Blinds firm hits one mil­lionth prod­uct mile­stone

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

A CO Lon­don­derry blinds com­pany has said it has had a 40% rise in turnover over the last three years.

Bloc Blinds, which is based in Magher­afelt, said it’s also spent £4m on its premises as it reached a ma­jor mile­stone in pro­duc­tion as it’s now made one mil­lion blinds.

The firm, which sup­plies depart­ment store chain John Lewis, said sales of its patented ‘Blo­cout’ blackout blinds have risen by nearly 50% year on year.

Cor­mac Di­a­mond, founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, said: “Reach­ing this sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for the com­pany fol­lows busi­ness devel­op­ment in re­cent years, in­clud­ing a £4m cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in our state-of-the-art man­u­fac­tur­ing premises in Magher­afelt — and since 2014, our prod­ucts have been sold in John Lewis stores across Great Bri­tain.

“Part of our growth strat­egy in­volves an on­go­ing in­vest­ment in new prod­uct devel­op­ment.

“An ex­am­ple of this is our in­no­va­tive Blo­cout sys­tem, which is used for ba­bies’ nurs­eries, chil­dren’s be­d­rooms or for light-sen­si­tive sleep­ers.”

The com­pany em­ploys over 100 staff at its man­u­fac­tur­ing head­quar­ters in Magher­afelt.

Last year, the busi­ness opened a re­tail-fo­cused de­sign stu­dio on south Belfast’s Lis­burn Road.

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