28 Jan 2019

Industry Price Rises

A message to our customers

For the past year, our suppliers have been holding back increases to material costs to help us keep our products as competitive as possible. The raw materials that create our UPVc, glass and hardware are just some of the elements needed to make a beautiful looking window or door.

After lengthy meetings with our suppliers over the last six months, they have made it clear that they cannot keep absorbing the price increases and will now have to pass those increases onto us. Due to increased manufacturing costs of plastics and metal hardware, the industry as a whole will be affected.

We will try to keep price rises to a minimum and attempt to absorb some of the increases without affecting the quality service we pride ourselves on. We will continue to offer a brilliant product at a competitive price.

We understand that not many companies would openly acknowledge rising costs, but we have been in business for over 35 years now and we have always tried to be honest with our customers.

 

We thank you all for being our customers over the years and look forward to working for you again in the future.

16 Jan 2019
Update your conservatory

Brighten up your home: how to update your conservatory

Has your conservatory been neglected for a while? If your dreams of bringing extra light and space into your home have dwindled since you first invested in your extension, then fear not, there are lots of ways to breathe new life into your home and update your conservatory.

Declutter your space

Don’t use your conservatory as a storage room or as an overflow section of your house. In order to brighten up the space in your home, you need to create space. The new year is a great excuse to clear out unwanted or unused belongings and give your home the fresh start it needs.

Avoid filling bookshelves and windowsills with too many belongings and create additional storage to avoid clutter build-up.

Update your conservatory

Temperature control

Is your conservatory unusable in the winter and a greenhouse in the summer? Controlling the temperature in your conservatory will make it a true extension of your home – and you don’t have double your heating bill to do so.

Older conservatories don’t always have the benefit of coated glass in their windows, meaning they’re not as efficient when it comes to maintaining a reasonable temperature in extreme weather. Not only will replacing your windows make the space more liveable but they’ll also reduce your energy bills – find out more here.

Another solution to temperature issues is to update your conservatory roof. Refurbishing your existing roof with newer, technologically-advanced tiling can help to regulate the temperature, creating a more comfortable space in your home.

This kind of roofing system can be installed in as little as three days, resulting in less stress and disruption to your household.

 

Brighten your décor

There are a number of ways to create more natural light in your home and take advantage of the light you do have. For example, once you’ve decluttered, take down any dark wall hangings or curtains that make the room feel more enclosed.

Using lighter, calmer tones and painting any wall space in a neutral colour palette will make the room feel more open and spacious. Other interior design tricks, such as adding mirrors and opting for high-shine flooring and furnishings, will reflect light instead absorbing it.

 

Embrace nature with a bi-fold

If you’re looking for a big impact in your conservatory or living space, try a bi-folding door and really brighten the room. Wall-to-wall glass will bring in enough light to boost anybody’s mood and allows you to appreciate your garden all year round. What could be better than a room with a view?

Bi-folding doors create a beautiful indoor/outdoor experience during the summer and will update the look of your home as well as your conservatory.

 

Considering a conservatory?

If you don’t have a conservatory, but would like to add a bright, seamless extension to your home, Target Windows can make sure you do it right first time.

Get in touch with us for a free, no-obligation quote.

13 Nov 2018
new front door Solidor

Make your home extra welcoming this Christmas with a new front door

There’s only 43 days to go before the big event and many people will be celebrating with friends and family. Have you already made the Christmas cake? Have you got Santa’s list sorted? How can you make sure your home is looking its best for those festive get-togethers?

There’s so much to think about when it comes to the big day that getting a new front door may not be at the top of your list – but how long have you had your current door? Is it looking a bit tattered and faded? The front door is the main focal point for your home, so you’ll want to make it as inviting as possible.

Investing in a new front door will add to your home’s kerb appeal and make your home extra cosy this winter.

In need of a new front door?

Target Windows is proud to stock new front doors from Solidor, so you know you’ll be getting a unique solid 48mm timber core which has been beautifully hand crafted within the company’s Staffordshire manufacturing facility.

Solidor doors are very popular because they look like traditional timber doors but don’t require the maintenance. They’re also available in a fantastic range of colours and styles, have enhanced security features and will make your home feel warmer as the cool winter nights draw in.

There are plenty of styles; from the classic look of the Traditional Range to the stylish finish of the Italia Collection, there really is a door to suite every home. Why not have a go with the Solidor door designer or contact Target Windows today to request a brochure. For more information about our doors click here.

08 Oct 2018
Target Windows employees

Target Windows employees celebrate over 60 years of service

Three employees of a Stoke-on-Trent window company have racked up 63 years’ service between them.

Target Windows, based in Meir Heath, has branches in Stone and Uttoxeter and is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

Ken Roberts, from Stone, has worked for the company for 25 years after starting as a sales advisor.

The 68-year-old is now semi-retired and assists the current sales team. He said: “The customers have become much more discerning and the range of products offered now means the sales team have to have far more product knowledge.”

He added: “I wouldn’t change anything because I enjoy my job and working for a family-run company.”

Showroom assistant Brenda Parkes, 59, from Uttoxeter, has served Target Windows for 20 years and is so dedicated to the company that many call her Mrs Target.

She said: “I will go out of my way to help people choose the right product for their needs and requirements. You could say I’m like a stick of rock – cut me in half and it will say Target Windows through and through! This wouldn’t have been possible without the recognition and support of the family, Jane, Alan, Mick and Guy, for which I’m very grateful.”

Brenda has enjoyed working in different departments, starting with the Uttoxeter showroom and progressing to the service department before being based where she is now, at the Stone showroom.

She said: “The double-glazing industry has changed and improved so much over the years with many more quality UPVC products available, and being FENSA registered is a great boost for us here at Target Windows.”

Mark Underwood, 51, from Meir Hay, has worked for the small family-run company for 18 years as a surveyor. His role now also includes running the building works related to conservatories and home extensions.

He said: “The range of products and services has increased, along with customer expectations of a well-established company like Target.

“I enjoy working with a fantastic team, who are always there to help and back you up with any situation. They are not just work colleagues, but good friends and I am proud to have been involved and to have seen how the company has grown to what it is now.”

To mark the company’s 35th anniversary Target Windows is currently offering 35% off all windows doors and conservatories on selected orders. For more information visit www.targetwindows.co.uk or call 01782 398021.

20 May 2018
Target Windows record May 2018

Target Windows celebrates record-breaking May

A Stoke-on-Trent window company is celebrating a record-breaking month which saw sales double compared to this time last year.

Target Windows, based in Meir Heath, has put the success down to an open day and offers celebrating the firm’s 35th anniversary.

Director Guy Basnett said: “Our open day on May 5 and 6 was really successful, and we have also invested in a marketing campaign promoting offers and massive savings, which are running all year.

“I think the fantastic weather has also boosted enquiries, alongside traditional word of mouth recommendations.

“We are a family-run business and we have built a great reputation over the past 35 years, so we’d just like to thank our customers for their support.”

The boost has meant the business has been able to hire a new salesperson, Brian Mitchell, who brings a wealth of experience within the industry, working for national companies and local businesses.

Mr Mitchell, 58, from Stafford, said: “I’ve only recently joined Target, but already I have been made to feel very welcome. They are a well-respected company and it’s a pleasure to join them in such an important anniversary year.”

Target Windows has further increased its offering this month by making a deal with Kolorseal, allowing customers to choose practically any colour for their windows and doors.

Mr Basnett added: “We’re really excited about this partnership because these days customers want more colour choices. We’ve noticed that Chartwell Green UPVC windows are really popular, because that’s one of the most interesting choices which have been available – but now customers can have hot pink, purple, red, whatever colour they want really.”

The firm has also gained several new contracts, including winning more work with the Harper Group providing windows and doors for local housing and also continuing its work with the Dogs Trust to kit out several new kennels.

For more information visit the new website at www.targetwindows.co.uk or call 01782 398021.

17 May 2018
Douglas Macmillan Hospice

Stoke-on-Trent window company raises cash for Douglas Macmillan Hospice

A Stoke-on-Trent window company has raised £100 for a hospice during a weekend to mark 35 years in business.

Target Windows, based in Meir Heath, raised the cash by holding a raffle in aid of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice at its open weekend on May 5 and 6.

Director Guy Basnett, who presented the funds to Stephanie Bradbury, business development fundraiser for the hospice, said: “It was a really successful, sunny weekend and we are pleased to have been able to raise some more money for this fantastic charity.”

Target Windows is an official corporate partner of the Dougie Mac and Mr Basnett raised over £1,800 in February after spending a day locked in a jail cell as part of the hospice’s Jail or Bail Challenge.

Aside from the raffle, ten members of staff have now signed up for the charity’s lottery, which raises £1.5million to help fund specialist care services.

Target Windows is now celebrating the launch of its new website at www.targetwindows.co.uk. For more information call 01782 398021.

12 Mar 2018
Jane and Guy Basnett

Stoke-on-Trent window company celebrates 35th anniversary

A Stoke-on-Trent window company is celebrating 35 years in business.

Target Windows, based in Meir Heath, was established in 1983 by businessman Alan Tune, who manufactured windows for a local double-glazing firm.

But Alan found himself with a factory full of machinery and no customers after the firm he was supplying went out of business.

He opened a small showroom in Radford Street, Stone, where his sister Jane and his wife Sylvia would make appointments for Alan to see customers who required quotes for windows, doors and conservatories.

As demand increased, Jane assisted with sales appointments, and the small showroom was soon outgrown. Target relocated to its current home at The Fillybrooks in Stone and expanded into Uttoxeter.

In 2002, current company director Guy Basnett joined the team, after marrying Jane in 1999. His experience in sales opened the commercial market. Alan’s brother Mick is also part of the management team and has many years of experience in the industry. The family business has gone from strength to strength.

Mr Basnett said: “It’s a very exciting time for Target. We are now focusing on securing commercial contracts throughout the UK on new-build sites, schools, animal re-homing projects and refurbishment projects.

“Many new products are set to be introduced to the existing range as the domestic market continues to evolve, to meet the demand of our many clients wanting to maximise their living space.

“We’re so proud of what we have achieved and to mark our 35th anniversary, we will be hosting a celebration event at our Stone showroom on the bank holiday weekend of May 5 and 6, 10am to 4pm. Customers old and new are invited and there will be a raffle in aid of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, with vouchers worth up to £300.”

The company ran a Facebook competition this month, where anyone living at a property with a combination of 3 and 5 in their property number could enter. The prize of a luxury M&S hamper worth £100 was won by Ruby Wilson, from Uttoxeter.

She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the Target competition and this prize has made my day.”

Ruby added: “I have been very happy with Target’s service, from ordering to installation, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.”

For further information, visit www.targetwindows.co.uk or call 01782 398021.

28 Feb 2018

Competition time: Target Windows celebrates 35th anniversary

Target Windows is celebrating 35 years in business.

The company is running a Facebook competition in March, where anyone living at a property with a combination of 3 and 5 in their property number can enter. The prize is a luxury M&S hamper worth £100. You can enter here.

The business is also asking people to challenge Target Windows to beat a quote for windows, doors and conservatories.

Company director Guy Basnett said: “We’re so proud of what we have achieved and to mark our 35th anniversary, we will be hosting a celebration event at our Stone showroom on the bank holiday weekend of May 5 and 6. Customers old and new will be invited and full details are being finalised.”

M&S hamper £100

 

The Meir Heath-based company was established in 1983 by businessman Alan Tune, who manufactured windows for a local double-glazing firm.

But Alan found himself with a factory full of machinery and no customers after the firm he was supplying went out of business.

He opened a small showroom in Radford Street, Stone, where his sister Jane and his wife Sylvia would make appointments for Alan to see customers who required quotes for windows, doors and conservatories.

As demand increased, Jane assisted with sales appointments, and the small showroom was soon outgrown. Target relocated to its current home at The Filleybrooks in Stone and expanded into Uttoxeter.

In 2002, current company director Guy Basnett joined the team, after marrying Jane in 1999. His experience in sales opened up the commercial market. Alan’s brother Mick is also part of the management team and has many years of experience in the industry. The family business has gone from strength to strength.

Mr Basnett said: “It’s a very exciting time for Target. We are now focusing on securing commercial contracts throughout the UK on new build sites, schools, animal re-homing projects and refurbishment projects.

“Many new products are set to be introduced to the existing range as the domestic market continues to evolve, to meet the demand of our many clients wanting to maximise their living space.”

For further information 01782 398021.

Terms and conditions:

March Facebook competition

Entrants must enter via the Target Windows Facebook page and post a photo of their house number containing a 3 or a 5 on the competition post, which is pinned to the top of the page.

The prize is as stated, no cash alternative can be given.

The competition runs from 12pm on March 1 until 12.00 midday on March 25, 2018.

The winner will be notified via Facebook and also announced on social media week commencing March 26, 2018.

The competition is not open to employees of Target Windows and their families. Entrants must be aged 18 and over.

 

Beat a quote competition

The customer must present a formal document containing a quote from the supplier. Target Windows will try to match or beat the quote.

The competition is not open to employees of Target Windows and their families. Entrants must be aged 18 and over. Competition closes at 12pm on March 31, 2018.

21 Feb 2018
Guy Basnett

Stoke-on-Trent window company boss ‘jailed’ to raise cash for hospice

The boss of a family-run window company has spent a day locked in a prison cell to raise over £1,800 for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

Guy Basnett, director of Meir Heath-based Target Windows, was picked up by uniformed officers and bundled into the back of a police van on Wednesday after signing up to take part in the hospice’s 2018 Jail or Bail Challenge.

Mr Basnett spent Valentine’s Day in a cell at the disused Magistrates Court in Fenton, along with David Webster, CEO of Douglas Macmillan Hospice, Ian Walker, director of Fifteen Group, and Dave Meakin, a driver at Jones & Shuffs.

He said: “I was made to wear a white jumpsuit over my puffer jacket, so I looked like Michelin Man, then stuffed into the back of a police van in a cage.

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“We all had our finger prints taken and then we were put into a dark, dank prison cell. We were allowed our phones, so we could plead for donations to secure our freedom. It went really well, and some of my mates were offering to donate more to keep me in there! I’d like to thank everyone who donated. I think the Dougie Mac has raised £4700 so far.”

The Jail or Bail campaign marked the 45th anniversary of the hospice providing local care to local people. The money will go towards the cost of funding the services provided by the Dougie Mac at the hospice in Blurton and across the North Staffordshire community.

You can still donate by visiting jailorbail.everydayhero.com/uk/target-windows, calling 01782 398021 or popping into a Target Windows showroom in Stone or Uttoxeter.

08 Dec 2017

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.