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Trending Doors at DOORCO (February 2019)

Thanks to the improvements we’ve recently made to our internal IT systems we can now collate lots of data. We’ve been monitoring the most popular ranges, designs, colours and glass since the beginning of the year and we wanted to share the results with you to see what’s hot in the composite door market

This is what was trending at DOORCO in February:

 

Door range: Monza

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Door design: St Andrews

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Premium Colours: Slate

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Premium Colours: Clay

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Bespoke Colours: RAL 5000

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Bespoke Colours: RAL 7042

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Glass: Satin Tough Low E

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Find this useful? We’ll be sharing this information every month in a bid to continue our pledge to be the most helpful composite door supplier in the UK.

Head-to-head with Lewis Boote

Nineteen-year-old Lewis Boote, is the Technology & Systems Assistant at DOORCO and part of the company’s apprenticeship scheme.

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Why an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship because I thought it would be a great way to get involved with the real world of work and learn so much more than just studying at college. In my opinion this is the best way to kickstart my career.

 

Why Manufacturing?

There was a couple of things that attracted me to a manufacturing company. Firstly, it offers an interesting career path with many future opportunities.  Secondly, even though my role is not to specifically manufacture a door, the whole process is very interesting and exciting, and technology plays a big part in making this happen efficiently.

 

Why DOORCO?

DOORCO stood out to me in a very positive way. I liked how it was quickly growing and still quite a young company, plus it is fairly local to me. Researching the company’s website showed me how well presented it is and the amount of potential it offers from a technology point of view. I’ve never really paid much attention to doors, in fact I was never really interested in them at all, and I certainly never thought I’d be as interested in specific door designs for my own house as I am now!

 

What was the recruitment process? How did you find it and what was the biggest challenge?

After I passed my course in Macclesfield College, I was thinking about the next steps for my career. The college talked to us about apprenticeships and the idea appealed to me. So, I began on the Government website applying for different IT apprenticeships that I thought would suit me. As some of those were processed through the Macclesfield College’s apprenticeship scheme, I received a call from the College.  They provided more options to apply for and of those opportunities was DOORCO.  When I heard about the company and the potential to get a full-time job after the apprenticeship, it sounded perfect to me and I knew this was a great opportunity.  I went for an interview at DOORCO and thankfully got the job!

 

What is your role at DOORCO?

I support the day to day processes technology-wise, as well as testing new processes to improve the business. I input new data that needs to be added to the system, for example if we are introducing a new glass design for our doors, I upload all details so it is ready to be ordered by the customers. I update price lists using photoshop and create weekly/monthly reports to analyse the product statistic for that period ie Door sales, most ordered glass or hardware options, most popular colour choice etc. I also help customers on any issues with our systems and support my manager Ben with any tasks that I can assist on.

 

What skills have you learnt so far?

I have been here five months and already gained a lot of skills, like working with custom business software, how to test efficiently, how to troubleshoot technical issues proficiently, how to upgrade server settings, strip down/upgrade a PC successfully, swapping over phone extensions (Re-patching in the server room) and managing the new clocking-on system for the staff members.  I have also learned other skills like speaking with confidence in person/over the phone and how to prioritise/complete tasks in a fast-paced environment.

 

How do you find the juggle between college and work?

In work I have responsibilities which I enjoy and means that when I am attending and learning at college, I can see how developing new techniques and improving my IT knowledge can be applied in work.  This makes me enthusiastic to learn even more.

 

Would you recommend an apprenticeship?

I would most definitely recommend an apprenticeship. Being paid for working in the real world, whilst learning on the job as well, is definitely a win-win situation for me. Not forgetting the chance to be fully employed by the company at the end of the apprenticeship and giving me the opportunity to be able to have a much bigger role in this business.

 

What are you next steps, aspirations for the future?

To develop in DOORCO, facilitate the IT side of things and maybe take on a managerial role as DOORCO keeps growing and expanding.

Lucie Williams shares her apprenticeship story

Lucie Williams, a full-time Accounts Assistant with DOORCO, tells her story about juggling work and training as she heads towards being a professional accountant:

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Name, Age, Position
Lucie Williams, 19, Accounts Assistant

 

Why an apprenticeship?

I chose to start my accounting career as an apprentice at DOORCO as I wanted to gain practical experience in addition to the theoretical knowledge gained through college. Having real life scenarios also helps to understand the theory behind what you are learning, which you can’t always grasp from a computer based exam!

 

Why Manufacturing?

I chose to do my apprenticeship in the manufacturing industry as I felt it would be more of a varied position than an accountancy practice, and I wanted to gain skills in business as well as accountancy.

 

Why DOORCO?

I knew I would fit in straight away at DOORCO as everyone was so welcoming and down to earth. I admired the passion the team had for the company to grow and the drive for people to achieve their goals by offering excellent opportunities.

 

What is your role at DOORCO?

I have quite a varied job role which I love because it keeps me on my toes! My main tasks include purchase invoicing, purchase ledger queries and sales invoicing.

 

What skills have you learnt so far?

I have learnt a lot since starting at DOORCO in September 2017, both personally and accountancy wise.  This includes skills such as communication, working as a team and interpersonal skills.

 

How do you find the juggle between learning and work?

On my AAT level 3 Apprenticeship I had 1 day off per week which really helped with fitting studying in around a normal 9-5 working day. I was slightly nervous about going on to an apprenticeship after completing AAT level 2 as a full time college student. I was unsure how I would cope with sticking down a full time job as well as studying to pass my exams, but I actually found the apprentice root a lot more beneficial to my college studies.  It enabled me to gain knowledge from other colleagues and see real life scenarios to help give a better understanding of certain topics.

 

Would you recommend an apprenticeship/ training position?

I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship/training position as it gives you better opportunities to gain more practical experience, which not only helps with learning but is what most employees look for.

 

What are you next steps, aspirations for the future? 

Currently my next steps are to complete AAT level 4 and I would like to go onto study ACCA afterwards and become fully qualified.

 

Uniting technology and marketing for better business

Ben Aspinall, DOORCO IT & MARKETING MANAGER, discusses how DOORCO’s right blend of technology and marketing is set to transform the door supply chain.

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Uniting technology and marketing for better business

The marketing sector on its own can be a complicated place as new tools and techniques appear almost daily, but add in the technology sector, and you’ve got a world of unlimited choice – and complexities. Digital transformation began decades ago in the UK but in many companies, paper-based transactions and manual processes persist despite widespread innovation offering faster, safer, cheaper and more secure ways of doing business. From the outset, we recognised that nimble companies with technology at their heart would lead the way, and DOORCO is committed to remaining ahead of the digital curve.

Engaging, streamlining and adding value to the supply chain

Recent research by The Telegraph across British business found that almost half of companies believe UK businesses will be digitally transformed within the next three to 10 years, with the final remains of analogue replaced by digital and online alternatives, from accounting to SOP to advertising. Among the main benefits they hope to gain are higher productivity, better customer insight, and streamlined processes. Of course, any digital adoption within a business needs to be well executed, relevant and purposeful. Does a local corner shop need its own app? Probably not. But closer to home in the door industry, is digital transformation a way to engage, improve and add value to the supply chain? DOORCO believes yes.

Digital In Action

As the UK’s largest, independently owned composite door manufacturer, DOORCO recognised from the onset that it was vital for us to invest heavily in IT and management systems to stay ahead of our rapid growth. We went back to the drawing board to see how we could best deliver a consistently high standard of customer service, even to the point of putting disciplines together that most businesses would not consider. Take my job title as an example of this. Representing a heavy investment, we’re proud to launch what we believe is the perfect blend of technology and marketing: DOORCO’s fully comprehensive, online customer support package, an initiative we believe will transform how the entire supply chain buys and sells.

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Working as closely with our customers as we do, we identified a need to make the process of generating leads, creating orders and ultimately selling more doors, even easier. Which is why we commissioned specialist development company, The Consultancy, to develop unique online customer packages, not only for our fabricator customers, but for installers too. We’ve also worked closely with experts Business Micros on internal processing and ‘moving orders’ seamlessly along the supply chain via electronic ordering.

All Along the Supply Chain 

Our fabricators can already order directly with DOORCO online, but this new package helps them do business with their customers online as well. At the first level, our fabricators can use the DOORCO door designer to power their own bespoke online ordering systems and door designers. This means their installer customers can invest in a package that generates instant quotes and orders from them directly via individual trade portals. Our fabricators can also provide their own version of the door designer to their ‘full door set’ customers to assist selling more doors online or closing the sale in the field. The whole system allows homeowners to design, quote and order doors online via door slab and prepped slab fabricators and their installers.

In addition, another benefit to the supply chain, we’ve launched a stand-alone installer package to allow installers direct access to the DOORCO door designer, a package that can be individually branded to each retailer and used for marketing on their own website, or operationally within their business. And going right to the end user, https://www.door-co.com/door-designer/ offers homeowners a door designer facility so they can browse style, frame, colour, glass and hardware options before they request a quote. All these leads are then distributed to DOORCO customers. The Consultancy holds all the data and images for our entire range on file, so whenever a new product, colour or design is added to our portfolio, it is seamlessly integrated into customers’ own software.

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Introducing a full supply chain ordering system like this makes the entire operational process more efficient, secure and convenient. And from a marketing perspective, generates more leads and ultimately more sales. We think this is a perfect endorsement of how IT and marketing can be the perfect pairing to create fantastic customer experiences. We urge anyone who doesn’t want to get left behind when it comes to digital doors to visit https://www.door-co.com/packages/ to see the available options.

Promoting from within: DOORCO’s Ben Aspinall moves up the ranks

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DOORCO Ltd has grown to become the UK’s largest independently owned composite door manufacturer, thanks to its philosophy of attracting, retaining and developing its passionate team of people. The latest example of this is Ben Aspinall’s promotion to IT and Marketing Manager.

With a degree in Business Management and Marketing coupled with industry experience that spans more than a decade, Ben joined DOORCO a year ago as IT and Projects Lead. He comments: “After working alongside the team here on an IT project, I made the move to DOORCO because I recognised what a forward thinking and customer-centric business they are. It has been a busy year to say the least, from both the IT and marketing perspective. We’ve implemented a completely new IT management system which has enabled us to improve communication and customer service across the board. Customers of all sizes are now seeing the benefits of new ordering systems which help us keep the strong promises on stock and lead times that we make in our Customer Charter. It’s not stopping there though, with lots more initiatives about to hit. I’m delighted to be part of the team that’s helping DOORCO and our customers to be even more successful.”

Operation’s Director, Jayne Sullivan comments: “Ben has driven forward numerous key projects for DOORCO over the last 12 months and has proactively taken on more responsibility across both IT and marketing. This promotion rewards his commitment, leadership, teamwork and organisation and I am excited to see this team grow and add even more value to the business in the future.”

If you’re looking to join a business that cares about your career, DOORCO is recruiting now. Visit https://www.door-co.com/jobs for current vacancies

For more information call: 01625 428955

Trending Doors at DOORCO (January 2019)

As well as improving efficiency across all areas of our business, DOORCO’s new internal IT systems also collate a wealth of data too. We are now able to effectively collect information on what’s being ordered and manufactured by DOORCO customers. Throughout January we’ve monitored the most popular ranges, designs, colours and glass, and we wanted to share the results with you.

This is what was trending at DOORCO in January:

 

Door range: Monza

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Door design: Sunningdale Farmhouse

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Premium Colours: Shadow

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Premium Colours: Cotswold

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Bespoke Colours: RAL 6091

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Bespoke Colours: RAL 7042

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Glass: Reflections

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Find this useful? We’ll be sharing this information every month in a bid to continue our pledge to be the most helpful composite door supplier in the UK.

DOORCO Supports Nigerian Kids to Achieve Football Dreams

In Summer of 2018, an ambitious parent had the idea to ask school and sports teams to donate old football kits to benefit those less fortunate than ourselves. By the end of the year, we had amassed boxes and boxes of kits, boots, jackets and balls which were going to make their way to Nigeria.  At this point, DOORCO offered to assist with packing and transport and they left our premises early December to arrive just in time for Christmas. The equipment was destined for Sanctuary Strikers FC, a youth football team based in Ibadan, that aims to nurture, develop and promote talent.

DOORCO was delighted to support this initiative which is being driven by a local parent (@mischahaddow) with support from Terra Nova School (@terranovaschool) and our local youth football team, Wilmslow Sports FC (@wilmslowsportsfc).  The ultimate aim is for the children from school or Wilmslow Sport to get together with SSFC for a friendly sometime in the future. Watch this space!

 

 

 

New DOORCO IT Innovative Set to Power Sales for the Entire Door Supply Chain

doorco-my door designer benefitsDOORCO Ltd is once again raising the bar with the launch of a fully comprehensive online customer support package that is set to transform how the sector sells.

“Working as closely with our customers as we do, we identified a need to make the process of generating leads, creating orders and ultimately selling more doors, even easier,” explains Ben Aspinall, DOORCO’s IT & Projects Lead. “Which is why we commissioned specialist development company, The Consultancy, to develop unique online customer packages, not only for our fabricator customers, but for installers too.

“Our fabricators can already order directly with DOORCO online, but this new package helps them do business with their customers online too. At the first level, our fabricators can now utilise our DOORCO door designer to power their own bespoke online ordering systems and door designers. This means their installer customers can generate instant quotes and orders from them directly via individual trade portals. Our fabricators can also provide their own version of the door designer to their ‘full door set’ customers to assist selling more doors online or closing the sale in the field. The whole system allows homeowners to design, quote and order doors online via Door slab and prepped slab fabricators and their installers.

“We haven’t stopped there though. We’ve also launched a stand-alone installer package to allow installers direct access to the DOORCO door designer, that can again be individually branded to their business and used on their website, or within their own business.

“In addition to this, on the DOORCO website at www.door-co.com, we also offer homeowners a door designer facility that allows them to browse the style, frame, colour, glass, and hardware options they’re considering and see them come together in the final door design, before they request a quote. These leads are then distributed to our fabricator and installer customers.

“The Consultancy holds all the data and images for the latest DOORCO range on file, therefore whenever a new product, colour or design is added to our portfolio, it is seamlessly integrated into the customer’s software.

“Introducing a full supply chain ordering system like this, that fits in with our existing online ordering systems, makes the entire process more efficient, more secure and more convenient, but most of all, door designers such as these generate more leads and more sales, which is precisely the kind of support we want to offer DOORCO fabricators and installers.

“Thanks to our customers, DOORCO’s growth into one of the leading suppliers in the UK has been rapid, but we have very different ideas about what market leadership looks like. It’s not just about supplying product in volume, it’s about doing it with consistently high standards, high levels of customer satisfaction and aiming to exceed customer expectations time and time again. These new online customer packages are the latest offering to demonstrate in real terms our commitment to customers along the supply chain.”

 

For more information call: 01625 428955

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