Feedback: Prompt delivery and good communication. Good quality shed and the fitter went out of his way to put it up and called to let me know about an uneven base and usually meant it would not be put up. I REALLY appreciated that.
Response: Thanks for your comments. I'm pleased communication was good and delivery was quick. We do have some good staff being a family business so it's nice to know they sorted the problem for you. I hope your new shed will be of great service to you.
I think we are all fully aware of the marketing ploys of the insurance companies from singing tenors, confused.com, to Sheila Wheels, to Churchill with the bulldog and Compare the market with a load of meerkats. I think the majority of people find them quite endearing and can't get their jingles out of their heads. This is what they want so that you think of them when you come to renew your car insurance.
The talking meerkats campaign has been particularly successful and is well viewed on YouTube as a range of cuddly toys and souvenirs are available and the fact there is a family of them is appealing to many people. Using this campaign they have built up a large following on the social media as well as on TV. To me I find it quite irritating and turn away when they are on TV.
If they were a genuine family they would have a garden, possibly with a garden shed for them to sleep in, where they could get up to their activities. This to me, being in the garden shed business would mean I would be more likely to watch it. However, I do understand that most people just see garden sheds as a place to dump things in away from the house. The lawnmower, garden furniture and DIY tools should live down there not meerkats. It's a good job we are all different.
Meerkats are part of the mongoose family and are quite nasty creatures, not at all cuddly in real life. They are really ruthless predators and will eat anything, apparently even their own young which is disgusting, you never want to trust a meekat, but that would not be any good for this advertising campaign. However, somehow the advertisers have made these nasty creatures appealing.
However, a family from Plymouth have taken their love of meerkats to a different level by creating an haven for them in their garden. Mark Carthy turned the garden into an ideal home for these furry creatures and have erected a sandpit 4 ft deep, a grassed garden area and also added a water feature for the animals to play in. I'm not sure where they are living but a small garden shed or hut would give them protection in the colder months or at night.
Timber and Wooden Summerhouses These meerkats were a gift for his partner's birthday. He was told that they would not be able to tame them but they have them eating out of their hands. So it would appear that even meerkats won't bite the hand that feeds them. They hope in time that the meerkats will breed in their own little garden and, if so, this will mean an increase in the food bill which includes meat, fruit and insects.
To me I would not even have them anywhere near my garden and certainly not in my garden shed. It might seem cruel as they could shelter away from the cold as they normally live in desert type areas of the world but they should not really be in this country. Their natural habitat is the Kalahari Desert, and certainly not Banstead, and live in family groups of between 20 and up to 50. Under normal circumstances one will stand upright on guard, with the head swivelling about, whilst the rest search for food or hunt.