Post-lockdown boost

Morley Glass and Glazing has achieved a 35% increase in production of its sealed units with integral blinds inside compared to pre-lockdown manufacturing levels.

During the week commencing June 8, £18 million turnover company manufactured 3,400 integral blinds compared to a weekly average of 2,500, which was typically produced prior to lockdown.

Managing director Ian Short said: “We were closed for six weeks, as directed by the government, but since our return to work in mid-May, demand has been higher than ever.

“At first, we thought it was everybody playing catch-up and fulfilling existing orders, and we were expecting orders to drop. But demand has increased and there is no sign of it abating.

“We suspect that as many people have been working from home or have been spending more time at home on furlough, they have been reviewing their properties and deciding to invest in home improvements including the installation of new doors and windows – many with integral blinds inside.

“The fact that most people will not be able to take holidays abroad this summer also means there may be more cash for home improvements and creating more suitable, longer-term home working, and home entertainment environments.”