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Student night - 4th Nov

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Having been to University myself, I know what a night these can be so we are organising one which will be hosted by and at Brookbank London in Waltham Abbey near the new Olympic WW course. It is an evening for all students to gather together and socialise with free beer, food and music. Everyone who comes will be given a goodie bag and we will be hosting a raffle on the evening too. Not only that but there will be discounts on all paddling kit in store. The prizes are as follows;

1st prize - Nookie Paddle Bag, Happy 2B Helmet, Immersion Research Getler Shorts and a Yak Sak
2nd prize - Nookie Paddle Bag, Immersion Research Getler Shorts
3rd prize - Nookie Paddle Bag

It is going to be one hell of a night! The event will happen on Thursday 4th November 2010 from 6pm-10pm. For futher enquiries please contact us on 01992 711611 or london@brookbank.co.uk

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Excuse me! Why is this limited to just students? The purpose of an event like this is marketing, to sell more products and brand awareness etc. I thought students were poor, how come potential customers in the real world aren't invited???
Is my hard earned money not good enough for Brookbank? If not I will happily take my sheckles elsewhere.
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But why is this limited to just students?
This is Brilliant, Kayaking isnt always as easy for students to assess as it maybe adults. Its nice to have something for them, and with there being stuff reduced thats great for students on a budget. Brookbank hosted Rush and Tyler for the premier of an amazing film, and I know will be hosting many great events to come.
An event like this is marketing, to sell more products
^ Surely thats the purpose of a shop? You can walk into any canoe shop whenever you want to buy anything. You hardly ever see canoe shops organising many events outside their yearly demo day, Brookbank have already hosted loads of great events this year and havent even been open a year! Good on brookbank.

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HarryWats0n wrote:
But why is this limited to just students?
This is Brilliant, Kayaking isnt always as easy for students to assess as it maybe adults. Its nice to have something for them, and with there being stuff reduced thats great for students on a budget. Brookbank hosted Rush and Tyler for the premier of an amazing film, and I know will be hosting many great events to come.
It would be interesting to see the split between students/adults in paddling. There are a LOT of students paddling out there who seem to manage to get the latest shiny piece of paddling kit along with the latest Macbook and still cry poverty. I know Brookbank host many events, events that everyone is invited to, though I haven't seen any of these events with free beer, food etc except this one. So why is this event exclusively for students? Are Brookbank going to do an event that is exclusivly for non students? I think not, as who's to say someone is or isn't a student. Over the past few years I have spent £1000s of pounds with the Brookbank empire, and was looking at spending well over a grand before christmas, but I think one of thier competitors will benifit now. Not that losing out on my hard earned will make a difference to them.
HarryWats0n wrote:
An event like this is marketing, to sell more products
^ Surely thats the purpose of a shop? You can walk into any canoe shop whenever you want to buy anything. You hardly ever see canoe shops organising many events outside their yearly demo day, Brookbank have already hosted loads of great events this year and havent even been open a year! Good on brookbank.
You have missunderstood my wording (I have amended it now). I know the purpose of an event is for marketing to get more footfall through the door, sell goods etc, my wife is a shop owner, we do marketing events all the time, it's business. So why limit an event to just one group of customers when your product is universal. The original post comes across to me as two fingers up to the non students of Brookbanks customer base. So if, as you make out, the minority of Brookbank customers is students, why limit an event with so many freebies (which have to be paid for somewhere along the line) and the potential to increase footfall and brand awareness, to the minority of your customer base?

The thing is that just in this thread is a potential for free marketing so I will fight the urge to keep this thread up :-)

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I'm doing evening classes, does that make me a student?

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peakfreak wrote: why limit an event with so many freebies (which have to be paid for somewhere along the line)
Yeah, and your paying for it Bren you mug.

Don't get me wrong I have a few friends who work at Brookbank, but most shops will do a better deal than Brookbank and be more greatful, sack the 10% take your custom to a proper paddlers shop, Robin Hood Water Sports, Windermere Canoe & Kayak or Kayaks North West. You'll get a coffee, boater chat, and a personal service...fook the bank!

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Ricks-Freestyle-Mind wrote:Yeah, and your paying for it Bren you mug.
Not any more I'm not! :-)
I think one of thier competitors will benifit now.

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but most shops will do a better deal than Brookbank and be more greatful
Thats complete crap! Brookbank London have a great set of staff with a very friendly manager, they give a fair discount and are of course greatful for your custom! They allways have a good stock level or will get the required item in. They didnt just happen to big one of the biggest paddling shops in the uk for nothing.

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HarryWats0n wrote:
but most shops will do a better deal than Brookbank and be more greatful
Thats complete crap! Brookbank London have a great set of staff with a very friendly manager, they give a fair discount and are of course greatful for your custom! They allways have a good stock level or will get the required item in. They didnt just happen to big one of the biggest paddling shops in the uk for nothing.
Maybe I am talking crap, I've never been to the London shop. A paddling shop where there's no rivers though?!?!?

I guess you were never around Brookbank when it first opened, 1998? 1999? It was different then. The paddling community is a small one, the people have changed within the sport, and now unfortunately, the shops seem to be going that way too!

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I've never been to the London shop.
Then why are people slagging it off? -
A paddling shop where there's no rivers though?!?!?
A paddling shop near-
- Lots of clubs/ paddlers who arent going to drive a great distance to demo kit
- A brand new world class whitewater facility
- A big sailing community and lots of sailing locations

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HarryWats0n wrote:
I've never been to the London shop.
Then why are people slagging it off? -
A paddling shop where there's no rivers though?!?!?
A paddling shop near-
- Lots of clubs/ paddlers who arent going to drive a great distance to demo kit
- A brand new world class whitewater facility
- A big sailing community and lots of sailing locations
Because no one likes Londoner's :-)

-There's clubs all over the country
-Good business move
-Brookbank WAS a canoe/kayak shop.

Anyway, just my opinions, don't take them personally.

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There's nothing wrong with student nights - that wouldn't stop me going there. It's just a marketing event like any other - I don't not go to my local pub just because OAP's can get sunday lunch for a fiver.

What would stop me is the fact that when I ordered a new helmet from BB last year, it arrived in a plastic postbag with just a layer of bubblewrap round it, not even a box. Can't say I was overly impressed.

Anyway shouldn't this be a commercial post....?
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HarryWats0n wrote:Then why are people slagging it off?
Because Brookbank are a chain of shops, each as disappointing as the last... I have no reason to believe that I would have a better experience in London after visiting Stockport, Lancaster and Carlisle to get wide ranging mediocrity at best.

A student night is neither here nor there, as any student worth their salt will be begging at least the amount of discount offered off in a normal situation. Clearly drink-shopping is going to end in more purchases though.
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Seeing is believing...

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The student night is open to everyone, we are not going to ask for student cards on the way in. Any student is welcome either college, university, evening classes or post graduate. Or if you used to be a student. The idea of the student night is to give the teams a chance to socialise prior to Tyne Tour in Hexham that weekend which is popular with University teams. Often too, student clubs are a good opportunity for people to try out the sport as I have experienced from my University club supporting local events and scouting groups.

We do have an event for London aimed at everyone with equally good discounts and entertainment on the 4th December for the 1st Birthday. Here there will also be food and drink as there was when the shop opened last year. The purpose of the events is a social opportunity and to bring paddling to the masses.

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It is an evening for all students to gather together and socialise with free beer, food and music. Everyone who comes will be given a goodie bag and we will be hosting a raffle on the evening too. Not only that but there will be discounts on all paddling kit in store. The prizes are as follows...

Wow, never thought I'd hear people complain at a generous offer like that! Well done Brookbank.
TheKrikkitWars wrote:Maybe I am talking crap, I've never been to the London shop. A paddling shop where there's no rivers though?!?!?
Yes, you're talking crap. If you haven't been then you obviously aren't aware of the large number of paddling clubs both in and around London.

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A paddling shop where there's no rivers though
Covent Garden is heaving with outdoors shops, not a mountain, hillside or even a green space in sight.....

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My Son wants to know if he can come as he is a student paddler , but he is only in year 8.... !

Congratulations on your first anniversary, I remember back to all the hard work you put in last year to get the shop ready for the opening.

The London shop has great staff and a good range of stock as well well worth paying a visit if you are in town or across the road at the lee valley whitewater centre.


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ps The kids say the sofa area at the back where you can chillout and watch paddling DVD's rocks !

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"Ricks-Freestyle-Mind
Maybe I am talking crap, I've never been to the London shop. A paddling shop where there's no rivers though?!?!?

The 2012 slalom course in virtually next door to the shop and the River Lee is outside the front door. Don't forget that London has the Thames runing through it too ( That's the blue strip on the Eastenders TV Title Screen) .

It is not quite a steep mountian stream, but paddling through Westminster on a fast 7 meter spring ebb tide dodging high speed thames clippers, bridge pillars and moored barges is sporting. Sometimes armed police in thier black rib will buzz you too just to add to the excitment. Not sure how this particular hazard affects the grading ?

It is a river mate , but just not as you know it.... ;-)

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garya wrote:It is not quite a steep mountian stream, but paddling through Westminster on a fast 7 meter spring ebb tide dodging high speed thames clippers, bridge pillars and moored barges is sporting. Sometimes armed police in thier black rib will buzz you too just to add to the excitment. Not sure how this particular hazard affects the grading ?

It is a river mate , but just not as you know it.... ;-)

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Sorry, the Thames doesn't interested me for boating and you've not sold the idea to me. But thanks for the offer anyway.

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RichA wrote:
Ricks-Freestyle-Mind, not TheKrikkitWars wrote:Maybe I am talking crap, I've never been to the London shop. A paddling shop where there's no rivers though?!?!?
Yes, you're talking crap. If you haven't been then you obviously aren't aware of the large number of paddling clubs both in and around London.
Pardon me? Rick is [in your opinion] talking crap...
My comment has bugger all to do with the paddling locations around London (I would be wholly unopposed to living within striking distance of Hurley or Shepperton, the rest of the Thames could go fish for all I care mind).
Ricks-Freestyle-Mind wrote:
HarryWats0n wrote:
but most shops will do a better deal than Brookbank and be more greatful
Thats complete crap! Brookbank London have a great set of staff with a very friendly manager, they give a fair discount and are of course greatful for your custom! They allways have a good stock level or will get the required item in. They didnt just happen to big one of the biggest paddling shops in the uk for nothing.
Maybe I am talking crap, I've never been to the London shop. A paddling shop where there's no rivers though?!?!?
I guess you were never around Brookbank when it first opened, 1998? 1999? It was different then. The paddling community is a small one, the people have changed within the sport, and now unfortunately, the shops seem to be going that way too!
For what it's worth, my dealings with Brookbank seem to have been simmilar to Rick's, and I would definately agree that the Brookbank group don't do as good a deal as other paddling shops.
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Ricks-Freestyle-Mind wrote: Because no one likes Londoner's :-)
I see the great north/south love/hate thing is still going strong where the south loves itself and the north hates it for it....
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NB/ Someone with far more time on their hands than I do told me that he'd researched the matter and discovered that paddlers (ie people who paddle a canoe or kayak) generally follow national demographics and that therefore something like 25% of the UK's paddlers live inside the M25. Or something -- God alone knows the exact percentage but you get the idea.
The M25 is a large circular motorway we have down south that surrounds London, for anyone from the boonies who was unaware....
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Apologies, it seems I miss-quoted Krikkit and RFM in my last post and can't edit it. My point still stands though, just obviously for the other person.

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Randy Fandango wrote:
The M25 is a large circular motorway we have down south that surrounds London
Ah, but was it like Harian's Wall, built to keep non Londorner's out, or built by non Londoner's to keep Londoner's in?
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GaryM wrote:
Randy Fandango wrote:
The M25 is a large circular motorway we have down south that surrounds London
Ah, but was it like Harian's Wall, built to keep non Londorner's out, or built by non Londoner's to keep Londoner's in?
Some might like that second option although personally I've always believed it was built to turn into a large car park twice a day, to keep London's roads running slightly more freely.
Actually I was waiting for some pedant to point out that it doesn't actually surround London since its not circular, having a start and an end that are several miles apart.
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All students are welcome, it could be a good chance for him to meet other people. Of course though being in year 8 he will not be able to have a beer! And yes, tell him that he is not the only one that likes the sofa area. When I get the chance I too have a cheeky sit!

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RichA wrote:
ricks-freestyle-mind wrote:Maybe I am talking crap, I've never been to the London shop. A paddling shop where there's no rivers though?!?!?
Yes, you're talking crap.
Yeah okay!

Well, having visited all the other Brookbank stores (have you Harry?), why will the London one be any different? I'll take your word for it Harry, that they have a fantastic manager and a great team, who are greatful and respect the boating community. Hopefully the London branch can be a role model for the other stores.

As for a great deal. I've never been offered a great deal at Brookbank.

Less of the negativity. At least Brookbank are offering something out, maybe to get rid of dead stock with the new freshers (but what's wrong with that?, ready for the new stuff, but that's business!

And Giles, nothing personal. Londoners are great. :-I

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(have you Harry?)
Nope, absolutely none, why would I need to? I have a great demo venue on my doorstep!

Anyway - I dont get why you guys are complaining, your names claim your from up north which is a good few hours drive. Are you actually gonna drive all that way for a beer and pizza??? - No, your not.

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Harry, That almost sounds like a challenge!
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Hi everyone,

I am glad that everyone is so passionate about Brookbank London - we opened only 10 months ago and have strived to offer good customer service plus honest advice...

Yes Student Night is a marketing opportunity for BB London and also offers students a bit of discount in these difficult economic times we are all trying to cope with...

But as I said we have only been open since 5th December 2009 and the good news for non-students is that we have been planning a major birthday party on Saturday and Sunday (4/5 December) for ALL our customers old and new - this will be an amazing offer of 15% of ALL kit that is in stock and yes there will be booze, food and music too! Don't say we don't try and spoil you all!!

As a newbie to paddling I have met many of you in the store over the last 10 months and it has been a delight to get to know the paddling community - the staff in BB London are all passionate about getting you the right gear with hopefully (if we aren't too busy) a cuppa tea and a biscuit (has been known to stretch to a donut).

Hope to see you all either at the Student Night or our 1st Birthday Party...

As always we are here to serve you all the best we can!!

Simon - Manager - BB London

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