Quality Doors from Blacketts Doors of Newcastle

Quality Doors from Blacketts Doors of Newcastle
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.

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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 visit the Blacketts Doors website.

Black Friday: Which DIY Retailers are Cashing In?

Black Friday: Which DIY Retailers are Cashing In?
With Black Friday mania upon us, DIY Week takes a look at which of the biggest DIY and garden players in the market are offering deals and how much customers can expect to save.

B&Q

Unsurprisingly, a look at the Kingfisher giant’s website reveals a large range of deals on offer over the Black Friday fortnight. These include:
•Price cuts on over 70 indoor and outdoor lights
•Bosch home and car pressure washer down from £128 to £75
•Vax cordless, bagless vacuum cleaner down from £72 to £55
•Triton showers down from £199 to £120
•Colours feature wall paint down from £11.73 to £9
•Sliding wardrobe doors down from £150 to £100

Homebase

Homebase’s catch line this holiday season is “Always low prices,” but a quick search for Black Friday deals reveals the retailer is cashing in on the festive season as much as any other. Deals include:
•Karcher K2 pressure washer at £64.85
•Keter Store it Out Max at £89.78
•Dulux 7.5L emulsion at £24
•Malmo 6 seater teak garden table at £399.99
•Cartright 99 piece drill set HSS titanium coated £9.64
•Mega Dual worklight £29.98

Amazon
There are a huge range of deals online at online retail giant Amazon, and many of them can be found in the DIY section. These include:
•55% off Dremel Corded Multi-Tool with removable tool holder
•51% Bosch 6033A0170 Jigsaw
•63% off GROHE ambi kitchen tap
•20% off Grout Pen White
•48% off Bosch X-Line accessory set
•Up to 20% off all WORX power tools
•49% off Bosch PSM 100 A multi sander
•60% off Black & Decker KA161BC mouse detail sander with accessories
•Up to 40% off Draper Tools

BHS.com

Newly incorporated BHS.com hasn’t been slow to jump on the Black Friday bandwagon, with up to 50% off usual prices. Available online only the deals run across its gift, fashion, homewares, kitchen and dining, bedroom and bathroom ranges.
•Up to 30% off all bedding sets, towels and throws
•Up to 50% off all cushions
•Up to 20% off ceiling lights, 30% off table lamps and 50% off floor lamps
•Up to 50% off sheets and pillowcases
•Up to 60% off duvets and pillows
•Up to 25% off all crockery and cutlery
•50% off kitchen electricals and vacuum cleaners

Dobbies
Here the sales are only on until Monday, November 28, with deals offered both online and in stores. Included:
•20% off Christmas lights
•20% off artificial trees
•20% off all Yankee candles
•Up to 30% off selected indoor furniture

Meanwhile, IKEA, Next and Walmart-owned Asda have all revealed that they will not be taking part in Black Friday.

Petition for Shops to Close on Boxing Day Gains Momentum

Petition for Shops to Close on Boxing Day Gains Momentum
A petition calling for Prime Minister Theresa May to ban shops from opening on Boxing Day so that retail workers can spend more time with their families has currently acquired almost 203,000 supporters.  Boxing Day has marked the start of the January sales for many retailers in recent years
The petition, which was created by Ian Lapworth, points out that shops “do not need to open on Boxing Day,” and that Christmas should be respected as a religious holiday.

“Retail workers (who work so hard on the run up to the big day) [should be] given some decent family time to relax and enjoy the festivities like everyone else. Most retail workers are on the go up to Christmas Eve, then back on Boxing Day. Sometimes they have no choice.”

The petition pointed out that “we managed 30 and 40 years ago… when shops were sometimes shut for a whole week. Let’s  go back to the way it was. Forget making money for one day, let’s concentrate on making more memories with the ones we love.”

Support has flooded in for the petition, with many retail workers commenting on the issue. “[I] worked 18 years in retail and it’s very sad I had to work Christmas because I had to sell clothes,” said Sara-jane Holt from Bedford. “If I was a doctor and had to work Christmas it was to save a life, but all I was doing was selling stuff cheap!”

Lauren Howard, meanwhile, who sells household goods as well as clothing, said, “I work for a top high street retailer and what thanks do I get for working hard over Christmas and every bank holiday, nothing!”

Said Paul Hayes, “I only get Christmas day off, I have to go to bed early on Christmas Eve due to being exhausted setting up sales for Boxing Day and I have to go to bed early Christmas day and avoid spending time with family or having any celebratory drinks as I then have to work all the way through new year’s as well. I am a retail manager and I have spent time with family for Christmas since I was 15.”

Shopworkers union Usdaw has also voiced its support for the petition. A spokesperson said, “Staff in retail work very long hours in the run-up to Christmas.

“Our members tell us that they need time off to recuperate as well as to spend time with their family and friends. That is especially important when they have children for whom Christmas is such a special time. Usdaw is seeking the longest possible break for retail staff over the Christmas and New Year period to provide shopworkers with a breather during this very busy time.

“Usdaw won the campaign for legislation to stop large stores from opening on Christmas Day and we are calling for small stores to follow suit and stay shut. We are also calling for shops to be closed on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, as well as early closing by 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

“Usdaw is not currently campaigning for any changes in shop trading hours legislation. In fact we have been busy defending the existing restrictions against deregulation but we welcome the debate this petition is generating.

Homeowners Planning Renovations in 2016

Homeowners Planning Renovations in 2016
UK homeowners would rather spend money improving their current home than sell up and move on, suggests new research. Many home owners plan to stay put rather than move home and update or undertake some DIY projects. In 2015, a report showed home owners were happy to spend on average over £5,500 doing so and we expect this to continue.

“The housing market is still volatile and that’s reflected in the results of our survey,” commented Wooden Blinds Direct marketing manager Lee Fisher. “People are more concerned with making the house they’re in more comfortable than moving out. Whether that’s by extending and building or even by simply redecorating rooms it’s obviously a much cheaper alternative.”

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.

High St Returns to Growth to UK

High St Returns to Growth to UK
Following a rocky nine months, the UK’s high street has finally started to grow again according to figures released by the BDO high street sales tracker – and sales of housewares were particularly buoyant. Customers returned to the high street in force this October Customers returned to the high street in force this October
October saw year-on-year growth of 0.7%, ending a run of monthly sales falls that began with a -1.7% fall in February. Sales of lifestyle goods grew by 2.3% in October, with housewares up 11.6%.

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Non-store sales recovered to an increase of 19.5% after dropping to just 12.6% in September. Fashion sales still struggled in the unseasonably warm weather, with like-for-likes negative in three out of five weeks in October, struggling between a low of -5.2% to +2%.

The BDO is describing the return to growth as “a huge boost to stores as they head into the crucial Christmas period.” With Black Friday (November 25) and Cyber Monday (November 28) just around the corner, many stores “would have been preparing to sacrifice margins in pursuit of sales volume.” With consumer confidence boosted by low unemployment and encouraging figures from the post-referendum economy, “consumers have been spending with a freedom not seen since the January sales.”

BDO LLP head of retail and wholesale Sophie Michael said: ” Shoppers have reminded everyone of their resilience and this result provides a promising start to a crucial trading quarter. Prices will inevitably rise next year in the context of  the falling pound, but right now people are remarkably upbeat about their finances.

“Retailers have a perfect window of opportunity to push full price lines for the next few weeks and claw back their margins prior to Black Friday. A strong product and service proposition will be critical for wooing shoppers while there is an appetite to spend.”

AMA Market Report: Booming Bi-fold Doors

AMA Market Report: Booming Bi-fold Doors
The market for bi-folding doors is expected to grow 7% per annum, despite Brexit fears, says AMA Research. According to the market analysts, the sector grew 12% last year, with similar growth predicted for 2016. Rising from a low installed base, bi-fold demand has increased sharply in recent years driven strongly by significant growth in the home improvement market – both new extensions and replacement -and changing tastes in favour of opening up the home and garden area.

According to AMA, the bi-fold doors market is a relatively new and expanding sector, worth over £70m at manufacturers prices – and much higher in terms of installed value.

As indicated above, a key driver of market growth has been consumer interest in bi-folds – with the residential market accounting for over 50% of sales – while suppliers themselves have contributed to the growth of the market through new developments in frame materials, styles, colours and features. In terms of product mix, exterior bi-folds dominate the sector by both volume and value due to residential use – although commercial interior bifold doors account for a significant share of the market.

AMA’s report assesses the market by frame material and, while aluminium is the dominant frame material, timber accounts for around 20% of the market. Overall, the trend for maximising natural light has resulted in increased glazing used for entrance and patio doors and internal doors. Home extensions are a key market – with around 200,000 extensions per annum offering good market prospects for manufacturers and installers alike with bifolds popular where homeowners are extending kitchens/living areas and want a more open link to the outdoors.

AMA Research director Andrew Hartley explained, “The supply structure remains complex and fragmented, but increasingly competitive as many window and door companies now offer bi-fold doors. A number of companies that originally focused on single materials – eg, aluminium, PVCu or timber – have extended product ranges to include alternative material products in order to widen channel exposure. Bi-fold doors have also seen wider distribution generally in recent years, particularly through retail DIY/home improvement multiples and online.”

Current AMA forecasts indicate steady to good growth into the medium-term with the bi-fold doors market growing by around 7% per annum to 2020. Factors likely to have a positive impact on volume and value growth include housebuilding completions, the house moving market, trend for higher value replacements and steady levels of home improvement projects. Bi-fold doors are likely to remain a key product sector for retail window and door companies with second/third time replacements likely to impact on the market in future years.

The impact of Brexit on the residential newbuild and RMI sectors remains extremely difficult to forecast and implications are likely to become clearer as the UK eventually begins the process of negotiation. However, as a minimum, the uncertainty created by the situation may cause the market to become more volatile and may lead to reduced levels of spending on home improvements.

A Range of Quality Doors

A Range of Quality 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.

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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 visit the Blacketts Doors website.

One in Three Homeowners Regret DIY Jobs

One in Three Homeowners Regret DIY Jobs
Just over a third (35%) of homeowners regret the results of a DIY project they’ve taken on themselves and wish they had called in a professional, according to home services marketplace Plentific.com. The study showed 18-34 year olds struggle the most with DIYThe study showed 18-34 year olds struggle the most with DIY

Since the property ladder’s instability following Brexit, home improvements have become “the more attractive option for homeowners,” says the report, rather than uprooting and moving on. Many have taken on their own DIY jobs, but one in three have found their results less than pleasing.

The research shows that the younger generation aged 18-34 struggle the most, with 48% regretting their results. Plentific puts this down to them being “relatively fresh on the property ladder and having yet to gain the relevant experience in DIY.”

Norwich (45%) and Newcastle (47%) had the highest percentage of homeowners regretting DIY projects, wishing they’d hired a professional. In the capital, too, there are plenty of remorseful DIYers at 40%. The majority of London homeowners admit it has happened on more than two occasions.

Those living in Manchester, however, had the highest level (77%) of handy DIYers who had no issue with the results of their efforts.

Said Plentific spokesperson Stephen Jury, “Cases of regretful DIY projects are not unheard of, however these new statistics from Plentific show just how often they occur. It’s interesting to see that half of the young homeowners have DIY regrets. In this current digital world, these statistics could highlight the lack of DIY knowledge in younger homeowners, and emphasise their lack of confidence when carrying out projects which their parents may have more success with.”

Blacketts Doors – Internal Doors & External Doors – Glazed & Solid Styles

Blacketts Doors – Internal Doors & External 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. We are unable to supply composite or PVCu doors.

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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.

If you are looking to replace your doors and are considering having high quality wooden doors fitted, then these 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.

Footfall Declines on High Street in September

Footfall Declines on High Street in September
Retail spend rose 1.3% in September, but footfall and shop prices declined on a year-on-year basis according to the latest report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and retail analysts Springboard. Footfall in September was down 0.9% compared with a year ago, which marked a return to the decline in footfall before the 0.1% rise in August. Footfall on the high street fell after two months of growth, a total fall of 0.5% in September following a 1.1% rise in August.

In shopping centres footfall fell 2.5% in September, a further fall from the 1.9% decline in August.

Said Springboard marketing and insights director Diane Wehrle, “While the very warm and sunny weather will have drawn consumers to high streets in September, resulting in a greater drop in shopping centre footfall of 2.5 per cent, this is not just a one off result as shopping centre footfall has dropped by 1.8 per cent for the year to date compared with – 1.4 per cent in high streets and a rise of 1.2 per cent in retail parks.”

Footfall was down but spend up in stores during SeptemberFootfall was down but spend up in stores during September

“The issue for shopping centres could be that many have lacked the investment required to maintain their appeal for shoppers whose standards and expectations have risen