Water Irrigation, established in 2012 by Stephen Harpin, has seen business grow by 50% during the last four years. The company’s website www.waterirrigation.co.uk has become the first port of call for homeowners and landscaping professionals throughout the UK looking to purchase the highest quality irrigation and garden watering products at the most competitive prices.
The company was formed exclusively as an e-commerce business, breaking the industry mould by offering a new and different way to buy irrigation products. Never before had there been a website that focused so much on the quality of the user experience and customer convenience.
With the advantage of having less of the usual overheads of a traditional trade stockist, retail outlet or garden centre, Water Irrigation could set its prices at significantly lower levels and offer real value for money. “ We work directly with the best manufacturers, cut out the middle man by selling through www.waterirrigation.co.uk. All savings are passed on to the customer,” says Aneira Holmes, who has been Managing Director since 2018.
Back in 2012, Stephen Harpin was already running his successful online Hedge Nursery business and needed to find the most efficient and cost effective way of buying irrigation products to water and maintain stock. Sourcing them at a competitive price, however, did not prove straightforward. On top of that, deliveries could sometimes take weeks and products were not always reliable, causing problems with leaks and breakages. This led him to the establishment of www.waterirrigation.co.uk.
“It felt like there was a massive hole in the market for a fast, straightforward online irrigation system supplier offering high quality, sensibly priced irrigation products,” says Stephen. “www.waterirrigation.co.uk was launched and disrupted the market. From the outset, transparent pricing including a price promise and reliable deliveries were fundamental to our online offering.“
However, affordable pricing was not the only consideration. Water Irrigation wanted to offer prospective and returning customers service levels on a par, or better, than those offered by the traditional sales channels. The best online experience would be backed up by fast, dependable deliveries and the highest levels of commercial and technical support throughout the purchase process.
During Aneira’s time at the helm the company’s business strategy has been based on continual improvement and professional execution. The successful e-commerce platform is the result of on-going investment in www.waterirrigation.co.uk in terms of easier navigation, simplicity in product selection and customer support. The site is now more informative than it has ever been.
In 2022 the company launched its online Advice Centre, a vast resource available to everyone, empowering customers to build irrigation systems that will work for them. It gives all the details needed to select the most appropriate technology for any landscape irrigation project. A Guide To Choosing The Right System, Buyers Guides, Video Installation Guides, Delivery and Payment FAQs, direct contact with the Customer Care Team are all included. Visitors used the resource over 100,000 times during the year.
The company’s philosophy is to offer customers, ” Irrigation Systems That Work” – and this works on many different levels. Competitive “amazing value” pricing, a choice of high quality brands, comprehensive product and installation information, unbiased advice, a technical and commercial customer service team that answers all email queries within four business hours are essential elements of the business model. This has been recognised by the company’s Feefo Platinum Service Award Winner rating.
The world class logistics and order fulfilment service starts right at the point of purchase on www.waterirrigation.co.uk and continues through the company’s fully automated warehouse in Telford where some 50,000 packages are processed monthly. It culminates in an outstanding nationwide dedicated courier delivery network with 3000 customer collection points across the UK and door to door deliveries. A number of new delivery features and options have just been added which are designed to further improve service. In addition to the guaranteed next day delivery for orders placed online before 9.00 pm, which customers have enjoyed over the last years, Water Irrigation have added pre -10.30 am, pre – 12.30 pm and nominated day delivery options.
The company’s philosophy from the outset has been to offer customers only market leading, well established irrigation brands. From pop-up sprinklers to drip irrigation, pressure regulators to sophisticated controllers, customers have a wide choice. Products are available from companies such as Rain Bird, renowned for their continuous high quality product developments that meet the needs of the residential and professional users alike. “ Rain Bird is absolutely a key partner. The company constantly innovates and raises the bar in terms of products performance,” says Aneira.
In addition, Water Irrigation’s own in-house HydroSure brand includes high quality landscape irrigation and garden watering product lines at a lower price point. Irrigation Kits are very popular, providing an all-in-one automated irrigation solution for gardens, flower and vegetable beds, hanging baskets and other popular applications.
Water Irrigation operates in a market that never stands still. The company will continue to improve its customer services and invest in its e-commerce business. “ Irrigation is a highly competitive market, but we believe www.waterirrigation.co.uk is the best all round resource for both end users and the trade when it comes to purchasing irrigation products. It really is irrigation that works for everyone,” concludes Aneira.