Dear Jan, Thank You for your co-operation in providing a big wheel for Stratford upon Avon for the 2017 summer season. You have provided a high quality excellent service and your company has been a pleasure to work with. I wish you all the best for your future ventures. ~ Tony Perks, Head of Technical Services.
Stratford on Avon District CouncilStratford on Avon District Council
The Wheel of Vision which was hosted in Leicester as part of the city’s Diwali and Christmas celebrations. The wheel was of a very high quality and visually appealing; it supported in enhancing both these celebrations.
Leicester City Council was very pleased with the popularity of the wheel and the professional manner in which the De Koning Leisure Group undertook the work. ~ Leicester City Council’s Festivals and Events.
Wheel of Light Diwali and Christmas 2015 Leicester
Wheel of Light Diwali and Christmas 2015 Leicester
The Giant Wheel has been a feature at several events at Silverstone this year, including the British Grand Prix, and is always a star attraction providing our fans with some of the best views of the circuit. The service provided by Jan de-Koning is fantastic, and we look forward to working together at future events. ~ Alison Yeates, Silverstone Events Manager.
I can confirm that ACT (National) Ltd have been engaged by Jan De Koning Leisure Group Ltd to provide them with health & safety advice and support. I can further confirm that we have prepared the original method statement and risk assessment (RAMS) for the erection of the Observation Wheel, and that these have recently been reviewed to take account of the introduction of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015. We believe the RAMS to be suitable and sufficient as required by the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
We have known Jan De Koning Leisure Group Ltd since 2013, and have always found him a conscientious operator for whom safety is the highest priority. ~ Phil Atkinson, Managing Director.
ACT (National) LtdACT (National) Ltd
The joy of the wheel was that it was BIG, very smart looking – a bit upmarket and therefore desirable for a sponsor. ~ Michael Enser, Head Of Marketing.
British Marine FederationBritish Marine Federation
I have worked with Jan de-Koning over the last few years as Jan has supplied a Big Wheel for the Great Yorkshire Show. Jan is easy to work with and communicates effectively with us, he provides a professional service and is always helpful and flexible with our requirements. The Big Wheel is certainly a focal point of our show and our visitors are happy with the service he provides.
We are working with Jan again for the 2014 Great Yorkshire Show and I would have no hesitation recommending this organisation to anyone. ~ Michelle Mackey, Show Coordinator.
Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyYorkshire Agricultural Society
The arrival of Vue, the giant observation wheel, situated October 2013 on Civic Square, was a first for Ellesmere Port. Jan has a wealth of experience in setting up the big wheel, and made complying with health & safety requirements, structural engineering assessments, and setting up and taking down arrangements look simple to me.
During the operation of the big wheel, Jan de Koning and his team were a pleasure to work with and they were always available for any advice needed. The wheel was very much liked in Ellesmere Port, with people enjoying the rides and views, and I would recommend Jan to other towns and cities aiming to host a big wheel. ~ Jochem Hollestelle, Ellesmere Port Town Centre Improvement Manager.
Cheshire West and Chester CouncilCheshire West and Chester Council
First and foremost can I just say it has been a pleasure to work with Jan De Koning and the members of staff that work on his wheel. They are a credit to his company.
When we first had the idea of putting a giant observation wheel in Dudley, it was met with trepidation with businesses within Dudley. Some of the businesses were in favour, whereas others were totally against the idea and had other thoughts on how to attract footfall back into Dudley Town Centre.
We have had a lot of media exposure, both good and bad, but the publicity has been priceless. The exposure has been brilliant and has drawn the whole of the town together. All businesses have reported an upsurge in sales by as much as 30%.
As the Council representative at the Dudley Business Group, I have witnessed higher attendance since the wheel has been in Dudley and businesses are stating that this is the best money the Council has ever spent. We are eagerly planning for next year and all businesses are enthusiastic.
It has galvanised the town; businesses are now working together and can see the long term benefits of having a major attraction within the town.
As the wheel is positioned in a prominent part of the town, people who ride the wheel are able to see many local landmarks (including Dudley castle) for miles around the local area. The additional footfall within the town has been a key benefit to local businesses. This has been a major advantage for any local economy.
We have seen increased footfall, extra spending within the local shops, cafes and bars and the ticket sales are higher than we expected to sell. Other local authorities have contacted me and asked how we managed to put the big wheel in our town centre. This has been a tremendous boost to the local economy and we have had exposure in both the local and national press. ~ Carl Wilkinson, Senior Officer.
Dudley Metropolitan Borough CouncilDudley Borough Council
In Chorley town centre we have had excellent relationships with Jan De-Koning for many years with the provision of
attractions. Last year we hired the Giant Wheel over the Christmas holiday period (3 weeks) and the professionalism
shown by Jan’s team beforehand, through erection, operation and dismantling was second-to-none. Jan was extremely flexible in accommodating our needs regarding location, ticketing, promotion and operating times. The ride looked spectacular lit up in the evening and we have never had so much positive social media activity linked to any previous event we have held. The attraction was well received by business and residents alike and after such a successful introduction we are very likely to use it again in the future. ~ Conrad Heald, Town Centre & Markets Manager.
Chorley CouncilChorley Council
2011 was our first year of working with De-Koning Leisure. We challenged the owner to provide us with a big wheel that could work on a difficult site, logistically, in our city centre. They achieved this for us and delivered the spectacle and experience we wanted. The site was run in a professional manner at all times and their reporting to us was second to none. I would not hesitate to recommend this firm to anyone considering their services. ~ Stephen Wundke, Chester City Coordinator.
Chester City ManagementChester City Management
We secured the services of Jan De Koning’s Giant Wheel for the winter wonderland experience in Bolton town centre for 2013/2014. This was the first time we had worked with Jan and his team and found everyone extremely professional, co-operative and enjoyable to work with.
We had to have a number of site visits with Jan as we needed to make sure we could accommodate the Giant Wheel alongside the ice rink we also had on Victoria Square in Bolton, and Jan guided us through the planning stages right through to the build, operation of the wheel and de-rig with ease and great reassurance.
We have asked Jan to bring the Giant Wheel back to Bolton for 2014/2015 and would recommend without hesitation Jan De Koning’s company to anyone considering working with him. ~ Norma Rutherford, Principal Events Officer.
Bolton CouncilBolton Council
As Town Centre Operational Manager I have worked with Jan de-Koning Christmas 2009 and 2010 when Jan brought his Big Wheel for Blackburn’s Christmas celebrations. In all the dealings I have had with Jan and his staff there has been a good relationship, which has always been professional and courteous. I would have no hesitation with working with him again and would recommend his organisation to others requiring his services. ~ Peter Little
Town Centre Operational Manager.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough CouncilBlackburn with Darwen Borough Council
De-Koning Leisure Group provided and operated a Giant Wheel on Bournemouth Seafront throughout 2017 which supported and enhanced our Seafront operations providing a fabulous attraction to visitors and residents. Jan and his team were extremely professional throughout showing a willingness to accommodate council requirements for operation on a prime site to ensure a 1st Class customer experience. ~ Noel Oliver | Contract & Commercial Manager.
Bournemouth PierBournemouth Borough Council
The Giant Wheel Co have attended a number of our larger events and each time the wheel has been a major feature and busy attraction. We are delighted to have it on our shows especially as the staff are meticulous in the pre planning, are easy to work with on site and make sure the customer comes first which in turn leads to a great public experience. ~ Mike Richmond | Managing Director.