11 Years on Archant’s Future 50 List

Caribbean Blinds has been recognised as one of the highest growing businesses in the East of England, picking up various awards on the journey and concreting their position at the forefront of the external shading industry. Hard work and determination has now presented an opportunity to partake in the prestigious business development scheme, alongside 49 other praiseworthy companies 

For the 11th consecutive year running, the Future 50 programmeorganised by Archant and its partners, will be bringing together the best in the business to help them reach new levels through a series of coordinated events that will provide opportunities alongside gaining access to valuable insight from industry leading experts to help excel their businesses.  

The industry experts that are partnering with this year’s Future 50 programme are the well-established banking specialists Barclays Eagle Labsleading local law firm Birketts, investment management establishment Foresiteaccountancy experts Lovewell Blake, and the innovative Norwich Research Park. 

Our Managing Director, Stuart Dantzic commented: “To have been named one of the top 50 highest-growing businesses in the East of England is a massive achievement for all of us here at Caribbean Blinds, and a status that we’re honoured to receive, especially during such an uncertain and difficult time for small businesses. 

Our team works tirelessly to deliver exceptional quality shading systems (whether specifying, making or installing), so to make it into this renowned programme is great recognition of the amazing work that happens here every day. It has given us the motivation we need to power through this somewhat unpredictable period, and make 2021 just as successful as last year, if not more!” 

The expert partners added“Caribbean Blinds is a solid business that plays well into the living-well lifestyle – and good to see a family business continuing high growth. Clearly passionate about the product and service – Future 50 should serve it well.” 

Despite the challenges of 2020, we witnessed a prolific year that saw the business grow 42% from its previous year, a large growth that did not go unnoticed. 

The company quickly adapted to the changing climate, implementing new procedures to align with government guidelines whilst pushing marketing more than ever to reach more homes across the nation to sell them a ‘Holiday at Home’ idea that would ease the pressures of the crisis. With consistent determination and the help of our dedicated team, we celebrated 8 consecutive months of record-breaking sales (May through to December 2020). During all the madness we came away with a couple of awards which included the Family Business United ‘People’s Choice Award’ and the ever-popular Outdoor Living Pod grabbed the Real Homes ‘Best Garden Buy’ of 2020 award. 

Additionally, as part of our new growth and strategy to deal with Brexit we are foregoing a new 10,000 sq/ft expansion to the factory located alongside our Sudbury Head Office. This vital change will allow us to double our storage capacity to help boost productivity and maintain short lead times for our customers and loyal trade dealers. This will also mean we will be able to create more jobs for our community. 

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