Welcome to C & L Finescale Modelling Ltd
NEWS UPDATE - Sunday 11th September 2016
1) Pete's change of role
With effect from Monday 12th September Pete will be stepping away from a full time role at C&L. His back problems have not improved and following medical advice, he has decided to take a big step back from the day to day running, covering perhaps only 2 to 3 hours per week. He will be involved in other things in order to maintain his sanity and keep physically mobile and is likely to visit the industrial unit at Aran Lodge once or twice a week. The existing staff will be carrying on running the business just as before. The only visible difference might be a slight increase in the time taken to answer emails which only Pete can deal with, e.g. those concerning business issues. Messages relating to other subjects such as orders, stock and delivery will be handled by C&L staff as now.
Please note that our Shop will now close at 4pm each day, due to Pete not being around. However there should be very few occasions where it will now be necessary to close the shop on a Friday thanks to the staff and the main stand not being required for shows.
2) Attendance at Shows
C&L will not be attending this year's Warley event at the NEC. A detailed review of sales and costs has shown that last November's event was not profitable, even though the sales were very good. Unfortunately the high costs for stand rent, hotels and staff wages exceeded the profit made from the high level of sales. The review also showed that all of the larger shows suffered in a similar way, and therefore with a couple of exceptions, most shows will now be staffed by Phil Reid using the 12 foot London based stand, rather than the larger Bristol based stand. The fact that Pete can't attend shows anymore was a factor in this decision, as obviously his replacement adds additional wage costs, further reducing profit margins. We will still be able to take advanced orders for collection at shows - in fact it will be even more sensible to order on-line well ahead of a show, as the amount of stock carried by Phil will be less than we could on the main stand. The cut-off deadline for placing advanced orders will now always be 9am on the Tuesday prior to the Show. However, please order way before this if you can, especially in ordering turnout kits of any sort.
3) Sale of the C&L business
An interested party was close to closing a deal, but following weeks of behind the scene talks, unfortunately last week they withdrew their offer. There are others who are still interested, but obviously the procedure now has to start again from scratch. In the meantime it will be 'business as usual' as demonstrated during the protracted negotiations with the first bidder.
4) Forthcoming 'Special Offers' for products from Peco, Gaugemaster, DCC Concepts and other manufacturers
We will be introducing some 'one off' special deals. The reason for doing this is to clear some room in our warehouse, as we are bursting at the seams. We will be selecting some slower moving items which will be sold at greatly reduced prices, as they will not be re-stocked. To avoid disappointment, we are looking at the best way to ensure that customers can only order what we have actually available on these deals! Watch out for an announcement shortly.
Please click the links in RED below to take you to the appropriate page
Plywood Sleepers & Timbers (4mm & 7mm)
These are now back in stock following the first of two deliveries from our supplier.
Tortoise Point Motors - Now back in stock
We have received our shipment of motors from the USA. Tortoise Point Motors are therefore availalbe again as singles, or in packs of 3's, x 6's or x12's. Updated 19/8/16
Pete - Owner of C&L to stand down but its business as usual
For full details - click on this LINK
EXISTING PRODUCTS - SPECIAL OFFERS
NEW - P4 Special Deals Page
Available during the month of
Now extended to end of September
1) Exactoscale Turnout Kits - 25% Off
Save up to £28. Sample: Basic A5 now £40.50 instead of £54.00
2) Plywood Turnout bases (thick & thin) - 50% Off (while stocks last)
3) Exactoscale Driving Wheels - 25% Off
LINK to the P4 Special Deals page
The expanded London Based Stand operated by Phil Reid
Click the above link for details of forthcoming shows.
We attend with either our Bristol or London based stands
Please pre-order whenever possible to avoid dissapointment
See the latest ordering dates for upcoming shows
NEW PRODUCTS - SPECIAL OFFERS
at reduced introductory prices!
Parts from P4 Exactoscale Kits - not previously sold as individual items
1) Switch Assemblies - combined switchblade & stock rail fitting
2) Plastic Turnout Bases (thick)
Range A5, A6, A7, B7, B8, C10, Double/Single Slips & Diamonds
LINK to the P4 Special Deals page
C&L Trackwork - new 'Ready to Use' professionally hand built turnouts.
Range now extended!
Follow these link for more information
'OO' Ready to Use - Available as 'A4, 'A5' & 'B6' Turnouts
'F7' Ready to Use - 'B6' Turnout
Check at regular intervals to see what has recently been added to our website!
NEW - Advice Sheets
A selection of 'Advice Sheets' - topics include:
- Cobalt Point Motors & Switches
- Starting in DCC
- Choosing a DCC system
- Wiring a Layout in DC & DCC
- Improving Peco Pointwork
Placing an Order
We ask that orders be placed through the website as card payment details are then securely held only by the Merchant Services provider. We don't even get to see them!
Phone orders require that we record the details on paper files. Whilst we take extreme care with personal card details there is a slighty increased possibility that they might not remain completely secure. In more than four years of trading we have never had a customers card details comprimised by purchasing through our secure web site.
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