New Year announcements from Fighting 15s

A happy new year to all Fighting 15s’ customers.

We have a significant backlog of orders (more than 70) to process after the festive season break, and regret that it will therefore take some time before we are able to return to our usual level of service. Please note that family circumstances meant we had to take a late  and unintended decision to close from 20 December 2008 till 4 January 2009 inclusive, and have not been able to process orders during that period.

Two shipments arrived from Eureka just before Christmas, and these are now sorted and put away. They have replenished a number of codes in the AB and Eureka ranges, but we still have some shortages, particularly among AB’s 15mm Napoleonic Austrians and  Portuguese. We do not expect to receive another delivery from Eureka until the end of February, based on previous experience.

There’s good news on the family front. My wife is in remission and has gone back to hospital to begin her third course of chemotherapy. There is still a considerable way to go before her treatment is completed, and therefore my work on Fighting 15s will continue to be disrupted well into April 2009. I hope to get back up to working four days a week, instead of three, on Fighting 15s and this should slowly improve the processing and dispatch of orders.

Fighting 15s has had its accounts for 2007-8 completed, and can at last announce that we are operating in profit. Well, technically we were operating in profit during 2006-7, but with a net profit of GBP21.00 for that period it meant we were still funding the business to keep it going.

For the curious, and to provide a brief anatomy of a wargames figures business, Fighting 15s’ turnover for 2007-8 after accounting for VAT was GBP58,615.00, our gross profit was GBP28,403.00, and net profit after expenses was GBP14,623.00. The net profit is what Ian as a sole trader takes as income, and is approximately GBP10,000 less than the average salary for the Isle of Wight, which lags far behind that of the south east. So, next time anyone looks for a discount, please bear in mind that Ian is disinclined to acquiesce to such requests. And all this financial information means in short that Fighting 15s is still way off being able to hire an Igor to help during busy times.

There are more new releases from AB in the pipeline that will further expand this fantastic range of 15mm Napoleonic figures, and we are sure that customers will be delighted and tempted by the newcomers when they arrive. As we gradually increase the number of 15mm AB Figures we are able to produce using licensed moulds from Eureka, we hope to keep prices stable during 2009 as we have to import fewer of the most commonly ordered codes and therefore reduce the impact of shipping costs. UK-produced figures will also allow us to boost levels of stock for shows, allowing us to keep key codes continually available, and eventually we hope to offer small packs of figures at shows to accompany the battalion packs.

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