21 Feb 2018
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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.

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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.

06 Sep 2017

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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