Buying Blinds in the UK.......
Made in Britain V Asia
In the UK there are probably around 10 main blind manufactures and these differ from multi- million pound to a small business set up. On top of this there are around 3 main companies that make components for the manufactures. Louvolite, Eclipse and Decorra there are more but these are the most well known!
So what are we looking for in a good Blind?
At Biggleswade Blinds First and foremost regardless to who is making the blind the most important thing.question to ask is where do the components originate from, These will be the roller brackets, gears, controls and chains. In verticals this will be the track, runners, wands. Venetians tend to be different as they are assembled in the UK.
Let us not be blinkered as we know that there are no major manufacturing goes on the UK anymore..HOWEVER as far as blinds are concerned I believe even though the Asian markets can copy quite good the British components however the quality and life span will not be there.
personally I prefer Louvolite and Eclipse and when dealing with customers know that I am giving a quality life time tested product. Against Asia there is no doubt that their products are far inferior and over a short time will start to decay. I foresee in the next few years that the Asian market will struggle with rising cost and quality gain will suffer.
Fabrics usually and for a good few years now have come from all around the world. I tend not to bother where the fabric has come from however saying this for commercial fabrics Louvolite and Eclipse both have very strong and lifetime lasting options.
To summaries if you are prepared to put cost before quality it may be cheap to initially purchase but you will have to purchase many times again against the UK manufactured...FACT!
At Biggleswade Blinds we strongly suggest to use a professional company that specialise in UK products...
BUY BRITISH SPEND MORE TO SAVE MONEY!!!