Instashade is one of the biggest suppliers of outdoor parasols, heating and lighting in the UK. We’re a family-run business, founded on 15 years in the industry, we set up Instashade in 2017 to bring together our expertise and knowledge to supply the highest-quality, most innovative products on the market. How Instashade began When we first launched back in 2017 our main aim was to provide UK homeowners with ‘high quality shade solutions’. In the first couple of years we thrived in the residential market, supplying customers with our premium parasols and installing them in back gardens up and down the country. Trusted supplier for the service industry As time went on, we expanded our offering and began supplying the service industry aswell, providing high-end shade solutions to numerous bars, pubs and restaurants who wanted to maximise their outdoor space or beer garden in the summer months. Then 2020 came along, and everything changed… The pandemic hit, and the service industry suddenly needed alfresco dining options that would enable venues to keep serving customers outdoors to keep their businesses afloat – therefore we stepped up our supply operations. Major contracts One of the first major contracts we secured was with D&D London – a massive worldwide restaurant, bar and hotel group with 45 locations in London, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Paris and New York. Instashade supplied D&D with a vast number of premium parasols that allowed the group to quickly expand its outdoor drinking and dining areas, and keep business ticking. But D&D was just the start of our journey supplying the service industry, and we continued to build up a vast portfolio of clients, including: Ducie Street Warehouse This warehouse conversion in the heart of Manchester’s dynamic Northern Quarter wanted to fuse style and functionality in its brand new south-facing terrace – providing shade for afternoon drinkers, but without taking away from the brand’s unique aesthetic. We kitted out Ducie Street Warehouse with a collection of 4m Nova Parasols, finished with a contemporary black and white striped canopy – complete with our integrated LED light solution, which means there are no wires on show that would take away from its aesthetic appeal. Vale Royal Albert This stunning former medieval abbey dates back to the 13th century, and after being lovingly restored in 1998 under the guidance of English Heritage, it is now a breathtaking setting for weddings and events – so every care needed to be taken to ensure its outdoor area was in-line with the elegant style of his historic house. To cover Vale Royal Abbey’s outdoor seating area, we created a collection of bespoke 5m Nova Parasols, fitted with concrete base plates, to provide all year-round coverage for guests, in a seamless and sophisticated style that complemented this grand location. Haugen London This upmarket café, restaurant and rooftop bar is set in an impressive Bauhaus-inspired wood and glass building in the heart of London’s Olympic Park. We were delighted to be a part of Haugen’s design project, providing a range of parasols that would work across its vast dining areas, set over three different floors. We installed our premium Nova Parasols on the ground floor and rooftop terrace, and installed our Café Series Parasols on the second floor, using neutral tones in order to seamlessly blend in with Haugen’s established aesthetic. We also provided Café Screens, which are a smart and stylish way to partition any outdoor space. Innovative products At Instashade, we’re always innovating – listening to what our clients want, and developing products to provide them with effective solutions. It’s why we’ve recently brought a new product to the market – our parasol heaters. These can be operated via Bluetooth, as well as the standard switch, making them even easier to switch on and off. The Bluetooth option can be operated from anywhere within a 5-mile radius, giving the user full control of the LED lights and heaters. We currently have new products and features in development, including an integrated time lag switches and heaters for our parasols. With nothing currently like this on the market, we aim to set the benchmark. Check out Instashade’s extensive range of shelter, heating and lighting solutions for your business today.