PapaShop at The Showman’s Show


Just over a week ago, the PapaShop team spent two wonderful days talking to our customers. And more importantly, listening to them!

We were at the Showman’s Show, the Uk’s original outdoor events show. Here we reflect on our time at the Show.

The Aims

Each year, over 350 exhibitors showcase their products and services to nearly 4500 visitors to the Showman’s Show . Stands include stunning temporary structures, the latest equipment & technology, event industry services (ie outdoor catering) and entertainment.

On the PapaShop stands, we took the opportunity to launch two new products!

Papaflex_Fire_Retardant_Event_ Mat_Logo
PapaFlex Fire Retardant Matting

Firstly, Papaflex FR.

PapaFlex FRis a World First. It is a fire retardant event matting not only ‘tested to’ relevant standards (BS4790), but one that passed with flying colours. In particular, it returned a staggering 625% improvement over existing polypropylene woven matting products. Simultaneously it passed ASTM D2859, for international markets.

Tightening regulations in today’s event and rental market are driving increasing demand for this product.


Festoon on Giant Shepherds Crook
Full package of Festoon Lighting

Secondly, Festoon Lighting.

Our Festoon Lighting is not entirely new. We have always sold our LED ‘filament’ Festoon Bulbs, which are both shatterproof and dimmable. However we have recently added Festoon Strands to our collection. 10m of commercial cable with 20 robust bulb connections – perfect for adding a touch of elegant glamour to any indoor or outdoor event!

Naturally, we displayed the rest of our high quality furnishing collection at the Showman’s Show as well. This includes Refurbished Oak Barrels, Oak Crossback Chairs, with interchangeable seat pads, Chiavari Chairs, Giant Shepherd Crooks, Outdoor Firepits & Standard PapaFlex Event Matting



The Joint Tentipi Stand
PapaShop’s joint stand with Tentipi


As always, PapaShop were delighted to share a stand with Tentipi, particularly as it was their 30th anniversary! This legendary Swedish company brought the first linking Nordic event tipis to the UK.

We have strong ties with Tipis. For one thing, PapaShop is a sister company to PapaKata, the worlds largest and leading tipi rental company. Hence many PapaShop products started out as a twinkle in the eyes of tipi customers!

For instance, PapaFlex Event Matting  was originally developed as an alternative to natural coir/coconut mats or vivid polypropylene mats. Our customers wanted something that looked natural and we wanted something which retained all the practicalities of polypropylene matting- durability, reversible, washable, lightweight, etc. It also needed shorter lead times than existing products.

One customer illustrated our achievement with this affirmation, “ “Client feedback on the pebble Papaflex has been fantastic. We’ve had all the mats out this season, jet-washed them and they’ve come up like new. Thank you for doing all our awkward sizes, and so quickly too!” Mike, Tents & Events

The CoverMarque Stand
PapaShop’s stand in the          CoverMarque Pavillion


For the first time, we also exhibited in CoverMarque’s Marquee Pavillion. We knew customers with different temporary structures such as stretch tents, marquees or sailcloth tents might not be drawn to a tipi!

We were in fantastic company. For a full list of CoverMarque exhibitors, please see the end of this article.


What we learned

It became clear during the Showman’s Show that some of the express benefits of our products had been lost over time. So here is our no-fuss list of furnishings!

In other news:

  • PapaShop is seeing increasing PapaFlex popularity in the US as a covered walkway matting.
  • We still get customers concerned about cleaning PapaFlex. It will show marks slightly more than a vivid or darker colour, but the small increase in washing is offset by how much it is loved and requested by customers. Like any polypropylene mat, PapaFlex will come clean with an industrial jetwash and turbo attachment. Even red wine comes out with gentle hand scrubbing! For more FAQs on Papaflex event matting, read this blog.
  • You would like us to offer
    • a rustic farmhouse table… watch this space!
    • LED Festoon Bulbs with bayonet fittings –done!
    • Rounded matting – done!

Feedback at the Showman’s Show is one of the main drives behind product development and innovation, so thank you for your help with this. We’re looking forward to The Showmans Show 2020 already!

Full list of CoverMarque exhibitors:

Covermarque – Insurance for Temporary Structures
J & J Carter – Temporary Structures including KUBE
TentPlanner – Event Design Tool
C. Scope – Cable Detection
Anchorbloc – Temporary Structure Restrainers
Watkins – Temporary Structure Heating
Bluestar Leasing – Product Finance
Groundscare – Site Levelling Tools
YSLV – Visual Solutions
Entertee – Security fencing, stage barriers
Oasis Event Doors – Temporary Structure Doors
Clayzer – Mobile Clay pigeon Shooting
Beetlejuice – Mobile Bars
Nyama – Catering
Mmm! Coffee – Coffee
The 1st Stop Marquee Stake House – Temporary Structure Stakes
Kayospruce – Temporary Structure Accessories
MUTA – Trade Association
Artura – Temporary Structure Structural Engineers
Simply Sound and Lighting – Keder Clamps
Rochesters Event Flooring – Marquee Carpets and Event hire services
Richard Paul Russell – Wind and weather measurement products
STL Production Group – Production Company – Generators
Shoot4goal – A Batak Wall

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