‘Incredible response’ to latest Uni-Blinds systems at 2022 FIT Show

The 2022 FIT Show proved to be a tremendous success with an incredible response from the industry to our range and, in particular, our newly launched systems.

Our largest ever FIT Show stand gave visitors ample space and opportunity to touch, feel and try-out its market-leading range of integrated blinds. There was a special free prize draw too, which was won by James O’Brien of TWR Group – he wins a Uni-Blinds® integral blinds package worth £1000!

Over three busy days, hundreds of visitors to the stand explored the established market leading solutions from Uni-Blinds®, including the best-selling SV cordless sliding Venetian system and MB System, the smart home compatible fully automated system.

However, it was the new Uni-Blinds® systems that were the stars of the show. The new SV+, which is a symmetrical version of the SV sliding Venetian blind, attracted strong interest from installers who wanted to see the potential for Uni-Blinds® to provide a perfectly balanced view through windows and doors.

The new Uni-Blinds® pleated blackout integral blind was also a big attraction, thanks to its ability to provide complete “darkness on-demand” in rooms such as nurseries and cinema rooms, as well as bedrooms affected by light pollution from streetlights and car headlights.

Morley Glass at FIT Show 2022

Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass said: “We had an incredible response from the industry at the FIT Show so thank you to everyone who came to see us. It was fantastic to get back to meeting people face-to-face and seeing so many familiar faces, as well as having an opportunity to introduce Uni-Blinds® a new audience.

“We were so impressed with the number of visitors, the buzz and the new connections we made at the show that we have already signed up for FIT Show 2023. We can’t wait to get back out there in May next year!”

Ahead of the show, Morley Glass used the power of social media to engage with customers, industry partners and prospects to great effect. Our creative campaign attracted more registrations for FIT Show tickets via the unique link than any other exhibitor, helping Morley Glass to get the most from its presence at the show.

Interest in the other new Uni-Blinds® developments was also strong. The SmartHub technology for the W Smart solar controlled integral blind, which means the blind can be controlled via a smartphone app, and the new ScreenView® system for health and social care environments, both demonstrate how Uni-Blinds® can suit specific end-user applications and tastes.

All Uni-Blinds® integral blind systems are made by Morley Glass in the UK exclusively using ScreenLine integral blind systems from global leader Pellini. They are delivered to installers nationwide at no extra cost in as little as 10-12 working days when ordered by 10am on Thursdays, and Uni-Blinds® installers benefit from a full suite of point-of-sale assets, including blind sample packs and brochures, along with unrivalled technical support for total peace of mind.

Morley Glass ‘FIT and ready’ for 2023 show

Morley Glass has signed up to exhibit at the 2023 FIT Show with plans to create our biggest and best stand ever.

After a hugely successful show in May, we have already booked a larger 140 sq. m stand for the 2023 event, which we will use to create a bespoke stand packed with even more products and demo areas, plus increased space for meeting and networking with our customers, suppliers and industry stakeholders.

Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass said: “The 2022 FIT Show was a phenomenal success for us – we couldn’t have hoped for a more positive result overall. Re-connecting with so many familiar faces and having the opportunity to get to know new customers after the disruption caused by pandemic was amazing, and it was particularly pleasing to see such a positive reaction to our newly launched integral blind systems.

“So looking ahead, we wanted to sign up for the 2023 FIT Show immediately and develop our plans for even bigger and better presence. This will include another raft of exciting new products to launch to the UK fenestration sector which are currently under development – details of which we will be able to reveal in the coming months.”

As the UK’s largest manufacturer of integral blinds built with ScreenLine® systems inside, Morley Glass is at the forefront of new product developments that are continuously opening up opportunities for installers. This is demonstrated by our recent Uni-Blinds® product launches, including the SV+ cordless Venetian integral blind with symmetrical appeal and the pleated blackout blind, which were amongst the stars of the show for Morley Glass at 2022’s FIT Show.

All Uni-Blinds® integral blind systems are manufactured by Morley Glass at our factory near Leeds, from where we serve window and door installers across the UK, with orders fulfilled in as little as 10-12 working days when ordered by 10am on Thursdays. Complimentary delivery and unrivalled technical support and aftercare complete the package to help installers successfully sell integral blinds as part of complete window and door package that is tailored to modern homes.

ScreenView – new integral blind system for healthcare buildings launched

Morley Glass has launched ScreenView, a new system designed specifically for hospitals, medical schools and other health and social care facilities.

ScreenView® balances the need for patient privacy and observation, allowing for easy switching between the two at different times of the day. Unlike any of the Venetian or pleated blinds available in the current Uni-Blinds range, ScreenView® has two layers of wide slats arranged in a ladder style, which move up and down to provide an open view for observation or complete closure.

The blind is perfect for door vision panels and other windows that separate a healthcare facility’s communal or public areas from private spaces such as treatment facilities, consultation rooms, operating theatres and patient rooms. Unlike vision panel flaps and externally mounted blinds, ScreenView® blind requires no cleaning or maintenance, other than routine cleaning of the control know, and it is protected from the daily knocks and accidents that can easily damage blinds in busy public environments.

Being permanently sealed within the glass unit, the ScreenView® blind is never exposed to dirt or germs, so it stays pristine over its lifespan. And, as an additional safeguard, the blind’s control mechanism is protected with a Sanitized® antimicrobial coating to help with infection control.

Safety is optimised further when ScreenView® is coupled with certified fire rated glass in insulated glass units. One of the benefits of specifying integral blinds from Morley Glass is having the flexibility to choose from different types of glass to meet different performance goals, and that includes enhanced fire resistance through our partnership with Pyroguard.

This means ScreenView® blinds can be specified to provide passive fire protection, with assured performance of 30, 60 or 120 minutes, depending on the building requirements. It all adds up to a privacy and shading system that is hygienic, practical and fully compatible with designs in line with Approved Document B in England & Wales, as well as the equivalent regulations in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Ian Short, Managing Director of Morley Glass said: “ScreenView® gives specifiers and facilities managers a new option for controlling privacy and shading in healthcare environments that allows other important design objectives such as fire safety, hygiene, infection control and aesthetics to be met. We can provide specialist specification and design guidance to help achieve the right solution using ScreenView®, as well as the other integral blind solutions in our Uni-Blinds® portfolio.”

As with every product in the Uni-Blinds range, ScreenView® is manufactured by Morley Glass in Leeds using the world-renowned ScreenLine® integral blind systems from Italian pioneer Pellini S.p.A. The system is also available in the industry’s shortest lead times – just 10-12 days when ordered by 10am on Thursdays.

Find out more about ScreenView.

Morley Glass nominated for its most ever NFAs!

Morley Glass has been nominated in seven categories of the 2022 National Fenestration Awards (NFAs), with a further five nominations for members of our team, including MD Ian Short.

We are hoping to repeat our success in the 2021 NFAs in which we picked up five awards.

Amongst the awards that Morley Glass is in contention for are Integral Blinds Company of the Year, Glass Systems Company of the Year and IGU Manufacturer of the Year, all reflecting the expertise that keeps the company at the forefront of integral blind design and manufacturing. The recently launched Uni-Blinds® pleated blackout integral blind is recognised too, being on the shortlist for New Product 2022 in a hugely competitive category.

Pleated blackout integral blind from Morley GlassIn addition, Morley Glass has once again been nominated in the Recycling Company of the Year category. This comes on the back of another record year in terms of the amount of post-consumer glass, cardboard and other general waste that Morley Glass has been able to divert away from landfill to generate money for local environmental charities and initiatives via our GreenVision fund.

Office manager Jessica Owens is nominated for two awards, and colleagues Charlotte Gilbert and Bryony Shaw are named on the shortlist for Social Networker of the Year and Young Person of the Year respectively. And there’s a nomination for managing director Ian Short too, who is in the running for Director of the Year.

Commenting on the 2022 NFA nominations, Ian Short said:

“We’re thrilled to have been nominated in more award categories than ever, particularly given that these nominations come from the people who know us best – our customers, suppliers and industry peers. We look forward to the presentation event on 5th November and wish everyone who has been nominated in any of the categories the very best of luck!”

The full list of 2022 NFA nominations for Morley Glass is as follows:

•  Business Development Manager / Sales Executive of the Year – Jessica Owens
•  Office Manager of the Year – Jessica Owens
•  Young Person of the Year – Bryony Shaw
•  Director of the Year – Ian Short
•  Digital Marketing Campaign of the Year
•  Social Networker of 2022 – Charlotte Gilbert
•  Best Use of Video
•  Glass Systems Company of the Year
•  New Product 2022 – Pleated Blackout Integral Blind
•  IGU Manufacturer of the Year
•  Integral Blinds Company of the Year
•  Recycling Company of the Year

Morley Glass is also proudly sponsoring the NFA award for Spacer Bar Company of the Year.

Anyone in the window and door industry can vote in the NFAs – simply visit www.fenestrationawards.co.uk/vote to place your vote.

Morley Glass to unveil further integral blind innovations at 2022 FIT Show

Morley Glass will unveil two further innovations in its award-winning Uni-Blinds range at this year’s FIT Show.

The first is a completely new system for the health and social care sector, as well as other commercial and public buildings, called ScreenView®. This provides installers with a solution for applications such as hospital and medical school door vision panels, where a mix of privacy and observation is required, switchable with ease, at different times of the day. Coupled with fire rated glass, this offers a solution that is both practical and fully compliant with the requirements of a fire door specification.

FIT Show 2022 Morley Glass

Unlike any of the Venetian or pleated blinds available in the current Uni-Blinds range, ScreenView has two layers of wide slats arranged in a ladder style, which move up and down to provide an open view for observation or complete closure. As with every product in the Uni-Blinds range, ScreenView is manufactured by Morley Glass in Leeds using the world-renowned ScreenLine® integral blind systems from Italian pioneer Pellini S.p.A.

ScreenView integral blinds used in door vision panels in a hospital.

A second innovation making its debut at the FIT Show is a smart home solution for the eco-friendly, solar powered integral blind system, Uni-Blinds W Smart. Already available with a remote control device, the W Smart is a Venetian blind that utilises a small solar panel on the exterior face of the window or door to power the raising, lowering and tilting of the blind – providing easy automation without the need for any hard-wiring by an electrician.

Now, providing an alternative option to the fully Loxone smart home compatible Uni-Blinds MB System, W Smart features a new Pellini plug and play smart hub called ScreenHub®, a technology upgrade that means it can now be controlled using a smart phone app.

Both innovations will be on display at the FIT Show for installers to explore and try-out at the Morley Glass stand, number N31, which will take place at Birmingham’s NEC from 10th to 12th May.

Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass said:

“These exciting new products reflect our commitment to be continuously innovating to give installers and end-users ever more attractive and suitable integral blinds, whatever their requirement. ScreenView® and our new technology for W Smart satisfy very different needs in completely different markets, but what they both have in common is that they enable end-users to take a different approach to how they incorporate shading and privacy into their windows and doors.”

As with all Uni-Blinds integral blind systems, which sit between the panes of glass in a double glazed unit, ScreenView® and W Smart are manufactured by Morley Glass and delivered nationwide at no additional cost in as little as 10-12 days.

Full design and installation support is available to help installers achieve the highest quality solution across the Uni-Blinds range. This range includes five control systems and the option to upgrade the glass specification for greater thermal or solar control performance in any of the integrated Venetian, pleated or pleated blackout blinds.

Register now for your free tickets to the FIT Show.

Uni-Blinds integral blinds package worth £1,000 up for grabs in exclusive FIT Show prize draw

Window installers have the chance to win a package of five manually controlled Uni-Blinds integral blind units worth around £1,000 simply by entering their name into a free prize draw on the Morley Glass stand at the 2022 FIT Show.

The winner will receive a package of Uni-Blinds which will provide five manually-controlled integral blinds – depending on the window sizes up to two square metres in area. Alternatively, the winner could choose a package of motorised MB System or solar powered W Smart blinds to the equivalent value of the manual blinds.

Uni-Blinds SV System cordless slider controlled integral blinds.

To enter, installers will need to drop their business card into the prize draw box on the Morley Glass stand N31 at the FIT Show, which takes place from 10-12 May at Birmingham’s NEC.

A visit to the stand will also provide the opportunity to explore the recently expanded range of Uni-Blinds integral blinds, with all systems on display to see and try out in person.

FIT Show 2022

Some of these products will be taking centre stage at an industry event for the very first time, including the pleated blackout blind and symmetrical Venetian integrated blind with cordless slider, the SV+. They will be showcased alongside a new integral blind system designed for hospitals and healthcare facilities, ScreenView® and a new tech upgrade for the solar powered W Smart integral blind which allows it to be controlled from a smartphone.

Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass said: “We’re so excited to finally be able to exhibit our great new products at the FIT Show and welcome our customers, industry partners and anyone who is new to Uni-Blinds and wants to find out more. And with our prize draw, there’s another valuable reason to visit our stand, particularly for anyone who hasn’t installed Uni-Blinds® and wants to experience just how easy they are to install.”

Morley Glass manufactures all its Uni-Blinds in Leeds using only market-leading ScreenLine integral blind systems from Italian company Pellini. The combination of Italian design flair, engineering quality and manufacturing excellence by the Morley Glass team ensures that Uni-Blinds continue to set the standard for integrated blinds that are full encapsulated with a glass unit.

Product quality is backed by the highest service standards, with a quick turnaround meaning Uni-Blinds are available for delivery nationwide at no additional cost in as little as 10-12 days, when ordered by 10am on Thursdays.

Register now for your free tickets to the FIT Show.

Morley Glass boosts Uni-Blinds manufacturing capacity as integral blind demand jumps 46%

Morley Glass has invested more than £750,000 to increase its capacity for manufacturing its UK market-leading Uni-Blinds range of integrated window and door blinds by a further 50%.

The investment comes in a year when Morley Glass has produced record volumes of Uni-Blinds, up 46% versus the previous year, reflecting the strong demand that installers are experiencing for the ultra-modern shading and privacy solutions provided by the range.

A new state-of-the-art production line for making insulating glass units complete with ScreenLine Venetian blinds in the cavity has been installed, which means Morley Glass now has three dedicated production lines in all. Installed by long-standing machinery partner Best Makina, these will enable Morley Glass to manufacture up to 6,000 high quality integral blind units every week to support the growth in demand from its nationwide installer base.

The new plant means the Morley Glass factory in Leeds now incorporates five systems for manufacturing the Uni-Blinds SV System, a cordless sliding Venetian blind that utilises a patented magnetic system to enable long term, effortless operation. This system continues to be the most popular option amongst Uni-Blinds installers, accounting for 70% of all Uni-Blinds sold, driven by homeowners who want a sleek shading and privacy system that will perform reliably over a long service life.

Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass says: “It was only four years ago that we made our last major investment in our manufacturing capacity, but the strength of growth that we have seen for Uni-Blinds, particularly over the past two years, has exceeded our expectations. This required us to commission further new machinery earlier than we had anticipated to ensure we stay ahead of the curve.

“Importantly, it gives our factory the capacity we need to respond to the growth in Uni-Blinds sales over the coming years and supports our change of focus to being 100% an integral blind unit manufacturer. With sustained long term growth over two decades and recent annual growth of around 50%, we know how important it is not to rest on our laurels and we are already planning ahead for the next investments.”

The addition of new production lines at Morley Glass’s 50,000 sq. ft site near Leeds comes hot on the heels of a number of other recent investments by the company. In the second half of 2021, the company replaced its machinery for processing post-consumer waste glass for recycling with a new automated plant capable of handling much larger volumes.

And in the same period, Morley Glass added six Luton vans to its fleet to maintain its industry-leading 10-12 day lead time on Uni-Blinds, when ordered by 10am on Thursdays.

Ian adds: “In a competitive market we never stop investing in our machinery, innovative products and processes to ensure window and door installers get the very best quality products backed by superb service. That’s what our recent investments are all focused on giving our customers total confidence in the Uni-Blinds brand every time they order.”

Morley Glass has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturers of bespoke sealed units with ScreenLine® integral blinds inside. Its products are suitable for all types of windows and doors, including bifold doors, and supplied nationwide to customers with complimentary delivery in the industry’s shortest lead times.

Window of opportunity for pleated blackout Uni-Blinds with long summer days on the horizon

Homeowners looking to shut out the bright light of summer evenings and early mornings have a stylish new option open to them this year with the recently launched Uni-Blinds pleated blackout integral blind.

Perfect for windows and doors in rooms such as bedrooms, cinema rooms and children’s nurseries, the high performance pleated blackout integral blind system from Morley Glass is attracting strong interest among homeowners and installers given its ability to transform a room.

For those customers planning ahead for spring and summer home improvement projects, this new integrated blind option provides an effective solution for rooms affected by unwanted daylight. Its ‘darkness on demand’ capability is provided through a design that prevents light bleed around the edges, as well as along the cords – a common area for light to leak through.

With eight colours available and a choice of control systems including a cordless magnetic slider, the Uni-Blind pleated blackout system provides a shading and privacy solution to suit every taste. They can be used in all types of windows and doors, subject to maximum and minimum sizes, and every unit is manufactured to the highest quality standards using only the globally renowned ScreenLine integral systems from Italian company Pellini.

Manufactured in Yorkshire – delivered in as little as 10-12 days

Like all Uni-Blinds, the pleated blackout is made to order by Morley Glass at its state of the art factory in Leeds and delivered nationwide to customers in as little as 10 days.

Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass said: “We know through feedback from our installers that many homeowners say they would benefit from a blackout blind in specific rooms to suit their lifestyle. For example, those who work shifts and have to sleep during the day, or parents with young children – they can create a better sleeping environment with a blackout blind.

“That’s why we developed the Uni-Blinds pleated blackout integral blind with Pellini to extend our range. It means that homeowners who want to complete their new windows or doors with integrated blinds – or upgrade their existing windows – do not need to compromise to make their internal spaces perfect.”

The Uni-Blinds pleated blackout is suitable for a range of double glazed unit thicknesses, including an a 20mm cavity exclusively from Morley Glass. Each unit also benefits from a bespoke warm edge spacer bar to guarantee excellent thermal performance.

Ian added: “For any installer looking to expand what they offer to homeowners and gain a competitive edge, as our pleated blackout demonstrates, Uni-Blinds is a superb product range to consider. All our integral blinds units are easy to fit, and we provide unrivalled nationwide support to help our customers deliver the right installation every time.”

Find out more about the Uni-Blinds pleated blackout integral blind.

Morley Glass ‘FIT and ready’ for hotly anticipated 2022 show

Morley Glass will be showcasing its largest ever range of Uni-Blinds at this year’s FIT Show, giving window and door installers a long overdue and exclusive opportunity to explore our latest exciting innovations.

FIT Show 2022 Morley Glass

For many visitors, the spacious 110 sq. m Morley Glass exhibition stand – N31 – will be their first chance to see and appraise the two newest Uni-Blinds integrated blind systems which have been developed since the last FIT Show in 2019. Morley Glass is anticipating strong interest in both the pleated blackout and symmetrically designed SV+ sliding Venetian systems because of the unique proposition that they offer to homeowners and developers.

These latest products will feature along with the full Uni-Blinds integral blinds range to give FIT Show visitors the complete picture of what these multi award winning shading and privacy solutions have to offer. The range on display will also include the manually operated corded C System and the sliding S and SV sliding systems, the smart home compatible motorised MB System – incorporating Loxone home automation – and innovative W Smart, which is motorised and solar powered.

Morley Glass Managing Director Ian Short said: “After the disappointing but understandable postponement of the FIT Show in 2020 and again last year, May’s show looks set to be one of the most important door and window sector events for many years.

“That’s why we are looking forward to the 2022 FIT Show so much, finally getting the opportunity to catch up with customers, supply chain partners and industry associates, as well as those who are new to integral blinds but keen to learn how they can open up a whole new revenue stream.”

Morley Glass will have a significant presence at the show, with its stand being triple the size of the space it took in 2019, to cater for the growing interest in Uni-Blinds. By being so large, the stand will also help delegates stay safe too, with easy access from all sides and plenty of space to remain socially distanced.

Ian adds: “The FIT Show will be a great opportunity for anyone who isn’t familiar with integrated blinds to discover why they are gaining so much popularity. But aside from being able to touch, feel and try out our products, we can also explain how our service works and how we can offer the industry’s shortest lead times for a superior quality product which we make here in the UK.”

Morley Glass has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturers of bespoke sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside. Its products are installed in all types of windows and doors and supplied nationwide to customers with complimentary delivery in just 10-12 working days when ordered by 10am on any Thursday.

Visit Morley Glass at stand N31 of the 2022 FIT Show when the doors to Birmingham’s NEC open from 10th to 12th May.

Click here to register now for your free tickets to the FIT Show.

Maximum daylight or perfect symmetry – which one do you prefer?

Last year, when we introduced the SV+ cordless sliding Venetian integral blind to offer a variation on the most popular system in our Uni-Blinds® range, the SV, we knew from feedback that certain homeowners would love it. But what about everyone else? Would it be a niche product, or would most people prefer it to the original?

After 12 months in the market, it is clear that our Uni-Blinds® SV+ is proving to be a winner with installers and homeowners. Once again, this shows that giving homeowners windows and doors to closely fit their lifestyles and tastes really does open up new sales opportunities.
Being able to buy a full package – the windows and doors complete with a shading and privacy solution – has captured the imagination of homeowners who value the benefits of integral blinds, not least saving them the hassle and cost of having to source traditional blinds or curtains when installation is complete.

But as anyone involved in the home improvement market will know, you can never stand still. Listening to customer feedback, coming up with fresh ideas and innovative products is all essential to satisfy the strong appetite for that ‘something different’ and this applies to integral blinds as much as anything else.

Proactive and reactive product development

Our newly launched SV+ cordless sliding Venetian integral blind system was developed after feedback from several Uni-Blinds® installers. This suggested that some customers may not like the non-symmetrical look of the SV, indicating that this incredibly popular blind system wasn’t loved by everyone.

The SV has always been a hit with homeowners who seek clean sightlines as part of a clutter-free interior – illustrated by the fact that we made over 120,000 units in 2021. It works by means of a cleverly designed cordless magnetic slider on the face of the glass which controls the integral blind’s raising, lowering and tilting of the slats. There are no cords or any other elements on show – everything else is encapsulated within the double or triple glazed unit.

As with every type of Uni-Blinds® integral blind, the SV features a headrail at the top. It also features a sideguide down either the right or left hand side of the glass unit, which is needed for the slider device to work. With no bottom rail and a sideguide at one side only, it is a design that maximises the amount of light transmission.

However, some homeowners commented on the effect this arrangement has on the look of windows and doors, particular flag windows. It was clear that some people prefer a symmetrical view through their windows and doors, but what we didn’t know is how widespread that preference was.

Giving homeowners superb choice

As Uni-Blinds® are manufactured exclusively using ScreenLine® integral blind systems from the global market-leader in this technology, Pellini S.p.A, the strength of our partnership meant that we were able to co-develop a solution. What if we could offer a version of the SV that features an additional sideguide so the sealed unit looks equally balanced when fitted into a frame?

And so the SV+ was born. It offers all the benefits of the SV but with the addition of a ‘dummy’ sideguide. Launched in 2021, its first major public showcasing was at the 2022 FIT Show and the feedback from those seeing it for the first time was extremely positive.

But is there a majority preference between the SV and SV+? Interest in the SV+ has been really strong, but we are still manufacturing thousands of SV integral blinds every week. To try to get an insight, we recently asked the question “which one do you prefer?” on our social media accounts – the answer was a preference for the newcomer, the SV+.

Whether the SV or SV+ will become dominant in due course isn’t really what’s important here. What matters to installers is having a wide range of high quality integral blind systems available that will accommodate the varying tastes of homeowners. And by being able to provide Uni-Blinds® in as little as 10-12 working days with unrivalled technical and aftersales support, we think this gives installers everything they need to maximise the sales potential.

Suffering from mid-summer sleep deprivation? It’s time to act!

Summer sunshine and warmth is something many of us long for during the depths of winter, when it seems we spend most of our days with the lights and heating on. But it is not a time to relish for everyone.

Perhaps you have young children who struggle to get to sleep because the sunlight is still bright late into the evening. Or maybe you work nightshifts and need to sleep during the day – you probably find it easier to get your ZZZZs in the gloom of mid-winter than during the summer.

If this is you, you’re not alone. There are numerous people whose lifestyles and family circumstances mean they need greater control about when bright daylight enters their rooms – the good news is that there is a highly effective solution with Uni-Blinds® pleated blackout integral blind.

Pleated blackout integral blind

The Uni-Blinds® pleated blackout blind is manufactured in the UK by Morley Glass using ScreenLine® integral blind technology from global leader Pellini S.p.A. It is fitted within the cavity of either a double or triple glazed unit, which means there is no need to mount anything on the wall or reveal that surrounds a window or door. And it can be used in everything from a standard casement window to a vertically sliding sash and bi-fold door.

It is perfect for retrofitting into existing windows or doors, simply be replacing the glass units, adding a new ability to provide ‘darkness on demand’ in a room at any time of the day. Raising and lowering of the blind is easy using a cordless slider positioned on the bottom rail of the blind – with no cords or other external elements on show, this delivers a clean, clutter-free appearance.

And the Uni-Blinds® pleated blackout blind can be manufactured to order and delivered to window and door installers in as little as 10-12 working days – so if you are experiencing issues now, the answer could be with you sooner than you think.

Despite being called a ‘blackout’, the Uni-Blinds® pleated blackout blind is actually available in eight colours, including Grey Sheen and Cocoa to fit well with any neutral décor.

It is virtually maintenance and cleaning free too. As the blind is made using ScreenLine®, high quality is assured and the only cleaning that will ever be needed is an occasional wipe of the slider as the rest is permanently sealed inside the glass unit – a totally dust-free space.

Find out more about the the Uni-Blinds® pleated blackout integral blind.

Cracking the colour code

Colours may be all around us and we often spend many hours choosing them when decorating our home, but do we pay enough attention to what they say about us and our visitors, and the contribution they make to how our home feels?

Do dark colours make a small room feel smaller? Is blue soothing and relaxing? Does yellow make you feel lively and creative? We’ll answer these questions and others in this article.

The science bit…

The psychology of colour is actually quite a young area of academic study in the grand scheme of things. So, what do we know?
“Colours aren’t merely associated with various feelings, they can actually shape our perceptions and personalities.”

This has been evident in numerous studies since the 1700s which have indicated what each colour represents in terms of our personality, work ethic and motivation levels.

What should we think about when choosing colours in our home décor?

Choose a colour scheme that is fit for the room’s purpose – is it a functional space, somewhere to relax or a workspace or playroom in which you might want more mental stimulation. Here are some general pointers:

Warm colours

With a décor dominated by shades of red, pink, yellow, or orange, you will create a cosy, welcoming space. One expert describes warm colours being an indicator that you are an inviting host and your room evokes a friendly, cosy feel. As a result, it is good to use warm colours in your home’s gathering and communal spaces like a living room, such as shades of yellow, orange, and red, particularly to ‘ground’ a large room.

Cool colours

If you want to promote peacefulness, calm and relaxation, then you can’t go far wrong with a room which used blues, purples, and greens. One recent study named navy blue as the world’s most relaxing colour. So, for someone who chooses blues, greens, and purples in their home décor, it is a clear signal that they value harmony and perhaps time for meditation and reflection. And you should certainly think about cool colours in your bedroom or other spaces where you go to unwind after a long day. That’s not to say these colours can’t have a very different effect – jewel tones such as emerald green or sapphire blue can indicate a more moody aesthetic and completely different vibe.

Neutral colours

Whilst it is easy to consider neutral paint colours as just a ‘playing it safe’ option, they can reflect homeowners who think more practically and make long term decisions that they can be happy with. Don’t read this as boring though! People who go for neutrals can be open and cheery, but perhaps quiet and reserved around new people. They may also prefer to use bolder colours for smaller décor features to bring accents to spaces.

White

Sometimes called a ‘non-colour’ along with black, white is associated with extra tidy people who take comfort from their homes being neat and organised. That’s why white is a popular choice for bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms and other more utilitarian space, with the addition of colour through accessories and furnishings.

And in more detail…

Colours used in interior decor and what they say about our personality.

To delve a bit deeper, here are what positive characteristics we associate with the main colours – do you recognise any of these in your personality?

Getting your décor right

It is important to consider the colours of all aspects of your décor to make sure you achieve the right result – and that includes window dressings and shading solutions.

The great thing with Uni-Blinds® integrated blinds, which sit between the panes of glass in double glazed units, is that they are available in a variety of colours so you can tailor your look precisely.

If you choose a Uni-Blinds Venetian integral blind, you can choose from ten colours for the blind slats. That includes contemporary colours like anthracite grey – exclusively available from Morley Glass – and metallic silver, plus softer shades of green, light blue, yellow and cream. The headrail and other features of the Venetian blind’s control system are available in several complementary colours too.

For Uni-Blinds pleated between the glass blinds, the choice is even wider so you can express your personality to the max. Their fabrics are available in everything from a bold red and navy blue to cool greys. And, despite the name, even the Uni-Blinds pleated blackout integral blind doesn’t have to be black – it comes in a choice of eight colours from white and beige to anthracite grey and black.

Find out more about the colour options for Uni-Blinds on our dedicated colours page.

Joint Saint-Gobain Glass and Morley Glass initiative wins top glass industry sustainability award

Our pioneering glass recycling scheme that enables post-consumer glass units from window and door replacements to be collected and crushed to make new glass has been recognised by the UK glass industry’s representative trade body, British Glass.

Glass Focus Award 2021 Winner - Sustainable Practice

Our GreenVision initiative was named winner of the ‘Sustainable Practice’ award at the Glass Focus Awards 2021 in a prestigious ceremony attended by more than 100 people recently in central Manchester. Saint-Gobain Glass and Morley Glass triumphed in a highly competitive field which draws entrants from across the glass industry, from food and drink packaging and medical equipment to all aspects of glass used in construction.

The scheme saves energy and raw materials as well as benefiting the broader community in four key stages. Firstly, Morley Glass collects the old glass units that installers of our Uni-Blinds integral blind units remove during window and door replacement projects – this waste glass is taken to our Leeds HQ and manufacturing centre on the return legs of our daily deliveries.

Stages two and three involve crushing the post-consumer glass units on-site at Morley Glass to create high quality glass cullet. This is then collected by Saint-Gobain Glass for use as a raw material in the manufacture of new float glass at their Yorkshire factory, helping to reduce the need for ‘virgin’ raw materials.

Morley Glass with the winners at the Glass Focus Awards 2021

The final stage is putting the revenue raised from the production of glass cullet to good use in the community through the GreenVision fund. This enables environmental micro-initiatives and charities across West Yorkshire to apply for grants of £500 to support their activities, which has so far provided money to pay for everything from raised vegetable planting beds to the redevelopment of a primary school’s garden.

The benefits of the initiative are far-reaching according to Ian Short, Managing Director of Morley Glass, who said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to win at the Glass Focus Awards 2021! The initiative has been a huge success since we started in 2019, so much so that we have recently had to replace our original machinery with a fully automated plant that triples our glass processing capacity.

“To date the scheme has collected over 1,200 bags of glass cullet weighing more than 680 tonnes. This has reduced the need for virgin sand which is used in glass manufacturing by more than half a million kilos. But as every tonne of cullet saves 300kg of CO2 emissions, and the amount of energy needed to power the average home for six months, we have been able to make energy savings to date equivalent to 341 ‘energy years’ for the typical UK home.”

Morley Glass with Saint-Gobain Glass at the Glass Focus Awards 2021

Morley Glass is the leading manufacturer of integral blinds in the UK door and window industry through our Uni-Blinds branded range. Our 50,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art factory in Leeds is the world’s largest production facility of its kind for Screenline blind systems, from which we serve installers across the UK with the most competitive lead times and complimentary delivery.

Morley Glass back at its best as 10-day lead times return

We are starting 2022 on a high after successfully fighting back against unprecedented supply chain issues to bring back our industry-topping 10-12 day lead times on our full range of integrated blinds.

The Morley Glass team has worked hard to get back to business as usual despite a challenging 2021 caused by an unprecedented combination of supply problems. These included the impact of a tornado flattening the ScreenLine blind systems factory in the Czech Republic back in June, the well-publicised UK glass shortages and a whole host of Covid-related challenges.

Working closely with our key supply chain partners, ScreenLine integral blind manufacturer Pellini and Saint-Gobain Glass, we have been able to secure significantly increased volumes of blind systems and glass in recent weeks to enable the production of Uni-Blinds to recover well ahead of schedule.

It means that all orders for Uni-Blinds will now be delivered in 10-12 working days when ordered by 12.00pm on any Thursday, a turnaround that our customers had come to rely on and one that few other suppliers of between-glass blinds can match.

In addition to restoring the supply chain, Morley Glass has also just taken delivery of three new vans and ordered a further eight vehicles due for arrival during 2022. This larger fleet will help keep customer deliveries on track as production capacity increases following our investment of £750,000 in another sealed unit manufacturing line, a move which will enable Morley Glass’ output to grow to 6,000 integral blind units every week.

These investments will help ensure that Morley Glass stays ahead of curve as demand for Uni-Blinds increases, enabling us to maintain our commitment to the industry’s shortest lead times backed with complimentary nationwide delivery on all orders.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass, said: “We’re over the moon to be back to where we want to be in terms of our service. It means that installers no longer need to settle for second choice integrated blind suppliers on time-sensitive jobs as our Uni-Blinds can now be supplied in the shortest lead times in the industry!

“There is no denying that we’ve found the last six months a very challenging as we’ve had to work around some very difficult circumstances outside our control. With the high standards we set ourselves we always aim to resolve any supply issues that do arise as quickly as possible, and during these difficult recent months the whole Morley Glass team has pulled together fantastically to get us back on track!”

Morley Glass triples post-consumer glass recycling capacity

Morley Glass will be recycling more post-consumer glass and supporting more local good causes than ever following the installation of new state of the art automated machinery to process waste glass collected from Uni-Blinds® installers.

The new plant commissioned at our HQ and factory near Leeds replaces our pioneering ‘Crush’ machinery, which has been retired after two reliable years of service. The new machine is designed to be smarter and more productive through automation, extracting a larger amount of annealed glass out of the frame.

This eliminates some of the more time consuming and labour-intensive stages of the glass recycling process to enable larger volumes to be handled. Through a process of separation and crushing, the glass is turned into cullet which can then go straight into the manufacture of new glass, whilst spacer bars and any other materials are channelled off into a separate waste stream.

This first stage recycling process is a joint initiative between Morley Glass and Saint-Gobain Glass whereby recycled glass cullet is collected in half tonne bags for use as a raw material in the production of new glass. Since the initiative started in 2019, more than 670 tonnes of glass cullet have been produced which has saved more than half a million tonnes of ‘virgin’ sand from Saint-Gobain Glass’s manufacturing process.

But the benefits of recycling post-consumer glass in this way go far beyond saving our sand reserves. Using waste glass in place of virgin raw materials also reduces the amount of energy needed in production, which means that 199,000 tonnes of CO2 has been saved already – that is the equivalent of 332 ‘energy years’ for an average UK household.

Morley Glass goes even further, however, to make sure the value of the recycled glass cullet can be utilised to fund environment initiatives across West Yorkshire through our GreenVision Fund. This enables local organisations involved in environmental improvement and green micro initiatives to benefit from individual grants of £500 to support the work they do.

Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass said: “We’re thrilled that we can now handle three times the amount of recycled glass that we could previously, helping the industry take another important step forward in terms of sustainability. But equally important will be our increased ability to support more green initiatives than ever as the size of our GreenVision Fund grows with recycling volumes – it’s a win-win.”

By providing a post-consumer glass recycling service, Morley Glass helps its customers reduce the amount of waste they need to dispose of and improve the whole-life sustainability of Uni-Blinds® integral blinds. It also assists Saint-Gobain Glass with their sustainability goals as they seek to increase the amount of recycled content in new float glass, which is already at the forefront of the industry.

To find out more about the sustainability initiatives of Morley Glass please take a look at our Crush page.

High five for NFA award winning Morley Glass

Morley Glass has triumphed at the 2021 National Fenestration Awards (NFAs) by picking up awards in five categories.

Once again we were crowned the industry’s best ‘Integral Blind Company’ and named the winner in the ‘New Product’ category for our latest exclusive integrated blind innovations, the symmetrical SV+ sliding venetian blind system and the pleated blackout blind. Like all Uni-Blinds, these new products are manufactured using only ScreenLine® blind systems to offer high quality, great visual appeal and reliable long term performance in carefully tailored shading and privacy solutions.

Morley Glass was also recognised by the industry for the way we have used video over the last 12 months, both in our own marketing and to support window and door installers large and small by helping them create virtual showroom tours. These videos proved invaluable during the pandemic lockdown periods, and they continue to be an incredibly useful asset to installers as homeowners and developers research new products and services online at the early stage of their search.

In addition to these three corporate awards, one member of the Morley Glass team was a double award winner too, reflecting the outstanding contribution she has made to the company’s success. Sales adviser and marketing coordinator Charlotte Gilbert, who has become an integral part of the team since joining just 15 months ago, was presented with awards for ‘Social Networker’ and ‘Young Person’.

Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that we’ve won three 2021 NFA awards for the company, and over the moon for Charlotte for her well-deserved individual awards. A big thank you to everyone who voted for Morley Glass and who took time to get involved with the NFAs in whatever capacity they chose to – as a sponsor, nominee, voter or attendee.

“In what has been another pandemic-affected year, Lee Clarke and the NFA team deserve a lot of credit for successfully delivering the NFA awards programme. It is really important for the industry to get the chance to get together in person to celebrate the very best in our sector and we are already looking forward to the 2022 programme!”

Morley Glass is the leading manufacturer of integral blinds in the UK door and window industry through our Uni-Blinds branded range. Our 50,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art factory in Leeds is the world’s largest production facility of its kind for Screenline blind systems, from which we serve installers across the UK with the most competitive lead times and complimentary delivery.

Awards super six for Morley Glass in 2021 NFAs

Morley Glass is delighted to have been nominated for more National Fenestration Awards (NFAs) than ever after being shortlisted for six awards in the 2021 programme.

National Fenestration Awards 2021 finalist

We hope to build on our 2020 NFAs success when we picked up four awards, including in the Covid Heroes category, as well as receiving a special mention.

Three of the 2021 nominations are for awards that we won last year: Best Use of Video, IGU Manufacturer and Integral Blinds Company. This time round, Morley Glass is also in the running for Digital Marketing Campaign of the Year, New Product and Recycling Company, reflecting the depth of our proactive approach to sales and marketing, R&D and sustainability.

And in addition to being a finalist in these corporate awards, two members of the Morley Glass team have also received nominations for individual awards. Marketing assistant Charlotte Gilbert has been named a finalist in the Social Networker and Young Person categories, along with Bryony Shaw, sales advisor, also on the shortlist for the Young Person award.

The NFAs are awarded based on the number of votes received. Anyone working in the UK door and window industry can vote online at www.fenestrationawards.co.uk/nfa21 until 4th November at 4pm. The winners will be announced at a presentation event at Doncaster Racecourse two days later.

Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass said: “We’re really excited to be nominated for so many awards and look forward to the 2021 NFAs presentation on November 6th. Congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted and the very best of luck!

“Being shortlisted matters hugely because it provides important external recognition that we are on-track with our business. The whole Morley Glass team works hard every day to create the highest quality products backed with outstanding service, but the best way to gauge how well we are doing is through industry awards – that’s why the NFAs are key to the fenestration industry.”

In the past 12 months, Morley Glass has experienced an upsurge in demand for its range of integral Venetian and pleated Uni-Blinds®, all of which are produced in its state-of-the-art factory near Leeds using the world-renowned Screenline® blinds systems from Italian manufacturer Pellini S.p.A.

In tandem with increased production volumes for our established integral blinds range in 2021, Morley Glass has launched several new products and developed our glass recycling operation, which takes post-consumer glass back from installers working on replacement projects to be recycled – raising funds for good causes in the process.

Find out more about the NFAs here.

Morley Glass signs up to FENEX 2022 and FENEX 2023 at Telford

We are one of the first companies to sign up to the FENEX 2022 virtual expos and the first at the FENEX in-person exhibition in Telford in 2023.

We have grown over the last two decades to become the largest manufacturer and supplier in the UK of SceenLine integral blinds. To help aid that growth further, we will be exhibiting at the 2022 virtual FENEX shows as well as the first FENEX in-person exhibition which will be held at the incredibly popular Telford International Centre.

Speaking about Morley’s commitment to FENEX, event co-founder Lee Clarke said: “To have a company of the calibre of Morley Glass join the growing FENEX platform is fantastic news. The Morley brand has become one of the most successful not just in the IGU and blinds part of the market, but in the whole of UK fenestration. We look forward to working with them in the years to come and to building a successful partnership that will most certainly be of benefit to everyone.”

Ian Short, Managing Director at Morley Glass & Glazing said: “We’re very excited to be joining the FENEX platform for 2022 and 2023. The new avenues and opportunities this is going to present to us, bringing together the best of both virtual and in-person, is tantalising and we cannot wait to get started and bring our fantastic range of integral blinds to even more of the UK fenestration industry!”

FENEX is holding a full virtual expo calendar during the course of 2022, with hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment in market-leading virtual software and marketing campaigns that are going to create a huge impact during 2022.

In 2023, FENEX will then return the UK fenestration sector to the very popular Telford International Centre for their first in-person event which has already garnered a hugely positive response from the industry.

To find out more about FENEX at Telford, or to exhibit at the main virtual event from Weds 8th Sept – Sat 11th Sept 2021, visit www.fenex.co.uk

Call for local initiatives with ‘Green Vision’ to claim share of £30,000

We have created a Green Vision fund which currently stands at a whopping £30,000.

We are looking for local schools, charities and community groups to apply for donations of up to £500 to create sustainable projects such as nature reserves, edible beds, wildflower gardens, sensory gardens and allotments; all applications are considered as long as they improve and sustain the local environment.

The fund is financed by our own green credentials. When new windows and doors are installed, the old glass would previously go to landfill. Now we ask our customers to return the old glass to us, so we can crush it into cullet and return it our supplier Saint-Gobain Glass, who re-use the old crushed glass to manufacture new glass in an energy-efficient process.

One hundred percent of the money we receive for the old glass goes into the Green Vision fund. Since the CRUSH scheme started in early 2020, and despite the COVID-19 lockdowns, 550 tonnes of glass have been recycled saving energy to power a home for 264 years, preventing 158,000kg of CO2 entering the atmosphere and saving 450,000kg of virgin sand*.

So far, the fund has had 10 beneficiaries, including CATCH Harehills, Incredible Edible Halton, Garforth in Bloom, Yorkshire Trench, Roundhay High School, Longroyde Primary School and St Chads Broomfield Cricket Club. Each of these received £500 and created meaningful environmental projects that also benefit the community.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing said: “This is a long-term initiative and the funds will continue to be created so it’s important that local groups come forward with their ideas and projects that we can support. We are proud to have created this fund that can really benefit the local community and the environment. We hope to help many more initiatives realise their green goals and would urge people to come forward with their proposals.”

We also encourage local tradespeople and individuals to recycle glass from old windows and doors free of charge, at our CRUSH facility at 27 Industrial Estate, Bruntcliffe Way in Morley.

To apply for a grant from the Green Vision fund please email your application to greenvision@morleyglass.co.uk

Find out more about the fund and the projects it has already supported here.

*All figures correct at July 2021

Morley Glass backs Roundhay School volunteers’ green ambitions

New environmental initiatives by volunteer students at Roundhay School in Leeds have taken off after receiving financial support from Morley Glass through the Rotary Club of Roundhay’s ‘Interact’ scheme.

A team of students has come together to form an Interact Club at the north Leeds school, which is part of an international programme by Rotary designed to help young people take action to make a difference in their school and community. The Roundhay School Interact Club has already attracted 21 members who will be in Year 10 from September 2021.

As part of their work, the ‘Interactors’ will be getting involved in tree planting to increase urban forestation in their neighbourhood. The club will plant saplings paid for through a £500 grant from the Morley Glass GreenVision Fund, a unique funding scheme which raises money from flat glass recycling to support environmental improvement initiatives throughout West Yorkshire.

By encouraging the growth of more trees in the Roundhay area, the volunteers will play an active role in reducing CO2 levels in the atmosphere and improve their local environment both aesthetically and ecologically. Further environmental improvements are also being delivered through ‘bug hotels’, made by the Interactors using post-use wooden boxes, also donated by Morley Glass.

Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass says: “It is tremendous to see so many young people getting involved with the Interact Club at Roundhay School to improve their local community. We’re really pleased to be able to support the student volunteers’ hard work through our GreenVision Fund, as well as by providing them with first quality wooden packaging boxes for upcycling. We can’t wait to see the improvements the Club members will bring to the Roundhay area.”

In addition to their local environmental work, the Roundhay School Interact Club is helping their school and the wider community in a number of other ways. These include collecting school uniforms that children have out-grown so that parents of children newly transferring to Roundhay School can take anything they need free of charge, and raising funds to support schools in Nepal and Sri Lanka to help get more children, especially girls, into education.

The Morley Glass GreenVision Fund was set up in 2019 as part of a pioneering glass recycling scheme in conjunction with Saint-Gobain Glass. This allows funds to be raised from the value of recyclable glass, which originates from the collection, sorting and first stage re-processing (crushing) of post-consumer glass removed by Morley Glass customers during window and door replacement projects.

To find out more about the GreenVision Fund and how to apply for a £500 grant please visit our Community page.

Open for buzz-ness!

We were delighted and proud to attend the official opening of the Longroyde School garden, with Morley MD Ian Short cutting the ribbon to get everything started!

Longroyde School in Brighouse applied for a grant from our GreenVision fund, which gives up to £500 grants to local sustainable projects. The school originally applied for a single grant in order to create a garden as an Easter project but were so inspired they required and received a second donation to continue and finish the project.

The garden now incorporates a mindfulness area, greenhouse, sunflower and pea wigwam and a bug hotel. The children worked very hard digging out weeds, filling beds with compost and planting seeds as well as painting and planning the space.

bee friendly flowers

The GreenVison fund is born out of our CRUSH recycling scheme – taking post-consumer glass from old windows and doors, bringing it back to our factory and crushing it into cullet. The cullet is then sent to Saint-Gobain Glass who pay us for it and 100% of these funds go into the GreenVision pot. This scheme has so far benefitted 10 local projects as well as, in itself, saving 158,000kg of CO2 from entering the atmosphere and 450,000kg of virgin sand from being used, and saved enough energy to power a home for 264 years*.

Ian said: “It is wonderful to see the donations truly making a difference to local communities and their hard work paying off so spectacularly. The children have done an incredible job and learnt skills for life. I was thrilled to attend and officially open the project. The fund is growing all the time and we currently have £30,000 available for sustainable projects so we would urge other groups to come forward and apply for a grant of up to £500.”

If you wish to apply for a GreenVision grant, please send your request and project details to greenvision@morley.co.uk Find out more about the fund and the projects it has supported here: https://www.morleyglass.co.uk/glass-recycling-leeds/

*All figures correct at July 2021

Morley Glass makes milestone donation with GreenVision fund

We are very happy to have made our 10th donation to local sustainable projects with the GreenVision Fund.

The fund uses money generated by the CRUSH recycling scheme to benefit local communities and the environment. Each donation of up to £500 helps community groups or schools that wish to create green spaces or sustainable projects to bring their ideas into fruition.

The 10th beneficiary is the fantastic Flourishing Families Leeds, which works to combat food poverty/poor nutrition, supports family literacy and helps tackle the challenges faced by primary school-aged children living in deprivation through activity-based mentoring.

Richard Colbrook from Flourishing Families said: “Thanks to the donation from Morley Glass, our online family cookery clubs have hit 100% repeatability. In other words, every family taking part have gone on to repeat the recipes so that they have become a regular part of their family meals. This means that we really are changing the diets of families and, because the meals are affordable, now have a sustainable and reproducible way of overcoming food poverty. I’m normally pretty excited with our results (!) but this one has taken excitement levels through the roof. It is hugely significant.”

Flourishing Families joins previous recipients from the local area including Longroyde Primary School, Incredible Edible Kippax and CATCH.

The CRUSH scheme that facilitates our GreenVision fund is an initiative between us and Saint-Gobain Glass, where post-consumer glass is brought back to the Morley factory and crushed into cullet. Saint-Gobain Glass then pays for the bags of cullet and recycle it, using it in the manufacture in new float glass. 100% of this payment goes to the GreenVision fund. The process dramatically helps the environment, and since it started in early 2020 the CRUSH scheme has saved 158,000kg of CO2 from entering the atmosphere and 450,000kg of virgin sand, and saved enough energy to power a home for 264 years*.

Morley Glass MD Ian Short says: “Sustainability is at the core of our business values, and it is great to give something back to local communities that also benefits the environment. The 10th donation is a gratifying milestone, and we hope for many more.”

If you wish to apply for a GreenVision donation, please send your request to greenvision@morley.co.uk
Find out more about the fund and the projects it has supported here: https://www.morleyglass.co.uk/glass-recycling-leeds/

*All figures correct at July 2021

Going large to boost deliveries and glass recycling volumes

We’ve taken delivery of six new Luton vans which not only boost our nationwide delivery capacity as demand grows, but greatly increase the amount of post-consumer glass we can collect and recycle through our CRUSH initiative.

The familiar boxy Luton vans are the first to enter the Morley Glass fleet and are ideally suited to this dual ‘deliver and collect’ role that our delivery drivers now undertake. The layout of the vans means that Uni-Blinds sealed units can be better distributed around the space so there is more room for post-consumer glass to be brought back to our factory for recycling.

The addition of these latest vans increases our vehicle fleet to 36, which deliver around 4,000 integral blind units every week to customers throughout the UK. But as we’ve expanded our glass recycling operations, our vans are increasingly returning to site with a highly recyclable and valuable material that benefits both the environment and good causes thanks to the CRUSH scheme. This is a joint initiative from Morley Glass and Saint-Gobain Glass where glass from doors and windows that have been replaced is collected by Morley and then crushed into cullet. This is then returned in bulk to Saint-Gobain Glass, who pay for the glass cullet, which they use to make new float glass. One tonne of cullet saves enough energy to power a home for six months, which is why glass recycling is so vital.

So far, with the help of our customers we have returned 549 tonnes of cullet, preventing 158,556kg of CO2 going into the atmosphere and saving enough energy to power an average home for 264 years. Recycling the post-consumer glass has also saved nearly 450,000kg of virgin sand.

Importantly, the Luton vans will significantly increase the amount of glass that can be processed through the CRUSH scheme, and therefore make a an even bigger impact to shrink the glass industry’s carbon footprint.

The scheme does not only benefit the planet, but local communities too. The money generated from the cullet is put into our GreenVision fund. This allows local schools, community groups and charities across Yorkshire that focus on improving the environment to apply for a donation of up to £500 towards green projects.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing, said: “A rapidly growing customer base and increasing sales of Uni-Blinds mean we need to continuously invest in our vehicle fleet to ensure we can maintain our industry-topping lead-times and delivery reliability. But we also have to ensure our fleet best suits the needs of our business today, and as we are bringing more and more post-consumer glass back to Leeds than ever – and we will do even more in future – our new Luton vans tick all the boxes.”

For more information visit our sustainability section of our website.

Tornado hits blinds factory in Czech Republic

Our thoughts are with our supply chain colleagues at Pellini CZ following a catastrophic tornado strike yesterday, 24th June which has torn down the factory premises in Hodonin. In addition to this, many of the houses belonging to the employees and their families have also been destroyed. The Red Cross are currently working to provide temporary shelter in the area.

We are working closely with Pellini Italy to take the necessary steps to minimise the inevitable delays which will result from this disaster. We will keep you updated regarding deliveries and thank you for your patience during this time.

Read more about the impact of the tornado here.

If you would like to contribute to the disaster relief fund, please visit this page.

New exclusive Uni-Blinds duo offers perfectly tailored options

Two new additions to the Uni-Blinds range of high quality integral blind systems give installers exciting new potential to provide shading and privacy solutions to homeowners aiming to meet specific aesthetic and light elimination goals.

As the UK’s largest manufacturer of ‘between the glass’ integral blinds with ScreenLine inside, Morley Glass is a pioneer of innovative new products with Pellini Industrie, the Italian company behind the world-leading blind systems brand, and these latest solutions demonstrate the strength of their continued partnership.

Firstly, for homeowners who like the slider control system but are seeking to achieve perfect symmetry in the look of their windows and doors, the new Uni-Blinds SV+ System provides the solution. This offers all the benefits of the established SV System – which is the most popular of all Uni-Blinds options – but with a sideguide at each side of the unit to provide balance. These match the style and width of the head rail and bottom rail, with the result being a window or door that looks symmetrical and many homeowners love!

The SV+ is operated by a cleverly-designed magnetic slider, placed on the right or left-hand edge of the glass. A narrow adhesive transparent profile ensures the linear movement of the slider. This slider is used to raise, lower and tilt the integral Venetian blind with ease.

The second new system is designed to provide total darkness on demand. The exclusive Uni-Blinds Pleated Blackout System gives homeowners an effective integral blinds option if they are seeking total darkness in a room. This is because its design allows for no leakage of light around the edges or, as is usually the case with pleated blinds, along the vertical cords.

This makes the Pleated Blackout integral blind an excellent option for children’s bedrooms and nurseries, cinema rooms and for shift workers who need to sleep during the day. It can also be used in commercial applications where the internal environment is sensitive to light, such as museums and scientific laboratories.

The great thing about the Pleated Blackout is that it can be used with ‘C’ and ‘S’ Uni-Blinds control systems and it is available in 20mm double glazing cavities. This exclusive from Morley Glass means you can choose the Pleated Blackout even if the window or door features a slimmer double glazed unit with a 20mm cavity.

Both the new Uni-Blinds options give homeowners more choice and greater flexibility to fit integral blinds that are right for their home and achieve the look they are seeking. That’s an excellent selling point for window and door installers using Uni-Blinds who can gain an important competitive edge over suppliers of other integral blinds systems.

Helping Uni-Blinds integral blinds installers go green

When it comes to working more sustainably, one thing all businesses should be able to do relatively easily is to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill. But, to make this a reality we all need access to easy processes to ensure the by-products of our everyday operations can be diverted hassle-free and low cost – or free of charge – into the right channels for recycling.

Installers working on replacement window and door projects always face issue of disposing of the old products they remove, and all the different materials that entails – glass, timber, PVC, aluminium, metal hardware, gaskets, etc. But with the right support from the supply chain, there is no reason why we cannot deal with these post-consumer waste products effectively and deliver wider benefits to our communities as a result.

This is the thinking behind our CRUSH initiative. Since 2019, we have worked in partnership with Saint-Gobain Glass to collect and recycle the glass that installers of our Uni-Blinds integral blinds remove during their daily work. So far that has diverted more than 500 tonnes of glass away from landfill.

Glass recycling

At the heart of the CRUSH initiative is our glass crushing machine which converts the post-consumer glass into glass cullet. This can then be used in place of virgin raw materials for the manufacture of new float glass, which is why Saint-Gobain Glass were keen to partner with us from the outset.

With the raw material production savings this makes, every tonne of cullet saves 300kg of CO2 emissions. That means the 500 tonnes of cullet already collected (up to June 2021) has saved 150,000kg of CO2 in 18 months – and those savings are increasing all the time.

But the benefits don’t stop there. The revenue generated from this high quality glass cullet is used to support good causes across Yorkshire through the Morley Glass GreenVision fund. This offers ‘green fund’ grants of £500 to charities who are dedicated to sustainability initiatives that deliver environmental benefits.

The direct and positive impacts on the environment also extend into making the manufacture of new glass more energy efficient. This is because the amount of energy needed by a furnace to melt recycled glass cullet is 30% lower than for virgin materials.

Morley Glass and B&P Windows team up for glass recycling

Wakefield-based B&P Windows are aiming to further reduce their carbon footprint by supplying all post-consumer glass products to be put through our on-site glass crusher.

Since 2019, we’ve  been accepting post-consumer glass and IGU products for our glass crusher which sits at our Leeds integral blinds’ manufacturing site. To date, we have reduced our CO2 emissions by a staggering 135,504kg. That crushed glass then goes back into the market place via recycling and will go on to be used in numerous applications for decades to come.

B&P Windows, based in Wakefield for 40 years, have made huge efforts to ensure that all post-consumer and office-based waste is recycled and that nothing goes into the ground. All their old PVCU, timber and aluminium frames are recycled and have been for a long time. The company also uses a dedicate skip service provided by Wakefield council that ensures anything that is put into the skip is taken away and processed correctly to make sure that none of it ends up at landfill sites.

This new partnership with Morley Glass is set to expand that effort further, with both companies dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint and impact on the environment as much as possible.

Ian Short, Managing Director at Morley Glass commented: “We know B&P Windows have been making huge efforts to be as green as possible for years. We have worked together for around two decades and have a great working relationship, so to be able to help them to continue their efforts to be as environmentally friendly as possible only strengthens our bond further.”

Justin Grafton-Holt, Director at B&P Windows said: “We have worked with Morley Glass for years and have admired not only their product and professionalism, but their activities outside of the glazing sector and their dedication to reducing their impact on the environment as much as possible. This falls perfectly in line with our longer term vision and it’s great to be able to team up and keep as much post-consumer waste out of the ground as possible!”

Find out more about our commitment to sustainability and investment in local communities here.

Morley Glass and FENEX virtual showrooms prove a great success

During the pandemic, Morley Glass and Glazing have funded and created 50 virtual showrooms, with the help of videoproduction4, the National Fenestration Awards and FENEX.

With real-life showroom visits off the table, the virtual showrooms have allowed installers to grow their business in the most challenging of times. Each Virtual showroom, worth £1500, allows visitors to the websites to see the diversity, and experience the quality, of products available.

The winners have reported a significant rise in website visits and appointments from customers who may not visit a physical showroom, meaning they have been able to continue operating. Companies including McDermott Windows, Heath Windows, Droylsden Glass and Sapphire Windows are just a few that have benefitted from this amazing technology.

Emma at Blackburn based McDermott Windows commented: “Lockdown has meant we have had to look at things differently, and the virtual showroom has enabled us to showcase our products in a really detailed way. Also, we can demonstrate that we do have an authentic base which is reassuring for many people to see.

We really do appreciate that this was given to us by Ian at Morley Glass – he is just a fantastic guy and so supportive of people in this industry. I can’t speak highly enough, and we are very grateful to him. He sees work in this sector as collaborative and we will always support him because of his generosity.”

Kevin Thackery at Droylsden Glass in Manchester said: “What a brilliant tool this has been, particularly during current restricted climates – the virtual showroom has really supported our business. We do now always try to promote it and we gain such positive feedback from visitors to the site. This business has remained strong, and we feel that the virtual site has greatly influenced that.”

Ian, MD here at Morley Glass, volunteered his services as soon as the idea of a virtual showroom give-away was floated.  He worked closely with Lee Clark of FENEX and National Fenestration Awards to get the project off the ground and assisting the winners as soon as possible.

Morley Glass renews Ambassador sponsorship for 2021 National Fenestration Awards

We have renewed our Ambassador sponsorship of the National Fenestration Awards for the 2021 campaign.

Following a disrupted year, the NFAs were a rare bright spot for the entire sector, with an end-of-year social media and YouTube dual broadcast announcing the winners of the 2020 campaign. Of which we found ourselves celebrating success once again, winning the Integral Blinds Company, Best Use of Video and IGU Manufacturer categories.

This year, we continue our support of the sector’s biggest and most inclusive awards as Ambassadors of the platform. After a record year in 2020, the NFAs aims to bring the sector even more to smile about in 2021 as it brings a simplified nomination process which has already seen a record number of submissions so early on in a campaign.

Speaking of their renewed sponsorship of the awards, co-founder Jason Grafton-Holt said: “it is fantastic to have Morley Glass on board once again as Ambassadors. They have been one of our longest supporters and their backing has helped grow the NFAs to where they are today. Able to bring the sector the most inclusive, and fairest awards platform. But more than that, we’re proud to have a company of the calibre of Morley. The charity work they do all year round is incredible. They support a huge number of local initiatives that improve the lives of young people around Leeds and surrounding areas. We’re proud to have Morley Glass as a significant partner of the NFAs.”

Ian Short, Managing Director, commented: “We love being an Ambassador of the NFAs, and are proud to support the awards for another campaign. The NFAs have lead the way in terms of fairness and openness for fenestration, allowing anyone in the sector from the factory floor to the boardroom to take part and find the very best people and companies every year. That fits with our ethos at Morley Glass and we’re very happy to be able to back it this year once again.”

The National Fenestration Awards are the UK’s only open-platform awards in the fenestration sector. Each year thousands of people from the industry nominate deserving people and companies to be put forward to shortlists at the end of the year for the sector to then vote on to decide the eventual winners. With 25+ categories covering every single aspect of fenestration, it is the most inclusive awards in the industry. A record number of nominations and votes were cast in 2020, in what was a sole highlight for the industry in one of the toughest years we have endured for decades.

The 2021 NFA campaign is set to be the biggest and most competitive yet, and the nominations phase is open now. To participate head to www.fenestrationawards.co.uk to cast your nominations.

Delivering darkness on-demand with new pleated blackout blinds

We are delivering darkness on-demand with the launch of a new and exclusive blackout system for pleated integral blinds.

 

The ScreenLine® pleated blackout blinds sit neatly inside Uni-Blind® sealed units to ensure complete shading from the sun and other light sources such as streetlights and passing vehicles. Complete privacy and the exclusion of external light are particularly welcome in environments such as bedrooms, children’s nurseries and home cinema rooms as well as commercial applications including laboratories, hotel rooms and museums.

 

With no vertical cords running down the blind, no light can leak through tiny gaps when in the closed position, and there are no perimeter gaps either. The pleated blackout blinds are available in a choice of eight colour options: white, alabaster, cocoa, grey sheen, black, anthracite grey, dove grey and grey ridge. The blackout blinds are available for 20mm cavities, using the manual corded C System or slider control S System, and can cover a glazed area of 2 sq metres (2200mm max height x 1500mm max width).

 

Ian Short, managing director said: “We all value our privacy and also know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. The new pleated blackout system can provide these solutions.  The pleated blind’s material also delivers excellent thermal performance, reflecting excessive heat and helping to keep rooms cool in the height of summer.

 

“We’re really excited to work with ScreenLine® in Italy to bring this product exclusively to the UK for fabricators and installers to add to their portfolio of added value products. It’s perfect timing as we come into the spring and summer with lighter nights and brighter days. The new blackout system is the perfect solution for light sleepers seeking an uninterrupted night’s sleep and shift workers who may need to sleep during the day, or for any room where unwanted light can cause a nuisance or disruption. I’m sure they’ll be a hugely popular product.”

Morley Glass & Glazing adds new SV+ system to Uni-Blind range

We are now giving customers even more choice with the launch of the SV+ line of integral blinds.

The SV+ is exclusive to us and is a completely symmetrical version of the highly popular ScreenLine SV (sliding venetian) Uni-Blind system, thanks to the addition of a slim dummy rail on the opposite side to the sliding operating system.

The SV+ works the same way as the SV System, using a manually operated magnetic slider on either the left or right-hand edge of the sealed unit to raise, lower and tilt the slats of the blind. It is a cordless system that is particularly safe for houses or projects with children or pets.

Ian Short, managing director says: “The SV system is one of our most popular systems, as it is particularly easy and smooth to operate. The slimness of the control device means the system can be used with all types of frames, even sliding doors and windows.

“However, the control device is located on a narrow rail on one side of the sealed unit, and this can make the window look uneven. To create a more symmetrical appearance we’ve added a slim dummy rail to the opposite side of the sealed unit and created the SV+.

“The external control device is also protected with a patented Sanitized® active biocidal substance containing silver ions for long lasting antibacterial protection and peace of mind.”

The SV+ is available in a choice of 10 colours and can be delivered in just 12 working days from orders placed by 10am on a Thursday.

Find out more about our full range of integral blinds.

Living in colour – Why is a colour choice so important?

After lockdown (and perhaps the new series of Grand Designs) everyone is getting more creative and responsive to their home environment; whether it is now also a place of work or remains a place of respite. There is not a street to be seen without a new scaffold or wide-open windows to air out a newly painted wall. With any project there are rules and regulations to be followed, restrictions on size and perhaps even style. However, there is one thing the consumer can have almost complete control over, and that is colour. But why is colour so important?

A world of colour
Although perhaps taken for granted, colour is all around. It is how most of us perceive and process the world. We can receive all sorts of messages from the colour of something; whether it is friend or foe, hot or cold and perhaps even dead or alive (Is the cactus still going? Is my banana bread cooked?) and while we receive all these messages, we also portray them. Colour is used deliberately by people to signal something of themselves, whether that be in their choice of car, clothing or indeed their property.

Colour is a powerful tool allowing people to tailor their homes to reflect their style or even influence their mood. Colour can set the genre of a room – Artists such as Mark Rothko have used colour on its own, without detail, to portray the entire context of their work. We can see evidence of this contextualising at, say, the dentist, where surgeries are painted muted blues, greens or whites to project a calm and clean atmosphere – no need to panic.

‘Blinded’ by choice
Uni-Blind sealed units with ScreenLine blinds inside from Morley Glass are available in a wide variety of colours across the ranges in order to give the customer plenty of choices to influence their environment. Our Venetian blinds come in 10 different colours, including our exclusive Anthracite grey which perfectly matches aluminium door and window frames. Each colour choice allows for differing levels of solar reflection, light reflection and solar absorption. These figures can be seen using our blind preview tool.

Colour swatches
Colour swatches for Venetian UniBlinds

Our range of pleated blinds allow a soft diffusion of light through 16 different shades and the pleated blackout blinds come in a choice of 16 opaque shades, from understated neutrals to vibrant feature colours. Whether the customer wishes to make a real statement or harmonise their space, there is an option for every eye.

“Choice strengthens all” – Neal Prescott (Director, RSK Group)
Offering such a great choice of colour enhances the experience of the end-user, delivering a bespoke design experience as well as complete satisfaction with quality, safe and low maintenance integral blinds. To see the full choice of colours across our ranges, visit our ‘Available Colours’ page or request our catalogue.

GreenVision helps school to ‘hop to it’ this Easter

The students of Longroyde Primary School in West Yorkshire have been busy creating and cultivating green spaces as part of their ‘Easter Garden Project’, thanks to a £500 donation from our GreenVision fund.

Before and after image
The garden before (L) and after (R)

 

Children have planned the garden and spent weeks digging out weeds, filling beds with compost and planting seeds. They have also thought of the other creatures that may enjoy the space: building pea and sunflower wigwams and a bug hotel.

Image of students
Students have been working hard on the project

 

Leanne Geddes from Longroyde School said: “A big thank you for your kind donation. Gardening has proved so popular that we are going to be running an after-school gardening club after the Easter holidays.”
GreenVision will be making a second donation to Longroyde School, enabling them to buy a mini greenhouse, more planters, larger established plants, log seating and create a mindfulness area.

The CRUSH cullet return scheme, which finances our GreenVision fund, saw 52 bags/37.28 tonnes of post-consumer glass returned to be recycled in March 2021. This provided us with £1834.18 to support green initiatives. It also;
• Reduced CO2 emissions at Saint-Gobain Glass’ float glass plant at Eggborough by 11184kg
• Preserved 31688kg of raw virgin sand
• Saved enough energy to power an average home for 18.6 years!

If you have a sustainable project that requires funding, please submit your application to greenvision@morleyglass.co.uk.

About GreenVision
The GreenVision Fund is available as a result of Morley Glass & Glazing’s glass recycling scheme it operates in conjunction with Saint-Gobain Glass. Morley encourages its customers to return glass from old windows and doors (post-consumer glass), which it then crushes and returns to Saint-Gobain Glass, who use it to manufacture new float glass. The money Morley Glass receives for the cullet creates the GreenVision Fund. Donations of £500 each are available to sustainable projects, charities and community groups.

Morley is set to make big impression at FIT Show 2021

Integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing is set to make a big impression with its 110m2 exhibition stand – F25 – at the FIT Show in September.

Managing Director Ian Short said: “We are taking more than three times the amount of space than in 2019. The extra-large stand will have access from all sides to allow for social distancing, and to provide sufficient space to showcase our latest product range. With the vaccination programme in place, we are hopeful that the industry will feel confident in attending a face-to-face event by late summer. There seems to be a growing appetite to meet in person and to be able to explore new product and business opportunities in the real, rather than the virtual, world.”

FIT Show 2021

 

 

One of the new products that Morley Glass & Glazing will be exhibiting on stand F25 is its exclusive range of pleated blackout blinds integrated into its Uni-Blind sealed units. They are ideal for bedrooms, children’s nurseries and home cinema rooms as well as commercial applications including laboratories, hotel rooms and museums, where complete privacy and the exclusion of external light are required.

Morley Glass & Glazing is the largest manufacturer of sealed units with ScreenLine® integral blinds inside in the UK. It provides its customers with complimentary delivery in just 10-12 working days when ordered by 12pm on any Thursday, as well as full technical, marketing and aftersales support. The successful £18 million company regularly manufactures over 3,000 integral blinds every week.

Morley Glass & Glazing will be appearing on stand F25 of the 2021 FIT Show when the doors to Birmingham’s NEC open from 26th – 28th September.

Register for the FIT Show here.

Incredible donation made to edible beds

A donation of £500 from our GreenVision Fund has been made to Incredible Edible Kippax to create a fruit and vegetable planter in Kippax for the local community to enjoy free food.

This is the first edible bed to be planted by this new group and is designed to show people where their food comes from, as well as to provide a free, healthy and sustainable food source. A range of fruit and vegetables will be grown in the planters such as cabbages, courgettes, tarragon, tomatoes, celeriac, strawberries, chard, radish, French beans, rocket, purple sage, peppers, mint, chilli, broccoli and cauliflowers.

Julia Almond from Incredible Edible Kippax said: “We were delighted to receive this funding from Morley Glass which has allowed us to build our first Incredible Edible bed in Kippax.”

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing said: “Our GreenVision Fund was set up to support sustainable initiatives exactly like this. Edible beds are a fantastic idea that the whole community can benefit from. Incredible Edible as an organisation is doing some incredible things with schools, communities and businesses and we’re very proud and excited to be involved.”

Building edible beds

The GreenVision Fund is available as a result of Morley Glass & Glazing’s glass recycling scheme it operates in conjunction with Saint-Gobain Glass. Morley encourages its customers to return glass from old windows and doors (post-consumer glass), which it then crushes and returns to Saint-Gobain Glass, who use it to manufacture new float glass. The money Morley Glass receives for the cullet creates the GreenVision Fund. Donations of £500 each are available to sustainable projects, charities and community groups.

If you have a sustainable project that requires funding, please submit your application to greenvision@morleyglass.co.uk.

Heritage project benefits from Morley Glass funding

Leeds-based Morley Glass & Glazing has pledged £500 to help fund repairs to an important piece of Yorkshire’s World War One heritage.

Morley’s contribution to the Yorkshire Trench is its first donation from its GreenVision Fund, where it uses the money it receives from supplying Saint-Gobain Glass with recycled glass cullet to support charities and support sustainable projects.

Located just outside the Belgian town of Ypres, The Yorkshire Trench earned its name after it was manned and improved by the 49th West Riding of Yorkshire Division in 1915. The small section of trench is one of the very few World War One front line trenches that still exists in its original position, after being rediscovered by a group of amateur archaeologists in 1992.

Now, a campaign led by Yorkshire historian John Morrison, is seeking to re-instate the site after recent bad weather conditions in Flanders have led to serious damage to the trench, which until recently was accessible to the public.

​An initial estimate for repairs is £135,000, part of which will be contributed by the city of Leper, which owns the site. The campaign is crowdfunding the costs via a JustGiving page, which has already amassed over £3,000 in donations.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing, commented: “Morley Glass is honoured to help preserve the memory of such heroic men. It would be a terrible shame for such an important piece of Yorkshire history to be lost. Together with our customers we have recycled 318 tonnes of post-consumer waste glass, saving 95,400 tons of Co2 emissions, and are looking for more charities and green initiatives to support with the money we receive for the cullet.”

If you would like to make a donation, visit the campaign’s JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/yorkshiretrench or email YorkshireTrench@gmail.com for more information.

If you’d like to be considered for a Green Fund donation of £500 email greenvision@morleyglass.co.uk or visit https://www.morleyglass.co.uk/glass-recycling-leeds/

Morley Glass increases volumes by 50%

We’ve started the New Year with a 50% increase in volume compared with last year.

Increased demand from existing customers and an influx of new customers has seen manufacturing capacity rise from an average of 2,500 to 3,500 integral blinds a week.

Managing director Ian Short said: “We moved to new 50,000 sq ft premises in 2016 with a view to increasing the number of our Uni-Blind® sealed units we could manufacture with ScreenLine® integral blinds inside. Our five-year plan was to reach 3,500 blinds a week and it’s amazing that we’ve reached that figure despite the Government lockdowns and a six-week shutdown last year.

“2020 has been a strange and challenging year for many individuals and businesses. The increased demand from homeowners looking to invest in home improvements post-lockdown surprised us all, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down any time soon. Integral blinds are proving to be an excellent profit generator for our customers as they upsell to those people who now recognise the true value of a home that provides privacy, sun shading and a comfortable living and working environment.”

“We have taken on five new members of staff and added three more vans to our delivery fleet. We have a close working relationship with Pelini in Italy and offer the full range of ScreenLine® blinds to UK customers both for residential and commercial projects.

“We are committed to investing in our high-quality manufacturing processes, our marketing efforts, customer service and technical support to ensure our customers can rely on us for the best quality products and the best service.”

Morley Glass & Glazing’s Uni-Blinds® range provides the widest choice of integral blinds in double and triple glazed units, with all manual, solar and motorised versions available.

The business provides unrivalled technical support for Uni-Blinds® customers, being the only UK supplier of integral blinds to have dedicated customer support engineers on the road. It also stocks the largest range of ScreenLine® system spare parts in Europe with £1 million of ScreenLine® components available within 24 hours.

Award hat-trick for Morley Glass & Glazing

Morley Glass & Glazing is celebrating having achieved three first place finishes at the 2020 National Fenestration Awards.

The integral blinds manufacturer came out on top in all three categories it was nominated in: Integral Blinds Company, Best Use of Video and IGU Manufacturer, which it shared jointly with Clayton Glass. It is the business’s fourth consecutive year taking home the IGU Manufacturer prize, and third time as winner of the Integral Blinds Company category.

The business was also one of three companies named a COVID Hero by the awards, as acknowledgement of their investment in virtual showrooms for installers during and after the national lockdown. Finally, Morley Glass received a Special Mention for its tireless charity work for local causes throughout 2020.

The open platform NFAs are the fenestration industry’s fastest-growing independent awards and are unique as winners are decided completely by the public. Organisers of the awards have revealed that 7,658 individual votes were registered for 163 finalists between 18th September and 24th November, the most ever recorded in their seven-year history.

The winners’ announcement was made via the FENEX YouTube channel on Monday 7th December, after plans to announce winners at the doors, windows and hardware exhibition could no longer go ahead.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing comments: “These awards are a fantastic way to bring a turbulent year for the industry to a close. Despite the obvious challenges, 2020 has seen our manufacturing capacity increase from an average of 2,400 to 3,500 integral blinds a week and our turnover has grown to reflect this. Our success is a real team effort and we’re very proud and grateful of the excellent supply chain we have behind us.

“This year we have also taken the time to invest in our Morley Glass & Glazing YouTube channel, with the help of video marketing specialist Video Production 4, so winning the award for Best Use of Video was a great recognition of all our hard work.”

All the winners in the 25 unique categories and two specialist categories in the National Fenestration Awards will be invited to a special Winners Event held by the award organisers in the New Year.

Morley Glass crusher reaches 400 tonne recycling landmark

Integral blinds specialist Morley Glass & Glazing has prevented almost 400 tonnes of post-consumer glass from going to landfill and 119,000kg of CO2 emissions from going into the atmosphere, whilst raising money for “green” projects.

The recycling landmark has been reached after the sealed unit manufacturer dedicated part of its Leeds manufacturing space to serve as a collection centre for waste glass or “cullet”, which it then returns to Saint-Gobain Glass to be reused in the manufacture of new glass. All the money Morley Glass receives for the cullet is placed in a green fund and donated in £500 grants to support charities looking to invest in environmental and sustainable initiatives.

Using recycled glass has a direct and positive impact on the environment and the amount of energy used in the glass manufacturing process. A furnace melting recycled glass will require 30% less energy than one which is melting raw materials, and using one tonne of cullet can save up to 1.2 tonnes of raw material, including 850 kg of sand. This means that CO2 emissions can be reduced by approximately 300kg, which is equivalent to the amount of energy needed to power the average home for six months.

When Morley Glass & Glazing heard that Saint-Gobain Glass had decided to increase the amount of cullet used in its float glass production and needed to find a way to obtain it quickly and easily, the business knew it could help. So whenever Morley customers take delivery of their integral blinds, they can then use the company’s empty delivery vehicles to send the waste glass they have removed from residential properties back to the Morley collection centre. The cullet return scheme saves Morley Glass customers the cost and inconvenience of disposing waste glass via landfill or other commercial recycling schemes, which may charge for the service.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing said: “We still have a long way to go in our green journey but we hope that by sharing our experiences we’ll be able to inspire others to do the same. The last 12 months has been unprecedented for many industries, but we hope to be able to continue making a difference where we can. It makes perfect sense to recycle post-manufacturing and post-consumer glass, and the added benefit is that local good causes will also benefit.”

If you aren’t already taking advantage of the cullet return scheme, but would like to know more, please contact us.

Morley Glass and Video Production 4 join forces to help industry unlock video’s potential

Morley Glass is putting video at the heart of its marketing and customer care programmes and supporting installers to do the same, to provide customers and end-users with easy access to key information and resources in an increasingly ‘online first’ world.

Working with video marketing specialist Video Production 4 Morley Glass is creating valuable, powerful video content, with more than 50 productions already completed. These serve many different purposes, from ‘how-to’ instructional videos to help installers and end-users resolve common maintenance issues so engineer visits can be minimised, to virtual factory tours, marketing presentations for its Uni-Blinds products and insights into how its integral blinds are made.

But in addition to boosting its own communications resources, Morley Glass is also supporting Video Production 4’s efforts to help the industry use video more smartly as society adapts to the Covid-19 restrictions. It is providing window and door installers with their own professionally produced 3D virtual showroom videos without the need for significant outlay – and some completely free of charge.

Their joint effort has already enabled 22 window and door installers to benefit who can ensure their customers can still visit their showrooms in a virtual, socially distant way to support the sales process. And this 3D showroom virtual tour offer is still open to installers, who can take advantage of by contacting Video Production 4’s Alan Tisch in the first instance.

Ian Short, MD of Uni-Blinds® manufacturer and leading sealed unit manufacturer Morley Glass, says: “The video projects delivered by Alan and Video Production 4 have been extremely beneficial, particularly this year as installers have found it much more difficult to attract potential customers into their showrooms, or get out to see customers in person to demonstrate their products and services.

“Alan is a dynamic video marketing professional who is easy to work with and understands how to communicate the benefits of even the most technical subjects. He takes time to understand the USPs of every product or service, and with his creative flair he is highly skilled at bringing these to life in his finished videos.”

Alan Tisch co-founded Video Production 4 after a long career in broadcast television with BBC News, ITV and Sky, as well as setting up Liverpool FC TV. He has developed a loyal and growing client base in the fenestration industry as businesses increasingly realise to potential of video to be a powerful customer engagement tool when the approach is right and production quality is high.

Alan says, “Video is the most effective way to engage and connect with your potential customers but all too often it is difficult to know how to use it in the right way and simply too expensive for the modest marketing budgets of many SMEs. We can help by building a clear strategy that delivers video content with a very positive return on investment, and that is where I think we have been able to gain an edge by creating videos with purpose rather than just as a ‘nice to have’.”

Click here to view some of the videos produced to showcase the Morley Glass product range.

Three NFA nominations for Morley Glass & Glazing – again!

Having won seven National Fenestration Awards over the past three years, (including three last year) we’re looking to continue our success in this year’s awards – but we need your help.

We have been nominated in three categories: IGU Manufacturer, Integral Blinds Company and Best Use of Video. You can vote for us here.

The open platform NFAs are unique to the industry as winners are decided completely by people working in the industry, casting their votes for the companies they believe most deserve to win an award.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing comments: “2020 has been a tough year for many people and the awards are a great way to celebrate the success stories within the industry. Integral blinds are as popular as ever and we’re doing our utmost to continue to raise standards in the industry, offer high quality products, backed by excellent customer service and technical support.

“We’re particularly pleased to be nominated in the Best Use of Video category as we’ve invested in a wide range of marketing support materials for our customers including videos that showcase how the integral blinds are manufactured, as well as how stylish, practical and impressive they look in customers’ homes and workplaces.

Voting for the 2020 NFAs is now open – we hope that everyone finds a few minutes to cast their votes across the full range of categories.”

The voting process for the 2020 National Fenestration Awards closes on Tuesday, 24th November. To cast your vote visit www.fenestrationawards.co.uk/nfa2020/.

Working 5 to 5

Morley Glass & Glazing MD Ian Short discusses why he’s always first to work, looking at the bigger picture, glass crushing and even Walt Disney…

When did you start the company?
I started Morley Glass & Glazing in 1998 as a sealed unit manufacturer with a team of four.  I saw a gap in the industry for a high-quality niche product and started to manufacture sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside from 2003. It really helped differentiate us and ensured we thrived. Today we have an expanded product range and we employ over 78 members of staff.

Describe your working day
Since I started Morley Glass one thing that has stood me in good stead is always being prepared to be the first to arrive! That can mean getting to the office at 5am but it’s worth it to have some relatively quiet time to reply to emails, catch up on paperwork and check my appointments for the day ahead. It also means I get more time to spend out on the shop floor during the day and in the office supporting the team there. I’m very lucky to have a fantastic General Manager, Kevin Murphy, who takes a lot of the day-to-day stress off my shoulders, and allows me to take the time to be in constant contact with our suppliers, including regular trips to Italy to discuss new product developments. I like to leave the office by 5pm as I’m involved with lots of charities and often have to go to trustees’ meetings or simply go and lend a hand in the evenings.

What is your workspace like?
I am a very clean and tidy person, so I insist that my workspace and indeed the whole factory are spotless and ordered. We moved to this factory in 2016 to increase our production capacity. We planned the space carefully so that it has a natural flow and is hugely efficient for the team so that they can easily manufacture up to 4000 sealed units with integral blinds inside every week. Everything has its place and I am notorious for walking around the factory floor cleaning and tidying so that we remain as efficient as possible.

What is the first thing you do when you get to your desk?
Keeping with the theme of tidy desk/tidy mind, the first thing I do every morning is to make a list of jobs to do that day. It’s very satisfying to cross things off the list through the day.

What websites help you?
Our own website is the biggest help to our business. We don’t employ any salespeople, but we have a fantastic PR and marketing agency which runs an integrated marketing campaign that directs traffic to our website and generates all our sales leads.

The Morley Glass social media channels are also hugely valuable in terms of engagement, direct sales and for sending people to our website for more information, quotes and to place orders. We try to have a mix of corporate and product info as well as charity news, fun competitions and industry comment.

Most useful business tool?
We recently invested in FleetWizard software which optimises the dispatch and delivery of our Uni-blind sealed units with integral blinds inside. The automated route planning software gives us a clear visual of our weekly orders nationwide and enables us to carry out easy load planning for our 26 vans that takes into consideration both location and load capacities, helping to save both time and fuel. We simply load data into the software’s easy-to-use dashboard which then automates multi-depot, multi-route, multi-drop scheduling. Optimal trips are created, and resources assigned in a fraction of the time needed for a manual planning process.

Best business decision in your current role?
Appointing a general manager to manage the day-to-day operations has given me the time to be a true managing director. My focus is now on the strategic growth of the business and can look at the bigger picture without getting too involved in the nitty gritty; I liaise with key suppliers and input on new product development initiatives; I enjoy inputting into the marketing campaign; and I love being in a position to give back to the local community and charities.

We recently installed a glass crushing machine into the factory which allows us to take the glass from old windows and doors from our customers, crush it and recycle it via Saint-Gobain Glass. This saves our customers time and money, as we don’t charge them to recycle it, and it prevents the glass from going to landfill. All the money that we receive from Saint-Gobain for the glass is then donated to local charities or community projects for environmentally friendly initiatives.

Favourite role models and why?
I respect and admire Walt Disney, business man Bob Iger and chef Raymond Blanc for their attention to detail and their recognition that one business isn’t about just one thing: it’s the many layers of quality and service that keep you focused and successful.

How do you unwind?
I learned to dance the samba and a few other dances a couple of years ago and I still love to dance when I can. It’s a great way to relax and forget the stresses of the day. I enjoy holidays with my family and I also love steam trains.

Order your bumper new brochure today

We’ve launched a new asset to give our customers another string to their bow, in the form of an updated brochure for our Uni-Blinds® product range.

The 96-page brochure is ideal for retail showrooms and provides a wealth of information on our popular ScreenLine integral blind systems. Within the brochure, you’ll find sections covering the different control options, colour choices and information regarding different glazing specifications, as well as an outline of our sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) credentials.

The brochure features a variety of high-quality lifestyle images of the product in situ, as well as an insight into our own manufacturing processes along with background information on ScreenLine® manufacturer Pellini’s operations in Italy.

The retail brochure is the latest tool in our offer to help installers sell our Uni-Blind® sealed units with ScreenLine® integral blinds inside. We also support customers with a range of point of sale materials including demo units and colour swatches and we’ve even supported some installers with the creation of online virtual showrooms.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing said: “Today’s market is more competitive than ever, and installers need a way of differentiating themselves. This new brochure is another fantastic tool to help our customers sell to end users and give them all the information they require in order to make an informed decision. The brochure is available in hard copy, pdf or as a flipbook on our website.”

Uni-Blinds® sealed units with integral blinds inside are innovative and popular with homeowners. They offer many benefits, both aesthetically and practically, making them the number one choice of style-conscious homeowners. The ScreenLine® Venetian and pleated integral blinds are available in a wide range of colours and five different control systems including manual, solar and motorised, as well as a slimline version for sliding sash windows and composite doors.

Morley Glass & Glazing has been successfully supplying its Uni-Blinds® sealed units with integral blinds inside for 19 years and is currently the only UK company to manufacture the pleated system in-house. As such, the business is able to offer an industry-beating lead time of just 10 days from any given Friday.

The business also prides itself on delivering excellent customer service, from speedy quotes, and technical support to marketing materials and aftersales support. The company also stocks the largest range of ScreenLine® integral blind spare parts and accessories in Europe with most parts supplied within 24 hours. An updated spares and accessories brochure is also available on the website as a flipbook.

View the flipbook or request a brochure here.

 

Solar controlled blinds are the W Smart option

Eco-friendly, solar powered integral blinds from Morley Glass & Glazing have been given a stylish makeover and an energy efficiency boost.

Renamed the “W Smart” system, the former W Swipe system, is a range of Venetian, pleated or black-out blinds encapsulated within a 20, 22, 27, 29 or 32-mm cavity, equipped with a 3.6V internal motor, and powered by a lithium-ion battery housed in a restyled battery module. The battery can be either recharged via a micro-USB connector or by means of an external solar panel, both available as options. The blind can also be controlled by a 99-channel remote control, associated with the radio receiver that is integrated in the battery module as standard.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing said: “We are long term partners with Pellini who manufacture the “W Smart” ScreenLine blind system in Italy, and the latest innovations will deliver added value to installers and their customers. Installers will see our Uni-Blind brand name on the new system, which is a sign of quality and reassurance of our five star service.”

The innovation brought by the new battery module is not only about style, which was developed by professional designers in Italy, but also about the functionality of the device, which has been improved by the introduction of two L.E.D. arrows that intuitively show the commands given to the blind through the module or the need for recharging. The slim size of the device (only 18 mm deep) allows it to be placed on sliding windows, in vertical or horizontal positions.

Moreover, for the first time in the field of integrated blind systems, the new “W Smart” system allows the information about each blind to be stored directly on the battery module attached on the glass or the window frame, thus avoiding the need to associate a specific control device with a specific window.

The battery module is available in a choice of four colours: white, silver, anthracite grey, and black.

W Smart remote controls

 

The “W Smart” system is ideal for residential and commercial environments and can be used in all types of windows, including retrofitting into existing ones. The system can be fitted quickly and easily and is a halfway option between a manual system and a hard-wired motorised system.

Learn more about the new W Smart system here.

Scholarship continues at social dis-DANCE

Freedom 2 Dance in Castleford is boosting dance opportunities for young people during the second year of its scholarship, despite the challenges presented by the global pandemic. The dance school is almost halfway into a second year of hosting a unique scholarship in partnership with Morley Glass & Glazing.

Last year the scholarship invested in seven young people who had dance lessons funded for a 12-month period.  Throughout the course children not only progressed and perfected their dance steps and techniques but they also developed greater confidence.  The programme has most certainly made an impact and raised aspirations among the dancers which has supported our aim to encourage children to aspire to work hard and achieve more!

Now in its second year, the scholarship funds 10 pupils, seven who study Ballroom & Latin, one gifted and talented youngster studying Hip Hop and one in Cheer and one ‘try something new award’.  Just three months into the 2020 programme, the studio was forced to close due to the global pandemic, but this didn’t halt any progress with classes continuing online.

More than ever the programme has proved invaluable beyond simply ‘learning to dance’. During these unprecedented times it has been able to keep children connected socially and emotionally in a time that has been uncertain for everyone. It has offered, on some level, a little normality to children providing a few hours a week to escape as well as maintaining good physical well-being.

Speaking about the programme Freedom 2 Dance Director Laura Jaggar said: “Maintaining the programme throughout the pandemic was always going to prove a challenge. The help of technology, and the willingness from our teachers, pupils and their parents to adapt has enabled us to thrive rather than just survive this period.  Of course, none of this would be possible without the generous support from Morley Glass & Glazing and we hope that we continue to make a difference with their investment in our community”.

 

Automated route planning optimises Morley Glass deliveries

Morley Glass & Glazing has invested in new software to optimise the dispatch and delivery of its popular Uni-blind sealed units with integral blinds inside.

The company, which makes thousands of deliveries across the UK every week, has introduced Fleet Wizard automated route planning to all 26 of its delivery vehicles. The software gives Morley Glass & Glazing a clear visual of its weekly orders nationwide and enables the company to carry out easy load planning for vans that takes into consideration both location and load capacities, helping to save both time and fuel.

With Fleet Wizard, Morley’s planners and dispatchers simply load data into the software’s easy-to-use dashboard which then automates multi-depot, multi-route, multi-drop scheduling. Optimal trips are created, and resources assigned in a fraction of the time needed for a manual planning process.

Ian Short, Morley Glass & Glazing managing director said: “In the past, route planning could be a very time consuming and sometimes arduous task, but this new software has allowed us to further revolutionise our production process.

“Fleet Wizard has now been integrated with the rest of our glass management software, so our team is able to completely trace jobs from the moment they’re ordered right up to delivery. It also gives our customers an easy way to track their order, and even sends them accurate ETA emails that allow them to better plan their own production around their order’s arrival.”

To make the most of the vans, and prevent them from returning empty, Morley Glass also offers customers a free glass collection service. Any post-consumer glass that customers return to the Morley site is turned into cullet in the company’s glass crushing machine before being sent to Saint-Gobain Glass for use in the manufacture of new float glass.

See the Fleet Wizard in action on our YouTube Channel.

If you’d like a quote for sealed units with integral blinds contact us today.

Post-lockdown boost for Morley Glass & Glazing

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

Last week the £18m turnover company manufactured 3400 integral blinds compared to a weekly average of 2500 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.

“This is great news for the industry and long may it last. Everyone is adapting to new ways of working, observing social distancing and implementing new measures that give consumers confidence that they can safely improve their homes during the COVID-19 period.”

Morley Glass & Glazing manufactures Uni-Blind sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside. The blinds are available with a choice of five operating systems including manual, cordless, solar controlled and fully automated. Slimline blinds for composite doors and vertical sliding sash windows are also available. Morley has recently launched fire-rated Uni-Blinds in a partnership with fire glass manufacturer Pyroguard. And most recently the company has invested in an app that allows users to operate the electric blinds from their smartphone or tablet. Morley Glass & Glazing also holds £1m of ScreenLine spare parts and accessories in stock for order from its website with next day delivery.

All orders placed for Uni-Blinds sealed units by 11am every Friday are delivered in just 10 days. Delivery is free to mainland UK addresses.

For more information or to request a quote click here.

New brochure showcases sustainability credentials

Post-consumer glass recycling, a green funding initiative, and making use of waste products through upcycling are some of the measures featured in a new sustainability brochure from Morley Glass & Glazing.

The sealed unit manufacturer that specialises in integral blinds has created the new brochure and new sustainability area of its website to illustrate its credentials and also help demonstrate to other manufacturers how they too could become more sustainable and support their local communities.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing said: “We still have a long way to go in our green journey but we hope that by sharing our experiences we’ll be able to inspire others to do the same. As a profitable and successful company, we’ve always believed in giving back and supporting local communities and good causes through donations and sponsorship. We also aim to improve our own environmental sustainability within the factory, as well as finance the creation of new environmental projects in our local area with our newly launched green fund.”

Morley Glass & Glazing recently teamed up with Saint-Gobain Glass to recycle post-consumer glass from installers and other tradespeople, helping to divert old windows from landfill. A glass crushing machine has been installed at Morley’s factory in Leeds to create cullet, which is then returned to Saint-Gobain Glass for the manufacture of new float glass. Morley is then donating the money from the scheme to local good causes that focus on green projects such as sensory gardens, allotments, and other environmental initiatives.

Also, as a UK manufacturer there are a number of sustainable resources from Morley’s supply chain which can be easily upcycled to create environmentally friendly products. These include glass off-cuts which are made into pieces of art, coasters and decorations, and wooden packaging boxes which have been turned into time capsules, treasure chests and memory boxes, toy boxes and display cases – some of which are then sold and the money raised donated to charity.

Download the brochure here.

Morley Glass & Glazing gives away five free virtual showrooms to installers

We are giving away five free virtual showrooms to help installers provide an improved digital service to customers.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing said: “In an age where social distancing is going to change how we all do business, the virtual and digital worlds are going to play an important part of winning future business for installers. We’ve created our own interactive online showroom and seen the benefits that brings to our own business, so we wanted to help installers to achieve the same benefits.

“Virtual showrooms are a great way to provide product information, videos and presentations to home owners who for a variety of reasons may not be able to visit in person. Right now COVID-19 is the focus, but for those who have a disability or are unable to get to the showroom for other reasons, this is the next best thing.”

We’ve teamed up with the National Fenestration Awards, Fenestration Digital and VideoProduction4 to give away five free virtual showrooms, which will also include interactive hotspots to help demonstrate products.

This service is now live for all installers and to fabricators who wish to roll this out to their installer network.

Installers are able to apply for one of the five free showrooms here: https://www.videoproduction4.co.uk/virtual-tours/ and use the contact form.

Follow this link to explore the Morley Glass & Glazing showroom and see all the features that are available:   https://www.morleyglass.co.uk/virtual-tour-reception/

Morley Glass & Glazing restarts operations

We’ve re-opened for business as part of a safe and structured return to work, after pausing operations at the end of March.

A skeleton admin team returned last week to process orders, provide quotes and respond to customer enquiries. Limited manufacturing with a reduced workforce have resumed this week (11th May), and will be increased steadily during the coming weeks, ensuring the safety and well-being of all staff.

Customer and staff safety measures include the provision of full PPE equipment and hand sanitiser cleaning stations, regular temperature checks, deep cleaning of all work areas and strict social distancing regulations, which will be carefully monitored.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing, said: “Our staff and customers have been so supportive during this difficult time. We were conscious that some of our commercial sector customers have been working throughout the lockdown and that we were seeing an increasing demand from our retail customers too, so a return to work at reduced capacity was a feasible option.

“Despite one of our major suppliers being in Italy, we have a secure supply chain, good stock levels and can maintain our 10 day delivery schedule for all orders placed by 11am Friday of every week, subject to ongoing restrictions that may remain in place.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt to any future requirements to ensure that we are doing everything we can to support a continued safe return to work. The welfare of our staff and customers is paramount.”

Morley Glass & Glazing is the UK’s largest manufacturer of sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside. Systems can be controlled manually, cordless, solar controlled or electric. They are available in a wide range of colours and are suitable for all types of window and door frames.

If you’d like a quote for high quality sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside click here.

Morley launches new and improved app

Uni-blinds® integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing has developed a new and improved app with home integration company Loxone, allowing users to open and close their motorised integral blinds from a tablet or smartphone.

By integrating Morley Glass & Glazing’s fully electronic MB System Uni-Blinds® into the Loxone app, blinds can now be operated using WiFi connected devices from anywhere in the world.  The app is available for immediate installation into MB Systems, including retrofitting into previous projects.

Ian Short, Morley Glass & Glazing managing director, said: “We were inundated with requests from customers for a way to operate their integral blinds remotely using an app. We worked closely with DV Smarthomes in association with Loxone to make sure the final product not only offers all the features we have been asked for, but a lot more besides.”

Using the app, blinds can be programmed to open and close at set times of the day, especially useful when homeowners are on holiday, and they can even be linked via a subscription service to temperature controls, allowing them to close automatically before rooms get too hot.

Finally, the app can be integrated into home automation systems via the Loxone Miniserver, offering flexibility and expandability with up to 30 extensions to integrate various domestic applications such as lighting, heating, safety and security, energy management and entertainment systems.

For more information about the MB System click here or submit your quote request here.

Morley sponsors ninth annual charity event

UPDATE 18.03.2020: Event organisers have made the decision to postpone the 9th North Leeds Charity Beer Festival. They hope to return for a bigger and better event in October.

Leeds-based Morley Glass & Glazing is once again saying ‘cheers’ to charity as it prepares to sponsor the ninth annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival.

Organised by The Rotary Club of Roundhay, and returning to the North Leeds Cricket Club, this year’s festival will encourage visitors to ‘Drink Yorkshire’ while raising money to fund worthwhile projects both locally, nationally and even worldwide.

The two-day event will feature the very best Yorkshire has to offer including 36 beers from nine Yorkshire breweries as well as a variety of Artful Pour gins, distilled in the heart of Yorkshire. Prosecco will also be on the menu, with additional drinks available to purchase.

Sticking with the Yorkshire theme, locally sourced Setchfield pork pies served with peas will be served from the kitchen at all sessions of the beer festival, alongside homemade samosas. And since no festival would be complete without a little music, the festival is pleased to offer a full line-up of local Leeds talents to entertain visitors, with the full programme to be revealed closer to the date.

The festival will be open from 6pm on Friday 3rd and from 12pm on Saturday 4th April. On Saturday everyone is invited to the fun family afternoon, with free entry for children accompanied by a paying adult, a dedicated play area for children and child friendly snack bags.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass says: “We are delighted to be able to sponsor the 9th Annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival. This is exactly the type of initiative we like to be involved with as it perfectly reflects our ethos of giving back to local communities

“I personally will be rolling up my sleeves and helping alongside the Rotarians and I am very much looking forward to the event. I wish NLBF and the Rotary Club of Roundhay every success.”

Since it began in 2012, the North Leeds Charity Beer Festival has raised almost £50k, enabling Roundhay Rotary to support charity projects in the local community and further afield. These have included installed defibrillators outside local health centres, sponsoring Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and providing help and equipment to those affected by natural disasters around the world.

Read more news stories about charities that we support here.

Fire-rating first for Morley Glass & Glazing

Morley Glass & Glazing has become the first company in the UK to achieve a fire-rating accreditation for its insulated glass units with integral blinds inside.

The fire rated Uni-Blinds sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside now comply with the performance criteria set out in the EU 305/2011 Construction Products Regulation, and have been independently verified by TUV UK, a UKAS accredited third party testing house.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing said: “There are more than 300 fire-related deaths and more than 200,000 fire alarms raised in the UK every year. With recent high-profile incidents such as Grenfell Tower, it’s more important than ever that the correct building materials are specified. Our sealed units with integral blinds inside are manufactured in the UK using fire safety glass from Pyroguard and can deliver 30 to 120 minutes integrity and insulation fire-resistance.”

This latest innovation from Morley Glass & Glazing gives architects and specifiers design flexibility and peace of mind that glass partitions, facades, doors and windows that require fire protection, can now feature integral or “between glass” blinds, without compromising safety or aesthetics.

Used widely in schools, hospitals, hotels, offices and other commercial buildings, as well as multi-let residential premises, the fire-rated integral blinds can be manufactured in sealed units up to 2m2 in size. The integral blinds are available in a choice of manual or motorised control options, and are popular due to the fact that the blinds, which are housed between the panes of glass, are protected from damage, remain clean and hygienic, are low maintenance, provide privacy and shading, and are available in a wide range of colours.

For more about our commercial blinds click here.

Morley offers Green Funding for local school and charities

Morley Glass & Glazing’s managing director is hoping to deliver an early Christmas present to local schools and charities that support the environment.

Ian Short has pledged to donate all the money he receives for recycling glass to good causes – which could amount to £50,000 per year.

The £18m business, which employs 70 people, manufactures integral blinds – blinds that fit between the two panes of glass in windows and doors.  Working in conjunction with its glass supplier Saint-Gobain Glass – a glass crushing machine has been installed at its 50,000 sq ft premises at Leeds 27 Industrial Estate on Bruntcliff Way in Leeds.  The company already recycles its post-industrial glass, which is used in the manufacturing process, but the new machine allows them to recycle post-consumer glass – glass that has been taken out of old windows and doors that have reached the end of their life, and would normally go to landfill.

Ian Short says: “This is a win-win-win-win situation. More glass gets recycled and doesn’t go to landfill, which helps the environment.  Saint-Gobain Glass can re-use the glass to make new glass, which is a more energy efficient process. Our customers and local tradespeople can use our recycling service free of charge – saving them the cost of skips and landfill taxes.  And local schools and charities that focus on improving the environment can apply to us for a donation, which will come from the money that Saint-Gobain pays us for the recycled glass.

“We’d love to see the money used to create nature reserves, butterfly gardens, wildflower gardens, sensory gardens – even allotments in schools – anything that improves the local environment.”

Morley Glass & Glazing is no stranger to fundraising and supporting good causes. In 2018 it supported 20 charities in its 20th anniversary year, including grass roots sports clubs and dance societies to national charities and youth clubs.  The company also donated a Variety Sunshine Coach to Mill Field Primary School in Meanwood, as the result of MD Ian Short learning the Samba and taking part in (and winning) the Variety Strictly Ballroom Challenge.

Yorkshire schools and charities can apply for a donation for their environmental project by emailing greenvision@morleyglass.co.uk.

For more information visit www.morleyglass.co.uk.

Morley Glass & Glazing and Saint-Gobain Glass take recycling to the next level

Integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing is working in partnership with Saint-Gobain Glass to take recycling to the next level.

The two companies are joining forces to recycle and re-use post-consumer glass; that is glass that has been taken out of old windows that have reached the end of their life.

Saint-Gobain Glass already operates the UK’s largest cullet or waste glass return scheme and, since the introduction of using cullet in the manufacture of float glass, the company has been able to increase the amount of recycled material utilised to 35% rising to 41% in some cases. However, the majority of the 56,000 tonnes of waste glass returned every year comes from the manufacturing process (pre-consumed glass) rather than glass that has been utilised in end products.

Morley Glass & Glazing has now stepped in and offered its 50,000 sq ft manufacturing space in Leeds, West Yorkshire to serve as a collection centre for post-consumer glass and has installed a glass crushing machine and employed one new member of staff to manage the scheme.

 

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing said: “We already send our waste glass from the factory to Saint-Gobain Glass in Eggborough to become cullet and be used in the production of new float glass. Now we are offering our customers the opportunity to return their post-consumer glass to us for recycling free of charge.  It seems such a waste for our vans to return empty after delivering our sealed units with integral blinds inside throughout the UK, so why not encourage our customers to pack them full of old windows and doors that they are replacing. This saves our customers the cost and inconvenience of disposing of them to landfill or other commercial recycling schemes that will levy a charge for the service. We will then separate the metal and frames from the glass and ensure each element is recycled and re-used as fully as possible.”

Mike Butterick, Head of Marketing at Saint-Gobain Glass said: “This is a fantastic partnership that delivers a sustainable solution for the whole supply chain. Using one tonne of cullet saves 1.2 tonnes of raw material, including 850 kg of sand; reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 300 kg.

“Our innovative use of cullet in the glass manufacturing process has always been a key differentiator for the business and this partnership takes it one step further. It demonstrates Morley Glass & Glazing’s commitment to the environment as they are incurring the additional costs of transporting post-consumer glass from sites across the UK back to their factory in Leeds and sorting and disposing of all component parts of windows and doors.

“Mirrored, lacquered and coated glass can all be returned and used in the manufacturing process. As cullet takes less energy to process than raw materials, this benefits both Saint-Gobain Glass and the environment.”

Saint-Gobain Glass is committed to ensuring none of the cullet returned ends as landfill. Therefore, if the cullet doesn’t pass the company’s strict screening procedure, provisions are made for it to be recycled elsewhere via a third party.

For more information about Morley Glass & Glazing’s glass recycling scheme visit www.morleyglass.co.uk.

See the glass crushing machine in action here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_C-F5IAsJo

Belfast City Hospital benefits from Morley expertise

Morley Glass & Glazing has recently completed a £500,000 integral blind installation at Belfast City Hospital’s new Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit.

The £20m two-storey building now benefits from Morley’s SL20 MB system, which was specifically developed for the project to feature two operating mechanisms – one for the patient to control inside their room, and a key operated override system for nurses to operate externally.

In addition, by using Morley’s Uni-Blind sealed units with warm edge spacer bars, rather than the originally specified units with a ceramic frit to cover the spacer bars, the hospital was able to save thousands of pounds.

Ian Short, Morley Glass & Glazing managing director, said: “This project is a great example of some of the added benefits our Uni-Blind sealed units can offer to projects such as this. Once we’d spoken to the architect for the project, he was confident that not only did Uni-Blinds look better than the other systems he’d seen on the market, but this decision would save the hospital around £150 per unit.”

The new purpose-built facility sits on a 3-hectare site within the Belfast City Hospital estate and combines mental health inpatient facilities previously spread across three Belfast sites, including 80 acute mental health en-suite bedrooms. The unit consists of five separate interconnecting buildings arranged around a cloistered central courtyard and communal and administration areas.

(Photo by Tomer Kohn)

Morley gets set for FIT Show return

Update: The FIT Show will no longer be taking place in 2020. The next edition of the show will now take place in May 2021. For more information visit www.fitshow.co.uk

After enjoying a successful outing at the 2019 FIT Show, integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing is getting ready for its second appearance as exhibitor when the 2020 show opens in May.

The business is hoping to impress visitors to the show with a 110m² exhibition stand, more than double the size of its 42m² stand in 2019, which featured interactive tools to highlight the benefits of high-quality Uni-Blind sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside.

Building on the success of the 2019 show, Morley will be proudly exhibiting its complete range of tried and trusted Uni-Blinds® options, alongside something a little different and entirely new for the business, on stand F25.

In 2020 Morley will be introducing its new and improved smartphone app, created by home integration company Loxone, after being inundated with requests from customers to help them easily incorporate integral blinds into electric-powered home automation systems as well as operate them from their tablet or phone.

Ian Short, Morley Glass & Glazing managing director said: “When we originally decided to exhibit at the 2019 FIT Show it was mainly just to have a presence and meet existing customers. What our team was overwhelmed by was the number of new visitors to our stand. A lot of potential new customers and good quality leads were generated at the show; enough to keep our four team members on their toes for the full three days!”

Morley Glass & Glazing is the largest manufacturer of sealed units with ScreenLine® integral blinds inside in the UK. It provides its customers with complimentary delivery in just 10-12 working days when ordered by 11am on any Friday, as well as full technical, marketing and after-sales support. The successful £18 million company regularly manufactures over 2,500 integral blinds every week and recently reported 22% growth in turnover in the past 12 months.

Morley Glass & Glazing will be appearing on stand F25 of the 2020 FIT Show when the doors to Birmingham’s NEC open from 12th to 14th May.

Morley celebrates double award win

It’s a double celebration for Morley Glass & Glazing this month as the business has been announced as the winner of two categories at the 2019 National Fenestration Awards.

The business came out on top against two other companies to win the Integral Blinds Company category and was also revealed as the winner of the IGU Manufacturer award for the third consecutive year, this year sharing the accolade with Clayton Glass.

The open platform NFAs are unique to the industry as winners are decided completely by the public. Organisers of the awards have revealed that 5565 individual votes were registered between September 4th and October 11th, the most ever recorded in their six-year history.

Morley MD Ian Short comments: “We really feel as though every year gets better and better for our business, and 2019 has certainly been no exception. This year saw us hit a million metres of glass milestone with Saint-Gobain Glass, and we also had a fantastic outing as exhibitor at the FIT Show back in May.

“Most recently, we were proud to report an annual growth in turnover of 22%, and we’ve achieved all this without ever having to compromise on offering our industry-leading lead-time of 10 days from 11am any Friday and while continuing to regularly manufacture over 2500 blinds every week!”

As always, the business has also upheld its commitment to supporting a number of worthy causes through the community, including recently hosting The Rotary Club of Roundhay’s inaugural petanque tournament, which raised £2,513 for three local hospices.

All the winners in the 26 categories in the National Fenestration Awards will be invited to a special Winners Event held by the award organisers in the New Year.

Morley Glass & Glazing announces 22% annual growth

Specialist integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing has reported 22% growth in turnover in the past 12 months.

The successful £18 million company is the largest manufacturer of sealed units with ScreenLine® integral blinds inside in the UK. It provides its customers with free delivery in just 10 working days, as well as full technical, marketing and aftersales support.

Commenting on the growth of the company, managing director Ian Short says: “We’ve been in business for 21 years and have a huge amount of expertise and experience in manufacturing Uni-Blind® sealed units with integral blinds inside so customers can be confident that they will receive the highest quality products.  We’re manufacturing around 2400 integral blinds a week so have become real specialists. We have a close working relationship with Pelini in Italy and offer the full range of ScreenLine blinds to UK customers both for residential and commercial projects.

“This recent success follows previous annual rates of growth of 22% and 23% in 2018 and 2017 respectively and we’re aiming for a further 20-25% growth next year.  Our consistent growth demonstrates our commitment in our high-quality manufacturing processes, our investment in marketing and customer service and also reflects the increased demand from homeowners and commercial developers for integral blinds – particularly for bi-fold and sliding patio doors. Our focus is on delivering added value to our customers who can rely on us for the best quality products and the best service.”

One of the latest service improvements Morley Glass & Glazing is introducing is online order tracking giving customers live updates on the manufacturing and delivery status of their Uni-Blind® sealed units with integral blinds inside.

Morley Glass & Glazing’s Uni-Blinds® range provides the widest choice of integral blinds in double and triple glazed units, with all manual, solar and motorised versions available in the industry’s shortest lead-time of 10 days from 11am any Friday.

The business also provides unrivalled technical support for Uni-Blinds® customers too, being the only UK supplier of integral blinds to have dedicated customer support engineers on the road. It also stocks the largest range of ScreenLine® system spare parts in Europe with £1 million of ScreenLine® components available within 24 hours.

Morley Glass sets its sights on Integral Blind Company award

Morley Glass and Glazing is in the running to be crowned Integral Blind Company of the Year at the annual National Fenestration Awards.

The business is up against two other companies in the category, and while the competition is strong Morley feels confident thanks to its commitment to customer service, 10 -day lead time for sealed units with integral blinds inside, as well as continued year-on-year growth.

Over the last 12 months, the business has hit a million metres of glass milestone with Saint-Gobain Glass, enjoyed a successful outing at the 2019 FIT Show and reported an annual growth in turnover of 22%, all while continuing to offer an industry-leading lead-time of 10 days from 11am any Friday, delivering nationwide and regularly manufacturing over 2500 blinds per week.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing, says: “The National Fenestration Awards organisers are very passionate about celebrating as many of the fantastic achievements in fenestration as possible, as well as getting everyone involved from every area of the industry. The awards are a fantastic way to shine a spotlight on the best our industry has to offer and we’re proud to be a part of that.

“2019 has seen us continue to build on the foundations we’ve established over recent years, but we haven’t been resting on our laurels, as proven by our continued growth. We can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve got in store for 2020, but in the meantime winning the Integral Blinds Company category at the NFAs would be a perfect way to reflect our future ambitions.”

Launched in 2013, the open platform National Fenestration Awards are run and decided completely by the participation of the industry. Instead of judges and panels, winners are chosen by the public. In fact, everyone is welcome to register on the site and make their voices heard before voting closes on Friday 4 October.

http://www.fenestrationawards.co.uk/integral-blinds-company-2019/

Having a ball for a good cause

Morley Glass & Glazing is looking forward to a fun filled weekend as it prepares to host a petanque tournament in aid of some fantastic local hospice charities.

Organised by The Rotary Club of Roundhay, 24 teams of three will battle it out to be crowned champions of the Rotary Club of Roundhay Challenge Cup on Saturday 21 September. This inaugural tournament is set to take place at Morley’s headquarters on Bruntcliffe Way from 12.30pm, with play starting at 1pm.

The cost of entry is £30 per team with profits being donated to Sue Ryder Wheatfields, Martin House and St Gemma’s Hospice. But don’t worry if petanque isn’t your sport; you don’t have to play to have a great day! Spectators and cheerleaders are most welcome to come along and enjoy the tournament, with food, drinks and refreshments, including a bar, available for the duration of fund-raising event.

Kathy Short, Company Secretary at Morley Glass is the President of the Rotary Club of Roundhay for 2019/20, and Rotary Clubs across the Yorkshire and Humberside region are raising funds for their local hospices during this year.

Ian Short, Morley Glass managing director, commented: “We really enjoy being at the heart of community-led fundraising events such as this. We’ve been busy sprucing up our car park so it’s ready for Saturday and it’s been great to see staff joining in to help get everything prepared.

“Of course, these events aren’t just a great way of getting people together for a bit of fun, we’re also aiming to raise as much money as possible to help three great charities carry on supporting patients and their families across Yorkshire.”

Hospices like Wheatfields, Martin House and St Gemma’s provide free-of-charge specialist services to support those with life-limiting conditions, as well as their families. However, they rely heavily on public donations and support to enable them to continue their important work.

Integral blinds provide an energy saving alternative to air conditioning

Many buildings in the UK are fitted with air conditioning units to cool them down in summer.  The units can be expensive to run and use a lot of energy, which is not a sustainable solution. Some experts have even called for a ban on glass skyscrapers which use air conditioning as they claim cooling buildings in this way adds to carbon emissions. However, if you use the correct solar control glazing combined with integral blinds then it shouldn’t be necessary to use air conditioning units at all.

Glazed facades are popular with architects and developers as they let in lots of natural light, look stunning and provide building inhabitants with great views.  But the extra sunlight also brings additional heat, so it’s important to specify solar control glass such as the COOL-LITE range from Saint-Gobain Glass, which offers high light transmission of up to 70% alongside an extremely low solar factor of 0.33, blocking 67% of solar heat.  Combine this with integral blinds, which fit neatly inside the insulated glass unit, and you have an excellent sun shading and heat reducing solution.

Integral blinds are ideal for commercial (and residential buildings). Assembled and permanently sealed within the dust-free double glazing cavity, the blinds always appear new and require no cleaning. They can go almost unnoticed until they are activated manually or by remote control. They deliver great looking interiors with less clutter and uninterrupted sightlines. They provide maximum privacy, light and solar control. There’s also a choice of Venetian or pleated systems and a wide range of colour options.

Integral blinds are an innovative product and should be considered at the design stage when formal specification decisions are being made as they are cost comparative when fitted at the time of the initial window or facade installation.

To conclude, using solar control glass with integral blinds inside result in a reduced requirement for air conditioning which delivers a significant decrease on energy consumption and CO2 emissions for the building and therefore makes buildings more environmentally friendly which can contribute to additional BREEAM points and boost the overall BREEAM rating.

Saint-Gobain Glass and Morley Glass also operate a free cullet return scheme that means that the glass can be recycled, helping to divert thousands of tonnes of waste glass from landfill sites. Saint-Gobain glass is manufactured using 40% of glass that has previously been used and the company encourages it customers to return glass that is not used in the manufacturing process, as well as the glass that is returned post-consumer use i.e. when windows, doors or facades are replaced.

Through recycling, the flat glass sector’s European operations save almost 300,000 metric tonnes of raw materials per year, thereby avoiding 70,000 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions.

One million milestone for Morley Glass & Glazing

Uni-blinds® sealed units manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing is celebrating a significant milestone alongside glass company Saint-Gobain Glass and distributor GLASSOLUTIONS.

Over one million pieces of Saint-Gobain Glass have been supplied to Morley Glass & Glazing by GLASSOLUTIONS in the last 10 years mainly for use in the company’s Uni-Blind double glazed sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside.

 

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing was presented with a glass wall plaque to mark the milestone.  He said: “We pride ourselves on manufacturing high quality sealed units, the majority of which are supplied with integral blinds inside for the bifold door market, as well as a wide range of other doors and windows for the residential and commercial markets.

“The quality of our products relies on the quality of the component parts and we have worked hard to achieve a supply chain excellence.  The quality of the glass is paramount, and we are very satisfied with the range of Saint-Gobain glass from GLASSOLUTIONS.  The Planitherm range offers superb comfort qualities such as thermal efficiency and solar control, as well as noise reduction, furniture face protection and security properties. For added solar control we have also been impressed with the SGG COOL-LITE range. I’m honoured to receive the plaque which will take pride of place in our showroom.”

David Evans, site manager at GLASSOLUTIONS Dudley said: “It’s great to see our glass helping one of the industry’s most respected sealed unit manufacturers go from strength to strength. We would like to congratulate Morley on this fantastic achievement, and we look forward to seeing further success as our partnership continues.”

Beer festival flourishes thanks to Morley support

Morley Glass & Glazing has sponsored the 8th Annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival, which this year raised more than £10,000 to fund worthwhile projects in Leeds, as well as nationally and even worldwide.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Roundhay, which recently saw Morley Glass’ very own finance director Kathy Short appointed to the role of president for 2019/20, this year’s annual community charity fundraising festival featured all things Yorkshire with 36 real ales, 8 gins and a prosecco bar for the first time. Also new for 2019 was the Family Friendly Saturday Session which proved a huge success with local families.  Local Leeds bands provided musical entertainment at the festival over both days and food was available in the form of home-made samosas as well as pie and peas.

Since it began in 2012, the North Leeds Charity Beer Festival has raised almost £40k for charities. Funds raised from the seven previous beer festivals have made it possible for the Rotary Club of Roundhay to back charity projects in the local community and beyond. The Lakeside café playground at Roundhay Park was one such project they were able to support. The club also installed two defibrillators situated outside Moortown Health Centre and Oakwood Surgery.

As headline sponsor, Morley Glass & Glazing enjoys the chance to share in and engage with a great community event whilst helping good causes at the same time. Ian Short, Managing Director of Morley Glass says: “We were delighted to be able to sponsor the 8th Annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival. This is exactly the type of initiative we like to be involved with as it perfectly reflects our ethos of giving back to local communities. I enjoy personally rolling up my sleeves and helping alongside the Rotarians and very much look forward to the event every year.”

Morley Glass celebrates online store’s success

Uni-Blind® manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing’s is celebrating a successful first year of operation for its online accessories and spares store by revealing the most ordered items from its first 12 months.

Launched in 2018, the store boasts an extensive stock of accessories and spare parts for ScreenLine® integral blind systems, making it easier for customers to do business with Morley Glass, even if they bought the original blinds elsewhere.

The range of ScreenLine® spares available from Morley Glass next day includes items such as cord kits, cord tensioners, external magnetic sliders, transparent wands, battery modules, solar panels, battery chargers, transformers control units, replacement remote control devices and clips, knobs and end caps for all systems.

Morley Glass has revealed that the most ordered item from the online store is the full CE kit (complete cord and mech), followed closely by adhesive pads and SL2248 frontal knobs. PWC5 pre-wired control box and the SL2392 remote control have also proven to be very popular.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing, which also has an accompanying ScreenLine® spares brochure, says: “We stock the biggest range of ScreenLine® accessories and spare parts in the UK. So, when you need a part for our Uni-Blinds® or any ScreenLine® integral blind system, we’ll make sure you have it within 24 hours if we have it in stock.

“As the largest ScreenLine® fabricator in the country, we have daily deliveries from Pellini in Italy and can supply any other spare parts within one to five weeks – whether you originally purchased your ScreenLine® blind system from Morley Glass or not.”

To request a brochure call 0113 277 8722 or shop online at www.morleyglass.co.uk.

Three clubs benefit from Morley sponsorship

Three local sport clubs in Yorkshire are benefiting from Morley Glass & Glazing’s support this season.

Morley Glass has pledged its support to Mirfield Parish Cavaliers Cricket Club, Featherstone Rugby Lions and Churwell Lions FC, enabling all three teams to purchase new kits for all their players.

Mirfield Parish Cavaliers Cricket Club (pictured above left) currently operates a 1st XI and A Team in the Central Yorkshire Cricket League. Morley Glass has previously sponsored a crease cover at the club’s Wellhouse Lane home ground to help preserve the pitch during inclement weather.

Amateur rugby league club Featherstone Lions from Featherstone, West Yorkshire play in the National Conference League and the CMS Yorkshire league Division 3 , while Churwell Lions FC (pictured above right) are an FA Chartered Standard Football Club in Leeds with 14 teams.

Ian Short, Morley’s managing director, said: “Morley has long been a supporter of grass roots sports club, and we’re fortunate to have some really great local clubs to be able to give back to. We wish all three teams a successful 2019 season!”

The Leeds-based sealed unit manufacturer and ScreenLine® integral blinds supplier is a committed supporter of local sport clubs and societies, with sponsorships for a number of community rugby, cricket and even dancing organisations.

Smart home integral blind technology is a hit at the FIT Show

An app that allows you to open and close your electronic integral blinds from your mobile phone or tablet proved a hit for Morley Glass & Glazing at this year’s FIT Show.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing said: “We had an amazing show with huge amounts of interest in our complete range of sealed units with integral blinds inside including manually operated, solar powered, sliding and fully electronic blinds.

“But there was certainly a theme in terms of the demand for smart technology, as consumers are looking to integrate their integral blinds into their home automation systems and operate them through apps on their tablets and phones. The fact that we could demonstrate all our systems and, in particular how to incorporate the app, which will be available soon, into the operation of our MB system of electronically operated blinds, helped fabricators and installers see the benefits and realise how easily they could add integral blinds to their portfolio of products.”

Visitors to the Morley Glass stand were also invited to view the range of integral blinds in a home environment using a Virtual Reality headset that explained both the benefits of each operating system as well as the choice of Saint-Gobain glass available, depending on the comfort benefit required by the homeowner.

Ian Short added: “We took a very large exhibition stand and enjoyed the opportunity to meet with existing customers and also make contact with lots of potential customers too. It was a great show for us and we’ll be sure to be back next time.”

Morley Glass and Glazing is the UK’s largest manufacturer of sealed units with ScreenLine integral blind inside. It operates from a £1.5m, 500,000sqft factory in Leeds, West Yorkshire which is dedicated to the specific manufacture of sealed units with ScreenLine blinds inside. The company also offers an industry-beating 10 day delivery service.

 

Morley scholarship helps dancers achieve their dreams

Scholarships provided by integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing for dance students at a school in Castleford has helped a number of dancers take their first competition by storm.

Pupils at Freedom 2 Dance who successfully gained a place on the Ballroom and Latin Scholarship competed at Wythenshawe, Manchester under the UKA dance governing body

The competitors, trained by Freedom 2 Dance teacher Olivia Choi went on to take home 11 trophies from the event which consisted of one second place, two third places, three fourth places, three fifth places and two sixth places.

The scholarship was created in September 2018 with the support of Morley Glass & Glazing. Managing Director Ian Short knows first-hand the impact of being able to take part in such activities after taking part in and winning a charitable Strictly Come Dancing event in 2017 when partnered with Olivia Choi.

Ian was thrilled with the results and said “On a business and personal level it is great to support this initiative, to see the pupils engaged with the teachers, combined with the dedication and commitment the self-development that the pupils will gain is a massive tangible benefit. And after a short amount of time to take part in the first Latin and Ballroom competition the reward has been delivered in the placings and medal achieved. This is something I will be more than happy to keep supporting. Keep up the FAB-U-LOUS work!”

Morley supports Vets in the Community

Morley Glass & Glazing is helping to support a project run by student vets at the University of Nottingham.

Vets in the Community has been providing free veterinary care to pets belonging to homeless and vulnerably housed people in the Nottingham area since 2012. The project is led by students at the university’s Vet School, under supervision from experienced, qualified members of staff, out of the Big Issue office in Nottingham.

The service offers health checks, vaccinations, micro-chipping and treatment for fleas, worms and minor ailments, and can also provide advice on pet health care, for example nutrition and neutering. To date, Vets in the Community has treated over 300 dogs, cats and rabbits, and even a ferret. At the clinic has expanded, the decision was made to increase its regularity from once a month to once a fortnight.

Initially funded by Dogs Trust and the Vet School, Vets in the Community recently secured funding from the University of Nottingham Cascade Fund, which will allow the clinic to improve its equipment and continue to run for the next three years.

Morley Glass is one of a number of organisations whose support has enabled the Vets in the Community project to afford the equipment and medicine it needs to treat the animals it sees, as well as provide food for owners who may be struggling with the cost.

Ian Short, Morley Glass & Glazing’s managing director, said: “I got to know Polina Nevelinova Boynova, Vice President of Vets in the Community, when she approached Morley Glass about sponsoring Nottingham University’s Latin, Ballroom and Salsa Society, which we were more than happy to do.

“Morley Glass is proud to support a wide range of well-deserving organisations from grass roots sports clubs and dance societies to large charities. Vets in the Community is a very worthy addition to the list of causes we support, and we wish them all the best in their work going forwards.”

Vets in the Community accepts donations of suitable equipment for the clinic, as well as pet food to donate to those struggling with the cost of feed, so please get in touch if you think you can help. You can contact the student committee through their website.

Here to Help

Morley Glass & Glazing is proud of its commitment to supporting its customers, with a wealth of written instructions, how-to videos and on-site training meaning that they are there for every step of the journey, from initial enquiry to installation and beyond.

Reinforcing its reputation as a company that puts its customers’ needs first, Morley has introduced a number of helpful initiatives to provide support where needed, from detailed written step-by-step instructions to visual media and beyond.

Included in the business’s comprehensive support is the Morley Glass website, which includes a ‘members area’ with access to a number of new training videos. These videos are a great enhancement of the company’s service offer by giving its customers instant access to guidance whenever it is required.

In line with the company’s commitment to raising standards in the industry, improving customer service and ensuring end-user satisfaction, Morley also delivers training programmes for the installation of motorised integral blinds across the UK.

Ian Short, Morley Glass & Glazing’s managing director, commented: “We’ve always had a fantastic reputation for making sure our customers have access to a full support service. In the unlikely event of a customer encountering any technical issues with a Uni-Blind product, our team is always on hand to guide them to the right solution, wherever they are in the UK. We are the only UK supplier of integral blinds to have dedicated customer support engineers on the road.

“When we introduced the training videos and on-site training they were extremely popular right from the start, and our customers have commented how much they complement our existing service. We are looking forward to continuing to expand our service offer in the future.”

Morley’s customer service offer, combined with its high quality products, 10-day lead-times and the largest range of ScreenLine® spares in the country, is helping the business to achieve record growth.

Twice As Nice

Anyone that knows Morley Glass & Glazing knows that we always go the extra mile – quotes in 60 minutes, delivery of integral blinds in 10 days, service engineers that are ready to help – top notch customer service and product excellence are key.

So, it will come as no surprise that our sealed units are sealed not just once but twice – dual sealed. That includes our standard sealed units (or IGUs) as well as those fitted with integral blinds inside.

Whilst it may seem obvious, not all sealed units are the same. The specification of glass type, spacer bar and cavity fill will give you the desired U-value and g-value to meet the Window Energy Rating (WER), but how much do you really know about what’s gone into making the sealed unit?

Two seals are better than one

All our sealed units are Argon filled and feature a double seal which helps guarantee the quality and energy performance of your windows and doors long term – and keep customers happy and coming back.

Two seals mean extra protection – giving you peace of mind that you won’t have problems in the future. The secondary seal also gives the IGU its structural strength, ensuring there is no chance of movement once installed. This is especially important in larger units used in patio and bi-fold doors.

It means that our IGUs are impermeable to gas and moisture and, thanks to skilled manufacturing with the correct amounts of quality sealants and desiccant, installers can be confident that the windows they fit will save householders money and energy for years and years.

Morley says cheers to charity

Leeds-based Morley Glass & Glazing is set to sponsor the 8th Annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival, which features all things Yorkshire with 36 real ales, 8 gins and a prosecco bar for the first time.

The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Roundhay and takes place on 5-6 April 2019 at North Leeds Cricket Club. Local Leeds bands will be providing musical entertainment at the festival over both days.

Almost £40,000 has been raised by the seven previous beer festivals which has helped the Rotary Club of Roundhay support their charity work in the local community and further afield.

As headline sponsor, Morley Glass & Glazing enjoys the chance to share in and engage with a great community event whilst helping good causes at the same time.

Ian Short, Managing Director of Morley Glass & Glazing says: “We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the North Leeds Charity Beer Festival. This is exactly the type of initiative we like to be involved with as it perfectly reflects our ethos of giving back to local communities.”

To purchase tickets visit https://www.northleedscharitybeerfestival.co.uk/

Morley Glass & Glazing supports 20 charities in 20th year

Integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing has supported more than 20 charities during its 20th anniversary year.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing said: “As a successful business we’ve always felt that we should give back where we can and have always done so throughout our 20 years.  We’ve made a special effort in our 20th anniversary to help even more good causes in our local community and beyond, with cash or in-kind donations.

“We’ve supported a wide range of well-deserving organisations from grass roots sports clubs and dance societies to large charities and more local good causes.  It is tremendously rewarding to see how, what can be a relatively small contribution, can make a huge difference to so many people – and we’d encourage other businesses to do the same.

“A personal highlight was to see the donation of a Variety Sunshine Coach to Mill Field Primary School, as the result of me learning the Samba ad taking part in (and winning) the Variety Strictly Ballroom Challenge last year. I felt truly humbled that so many people took the time and effort to sponsor and support me.”

Recent donations by the business have made it possible for Freedom to Dance to offer a new dancing scholarship, allowed Moortown Rugby Club to resurface one of its pitches and provided a youth charity with improved gym facilities.

Morley Glass & Glazing marked its 20th anniversary in 2018 and supported the following organisations:

  • Cancer Research UK (Ricky Richardson climbing Mount Kilimanjaro)
  • Community Action To Change Harehills (CATCH)
  • Freedom 2 Dance
  • Huddersfield Community Trust – Woman’s under 19 team
  • Milford Marlins Junior Rugby League Team
  • Millshaw Park Rangers Football Club
  • Mirfield Parish Cricket Club
  • Moortown Rugby Football Club
  • Morley Rugby Football Club
  • Norristhorpe Juniors under 14 team
  • North Leeds Charity Beer Festival
  • North Leeds Dance Academy
  • Nottingham University – Latin, Ballroom and Salsa Society
  • Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club
  • Rhythm X Mountain Boarding Team
  • Rotary Club of Roundhay
  • St Pauls Church Morley
  • Thornhill Trojans Rugby League Club
  • Variety – The Children’s Charity
  • Wakefield Thornes Cricket Club
  • White Rose All Stars Football Club
  • Yorkshire Elite Football Club

Morley Glass & Glazing is a specialist manufacturer of ScreenLine integral blinds and has a unique relationship with Pellini Spa in Italy, who manufacture the ScreenLine range. It is the only UK company to guarantee its customers deliveries in just 10 days.

Morley prepares for FIT Show show-stopper

Morley Glass & Glazing is getting ready to wow customers at the FIT Show in May with a 36m² exhibition stand complete with interactive tools to showcase its range of high quality Uni-Blind sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside.

As expected, Morley Glass & Glazing will also be proudly exhibiting its tried and trusted Uni-Blinds® options, alongside something a little different and entirely new for the business. Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in demonstrations of a new virtual reality experience that will help them gain more tangible information about the products Morley offers.

By donning a pair of VR goggles, users will find themselves in an interactive virtual home setting, where they can see demonstrations of the Morley product range, as well as find out a little more in-depth information.

Ian Short, Morley Glass & Glazing managing director said: “As a forward-thinking business, it is our responsibility to make sure we are always on the forefront of innovations in our industry. What is great about the FIT Show is that a lot of manufacturers and component suppliers now schedule their product development cycles around it, so you’re always guaranteed to see some really exciting advances in products and technology.”

Morley Glass & Glazing will be appearing on stand H35 of the 2019 FIT Show when the doors to Birmingham’s NEC open from 21st to 23rd May.

Click here to register for your free FIT Show 2019 ticket or contact jess@morleyglass.co.uk to apply for a VIP ticket. We only have a limited number of VIP tickets available so hey will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

A VIP ticket includes:

  • Fast track entry via a dedicated registration desk
  • Free early bird breakfast
  • Goody Bag
  • Free coffee or tea
  • Lunchtime drink
  • Free cloakroom
  • Use of the VIP business and networking lounge
  • Reserved seminar seats
  • Exhibitor party tickets

 

Morley Glass donates £10,000 to help create community space

A local church hall is being redeveloped to create a space that the whole community can use thanks to a £10,000 donation by integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing.

St Paul’s Church in Morley, Leeds had been a thriving hub for the local community for many years offering activities such as pre-school groups, play and stay groups, a children’s dance school and a place for family celebrations in the church hall. But the pre-fabricated structure of the church hall had come to the end of its life and needed to be demolished. Now, thanks to generous donations from local organisations including Morley Glass & Glazing, the church hall is being redeveloped and will soon be able to support activities for the local community once again.

Ian Short, Managing Director of Morley Glass & Glazing says: “We are delighted to be able to support the redevelopment of St Paul’s Church and help it to become a thriving centre of the local community. It was recently a storage and distribution centre for a Christmas toy appeal and has been offering free packed lunches during school holidays to underprivileged primary school children.  It’s doing some amazing work and will be able to support many more activities and groups once new facilities including new toilets, kitchen and café have been created. It’s going to be a fabulous resource for local people.”

The Leeds-based sealed unit manufacturer and ScreenLine® integral blinds supplier has sponsored and supported numerous charities, sports clubs and good causes throughout its 20 year history.

Million metre milestone for Morley Glass & Glazing

Uni-blinds® integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing is celebrating a special milestone alongside spacer bar specialists Technoform.

Over one million metres of warm edge spacer bars have been supplied to Morley in the four years since the business teamed up with Technoform to introduce its warm edge spacer bar technology to its Uni-Blind double glazed sealed units with integral blinds inside. Laid end-to-end, the million metres of spacer bars used by Morley since 2014 could stretch the entire length of the UK, from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Following a two-year development programme in conjunction with German glass insulation specialist Technoform, from 2014 every Uni-Blinds double glazed sealed unit has come complete with a warm edge spacer bar as standard. The technology gives fabricators and installers the scope to provide windows and doors featuring integral blinds without compromising thermal performance.

Yash Naik, Product Manager at Technoform, said: “It’s great to see our products helping one of the industry’s most respected sealed unit manufacturers go from strength to strength. We would like to congratulate Morley on this fantastic achievement, and we look forward to seeing further innovations and success as our partnership continues.”

Integral blinds also offer an extra layer of insulation along with powerful solar shading to keep homes cooler during summer months. These added benefits give installers a great opportunity to enhance their window and door proposition, increase thermal efficiency and their profitability.

Morley Glass launches new retail brochure

Morley Glass & Glazing, the UK’s largest manufacturer of integral blinds, is offering additional support to its customers with the launch of an updated brochure for its SL16S and SL16C product ranges.

The full colour 12-page brochure provides a wealth of information on the company’s latest integral blind systems, which is the first of its kind to be suitable for use in a 16mm cavity due to its slimline 10mm slats.

Within the brochure, you’ll find sections covering the different control options and colour choices, accompanied by a variety of high-quality lifestyle images of the product in action.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing said: “As consumers seek ever better-quality integral blinds, this new brochure is the latest tool in our offer to help our customers communicate the benefits its Uni-Blind® sealed units, all of which feature market-leading ScreenLine® blind systems inside and warm edge spacer bars as standard.

“We have always believed in investing heavily in marketing support and this new brochure is another fantastic tool to help our customers sell to end users and give them all the information they require in order to make an informed decision.”

The SL16 range is ideal for use in composite doors and vertical sliding windows due to its slimline 10mm slats, making it the first integrated blind system that is suitable for use in a 16mm cavity. The range includes the slider controlled SL16S Venetian, as well as the SL16C Venetian with cord control.

Both are currently only available in the UK exclusively through Morley Glass & Glazing, and are available in white, beige and silver. They come complete with the additional features users have come to expect from the business, such as warm edge spacer bars as standard.

Morley Glass & Glazing has been successfully supplying its Uni-Blinds® sealed units with integral blinds inside for many years and is currently the only UK company to manufacture the system in-house. All of Morley Glass & Glazing’s domestic blind systems, including solar and brushless motorised, are available in an unrivalled 10 working days from any Friday.

If you require any further information about Morley Glass & Glazing’s full product range or would like copies of the brochure, email: info@morleyglass.co.uk.

Double award win rounds out anniversary year for Morley

Morley Glass & Glazing has done the double as it came out on top in not one but two categories at the 2018 National Federation Awards last week.

During the awards’ ‘Winners Week’, Morley was first announced as the winner of the IGU Manufacturer of the Year Award before also coming out on top in the Integral Blinds Company category. The business fought off stiff competition from seven other companies across the two categories, bringing its 20th anniversary year to a fantastic end.

2018 has seen the business double production, increase its delivery fleet, extend its apprenticeship programme and boost its ScreenLine spares service, all while maintaining record growth. New products release by Morley this year include the SL16 blind system, the first integrated blind system that is suitable for use in a 16mm cavity due to its slimline 10mm slats.

Morley MD Ian Short has also been able to continue giving back to the community throughout the year, sponsoring over 20 charities including Variety, Community Action to Change Harehills (CATCH) and St Paul’s Church in Morley.

Ian comments: “We’ve enjoyed celebrating out 20th anniversary throughout the year and to come out on top in not one but two categories at the NFA awards really is the icing on the cake. As always we’re very proud to have our hard work recognised and are already gearing up for what 2019 has in store!”

Launched in 2013, the open platform National Fenestration Awards are run and decided completely by the participation of the industry. Instead of judges and panels, winners are chosen by the public. Winners of the awards will be invited to a special Winners Event by awards organisers in the New Year.

 

Morley donation makes a difference for Leeds charity

A Harehills-based youth charity has thanked Morley Glass & Glazing for its recent donation of glass for a door to complete its new gym facility.

Community Action To Change Harehills (CATCH) is a registered charity made up of volunteers who want to make a positive difference in their local area. The charity’s multifunctional community centre named ‘ARK’ in Harehills, Leeds is a collection of former police training modular buildings assembled into a two-storey building and provides activities for children and young people from all backgrounds.

Now, the charity has been able to complete a new staff gym facility for volunteers at ARK, thanks to a generous donation from Morley Glass & Glazing of a bespoke glass door, completed with the CATCH logo and installed by Sutcliffe Windows.

Ian Short, Morley Glass & Glazing managing director said: “The team at CATCH do a great job at empowering young people and the charity is a fantastic example of what is possible when a community comes together to make positive changes. We’re glad to have been able to contribute towards such an important cause and hope the volunteers enjoy using their new gym!”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary year throughout 2018, Morley Glass & Glazing is proud to support a number of important local initiatives. Recent donations by the business have made it possible for Castleford Dance Studio to offer a new dancing scholarship and allowed Moortown Rugby Club to resurface one of its pitches.

Morley Glass & Glazing shortlisted for fenestration award

Morley Glass & Glazing has been nominated in the IGU Manufacturer of the Year category at the 2018 National Fenestration Awards.

The nomination is the third award shortlisting for Morley Glass in 2018, after the business was also named as a finalist in the Yorkshire Business Masters Awards and in the Component Supplier of the Year Category at the G18 Awards.

Ian Short, Morley managing director, said: “We may be coming to the end of our twentieth year, but we have no plans for slowing down and I think the awards nominations we’ve received this year perfectly reflect our ambitions for the future.

“As the biggest part of the window and one of the biggest parts of the industry, the IGU sector continues to be one of the most competitive areas of the glazing sector, and the shortlist for the IGU Component Supplier of the Year award reflects this. Best of luck to everyone who has been shortlisted!”

Launched in 2013, and now into its fifth year, the National Fenestration Awards aims to be the fairest, all-inclusive fenestration event, rewarding the very best of the glazing sector. Voting for the winners of the 24 award categories is now open on the NFA website until Friday 26 October.

Winners will then be announced online during the NFA 2018 ‘Winners Week’ from Monday 29 October – Friday 2 November and invited to a special Winners Event in the New Year.

With the 2017 campaign seeing over 3,600 votes cast, organisers are confident that this year’s awards will be even bigger. For more information, and to vote for your favourite companies, visit: http://www.fenestrationawards.co.uk

New integral blinds for Morley Glass & Glazing’s own offices

Integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing has installed 84 sealed units with integral blinds inside into its own business premises.

Morley Glass & Glazing made the £1m move to a new factory, showroom and office space in Leeds, West Yorkshire, two years ago and has made several improvements to the two-storey premises during that time, including the replacement of all the windows – 113 sq m of glass in total.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing said: “Our Uni-Blind sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside are ideal for residential and commercial premises. They are our primary product and we are totally committed to showcasing our full range and demonstrating that we’re the biggest and most trusted brand in the industry. So why wouldn’t we fit our own product range into our premises? We strive to give our customers the best product with the best service – and we wanted to treat ourselves in the same way. The result looks amazing.”

Two types of operating systems have been installed: 42 C Systems, which are manual cord operated and 42 MB systems, which are electronic motorised blinds. All feature Technoform warm edge spacer bars for thermal efficiency and utilise the Smart Aluminium curtain walling system and COOL-LITE SKN176 II solar control glass from GLASSOLUTIONS.

Morley Glass & Glazing is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has 80% share of the ScreenLine integral blinds market in the UK. The specialist manufacturer has a unique relationship with Pellini Spa in Italy, who manufacture the ScreenLine range, and is the only UK company to guarantee its customers deliveries in just 10 days.

Morley donation makes a difference for Leeds charity

A Harehills-based youth charity has thanked Morley Glass & Glazing for its recent donation of glass for a door to complete its new gym facility.

Community Action To Change Harehills (CATCH) is a registered charity made up of volunteers who want to make a positive difference in their local area. The charity’s multifunctional community centre named ‘ARK’ in Harehills, Leeds is a collection of former police training modular buildings assembled into a two-storey building and provides activities for children and young people from all backgrounds.

Now, the charity has been able to complete a new staff gym facility for volunteers at ARK, thanks to a generous donation from Morley Glass & Glazing of a bespoke glass door, completed with the CATCH logo and installed by Sutcliffe Windows.

Ian Short, Morley Glass & Glazing managing director said: “The team at CATCH do a great job at empowering young people and the charity is a fantastic example of what is possible when a community comes together to make positive changes. We’re glad to have been able to contribute towards such an important cause and hope the volunteers enjoy using their new gym!”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary year throughout 2018, Morley Glass & Glazing is proud to support a number of important local initiatives. Recent donations by the business have made it possible for Castleford Dance Studio to offer a new dancing scholarship and allowed Moortown Rugby Club to resurface one of its pitches.

Morley helps dance studio find its feet

It’s no secret that Morley MD Ian Short is passionate about dance, after storming to victory at last year’s Variety Strictly Ballroom event and raising over £20,000 for the charity he accepted a position on the judging panel for this year’s competition. Now, he is helping others discover a love for dance by lending his support to local dance studio Freedom 2 Dance.

Not only has Morley donated new glass for the frontage of the Castleford dance studio, along with childsafe blinds, it is also sponsoring a new dance scholarship to help dancers with potential to take their ability to the next level with the opportunity to enter the competitive world of Ballroom & Latin Dance.

The dance school has selected two dancers with natural talent to benefit from the 12-month scholarship that will not only develop dance skills but also help them in confidence and self-esteem, as well as improving other vital interpersonal skills.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass, said: “It gives me great pleasure to support this great opportunity for the children to learn Ballroom and Latin Dance, which helps children develop great confidence and social skills as well as being active and keeping fit.

“The scholarship program Freedom 2 Dance are offering over the 12 months will give the selected students the chance to develop to a high level. The passion all the staff have is humbling and as Morley Glass takes seriously the commitment to put back into local community and good causes I’m more than happy to support the fantastic opportunity. ‘Keep Dancing!”

Freedom 2 Dance Ltd was established in 2015 by two friends with a deep-rooted passion for both teaching and performing. Collectively Michelle and Laura have over 40 years’ experience in the industry and use this to inspire, motivate and engage young people and adults to express their individuality through dance and other performing arts. The Ballroom & Latin Scholarship will be led by Olivia Choi who joined Freedom 2 Dance in March to establish a Ballroom & Latin faculty.

Morley Glass & Glazing wins £500,000 hospital contract

Morley Glass & Glazing has won a £500,000 integral blinds contract with Belfast City Hospital and saved the hospital thousands of pounds.

Morley has supplied the hospital with its SL20 MB system, which are motorised blinds inside sealed units that were specially developed with two operating mechanisms – one for the patient to control inside their room, and a key operated override system for nurses to operate from the corridor. The electric brushless motor quietly raises, lowers and tilts the integral blinds safely, smoothly and with precision.

The integral blinds have been installed at the new £20m two-storey Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit which has been purpose-built and sits on a 3-hectare site within the Belfast City Hospital estate. It combines mental health inpatient facilities previously spread across three Belfast sites.

Morley Glass & Glazing was approached by the architect to provide sealed units with integral blinds inside for the new mental health facility. The original specification included a ceramic frit to cover the spacer bars on the windows, which the architect felt were unsightly. Morley MD Ian Short explains: “Once we’d spoken to the architect and shown him samples of our Uni-Blind sealed units which use Technoform warm edge spacer bars, he was convinced that they looked far more appealing than other systems he’d seen on the market and this decision saved around £150 per unit.”

The new facility provides 80 acute mental health en-suite bedrooms including six psychiatric intensive care beds. The unit consists of five separate interconnecting buildings arranged around a cloistered central courtyard and communal and administration areas.

Over one million metres of warm edge spacer bars have been supplied to Morley in the four years since the business teamed up with Technoform to introduce its warm edge spacer bar technology to its Uni-Blind double-glazed sealed units with integral blinds inside.

Morley Glass & Glazing shortlisted for G18 Component Supplier of the Year Award

Morley Glass & Glazing, the UK’s leading specialist manufacturer of integral blinds, is celebrating being shortlisted at the prestigious G18 awards.

This is the first G-Award shortlisting for Morley Glass & Glazing, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary year throughout 2018. The business has been named as one of five finalists in the Component Supplier of the Year category after a successful 12 months which have included new product launches, investments in production and rapid growth, all while maintaining its ability to deliver within 10 working days.

Morley’s managing director, Ian Short, said: “As Morley Glass & Glazing celebrates our 20th year of business throughout 2018 we have taken the time appreciate our success in developing the market for integral blinds; working to develop new products and gaining 80% of the market.

“We’re thrilled to have been named as a finalist in the G18 Component Supplier of the Year award. The nomination is a testament to how hard our team has worked together over the last year, as they have every year since Morley Glass started in 1998.”

In February 2018, Morley Glass commissioned its second fully automated robot line, representing an investment of £700,000 and giving the business the capacity to manufacture up to 3000 sealed units per week. It also launched the exclusive SL16C and SL16SV; the first ScreenLine blind in the world to be incorporated within a 16-mm insulating glass unit – ideal for vertical sliding sash windows and composite doors due to its slimline 10mm slats.

The G18 Component Supplier of the Year Award recognises companies who may only serve a niche market, or companies who would not be able to fit into the other categories. The winners of the G18 awards will be announced at a ceremony on November 30th at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Morley pitches in to support rugby club

Morley Glass & Glazing’s continued sponsorship of a Yorkshire rugby club has allowed it to complete some desperately needed improvement work to its pitches.

Moortown Rugby Union Football Club, which is currently home to four senior teams, ten junior teams and three female teams making it one of the biggest clubs in Yorkshire, has been able to repair holes, remove stones and other debris, create drains and sow new grass. Morley Glass & Glazing has also sponsored uniforms for the club’s 1st XV team.

Ian Short, Morley managing director, commented: “I’m very proud of how synonymous Morley has become with supporting grass root sports and generally supporting worthy causes in our area. We’re very happy to see how pro-active Moortown has been in investing in its pitches to ensure teams of all ages can continue to train and play for years to come.”

Carl Thewlis-Johns, club chairman for Moortown RUFC, said: “Thanks to Morley’s sponsorship we have been able to continually build our club and provide our players with much needed equipment and support. With our ever-increasing size, sponsorships are invaluable to us. Morley’s continued support has been massive for us this year and with it we have high hopes of promotion again next season!”

Moortown rugby club made history in 2017, with all three senior sides securing promotion having won every game in their respective leagues. It also recently fielded a veterans’ team made up of the club’s golden oldies who were delighted to be back out on the field again.

Cordless sliding integral blind system is now even better

The ScreenLine cordless sliding integrated Venetian blind system (SL20SV) from Morley Glass & Glazing is now smoother, quicker and slimmer.

The side rail that houses the cleverly designed magnetic operating slider on Uni-Blinds® sealed units is now 20 per cent slimmer, creating a larger glass viewing area and a slimmer 40mm profile.

Mounted on the internal face of the glass unit, the magnetic slider allows total control and ease of use of the SL20SV integral blind. Only one device is used to raise and tilt the slats. The external slider “logically” moves in the same direction as the blind operating direction. The latest improvements to the system, which has been on sale in the UK for four years via Morley Glass & Glazing, have also seen the speed of raising and lowering the slats increase.

Like all Uni-Blinds® sealed units with integral blinds inside, the SL20SV sliding system provides a low maintenance and contemporary feature for any double-glazed window or door – and is available in 10 different colours, including the exclusive anthracite grey (S159).

The integral blinds are assembled and permanently sealed within the double-glazing cavity which comes with Technoform warm edge spacer bar technology as standard to offer optimum thermal insulation. Once sealed in this totally dust-free environment, the blinds require no cleaning, always appear new and are protected from damage.

The SL20SV’s external magnetic slider is also treated with the patented Sanitized® anti-bacterial finish, which provides a long-lasting protective function ideal for domestic and commercial applications. The slider is so sleek and slim that it is also ideal for sliding doors.

Ian Short managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing says: “The sliders are fitted on all SV blinds in our factory in the UK, which reduces install time on site for installers.”

The operational reliability of Uni-Blinds® has been proven in the market for more than 20 years which is backed by a five-year warranty. Uni-Blinds® sealed units are supplied in the same way as standard sealed units with just 10 day lead times from any Friday. Uni-Blinds® are also backed by Morley Glass & Glazing’s excellent after sales service, and the company also offers the UK’s largest range of ScreenLine® spares.

Find out more about Uni-Blinds® from Morley Glass & Glazing at www.morleyglass.co.uk.

Morley MD gets ready for charity judging role

After being crowned the winner of the 2017 Variety Strictly Ballroom event, and helping raise over £40k for the charity, Morley Glass & Glazing managing director Ian Short is getting his scoring paddles ready as he joins the judging panel for this year’s event.

Among those competing for this year’s title will be Variety Yorkshire board member David Wilson and his wife Gail, Bruce Lightbody; partner at Addleshaw Goddard, Nicola McNally; MD of McNally Electrical Group and Mahmood Mazhar; CEO of Core Telecom. They will be joined by Jilly Johnson, Bev Burrows, Lisa Black, Andy Smith and Stephen Pressley. The ten contestants have already begun tirelessly training with their very own professional dancers, getting ready for the final show, where they will battle it out for this year’s glitter ball.

Gethin Jones, semi-finalist on Strictly Come Dancing 2007 and roving reporter on Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two, will return as host alongside the fabulous judging panel. The event will also benefit from a little expert dance help courtesy of dancing school Wallflower Dance in Buxton, with all choreography being overseen by owner and professional dancer, Victoria Coultas.

Judge Ian Short, who individually raised over £10k towards last year’s final overall total, said: “Winning last year’s Strictly Ballroom event was honestly lifechanging for me. Not only did I learn to dance, I also quit smoking and lost over six stones in weight. I’ve continued to dance with my professional partner, Olivia Choi from Freedom2Dance studio, and we’re even entering a competition together later this year.

“In June this year I was lucky enough to be invited to see the money Variety raises being put to good use first hand when the charity asked me to present Mill Field Primary School in Leeds with its own new Sunshine coach. It’s a very worthy cause and I am delighted to be able to continue my support for the work they do. I hope this year’s contestants are ready for the work they need to put in to be the very best and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do in October!”

Variety, the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of sick, disabled and underprivileged children. Its objective is to increase their independence, level of confidence and self-esteem, providing them with the opportunity to reach their full potential.

This year’s Strictly Ballroom event will take place on Wednesday 10th October at Bowcliffe Hall in Bramham, Leeds. Standard tickets are £25 with children’s tickets £10 and all proceeds going to help Variety continue its important work. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For more information or to book your ticket contact Variety Yorkshire on 01132 459937 or email yorkshire@variety.org.uk.

To donate, please visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/varietystrictlyballroom

Morley Glass invests in customer journey

Morley Glass & Glazing, the UK’s market leader in the manufacture of Uni-Blinds® sealed units with integral blinds inside, has moved to further grow its aftersales and distribution capabilities to support its current growth strategy.

To help it deliver on its promise of 10-day delivery for orders received before 11am on Fridays, the business will now enjoy the support of five additional vehicles, supplied by JDS Trucks of Leeds. This brings Morley’s total fleet up to 26 vehicles that will each tot up over 100,000 miles annually as they travel the length and breadth of the UK.

Morley’s sales and aftersales services have also received a boost as the business has bolstered its sales with the appointment of Jess Owens as Aftersales Administrator and Estimator.   Jess brings with her a wealth of glass knowledge from her previous role at Oaklands Glass and will work as part of the Morley sales team to provide quotes in an industry-leading 60 minutes or less.

Ian Short, Morley Glass & Glazing’s managing director, said: “We’ve worked extremely hard to guarantee our customers receive the best service at every step of their journey with us. From initial sales support right through to delivery and aftersales, I’m confident that Morley customers will receive a service that is second to none.”

Morley Glass & Glazing doubles production capacity

Recent investments by Morley Glass & Glazing have doubled its production capacity, making it possible to manufacture up to 3000 sealed units with integral blinds inside per week.

The business, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, specialises in manufacturing Uni-Blind® sealed units with ScreenLine® integral blinds inside.  It has invested £700,000 in a second IGU production line, which has now been installed at its 50,000 sq ft factory in Leeds.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing, said: “When we moved into larger premises in 2016 we invested in a 58-metre long automated sealed unit production line from Best Makina. I’m pleased to say that the quality and efficiency of the equipment was so impressive that we were happy to invest in a second line. With the capacity to manufacture up to 3000 sealed units per week we are confident we will be able to continue to meet customer demand for our popular product range.”

Morley Glass has achieved 30% year-on-year growth as demand continues to increase for its Uni-Blind® sealed units with ScreenLine® blinds inside, and this growth is set to continue.

The Uni-Blinds® range provides the widest choice of integral blinds in double and triple glazed units, with all manual, solar and motorised versions available in the industry’s shortest lead-time of 10 days from 11am any Friday.

Morley helps get school on the road

Morley Glass & Glazing managing director Ian Short has helped provide Mill Field Primary School in Leeds with a new set of wheels after he raised more than £10k for children’s charity Variety.

Last year, Ian trained for three months alongside professional dance partner Olivia Choi from the North Leeds Dance Academy before competing against 9 other amateur dancers in Variety’s Strictly Ballroom competition.

Ian and Olivia wowed the star-studded judging panel with their samba and were crowned the winners on the evening. Best of all, the charity event raised a total of £39,500, enough to fund Mill Field’s new Sunshine Coach.

Presenting the coach at the school last week, Ian said: “The last year been a fantastic journey for me, from quitting smoking and getting fit to learning to dance and losing over six stone in weight so far. To be able to present the new coach to teachers and students at Mill Field Primary School was a wonderful conclusion to the story.”

Mill Field Primary School in Leeds is a large, multi-cultural primary school that offers facilities that are used to enhance learning experiences for all its students. Serving a diverse community in an area of significant social disadvantage, the school employs a play therapist to help support its students, is a member of a food waste programme and provides a breakfast club for over 80 students.

The Sunshine Variety Coach will allow the school to plan activities without worrying about the cost and timing of public transport. The students, including two wheelchair users, will benefit from greater access to their communities and the opportunity to engage in extra-curricular activities.

Every year, Variety provides coaches, wheelchairs and grants for specialist equipment to children and school across the UK. The charity also helps fund days out for disadvantaged children via its Great Days Out Programme.

20 things you may have forgotten from 1998

You may have noticed we’re in something of a celebratory mood at Morley Glass & Glazing this year as we celebrate achieving 20 years of business. For us, 1998 is a fantastic year to look back on fondly, so we couldn’t help taking a look at some other notable events that were taking place at the same time as our managing director, Ian Short, was just getting started. We hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane as much as we have!

  1. James Cameron’s tragic blockbuster Titanic swept the Oscars with 11 wins, including Best Picture.

 

  1. At the age of 23, Bear Grylls became the youngest British climber to scale Mount Everest. Today that title is held by Jordan Romero, who completed the climb at the tender age of just 13!

 

  1. JK Rowling released the second book in her popular series: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

 

  1. Iconic TV quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire debuted in the UK, with Chris Tennant at the helm.

 

  1. The Space Shuttle Endeavour launched the first American component to the International Space Station, the 25,600lb Unitymodule on STS-88.

 

  1. France not only hosted the 16th FIFA World Cup, it also won the tournament after defeating defending champions Brazil 3-0 in the tense final.

 

  1. Fresh from a victory the previous year, the UK took its turn to host the Eurovision Song Contest at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.
  2. The United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland signed the Good Friday Agreement, also known as the Belfast Agreement, on April 10th, marking the beginning of the peace process between Ireland and the Britain

 

  1. Star of Free Willy, Keiko the killer whale finally had a true taste of freedom as he was released back into the wild.

 

  1. President Clinton was impeached after lying about and covering up his relationship with 22-year-old White House employee, Monica Lewinsky.

 

  1. Microsoft became the biggest company in the world valued at $261bn on the New York Stock Exchange

 

  1. Google was incorporated by two PhD students from Stanford University.

 

  1. Fresh from Labour’s landslide victory against the Conservative Party the previous year, Tony Blair’s party cut unemployment by 400,000 and announced a minimum wage.

 

  1. The must-have Christmas present that parents had to stress over was non-other than the dreaded Furby, with an estimated 1.8 million sold in 1998 alone!

 

  1. Thousands of Coronation Street fans were left outraged as beloved character Deirdre Rachid becomes a victim of a gross miscarriage of justice that landed her in prison.

 

  1. Hearts were broken as Geri Halliwell announced she would be leaving the Spice Girls, although that didn’t prevent the band from claiming their third consecutive Christmas #1 at the end of the year with the appropriate ‘Goodbye’.

 

  1. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan took home the Man Booker Prize for literature

 

  1. He may have only recently announced his retirement, but in 1998 Sir Elton John was flying high as he received a knighthood from HRM Queen Elizabeth II.

 

  1. In the year current tennis legend Serena Williams first started competing, Pete Sampras took home his fifth Men’s Singles title at Wimbledon, with Jana Novotna winning her first and only career Grand Slam singles title in the Woman’s Singles.

 

  1. Ian Short incorporated Morley Glass & Glazing, having previously gained experience working as a production director at a glass company for eight years.

Memorable Morley Moments

A business is only as reliable as its staff, and at Morley Glass & Glazing we’ve been fortunate enough over the course of our 20-year history to have put together a fantastic team. Of the 70-strong team we have today, we’re lucky enough to have three members of staff who have been with us from the very beginning. So, to celebrate all they’ve brought to the business since 1998, we sat down with Phil, Thomas, and Paul to find out some of their most memorable moments at Morley.

 

Phil Hasset
Design processes supervisor

Paul tells us: “I’ve watched Morley go from strength to strength over the last 20 years, from quite a rough and ready business in 1998 to the professional company we are today, complete with the efficient and streamlined service our customers have come to expect.”

Originally brought into the company as part of the leading department, Phil’s favourite aspect of his current role is the variety he now sees each day, which his role has expanded to cover. This includes everything from helping design the layout of the factory itself to the graphic design of logos and marketing support materials for customers.

He appreciates the opportunities he has had over the last 20 years to grow alongside the business as his role has expanded. The highlights of his career with Morley include the two ‘big’ moves, to Millshaw Park and their current premises at Bruntcliffe Way.

He says: “I couldn’t wish for better bosses than Ian and Kathy, I’ve never worked for anyone fairer or more genuine. They’ve done a lot for me over the years and it’s clear how much they care about everyone at the business, which is why Morley has such a low staff turnover and so many people have been with the business for ten years or more.”

 

Paul Parkin
Production manager

Having worked alongside Ian for six months prior to the establishment of Morley Glass, Paul initially joined the business as a leading operative. It was after attending a glass show at Birmingham’s NEC with Ian that Paul first heard of integral blinds and saw the lightbulb moment that opened up a whole new avenue for the business.

“I didn’t see the same opportunity as Ian saw with integral blinds, but once we started to produce them my confidence grew, and I haven’t looked back,” Paul explains. “We’ve seen some hard times, worked a lot of long hours to meet deadlines and had to become the masters of moving things round to make space when we began to outgrow our original site.

“I look back on where we were and feel a huge sense of achievement and pride at where we are now. Our first premises were tiny, around 500sq ft, and we didn’t have any automation at all, but we made it work.”

Paul believes his forte is planning, as well as the ability to see problems before they happen, which comes in useful now that he is responsible for almost half of Morley’s current workforce.

 

Thomas Brown
Shop floor supervisor

“I’ve enjoyed every day I’ve worked for Morley Glass, there’s always been a new challenge to face but I can honestly say that things have just kept on improving year after year,” says Thomas. “I think one of the main changes I’ve noticed would be how today everyone is encouraged to diversify and learn how to ‘do it all’, whereas in the beginning everyone had their own specific role.”

Today, Thomas trains staff members in a number of different functions. With career highlights that include trips to Italy and Turkey, he believes the main difference between 20 years ago and now is how many improvements there have been in machinery. In the past, staff were required to hand cut everything, compared to today when a lot of processes are automated. What hasn’t changed, however, is the times Ian takes to make sure all his staff feel rewarded and appreciated.

“I’m glad I put the time and effort right from the beginning to learn all I could over the last 20 years. Those of us who have been here right from the start still work well together and I wouldn’t change our team for anything. I still enjoy my job every day, and even my daughter is now saying she wants to work in glass someday!”

Morley sponsors seventh annual charity event

Morley Glass & Glazing has sponsored the 7th Annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival, which this year raised more than £7,000 to fund worthwhile projects in Leeds, as well as nationally and even worldwide.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Roundhay, this year’s annual community charity fundraising festival debuted a gin bar alongside the 35 real ales from seven breweries and seven ciders. As always, the fine selection of real ale, cider and gin was complemented by pork pies and vegetable samosas, as well as a fantastic programme of local bands.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Jane Dowson, who stopped by to visit the event on Saturday 7th April, praised the work the festival has funded in the local community.

She said: “One of the most inspiring things I heard was the funding of a pupil from a deprived area attending Roundhay School who was sent on a one week Youth Sailing programme; her aim in life was to become a doctor, and she has now been offered a place at Imperial College London because the university was impressed by her get up and go attitude”.

Since it began in 2012, the North Leeds Charity Beer Festival has raised over £30k for charities. As headline sponsor, Morley Glass & Glazing enjoys the chance to share in and engage with a great community event whilst helping good causes at the same time.

Ian Short, Managing Director of Morley Glass says: “We are delighted to have been able to sponsor the 7th Annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival. This is exactly the type of initiative we like to be involved with as it perfectly reflects our ethos of giving back to local communities.”

Morley boosts Screenline® spare parts service

Uni-Blind® manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing’s extensive stock of accessories and spare parts for ScreenLine® integral blind systems is now available to buy online from the fast growing company’s website www.morleyglass.co.uk/accessories-spares

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing, which also has an accompanying ScreenLine® spares brochure, says: “We hope the new online shop will make it even easier for customers to do business with us, even if they haven’t bought the original blinds from us.

“We stock the biggest range of ScreenLine® accessories and spare parts in the UK. So when you need a part for our Uni-Blinds® or any ScreenLine® integral blind system, we’ll make sure you have it within 24 hours if we have it in stock. As the largest ScreenLine® fabricator in the country, we have daily deliveries from Pellini in Italy and can supply any other spare parts within one to five weeks – whether you originally purchased your ScreenLine® blind system from Morley Glass or not.”

The range of ScreenLine® spares available from Morley Glass next day includes items such as cord kits, cord tensioners, external magnetic sliders, transparent wands, battery modules, solar panels, battery chargers, transformers control units, replacement remote control devices and clips, knobs and end caps for all systems.

To request a brochure call 0113 277 8722 or shop online at www.morleyglass.co.uk.

Morley Glass & Glazing extends apprenticeship programme

Sealed unit and integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing has extended its apprenticeship programme with the help of North Lancs Training Group.

The company’s first apprentice Kieran Buchan completed his NVQ Level 2 in Glass Processing last year and has now progressed to the higher Level 3. He says: “After my GCSEs I tried Sixth Form, but it just wasn’t for me. I was ready to be given more responsibility and I realised I would do better at something more vocational.

“At Morley there is always something new to learn, all the managers and supervisors are willing to share their skills and it’s really given me confidence in my abilities. Doing an NVQ has really helped me understand my job a lot better and I’ll definitely consider moving onto Level 4.”

Elsewhere in the business, two other members of the Morley team have now embarked on NVQs in Business Administration. Last month, Nathan Hall and Kevin Murphy started Level 2 and Level 4 of the NVQ respectively and will study topics such as team supervision and project management as well as providing opportunities for research, analysis and original thought.

Previously a sales assistant at BHS, Nathan now works in Morley’s sales department, advising customers and handling orders. Having joined Morley is 2016 he is enjoying the chance to earn an additional qualification, which includes a visit from a GQA approved North Lance Training Group tutor every four to six weeks. Meanwhile, after 17 years with the business Morley general manager Kevin Murphy is looking forward to using the opportunity to grow and develop.

“This is my first time studying since my school days, but it hasn’t taken long to get back into the swing of it,” says Kevin, continuing: “I feel very fortunate to have seen the business grow over the years and have the opportunity to grow alongside it. I can already see how the skills I’ll learn over the next 18 months can be applied to my job role here at Morley.”

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing which employs more than 70 people said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for the team to gain new skills, qualifications and a greater understanding of the business.  I’m sure the business will benefit from the new ideas, as well as from a more motivated and inspired team. Hats off to Kieran, Kevin and Nathan who are committed to investing in their personal development and the future growth of the business.”

By offering real life work experience with a qualification alongside, apprenticeships and traineeships offer an ideal route for those looking to start out and progress within a company, with over 250,000 workplaces in the UK currently offering such schemes.

Reduce Solar Heat Into Your Home With Integral Blinds – Case Study

We understand that feeling comfortable can often become the definitive factor in making a house a home, which means regulating temperature throughout the year. We have recently worked with a customer who was looking to reduce the searing heat coming into their property at peak times throughout the year, as well as the intensity of light coming in.

This was important because it had a negative effect on their use of modern technologies, such as tablets or TVs. They let us know that they didn’t want to shut the light out entirely by using conventional curtains and nets. They also didn’t want to constantly deal with the collection of dust that can accompany blinds or curtains.

The customer in Henley commented:

We get searing heat, as we’re a south facing property, so it’s lovely to be able to just pull a blind down to keep it out. It makes such a difference!”

With this in mind, they needed an innovative solution as they also wanted to avoid the mess from drilling holes into their walls, and the expense of buying and fitting tracks or poles that sometimes don’t fit despite the double measure cut once approach. We were on hand to offer them exactly what they needed: integral blinds.

To make this happen, we worked in association with Abbey Windows. This Reading based installer offered the various products and specifications that are inherent to our range, which made them the perfect choice. Also, due to the flexibility of our integral blinds, Abbey Windows was able to offer something that perfectly suited the customer’s needs and tastes.

The installation of integral blinds within the glazed units turned out to be the ideal solution, as this took away the problems of any dust settling. Also, with the blinds being in the sealed units; this took away nearly all maintenance, and there was no need to drill holes to fit curtains or blinds. As a result of these blinds, this customer can now adjust the privacy and light settings of their home with ease.

The only thing the customer struggled with is what colour to choose from the entire range available!

20 things you may not know about Morley Glass & Glazing

We pride ourselves for being a very open and honest company, but that doesn’t mean after 20 years there are things you may not know about us! Of course, a business is only as good as its people and products, so take a look at these 20 facts about Morley Glass & Glazing and our integral blinds and let us know how many you already knew!

1- We employed just four members of staff when we started out in 1998… today we’re a much bigger team of 70!

2- Our 58-metre long sealed unit production line was the first Best Makina fully-automated sealed unit assembly line to be installed in the UK and arrived in Leeds with a vehicle escort from Turkey

3- Our current factory is actually the fourth premises we’ve had in 20 years. Can you remember the other three?

4- We’re committed to the environment and reducing waste, and regularly make donations of our glass offcuts and packaging to local schools and art clubs.

5- The Renault Master vans operated by Morley Glass will clock up to 100,000 miles every year delivering integral blinds and standard double-glazed sealed units to customers.

6- We manufacture 3,000 sealed units a week, 80% of which are supplied with Uni-Blinds® integral blinds in them.

7- We were the first company in the UK to achieve the BS EN 1279-6:2002 kite mark for manufacturing insulating glass units with ScreenLine® integral Venetian blinds inside.

8- We have three members of the Morley team currently embarking on NVQs with the help of North Lancs Training Group.

9- We are proud to be able to deliver nationwide, from Elgin to Port Isaac, as well as to customers in the Channel Islands and also in France.

10- We are the only UK integral blind manufacturer and supplier affiliated with the British Blinds and Shutter Association (BBSA) which operates the RoSPA Make it Safe campaign.

11- Our enlarged factory enables us to stock £1,000,000 of Screenline® components – the largest in Europe – and most parts can be supplied within 24 hours.

12- A common misconception of our integral blinds is that they’re difficult to install, when actually nothing could be further from the truth!

13- Thanks to our warm edge spacer bars, Uni-Blinds are suitable for A and B rated windows under the WER (Windows Energy Ratings) scheme.

14- Integral blinds aren’t only for living rooms and conservatories, they’re also an ideal option for ‘damp’ rooms such as kitchens due to being watertight. They are also the only viable sunshading option for bifolding doors.

15- Installing Uni-blinds doesn’t have to mean replacing the entire window frame, they’re actually very easy to retrofit if desired. This includes our new SL16 slimline blind system, which is suitable for use in a 16mm cavity.

16- The rotating magnets we use inside our mechanisms that ensure the blinds are sealed and protected from dust have an impressive lifespan of over 100 years.

17- We pride ourselves on our customer service, and once stepped in to help a homeowner repair and replace their bifolding door after 10 years when it was accidently smashed.

18- No-one wants wonky blinds, so to prevent this happening with our Uni-Blind sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside, Italian manufacturer Pellini incorporated an automatic levelling device, exclusively for our SV System.

19- Our motorised Uni-Blind® MB system benefits from the quietest ever brushless motor and plug-in diagnostics to speedily resolve any operational issues with ease.

20- We’re not the only ones who think we’re the bee’s knees, and last year we were named IGU Manufacturer of the Year at the National Fenestration Awards!

Business awards shortlisting for Morley Glass & Glazing

Morley Glass & Glazing, the UK’s market leader in the manufacture of Uni-Blinds® integral blind units, has been shortlisted in the Medium Sized Business category at the 2018 Yorkshire Business Masters Awards.

Organised by business news website TheBusinessDesk.com, the annual awards are one of the key events in the region’s business calendar, honouring everyone from major innovators, to excellent SMEs, overperforming exporters and upstanding professional services businesses.

Now in its twentieth year, Morley Glass & Glazing’s shortlisting in the Medium Sized Business category confirms its position as a valuable part of Yorkshire’s business community.

Ian Short, Morley’s managing director, said: “We’re very proud of our Yorkshire roots and being involved in a lot of local initiatives, so it’s a great feeling to be shortlisted in the Yorkshire Business Masters Awards. We’ve had such a fantastic twelve months leading up to our twentieth anniversary this year.

“Last year we were named IGU Manufacturer of the Year at the National Fenestration Awards, and I was also awarded a Fellowship from The Rotary Foundation. Now that we’re in our twentieth year we have no plans for slowing down and I think our award entry reflected our ambitions for the future and what we plan to achieve. Best of luck to everyone who has been shortlisted!”

The business awards offer a great opportunity to recognise and showcase the achievements and success of businesses in the region. Award categories include Newcomer, Business Turnaround and Ambassador of the year, with five businesses shortlisted in each.

The winners of all 12 categories will be announced and presented with a trophy at an awards evening on Thursday 26 April at the Queens hotel in Leeds.

Morley pledges support for seventh annual charity event

Morley Glass & Glazing is once again the proud headline sponsor of the North Leeds Charity Beer Festival, which will be returning with a new twist to North Leeds Cricket Club from 6-7 April.

Now in its seventh year, the annual community charity fundraising festival, featuring food, drink and music festival will this year debut a gin bar alongside 35 real ales from seven breweries and seven ciders. As always, the fine selection of real ale, cider and gin will be complemented by pork pies and vegetable samosas, as well as a fantastic programme of local bands.

Initially created with an aim to showcase interesting and unusual beers from Yorkshire micro and independent breweries, the festival has since achieved so much more. From humble beginnings in 2012, the event has raised over £30k to enable the Rotary Club of Roundhay to support many projects in the local area and further afield.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing says: “We are delighted to be able to sponsor the 7th Annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival and welcome the fact that gin is on the menu to help appeal to an even wider audience – and help raise more funds.  This is exactly the type of initiative we like to be involved with as it perfectly reflects our ethos of giving back to local communities. I will be rolling up my sleeves and helping alongside the Rotarians and I am very much looking forward to the event. I wish NLBF and the Rotary Club of Roundhay every success.”

The Leeds-based sealed unit manufacturer and ScreenLine® integral blinds supplier also sponsors many other local charities, sports clubs and good causes and is this year celebrating its 20th anniversary.

For more information on the event, visit www.northleedscharitybeerfestival.co.uk.

Morley Glass & Glazing introduces SL16

Morley Glass & Glazing has once again enhanced its product offer with the introduction of a new slimline ScreenLine® integral blind system.

SL16 is ideal for use in composite doors and vertical sliding windows due to its slimline 10mm slats, making it the first integrated blind system that is suitable for use in a 16mm cavity.

The range includes the slider controlled SL16S Venetian, as well as the SL26C Venetian with cord control.

Both are currently only available in the UK exclusively through Morley Glass & Glazing, and are available in white, beige and silver.  They come complete with the additional features users have come to expect from the business, such as warm edge spacer bars as standard.

Said Ian Short, Morley Glass & Glazing managing director: “In the past, integral blinds didn’t fit into anything thinner than a 28mm frame.

“Today, though, there is much more of a demand from people with composite doors and vertical sliding windows, and this slimline product will be able to appeal to part of the market that has not previously been serviced by integral blinds.”

Morley helps students think outside the box

Morley Glass & Glazing has continued its unique approach to recycling, with students and staff at a local primary school benefiting from the integral blind manufacturer’s donation of unwanted packaging for use in creative projects.

Since the donation, children at Kippax North Primary School in Leeds have made memory boxes, treasure chests, and curiosity boxes to name a few creations. Keen to ensure nothing goes to waste, even the single pieces of wood have been put to use – forming the back of picture frames.

Kippax North staff have also been getting creative thanks to Morley. The boxes have been used for storage, with others painted black and turned into mini message boards for chalked messages and some used to help enhance the presentation of books in the school’s library.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, said: “The number of uses for the boxes has been remarkable, and are a true testament to the creativity of students and teachers alike. We’re always happy to pledge our support for good causes in the local area, and the fact that it helps us maintain our commitment to go green is even better.”

Barbara Husband, Kippax North’s headteacher, said: “We were amazed that such a wonderful resource was available and delighted to have received them. On behalf of staff and pupils at Kippax North Primary School I would like to thank you for sending us so many wooden boxes.”

The wooden boxes, which the business receives spare parts and integral blind accessories in from Italy, have become incredibly popular with local schools and craft societies for their sheer adaptability for a number of creative projects.

Last year, St John Fisher Catholic Primary School took advantage of Morley’s generosity to allow the students to create personal memory boxes in honour of their 50th anniversary. The boxes, which the children decorated and filled themselves, were buried in a time capsule.

Morley Glass & Glazing marks 20th anniversary with record growth

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Morley Glass & Glazing, which is reporting 30% year-on-year growth over the last 12 months.

Morley Glass & Glazing specialises in manufacturing Uni-Blind® sealed units with ScreenLine® integral blinds inside. 2017 saw not only the launch of Morley’s updated website but the opening of its new showroom as well as growth of its delivery fleet.

The business also recently introduced several new additions to its product range, including SmartMotion, a new home automation interface that allows installers to quickly and easily incorporate motorised integral blinds into home automation systems.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing, said: “As demand continues to increase for our Uni-Blind sealed units with ScreenLine blinds inside, we’re regularly increasing our production capacity to ensure we can continue to give the quality service we’re known for, and last year alone we invested £700,000 in a second IGU production line. Our plans for 2018 include continued growth and even more product diversity, including the launch of our exclusive SL16C blind, all while maintaining the fastest lead times in the industry.”

Morley Glass & Glazing’s Uni-Blinds® range provides the widest choice of integral blinds in double and triple glazed units, with all manual, solar and motorised versions available in the industry’s shortest lead-time of 10 days from 11am any Friday.

The business also provides unrivalled technical support for Uni-Blinds® customers too, being the only UK supplier of integral blinds to have dedicated customer support engineers on the road. It also stocks the largest range of ScreenLine® system spare parts in Europe with the enlarged factory enabling it to stock £1 million of Screenline® components with most parts supplied within 24 hours.

Award win makes Morley a triple threat

Morley Glass & Glazing has been named as the UK fenestration industry’s best IGU manufacturer in the fifth annual National Fenestration Awards.

The business fought off stiff competition from seven other companies in the category, which was sponsored by Edgetech (UK) Ltd. The victory brings to a close an award-winning year for Morley Glass and its MD Ian Short, with 2017 going down in the company’s history as one of unmitigated success.

July saw Ian honoured for his contributions to charity and the community this month as he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship from The Rotary Foundation in recognition of his significant support for its work. Three months later, he lifted the glitterball trophy at the Variety Strictly Ballroom charity competition for his sleek samba skills, raising more than £14k in the process.

Launched in 2013, the open platform National Fenestration Awards are run and decided completely by the participation of the industry. Instead of judges and panels, winners are chosen by the public. Winners of the awards will be invited to a special Winners Event by awards organisers in the New Year.

Ian Short, Morley MD, comments: “This latest award win is fantastic news to bring the year to a close. We’ve always had confidence in our offer, and 2017 has been a big year for Morley which saw us launch a new website and home automation interface as well as invest £700,000 in a second IGU production line.

“Hopefully this is a sign of even bigger things to come next year and we’re certainly looking forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary with a number of plans already in the works to make the next 12 months even bigger and better than the last.”

Morley sponsorship keeps academy dancing

Strictly Come Dancing may almost be over for another year, but the show must go on for the folks at North Leeds Dance Academy (NLDA). To help keep them warm before, during and after rehearsals, Morley Glass & Glazing has funded new personalised hoodies for the team featuring the new NLDA logo.

An award-winning Ballroom and Latin Dance Academy, NLDA offers everything from beginners’ ballroom classes to Zumba parties and wedding dance tuition. Recently, the Academy worked in partnership with Variety to bring the children’s charity’s Strictly Ballroom charity event to life.

NLDA dance instructor Olivia Choi was partnered with Morley’s own Ian Short for the event, which saw them romp home to victory following an expertly executed samba. The evening itself raised almost £14k to help Variety continue its charitable work; over 200% of their target!

Ian comments: “The team at North Leeds Dance Academy never stop, their passion for dance is infectious and they’ve even inspired me to continue competing in future dance events. We’re delighted to be able to help them continue their mission to get everyone in North Leeds dancing.”

A-Z of Morley Glass (Part 2)

You can read Part 1 of our A-Z here.

Morley

As our name suggests, we’re located in the West Yorkshire town of Morley, and have been for almost 20 years. We’re proud to be able to sponsor and support a number of local sports teams, as well as the annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival.

Nationwide Support

As the only integral blind manufacturer in the UK with dedicated nationwide service engineering support, our customers are never more than a phone call away from all the support needed to deliver the perfect window and door blind installation.

Our Guarantees

We have rigorous quality control procedures in place throughout our manufacturing lines – and we the highest quality components and raw materials at all times. That gives us the confidence to offer amongst the longest guarantees for glass, sealed units and integral blinds in the industry.

Pleated Blinds

Our Pleated integral blinds ensure the insulating properties of the double-glazing unit are maintained over time, notably protection from dirt and weather conditions. They are particularly suited to structural façades, although there are actually no limits to its application.

Quote

You can request a free, no obligation quotation via our website or by calling 0113 277 8722.

Roof Lanterns

Morley Glass & Glazing now also manufactures roof lights, a natural partner to our integral blinds. Installed in glass extensions, roof lanterns provide real profit opportunity to our fabricator and installer customers.

SmartMotion

SmartMotion is our unique interface that helps installers quickly and easily incorporate its motorised integral blinds into home automation systems. The system is exclusive to Morley Glass & Glazing and is compatible with the MB System of Uni-Blinds®

Training programmes

In line with our commitment to raising standards in the industry, improving customer service and ensuring end-user satisfaction, we deliver training programmes for the installation of motorised integral blinds across the UK. Last year, our two service engineers celebrated the completion of their 500th programme.

U-Value

U-values measure how effective a material is as an insulator. The lower the U-value, the better the material is as a heat insulator. Our energy saving Saint-Gobain glass products represent the highest performing solution to achieve ultra-low U-values.

Venetian

Our Venetian blinds are unrivalled in the control of light and shade, and the only viable option for light control in bi-folding and sliding doors. The integral blind system which is sealed between glass ensures that you have one of the safest blind systems available.

Website

We recently unveiled our new and updated website, which includes a ‘members area’ with access to a number of new training videos.

Xtra customer service

We are the only UK supplier of integral blinds to have dedicated customer support engineers on the road. We’ve always had a fantastic reputation for making sure our customers have access to a full support service.

Your perfect integral blind supplier

Not only are we the UK’s largest specialist manufacturer of sealed units containing integral blinds, after almost 30 years in the business we like to think we have the longevity and experience to give our customers confidence.

Zippy

Not only do we have the infrastructure to facilitate zippy deliveries, we were the UK’s first integral blind company to provide 10-day delivery. Considering the norm in the industry is still 6 to 8 weeks, we’re rightfully proud to be the fastest and show no signs of slowing down!

A-Z of Morley Glass & Glazing (Part 1)

The A-Z of Morley Glass (Part 1)

By now, you probably know what we do at Morley Glass & Glazing – we manufacture Uni-Blind sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside. But now we think it’s time to tell you a bit more about who we are, what matters to us, and some of the things we find most fascinating about the glass industry. So, without further ado, let us take you through part one of the A – Z of Morley Glass & Glazing. 

Accessories and Spares

We stock the biggest range of ScreenLine® accessories and spare parts in the UK. If you need a part for our Uni-Blinds® or any ScreenLine® integral blind system, we’ll make sure you have it within 24 hours if we have it in stock.

Blinds

Integral blinds for bifold doors are perfect for controlling room temperature, maintaining privacy, protecting your furniture from fading and adding a stylish finishing touch to your room.

Control Systems

There are several different control options available and it is really down to your preference, with fully automated and motorised options to choose from.

Delivery

Our liveried 17-strong Renault Trucks exclusive fleet provide free delivery to our customers across mainland Britain. We also enjoy the support of a 3.5 tonne Masters panel van, two 135.35 panel vans and our 130.35 drop-side with tilt-frame body.

Energy Efficient

The thermal insulation provided by low-E double glazing is three times more efficient than that of standard double glazing, meaning less energy is needed to heat the home. Our range of products allows us to tailor your energy efficient glazing solution to your home.

Factory

Last year we invested more than £1m moving to a 40,000 sq ft factory and office space, doubling our production capacity, tripling our footprint and creating eight new jobs.

Growth

This year, we achieved 30% year-on-year growth as demand continues to increase for our Uni-Blind® sealed units with ScreenLine® blinds inside, and we fully expect this growth to continue!

Hygienic

Because integral blinds are fitted inside the sealed unit they are well protected from dust and dirt. In addition, the external magnetic sliders are treated with the Sanitized® patented antibacterial finish.

Italian Design

Screenline blind systems are manufactured in Codogno, Northern Italy by Pellini Spa. Pellini and Morley Glass work well together as we share the ethos of design excellence combined with outstanding product quality.

Just 10-day delivery

Order your sealed units with integral blinds inside by 11am Friday and they’ll be delivered to you in the industry’s shortest lead time of just 10 working days.

Kitchens

High quality glass splashbacks and back painted glass can add a special appeal to any contemporary kitchen. We can supply glass splashbacks in virtually any colour with superb glass clarity, allowing for perfect coordination.

Lots of Colour

Because we know people want their homes to be as unique as they are, we offer an a fantastic exclusive range of vanity fabrics in no less than 18 colours, meaning there really is something for everyone no matter what you’re looking for.

Morley Glass shortlisted for IGU Manufacturer of the Year Award

Morley Glass and Glazing is in the running to be crowned IGU Manufacturer of the Year at the annual National Fenestration Awards.

The business is up against seven other companies in the category, which is sponsored by Edgetech (UK) Ltd. Competition is strong but Morley feels confident thanks to its commitment to customer service, 10 -day lead time for sealed units with integral blinds inside, and 30% year-on-year growth.

In the past 12 months, the business has launched an updated website, boosted its Screenline spares service and opened a new showroom at its headquarters in Leeds. A recent £700,000 investment has been made in a second IGU production line to allow for increased production capacity, meaning Morley can now manufacture 3000 sealed units with integral blinds inside every week.  Morley has also expanded into the home automation market with the launch of its unique ‘SmartMotion’ interface, all while continuing to offer an industry-leading lead-time of 10 days from 11am any Friday.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing, says: “2017 has been a landmark year for Morley Glass which has seen us continue to build on the foundations we established last year when we made the move to our new 50,000sq ft factory. We’ve met every challenge we’ve set for ourselves so far and being named the National Fenestration Awards’ IGU Manufacturer of the Year would be a fantastic end to an exciting 12 months of activity.”

Launched in 2013, the open platform National Fenestration Awards are run and decided completely by the participation of the industry. Instead of judges and panels, winners are chosen by the public. In fact, everyone is welcome to register on the site and make their voices heard before voting closes on Thursday 30 November.

www.fenestrationawards.co.uk/igu-manufacturer-2017

For more information about Morley Glass and Glazing, visit www.morleyglass.co.uk.

Morley boxes clever with latest sponsorship pledge

Morley Glass & Glazing is getting into the ring with a new sponsorship opportunity, with the integral blind manufacturer pledging its support to up and coming boxer, Terry Broadbent, as he attempts to make a name for himself in the world of professional boxing.

Having previously taken a break from the sport to focus on his contract cleaning company servicing companies in and around Leeds, Terry made the decision this year to give his all to the sport he loves, selling his part in the business in order to devote himself to the sport full time. In a show of support for the talented sportsman, a number of the companies Terry previously worked with in his cleaning business, including Morley Glass & Glazing, have come together to sponsor him as he aims to achieve his ultimate goal of boxing for a world title.

At the start of September, the Morley Glass team was at Elland Road to cheer on Terry in his comeback fight as he was awarded a 40-35 points win over Russ Midgley, in what was described as a ‘confident and impressive performance’.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing, commented: “Having been based in Leeds for almost 20 years, supporting a variety of local sports and community clubs is a large part of our proactive corporate social responsibility programme. Having known Terry for a number of years now his passion for the sport is clear and it’s a privilege to be able to help him follow his dream. We’re looking forward to seeing big things from him in the future!”

The privately-owned company has also recently pledged its ongoing support to Millshaw Park RangersMirfield Parish Cricket ClubMoortown RUFC and Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club.

 

Morley MD lifts Strictly Ballroom trophy and raises £10,000 for children’s charity

Integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing’s managing director Ian Short has been crowned the winner in the Variety’s Strictly Ballroom competition and raised more than £10,000 for the children’s charity.

Ian was one of 10 amateur dancers and their professional dance partners who trained for three months before competing in front of a star-studded judging panel, featuring the X Factor’s Ray Quinn, choreographer Ian Banham and professional dancer Jemma Girling. The charity event, which was hosted by TV presenter Gethin Jones, raised a total of £39,500, which is enough to buy a new Sunshine Coach.

Commenting on his achievement, Ian said: “This has been a life changing experience; I’ve lost 4 stone in weight, stopped smoking, and helped to raise more than £10,000 for a fabulous cause. It’s been completely humbling and I am so grateful to everyone who sponsored and supported me and my dance partner Olivia Choi from the North Leeds Dance Academy. We were absolutely thrilled to win both the judges’ and audience trophies.”

Ian and Olivia danced the samba and have already committed to entering more dance competitions and will “keeeep dancing”.

Variety provides practical, tangible help to children in the UK coping with sickness, disability or disadvantage.

To sponsor Ian visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-short5.

 

Pictured: Ian and Olivia with judges Ray Quinn, Gethin Jones and Suzanne Berson.

Morley website strengthens its commitment to customers

Morley Glass & Glazing has this month unveiled its new and updated website, allowing the business to step up its commitment to customer support and reinforce its reputation as a company that puts its customers’ needs first.

The latest addition to the business’s enhanced support, the website www.morleyglass.co.uk includes a ‘members area’ with access to a number of new training videos. The videos will enhance the company’s service offer by giving its customers instant access to guidance whenever it is required.

In line with the company’s commitment to raising standards in the industry, improving customer service and ensuring end-user satisfaction, Morley already delivers training programmes for the installation of motorised integral blinds across the UK. Last year, its two service engineers celebrated the completion of their 500th programme.

As well as this, Morley Glass has invested in a new customer website, which integral blinds retailers can use to help consumers make an informed choice. Found at www.directintegralblinds.co.uk, the new website is easy to understand and full of useful information, with sections for integral blinds, glass, inspiration and colours.

Ian Short, Morley Glass & Glazing’s managing director, commented: “We’ve always had a fantastic reputation for making sure our customers have access to a full support service. In the unlikely event of a customer encountering any technical issues with a Uni-Blind product, our team is always on hand to guide them to the right solution, wherever they are in the UK. We are the only UK supplier of integral blinds to have dedicated customer support engineers on the road.

“The new training videos and customer website are the perfect new additions to complement our existing service, and are already proving popular. We look forward to continuing to expand our service offer in the future.”

Morley Glass & Glazing manufactures a wide range of manual and electrically operated Uni-Blinds® sealed units with integral blinds inside to customers throughout the UK. The combination of high quality ScreenLine® systems inside and a production capability to offer 10-day lead-times plus the largest range of ScreenLine® spares in the country, is helping the business to achieve record growth.

Morley Launches Smart Solution For Home Automation Integration

Uni-blinds® integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing has developed SmartMotion, a unique interface that helps installers quickly and easily incorporate its motorised integral blinds into home automation systems.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing said: “The global home automation market was valued at $4.41 billion in 2014 and is set to grow by 26.3% by 2020. Home automation systems integrate various domestic applications such as lighting, heating, safety and security, energy management, entertainment systems – and motorised integral blinds – and are growing in popularity in the UK, as the concept of “smart” homes takes off.

“An increasing number of our customers are being asked to incorporate our motorised Uni-blinds® integral blinds into electric-powered home automation systems – and in the past it has been a daunting and a complex task that could cause damage to the wiring of the blinds or the home automation system.

“This inspired us to commission the development of a unique interface called the SmartMotion which makes the process so simple it’s child’s play. In one easy step the operation of the blinds is smoothly integrated into the whole home automation system so that they can be controlled at the touch of a button, even when you’re not at home.”

The SmartMotion is exclusive to Morley Glass & Glazing and is compatible with the MB System of Uni-Blinds®, which operate using an electric brushless motor. It is supplied pre-wired and fully tested, making for a smooth, problem-free installation.

Morley Glass MD Puts His Best Foot Forward For Charity

Morley Glass & Glazing managing director Ian Short is getting ready to put his best foot forward as he prepares to take part in a charity dance competition.

Alongside nine other contestants, Ian will be paired with a professional dancer to battle it out for the title of Variety’s Strictly Ballroom champion on Wednesday 11 October at Bowcliffe Hall in Bramham, Leeds. The amateur dancers and their partners will be joined by a star-studded judging panel, featuring the X Factor’s Ray Quin, choreographer Ian Banham and professional dancer Jemma Girling.

Morley Glass & Glazing is already a familiar name in the dancing world, after it stepped in last year to sponsor outfits for Nottingham University’s student-led Latin, Ballroom and Salsa Society.

Commenting on the event, Ian said: “I have attended Ballroom and Latin Classes at North Leeds Dance Academy with my wife Kathy in the past but we’ve never gone beyond a beginner’s level. This competition is really taking things to another level! I’ll be training all summer to make sure I’m on top form and hopefully we’ll have a great turnout to support such a great cause.”

Ian and his dance partner Olivia Choi from the North Leeds Dance Academy will compete in two group dances and a solo dance. Ian said: “I’m very excited to be dancing the samba, which is a lively, energetic and fun dance, which perfectly matches my large than life character and personality. It’s a difficult dance with bounce and odd rhythms but I’m going to give it my all and hope for the best.”

Tickets are £25 and all proceeds will go to help Variety continue its important charity work, providing practical, tangible help to children in the UK coping with sickness, disability or disadvantage. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

For more information or to book your ticket contact Jane Clynes on 07703 271238 or email jane@janeclynes.com.

To sponsor Ian visit here.

Fellowship Honour For Morley Glass MD

Morley Glass & Glazing managing director Ian Short has been honoured for his contributions to charity and the community this month as he was awarded a Fellowship from The Rotary Foundation in recognition of his significant support for its work.

Recipients of the Paul Harris Fellowship have demonstrated exceptional service, and are awarded in appreciation of the ‘tangible and significant assistance’ they have given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

For more than 110 years, Rotary members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace, to water and health, the organisation is committed to working towards a better world for everyone.

As managing director of Morley Glass, Ian has taken part in a number of Rotary Club initiatives. Morley Glass & Glazing is a proud headline sponsor of the Rotary Club of Roundhay’s Annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival, which this year raised £7000 for both local and international charities. The business also took part in the Rotary Club’s Purple Crocus programme, raising money in support of a worldwide polio vaccination programme.

Ian said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be awarded the Fellowship and I’m extremely proud to have been able to be involved in so many worthwhile projects. When I started Morley Glass & Glazing almost 20 years ago I knew I wanted to build a business that the local community could look to for support, and it’s been such a pleasure to be able to show support and give back what I can.

Last year, Morley Glass sponsored a charity auction for Runswick Bay Rescue Boat, which raised £5000 towards providing a lifeboat rescue service in the area close to Whitby, North Yorkshire. Morley also plays a huge role in ensuring local sports clubs and societies can continue to thrive through continued sponsorship. The business also sponsors a number of teams, including Morley Rugby Union Club, Millshaw Park Rangers and Mirfield Parish Cricket Club.

Morley Glass & Glazing Shares International Industry Best Practice

Morley Glass & Glazing was pleased to play host to a delegation from ScreenLine® integral blind systems manufacturer, Pellini SpA, in an international knowledge-sharing initiative last month.

The two businesses have a long relationship of sharing best business practises, and share the ethos of design excellence combined with outstanding product quality. Morley Glass & Glazing’s Uni-Blinds® are the most popular sealed units featuring Pellini’s ScreenLine® integral blinds in the UK.

Visiting from their headquarters in Codogno in northern Italy, Pellini brought with them Qfort, Romania’s largest manufacturer of uPVC windows and glass. Operating from a modern production facility, with a total area of 13.000 sqm and €200m turnover, Qfort is currently planning an expansion into the integral blinds market, and knew it would benefit from a visit to Morley Glass & Glazing.

During their visit, the teams from Pellini and Qfort got the chance to hear from Morley MD Ian Short and the team at the business on what they believe are the secrets of their success.

Ian commented: “Morley’s industry-leading 10-day delivery promise, its second-to-none customer service and the sheer amount of passion and enthusiasm our staff have for providing the best possible products all play a part in what makes our business model so successful.

“We’re always happy to meet with other companies to share best practise ideas and, having had a fantastic working partnership with Pellini for a number of years now, we’re always happy to welcome them back to Morley.”

Now, the business is looking to continue sharing its knowledge and experience with companies from a number of countries around the world, and has already hosted a delegation from Australian firm Australian Insulated Glass.

Colour Your World, Huge Choice Of Integral Blinds Colours To Choose From

It’s a fact that today we don’t just enjoy having a wide choice, we expect it. Let’s face it, from coffee and ice-cream to sofas and mobile phones, any product looking to stand a chance in our diverse age needs to come in at least a few variations. And where once people may have been trying to ‘keep up with the Joneses’, today we’re all looking for ways to uniquely customise our lives to our own likes and needs.

Of course, one of the easiest ways to customise your life is to add a few splashes of colour. Which is why we’re always happy to let our customers know that, when it comes to integral blinds, we’ve got enough choice to satisfy even the most ambitious interior designs. In fact, at Morley Glass & Glazing we offer a fantastic exclusive range of vanity fabrics in no less than 18 colours, meaning there really is something for everyone no matter what you’re looking for.

So, in the spirit of helping you make the best choice, we’ve put together a few tips on choosing the perfect colour:

  1. Don’t be afraid to be bold

Our colour range includes everything from bright blues and gorgeous greens to regal reds and opulent oranges. In the past, homeowners were advised to keep things neutral. Today, however, people are letting their love of colours shine through, and our vanity fabrics can be the perfect addition to any bright room.

  1. Choose light colours for a soothing effect

White and cream décor has long been associated with relaxation. By using light colours, such as white and cream, a room can be softened and made to feel bigger. And while people may have been put off choosing light colours for blinds due to the cleaning they required, with internal blinds this is no longer an issue. In fact, the blinds will stay as light and bright as the day they were installed throughout the entire length of their use.

  1. Go dark for a touch of drama

Nothing says fabulous opulence quite like a dramatically dark room. Whether it’s just a dark feature wall or an entirely dark theme, people are turning to the dark side in their droves. Of course, the dark colours in our range are also hugely popular thanks to their timeless appeal and ability to seamlessly co-ordinate with any style of décor.

  1. Why not mix and match?

The best thing about having choice is not feeling restricted; the only limits are the ones you set for yourself. We love being able to offer such a wide range of high quality and exclusive vanity fabrics as it means we are able to give people the home they’ve always dreamt of, one room at a time!

At the end of the day, the only rule for choosing colours for integral blinds is there are no rules! Feel free to go as bright, white or dark as you like and don’t forget to keep an eye out for even more fantastic colour options coming to Morley Glass & Glazing’s exclusive vanity fabric range in the future.

Morley Trusts Renault To Help Drive Deliveries

Morley Glass & Glazing, the UK’s market leader in the manufacture of Uni-Blinds® integral blind units has grown its fleet of Renault vehicles to help it cope with rising demand for its popular products.

Already benefiting from a 17-strong Renault Trucks exclusive fleet providing free delivery of its integral blinds to customers across mainland Britain, the business will now also enjoy the support of four additional vehicles. These include a 3.5 tonne Masters panel van, equipped with specialist glass transport systems that include exterior roof racks and side racks, and internal glass frame racking, two 135.35 panel vans and the company’s first 130.35 drop-side with tilt-frame body.

The vehicles have been supplied by JDS Trucks of Leeds, who will also be providing expert support to ensure they can be on the road as much as possible. No small feat, given that Morley’s delivery vehicles can clock up as many as 100,000 miles every year.

Morley is rightfully proud of its guarantee that customers who order by 11am on Friday can enjoy 10-day delivery, but to do this the business requires a dependable and resourceful delivery fleet.

Take a look at what Managing Director Ian Short have to say about Renault trucks:

Ian Short, Morley’s managing director, said: “We’ve worked extremely hard to build our reputation in the market for offering the highest quality by ensuring we source the best suppliers and manufacturers and deliver products that exceed customer expectations.

“Our reputation is so important that we simply cannot afford for inferior quality vans to let us or our customers down. That’s why we’ve always chosen Renault Trucks’ vans through JDS Trucks as we are guaranteed superb vehicles, backed up by Peter Glover and his team giving the best quality service and maintenance support.”

Take a look at what Morley Glass driver Mr Khan have to say about Renault trucks:

Using Integral Blinds Inside The Home

When most people think of integral blinds they will often quite rightfully picture a conservatory or an external door or window that could benefit from the increased solar control, privacy and shading offered by such a system. And yet, the added benefits of using integral blinds internally have long been enjoyed by those working in commercial buildings, where they can be used to great effect to create private environments, such as signifying that an office is occupied or the user is presently unavailable. You will also see integral blinds in use in secure units, hospitals, care homes, laboratories and other types of special use buildings.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that integral blinds are the ideal solution for a number of domestic settings. Yes, integral blinds offer unrivalled solar protection and heat retention, but because of their simple to use design and low maintenance needs, the product has also been finding uses in a number of new and inventive places around the home, and it’s been great to see their versatility being fully embraced. By giving homeowners the option to either open up their spaces to allow light to flow through or being closed to provide privacy, integral blinds are making many rooms inside the home multi-functional.

For example, the new trend among renovating homeowners of galleried areas and internal glazing as a focal point of the home is resulting in the inclusion of integral blinds in these areas.  They provide privacy and separate spaces accordingly, as well as provide shade when needed. Other areas inside the home that can be enhanced by integral blinds include doors for study areas and home offices.

And because integral blinds systems from Morley Glass come with the option of British Blind & Shutter Association (BBSA) approved cords, magnets or sliders they are perfectly safe for use in play rooms, children’s bedrooms and nurseries, giving parents the option of total transparency for peace of mind or complete closure for a peaceful sleeping environment.

If you’re interested in learning more about how integral blinds could help you make the most of your internal space as well as your external windows and doors, get in touch with the team at Morley Glass & Glazing today.

Practical Considerations When Choosing Integral Blinds

Given that estimates claim a pane of glass is capable of losing or gaining up to 10 times the amount of heat as a same sized wall space, it’s not surprising that there have been giant leaps forward recently in the development of glass and associated products that can help reduce this.

The smart building tech industry looks set for continued expansion, thanks to both environmental and economic concerns – this tech often produces energy cost savings – and regulatory changes designed to encourage energy efficiency.

In particular, windows with integral blinds are playing their part in helping to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Because blinds offer an extra insulating layer at your window, they are an effective additional barrier for stopping cold draughts getting inside and warm air escaping outside. As an additional touch, many manufacturers offer thermal fabrics and linings and many use thermally efficient glazing such as the SGG PLANITHERM range.

Due to glass transparency, the use of standard double glazing units is often not enough to guarantee correct control of solar energy, which often means specifying solar control glass. In addition a Uni-Blinds® double-glazed unit with integral blinds is an excellent screen against solar radiation and offers the possibility to quickly and easily adjust the internal environmental lighting level. A Uni-Blinds® integrated system filters the light and affects its value by the tilting of the slats (in the case of Venetian blinds) or by lowering the blind (in the case of pleated blinds), ensuring that energy efficiency is built-in to your home.

In addition, the dedicated warm edge spacer bars used within Uni-Blinds® can effectively halve heat transmission through the perimeter when compared to a standard extruded aluminium spacer bar, helping to create A rated energy efficient windows.

And it’s not just eco-conscious homeowners who are catching on to the benefits of integral blinds. As smart building technology makes its way into commercial spaces and building managers are beginning to rely on automated intelligent building management systems, fully-automated blinds are just another part of ensuring the building’s systems are working together for optimal energy efficiency. In fact, hard-wired into the mains, a fully-automated blinds system can synchronise the movements of groups of up to 12 blinds for simultaneous raising and lowering.

If you think it’s about time your home or business began to benefit from the added energy efficiency of integral blinds, get in touch with Morley Glass & Glazing today to find out how we can help.

Uni-Blind Integral Blinds System: Your Q&A’s Answered

As integral blinds experts, we are often faced with questions from consumers who want to know more about the benefits integral blinds could have to their home, and we know a lot of installers are too. So, we’ve put together a quick guide to integral blinds that we hope will help more people make an informed choice of what is best for their double-glazed unit, bi-folding door or wherever else they’re thinking of installing Uni-Blind sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside.

What are integral blinds?

Integral blinds feature Venetian or pleated blinds installed between the two panes of glass that make up a double-glazed unit. All our Uni-Blind sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside give users the ultimate in protection from solar glare and the bleaching effect of the sun while also staying clean and free from dust.

Do integral blinds work with any window or door?

Because ScreenLine integral blind systems can be operated electronically or manually, they can be installed into almost any type of window or door, be it inward or outward opening, sliding or bi folding. If you’re unsure of the suitability of your double-glazed unit or bi-folding door, contact your installer for more information.

Are integral blinds expensive?

Although they will generally be more expensive than most wooden or fabric blinds, the myriad of benefits offered by a Uni-Blind sealed unit with integral blinds inside mean the long-term benefits are worth the investment.

Benefits of integral blinds include the ability to last as long as your double-glazed unit or bi-folding door without needing to be replaced, and a long list of additional features exclusive only to integral blinds, such as solar control and improved thermal performance.

Cord or cordless? Manual or automatic?

When it comes to integral blinds, you’re really only limited as far as your taste allows. Manual systems feature a securely attached cord fitted to a rotational magnetic transmission through the glass. However, for those who don’t want their double-glazed units or bi-folding door impeded by cords, discreet magnetic sliders are another option.  All our blind systems comply with the “make it safe campaign “

Plus, with the growth of home automation systems, some manufacturers such as Morley Glass & Glazing can integrate the automation of integral blind operation within home automation systems, using pre-wired control boxes, and making for a smooth problem-free installation.

Can you fit retrospectively and into frames of different materials?

ScreenLine blinds for bifold doors are most often fitted inside new windows and they can be retro-fitted into existing internal and external doors by simply replacing the sealed unit.  They can also be fitted into frames of all materials, including PVCu, timber and aluminium, as well as curtain walling.

What glass options are available?

In the home or workplace, there is no better option than our Uni-Blind sealed units created using the SGG PLANITHERM range of energy efficient low-e glass. They can also be fitted inside specialist solar control, fire-safety, noise control and toughened glass types, depending on the comfort needs of the end-user.

How big/small can the windows with integral blinds inside be?

While in the past integral blinds were only suitable for double-glazed units and bi folding door with a frame that was no thinner than 28mm, this is no longer the case. In fact, thanks to its slimline 10mm slats, Morley Glass and Glazing’s new SL16 integral blind system is the first of its kind that is suitable for use in cavities as small as 16mm. The maximum size of a Uni-Blind sealed unit with integral blinds inside is 2500mm (w) x 2500mm (h). The minimum size is 450mm x 200mm.

How do I choose the right integral blind system for me?

Use our simple guide to help you decide what kind of blind is right for you. Things to consider include where the blind is being fitted, which direction the room faces, how you want to operate the blind, and which style and colour you prefer.

Specialising in the manufacture of sealed units with integral blinds, and offering an industry-beating lead time of 10 days, Coupled with free mainland UK delivery when it comes to ensuring a high quality finished product Morley Glass and Glazing is the expert you can trust. We hope this blog has been helpful in answering any questions you or your customers may have about the installation and benefits of a ScreenLine integral blinds system.

Morley Sheds Light On Local Sponsorship

Sealed unit and integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing has supported its local rugby club with a £3,000 donation to buy new floodlights and the installation of a 5-panel bi-fold door in the club house complete with integral blinds.

Morley Rugby Union Club has just won a place in the National League (starting in September) and is keen to ensure its supporters enjoy the best facilities at home matches.  The new floodlights will enable the teams to train and play throughout the year. The club includes teams from aged 4 to adults and forms a strong part of the local community.

Ian Short, Managing Director at Morley Glass & Glazing said: “Morley RUFC encourages children to get involved in team sport, fun and fitness and supports their talent and aspirations as they enter adulthood.  The senior teams have enjoyed great success and we are only too pleased to help them improve their facilities for players and supporters alike.”

Mark Chester, Morley RFC Captain/Player-Coach said: “The sponsorship that Morley Glass kindly provided enabled us to improve our floodlight provision, which will have a major positive effect on our club. From micros through to seniors, veterans and a newly formed girls team, it enables us to further cater for our ever-growing player base. We cannot function as a club without the generous help of our local businesses’ support and sponsorship, and I cannot thank Ian Short and Morley Glass enough for their generosity.”

Morley Glass & Glazing has been based in Leeds for almost 20 years and supports many local sports and community clubs, as part of its proactive corporate social responsibility programme.

Integral Blinds: Nice Touch Or Unnecessary Luxury?

At Morley Glass & Glazing, we like to think we do a good job of educating people of the solutions integral blinds provide to many off the shelf products that are designed to provide privacy yet are simply not designed to last as long or look as good. Examples of these include obscure sticky films, privacy glass, shutter screens and many more. But there is still a lot of work to be done to dispel some of the myths surrounding integral blinds by those who claim that they’re an unnecessary expense that do the same job as regular blinds with no additional benefits.

Yet it can’t be denied that as time goes on more and more people are beginning to look for alternatives to traditional blinds. So, we thought it was about time we explored a few of the more popular myths surrounding integral blinds, and offered our professional opinion on why they are so often the best fit for so many rooms around the home.

Two of the most popular places for the installation of blinds are bathrooms and kitchens, closely followed by utility rooms. Arguably the three dampest rooms in a home, blinds are chosen as an alternative to curtains as they allow a good amount of privacy while being able to withstand their moist surroundings better than curtains.

Of course, the issue here is that regular blinds are still exposed to condensation, steam and water splashes and therefore will still require regular cleaning to avoid any nasty surprises building up. By switching to integral blinds homeowners can save the time it would take to clean each individual slat, as well as ensure they’re getting a product that can go the distance and not become faded after one too many wipe downs.

For people who desire additional privacy, blinds are often installed and used alongside curtains in places that get a lot of sunlight. Here they are intended to offer sun shading not only for the comfort of the people in the room, but also to prevent fabric fading on soft furnishings.

In these situations, integral blinds are a great way to benefit from a blinds system which can easily sit alongside a curtain without the need for any additional drilling into new frames, tiles or plastered walls. And they can also be retrospectively fitted to most doors and windows.

Some of the most popular concerns surrounding integral blinds come from the misguided belief that they will be difficult to install.  And to be fair, if the fitters aren’t very skilled or haven’t been trained in fitting them, then this may be true. Others have complained about unreliable products, such as the cords snapping and the glass being scratched.

Just as you would with any quality product, when it comes to installation make sure you’ve got the right workman for the job. Which is why our highly experienced and skilled team have been thoroughly trained to provide our customers with the assurance that orders are handled efficiently, accurately and professionally from the moment we take your enquiry through to training and post-installation support.

The Beginner’s Guide To Buying Double Glazing

Did you know that you can save up to £140 a year off your energy bills by installing double glazing?

Your windows are an essential aspect of your home. Your property can lose up to 25% of its heat through the windows alone. Now imagine what you could buy with an extra £140? It could pay for two weeks’ worth of food for the family or a weekend break with the partner.

And double glazing should last for around 20 years, so that’s £2800 in savings over the next two decades.

It can improve the efficiency of your home; it can reduce your heating bills, it can improve the value of the property and you will be doing your small bit to make the planet more eco-friendly!

But you need to make sure that you get a fair price and you need to avoid cowboy double glazing firms. Here are the most important rules that you need to know:

  • The law protects you

Under the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982, any double glazing installation should be done using ‘reasonable care and skill’, the windows should be made with materials that are ‘of satisfactory quality’ and ‘fit for their purpose’; and be what you ordered. If these conditions aren’t met they have breached their contract and you have the right to have them replaced.

  • Don’t settle for the first quote

A recent study found that double glazing salespeople quote a higher price to begin with and that they then drop it. Never settle for the very first quote they give you and avoid signing a contract on the spot. Go away and shop around to check you’re getting the best deal. Try to get around three quotes before deciding on a firm.

  • Do your research

A Which? investigation found that 25% of people have no idea how much double glazing should cost. You need to do your research to find out exactly what you should be paying, so you don’t get ripped off.

  • Can you get financial aid?

You may be able to get financial help towards double glazing. There are grants available that you may be eligible for. Make sure you know what you qualify for and check out the Green Deal.

  • Is double glazing appropriate?

Find out if your home is suitable for double glazing. If you have a listed building, there may be an alternative in the form of secondary glazing. It’s not as effective as full double glazing but you can still save on estimate £105 a year on your bills.

So there you have a detailed guide to buying double glazing. Do your homework and avoid getting ripped off by unreliable installers. Getting new windows is not a decision that can be made lightly!

This article was provided by Morley Glass, the go-to-experts for all your window and blind needs.

Integral Blinds To Add That WOW Factor To Your Self-Build Home

For that all important wow-factor in your new home Uni-Blinds integral blind systems from Morley Glass & Glazing offer many advantages over traditional window blinds.

Assembled and permanently sealed within the dust-free double glazing cavity, the blinds always appear new and require no cleaning. They can go almost unnoticed until they are activated manually or by remote control. That delivers great looking interiors with less clutter and uninterrupted sightlines. They provide maximum privacy, light and solar control. Choose from Venetian or pleated systems and a wide range of colours.

One specific area in which the use of Uni-Blinds are increasingly becoming viewed as the only viable option is with bi-folding doors – a stunning addition to any new-build property – but are equally suitable for conservatories, and doors and windows throughout the home.

And for that added touch of sophistication there is the new touch-swipe control pad for Uni-Blinds® integral blinds. The W-Swipe-System Touch Uni-Blind features a control unit that operates the opening, closing, raising and lowering of the integral blinds with a simple swipe – familiar to anyone using touchscreen tablets or smartphones. This is powered by a discreet solar panel mounted on the exterior frame or through rechargeable batteries – no hardwiring is needed so installation is easy with no electrician required.

Integral blinds are an innovative product and should be considered at the design stage when formal specification decisions are being made as they are cost comparative when fitted at the time of the initial window or door installation.

With today’s accent on improved insulation characteristics of double-glazing, the application of integral blinds can further improve the U-value performance of the window or door – with consequential savings on the heating and air-conditioning requirements. Blinds which are encapsulated within a double glazed unit will perform better than traditional blinds in terms of solar heat gain and shading characteristics. This is especially the case with Uni-Blinds thanks to the use of high performance solar-control glass from Glassolutions Saint-Gobain, to create the sealed unit.

Finally, a primary consideration of family living space must always be safety. As would be expected from the UK’s largest supplier of integral blinds all Uni-Blinds fully conform to the guidelines laid down by the British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) and none of the products are installed with free hanging cords.

Uni-Blinds sealed units are supplied in the same way as standard sealed units with just 10 day lead times and Morley Glass provides an excellent after sales service.

Striking The Glazing Balance For Blinds For Bi-Fold Doors

The latest glass technology used in combination with integral blinds is enabling one of the North’s largest sealed unit manufacturers to deliver the optimum solution for the booming bi-fold doors market.

According to Ian Short, managing director of Leeds-based Morley Glass & Glazing, homeowners can will only get the most satisfaction from their bi-fold doors when the configuration properly balances the risk of summertime overheating with effective insulation during the winter.

Ian says: “There is no doubt that the evolution of bi-fold doors has been fantastic for the door and window industry. Advances in glazing technology have contributed to the take-up of bi-fold doors as homeowners and specifiers can confidently choose them without compromising comfort.

“The family of low-e softcoat Planitherm glasses has long been our choice for sealed units for all types of application. But when it comes to bi-fold doors, we’ve found the perfect solution in Planitherm 4S thanks to its ability to manage solar gain during summer and keep the heat in during colder months.”

One glass family, multiple applications

Morley Glass & Glazing was an early adopter of low-e softcoat Planitherm glass more than a decade ago. Working closely with supplier GLASSOLUTIONS, the company has over the years been continually fine-tuning its glass specification to keep ahead of ever toughening Part L requirements without compromising comfort or aesthetics.

He continues: “Today’s thermal insulation requirements mean that ‘A’ Window Energy Ratings (WERs) – and now ‘A+’ – are the logical choice for homeowners. As consumers, we have all become familiar with the rating system on everything from light bulbs to fridge-freezers and now car tyres. So offering the highest ratings on bi-fold doors is a no brainer.

“But increasing the insulation level where you have a large expanse of glass can lead to problems – we only have to go back to the early days of PVC-U conservatories for the evidence. That’s why we use Planitherm 4S for sealed units for bi-fold doors. It means we can give customers the assurance that the glass will help control the internal comfort and help maximise satisfaction without the need for mechanical assistance such as costly heaters or air-conditioning units for cooling.”

Saint-Gobain Glass manufactured Planitherm 4S features a special coating which enables the sealed unit to deliver a dual benefit. It means that Morley Glass is manufacturing sealed units that can reflect up to 57% of the sun’s heat when used in conservatory sidewalls and doors, whilst delivering a U-value performance of just 1.0 W/m2K.

Outstanding visual appeal – blinds inside bi-fold doors

One of the biggest selling points for bi-fold doors has been visual appeal – and this is another area where Morley’s sealed unit customers are benefiting.

Ian adds: “Let’s not underestimate the importance of the clarity of the glass. There is no point in selling a homeowner an innovative, stylish bi-fold door-set if they are only going to be disappointed by the poor clarity of the sealed units. That’s another dimension to Planitherm 4S – its coating does not give the glass a colour haze and therefore means the view through the bi-fold doors is crystal clear.”

Morley Glass also helps installers to optimise the visual appeal of their bi-fold door installations through Uni-Blinds® integral blinds. These are particularly well-suited to bi-folds as traditional blinds and curtains are too obstructive and cumbersome to work in conjunction with the folding action of the doors.

A variety of colour options with Uni-Blinds provides a strong selling point for installers. This includes the unique and extremely popular Venetian blinds slat colour anthracite grey (S159), which is equivalent to RAL 7016 and now accounts for around 30% of total Uni-Blinds sales.

“We’re seeing strong demand for Uni-Blinds from bi-fold door fabricators and installers who want to give their customers the finishing touch to the installation,” says Ian. “The blinds are sealed within the sealed unit which means they don’t get in the way, never need cleaning or maintenance and the colour range means they will suit all tastes.

“Uni-Blinds are the final piece of the jigsaw. Using Planitherm 4S means we can deliver the bi-fold doors’ thermal insulation, solar gain management and clarity. Uni-Blinds provide the stylish, unobtrusive and low maintenance long term privacy solution. It’s also a fantastic up-sell opportunity for installers as homeowners are often keen to complete their door installation with the simplicity of a single supplier.”

Morley Glass & Glazing is the biggest supplier of ScreenLine blinds in the UK with weekly deliveries nationwide using its own vehicle fleet. Order lead times from any Friday for all manual blinds is just 10 working days.

Smart Technology Blinds Offers Features For iPad Generation

Product innovation, greater customer choice and smart ways to engage the next generation are amongst the latest development in integral blinds, according to Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing.

In a consumer age dominated by clever devices designed to make life easier, smart technology integral blinds present a great option for installers to impress homeowners and provide that all important up-sell opportunity.

“Integral blinds are a value-added option that many homeowners won’t be familiar with and represent a break from the norm of blinds and curtains,” says Ian Short, whose company manufactures Uni-Blinds® integral blinds. “Importantly, in many cases they’ll be prepared to pay an additional price for the benefits they offer.”

Uni-Blinds is a system of blinds (Venetian or pleated), which are assembled and permanently sealed within the double glazing cavity. Ian says: “Uni-Blinds are an innovative product and should be considered at the design stage when formal specification decisions are being made – that’s because they are cost comparative when fitted at the time of the initial window installation.”

Once sealed in the totally dust-free environment of a sealed unit, integral blinds always appear new, do not fade and require no cleaning – unlike traditional blinds. This is an important selling point given the busy lifestyles of many homeowners and free-time being so precious.

Appealing to the Ipad generation is a new touch-swipe control pad for Uni-Blinds® integral blinds. Available UK-wide from Morley Glass & Glazing, the W-System Touch Uni-Blind features a control unit that operates the opening, closing, raising and lowering of the integral blinds with a simple swipe – familiar to anyone using touchscreen tablets or smartphones.

This is powered by a discreet solar panel mounted on the exterior frame or through rechargeable batteries – no hardwiring is needed so installation is easy with no electrician required.

Ian Short says: “Homeowners are always looking for new ways to stamp their personality on their home and the new W-System Touch is a great product for those more tech-savvy customers. Combined with contemporary colours, Uni-Blinds offer the ultimate modern décor add-on for installers.”

Uni-Blinds sealed units are supplied in the same way as standard sealed units with just 10 day lead times and Morley Glass provides an excellent after sales service.

Product and service differentiation is so important in today’s economic climate which is why integral blinds offer a valuable addition to any retail installer’s portfolio.

New Technology Delivers Smarter, Quiet Electric Integral Blinds

Now with the quietest ever motor and plug-in diagnostics to speedily resolve any operational issues with ease, the MB-System motorised Uni-Blind® system from Morley Glass offers fabricators and installers the ultimate addition to any window or door.

The MB-System Uni-Blind now features a brushless motor which means the blind operation is much quieter than previous generations, with reliability far superior to previous versions. The motor has been put through its paces at the internationally renowned IFT Rosenheim institute in Germany, surpassing in excess of 60,000 cycles without any reliability issues.

The new motors can also be set to operate at a specific speed – this means a customer with a set of bi-folding doors, for example, will experience consistency across the opening span as the blinds will raise and lower in perfect synchronicity

Morley Glass MD Ian Short said: “We’re continuously looking at ways to enhance our product range, and the new brushless motor for our MB-System is a great example of how improvements in technology deliver genuine benefits for installers and homeowners. It’s vital that installers have the confidence in the Uni-Blind’s reliability and the certainty of knowing that their integral blinds will perform as expected – equally important though is assurance that resolving any issues is as hassle-free as possible.”

This latest innovation adds a further benefit to the MB-System which already has the advantage of being supplied with a pre-wired control box for easy installation – this means only a single wire from the blinds to the box needs wiring, avoiding any complicated electrical installation.

Quiet electric integral blinds

Motorised Uni-Blinds from Morley Glass installed in bi-fold doors, clearly showing the perfect synchronicity of the blinds at the same level across the doorset. Showcasing our exclusive S159 ( RAL 7016 ) blind colour.

The Uni-Blind MB-System is available in the whole range of Venetian colours as well as the pleated range of colours, with a 14mm pleated blind encapsulated within a 20, 22 or 27 mm cavity.

Lead times for the MB-System are also far superior compared to other integral blinds systems, with delivery in just 15 working days from any Friday.

Click here to find out more about the MB-System

Thermal Insulation For Integral Blinds

A new addition to the Uni-Blinds range from Morley Glass & Glazing gives fabricators and installers the scope to provide windows and doors featuring integral blinds without compromising thermal performance.

Following a two year development programme in conjunction with Italian glass insulation specialist TGI, every Uni-Blinds double glazed sealed unit now comes with a warm edge spacer bar as standard to offer optimum thermal insulation.

For the domestic replacement market, this makes Uni-Blinds suitable for A and B rated windows under the WER (Window Energy Ratings) scheme – and for new build this means integral blinds can be used in windows with a U-value down to 1.20 W/m2K.
insulation spacer for integral blinds

The new warm edge spacer bar which is now a standard feature on all Uni-Blinds sealed units featuring integral blinds from Morley Glass & Glazing.

Uni-Blinds provide a low maintenance and contemporary feature for any double glazed window or door. They are assembled and permanently sealed within the double glazing cavity. Once sealed in this totally dust-free environment, the blinds require no cleaning, always appear new and are protected from damage. The operational reliability of Uni-Blinds has been proven in the market for more than 25 years +which is backed by a five-year warranty.

Uni-Blinds sealed units are supplied in the same way as standard sealed units with just 10 day lead times and Morley Glass & Glazing provides an excellent after sales service.

Find out more about Uni-Blinds from Morley Glass & Glazing at www.uniblind.co.uk.