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2016
2016
NOV
01

Beat the New Year price increase

Order now for installation in 2017

Increase in external shading prices due to Brexit

Since the UK voted to leave the EU (Brexit), the pound has weakened significantly against the Euro dropping by around 20%, meaning the cost of exchanging money and subsequently buying from Europe has significantly increased.

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2015
2015
OCT
19

Don't Be Fooled By Cowboy Companies

Caribbean Blinds is the name you can trust in the external shading industry!

Last week we came across the story of BBC journalist Susan Bookbinder who was left too scared to leave her own home after a dispute with a builder turned nasty. Unfortunately, Susan's incident isn't isolated, as there seems to be a rising number of 'cowboy builders' operating in the UK who will perform poor-quality work at an over-inflated price, leaving the consumer severely out of pocket along with a highly dissatisfactory end result.  

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2015
JUL
10

Our Reviews & Photos Are The Real Deal

Don't be fooled by fake online reviews

External Conservatory Roof Blind

With more and more people turning to online reviews in order to make a judgement about how to spend their money, it's recently come to our attention that some companies are paying for 'fake reviews' in order to attract potential customers. Whilst reviews can give a good indication of a company's services and products, please consider that not every review online gives an accurate representation of the firm.

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2015
APR
08

Beware Of Imitations

Companies falsely claiming to offer the Outdoor Living Pod

Original Outdoor Living Pod

It has come to our attention recently that several companies are claiming to offer an ‘Outdoor Living Pod’. Whilst they may now be importing and offering a (inferior) louvered roof system given the surge in demand for flexible outdoor shade/shelter solutions that allow all year round use of the garden (without spoiling the alfresco feel), they do not offer the Outdoor Living PodTM, which is the name & trademark of our louvered roof pergola canopy – the first, the original and still the best (by far!).

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2014
2014
NOV
17

Changes To External Blinds & Awnings Performance Requirements

Draft proposal aims to raise the standards

Currently there is a draft proposal for changes to the current standard, which were last updated in 2008. The key proposed modifications to the previous edition are:

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2014
JUN
09

Named And Shamed

The lengths some companies will go to, to try to win sales

It’s virtually a month since we exhibited at Grand Designs Live in London and what a busy month it has been, not only was it the tenth anniversary of Grand Designs it was for us the biggest and best show yet, with show orders and enquiry volumes at an all time high.

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2014
APR
04

What Do You Think Will Be The Future Big Changes For The Industry?

Blinds & Shutters Feature - Question 5

"Given the increase in sales of more ‘all weather awnings’, so structures like our Outdoor Living Pod, with a fixed frame and an opening roof that are more suited to the ever changing weather we experience here in the UK which can sometimes be four seasons in a day (sun,wind,rain,snow) over the next few years we will see fewer but larger retailers of ‘fixed frame type awnings’ who are specialising in this type of product, particularly given that such products require typically a 3 person install crew, specialist equipment/skill and large vehicles.

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2014
APR
03

What Are The Major Trends In The Industry At The Moment?

Blinds & Shutters Feature - Question 4

"With people staying at home and improving (investing in their properties subsequently raising its value) rather than moving along with the desire to make the most of the available outdoor space whatever the weather without spoiling the alfresco feel, the popularity of fixed frame awnings with opening/closing roofs and drop down sides like our Outdoor Living Pod system, that can withstand as much wind, rain and even snow the British weather can throw at them, has increased significantly with consumers happy to invest more money in these types of solutions to enhance their life, creating a Holiday at Home terrace, rather than traditional retractable folding arm awnings that can only be used for sun and occasional light rain shower protection." 

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2014
APR
02

Where Does CB Draw The Inspiration For Its Products?

Blinds & Shutters Feature - Question 3

"Innovation is key. We work closely with leading European partners who are specialists in their individual fields to source, design and develop exterior shading solutions specifically for the UK market taking into account 3 key criteria; climatic conditions, building stock and their function/performance. This ensures that our products are suited to the UK weather conditions (so will stand the test of time), able to attach to our typical building construction aswell as look good against it and most importantly deliver the benefits they are being purchased for, whether it be energy saving, comfort or lifestyle".

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2014
APR
01

How Would You Define The CB brand?

Blinds & Shutters Feature - Question 2

"It was Gucci that said 'Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten' and there isn't any better way to sum up the Caribbean brand. From the quality of our products to the quality of our service, it’s simply superior in every way. We never rest on our laurels, continuing to evolve and innovate, designing, manufacturing, supplying and installing the very finest exterior solar shading solutions that money can buy, products of true distinction that people are proud of, products that are striking, adorning the facades of luxurious buildings and delivering real benefits, whether it be energy saving, lifestyle or comfort".

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2014
MAR
31

Question Time in B&S Magazine

We tell all in this exclusive interview

So today, we’ll lead with the answer to B&S question: What is Caribbean Blinds’ USP?

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2014
MAR
06

Miss-selling and Poor Installations

Helping out where we can

It is a sad fact that we are hearing more stories of where consumers have been sold either the wrong type of external blind system for their application or have had an external blind system fitted completely wrong.

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2014
JAN
30

Deal With An Honest Company

Don’t fall foul of a companies non existent heritage

Following our article last year about companies closing down and resurfacing immediately again appearing to be the same company, although not, following recent events in the blinds and shutters industry we thought we would re-highlight the situation and provide practical advice on how to avoid shading cowboys.

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2014
JAN
21

Blinds And Shutters Trade Magazine Out

Issue One promotes our unique lead referral scheme

The first 2014 issue of the leading trade journal aimed at everyone involved in interior and exterior blinds, awnings and shutters is now out, having landed on most of the doorsteps of the circa 6,000 companies involved in the industry over the weekend.

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2013
2013
SEP
24

The Pitfalls Of Not Dealing With a Specialist

Knowledge and experience makes all the difference

There are various types of exterior blinds on the marketplace and whilst they are designed with the same key purpose in mind, to provide solar control and sun protection, each product group is designed for a specific application.

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2013
SEP
06

Beware of Bogus Claims

External blind retailers making claims that can’t be substantiated.

Whilst we do not agree with companies who close down to wipe their debt and restart the next day as we feel it is highly unethical, especially for consumers who have lost deposits (in some cases substantial amounts), it is not illegal in this country (yet), however, when these companies blatantly lie to appear as if they have been in business far longer than they have and therefore are reputable (when they are not), we feel the need to, well post this article, after it was pointed out by a recent savvy customer.

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