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Thoughts for 2009: Eclipse Blind Systems

“Turmoil in the markets during 2008 has created many new challenges for businesses, both large and small.

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Thoughts for 2009: Markilux

Mr Wurchner, Markilux“With all the daily doom and gloom about a recession in the media, it is perhaps unusual if one goes with a positive attitude in to the year. 2008 will not be a top year in the UK for Markilux.  Measured against the market we are, however, satisfied with the results.

For 2009 we will expand development of our brand Markilux in the UK. For this we have prepared well in 2008.
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The good, the bad and the contracts

Gerald Arding of Arding Marketing talks to Blinds & Shutters about the ups and downs of the past year. Has it been as bad as many think?

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How did we do?

Julie Wood, Somfy’s retail programme manager and market manager for Interior Window Coverings looks back at 2008 and forward to 2009

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Has the smoking ban been a drag?

A year on from the implementation of the smoking ban, Martin Rayner of  Broadview, talks about the impact it has had on business.

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Recession? What recession?
 Gerald Arding of Arding Marketing talks to Blinds & Shutters about the year ahead in what can be best described as a turbulent economic climate
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Do you have an opinion?

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The Education market - new opportunities?
Recent research conducted by the universities of Cambridge and Essex has concluded that bright classroom lighting can give pupils headaches and made it harder for them to concentrate. According to the BBC website, the author of the report Dr Mark Winterbottom commented  "A quarter of classrooms did not have blinds, and in half of those that did, blinds were either broken or at least one was missing."
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Report heralds franchise boom

 Apollo Blinds has welcomed the publication of Mintel's new Window Furnishings and Accessories report which says that the industry's sales hit an all-time high of £445 million in 2006.  The report puts the growth in demand down to blinds being easy to maintain and the trend for simple and casual decor in the home.

Apollo Blinds' general manager Patrick Harrison is delighted that such an authoritative study has highlighted how prosperous the industry is and expects a glut of enquiries from people who will want to start their own franchise business with his company's network.

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The Smoking Ban and the Awnings Trade

 Mike Seary is managing director of Deans Blinds & Awnings, a family run company based in south London. Deans history spans three centuries as a leading manufacturer of blinds  and awnings. Mike has been closely involved in the industry and he is a recent past-president of the BBSA.

I’ve been asked to prepare some notes for readers on how I think this will affect the awning trade. The first thing I should do is clarify the regulations and timing.

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