July’s smoking ban could spark a surge in sales of outbuildings as pubs and clubs race to buy cabins where punters can light up under shelter.
Firms such as Hillhout are targeting wooden gazebos at restaurants, inns and local authorities in time for the indoor ban in England from 1 July.
“Wood products lend themselves to pubs and clubs because of planning restrictions,” said manager Rosemary Harrison-Page of Hillhout UK, based in Beccles, Suffolk. “They stand a better chance than brick or higher buildings and are cheaper and more convenient. We are advertising in licencees’ publications.”
Stagecraft’s new “entrance pack”, comprising two planters, rubbish bin and ashtray is aimed at garden centres. It hopes to sell 100 of the £450 sets in the first year, notching up £45,000.
“We are using the smoking ban as a jolt,” said managing director Tom Davis in Llandrindod Wells, Powys. “People must act on smoking, and they can also tidy up the front of premises.”
Managing director Larry Jones of Luton-based Mitie Lyndhurst Services said: “The smoking ban will create opportunities for the industry, encouraging our leisure and retail clients to improve outside areas.
“We are already getting work installing landscape features and maintaining areas where litter, cigarette stubs and wear and tear are a problem.”
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