Contemporary Water Colour Competition 2017

We really like art at Cotswold Mounts, it makes for great pictures, and what do great pictures need – mounts!

Joking aside, we’re not really that philistine, great pictures simply makes life better – imagine a world without art galleries, artists, photographers and pictures hanging on walls.

So, to encourage artists, we were proud to be part of the Royal Water Colour Society’s  Contemporary Water Colour Competition 2017.

Among a number of art industry specialists, Cotswold Mounts offered a cash prize, the Cotswold Mounts Prize for a Contemporary Watercolour.

The prize was won by Bath based Malcolm Ashman for his piece “Fjord”, which can be seen below.

Malcolm Ashman Fjord

The prize was awarded on March 3rd at the Bankside Gallery, London. Unfortunately we were unable to attend but I think everyone will agree that Malcolm’s watercolour is quite stunning, and a worthy winner.

Merry Christmas

Christmas BannerChristmas is almost on us and the new year is beckoning and so all of us at Cotswold Mounts would like to say a huge “thank you” for your business.

Like most businesses, we’ve had an eventful couple of years with the move to a new (larger) factory, the launch of our new website and adding more machines to increase the range and volume of mounts we can produce.

We’re continuing to grow and develop with some exciting plans for 2017 so watch this space and we’ll keep you up to date with our latest developments, all focused on giving you the best service and value for money that we can.

Christmas and New Year Opening

Decorative Christmas TreeLast Orders Please
For a guaranteed dispatch before Christmas, please make sure your orders are in on, or before, Friday December 16th because factory production finishes at 11am on Tuesday December 22nd.

If you want to talk to us, the office will be open until 12:30pm on the 22nd and from 9am until mid-day on the 23rd. After that, we’re closed over the Christmas break and re-open on Tuesday January 3rd.

Of course, you can still place your orders through the website and we’ll deal with them on our return.

Facebook and e-Bay

Cotswold Mounts on Facebook
And please visit us on Facebook and “Like” our Page for more news and updates

Cotswold Mounts on Ebay
Don’t forget our eBay Store. We use this to sell through clearance stock, which typically is simply surplus production. All of the Mounts are as-new; quality checked and are not seconds.

Clearance Stock frequently changes so remember to regularly check regularly

Merry Christmas and happy new year from all of us at Cotswold Mounts

Welcome to Autumn

first off, I hope that you’ve all had a good and successful summer. Autumn is on us, the season of mellow fruitfulness according to Keats and September is a particularly favourite month of mine, bringing great colours, wonderful smells and, down here in the West, the start of the rugby season.

Latest News and Updates

Discounts for Bulk Orders
You may not be aware of this, but Cotswold Mounts provide discounts for bulk orders, based on the Sterling value of the order – all of the following are based on the before VAT price

Cotswold Mounts Discount StructureBacking boards ordered on their own, or with bags, only qualify for the Carriage Free offer.

Online orders receive discounts via PayPal refund

Strut and Photofolder Mount Discounts
Discounts available on quantity breaks of 50 and 100 – these discounts are applied on the website.

Other Offers
We’ve managed to sharpen our pencils on a number of mount sizes and all of our A1 mounts are now at a lower price and our 80x60cm mounts are now priced the same as our 70x50cm mounts

Block Foiling
We’re frequently asked whether we do Block Foiling. Although we don’t offer this service we have teamed up with PrintFlair and will be writing more about this next month

Minimum Order Value
Because all orders are custom cut to your requirements we have to ensure that we obtain the best value, and minimise wastage and this is why we have a minimum order value of £20.00 before VAT.

Cotswold Mounts on Ebay
Don’t forget our EBay Store to sell through clearance stock, which typically is simply surplus production. All of the Mounts are as-new; quality checked and are not seconds.

Clearance Stock frequently changes so remember to regularly check regularly

Thanks for reading and have a great autumn

You Asked – We Answered

Many thanks to all of you who completed our survey last month, the feedback has been enlightening and useful. If you’ve not had time, it’s not too late to have your say about Social Media and Cotswold Mounts in general, the survey’s still live. Why don’t you have a look and tell us what you think.

Latest News and Updates

FacebookRomantic Beach Wedding
One of the questions we asked was “Which Social Media sites do you use?” and “Which Social Media Sites would you like to see Cotswold Mounts using?”

Well, you told us that 86% of you use Facebook and 77% of you would like to see us join – so we have.

77% of you also said that you’d like us to use Facebook to keep you up to date with news, new products and spacial offers so, for those Facebook users please Visit & Like our page for precisely that.

A number of people who completed the survey raised a small number of issues that we’d like to address here. We’d contact you directly but the anonymous nature of the survey means we don’t know who you are.

Shipping Costs
We spent a lot of time investigating a number of major shipping providers and ended up selecting DPD because they offered the best combination of service, reliability and cost. Unfortunately it is just not cost effective to offer free delivery on orders below £100.00 (ex VAT) to the mainland and £125.00 (ex. VAT) to the Highlands and Islands, Northern and Southern Ireland.

Minimum Order Value
Because all orders are custom cut to your requirements we have to ensure that we obtain the best value, and minimise wastage and this is why we have a minimum order value of £20.00 before VAT.

Matching Colours
Showing colours on a web site is really difficult. We use the master images directly from our provider but each screen *whether PC, Mac, tablet or phone) will show them differently. This is one of the reasons why we offer a free colour swatch or sample pack. If you want one just give us a call on 01242 248884 or send us an email.

Cotswold Mounts on Ebay
Don’t forget our new EBay Store to sell through clearance stock, which typically is simply surplus production. All of the Mounts are as-new; quality checked and are not seconds.

Clearance Stock frequently changes so remember to regularly check regularly

New Products and Deals

Multi-Aperture Mounts
Due to popular request, we have recently launched a new range of Multi-Aperture Mounts which have been designed in conjunction with Members of the Master Photographers Association, specifically with Portraiture Photography in mind. You can see the full range here.

Cotswold Mounts on Ebay
Don’t forget our new EBay Store to sell through clearance stock, which typically is simply surplus production. All of the Mounts are as-new; quality checked and are not seconds.

Clearance Stock frequently changes so remember to regularly check regularly

Spring News and Clearance Offers

Spring is here, as is our second newsletter of 2016, and we’d like your help.

As well as latest news, special offers and clearance stock we’d like to find out a little about your thoughts about Social Media and Cotswold Mounts in general so please complete our short survey and tell us what you think.

Latest News & Updates

New MountsRomantic Beach Wedding
We have a brand new range of high quality White Core slip mounts. There’s a special offer on these mounts – scroll down for more info.

We’ve also added a new range of Strut Mounts called “Avant-Garde”. These are luxury, heavyweight, square cornered mounts with a de-bossed line around the aperture for a sophisticated finish. See the range on our website.

Both of these new mounts are great for Wedding Photographers and have arrived just in time for the Wedding Season.

We have also added a couple of new videos and remade others and you can see them on our website.

Social Media
We are about to take our first steps on to Social Media but would like your help and so would like you to complete a short survey that will help decide which Social Media site to go on first and which will also give you an opportunity for you to let us know what you think of our products and service and whether there’s anything else that you’d like to be able to buy from us.

Take the survey here

Special Offers and Clearance Stock

Special Offer on our new White Core Slip Mounts
We have just launched a new range of Conservation Grade White Core Slip Mounts and for a short time only we are offering a 10% on new orders. Our prices already reflect the discount so all you have to do is view our range and place your orders.

We have set up an EBay Store to sell through our clearance stock, which typically is simply surplus production. All of the Mounts are as-new; they are quality checked and are not seconds.

Clearance Stock frequently changes so remember to regularly check our eBay store for new additions.

Cotswold Mounts – latest news

We moved
Photo Mount Colour Options2015 was a year of change for Cotswold Mounts. Always looking to improve the range of mounts that we can supply we moved to larger premises early last year. This has given us more space on the factory floor, which means that we’ve been able to bring in more cutting machinery to both produce more of our popular range of mounts and to expand the materials we can use.

We’re looking at bringing in more machinery this year to further expand our range – watch this space for news.

Website
As well as moving premises we also launched a totally revamped website towards the end of the year. Not only does the new site have a fully integrated web-shop, it’s also Responsive which means that it’s far more user friendly for those who prefer to use their phone or tablet to access the site.

We’re constantly on the lookout for ways to improve the site so please pop across to www.cotswoldmounts.co.uk for a look and let us know what you think.

This one shows you how easy it is order from our new site and the second shows you how we mount pictures quickly and efficiently.

We’ve also tried to make things as simple as possible so you can order by Mount/Aperture size or by the type of Mount you are looking for.

Special Offer – 25% off Presentation Bags
During the year we’ll be offing a range of discounts to our customers, these will be published on the website but we’ll also make sure that you’ll be kept up to date through our newsletter.