Everyone can find ways to improve their home and many of these plans are put on hold over the winter period. Cold weather and expensive presents often means that any home improvement projects are kept back until the spring. Fortunately, spring is just around the corner and now may be the best possible time to begin planning your desired improvements so that you can make the most out of the over the summer. There are two improvements that are likely to be on the top of most homeowners list, to install a conservatory or an orangery and it is very hard to argue that they are a valuable and beautiful addition to any home.
It is always best to fit these types of home improvements in the spring because of the (generally) better weather and increasingly long days. While it can take a sometime to choose, design, fabricate and install conservatories, if you act quick you will definitely be enjoying your new space for when the weather finally improves and you can look out upon beautiful summers days. There are some key steps that you need to take when deciding on a conservatory or orangery and this article aims to help take you through them.
One of the first considerations you will need to make is deciding how large and expansion you want to make to your home. While everyone will often want the largest possible conservatory possible, space and budget can often make…
Hazlemere Window Company has added to the enviable list of accreditations it can boast by gaining ISO 14001 registration, the international standard for environmental management.
The Buckinghamshire-based company has, for more than a decade, enjoyed ISO 9001 registration for the manufacture and installation of domestic and commercial double glazing. ISO 14001 is seen as equally important for Hazlemere which supplies both uPVC and aluminium bi folding doors products, and has also expanded its product range in recent years to include domestic and commercial solar panels.
The route to achieving ISO 14001 consisted of a two-part audit of Hazlemere Window Company’s head office and adjoining factory by certification body National Quality Assurance (NQA), which is due to be followed up by surveillance visits and a three yearly re-certification audit, such is the rigour of the registration criteria.
The whole process, which took over six months, involved a significant commitment from the Board of Directors, who had already previously installed 24 solar panels on the showroom roof. Before the process began, Hazlemere Window Company had invested in waste segregation by employing a person solely to perform this task, re-cycling all the old timber, aluminium and UPVC windows etc.
Hazlemere Commercial Sales Director, Simon Keegan, explained the importance of this latest accreditation, particularly to the company’s commercial division: “Both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards involve an immense amount of time and resource to achieve, as the criteria is very strictly applied by independent auditors. These accreditations require a…
Fabricator Conservatory Outlet is recruiting for retail sales representatives on behalf of its customers; such is the demand for additional experienced and proven sales advisors throughout the network of dealers.
The Conservatory Outlet Network as a whole invests significantly in SEO and PPC internet marketing which in turn generates thousands of qualified enquiries each month from homeowners looking for replacement double glazing, or a new conservatory or orangery. Because the Conservatory Outlet Network now covers almost three quarters of the UK there exists numerous opportunities throughout England, Scotland and Wales for experienced retail sales representatives to appoint these leads and help homeowners make the most informed decision when improving their home.
The 22 regional and independently owned installation companies that make up the Conservatory Outlet Network of Dealers already employ in the region of 100 sales or sales support personnel, who operate from a total of 34 indoor showrooms which display the latest conservatory and orangery designs, alongside double glazed windows, residential doors and composite doors.
Applications are being accepted until 30th November 2012 for professional and conscientious sales advisors who have an in-depth knowledge of the glazing industry, and in particular UPVC windows, doors and conservatories. Immediate starts are available for the right candidates and, in return, they can expect to receive in-house training; comprehensive sales kits and literature; an ambulant supply of leads each week; and generous on target earnings, as well as the opportunity to be a part of…
Sales Consultant Nick Trigg of Conservatory Outlet Dealer Mid Wales Windows & Conservatories is in the running to be named Sales Professional of the Year after impressing judges in a competition organised by FIT Show.
Nick made it to the final three salesmen after being grilled by a panel of judges; in what is the first independent national competition ever to be held for professional glazing sales consultants in the UK.
His rivals for the title are Ed Burgess from Countryside Home Improvements; and Adrian Phillips from Nolan uPVC. Since the shortlist was announced, the three men have been put through their paces and have had to demonstrate their sales skills on camera to a team of specially trained actors.
The three contenders arrived at a location in Manchester one by one as they tried to persuade a ‘married couple’ to purchase new windows. The actors has been specially trained to ask appropriate questions designed to test the knowledge, customer service and professionalism of each consultant, and to make sure that each had a tough but fair assignment.
It comes as little surprise that a network salesman has progressed so far in the competition. Earlier this year Conservatory Outlet delivered a seven-day retail sales training course to many of its retail sales advisors to help them fine tune the way they assist homeowners who are in the market for new windows, doors, conservatories and orangeries.
The FIT (Fabricator and Installer Trade) Show is a…
As a homeowner you will always be looking for new and fresh ways to update and even extend your home. When homeowners decide to extend their home due to a lack of space they usually opt for a brick built extension, a conservatory or they just move to a bigger property. There is an alternative to all of these options as orangeries are now seen as being the most lucrative and stylish way of adding extra space to the home.
Most conservatories are made of uPVC, a material that is seen as being hard wearing and durable in all weathers, but sometimes homeowners may not find a material colour which matches their home that well. Modern installers do however offer a slightly more varied colour choice. An orangery however differs in that it is predominantly made of brick work, meaning you can try and find a similar brick pattern to that used on your home. This makes it look more like an authentic brick extension. Conservatories are made up of around 80% glass. This gives an orangery the feel of half brick extension and half conservatory as it contains the benefits of a permanent structure but also has the features of energy efficiency and light of a conservatory.
If you have had a look around on your local home improvement company’s websites for details about a conservatory or orangery, you will have noticed that an orangery will cost you…