Welcome to our About us Page
Hi there and thanks for popping by our website,
My Name is Lee & I am the owner of Funbounce Entertainments. I run the website with my 2 small business partners Sophie & George. Despite Sophie & George only being only 2 & 3 years old they certainly don't mind telling me what to do on a day to day basis and they certainly know what products are hot and what's not.
The Start... I started Funbounce back in 2003 at the age of 17 whilst I worked on an apprenticeship scheme with Leeds City Council, attended Leeds University and worked part time at the local pub to help fund my education.
The formation of Funbounce was a complete accident. I was set the task of organising a bouncy castle for the pub In which I worked. The bouncy castle was to be placed in the beer garden for the long summer 8 week holidays and I was told she had a budget of only £500, which after ringing around for prices I soon realised was an impossible task as many hire companies were either fully booked or wouldn't entertain the idea.
So later that evening by pure chance, I was reading the local paper were I saw an advert that simply stated "Bouncy castle for sale £600 ONO" Well I couldn't believe my luck and 2 or 3 phone calls and a bit of negotiation later I had my very own bouncy castle and my very first customer. The Pub!
After the holidays passed and it was time for me to take the bouncy castle home I couldn't help but think... what the heck have I bought this thing for and what am I going to do with it? but after a few days and a few laughs and jokes from members of my family & friends, one of them decided to hire it for a birthday, a few weeks later a 2nd member hired one, then a 3rd, 4th ,5th & 6th and before long they were all arguing about who was to have it & when so I bought another.. and another.. and another and before long my friends heard about it, then friends of friends heard about it and then the business grew and grew until I had around 5 or 6.
By this time, 3 years had passed I had finished my apprenticeship at Leeds City council, Qualified as an Engineer from Leeds University and the pub job was long gone so I had a bit of time again and turned back to the hire company and worked out a plan.
This plan was simple.. Expand!!!! and expand I did ensuring Funbounce Entertainments have evolved to be one of the largest & most competitively priced company’s to supply bouncy castles, Rodeo bulls, Bungee runs, Sumo suits, Gladiator duels, Inflatable bouncy slides, Inflatable bouncy assault courses, event management, promotional services and many other entertainment services in Leeds, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Halifax, York & the rest of the UK for both private and corporate occasions.
The middle... The last 18 months has seen Funbounce Entertainments grow from strength to strength and using the skills and knowledge acquired from my 8 years at Leeds City Council, Designing Roads & Bridges I turned to the design and manufacture of bouncy castles themselves by taking over one of the most respected manufacturing companies in the UK Betterbounce Direct.
Better Bounce Direct is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of quality bouncy castles, inflatable’s & play structure equipment. Better Bounce was established over 25 years ago making it one of the longest established names in the industry. We have sold over 10,000 products shipped to countries on every continent around the world with a gross turnover in access of 15million pounds.
Our staff have gained an enormous wealth of knowledge over the years and are some of the country’s top machinists. Our longest established staff members have over 25 years experience in the inflatable industry.
Better Bounce designs and manufactures all its products in some of our Leeds based factories and customers are always welcome to come and view the production process for themselves. Very recently we have invested heavily in over £100,000 worth of sophisticated 3D Computer Aided Design Software and a computer controlled flat bed cutting machine which gives unrivalled accuracy in the production process which really is worth a visit to see it in action.
Our Zund plotter is the largest most efficient bouncy castle & inflatable cutting machine currently operating in the UK, which allows us to drastically speed up the production process without compromising on quality and allows us to offer unbeatable products at unbeatable prices all year round.
As well as manufacturing high quality 'standard' units, Better Bounce Direct has two full time designers with over 20 years of experience in Computer Aided Design, 10 of which have been dedicated solely to the production of bouncy castles, inflatable’s & play structures for Better Bounce.
Our designers can create just about anything you can imagine and will be more than happy to discuss any bespoke requirements you may have & bring your ideas to life at the most competitive prices on the market.
The next chapter... Well I think that's just about enough from me and I'm sorry if I bored you along the way but hopefully you have a better insight into Funbounce and I hope this helps you make an informed decision.
Thanks again for dropping by and I hope to see as many of you as I can personally this year as I still make regular deliveries at the weekends.
Lee, Sophie & George x x x