Caribbean Blinds expands installer partnerships after successful debut at FIT Show 2023

by Francesca

Outdoor shading manufacturer, Caribbean Blinds, has partnered with a number of new installers following their successful debut at this year’s FIT Show – the UK’s only dedicated event for the window, door, hardware and flat glass industry.  

As the country’s number one fabricator and installer trade exhibition, the FIT Show celebrated its ten year anniversary at the NEC Birmingham from the 23rd to 25th May. 

Acting as the perfect platform to showcase their entire award-winning range of luxury external shading systems including patio awnings, louvered roofs and external blinds, Caribbean Blinds’ stand allowed installers to see and feel the superior quality and finishing touches of their products first-hand. 

The Sudbury based firm also introduced their latest awning and pergola sales aids, including sample kits that enable installers to effortlessly sell their products. Caribbean Blinds’ louvered roof pergolas attracted the most interest from installers over the course of the three-day event, with a total of 239 installers registering as partners at the show, and 10% investing in sampling there and then. 

Managing Director at Caribbean Blinds, Stuart Dantzic, commented: “Now is the ideal time for installers to be offering a complete glazing package – including shading – due to a number of factors including climate change, legislation and importantly, ongoing trends in consumer behaviour. 

“Wherever glazing is installed, there is an opportunity and need for external shading. Our products are a natural addition to an installer’s product portfolio, increasing average sale values and boosting profits as a result. The two products go hand-in-hand, so the show was a natural fit for us to showcase our solutions to the sector. 

“Our team thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many forward-thinking installers who were looking to grow their sales with the addition of external shading…so much so that we have signed up to the next FIT Show in 2025!” 

Caribbean Blinds is committed to helping installers maximise sales of external shading in conjunction with glazing and providing a profitable additional revenue stream as a result. The team strongly believes that the reason for the high registration rate was due to the ease of adding their products to any range, including their dedicated installer academy, the use of their own delivery vehicles and their two-week UK manufacture guarantee. 

Since completing on its 10,000sq/ft factory extension at the end of 2022, Caribbean Blinds has not only onboarded six new members of staff – with plans to recruit six more – but the company’s ability to hold much higher levels of stock has reduced both price volatility and lead times.  

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