Fire Doors to Protect you Property

Fire Doors to Protect you Property

Blacketts Doors offer a range of high quality Fire Doors from their Newcastle showroom. To put it simply, fire doors save lives and are specialist doors tested against the elements and purpose-built to withstand roaring fires for as long as possible. Fire doors include vital safety features and really can be the difference between life and death.

So what is a fire door? A fire door is a door with a fire-resistance rating (sometimes referred to as a fire protection rating for closures) used as part of a passive fire protection system to reduce the spread of fire and smoke between separate compartments of a structure and to enable safe egress from a building or structure or ship. For a private premises, it is advised to install fire doors where the risk is most imminent, for example the kitchen, or rooms which house lots of electrical devices. If your property is a new build, it should have been subject to regulations ensuring certain doors are fire doors – check this with the developer.

To view the range of fire doors available from Blacketts Doors, visit our DIY Services website or call 0191 2734073. We offer FREE advice and will be happy to do our best to help you.

DIY Retail Sales Improve in June

Retail Sales Improve in June
Compared with May 2017, the volume of retail sales increased by 0.6%, with non-food stores providing the main contribution, up 1.8%. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports that warmer weather boosted clothing sales for retailers, however, household goods stores saw the biggest increase across all non-food retailers, with volumes up 3.3% for the month and a 2.7% rise the amount spent by consumers. Prices also held, with just a 0.3% drop in average store price.

‘Other stores’ within the non-food category, which includes carpet and floorcovering retailers, reported a 1.5% increase for June, with the average store price down 0.5% for the month, in line with the non-food stores category as a whole.

Average weekly spending online was £1.1 billion in June; an increase of 15.9% compared with June 2016. The amount spent online accounted for 16.2% of all retail spending, excluding automotive fuel, compared with 16.0% in May 2017

Online sales of household goods, saw the smallest year-on-year growth across the non-food store categories, up 8.7%. Department stores, meanwhile, reported a 15.6% year-on-year jump in internet sales, accounting for 14% of sales as a proportion of all retailing. Across all non-food store categories, online sales growth was +12.8% in June, accounting for 12% of all retailing.

In the three months to June 2017, the volume bought in the retail industry is estimated to have increased by 1.5%, with increases seen across all store types.

The growth for Q2 (Apr to June) 2017 follows a decline of 1.4% in Quarter 1 (Jan Mar) 2017, meaning we are broadly at the same level as at the start of 2017.

Commenting on today’s official retail figures, Office for National Statistics (ONS) senior statistician Kate Davies said: “Today’s retail sales figures show overall growth. A particularly warm June seems to have prompted strong sales in clothing, which has compensated for a decline in food and fuel sales for the month. “Looking at the quarterly data, the underlying trend, as suggested by the three-month on three-month movement is one of growth, following a fall in quarter 1, suggesting a relatively flat first half of 2017.”

Blacketts Doors Quality Internal & External Doors

Blacketts Doors Quality 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.

We know a lot about doors! Our staff are always available to answer any technical queries on doors and door furniture you may have. With good ex-stock levels of both internal and external doors and a huge variety of products: pine internal doors, oak internal doors and more. 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.

Internal Doors
Blacketts Doors are committed to sourcing and providing you with the quality range of internal doors including glazed internal doors, solid doors, fire doors and all other types, 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 is of the highest quality, and includes glazed external doors and solid doors, available in a wide range of sizes and finishes, at the very best prices. Our portfolio includes wooden external doors, security doors and all other types of external door.

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.

 

Weather Impact on May Garden Centre Sales

Weather Impact on May Garden Centre Sales
Results of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) May Barometer of Trade showed that the weather was a big factor in sales during May (2017) and divided the country. Compared to the same month last year (2016) sales in the south were 9-13% down; the north fared better with sales down by 2%-6%.

“The weather played a big factor in our members’ May sales figures with, contrary to the norm, the north having better weather than the south,” said GCA chief executive Iain Wylie. “However, all of our members had a tough job trying to top the figures from May 2016 which was the highlight of last spring.”

Furniture and barbeque sales were -12.47%, gifts up 1.22% and hard landscaping -14.39%.

“After a buoyant start in May which included a bumper Bank Holiday weekend, the second week in May was a disaster,” said Cowell’s Garden Centre director Martin Cowell. “The daily average temperatures were 12-14 degrees, which certainly hampered sales, however, the last two weeks saw the weather improve and sales were flying again. We ended May -1% down on 2016 which considering the weather and record sales the previous year, we were very pleased with. It could have been much, much worse. Our top five performing departments in May were bedding at +6%, perennials +12%, shrubs +6%, garden lighting +88% and irrigation up +24%.”

Member garden centre sales showed an average overall decrease for the month of 4.64% and an average overall Year to Date increase of 6.4%.

The GCA Barometer of Trade reports are compiled using actual sales figures and provide an up-to-date trading position statement. They are made available mid-month following the end of the prior month after all member garden centres have submitted their results.

Internal Doors & External Doors from Blacketts Doors

Searching for 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 – 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.

Blacketts Doors – Internal Doors & External Doors

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.

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.

Brits Spend Less than 45 Mins on DIY tasks then Give Up

Brits Spend Less than 45 Mins on DIY tasks then Give Up
A new survey has revealed that British homeowners spend an average of 37 minutes and make three attempts at a DIY task before giving up on it.

British homeowners spend just 37 minutes on doomed DIY tasks before giving up, according to a new study The survey, by BuyMetalOnline.co.uk, revealed that 62% of the population have tried and failed at a DIY household task in the last 12 months.

Of 2,000 UK homeowners, 78% said they would try to fix their household DIY problem before calling in a professional, with 32% attempting their own repairs to save money, and 27% doing so to save time. Britons listed: building flat pack furniture (68%), painting (56%), putting up a shelf (38%), wiring a socket (31%), and fixing a leaking tap (26%) among the top five DIY tasks they struggle to tackle. As a result, the top five trades Britons turn to in times of need included; electrical (59%), decorating (52%), plumbing (31%), building/construction (29%), and joinery (23%).

BuyMetalOnline.co.uk managing director Sara Halman said; “It seems the art of DIY is dying out among the British population, with more recent generations being able to turn their hand to technical computer-based problems as opposed to hands-on DIY tasks.” “Attempting to fix the problem yourself is one way to save money however if the job is hazardous or beyond your skill set, it is best handled by a trained and qualified professional.

There is no shame in turning to a professional to ensure the job is done properly and to the highest safety standards.” Young homeowners, those aged 25-34 called out a tradesperson five time on average in the past 12 months, compared to those aged 55-64 who did so just once.

Those in Newcastle admitted to the highest number of professional help call outs, with an average of four call outs to a trades person in the past 12 months, while those in Edinburgh made an average of two.

Internal Doors & External Doors from Blacketts Doors

Internal Doors & External Doors from Blacketts 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.

Blacketts doors, a family business, are able to supply quality wooden doors to suit all budgets, at very competitive prices. With fast delivery UK wide, on all ex stock 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.

Internal Doors & External Doors from Blacketts Doors

Blacketts Doors of Newcastle
Internal Doors & External Doors from Blacketts Doors UK.

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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. 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.

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.

Call today on 0191 2734073 for more information or visit the Blacketts Doors website.

Independent Opening Rates Continue to Outstrip Closures

Independent Opening Rates Continue to Outstrip Closures
According to new figures from the Local Data Company (LDC) and British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA), traditional independent retailers opened more shops than they closed in 2016 across Great Britain. Data released today by the two groups revealed the positive trend amongst indies, whilst the national chains continued to see a fall. Independent shops saw an increase of +159 shops (+0.15%) in 2016, which equates to a +36% increase from 2015, where +117 shops were added across Great Britain.

The chain retailers have remained in decline with a net loss of -896 shops in 2016 across the top 500 town centres, which compares to -498 shops in 2015.

In 2016, a total of 29,083 independents either opened (14,621) or closed (14,462), down on 2015 where 29,936 shops opened (15,026) or closed (14,910).

Service retail businesses with +587 units during the year, up from the +385 increase in 2015. Key growth sectors within this category have been barbers, hair and beauty salons. Comparison goods (non perishable goods) shops, which includes DIY and garden retailers, saw a net change of -2.01% in 2016, with a net decrease of -635 units, an increase on from -487 in 2015. However, the sectors seeing the greatest decline in this category include newsagents, women’s clothing, Indian restaurants and night clubs.

Regionally, the East Midlands showed the greatest increase of independents at +87 units (+1.19%) in 2016, versus +17 units (+0.23%) in 2015.Greater London, meanwhile, continues to see the greatest decline of independents at -154 units (-0.48%), but at a slower rate than in 2015 (-212 units, -0.65% in 2015).

Scotland has seen a boost in its number of independents with an increase of +130 units in 2016 compared to an increase of +75 units in 2015.Glastonbury boasts the highest percentage of independents at 85.6%, while Salford is the town with the lowest percentage of independents at only 18.1%, against a GB average of 65%. These figures are based on locations in the top 500 town centres.

Wider analysis of in and out of town locations shows that High Streets saw an improvement from a net increase of +119 units, to a net increase of +167 units in 2016. This represented a +40.3% increase year on year.

The other location types saw less of an overall change with shopping centres still recording a net decline of -0.22% (versus +0.02% in 2015) and Retail Parks edged in up by +9.09% (versus -14.81% in 2015) although these locations types make up under 5% of the total Independent market.

Independents account for 65% of all retail and leisure units in Great Britain, the same as in 2015.

LDC director Matthew Hopkinson commented: “Independents are becoming ever more important to our High Streets. Year by year, the net gain of small businesses is accelerating, even as the net loss of chain stores increases. They are changing the face of our towns as well, as barbers and bars replace clothing shops and newsagents, with service and leisure gradually substituting for comparison shops.

“Not all towns, or even regions, are benefiting from that growth, though. The East, South East and South West of England saw a fall in the numbers of independents in 2016. None, though, saw as big a fall as Greater London, with its rising rents. That challenge is to be amplified over the next five years by rising rates bills as well.”

He added: “The high levels of openings and closures among independents must be seen as a sign of continued buoyancy in our towns. But there is no room for complacency – with a gain on balance of just 159 shops on the back of more than 29,000 openings in 2016, it would take very little for net gains to become net losses.”

BIRA CEO Alan Hawkins said: “It’s good to have some positive news at last, especially in Scotland. It’s clear that the real winners are those areas where the customer has to be present such as hair and beauty. Service, leisure and convenience stores all showed good positive net openings with only comparison shops doing worse. The truth that most BIRA members are in this oddly-named category is an issue we and our members are working hard to redress.

“Given that there are over 100,000 independents in the top 500 towns, this is news to celebrate, as is that 65% of all retail and leisure outlets are independents. The fact that net growth is still in the low hundreds means no letup in our effort to convince government that support is needed. Without them it would be a much emptier exchequer. The next few LDC surveys will make interesting reading as the government has failed to deliver the fundamental rates reform we were looking for and we expect some economic realities to hit home.”

BIRA is hosting its annual conference on May 8, offering insight that will help shape the future of an independent retail business and with experts from the retail industry sharing ideas on how to further meet the needs of customers in the current era of change. For more information and to register to attend the BIRA Conference, visit bira.co.uk/event/conference17/ or contact Pauline Swiech on 0121 446 6688 or events@bira.co.uk