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  How we will operate during the November Lockdown   Lockdown in England. A second lockdown will begin in England on Thursday. The Government guidance currently states that where you can’t work from home, you can go to work including in other people’s homes. Click here . Section 6 of the guidance states that people who can’t effectively work form home can go to the workplace. Non-essential shops are to close, but there is not a definitive list yet of what is classed as non-essential yet. Where a non-essential retail shop is closed it can remain open for delivery to customers and click and collect. The Guidance states that further details on restrictions will be set out in law and that further guidance will be published, so things may yet change . As with most suppliers  in our industry, our order book is currently bursting, and with the run up towards Christmas we ha ve not seen demand diminish. We want to ensure that we are able to service our customers as well as possib
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  CREATE THE PERFECT PLACE TO WORK FROM HOME Home has never played a more important role in our lives. It is the place where we wake up, relax and recharge. Where we have fun. Where we feel comfortable. For many though, the home has now taken on a new dimension: that of ‘the home office’. We are therefore now facing a new challenge. How can we create the perfect place to work from home? THE ESSENCE OF DAYLIGHT It seems obvious that bright rooms provide more energy. Yet, too much light can have the opposite effect. Your laptop screen becomes difficult to read; making you pinch your eyes to see what is on it. Not to mention the sunlight that shines straight into your eyes. This causes loss of concentration and energy, which makes you feel tired after a day working at home. OPTIMise VISUAL COMFORT The solution? The perfect choice of window coverings. The Sunscreen fabrics in our collections which are used in buildings all over the world, are designed to optimise visual, thermal and acoust
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 On Line Pattern Books In order to make our ranges more accessible to customers who are unable to visit the shops, we are  in the process of creating a series of virtual collection books in an easy to use "flip book" style. These can also be downloaded for use on a laptop or tablet even when internet is not available. We are working on getting all of our collections into this format but some are already being hosted on our website under the Tab heading "Swatch Books." These can be accessed by your customer, who can make provisional selections before you go visit them to measure and quote and will help you make the most of your time.  You can copy and share this link which will take you directly to our new bookshelf. https://www.novatecblinds.co.uk/swatchbook.html
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Here is a job we did this month to help this Optician prepare to get back to work. Our client asked us to come up with a solution to prevent his customers from picking up and handling  glasses frames, thereby potentially contaminating them for future customers. We suggested that they use our 120cm wide x 200cm high clear PVC Covid protection screens, to screen off their glasses frames, but still allow a member of staff to access the frames when needed. Now what will happen is that customers can point out a frame (or selection of frames) from behind the protective screen, and an assistant will put these into a box for the customer to try on and make a final selection, whatever is not selected is cleaned before going back on display. The client now knows that what is on display has not been contaminated and can keep track of what has been touched by customers. The screens are movable and easily adjustable, and can therefore provide easy access.  If you would like fur
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CAN YOU OPEN YOUR SHOP YET? The question many of you are asking is  when will it be possible to reopen and start trading again? As members of the British Blind and Shutters Association will already know, our trade body  has been working hard on our behalf to get the best advice and help members to get back to business safely.  So long as you have determined it is safe to do so, the answer is "yes". Regulations in England closing non-essential retail shops have a number of exemptions and one of those is 'homeware'. Dictionary definitions of homewares include, furnishings and curtains. As such, Curtain/blind and furnishing retailers may open their premises as long as it is safe to do so.   The Government has produced Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic : this can be seen here;  www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-duringcoronavirus-covid-19. The require
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COVID-19 Transparent roll up barrier screen COVID-19 has changed the world drastically.  The first countries are slowly opening again, which is good news and a hopeful sign. This back to work comes with strict health and safety requirements that sit alongside social distancing and good hygiene. Adapting window coverings can make a significant contribution towards a safer workplace. We have adapted an advertising banner by using a transparent and wipe-able PVC material to produce dividers for either screening between office desks or other work-spaces without losing any light, visibility or social contact. COVID Transparent roll up barrier screen Main features: ·          Adjustable : These screens measure 85 cm wide and are adjustable up to 200 cm tall. ·          Strong: The material is made of a robust 400 micron thick PVC. ·          Cleanable and waterproof: ideal for providing the protection needed when social distancing is not             
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A brief Guide to Motorisation The benefits of motorised blinds ·        Comfort and privacy with the push of a button ·        Completely child safe by design by eliminating cords and chains ·        Motorisation keeps your blinds looking better for longer ·        Operate blinds easily in difficult to reach places ·        Somfy motors are compatible with leading “Smart Home” solutions ·        All our motors carry a 5-year warranty Why you should consider Battery powered Motorised blinds ·        No more chains or pulls hanging down at the window ·        Open and close with perfect positioning with just one click of a button ·        Ideal for hard to reach windows as well as larger windows ·        Operate a single blind or group of blinds with one command, even by using your smart phone ·        Battery power makes installation quick, easy, clean and without any disruption to your home d├ęcor  ·