May 2020

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DOORCO Is Here To Help

One of the key priorities for DOORCO is stock and even throughout lockdown, we continued to receive shipments from DOORCO Korea resulting in bumper levels of composite door slabs ready for distribution or manufacturing today.

“As a privately owned company with a dedicated overseas partner, DOORCO is in control of stock levels and it has always been our key priority to make sure we are well stocked to meet our customer demands”, says Dan Sullivan DOORCO’s MD. “It was also fortunate that DOORCO Korea was largely unaffected by the Coronavirus pandemic.  This meant that manufacturing of our door slabs continued, and in turn deliveries kept on schedule, even though we had shut down our manufacturing facilities in the UK.  The Senior Management Team remained on hand (whilst adhering to strict Health & Safety of course) to receive delivery which has resulted in bolstered levels of stock.

“DOORCO has been operating on a Just In Time service basis for some time, meaning we also hold good levels of accessories, glass and glazing cassettes too.  We offer fast lead times on stock items, such as next day delivery on slabs, prepped slabs from three days and painted slabs or prepped doors from five days. We’ve been back in business since 4th May and thanks to the hard work of our team, we are settled in to the “new normal” of social distancing and strict Health & Safety measures to ensure our employees remain safe and well and ready to deliver. We are closely monitoring staff levels against orders to ensure we can meet demand, and as demand grows our full team are on standby to return to work.

“DOORCO offers one of the widest ranges of door designs and colours in the UK, from traditional woodgrain slabs such as our 6/4 panel Combi (that creates seven styles from one blank), to a modern Monza II with its contemporary linear etched detailing, to the perfect aluminium/flush casement partner LINKS.

“We want to get the industry moving and are prepared to help everyone to get back to work. So, if you are experiencing any issues with supplies of slab or prepped doors, get in touch with DOORCO today to discuss your requirements: info@door-co.com or call 01625 428955.”

A-door-able Rainbows

The UK may be entering another week of lockdown but despite the terrible circumstances, the British public all over the country are finding beautiful, colourful ways to express their gratitude for NHS and key workers. The loud, proud rainbow has become a symbol of solidarity – something previously used to support LGBQT rights. As someone who has openly expressed a love of colourful doors- I’m incredibly pleased to see that people are using their house fronts as a place to showcase that support (although admittedly with lockdown in full swing, we are somewhat limited).

I’ve gathered some of the most charming examples which are enough to make even Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat envious.

Scottish painter & decorator, Andrew Aitken showcased a great way to show support for the NHS without actually causing any damage to the door itself – by painting the surrounding door frame in bright, bold colours.


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Similarly, in Cardiff one resident decided to embark upon an excellent rainbow mural on the wall around the front door. The decor was well-received and the homeowner decided to continue on with the worthy task by hanging out of the upstairs window to transform the window sills into a matching rainbow. The entire facade is both eye-catching and heart-warming.



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If painting the front seems a little daunting and permanent – plenty of people have opted for smaller, but no less colourful, outpourings of gratitude.

In Essex, one house has gone for a large display of colourful balloons which looks far more professional than a regular Sunday activity with the kids…


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Much more achievable is the small-scale arts and crafts approach taken by one Reddit user who used pom pom balls and a glue gun to create a fluffy rainbow that’s sure to bring a smile to any passerby’s face.


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The window inlays of doors have proven the perfect spot to mount a piece of cut-and-stick art, as showcased by Donna Buckland in Gloucester and Instagrammer, Frische Brise.



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Which of course, comes as no surprise, as both myself and DOORCO have been exploring the potential of some striking glass designs. Although the glass in the door below was designed long before the current pandemic hit, it’s relevance seems strong today and I truly love the simplicity of the blocks of colour.


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The door has always been a symbol of new possibilities and strength. We are collectively living through a terrible tragedy but these bright symbols can hopefully provide some light through these dark days.

Until next time – stay safe!
Chief Doork

COVID-19 Update – Return To Work Strategy

To all our customers,
DOORCO has returned to work this week with a skeleton team to action the necessary “Safe Working Practices” which enables our company to function in a way that is safe for our team and our customers/suppliers. Providing a safe working environment for the DOORCO team is the main focus at this time and the team has been implementing these changes that will be in place for the foreseeable future.

We have taken information from Government guidance, industry practices and shared advice between customers and suppliers which has been a great assistance in shaping DOORCO’s new working practices. Some of the new Safe Working Practices include social distancing measures from entrance and throughout the premises, reduced head count in the office, daily temperature checks for all staff, daily health check questionnaire, increased levels of PPE issued including gloves/visors, and hourly work station clean down, to mention just a few. This week has provided us with a unique opportunity to work in our new environment without volume pressures to consider.

From Monday 4th May DOORCO is open for business, we will continue to run with a skeleton team that provides cover across all areas of the business: Distribution of door blanks and prepped doors along with the supply of the accessories, glazing cassettes and glass. As the demand increases, we will increase the team numbers in line with customer requirements.

DOORCO has continued to receive container deliveries during the lockdown period, so needless to say DOORCO’s stock position is extremely strong across door blanks, cassettes and glass.

We will be continually reviewing our working practices as we move forward. We will be taking into consideration any updated guidance given by the government and keeping open lines of communication with our customers and suppliers as everyone adapts to the New Normal.

Stay safe and let’s hope a return to normal business volumes can be achieved soonest.

Regards

Dan Sullivan
DOORCO MD