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

Quick Guide to Types of Internal Door

Quick Guide to Types of Internal Door
At Blacketts we are sometimes asked about the types of internal doors available. Many home owners realise that 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. Blackettsdoors.co.uk are a UK 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.

Home Improvement Figures Continue to Grow

Home Improvement Figures Continue to Grow
Households in London are leading the way in applying for home improvements, according to industry analysts Barbour ABI and the Federation of Master Builders. More home owners are choosing to ‘improve not move’ according to figures from Barbour and the FMB The figures show that there were 3.8 applications for home improvements for every 100 private homes in London last year, with the East of England seeing the biggest growth with a 14% uptake.

At the other end of the spectrum, the North East and Scotland saw only 1.1 applications per 100 households. Kensington and Chelsea dominated the best performing district chart, with 6.8 applications for every 100 homes. This was a decrease of 8% on the 2015 figure. Cambridge, meanwhile, saw house sales fall sharply while home improvements rocketed. Outside of Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea, Cambridge showed the highest ratio of home improvement planning applications to home sales of any borough. Districts with the most home improvement applications were mainly found in Southern England, making up 18 out of the top 25.

Meanwhile, 21 of the bottom 25 districts were located north of the Midlands. Federation of Master Builders chief executive Brian Berry said: “Demand for home improvement work is particularly vulnerable to dips in consumer confidence but at present, there’s no sign of a negative “Brexit effect”. “Indeed, the results of this year’s Home Improvers Report show that there was a 6% rise in home improvement work that requires planning permission in 2016 compared to 2015 in Great Britain and these results chime with the FMB’s own research. “Despite gloomy predictions from many economists in the run up to the EU referendum last summer, construction SME workloads have not only held up, they are in rude health.

Even as we approached Article 50 being served at the end of last month, the results of the FMB’s State of Trade Survey for Q1 2017 show that construction workloads continued to grow and 50% of firms expect this trend to continue into the second quarter of this year.”

Barbour ABI lead economist Michael Dall added: “2016 saw continued growth of home improvement in areas expected, such as around the capital and other southern English regions. However it is encouraging to see considerable growth in the East of England with many of its boroughs making their way up the table.” “Looking forward, much will depend on the growth in the economy, as the link between it and home improvement is very evident. In addition, the shortage of housing across Great Britain generally is set to continue, which will undoubtedly help fuel home improvement activity as home owners look to ‘improve not move’.”

Looking for Internal or External Wooden Doors

Looking for Internal or External Wooden Doors
Blacketts Doors 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.

We are also 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.

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.

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, then why not call us today on 0191 2734073 or visit the Blacketts Doors website.

Tech Savvy Generation Expects DIY Retailers to up Their Game

Tech Savvy Generation Expects DIY Retailers to up Their Game
Bricks and mortar stores have to do more to satisfy tech-savvy shoppers and improve the in-store experience, says new research. A new retail report, by mobile technology solutions provider Apadmi, found that consumers would ?like to see retailers make better use of technology in store.

Nearly half (46%) of consumers surveyed now expect stores to offer free WiFi and one in five shoppers want retailers to use technology that will provide a more tailored shopping experience while they browse in-store, such as an app that notifies them of nearby offers or provides product recommendations or reviews The top priorities for today’s high street consumer are speed and convenience, says the report, with the concept of being able to pay for items through an app to avoid queues appealing to more than a quarter of shoppers surveyed in the report.

If retailers are unable to implement “just walk out” technology, where customers can purchase items through an app without the need for cashiers – as used by Amazon Go – 26% of consumers said that they would, at least, like to purchase products through an app and then pick up their items in-store.

With one in 10 UK consumers downloading more retail apps in the past 12 months than they did in the previous year, the research highlights the shift towards online and mobile technology and the need for retailers to now offer a unified, omni-channel experience, suggests the report.

Apadmi CEO Nick Black said: “There is a need among consumers for retailers to make better use of technology in-store to make every aspect of the shopping journey more enjoyable. As shoppers continue to embrace mobile e-commerce, and retail apps, the in-store experience needs to remain relevant and therefore incorporate the benefits that can be achieved through shopping online. Our research has uncovered a desire among shoppers for more convenient ways of buying items in-store, as well as better communication channels to inform them about the latest offers or promotions as they walk around the shop.”

He added: “Expectations of the in-store experience are increasing and, while it will be challenging for retailers to meet the demands of tech-savvy shoppers, it’s important that they get on-board to retain customer loyalty.”

A Guide to the Humble Internal Door

A Guide to the Humble 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.

Blacketts doors are a Newcastle upon Tyne 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. Call 0191 2734073 for Free advice on updating the internal doors to your property

Looking for Internal or External Wooden Doors

Looking for Internal or External Wooden Doors
Are you looking for Internal or External wooden doors in either glazed or solid styles? If you live in the North East then why not call Blacketts doors, a long established family run DIY business, able to supply high quality wooden doors to suit all budgets.

With fast delivery and all available at very competitive prices. Holding a good levels of stock available to take away, the 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.

Plus we are unable to supply composite or PVCu doors. In short, whatever type of door you are looking for, we will likely have available.

As well as the a vast selection of internal and external wooden doors we have available, we also offer 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 more information or to speak to one of our helpful and friendly staff call 0191 2734073 or visit the Blacketts doors website today.

Increased Demand for British Made DIY Products

Increased Demand for British Made DIY Products
Demand for UK-made goods increased in recent months, with total order books improving further, but prices are expected to rise. The Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) latest Industrial Trends Survey found that total orders reached a two-year high during the three months to February, with the strengthening in demand led by the mechanical engineering and metal products sectors.

The survey of 471 firms also revealed that export orders remained stable, and above the long-run average.

Output growth remained robust during this time and is expected to increase at a faster pace over the coming quarter, said the CBI, with expectations currently at their highest since September 2013.

Firms expect prices to rise strongly over the next three months, with expectations at their firmest since April 2011, as Sterling’s depreciation continues to increase the cost of raw materials. Commenting on the topic in DIY Week’s upcoming Made In Britain issue, Makita national sales manager Barry Smart said the company’s manufacturing centre had seen a rise in the cost of raw materials but added that it is currently being balanced by the Euro improvement by Makita’s sales into the Eurozone.

Whitefurze sales director Tracey Stone added: “The cost of raw materials has always fluctuated and this is something that any business must make allowances for.”

CBI chief economist Rain Newton-Smith said of the survey findings: “Stronger demand and production is good news for UK manufacturers, though the weaker pound continues to push up input costs and this is now feeding through to output price inflation expectations. “With cost pressures building, businesses will be looking to the Budget for relief from business rates, specifically bringing forward the adjustment from RPI to CPI. “Over the longer term, investment in education and innovation as part of the Government’s industrial strategy will really need to deliver in the face of increasing political headwinds.”