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Who are The Clare Bulb Company?

When buying from the internet it is important to trust the company that you may wish to deal with. After all, there is a growing amount of fraud on the internet, and should one pass  over card details, one needs to be confident that there will be no unwelcome repercussions at some future date.
For that reason we have put together a brief profile of the company, so you may judge for yourselves whether or not you feel comfortable dealing with us.

The company is run by Andy Bone and his wife Jane. It was started in a very small way in August 1974, as a means of providing Jane with some independent income. Andy had been a nurseryman in the 60's, and had maintained contact with various bulb growers, so it was quite easy to set up the business, and to run it from home.

It grew in turnover as gardeners realised that the company offered extremely good value for money, although the real growth started in 1999, when the company was featured in an exclusive half page article in the Sunday Times weekend section. The article highlighted the fact the business was run from a private home, yet managed to offer customers the sort of service that was unusual in this modern age. Turnover further grew when Andy learned how to make a website, this being recommended by the Daily Telegraph in "Where to buy Spring Bulbs".
The company's policy is to offer a fairly restricted range of bulbs, (far, far less than the catalogues), but to sell bulbs that have stood the test of time. There are about 130 varieties altogether, which provide the majority of gardeners with all they could wish for. Furthermore, they only sell the larger size of bulbs, each one of which receives a quality check before it is sent to customers. They aim their business at those customers who, like themselves, have large gardens, and want to buy in reasonable quantities, without having to pay through the nose. Some years ago they  introduced Bluebells and Snowdrops "In the Green" into their range, this having proved a great success.

Jane has until recently been the Clare Borough councillor, whilst Andy is Chairman of an old-established engineering company located in Ely, (www.standen.co.uk), which among other things manufactures bulb harvesters. He also sits on a Bank of England advisory committee, (see picture below of Andy enjoying a working lunch with Mervyn King when he was Governor. Andy is on Mr. King's right, and is seen trying to give him a 20 note to help solve the UK's balance of payments problem!). He is also Chairman of the Colchester Brewery, brewers of some of the finest beers one can drink, (www.colchesterbrewery.com) and chairman of Baker & Baker, designers and manufacturers of bespoke kitchens .
When the working day is done Jane and Andy often like to take to the roads and lanes of Suffolk on one of Andy's classic motorcycles. In the picture below, they can be seen on Andy's Norton Commando, the picture appearing on the front cover of a well-known classic motorcycling magazine. They also breed Labrador puppies, there being a link at the top of this page for those who wish to know more.

Jane and Andy Bone The bulb shop, open in the autumn Andy and Mervyn King Jane and Andy relaxing, (they are on the Norton Commando!)  Jane and Andy with

 

Riverside House Bulb Centre, taken from the top of a Black Poplar that Andy climbed, (aged 68, is he mad?)

 

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