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Win With Wood Competition Reminder

Win with Wood 1st PrizeDon’t forget to get your entries in by the closing date of Friday 30th September 2016 for this year’s win with wood competition for a chance to win prizes worth over £400.00.

 
Entries can be anything from a piece of art, front door, wooden furniture and summerhouse, anything that has been coloured and protected using Protek wood stains.
 
FIRST PRIZE – A Cotswold 5ft wooden bench from Hutton Garden and Landscaping Products RRP £325.00 plus free tins of Protek Royal Superior Wood Finish worth £115.00 and a selection of garden goodies.
 
Runner up prize for Win with Wood 2016A lucky runner up will receive a prize of an attractive Worthing hanging bird table donated by Hutton Garden Products. A discount voucher for the Protek Wood Stain online store will also be awarded to all competition entrants.
 
Win with WoodPhotos should be taken at 300dpi and as high a quality as possible. Please send your entrants to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or through our website.
 
For terms and conditions plus full entry details please visit our Win with Wood page.
 
Good luck, we can’t wait to see more amazing transformations.
 
Top of the Pots – Retail Colour Review January to August 2016

Win with Wood 2016 Competition

We constantly review and monitor the colours that we sell at Protek to look at current tastes and trends. Comparing our top ten bestselling colours with last year the mover and shakers are;

 

2.5 Litre Royal Exterior – Cornish Cream has taken top spot swopping places with Sage Leaf. Mendip Mist and Silver Grey have both moved up 2 places while Black has dropped from 6th to 9th place.

 

5 Litre Royal Exterior – Golden Oak is the big mover this year moving from 5th all the way to the No. 1 bestselling. Surprisingly Mendip Mist was in 3rd last year has dropped out of the top ten for the first time. Spring Green and Snow have now moved up into the top ten.

 

1 Litre Wood Stain & Protector – Ebony is the colour with all the moves, going from 10th last year to 4th spot while; Parsonage Cream has dropped from 2nd to 5th. Silver Fir and Lilac are out of the top ten replaced by the trendy modern tones of Gun Metal Grey and Grass Green.

 

5 Litre Wood Stain & Protector – For the first time Spruce has gone from the bestselling list with Lilac just missing out. There is a new appearance for the cool and contemporary shades of Silver Fir and Sky Grey Blue.

 

2.5 Litre Decking Stain – Clear has lost top spot and dropped down to 3rd with Rustic Oak taking 1st place.

 

5 Litre Shed & Fence – Russet is the main mover going from 6th to 3rd spot this year while Cedar has dropped from 4th to 6th on the bestselling list.

 

For the full list of the top ten bestselling colours in each range check out the Top Of The Pots August 2016.

 
Protek’s colours set a hard course

We are delighted to have been involved with Wilton Horse Trials in its fortieth year held on the last weekend of July. Organiser and course builder Anthony Ffooks visited Protek and was impressed with the large colour range on offer and how these would enhance his course. He used the Wood Stain and Protector to grand effect on the Wagon Fence, Fairey Wishing Well and even found the perfect skin tone in Royal Rose Pink for his rather large mermaid! The rustic fences were treated with the traditional Shed & Fence in Rosewood and complimentary Gold. Anthony said “I found that the great choice of vibrant colours were perfect for my Horse Trials jumps and were admired by everyone at the Event. The coverage and ease of use was fabulous”. We are increasing sales into the equestrian and animal housing market with our Stable Coat range that is animal friendly and easy to use alongside the vibrant colours in our other products.  We look forward to seeing what Anthony creates using our colours next year!

 
Mid Somerset Show Sunday August 21st 2016

Heavy morning rain clears for another spectacular show day. Protek once again sponsored the local Mid Somerset Show and were individually involved in as competitors, stewards, Vice Presidents and spectators.  It is a traditional one day agricultural show whose Main Ring entertains Hunters, Show Jumpers, Heavy Horses, Scurry racers and the prestigious Livestock Parade where the champion pigs, cattle and sheep compete for the Best in Show.

 

It is now a firm tradition that we leave work early to go and help set up for the pre-show party on Friday afternoon. Protek is part of a close rural community and the Mid Somerset show is a day to celebrate and appreciate local life whilst sampling some of its outstanding produce
As well as vintage vehicles and the hugely popular dog show the vast marques hold the South West Cheese Awards and the Somerset Cider Championship. Definitely something for everyone.
 
If you ever find yourself in Somerset on the 3rd Sunday in any August then come and join the Protekees at this special 160 year old show.
 
Mid Somerset Show 2016
 
 
Are You Loving Your Garden?

Love your gardenWe certainly have been as the 2016 series of ‘Love Your Garden’ featured a wonderful array of Protek wood stains.

 

The team amazed us yet again with the most heart-warming and sometimes heart-breaking, collection of stories and delightful garden transformations. Caroline’s garden in episode 4 was a wonderful collection of garden rooms where Protek’s Whitewash in the Wood Stain & Protector range was used to decorate the Mutt Hut and show jump themed fencing and arch, with Royal Exterior Black being used to make a design statement of her garden building.

 

Love your gardenProtek’s Wood Stain & Protector range was also used in a variety of colours to create the beautiful and peaceful prayer pagoda in Hari’s garden seen in episode 3. A combination of Cornflower, Bristol Blue, Poppy and Primrose were combined skilfully to great effect with Francis using Primrose and Whitewash to create the floral stencil pattern on the flooring.

 

Another favourite was the cruise inspired theme in Rosie’s garden that contained some fantastic planting and inspirational ideas such as the roped tyre planters and amazing pirate play area that will be the envy of every child. Protek’s Royal Exterior in Porcelain Blue and Snow were used on the fencing to create a wavy sea effect with Somerset Blue and Snow being used on the coastal bench design.

 

We hope you’ve been inspired to get into your garden and see how creative you can get with Protek’s colours; and don’t forget to enter our Win with Wood competition!

 
This month's colours – AUGUST 2016

August’s colours come from inspiration for the seaside and hopefully lots of visits we are going to make this month. Subtle colours that could let the imagination run riot when painting garden furniture or even those tired terracotta pots..

 

Protek Royal Exterior - Drawing Room Gold     Protek Royal Exterior - Cornish Cream     Protek Royal Exterior Wood Stain - Egg Shell Blue    Protek Royal Exterior - Somerset Blue

 
All Afloat at Protek

Hampton Court Floating PontoonProtek’s retail wood stains have featured at another star-studded RHS garden show. RHS Hampton Court Palace selected Protek’s Decking Stain in Rustic Oak to refresh and rejuvenate the main floating pontoon that carries thousands of visitors across the water at the iconic RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

 
Following Floyd’s Climbers huge success at RHS Chelsea Flower Show Marcel once again chose Protek Royal Exterior wood finish to transform his stand at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show into a delightful country cottage theme. Marcel constructed planters and a picket fence to show off his specialist clematis and roses, using Royal Exterior in French Lilac and Somerset Blue to decorate them and upcycle an old bench.
 
Protek’s wood stains have also returned to the small screen as ITV1s ratings winner “Love Your Garden” used them again to create amazing garden makeovers. A wide variety of Protek’s colours from their Wood Stain & Protector and Royal Exterior ranges were used in all 6 episodes of the series.
 
Caroline from Protek says “It has been an honour to be part of the series again and this year they created a diverse range of incredible garden designs. I loved watching the presenters and gardening team members getting busy with our stains and particularly enjoyed watching Alan Titchmarsh painting terracotta pots using our Wood Stain & Protector tubs”.
 
Protek are now busily preparing for GLEE at the NEC where they will be exhibiting all of their products, merchandising and POS material at stand 20L32.
 
Marcel Floyd
 
Show Season in Somerset

to The Bishop’s Palace in Wells Somerset to support their annual ‘English Country Garden Festival’Back in June we returned to The Bishop’s Palace in Wells Somerset to support their annual ‘English Country Garden Festival’.  It was great to meet so many interesting people from local area and a large number of international visitors.

 
This great event brings together some of the best local plant nurseries, specialist growers, local produce and a wide array of beautiful arts, crafts & garden sculptures.
 
We took the opportunity to showcase the new Restol Wood Oil range alongside our Royal Exterior wood finish range. Part of our display was a Storage Shed from Hutton Garden Products that we had madeover using Restol UV Natural Extra clear on the exterior walls, Dark Oak on the trims and floor and Whitewash on the interior walls. The shed drew a lot of attention with many people taking pictures of it, talking about it and stroking it!
 

Family Fun Day

Next year the festival will be held from the 9th to 11th June 2017 and in the meantime this year we are also sponsoring two fantastic local events.
 
Protek are sponsoring a jump at the Wilton Horse Trials on the 30th and 31st July 2016. It’s a superb event that attracts some of the best names, coming highly recommended by all.
 
Mid Somerset Show
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The Mid-Somerset Show is another very popular local event held down the road from our factory in Shepton Mallet. Held on Sunday 21st August 2016 this is one of the largest free country shows in the UK and is a wonderful day out for all.
 
How To Protect Your Shed with Restol

How To Protect Your Shed with RestolThis year we have teamed up with Hutton Garden Products, local manufacturers of high quality timber garden products.

 

We have been busy producing a series of ‘How To’ and makeover videos that will be building into a garden makeover series. The first of these videos is now available on our YouTube channel showing a beautiful transformation of the shed using Restol Wood Oil as a water-proof coloured coating.

 

Hutton have also very generously donated a superb garden bench for the star prize in this year’s Win with Wood competition, and a gorgeous hanging bird table for a lucky runner-up.

 
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