Edinburgh 27th October

Thanks to everyone who visited us at the Listed Property Show last weekend, what a great show and what a great venue. If you weren’t able to make it but would like information about us and the services we offer then call us on  01931 585101 or 01931 714289 or Email and we will be happy to advise.

If you would like to visit the workshops in Cliburn (just 5 miles south of Penrith – junction 40 off the M6) then again, just call one of our Customer Services Team and we will be more than happy to arrange a suitable time for your visit

Why the oldest window frame
material is the modern choice

Architects appreciate the look and feel of high quality materials, but are naturally attracted to innovative ideas, especially when they bring the promised of enhanced performance. So it’s interesting to see timber – the oldest of materials for window frames – enjoying something of a renaissance over the last few years. It’s not something that’s happened by chance, but the result of a determined effort by the industry to shake off earlier performance issues, while at the same time reinforcing its sustainability credentials

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Story submitted by The Wood Window Alliance

Eden Business Man returns from retirement to save his firm

A BUSINESSMAN who returned from retirement to save his former firm when it was about to go into liquidation has been reflecting on a successful first year.

Alan James Chapelhow, established A. J. & D. Chapelhow Ltd., a general joinerery business, in 1961 and later diversified into the construction and erection of timber-framed houses.

In 1982 the Cliburn-based company began manufacturing pre-finished timber windows with factory double and triple glazing and by 1984 the timber window and door side of the businesss had grown to become the mainstay of the factory.

In 2015, with more than 54 successful years behind him and a workforce of more than 23 highly skilled staff, Alan felt the time was right to sell the business and retire at 76.

However, it soon became clear that all was not well, and the promises made to the workforce and to Alan himself by the new owner were not all they seemed.

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