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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.

A bit of adooration this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be quite a divisive subject matter. Perhaps one angle you haven’t considered yet is whether a door can be romantic? This month, I’ve been reflecting on how you could take advantage of the evocative symbolism of love through the charm of a beautiful door. Just call me cupid.

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You might think that a penchant for doors is a tad eccentric but let me assure you – it makes for perfect dating material. Classically, when you first meet someone an early question tends to be – what do you do? Telling them you take photos of doors normally raises an eyebrow, but intrigue is piqued. I tend to follow up that opening line by whipping out some of my finest photographs. Usually, the person takes an initial moment to assess my level of sanity and then admits that they hadn’t realised it until now, but perhaps they too, are into doors. 

Since there’s now common ground, the natural step is to go on a date and why not continue the shared interest through a door walk? Even if you’re not a door-obsessive, it’s a perfect date as there’s no distractions from getting to know each other aside from the occasional ‘Phwoar, there’s a cracker!’. 

 

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The key is picking an area where there’s bound to be plenty of interesting doors, punctuated with regular watering holes for refreshment along the way. In London, you’ll find classy doors in Kensington & Chelsea, bright ones in Notting Hill & Kentish Town and arty numbers in Shoreditch & Hackney. Add a Valentine’s twist by keeping an eye out for pink and rouge – two of my favourite colours on a door, particularly when coupled with a white painted wall. 

 

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In case you’re not convinced yet by the virtues of this line of dating, I’ve collected some feedback on a door walk date I went on earlier this year. We settled on Highgate as the perfect place for a gentle stroll and the only thing that stopped us walking all night was the pesky sunset. In his own words, “This date was the feel-good hit of my summer” and it “rocked my world”.

For those already happily coupled up, you may be scratching your head thinking of what present to express your love for the other person. Again, I urge you to think of the humble door. If you know your partner’s favourite colour, why not surprise them by giving the front door a makeover so they have something to smile at when they return home? Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a personalised present and a public declaration of your adooration.

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So whether you’re already lucky in love or on the prowl, unlock the metaphorical door and embrace the opportunities it brings.

 

Until next time,

Jeyda – Chief Doork.

Creative Consultant, DOORCO

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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

Top 5 holidays for door lovers in 2019

A new year, a new beginning. I hold my hands up and admit that every year, I’m firmly in the camp of people who start up an entire timetable of relentless self-improvement initiatives. Daily yoga, reading more and thinking more about the environment are the type of activities that tend to feature heavily in the self-promised list. Another job for January is of course, planning the year’s holidays. If you’re the same and wanting some winter sun inspiration, here are my top 5 finds from around the world in the last couple of years.

5 – Picturesque Prague
In fifth place, the capital of the Czech Republic has an astonishingly large collection of gorgeous doors. It’s bizarre that this fact hasn’t been heralded by the multiples of men who’ve descended upon the city as part of a boozey stag weekend! I walked around mesmerised by all of the architecture and the ornate doors to match.

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4 – Sizzling Seville
If you’re in the market for a scorching holiday with excellent wine, mouthwatering tapas and exquisite doors then Seville has got to be on your list. The old town in the centre boasts row after row of streets adorned with outside restaurants and bars who gently sprinkle water on their guests to stay cool. If you’ve sufficiently rubbed in the factor 50, then just a short walk around will give you the chance to see hundreds of beautifully elaborate doors.

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3 – Maze-like Marrakech
There’s nothing quite like the hustle-bustle down all the winding alleys in the centre of the Moroccan city Marrakech. The tiny streets are filled with markets full of the most intricately designed clothes, art and amazing herbs and spices. The colourful doors are absolutely dazzling and often covered in hand-carved designs that look like they would have taken years to sculpt into perfection.

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2 – Grandiose Gdansk
The Polish city of Gdansk is definitely one that sits in the shadow of its more well-known siblings, Krakow and Warsaw. Like any younger child, it has qualities that shouldn’t be underlooked. The Old Town, which comes in the form of an extremely long street, is full of spectacularly transformed architecture. About 90% of the city was destroyed during the war but over the last 70 years much of it has been rebuilt and fortunately the design of doors was a detail that hasn’t been missed.

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1 – Funky Funchal
When my family announced their next planned holiday was to Madeira, I have to confess I was initially fairly sceptical. Upon hearing about a street in the centre where artists from around the world have been commissioned to paint art onto every door, I got straight onto Skyscanner and booked flights to surprise my parents and join them. I was in for a treat. The painted street didn’t disappoint and even better still – hundreds of doors across the whole island blew me away. There’s a Cuban-esque feel to the crumbling back streets with shutter laced houses and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a high number of bright, vivid and exotically coloured doors in such a small radius. For that reason, Funchal has to be crowned the top destination for door lovers to head to this year.

 

If your budget doesn’t quite extend to any of these places, why not use some of these photos to help inspire your colour choices and decor for your door at home? We might not have the same weather, but you can still create a ray of sunshine with a bold choice of colour on your front door.

 

Until next time,

Jeyda – Chief Doork.

Creative Consultant, DOORCO

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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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