Posts Tagged ‘waterbeds’

A Genuine ‘thanks’ to High & Dry Waterbeds.

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

My name is Paul, (the good looking one on the left)  I’m 52 and was born with spina bifida. As a result I spend my days in my wheelchair and like most of us I spend my nights in bed. This is where my story begins back in 1986 when doctors found a cyst on my right ankle. Incidentally this was the year of the Mexico world cup.

Three years later the cyst on my ankle would not heal due to the pressure from my mattress. It was so serious that the doctors were considering amputating my foot.

In 1989 I visited some friends that happened to own a waterbed. I figured they must have been crazy or kinky or both. They loved it so much that they went on and on about how good it was and said I could try it because it would be good for my back and legs. I can honestly say that night changed my life. I slept so well, and although the cyst didn’t normally hurt I could tell that I had found the solution. (Still got my legs as you can see)

Me & Peter in the waterbed shop

Me & Peter in the waterbed shop

Even back then High & Dry Waterbeds had a shop in Portsmouth. I was up against it for money so I bought myself a simple style pine hardside waterbed. It was absolutely brilliant for comfort and nice and warm in the winter. The only problem I had was that I was finding it a struggle to transfer in and out of the wheelchair over the solid pine edge

Ten years later, at the Southsea Show High & Dry were exhibiting their new range.
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Death of the high street from a waterbed and adjustable bed retailer.

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

A short story cut long!

Should we move the retail of waterbeds and adjustable beds from Southsea high street to our factory in Chichester? 

High & Dry Waterbeds had it’s first waterbed shop in the Tricorn shopping centre, Some of you may remember it. That was in 1989 twenty two years ago. Electric adjustable beds and nursing care beds were introduced shortly after and so High & Dry Waterbeds became High & Dry Manufacturing Ltd.

Rather than throwing money away paying rent, High & Dry Waterbeds purchased a retail shop on Milton Road, Portsmouth. Back Care Beds purchased the shop on Elm Grove, Southsea. At the time both were good thriving high street locations.

Waterbed & Adjustable Bed Shop in Portsmouth

Waterbed & Adjustable Bed Shop in Portsmouth

It is assumed that we must find a solution to the decline of the high street but maybe it is just evolution. Why is it such a problem that the local butchers close?

Thirteen years ago we took the decision to merge our two shops for a number of reasons. Firstly was a severe lack of parking, and as we were so close to Portsmouth football ground, on a weekend when Pompey were playing at home parking was almost impossible. (more…)

Workshop Reduced to £199,999

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

High & Dry Manufacturing Ltd have out grown our workshop and have decided to sell our freehold commercial property in Chichester, West Sussex.

Having made the decision to sell our freehold commercial property in Almodington near Chichester, West Sussex we have decided to market the workshop ourselves.

• Valuation and asking price £250,000

• A very pleasant property to work in.

• Gross internal floor area of 3,335 sq ft

• Situated on it’s own surrounding land of Approximately 10,600 sq ft

• Close to Chichester, Chichester harbour and Witterings, Portsmouth 20 miles

• On a private road in the beautiful village of Almodington, West Sussex

• Commercial property with B1 (office and light industrial type uses)

• Showroom area

• Lots of parking

• Investment opportunity to rent as out as a whole or divide into three units

• Valued to give a rental income of £1,650 Per Month

• Well insulated. Block work walls, insulated and timber cladding

• Double glazed

• 3 Phase power

• Fire doors throughout

• Designed so that internal walls can easily be re positioned.

• No VAT

Location.

The workshop is in an idyllic village called Almodington 1.5 miles from the sea with clean sandy beaches at Bracklesham and the Witterings. Close to Chichester Yacht Basin and Dell Quay with international windsurfing at West Wittering beach. Four miles from the cathedral city of Chichester on a private road with good access. 20 miles to Portsmouth.The road is kept in good condition through the ‘First Avenue Roads Committee’ The road and village has a nice community spirit.

History.

It is unusual that there should be a commercial property in the village as most of the properties were designated as horticultural use. (more…)

Should we move the retail of waterbeds and adjustable beds?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Should we move the retail of waterbeds and adjustable beds from Portsmouth to Chichester? First a brief outline of the business structure.

A short story cut long.

High & Dry Waterbeds had it’s first shop in the Tricorn shopping centre, Some of you may remember it. That was in 1989 twenty two years ago. Electric adjustable beds and nursing care beds were introduced shortly after and so High & Dry Manufacturing Ltd became the umbrella company .

Rather than throwing money away paying rent, High & Dry Waterbeds purchased a retail shop on Milton Road, Portsmouth, and Back Care Beds purchased the shop on Elm Grove, Southsea.

Adjustable bed and waterbed Shop in Portsmouth

Adjustable bed and waterbed Shop in Portsmouth

Thirteen years ago we took the decision to merge the two shops for a number of reasons.
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Ex-display & used waterbeds

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

From time to time we will change the waterbeds in our showroom. We may update our retailers display, or we may take away an unwanted waterbed when a customer is modernising and buying a new waterbed. If the price of a new bed is out of your reach at this time, keep checking our ex-display & used waterbeds list. it is also worth pointing out that you may actually be surprised how low our prices are, visit our build a bed feature.

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Adjustable bed and waterbed blogs

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The wheels are back in motion… This was our first blog and was first started back in January 2010 to get the ball rolling and this is as far as it got. We are now in April 2012 and have published sixty nine blogs. We are getting the hang of it, trying to make them more informative and interesting so that customers can get information, tips and advice. For example our blog on how to empty a waterbed mattress has helped many customers over the years. When we started writing we were given conflicting advice as far as how and why to add blogs to our website.

Keyword density, apparently keywords are picked up by Google to help rank our site higher. Originally we were told that 7% was the ideal density, in other words every fifteenth word should be a keyword. In our case it is ‘waterbeds’ ‘adjustable beds‘ and several other associated words. Not only does that make terrible reading but it is also considered as spam which Google penalizes. Whether we were given bad advice at the time or maybe Google has since changed the way it ranks content and we should only mention waterbeds or adjustable beds about three times in the whole blog. Now we have had to go back through all our badly written blogs and make them readable.

I’ll come back to this blog in a few more years and find it’s all changed again.