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Dress Your Door For Christmas

As the end of the year and festive season looms ahead of us, shops fill their aisles with an array of shiny, well-marketed Christmas products that we flock to buy in a frenzied rush. It’s easy to see how you could be cynical about the consumerist direction that the once religious holiday has taken. However, I’d implore you to think again…

When else in the year can you not only indulge in your own body weight of food and drink, you’re actively encouraged to do so?  When else do you get the joy of seeing such public displays of excitement?

December is a phenomenal month for door hunting. I love to wrap up in my knitted scarf and hat, head out to the streets and admire all the creative ways that people find to decorate their homes in time for Christmas.

The king of the festive door décor is the wreath, but you could go one step further by creating a garland to surround the door.   The best ones are home made, which means a perfect Sunday afternoon activity crafting away.  Choosing materials is where a real opportunity to get creative happens:

I’d recommend choosing materials that complement the colour of your door. Despite the old adage ‘red and green should never be seen’, I think a door adorned with leafy green looks beautiful against a crimson door.  If you want to go for the traditional approach, then use evergreen, incorporate some holly and even add a bit of colour with some Christmas baubles. For other brightly coloured doors, you could use twigs & pine cones and then use a white or silver spray paint to give a wintery effect to the finished piece.

A particular favourite I’ve seen involves digging into that jar of cork tops you’ve been saving for no real purpose. You can drill a hole through a few corks, sling a wire through the gap and make yourself a fun decoration to remember all those nights with only hazy remaining memories.

For kids, let them turn the front door into a giant snowman, reindeer, Santa or most recently a Minion. I think everybody derives happiness from a well put together door, but one made by children of their favourite character is extra special.

If arts and crafts just isn’t your thing, don’t let this get in the way – a door framed by tasteful fairy lights does a fantastic job of adding a smile to passerby’s faces and what better a gift can you give this year?

Until next time,

Jeyda – Chief Doork.

Creative Consultant, DOORCO

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Stocked And Ready

December stock

At a time when orders are flooding in to get work finished by Christmas, suppliers may struggle to keep up with demand.  This will not be the case for leading composite door manufacturer, DOORCO Ltd, as they announce that they have been actively increasing stock levels to ensure they will be fully stocked throughout December, and ready to deliver when the doors open for 2019.

 

“One of the most important factors in any supply chain is stock.  If you don’t hold good stock levels, you can’t deliver on any other of your service promises,” says Adam Sullivan, DOORCO’s Warehouse Manager. “For DOORCO, our 99% stock promise is the first point in our Customer Charter.  Throughout the year we have been delivering prepped doors 98.3% OTIF, as well as servicing the distribution side of the business which has grown by 55%. But, as we head into December we know that orders will start flooding in as fabricator and installer customers are looking to get jobs signed off before Christmas.  At a time of year when stock gets typically diminished, we’ve decided to do the opposite and ramp our UK stock levels and scheduled deliveries from DOORCO Korea and other partners, to ensure we are ready and waiting for the final push of 2018.

 

“Equally as important to us is that we don’t start January with diminished stock.  Our customers want to hit the ground running in 2019, and we not only want to be right beside them, but one step ahead.  So, whether single, mixed pallet or prepped door, we aim to have it in stock for quick delivery from the first working day in January.

 

“Our Customer Charter is there for a reason.  DOORCO customers need to know they can have what they need, when they want it, and it all starts with making sure the product is available in the first place. Making this extra investment in stock levels at this critical time of year is imperative to continuing to deliver the outstanding service our customers have come to expect from DOORCO, without exception.”

 

All product information is readily available on DOORCO’s website: www.door-co.com, or call Customer Services on 01625 428955

Save Time and Money with DOORCO’s 4 Panel Pre App Door

4 Panel Pre AppDOORCO is pleased to report that its 4 Panel Pre App door slab takes second place in the popularity stakes with fabricators thanks to its flexibility and simplicity. In a time when efficiency has never been more important, the product ticks all the boxes, genuinely saving time, money and wastage, as well as being able to produce around 60% of all traditional door styles, from just one slab.

 

Dan Sullivan, DOORCO’s MD explains: “The well thought out design of the 4 Panel Pre App door slab has made it one of the most popular choices amongst our fabricator customers for producing traditional doors. This is simply because it is one of the most versatile products we offer – in fact 60% of all door styles can be made using a 4 Panel Pre App slab. Rather than a woodgrain solid slab, customers opt for the 4 Panel Pre App as it has apertures created during the manufacturing process which makes a substantial impact on their fabrication process. Each door will shave 49 seconds off the CNC machining time and produce significantly less wastage, meaning they save on both labour and skip hire too, all of which results in genuine financial savings across the board.

 

“As well as pre-cut apertures, the 4 Panel Pre App has a removable rail which makes it even more versatile.  Fabricators can easily manufacture five of our most widely produced designs – standard four panel designs such as Penina, Carnoustie and Birkdale, and half lite designs such as Lytham and Lytham Grid – all from just one slab.  The 4 Panel Pre App is available with seven colour choices on next day delivery, or coloured in any premium colour, RAL or stain and delivered in five days.
“In the world of manufacturing we are all looking to save time and money and the 4 Panel Pre App is aimed at doing just this. In our own state of the art prepping facility, we have we have saved thousands of pounds on waste disposal, which we have been able to pass on to our prepped door customers.  We want to make sure those who fabricate composite doors are aware that they could achieve the same cost savings.

 

“While we are focused on cuts and savings, it is also important to point out that the quality and aesthetics of the finished product have not been diminished.  The slab has been rigorously tested so it is PAS24 and Document Q approved.  DOORCO is renowned for the quality of our slabs and the 4 Panel Pre App performs exactly the same as any other product in our range, but with even more convenience and genuine savings across the board.”

 

For more information call: 01625 428955

Never A No With DOORCO

Dan Sullivan, MD of leading composite door supplier, DOORCO, reviews the bold service statements the company has made this year and explains to Glass News what’s been happening behind the scenes to make it all possible.

 

In today’s hyper-connected world everything is accessible immediately and customers expect better service than ever.  In a recent survey of customer service leaders, it was found that 66% of customers switched brands because of poor service. This is something we never want to happen and why DOORCO has taken the market by storm with bold promises that challenge the status quo.  Customer service is very much at the heart of everything we do.  Every person in the DOORCO team understands that and works hard together to focus on just one thing – meeting the needs and expectations of our customers.

 

All about service

Earlier this year, we launched a Customer Charter that lays out our promises to customers with regards to service levels across Distribution and Prepped Door supply.  The Customer Charter was borne from the feedback of our customers and offers clear service indicators, so they know what they can expect from working with DOORCO.  It also sets clear goals for us, to make sure we’re consistently doing what we say we’ll do. The Charter states that:

  • 99% of our doors are in stock at any one time
  • Doors are prepped in three days
  • Next day delivery on all distribution orders made before 3pm
  • Doors are painted in five days
  • Free weekly deliveries

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By making such a bold statement to the whole market through advertising, there was no way we could fail and this made us even more accountable.  We’re now over six months on and we’re delivering against the five points of the charter 98.3% on time and in full.  Everyone at DOORCO has been instrumental in making the charter not just achievable, but successful.  The results are happy customers, happy customers’ customers and of course, increased sales of composite doors for everyone.

 

Above and beyond

We’re not stopping there:  our service philosophy goes above and beyond our Customer Charter because our core strategy lies in the scope of the service we offer. My biggest personal dislike is the word “no” or “can’t”, so when it comes to our own customers, we never want to say those words.  Our prepping service is a good example of this: it comes with no restrictions.  DOORCO customers can order any slab, design, colour, glazing cassette and glass combination to be delivered in three days, prepped for any lock, hinge, door furniture, opening configuration and they can even choose whether the edgebanding is painted or not.  It is not governed by protocol and we don’t tell our customers which products can be used on our slabs.  Our intention is to be as helpful as we possibly can with our can-do approach.

 

We also offer a specialist glazing service which means we can supply doors pre-glazed using the Urban, TriSYS or Inox cassette systems, within three to seven days depending on the complexity of the design.

 

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Investing to keep customers ahead

For the past few months, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make sure we don’t suffer the pains of growth and end up making empty promises to our customers.  Our focus is on efficiency – speed and service without any compromise on quality – as we continue our strategic growth plan, investing in not only in machinery, but also IT and People.  Everything is undertaken with a combination of thought, planning, commitment and of course, the skill of our team to deliver.  We have put a lot of effort into streamlining our manufacturing processes and increasing our prepping capacity. We are now running two state of the art, custom built Schubox paint lines.  We’ve also added a new Biesse Rover A-1632 processing centre, taking our total CNC machine count to four. Relatively new to the market, the precision, quality and speed of this machine is seriously impressive.

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Not resting on our laurels

This latest round of investment is to support future growth and will hopefully result in us being able to update the 2019 Customer Charter with even faster turnarounds – just because we are delivering as promised and quicker than most of our competitors, we certainly don’t want to stand still. And while we’re striving for improvement, we’re determined to keep our eye on the basics – the DOORCO team are working hard to ensure we continue to deliver, so this investment is also about supporting them with the best tools to do their jobs.

 

 

With DOORCO it is never a “no” – we don’t make empty promises or impose protocol.  We are focused one thing – meeting the needs and expectations of our customers and our fully flexible prepped door service is the perfect example of meeting this aim.

 

Why not come and see for yourself? Our door is always open – we welcome any new potential customers is to visit our facility, meet the team, see the quality of our products, and understand the benefits of working with a supplier that has a can-do approach.

 

For more information call: 01625 428955 or visit: www.door-co.com.

Autumn Trends

What has felt like the longest, hottest Summer in memory is finally drawing to a close and with that comes the return of weather that I personally both understand and love. Gone are the days of being so sticky with sweat that I’ve resorted to furiously Googling the temperature at which it’s illegal to work (I was aghast to find there is no such law). Shorter, colder days mean several things for me – slower wake-ups, hiding in the cosiness of bed; hearty, filling dinners to be demolished with a glass of red; scented candles flickering away whilst settling into the sofa to ridicule the plotlines of new BBC dramas & of course, early evening door walks, kicking the crispy leaves with the boots I’ve probably worn for 3 years too many.  

I think Autumn is a perfect time for finding doors. The fading light means there’s a genuine time limit, forcing you to pick interesting routes if you want to see great doors. The brisk air also encourages you to keep up a quick pace whilst door-hunting and then you’re rewarded with a welcoming blast of heat when you unlock the front door, ready to review the snaps just taken.

Whilst out and about, I like to keep a keen eye out for any trends I’m spotting. This year, the colours that keep popping up over and over again are rich, full, sumptuous and warm shades ranging from crimson red to a deep purple. The colours remind me of bowls of potpourri, bolognese sauce and ripe cherries. Perhaps it’s Britain collectively pining to have Mary Berry back on our screens, but the plum & berry tones are everywhere.


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On doors, my advice is this – the burgundies, maroons, cordovans and oxblood shades are everywhere this Autumn. These tones look beautiful on a door, particularly with yellow-ish porch or street lighting. The shades sit comfortably between a bold red (a timeless classic) and an ultra-violet (2018’s Colour of the Year).

 

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So, whilst the nights are drawing in and we inevitably head towards the end of the year, take comfort in the homely qualities your door and its rich colour can provide.

Until next time,

Jeyda – Chief Doork.

Creative Consultant for DOORCO

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DOORCO Appoints Creative Consultant

Dorco_14-08-18_Jeyda_0007Recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative composite door manufacturers, DOORCO is once again demonstrating its leading-edge approach to supply with the appointment of a Creative Consultant. Jeyda Heselton, a self-proclaimed DOORK, is teaming up with DOORCO as their Creative Consultant to add a new dimension to the company’s already innovative range of products, designs and marketing collateral.

Dan Sullivan, MD talks about the appointment: “DOORCO likes to push the envelope when it comes to innovation, whether that’s with our products, designs or marketing. We have some unique products in our portfolio but getting fresh inspiration for this is often challenging. While we can clearly see trends and growth areas through our own sales, we are often quite far removed from what is happening ‘on the street’ because we are simply a component supplier. This is why I was so intrigued by a news item about “A girl obsessed with doors” shown on the BBC back in February and on further investigation, the images she posts on her Instagram channel @knockinondoors.

““The girl obsessed with doors” turned out to be Jeyda Heselton. Jeyda’s passion and imagery caught my attention immediately and I was hoping we could get some of those images for our own use. But once we met we quickly realised she was incredibly creative and has some great ideas on what makes a good door. Not something, as a manufacturer, we often get direct insight into. We are delighted that Jeyda has agreed to be DOORCO’s Creative Consultant and look forward to sharing some of her opinions on door trends, her unique photography and making some of her rather different ideas a reality.”

Jeyda Heselton comments: “Doors are a passion of mine. There’s something fascinating about a door – common to all people and yet they can take so many different forms. The colours, sizes, textures, features and surrounding area all come together to something completely unique. I love to spend my spare time on door walks – basically walking around my home town of London taking photos of doors and then sharing with the very large online community of doorks – but who knew it would lead to meeting up with one of the UK’s leading composite door suppliers and being appointed as their Creative Consultant. I am delighted and very much looking forward to working with the team at DOORCO to help define the future of doors.

“My opening blog about my first encounter with the real door industry is available now on DOORCO’s website. Each month I will be sharing my thoughts on door trends ‘on the street’ as well as working behind the scenes on a variety of projects.”

Dan concludes: “DOORCO likes to challenge and innovate – things don’t have to stay the way there are, just because they’ve always been that way. This partnership is going to generate some fresh ideas for the industry, challenge the status quo and bring innovation to the composite door market. We will also have an injection of fresh images which will filter down to our customers to use in their own marketing, showrooms and brochures. At the end of the day, if we can widen the composite door market by enticing someone that may traditionally go with timber then this will be a great success.”

To see the full Dan Meets Jeyda interview, visit: http://www.door-co.com/unlocking-your-inner-doork/

Unlocking Your Inner Doork

What do you like to do in your free time? A dreaded question for some. For others, it’s easy – they like to throw around a frisbee, belt out some tunes at the karaoke, ponder the cryptic round in a pub quiz, perhaps even go for a swim in a pool with questionable hygiene.

For me, it’s door hunting.

Just over a year ago, I was strolling down Earls Court Road and spotted a particularly beautiful looking door. As I often did, I whipped out my camera and took a quick snap. Now this door was a real humdinger and I thought to myself, ‘The world needs to see this’. So, I set up an Instagram account and shared my find. And that was that. Since then I’ve been frittering away my free time roaming the streets, capturing gems wherever I can and posting them online for the world to enjoy.

Why doors?
Well, there’s something fascinating about how such a simple shape that can take so many different forms. A door is something common to all people and yet the colours, sizes, textures, features and surrounding area all come together to something completely unique. When I look at a door, I think about the owner and try to piece together the world that they live in. A door is symbolic of crossing the threshold into someone’s life and I think of the exterior as a sneak peek into the person’s character.

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At this point, you might be thinking, ‘This girl is barmy’. Well, maybe. But I’m certainly not alone. There’s a whole army of door lovers out there who are revelling in the joy of seeing each other’s finds. Search online for common hashtags like #doortraits and #ihavethisthingwithdoors and you’ll find a whole host of fellow doorks.

What does the future look like for me?
When I started, I simply wanted to share dreamy doors. As I’ve continued, it’s become obvious that there are two particular types that I adoore the most: the vibrant, extroverted species & the ageing, peeling shabby chic specimens. These characterful doors add a bit of spice and excitement to a street, something extremely welcome as a distraction from the anonymity of modern architectural design.

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In January this year, I did a video interview with the BBC about my somewhat strange hobby. Perhaps due to it being a particularly slow news week, the ‘woman obsessed with doors’ ended up on the BBC’s homepage where Dan Sullivan, MD of DOORCO, watched it. He got in touch to see if I’d be interested in any kind of collaboration and, all of sudden, the proverbial door was opened…

 

 

Why DOORCO?

I met with DOORCO to discuss all kinds of creative ideas and I was immediately excited by the company’s plans for the future. DOORCO sell composite doors and they are looking to offer more creative, bespoke designs – maybe even give consumers the chance to design something more individual. This matches exactly what I’d love to see from doors in the future and I am delighted to have been assigned as their Creative Consultant.

Step one was pencilling in a visit to their factory in Macclesfield to check out where all the magic happens. I wasn’t sure what to expect and had in my mind the door vault scene from Monster’s Inc with furnishings flying all over. Although not entirely accurate, it was closer than you might think. Their warehouse is vast, with rows and rows of doors stacked all the way to the ceiling. Dan showed me the areas where people were using all kinds of complex-looking machinery to create the designs, colours and glass seen all over the country. Each station has different specialities and I was excited by all the possibilities.

 

After the tour, Dan asked my impressions of the factory, DOORCO and everyone I’d met. I informed him that as the first proper door person I’d met, he seemed much more normal than I expected. I travelled back home with ideas buzzing around my head that I can’t wait to share. However, for this month all those thoughts are remaining strictly under lock and key…

 

Until next time!

 

Jeyda, Chief Doork
Creative Consultant for DOORCO

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Colours for Now: Trend for Bold

DOORCO Ltd is expanding their colour range with the addition of seven new colours that will shape the front door market for the rest of the year.

Jayne Sullivan, Operations Director comments: “The main topic of conversation continues to be colour in all areas of the home improvement market. Whether it’s interior or exterior, homeowners are becoming braver in their colour choices and this ‘trend for bold’ is fast extending to front doors. As one of the leading composite door suppliers to the UK market, it is our job to make sure we are doing all we can to keep our customers ready to supply the homeowner with what they want.

That’s why we have introduced seven new, fashionable colours into our already extensive range of 38 standard colours. While we continue to match any colour, by adding these seven colours to our standard range, we’ve made them available on a short lead time of just five days. These new colours include darker blues and greens (Bahia Blue and Moss Green), bolder shades like Paradise Green and Caribbean Blue, coupled with the earthy and classic shades such as Clay, Mushroom and Putty.

“For DOORCO, it’s about delivering these lifestyle choices, not just doors. However consumers’ tastes evolve, as an industry we should be offering the most comprehensive collections of designs, colours and glazing options and customers tell us, the best looking composite door finish in the market. With each of the new palettes design to support the ‘trend for bold’, we’re raising the benchmark once again.”

PS The new colour range is included in our updated brochure which is available now.

For more information call: 01625 428955

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Glazing Hits 100

DOORCO Glazing Service
DOORCO’s new specialist added-value Glazing Service, which offers to take the pain out of glazing doors, particularly for the growing contemporary market, hit 100 orders in just a matter of weeks and some major contacts in the pipeline for the last quarter of the year.

“As the popularity of modern door designs soars, so does the complexity of the components and skill-sets required to create the ultimate contemporary door,” says Dan Sullivan, DOORCO’s MD. “While many of our customers have the desire to introduce the flush finish of the Inox or Urban cassettes, the installation can often be complicated and time consuming and doesn’t always justify the additional resource required in their fast-paced manufacturing processes. This is why DOORCO chose to invest in our own glazing service which has specialist equipment run by a dedicated glazing team. We are delighted that it seems to fit the bill for many of our customers, both large and small.

“Enquiries so far indicate that Inox is the most popular choice for our customers. It looks great on a flush slab thanks to its high-grade stainless-steel flush fit exterior that sits just 3mm from the door surface. Tri-SYS, while simple to install, is also prevalent as customers opt for ease, which is exactly what this service was aimed at. Offering a more traditional raised profile in a woodgrain finish, Tri-SYS gives any of our designs a more conventional feel. The third option is Urban – a combination of thermally broken aluminium and PVC-U, available in a woodgrain or smooth finish, in a range of colours including an anodised finish. Urban looks great on LINKS, really creating the ultimate contemporary door.

“We’ve also made the ordering process even easier by adding a new, bespoke door designer to our website – a customer’s design can be sent directly through to our ordering system and delivered from as quick as three days.

“Being the only composite door supplier in the UK to offer the Inox, Tri-SYS and Urban glazing cassette systems as pre-glazed options is another example of DOORCO’s commitment to providing unrivalled customer service.”

For more information on all DOORCO’s products and services call 01625 428955 or to view the new door designer visit: https://retail.doors.door-co.com/doorco/designer