Posts Tagged ‘Vertical Blinds’

“Ceramic Past”

Friday, August 6th, 2010


I will begin with what was a blast from the past, Today Friday 6th August i was busy with my sales and fitting calls. I arrived at Mrs Lang from Hamilton to fit vertical blinds to her living and dining room windows. As i was unpacking the blinds Mrs Lang mentioned seeing my editorial that’s featured in the Life-In magazine. She asked me about my ceramic pottery background. I could  she was keen for me to reveal my interesting past. I was more than happy to have a chin wag as i could tell Mrs Lang admires handcrafted art and was fascinated when i told her i was a time served hand throwing potter. I told Mrs Lang i left school in 1979 and started my trade at Bowling pottery near Dumbarton. It was when talking about the pieces that i used to throw, she opened a cupboard and took out a jug. It was her treasured pot and she was wondering  if it could be repaired as the handle was cracked. I couldn’t believe what i was seeing. I asked to look at the bottom of the jug, and there it was. My personal stamp, i put on in1981. I was holding a jug i personally made nearly thirty years ago. My happy customer was delighted to have history attached to her beloved pot.


I would like to welcome Ann Corrie who started with us at the beginning of the week. Ann has previous experience in the window blinds trade and  is a professional seamstress. Her knowledge of soft furnishings will be valuable to our expanding growth in that area. Ann is keen to learn about the vast amount of products we sell at our shop, and is looking forward to getting to know everyone in our network. Ann is one of our fans on facebook and when the job was advertised she sent her CV to us. Ann is delighted to be part of the Apollo Brand.

Having a short break..

I’m taking a short break next week .Spending sometime with my family, However i will be updating my twitter and my personal facebook. If you are interested in the exploits of an Apollo Blinds Franchisee’ “BFA finalist!”. Your are welcome to join me there.

Hand thrown jug from my own hands back in 1981

Hand thrown jug from my own hands back in 1981


Thursday, June 17th, 2010
Ripping Yarn
Saturday morning 15th June Its was early, mad hot, when i arrived at Mrs Ross’s home to fit her Roller and Vertical Blinds. First i fitted a Roller Blind to the living room window, I then moved to the kitchen, i was preparing two Roller Blinds for fitting. I crouched down to unpackage one of them when i let “rip”. I looked up at Mrs Ross as she was only two feet away, my face went bright red. At first i thought the worst. I put my hand behind me to feel if the trousers had ripped, and could not believe that the trousers had indeed ripped, along the seam from just below the zip all the way around to the waist belt. “My trousers where only staying up by the waist belt!”. My back side was hanging out of my trousers, funny as it was, i still had five more blinds to fit, so being the trooper i am, i carried on fitting. Mrs Ross and i had a good laugh at the comic moment and she is delighted with her new Roller and Vertical Blinds.

Apollo Blinds was a smart move

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Moving to apollo Blinds for me was the smartest and bravest thing i have done in my life considering what i moved from. I was a sales agent with Hillary’s blinds for nearly 17 years working from my home, as Hillary’s have no high street presence (shops) my customers had to choose from a bag of samples and had nothing to compare with the competition. The quality was never a match for Apollo Blinds who at that time as now where offering a two years garantee on all there products, I often felt let down on customer service issues and quality, but always managed to keep my customers or should i say Hillary’s customers with a lot of work happy.
So three years ago i made the move i bought the hamilton franchise now i have the quality, excellent customer service, fabulous massive range of products and most importantly a shop for customers to see,touch the range before they buy. And they are my customers so they are more special to me.
I’m very proud to be an Apollo franchise and i will be doing this until retirement I work Apollo, Live Apollo, Love Apollo. Does anyone else feel that way about there business or work if so leave your comments here would love to read them.