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Not such a hard Cell
Eclipse talks to Blinds & Shutters about its range of Cellular blinds which it describes as an “emerging success story”
Diversification options

Johnson Window Films explained to Blinds & Shutters how it feels it can assist blind and shutter  companies

The importance of pinelum and pleated

Apollo Blinds has just introduced two new collections and general manager Patrick Harrison tells Blinds & Shutters how important the Pinoleum and Pleated books are to the company


Get the most from your software

Alistair Ball of Ball Software talks to Blinds & Shutters about making the most of software

 We have recently commissioned a marketing company to carry out some customer research, to see ways in which we can improve our products and customer service.

Whilst the survey has been very encouraging, one question threw up some interesting answers. This question was ‘Does the software represent good value for money?’ and most companies gave positive answers, but a couple did not.

Window Film

Johnson Window Films explains to Blinds & Shutters how it feels it can assist blind and shutter companies

Johnson Window Films (UK) Limited have a long standing association with the window blind industry as we have been supplying numerous blind companies with quality window film products for several years.

Matt Downs looks back on 55 years

The Blindmaker issue 1As Blinds & Shutters approaches the conclusion of its 55th year, we take a final look at some of the early issues to see how things have developed over the decades.

Consistency is key in building reputation

Marketeer John Ogilvie says consistency is key in building reputation.

Recent discoveries have shed light on the fact that the Roman Empire, despite its claims to the contrary, wasn’t any more advanced or civilised than the rest of the world.

Solar Shading
Julie Lightfoot, MD Sun Shade Systems and  Carl Johnson, technical & production director discuss the problems with shading and the benefits of View-Thru.

“The reality is that heat and glare from the sun shining through large expanses of glass may cause occupant discomfort, affect productivity and in extreme cases, occupants’ health may become an issue”
Storage & Handling solutions
Handling and storage procedures at Alutrade Products have been made more efficient thanks to the introduction of an Aisle-Master forklift

An Aisle-Master articulated forklift working at Alutrade Products has transformed handling and storage procedures at the company’s headquarters near Droitwich in Worcestershire, and has enabled vast savings to be made on storage space in the 30,000 ft² warehouse.   
The emerging shutter market

Internal Plantation Shutters are growing in popularity with architects and property owners looking for an alternative to traditional interior window coverings. Simon Reynolds, sales director of Everwhite Plastics, talks about the emerging shutters market in the UK.

Awning Trends 2007

Mike Pratt, Broadview's managing director forecasts a rise in awnings for the high street to promote brand identity.

 The awning is becoming a "must-have" for both the commercial and domestic markets, adding colour, charm and luxury to the exterior of a property. A comfortable atmosphere coupled with a stylish living culture no longer stop at the terrace door and, as a result, awnings are becoming increasingly popular. Broadview, a leading manufacturer and supplier of blinds and awnings in the UK, predicts that a number of trends will occur in the awning industry this year.

Cash is King in the Green Debate
 New independent research commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust (EST), reveals that 80% of British drivers would buy a vehicle that was less damaging to the environment if they knew they could get financial assistance towards the cost. The findings underline the importance of continued financial support from government to encourage drivers to go green.
Queen's Award for Export goes to Meritmill

 Meritmill Ltd, a privately owned company based in a refurbished woollen mill in the heart of Batley, has won the coveted Queen's Award for International Trade for its "outstanding and continuous export achievements" in the manufacture of pattern books, hangers and shade cards for blind retailers, home furnishings, yarns, fabrics and carpet industries at home and abroad.

Blinds & Shutters is 55 years old!

 As F. J. Hilburn, the then president of the National Association of Window Blind Manufacturers (NAWBM), said in his introduction to the very first issue of The Blindmaker in Spring 1952, the new magazine would fill a long-felt want in our tradee, going on to say that its success will materially depend on the support it receives from those whom it is intended to help in the promotion of satisfactory business.

Blinds & Shutters - the first issue

 Shortly after the beginning of 1952 His Majesty George VI died, to be succeeded as monarch by his daughter Princess Elizabeth. Some weeks later there was another important event “ at least for the blinds trade “ as the first issue of The Blindmaker, the journal of the National Association of Window Blind Manufacturers, was published. Both names have subsequently changed but both have developed over the last 55 years into two vital platforms for the window shading industry. 

BSI Sustainability Design Awards

A project which supports ecologically and socially sustainable textile production in India to produce luxury goods for a Western market has just won the BSI Sustainability Design Awards. 

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