One in Three Homeowners to ‘Improve Not Move’ in Wake of Brexit

One in Three Homeowners to ‘Improve Not Move’ in Wake of Brexit
DIY retailers could get a boost this year from the 27% of homeowners who have cancelled plans to move house in the wake of the Brexit vote, according to a new infographic released by Spring Fair.

The average Brit is planning to spend just shy of £8,000 on home improvements this year The average Brit is planning to spend £7,990 on home improvements this year, with those from Cardiff showing to have the loftiest aspirations with an average projected spend of £12,000. Londoners estimated spend at £9,854, Leeds dwellers at £8.518 and Bristolians at £8,436.

According to the research, 44% of Britons have said they are proud of their current house, with 12% saying they were unhappy and/or embarrassed. A staggering 81% said they planned to improve their bedrooms and lounges during 2017, while 32% had plans for a new kitchen. Spring Fair also revealed that 52% of people keep on top of homeware trends by using Instagram, while 35% found inspiration from friends and family members’ homes, and 49% read home and interior magazines.

Those in Glasgow were found to be the keenest to keep up to date on the latest interiors trends at 72%. 45% reported that they like to be the first one in their circle of friends to show off the latest homeware products. Three in 10 said they refuse to tell their friends where they bought something as they don’t want them to copy their style. A quarter said there was competition between their friends over who had the nicest house and over a third (37%) of those polled admitted to being jealous of a friend’s house.

A spokesperson for Spring Fair said: “In Spring Fair’s sixty years we’ve seen vast shifts in the most popular trends, with everything from sheepskin rugs to lava lamps appearing on the interiors’ hotlist. We anticipate seeing many new trends highlighted at Spring Fair next week.”

Looking for a New Door in the North East
Blacketts doors are a specialist Newcastle upon Tyne based DIY store supplying a large collection of doors including traditional doors, external wooden doors, glazed doors, internal doors, together with a large selection of quality door furniture and hardware.

Call Blacketts doors today on 0191 2734073 for Free & Friendly Advice on updating the internal doors to your property. With a large and diverse collection of all types of doors available, together with a large selection of quality door furniture and hardware, we know you won’t be disappointed.

AMA Market Report: Mixed News for DIY and Building Products

AMA Market Report: Mixed News for DIY and Building Products
The UK building and home improvement products distribution market is a large, mature market and as such tends to experience modest year on year change. In both 2015 and 2016, the market has performed well displaying growth rates of 4% per annum. This was driven by value increases and a modest improvement in confidence, though while house building showed modest improvement, public sector funding cuts continued to impact large scale construction projects and the Brexit vote undermined any significant new investment in construction programmes.

In general, market growth has been healthy since 2014, when the market value increased by 7%. This was due to a strong housing market with new housebuilding up 31% in terms of completions and some product sectors showing high levels of growth, such as solar energy technology which was boosted by an announcement that Feed In Tariffs were declining significantly, prompting sales/commitments before this occurred.

The market is relatively evenly split between heavyside and lightside products. Leading product sectors include timber & glazing, bricks, blocks, building envelope & concrete (BBBEC) and heating & plumbing. The distribution market is complex, with a small number of large organisations competing with many regional and local organisations.

The leading group of players now consists of four builders and plumbers merchants and three home improvement multiples. Other suppliers who have become important within the market include Screwfix and Toolstation. Internet distribution has grown in recent years, especially in those channels where the products are more disposed to consumer preference and choice, are more physically compact and can more easily be delivered, such as plumbing and certain garden products. Nevertheless pure Internet distributors retain a relatively modest share in most sectors. The changing socio-demographic structures are stimulating a shift away from DIY, with the younger generation unable to leave home or renting until they are in their thirties, resulting in less motivation to undertake DIY, and at the other end of the scale, the older generation use tradesmen to do their DIY.

In addition, the growth of flats and apartments as well as smaller houses, will stimulate a shift away from DIY as there is simply less room to make improvements and changes. The future prospects of the building and home improvement products distribution market are extremely difficult to forecast as the future development of the market is highly dependent on the levels of business investment and confidence in the wake of the EU referendum vote and the nature of negotiations with the EU over the next two years.

Over the next two years the construction industry is expected to show very modest growth of 1-2% overall reflecting a mix of performances across the sectors, with the infrastructure sector and the health sector expected to perform reasonably well, while offices and retail perform less well. AMA Research forecasts value growth of 2-3% per annum for the building and home improvement products distribution market, reflecting expected price increases in a number of product sectors and improving confidence in the medium term.

AMA Research director Keith Taylor said: “While house building levels have improved, it seems likely that this growth will not continue over the next two to three years as the market adjusts to the EU vote and exit process, and is therefore likely to remain more stable. Market growth will be impacted by the weakening of the pound following the EU referendum, making imports more expensive, a particular issue in areas such as electrical accessories and baths and sanitaryware, where imports take a significant share of the market.”

Internal and External Wooden Doors

Internal and External Wooden Doors
As we move into 2017, are you looking to improve your home by updating your doors? With many wooden door styles available from Blacketts doors including oak, ash, cherry, red hardwood, pine, pitch pine and HDF white primed, having options in pre glazed or un glazed, 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.

Call today on 0191 2734073 or visit the Blacketts doors website for more information about the range of internal & external doors now available.

Importance of Using Strong Passwords

Importance of Using Strong Passwords
Your passwords are the most common way to prove your identity when using websites, email accounts and your computer itself (via User Accounts). The use of strong passwords is therefore essential in order to protect your security and identity. The best security in the world is useless if a malicious person has a legitimate user name and password.

The following baseline practices are quick and easy to employ, and they have a hugely positive impact on your online security.

Strong passwords:
Use strong passwords for all your social media accounts, which include uppercase letters, lowercase letters, symbols and numbers. If you want examples as to what not to use, look at the five most popular passwords from 2014.

Different passwords:
While it may be more convenient to use the same password for multiple sites, it is important that all your passwords be different. If it becomes too complicated to keep track of all of your various passwords, then consider using a password manager. This software automatically fills in your passwords whenever you log in and keeps them encrypted.

Two-step verification:
You can add an extra layer of security to your online accounts by enabling two-factor authentication, which requires you to verify your identity in another way (often utilising a phone number or a secondary email address). Since hackers don’t have access to your mobile device, this step prevents them from logging into your website’s backend or social media profiles.

Always log out:
Never leave your laptop or mobile device unattended. If you do, ensure that you log out or shut down your device and that a lock code or password is required to gain access. Be sure to log out all of your social media and email accounts, as well.
Why is this important? By using weak passwords, the list of potential concerns includes people impersonating you to commit fraud and other crimes, including accessing your bank account, buying items online with your money, impersonating you on social networking and dating sites, sending emails in your name and  accessing the private information held on your computer.

Looking for a New Door in the North East

Looking for a New Door in the North East
Blacketts doors are a specialist Newcastle upon Tyne based DIY store supplying a large collection of doors including traditional doors, external wooden doors, glazed doors, internal doors, together with a large selection of quality door furniture and hardware.  So what is so special about a ‘door’?

Internal doors are probably the most commonly fitted doors in any home or property. With loads of designs and types of internal doors to choose from, these would include panel doors, moulded doors and fire resistant doors to name but a few.

Interior Panel Doors
Panel Doors are typically of the four panel type finish, but there are many variations on this design. These doors often have solid soft or hardwood frames and panels, are easy to cut and plane to fit into a particular door frame.

Moulded Doors
These are similar in style to the traditional panel door but will typically 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.

Call Blacketts doors today on 0191 2734073 for Free & Friendly Advice on updating the internal doors to your property. With a large and diverse collection of all types of doors available, together with a large selection of quality door furniture and hardware, we know you won’t be disappointed.

New Year Sales Fail to Perform

New Year Sales Fail to Perform
Footfall over the New Year weekend fell by 13% on the UK high street, and by 50% in shopping centres according to retail benchmark analyst Springboard.

Poor weather was partly to blame for the early slump The drop was due to poor weather as well as an early December rush as well as bank holiday trading hours deterring shoppers. Overall footfall for retail fell by 23.8%.

Springboard insights director Diane Wehrle said, “The ease and comfort of online shopping proved too enticing for shoppers keen to snap up further discounts in the sales rather than bracing the cold outdoors. “Retailers traditionally see the first trading weekend of the New Year as a sign of things to come, and if this still rings true the industry is set for a rocky 2017.”

Interior & Exterior Door Specialists

Interior & Exterior Door Specialists in Newcastle
Blacketts Doors are a family run business located in Newcastle upon Tyne who offer a wide range of high quality wooden doors, both internal and external doors, fittings and fixtures. Our staff are always available to provide help and guidance on the types of doors available, and with a good stock of both internal and external doors we always try and meet your requirements on demand.  As well as offering all types of doors for sale, Blacketts Doors also offer a local door fitting service.

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Quality Doors Always Available
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 wooden internal doors, fire doors and all other types of internal door. 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.
For further information on the range of interior and exterior doors available, please visit the Blacketts Doors website or telephone 0191 273 4073 today.

‘Panic Saturday’ set to Bring in £2.6bn

‘Panic Saturday’ set to Bring in £2.6bn
The last weekend before Christmas is almost upon us, and payments processor Worldpay has predicted a £2.6bn boost to retail over the weekend as consumers flock to make their last minute purchases.

High streets are predicted to be 45% busier than usual on a Saturday, and footfall in department stores is expected to increase by 127%. Spend is predicted to reach £17.6bn during the last week running up to Christmas Day, with card spending expected to reach more than £3bn on Friday, December 23. Millions are expected to hit the shops this weekend for last minute gifts Worldpay’s chief marketing and commercial officer James Frost said, ”

Christmas is the only time of the year that we convince ourselves it’s okay to overspend and our latest data suggests trading in the run-up to Christmas could be up by as much as 7% compared to 2015. “For retailers this means putting more staff on the shop floor to offer advice, locate items and take payments, alleviating pressure from the tills as customers queue to purchase items.”

Online Sales of Garden Products Double

Online Sales of Garden Products Double since 2011
The last five years have seen online garden sales double, according to AMA Research. According to AMA, growth in online sales of gardening products have outpaced the overall garden products market by some distance in recent years. Reasons for this has included the continued penetration of broadband internet services and mobile devices, as well as the expanding number of companies which now compete in the online sector.

Between 2011 and 2015, Internet sales of garden products more than doubled, with the sector growing by an estimated 24% in 2015 – with growth of a further 20% estimated for 2016. Segmentation of the internet garden products sector differs from the market as a whole. Garden leisure products accounted for the largest share of ‘internet garden product sales via the Internet at around 30%, followed by horticulture and garden equipment – this compares to the total garden products market where horticulture takes the leading share.

Both the internet sector and the overall market have benefited from the fact that more people are keen to use their gardens for entertaining and socialising. This trend has pushed up demand in sectors such as garden furniture, barbecues and decorative garden features in particular. It is estimated that ‘non-specialist’ garden retailers such as DIY multiples account for the majority share of internet garden sales in 2015-16.

However, competition continues to grow within the overall category, as a number of grocery multiples and high street retailers have recently increased their presence in the market. The garden centres sector has been slower than others in adopting online sales platforms, but this is now beginning to change. In addition, there are a range of specialist online retailers in key sectors, accounting for around 40% of the market.

Growth within the overall market for garden products is likely to be fairly restrained in the medium term. However, more impressive growth is forecast for the internet sector, which is less mature and at an earlier stage of development. “By 2020, it is expected that the internet sector will account for over 18% of the total garden products distribution market and will have grown by more than 55% compared with 2016 levels,” said AMA Research director Andrew Hartley. “While impressive, market growth is expected to slow during the years leading up to 2020, as the sector starts to mature.”

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.