Warm Weather Lifts Retail Sales in July

Warm Weather Lifts Retail Sales in July
Warmer weather and a weaker pound helped boost retail sales in July, according to official data. Retail sales grew by 5.9% compared with July 2015, the Office for National Statistics said.

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“Better weather this year could be a major factor, with sales of clothing and footwear doing particularly well,” said Joe Grice of the ONS. He added that there was anecdotal evidence suggesting the weaker pound encouraged overseas visitors to spend.

Sales of watches and jewellery were up 16.6% in July compared with the same month last year – the biggest jump in nearly two years.

Compared with June, UK retail sales were up 1.4%, a figure that was much stronger than expected. Sterling climbed about half a cent to a two-week high against the dollar after publication of the figures.

The retail data went against expectations of an immediate hit to consumer confidence from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

Other figures released earlier this week also showed little immediate impact of the Brexit vote on the labour market, but there were signs of inflation pressures building after the plunge in sterling, which could diminish the spending power of households.

Dennis de Jong of UFX.com said: “The High Street certainly hasn’t taken as big a hit as many had predicted in the immediate aftermath of Brexit, but retailers will still have concerns about what lies ahead over the next few months. “The government won’t be celebrating just yet, as they will need to see more evidence that consumers are continuing to reach for their wallets as the effects of Brexit become clearer.”

Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist for Pantheon Macroeconomics said that “consumers’ blissful ignorance won’t last long. July’s retail sales figures show that consumers have been protected from the immediate fallout of the Brexit vote, but with firms intending to stop hiring and inflation set to soar, the High Street is set for a tough year,” he said. “The real test for consumer spending lies in 2017 when jobs cuts will kick in and inflation will erode spending power,” Mr Tombs added.

The Bank of England more than halved its forecasts for household spending growth over the next two years after the vote to leave the EU. It now expects growth in spending of 1.0% and 0.75% in 2017 and 2018 respectively due to lower growth in wages and higher inflation.

One DIY improvement that will quickly lift your property and improve the look and insulation qualities of any property would be to replace your exterior and interior doors. High quality doors can make a lasting and positive impression on those viewing or visiting your property and there are few additions to your home which can make as significant an impression as your doors, whether this be your internal or external doors.

High quality wooden doors are often a great choice as they can be of different styles and can be finished in a variety of attractive ways and Blacketts doors stock a fabulous range of internal & external wooden doors that can satisfy on every level.

You will find a wide range of internal & external wooden doors in our online store for each and every room within your property, and of course we stock a great range of stunning wooden front doors and beautiful wooden patio doors designed to help lift the exterior of your home and provide the perfect welcome. Why not check out or latest stock now, you won’t be disappointed.

For more information call us today on 0191 2734073 or visit the Blacketts Doors website.

Dragons’ Den Highlights Innovative DIY Invention

Dragons’ Den Highlights Innovative DIY Invention
Despite a slightly stumbling presentation on popular BBC show Dragons’ Den, Martin and Jenny Chard’s invention Marxman received offers from all five dragons. All of the investors were impressed by the simple Marxman tool, which is used to mark surfaces for drilling using a burst of brightly coloured chalk even at a distance from the wall. In the end, Mr and Mrs Chard opted to accept Deborah Meadon’s offer of £50,000 investment for 30% of the business, despite it not being the top offer on the table.

Said Mrs Chard: “We had our sight set on Deborah from the very beginning. She’s a fantastic businesswoman with a huge amount of knowledge and experience in this sector that will really help us develop our offering and expand our network.”

Deborah Meadon added: “The best inventions come from people solving a problem that lots of us experience but don’t do anything about. Martin is exceptional in that not only did he recognise and solve the problem through his invention, but he did so in a simple, elegant and affordable way. I can see widespread use of the Marxman with it becoming an essential part of all home and professional tool kits.”

Martin Chard came up with the idea for Marxman six years ago while trying to fit a sink. He couldn’t mark the drilling position on the wall and see the marks clearly so after a few time wasting attempts he reached for a can of black spray paint in desperation and marked it with that. After several other frustrating incidents like this and lots of wasted trips up and down ladders with broken pencils and felt tips not doing the job he started the process of developing Marxman so other workers could benefit.

Once a search of the patent office came back clear in 2009, Marxman began to take shape in 2010 as the first early stage prototype was developed. The first product was sold in 2014 and in March this year the duo secured a contract with trade retailer Wickes.

It was Jenny’s son Oren who came up with the name Marxman and up until recently the family have been manufacturing every unit themselves in order to achieve the level of perfection they wanted to ensure Marxman does the job.

Mrs Chard added, “Being on Dragons’ Den was extremely daunting and we were very nervous, we definitely got flustered when being grilled on the numbers – that’s not our forte!

“We are the first to admit that we have very little business experience and we know we need a lot of help. We’ve been able to get this far thanks to the extraordinary support we’ve had from friends, family and the various businesses big and small we’ve asked advice from along the way. We are extremely grateful to everyone that has believed in Marxman and played a part in our journey so far.”

Jenny and Martin plan to use Deborah Meadon’s investment to increase manufacture and grow the awareness of the tool, which won best new product at the Totally DIY & Totally Tools show back in 2015.

Blacketts Doors of Newcastle

Blacketts Doors. Interior & Exterior Door Specialists
Blacketts Doors are a family run business and was formed in 1946 by Robert Blackett under the name of  Blackett & Sons to provide new internal & external wooden doors, plus building services to those residing in Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East of the UK. Blacketts Doors pride themselves on not just being an internet company and you can be assured that you are dealing with a bricks and mortar company with a well stocked showroom, run by  people who have many years of experience dealing in commercial and domestic joinery products, particularly internal and external doors.

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Providing a High Customer Service
People who will always be available to provide information on the types of door available, a quality service and backed up by our commitment to holding good stock levels of both internal and external doors to always try and meet your requirements on demand.  We know a lot about all types of doors and we can provide you with technical help and support on doors and door furniture should you need it. Our team is very proud of our achievements to date and our business is recognised by many of our customers and manufactures for providing the best in quality, choice and service.

We supply to house builders, interior designers, joiners and to the general public from our shop and via this web site. It is our desire to always be part of a very enjoyable industry and to realise our ambitions. As well as offering all types of doors for sale, Blacketts Doors also offer a local door fitting service.

Offering a Range of Quality Wooden Doors
We are committed to sourcing and providing you with quality doors and fittings, including internal and external doors and offering you a quality service. You, our customers are the driving force behind our success and every person within our company will always recognise that customer service is the key to our future. We also recognize that people are very important to our success and that without a good team of people to provide you the service you demand, our company would struggle to exist.

Internal Wooden Doors
Blacketts Doors are committed to sourcing and providing you with the quality range of internal doors including oak internal doors, fire doors and all other types of internal door from glazed doors to solid. All available in a wide range of sizes and finishes, offered at the very best prices direct to the customer.

External Wooden Doors
As with all our other products, our range of external doors are all of the highest quality, available in a wide range of sizes and finishes, offered at the very best prices direct to the customer. Our portfolio of external doors includes wooden external doors, security doors and all other types of external door.

Contact Blacketts Doors of Newcastle
For further information on the range of interior and exterior doors available from Blacketts, please telephone 0191 273 4073 or contact us using the online form available at our website.

Blacketts Doors – Internal & External Wooden Doors

Blacketts Doors – Internal & External Doors
Blacketts Doors offer a range of high quality joinery wooden internal and external doors, in a range of solid and glazed styles. With many door styles available in oak, ash, cherry, red hardwood, pine, pitch pine and HDF white primed, having options in pre glazed or un glazed, internal & external doors. We are unable to supply composite or PVCu doors.

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Blacketts Doors – Supplying Internal & External Doors
 A North East (UK) based family business, established for over 50 years, we know a lot about doors! Our staff are always available to answer any technical queries on doors and door furniture you may have.

Our team is very proud of our outstanding customer service which is recognised by many of our customers and manufactures for providing the best in quality, choice and service. We can supply a vast selection of quality glazed internal wooden doors, external wooden doors door furniture, door frames and architraves and delivered anywhere in mainland UK (some Scottish Highland exceptions). We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and competitive prices on all doors, offering a like for like price match guarantee.

For information & order enquiries please call Blacketts Doors today on 0191 2734073 or visit the Blacketts Doors website.

Blacketts Doors: Internal & External Doors

Blacketts Doors: Internal & External Doors
Blacketts Doors offer a range of high quality joinery wooden internal and external doors, in a range of solid and glazed styles. A North East (UK) based family business, established for over 50 years, we can supply a vast selection of quality glazed internal wooden doors, external wooden doors door furniture, door frames and architraves and delivered anywhere in mainland UK (some Scottish Highland exceptions). We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and competitive prices on all doors, offering a like for like price match guarantee.

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If you are thinking about replacing your external or internal wooden doors this summer then why not check the Blacketts Doors website for their range of high quality and well priced doors. With many door styles available in oak, ash, cherry, red hardwood, pine, pitch pine and HDF white primed, having options in pre glazed or un glazed, internal & external doors.

For more information on the range of wooden internal and external doors, glazed internal wooden doors, external wooden doors door furniture, door frames call today on 0191 2734073 or visit the Blacketts Doors website.

Wet Weather Brings Traditional Garden Sales Down

Wet Weather Brings Traditional Garden Sales Down
Sales in non-traditional categories at garden centres across the country were up during June (2016) but due to wet weather traditional categories were down according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.

Outdoor plant sales were down -4.70% and sales of houseplants were down -1.33% while clothing was up 18.01% and catering was up 10.65%.

GCA chief executive Iain Wylie explained: “June’s BoT figures are a bit of a contrast to what we saw in May. Due to the May Bank Holidays we saw super sales in more traditional categories but June was a bit of a washout with lots of wet weather, leading to sales being down in the traditional categories.

“Garden Sundries were down -4.11% and furniture and barbecue sales were at -8.13% while seed and bulb sales were up slightly at 0.07%. Sales in pets and aquatics departments were down -1.37%.

“At times like this, when we can’t rely on the Great British weather, we can rely on the fact that many garden centre’s are now destinations with restaurants, cafes and even farm shops and people don’t visit them just for the plants anymore. This is proved in the rise in sales in non-traditional categories. Food hall and farm shop sales were up 4.32% and gifts were up 0.31%.”

Sales showed a year to date increase of 3.85% and June’s overall monthly sales, compared to the same month last year were -1.47% down.

The BoT reports allow members to compare their trading positions with other centres.

Fron Goch Garden Centre managing director Justin Williams said: “June, in which many core gardening lines struggled against last year’s figures, saw the restaurant hold its monthly average increase on last year of 20%. Last summer, in the restaurant, we invested in a re-fit and increased the number of covers to 200, which has delivered 20% growth since September 1, 2015.”

The GCA represents nearly 200 garden centres nationwide. Tammy Woodhouse, managing director at Millbrook Garden Centres in Kent and East Sussex, which had good plant sales during June, said: “I would put our good plant sales in June largely down to our Rose Festival, which we have been running for three years. We find it a really good way to shift the focus from bedding and give customers a good reason to visit.

“We work with the growers and they select the best looking roses in flower to send us and we create lovely displays. We hold a preview evening for our best customers, with rose specialists on hand, customers can shop with a glass of fizz and chocolate dipped strawberries and mini rose scones. Not only do we see an increase in our rose sales but it also grows our overall plant sales.”

If you think you would like to replace your external or internal wooden doors this summer then why not check the Blacketts Doors website for their range of high quality and well priced doors. With many door styles available in oak, ash, cherry, red hardwood, pine, pitch pine and HDF white primed, having options in pre glazed or un glazed, internal & external doors.

For more information on the range of wooden internal and external doors, glazed internal wooden doors, external wooden doors door furniture, door frames call today on 0191 2734073 or visit the Blacketts Doors website.

Almost 90% of all UK retail sales touch a physical store

Almost 90% of all UK retail sales touch a physical store
A new study by Verdict and British Land has revealed that 89% of all retail UK sales touch a physical store, with click and collect and online sales browsed in store boosting physical sales by 5%.

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This boost rises to 9% when excluding food and grocery sales. Electrical sales show a boost of 32% as online sales “rely heavily on stores.”

The study showed that DIY and garden sales had “limited online penetration” and showed the lowest boost – just 3% – when it came to click & collect and online sales influencing physical sales.

Click & collect spend is forecast to double by 2021, with the study predicting that “retailers that can offer a seamless omnichannel experience for shoppers are likely to outperform.”

The study showed that women use click & collect more than men, and engage more with stores overall as part of their shopper journeys. Londoners, too, are more like to touch a store when they shop compared with the rest of the UK.

The age groups most attached to stores are 16-24 and 25-34 year olds. Their use of online pure-play retailers is also notably low. The study concluded that “this not only reinforces the importance of physical stores today, but also indicates their likely future importance. Far from showing a pure-play generation of young shoppers, the research reaffirms physical shopping’s role as a recreational and social activity that is here to stay.”

Verdict retail content director Patrick O’Brien said: “Electricals is one of the most mature online markets, with customers using a variety of channels in their shopper journey. The prevalence of showrooming is resulting in a number of retailers repurposing their physical stores, utilising them to display products and promote online sales rather than just to fulfil immediate sales. We expect this trend to grow as stores continue to migrate to the showcase model.”

Blacketts Doors of Newcastle upon Tyne
Blacketts Doors offer new internal & external wooden doors to those residing in Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East of the UK. Blacketts Doors pride themselves on not just being an internet company and you can be assured that you are dealing with a bricks and mortar company with a well stocked showroom, run by  people who have many years of experience dealing in commercial and domestic joinery products, particularly internal and external doors.

For further information on the range of interior and exterior doors available from Blacketts, please telephone 0191 273 4073 or contact us using the online form available at our website.

Blacketts Doors. Interior & Exterior Doors

Blacketts Doors. Interior & Exterior Door Specialists
Blacketts Doors are a family run business and was formed in 1946 by Robert Blackett under the name of  Blackett & Sons to provide new internal & external wooden doors, plus building services to those residing in Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East of the UK. Blacketts Doors pride themselves on not just being an internet company and you can be assured that you are dealing with a bricks and mortar company with a well stocked showroom, run by  people who have many years of experience dealing in commercial and domestic joinery products, particularly internal and external doors.

blackettsdoors

Providing a High Customer Service
People who will always be available to provide information on the types of door available, a quality service and backed up by our commitment to holding good stock levels of both internal and external doors to always try and meet your requirements on demand.  We know a lot about all types of doors and we can provide you with technical help and support on doors and door furniture should you need it. Our team is very proud of our achievements to date and our business is recognised by many of our customers and manufactures for providing the best in quality, choice and service.

We supply to house builders, interior designers, joiners and to the general public from our shop and via this web site. It is our desire to always be part of a very enjoyable industry and to realise our ambitions. As well as offering all types of doors for sale, Blacketts Doors also offer a local door fitting service.

Offering a Range of Quality Wooden Doors
We are committed to sourcing and providing you with quality doors and fittings, including internal and external doors and offering you a quality service. You, our customers are the driving force behind our success and every person within our company will always recognise that customer service is the key to our future. We also recognize that people are very important to our success and that without a good team of people to provide you the service you demand, our company would struggle to exist.

Internal Doors
Blacketts Doors are committed to sourcing and providing you with the quality range of internal doors including oak internal doors, fire doors and all other types of internal door from glazed doors to solid. All available in a wide range of sizes and finishes, offered at the very best prices direct to the customer.

External Doors
As with all our other products, our range of external doors are all of the highest quality, available in a wide range of sizes and finishes, offered at the very best prices direct to the customer. Our portfolio of external doors includes wooden external doors, security doors and all other types of external door.

Contact Blacketts Doors
For further information on the range of interior and exterior doors available from Blacketts, please telephone 0191 273 4073 or contact us using the online form available at our website.

Quick Guide to Types of Internal Door

Quick Guide to Types of Internal Door
Simply by fitting new doors you can create quite an impression within your home or workplace. Doors are touched and seen close up every day, so don’t just go for the cheapest replacements, look at the rest of your furniture and fittings, what are you trying to achieve.

There are many types of internal doors on the market but arguably the most commonly fitted doors would include panel doors, moulded doors and fire resistant doors. Here is a summary description of each of these door types.

Panel Doors
These doors are typically of the four-panel type finish, but there are many variations and a specialist supplier such as blacketts should be able to match the new door to the rest of your doors. These doors have solid soft or hardwood frames and panels so you can cut and plane them down to fit a particular frame.

Moulded Doors
These copy the style of a traditional panel door but cost less. The shaped surface can be formed from wood, plastic or manmade board, sometimes with a wood effect or coloured surface.

Fire-Resistant Doors
Loft and garage access doors are required by the Building Regulations to be fire-resistant but more and more new homes are fitted with this safety feature throughout, as are newly upgraded period properties. The doors are thicker than normal (44-54mm) and are rated with a fire resistance time between 30 minutes and one hour.

You can choose between flush, moulded or even glazed patterns. This type of door has a dense compressed core material and the extra weight means they need a strong frame and special hinges as well as a closing mechanism.  Replacing your standard internal door with a fire-resistant type is a job for a joiner, as the frame may need to be changed to include a sealant strip that seals the room against smoke in the event of a fire.

For more information contact Blackettsdoors.co.uk,  are a North East based DIY store. They have a large collection of all types of doors including traditional doors, external wooden doors, glazed doors, internal doors, together with a large selection of quality door furniture and hardware. For more information call today on 0191 2734073 or visit the Blacketts Doors website.

Blacketts Doors. Supplying Internal & External Doors

Blacketts Doors. Supplying Internal & External Doors
Blacketts Doors offer a range of high quality joinery wooden internal and external doors, in a range of solid and glazed styles. A North East (UK) based family business, established for over 50 years, we can supply a vast selection of quality glazed internal wooden doors, external wooden doors door furniture, door frames and architraves and delivered anywhere in mainland UK (some Scottish Highland exceptions). We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and competitive prices on all doors, offering a like for like price match guarantee.

For information & order enquiries please call 0191 2734073 or visit the Blacketts Doors website.