward to seeing you again at BBC Gardeners World, at the NEC in June.