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08 Dec 2017
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Stoke window company films Christmas sing-along video

Target Windows is hoping to spread some Christmas cheer by releasing a video which sees staff don Santa suits and belt out a festive hit.

Employees attached fake beards, grabbed inflatable guitars and adjusted their Santa hats at the firm’s Meir Heath factory to record a unique version of Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody on Tuesday morning.

They were joined by Christmas angel, production director Mick Tune, who braved the cold in white tights and a yellow wig.

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He said: “It was a very cold morning, but it was all good fun and seeing me dressed as an angel certainly gave the lads a laugh. We hope the video makes people smile too.”

The video went live today and is being shared on social media. It will be displayed at Target’s showrooms in Stone and Uttoxeter.

Guy Basnett, director of Target Windows, said: “The idea came on the back of last year’s Christmas video, which was The Twelve Days of Christmas. Loads of people commented on how much they enjoyed it, so we wanted to do another this year, only do a funny take on a pop hit.

“It was certainly a laugh – the lads won’t be making it into the charts any time soon; they’re much better at fitting windows than they are at singing!”

Target also took the opportunity to announce its support for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, as a corporate partner. The company will be taking part in the charity’s Jail or Bail challenge, which will see Target raise £2,000 for the hospice.

*** WIN ***

To celebrate the release of the video, Target Windows is running a Facebook competition to give people the chance to win a luxury Christmas hamper from Il Gusto Trentham. To enter, just like and comment on the post here. Usual Ts & Cs apply.

Target is offering another chance to win a prize this festive season. Anyone who books a January 2018 installation this month will get huge savings on new doors, windows, a conservatory or an orangery.

On top of that, one lucky winner will receive £100 in Love2shop vouchers.  Winners will be announced on February 1, 2018. Usual Ts & Cs apply.

For more information call 01782 398021 or pop into a Target Windows showroom in Stone or Uttoxeter.

24 Nov 2017
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Stoke window company helps complete £750K community project

A Meir Heath company has helped complete a £750,000 community facility in Audlem.

Family-run business Target Windows worked with Sneyd Building Contractors to supply windows and doors for the project, which saw an annex created to enhance the Public Hall in the village.

The Annexe is designed to complement the hall, and will provide: lounge and dining facilities for senior citizens; a dedicated space for a new youth club; storage and dressing rooms for the 5A’s drama group; changing rooms for Audlem FC senior and Audlem Saints junior footballers, cycling and other sports.

There will be a community-run fitness room equipped with treadmills, a rowing machine and exercise bikes, and a small kitchen and medical room, along with a multipurpose small hall suitable for meetings and functions.

Guy Basnett, director of Target Windows, said: “We’re so pleased to have been involved with a huge community project like this. The Annexe will be used by several local groups, as well as providing a gym, with profits going back into the community.

“We have supplied aluminium and UPVc windows and doors, so it should feel very comfortable all year, and help reduce operating costs, making the project as sustainable as possible.”

Praise

The new facility has cost around £750,000 to design and build, with money from The Big Lottery Fund, grants and donations from parish councils, residents and major sponsors. Significant funds were raised by the APHAx Committee.

Roland Hall, chairman of the APHAx Committee said: “We have been working with the Big Lottery Fund for over four years to make The Annexe a reality. The project has its roots in the 2005 Audlem Parish Plan, which identified the need for better sport and recreational facilities. The APHAx team are very proud that they have delivered the most important community project for decades and that it will benefit future generations for years to come.”

Heather Jones, chairman of Audlem Parish Council, said: “Audlem Parish Council is delighted to have helped fund this splendid new annexe to the Public Hall.  Due to a variety of circumstances, the Parish Council was, fortunately, in a position to give £20,000 towards the building costs and we believe it is money well spent.

“The Annexe will provide much-needed facilities for the village and councillors are confident the building will be well used by community groups and other organisations now and in the future.”

Rachel Bailey, Leader of Cheshire East Council and ward councillor for Audlem said: “Completion of The Annexe is due to the dedication of the APHAx Committee and enthusiasm of our vibrant village community and beyond.

“The Annexe sees the fruition of Parish Plans penned in 2005 and 2010, with improved sports and recreation facilities now in place for residents ‘from eight to eighty’.  In addition to the traditional table tennis and, badminton, indoor bowls and snooker, we now have on our doorstep a community not-for-profit gym, along with improved facilities for 5A’s, Youth club, Audlem & District Community Action and senior and junior football teams

“Congratulations to everyone who has made this happen this is a fantastic facility worthy of its Lottery Funding and community support.”

07 Nov 2017
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Record number of fabricators switch to Optima windows

Profile 22, the manufacturer of Optima windows, has reported a rapid increase in the brand’s popularity among fabricators.

Staffordshire-based Target Windows partnered with Profile 22 – the UK’s leading manufacturer of PVC-U window systems – earlier this year, and now offers the entire Optima range.

The announcement that a record number of fabricators have been switching to Optima in recent months demonstrates that not only are more fabricators choosing it, they’re also convinced that the single system can deliver everything they need.

Gerald Allen, Profile 22’s Marketing Manager, said: “It’s testament to the package of benefits Optima offers that most of the fabricators who have switched to us since we launched the system in 2016 have chosen to single source.”

Mr Allen credited three factors for fabricators’ confidence in Optima: the system itself, the ease of switchover and the support that’s available.

Optima is an advanced high-performance system, available in sculptured and chamfered variants. It incorporates features that rival systems don’t, and doesn’t use gimmicks or quick fixes.

The range is complete, fully integrated and its thermal performance of up to A++ is outstanding. It has revolutionised the PVC-U windows market since its launch, with its exceptional performance in energy efficiency, weather protection and security.

Target Windows stocks the full range in its Uttoxeter and Stone showrooms. Thanks to the adaptable design, both contemporary and period-styled houses can benefit from the modern technology.

For more information call 01785 811558.

01 Oct 2017
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Target Windows offers top tips to mark National Home Security Month

Homeowners are being advised to check their windows and doors are secure for the winter.

Target Windows, which has showrooms in Stone and Uttoxeter, is offering some top security tips as part of National Home Security Month this October.

Guy Basnett, director of the family-run business, said windows and doors should be Secured by Design Accredited. This is a national police crime prevention initiative which encourages manufacturers of products like doors and windows to attain SBD’s Police Preferred Specification.

“SBD products are more robust to resist physical attack and as a result they last longer and require less maintenance,” he said.

“Thieves often target homes over the winter months, when the nights are darker, so it is important to take a good look at the condition of windows and doors.

“Old frames, especially timber ones, are likely to have been saturated by rain and mould, and over the years their defence against the elements lessens, which can weaken the frames.

“Old glazing can often lead to condensation building up in your windows, revealing gaps in the panels and making it easier for thieves to break in.”

Target Windows is offering free Secured by Design quality products for the price of standard windows and doors, via Profile 22, throughout October. For more information call 01782 398021 or pop into a Target Windows showroom in Stone or Uttoxeter.

Top SBD safety tips:

*If your budget is limited, focus on doors, locks, windows and perhaps a small safe for your valuables.

*Choose a supplier by: looking for products with the Secured by Design Police Preferred Specification logo, as these meet high standards.

*When buying a new a door it is better to buy a new door set, the complete assembled frame and door, certified to British Standard PAS 24-1 ‘Doors of Enhanced Security’.

*If refurbishing a door check that the frame is firmly fixed and sturdy. If it is weak or rotten, replace it.

*Check that the door hinges are sturdy and secured with strong, long screws.

*If your door is PVCu or Composite then it should be fitted with a Multipoint lock.

*Consider fitting a cage or restrictor on your letterbox to prevent thieves from putting their hands or gadgets through the letterbox.

*Fit a door viewer so you can identify people before opening the door.

*Window locks are essential on ground floors and above flat roofs. They can be retro fitted to many windows.

*Glazing may be protected from being smashed with the addition of accredited adhesive window film.

*Patio doors and conservatories are vulnerable so if not secure install additional locks and security blocks to stop lifting or forced entry.

*When buying patio doors ask for the sliding section to be on the inside and for anti-lift blocks. Multi-locking systems are recommended or have mortise security bolts with removable keys at the top and bottom of both doors.

 

 

21 Sep 2017
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Target Windows helps kit out Dogs Trust kennels

Target Windows has been chosen to fit specially-adapted windows and doors in several multi-million-pound Dogs Trust kennels.

The family-run business, which has showrooms in Stone and Uttoxeter, has worked on the charity’s shelters in Loughborough, Evesham, Essex, Brighton and Shrewsbury and is now discussing two more sites.

In fact, the business has had several new enquiries from other animal charities who have heard about Target Windows’ good work.

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Guy Basnett, director, said: “We’re so happy to be able to help the Dogs Trust by offering exactly what they needed; energy efficient windows and doors, a specially adapted door threshold for easy cleaning and acoustic screens to keep the barking noise down to a minimum.

“I have a rescue dog, a little Jack Russell called Molly, and three German Shepherds. I rescued Rosie after finding her living in poor conditions. The Dogs Trust is a charity which is very close to my heart. These kennels are so luxurious and it’s great to be able to offer those dogs some comfort until they find their new home.”

Mr Basnett said the adapted threshold was manufactured locally after he searched far and wide for exactly what was needed.

“A lot of thought has gone into the shelters. For example, we have used special handles to ensure the dogs can’t jump up and accidentally open the doors, and we selected glazing that makes the buildings as eco-friendly as possible,” said Mr Basnett.

For more information call 01782 398021 or pop into a Target Windows showroom in Stone or Uttoxeter. To donate to the Dogs Trust visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.

15 Sep 2017
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Target Windows Celebrates Another Win with Cheadle Housing Project

Target Windows has been chosen to work on a project which will see more than 40 new affordable homes built in Cheadle, Staffordshire.

The Wrekin Housing Trust (WHT) is creating the homes for rent on land off Meadow Drive and Bank Street, and the family-run company, which has branches in Stone and Uttoxeter, will be installing the windows and doors and creating three new jobs in the process.

The development will include 22 two-bedroom homes, six three-bedroom homes, and two two-bedroom bungalows, alongside the restoration and conversion of 5 – 7 Bank Street into 12 one-bedroom apartments.

The project is located just outside Cheadle’s conservation area and the Trust says the design compliments the vernacular style of Cheadle, interpreting key features found within the architecture of the surrounding vicinity, to provide the scheme with a slightly contemporary edge.

In a design statement, Sutton and Wilkinson architects said on behalf of the Trust: “The scheme is complementary and sensitive to its immediate surroundings and the construction of interesting, vibrant, good quality dwellings will be attractive to local residents and future tenants alike.”

The new build will feature the very latest in design and technology from Target’s Optima range of UPVc windows, taking design inspiration from the older traditional properties in the area. With the conversion of 5-7 Bank Street, existing windows will be replaced with similar timber sash windows.

Guy Basnett, Director of Target Windows, said: “We are happy to be working with contractor J Harper and Sons to carry out this project for The Wrekin Housing Trust. It’s another win for our family-run company, which has seen our commercial projects double this year. As a result, we will be looking to recruit another installation team of two, plus a site manager to help us cover the massive expansion in commercial work we are currently undertaking.”

06 Sep 2017
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Four reasons why September is a great time to sell your home

If you’ve had your house up for sale recently or you are considering putting it on the market, this month is an ideal time to attract buyers. It’s also a great time to consider kerb appeal and spruce up the appearance of your home.

Google search trends have revealed that traffic on property websites Rightmove and Zoopla can decline by as much as 30 per cent starting from November. This means that listing your house at the start of September will give you a two-month window in which to sell.

So why is September such a great time to put up the ‘for sale’ sign?

  1. People are determined to be moved in time for the festive season, which means buyers are more pro-active.
  2. Many school admission deadlines are due in February, so buying a house in the area you are after improves your chances of getting children into the school you want… better get a move on!
  3. September should (in theory) provide nice enough weather to get good pictures of a house before it goes on the market.
  4. Buyers who have typically been on holiday or busy with children during the summer months are now back in the market and giving searches their full attention.

According to the Right Move House Price Index for September 2016, there was an uplift in Rightmove website visits of 8 per cent in the first full week of September, after the end of the holiday season.

September is also a good time to look at your home and consider replacing outdated or just plain boring windows and doors. You would be surprised at the difference this can make.

Property experts say putting in new windows can make a house instantly smarter, warmer and quieter. Just make sure the replacements are the same as the original to reflect the age and style of the property. If you have a modern home, go for modern windows. If you have a period home, consider the same style as the originals, but modern quality. The potential cost is around £5,000 to £7,000 and could potentially increase the value of your home by around 5 per cent.

doorexampleNew windows and doors don’t need to be plain white; they come in a variety of colours and designs. Target Windows supplies Solidor composite doors, which even offer a door designer – take a look on the Solidor website here.

We also supply products by Profile 22, the UK’s leading manufacturer of PVC-U window systems. The company’s Optima range offers exceptional performance in energy efficiency, weather protection and security – and comes in a range of colours.

Adding a conservatory can raise your house’s value by between 7 and 15 per cent (if it’s part of a full-blown extension). This could cost between £5,000 and £30,000 (for a full extension).

You should select a design that complements the style of your home. Make sure there is still plenty of garden left, as even a small conservatory can add value to your home. Think about its position: a south-facing conservatory needs ventilation and shade, while a north-facing room requires good heating.

Check with your local planning department whether you need permission to build. If you’re within your home’s permitted development allowance (your local planning department can advise on this) and your conservatory is separated from your house by patio doors, you may be exempt.

The additional area needs to add functionality to the existing layout of the house, either as an enlargement of an existing room, or a room in its own right. Above all else, it must feel like a part of the rest of the house and not an ugly add-on.

Target Windows offers a range of conservatories and orangeries. To get some inspiration, browse the conservatories on our website and fill in the form to request a call back for a no obligation quote or advice from one of our experienced sales team.

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02 Aug 2017
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Open up your outdoors! Why you should consider a veranda for your outdoor space…

A unique approach to your outdoor space is surfacing and it’s not something we’re used to.

Verandas are a thing, it’s a fact. We’re more used to seeing them on our TV sets though because it’s not something we automatically associate with Britain – they are much more likely to pop up alongside the ranch style properties of outback Australia for example.

But not anymore! A new trend for these stylish and comfortable outdoor areas is promising to add a little international flair to our alfresco living. Interested?

If you’re still a bit unsure about what a veranda is, it’s a slightly raised area that connects to the side of your home and usually has a roof with open sides. They are basically an extension to your home and have some fantastic benefits. Here’s why you should consider one:

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Everyone can have one

The good thing about verandas is they come in pretty much any shape you need and they fit to the side of your house, so if you own a home, there’s a very good possibility you can own a veranda too.

Extra living space

Who doesn’t need a little extra space? With a veranda, you have the opportunity of creating an extra living space, an alfresco dining room, or even a play room for the kids.

Sun shade

Playing outdoors in the sunshine gets a big tick from us over the summer but when those hot days get too much, a veranda offers the perfect respite for shaded sand or water play, or just a cosy spot of reading.

Be outside even when it’s raining

If you love the outdoors as much as us, you won’t let a little thing called rain get in the way of you enjoying the fresh air. But don’t get wet; spend that outdoors time under the protective layer of a veranda.

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When you have summer entertaining to do, there’s nothing better than retiring after dinner to a comfortable and stylish outdoor space to enjoy the light nights of summer. Furnish your veranda with outdoor sofas and chairs, and brighten up the space with colourful cushions and accessories.

Style points

When it comes to your house looking good, verandas are certainly going to win you style points. Attractive in design and personalised to your taste, they become an extension of your home’s interior design. Whether you choose patio flooring or decking, structural pillars make pretty features, and the cover gives you a weather-proof area.

Value-added comfort

Aside from giving you an extra area of comfort, adding this kind of design to your home will undoubtedly add value to your property if you intend to sell up in the future.

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Affordable luxury

While some outdoor buildings can be costly, verandas are a relatively affordable luxury and can be adapted to almost any type of home.

So, are you ready to find out more?

Good news! Verandas are now available from Target Windows – call today for a no obligation quote or advice from one of our experienced sales team. Oh, and did we mention that with every veranda sold during August you’ll get a FREE patio heater on us! Don’t miss out on this amazing summer saving!

01 Aug 2017
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TARGET WINDOWS ENHANCES ITS PROFILE WITH NEW OPTIMA RANGE

Staffordshire-based Target Windows has partnered up with the UK’s leading manufacturer of PVC-U window systems to bring the next generation of PVC-U windows to its customers this summer.

The Optima range, designed and produced by Profile 22, has revolutionised the PVC-U windows market since its launch in 2016, with its exceptional performance in energy efficiency, weather protection and security.

Target Windows will stock the full Optima range in its Uttoxeter and Stone showrooms from 1st August. Thanks to the adaptable design, both contemporary and period-styled houses can benefit from the modern technology that the award-winning Optima range offers, including the fabulous new Flush Fit window casement.

Sleek design features combined with impressive technical innovations, such as increased thermal chambers, deep drainage channels, a central eurogroove position, thickened walls around screw locations and a secure bead system, make Optima one of Target Windows’ best-ever ranges. A wealth of glazing options, a wide range of ancillaries, and an impressive colour selection add to the appeal.

Target Windows’ Director, Guy Basnett comments:

“It’s our job to bring the best and most advanced innovation in windows and doors to our customers to excel in levels of comfort, style, and security. Optima is an award-winning range with industry leading technology that improves the protection, strength, and durability of doors for a wide range of project types.”

Gerald Allen, Profile 22’s Marketing Manager, said:

“Optima is a system designed for the 21st century and beyond, which makes it very appealing in the first place. But the expertise and knowledge of our specification team takes that benefit to the next level. It’s something that gives Profile 22 fabricators a real competitive edge when tendering for commercial contracts.”

Optima will launch at Target Windows on 1st August.

03 Jul 2017
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TARGET WINDOWS’ WINS NOT ONE, BUT TWO NEW CONTRACTS WITH LUXURY APARTMENT DEVELOPERS, ADLINGTON HOMES

Target Windows has successfully bid for two commercial contracts to supply and fit the windows and doors in the latest developments by Adlington Homes. The new addition to Target’s portfolio is part of the respected Gladman Group, and specialises in the construction of market-leading retirement apartments that support independent living for the over 55s in Cheshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, North Wales and the North West.

The first site, Adlington House, is in Urmston, Greater Manchester. Target Windows will install energy-efficient windows and doors in 55 private luxury apartments, with completion scheduled for November 2017.

The second development, at Brooklands House, Stafford, is due to be completed in Spring 2018 and will feature the very best that Adlington Homes has to offer – a testament to Target Windows’ ability to support such an impressive development.

Target Windows Director, Guy Basnett, commented:

“This is the first time that Target Windows has worked with a Gladman Group company, and we are delighted that they have chosen us to deliver two such prestigious projects. The doors and windows that our team will be installing at both sites will ensure energy efficiency and security for residents.”

The Adlington Homes’ win follows a string of commercial success stories for the Stoke-on-Trent based company, who recently completed the installation of energy-efficient windows and doors in seven new homes and a large block of apartments in Mancetter, Warwickshire, and supported the re-development of a series of Stoke-on-Trent tower blocks in conjunction with Kier Stoke and Kier Construction.