Bentleys of Pontefract is run by myself, Paul Meakin and my two sons Oliver & Max. We were established in October 2011 and incorporated in 2014. You may wonder why we are called "Bentleys" when my family name is Meakin; my wife said "Meakins" sounds like a pie shop rather than a design led outdoor lifestyle company, so when we started the business in back in 2011 we named the business after our family Beagle, Bentley and it stuck.
I've always had an interest in architectural planting and back in 2010 I happened upon a supplier who had some of the largest planters and specimen plants/ trees I had ever seen and I realised that in the West Yorkshire area there was a lack of suppliers for quality specimen plants and trees like these so I started to think.
It soon also came apparent that customers who wanted larger trees/plants and planters had problems transporting them to where they were needed to be as some items can weigh up to 600kg. So I included a "White Glove" delivery service.
Then I quickly learned that offering fantastic plants/ trees and planters was not enough as clients found it hard to visualise the finished article, for example a large 2 meter Trachycarpus palm tree in a 100cm x 70cm earthenware urn! So what did I decide to do? I started creating the complete item on site in a showroom so that customers could see lots of examples of the complete item to give them inspiration, voila....the Bentleys showroom was created and we also moved to offering free on site consultation so we could start to give free advise to help our customers get the right look and feel they wanted.
Since the businesses inception it has continued to change and grow. In 2013 we moved from 1500 square feet to a 10,000 square foot facility to accommodate more choice of specimen trees and the largest selection of planters available anywhere, a whole floor of stunning outdoor furniture and other outdoor lifestyle items. I also realised that todays business needed to offer an online shop and catalogue of quality products so that those customers that could not physically visit Bentleys could still have quality items for their gardens.
We needed to offer something no one else offers and now the business offers a service unlike any other in the UK; bespoke planters sprayed in any colour the customer wants, a nationwide free consultation to help the customer get the perfect look and feel that they want, solutions for ensuring that we can really give the wow factor to any space.
We have also forged some fantastic relationships with the best growers across Europe and pot suppliers from around the world and we have realised that we are able to produce some of the most beautiful items you will have ever seen. We have the choice, the products and knowledge to make your dreams come true.
If you want that perfect outdoor living space in your perfect look and feel then the answer is "YES", now what was it you needed?. We have built a reputation on service and quality and we guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Meet The Team
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