Gala TV joined by clairvoyant and astrologer, Claire Petulengro

 

 

Released on: April 30, 2009, 5:46 am
Author: Gala Coral
Industry: Entertainment

Gala Bingo has announced that Claire Petulengro, one of Britain’s most popular clairvoyants and astrologers, will be joining Gala TV to present her first weekly live television show.

From the start of May 2009, Claire will be co-hosting the first hour-long ‘Horoscope Bingo’ show on Gala TV which will provide its game-play community with insightful star sign predictions as well as lucky bingo tips and eight bingo games. The show will also run nightly competitions to win signed copies of Claire’s latest book ‘life signs’.

Claire already has many years experience of advising the British public on how to handle the odds life throws at them through her astrology columns for popular magazines such as Company, Pick Me Up and the Mirror’s We Love Telly magazines.

Claire said: “I’m delighted to be joining Gala TV as I know many bingo players follow my horoscopes in the newspapers, online and on their mobile phones. I can’t wait to reveal what the stars hold in store for viewers in terms of luck, love, money and life.”

She added: “It’s great that, in addition to reading my columns, people will now be able to actually see me on their television screens and even ask me specific questions by text or email when I’m on air.”

Gala TVs head of marketing Clive Cottrell said: “We’re really pleased that Claire Petulengro is joining our existing line up of popular presenters. We think Claire’s expertise and advice will be a hit with our viewers and a welcome addition to Gala TV, which is the only live studio-based bingo show offering high level audience interaction.”

Horoscope Bingo will be showing at 8pm every Friday evening in May 2009 and viewers will be able to text or email Claire live Gala TV. Gala TV is broadcast on Sky and Freesat channel 861 as well as being streamed on the Gala Bingo website.

Notes to editors

About Gala TV:
Gala TV broadcasts 24 hours a day on Sky Channel 861 and Freesat 861. AutoBingo is available throughout the day with live bingo running from 6pm to 2am. The bingo TVchannel is also streamed live to www.galabingo.com. Viewers can register via their remote control, on the website or by using a freephone telephone number. Players then press red to purchase tickets for the bingo games or play on the website. Gala TV awards 200,000 winners a year and gives away approximately £20,000 each night in prize money. Gala TV is owned and operated by the Gala (Alderney) Limited a subsidiary of the Gala Coral Group Limited.

About Claire Petulengro:
Claire Petulengro is the astrologer for Company, Pick Me Up and the Mirror’s We Love Telly magazines, as well as writing a syndicated column for over 100 regional newspapers. She is the resident astrologer for 3 Phones.

For further information please contact: 
Lesley Hall
Online PR Manager
Gala Coral Remote Gambling Division 
Eurobet House
10-24 Church Street West
Woking
Surrey
GU21 6HT
+44 (0)1483 718326
www.galabingo.co.uk
 

 

Waveform Technology Offering Free Server Colocation for Unemployed Tech Workers

 

Released on: April 30, 2009, 5:43 am
Author: Waveform Technology LLC
Industry: Internet & Online

Waveform Technology is now offering two months free server colocation for unemployed workers who want to start or expand a business.

With the unemployment rate in Michigan continuing to rise, there are plenty of smart, talented individuals from information technology who are now out of a job. Waveform Technology is encouraging those people to take their great Internet start up ideas and form new companies to rebuild Michigan’s economy.

Waveform’s Data Center, located in Troy Michigan, is now accepting servers for colocation through the new Start program. With Start, new companies can bring servers online quickly and have no worries about data center fees for the first two months.

Parishpilot.com will be the first organization to take advantage of Waveform’s Start program. Parishpilot.com provides low cost Internet services to Detroit churches, including websites and E-mail. “I’m tired of jobs leaving Michigan,” said Bill Wilson, who founded parishpilot.com after twelve years in the information technology industry. “I’m going to become part of the solution and start something that can help Michigan grow. I’m proud to join forces with Waveform on this.”

Data centers are where start ups begin. Flexibility and reliability are always important when selecting a data center, but cost is also key for new businesses. With Start, Waveform Technology will provide trusted colocation for start ups and a helping hand in tough economic times.

Colocation is the hosting of user owned servers in a data center to take advantage of superior Internet connections and other support systems such as backup power. Colocation is excellent for developing start ups because they have complete control over their machine, there is no sharing of server resources or conforming to the provider’s preferred software installations.

Participants are eligible as long as they can provide proof of unemployment. Interested parties should contact Waveform Technology through the website, http://www.michigan-colocation.com, or by calling 1-866-Waveform.

About Waveform Technology, LLC
Waveform Technology is a Michigan based data center operator and metro Ethernet provider. Waveform’s Troy data center is a world-class facility, featuring Liebert cooling and uninterruptible power systems, along with backup generator support, unmatched connectivity, and advanced security. Tenants of all sizes colocate in Waveform facilities. Waveform Technology is a privately held company in operation since 1992. More information is available at http://www.michigan-colocation.com or 248-784-7000.

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Contact Details: 319 Executive Dr.
Troy, MI 48083-4533
248-784-7000
http://www.michigan-colocation.com

New Report Documents High Use of Refund Anticipation Loans in Native American Communities

 

Released on: April 30, 2009, 5:40 am
Author: First Nations Development Institute
Industry: Non Profit

Refund Anticipation Loans cost EITC filers in Native communities over $9,100,000 in 2005.

Longmont, Colorado- Tax day has come and gone, and this year many people opted to get their tax refund a quick but expensive way: they took out a Refund Anticipation Loan. A Refund Anticipation Loan (or RAL) is a one to two week loan made by banks on behalf of filers, facilitated by tax preparers, and secured by a taxpayer’s expected tax refund. RALs are marketed as a way to “get your money quickly” and result in the users paying substantial fees to access their tax refund usually only five to ten days faster than for tax returns filed electronically. The average expense of the one to two week loan can be the equivalent of 50 to 500 percent APR, depending on the total fee and loan term. According to a report just released by First Nations Development Institute and the Center for Responsible Lending, Refund Anticipation Loans drained over $9,100,000 from Native American communities in 2005.

First Nations Development Institute and the Center for Responsible Lending’s report Borrowed Time: Use of Refund Anticipation Loans Among EITC Filers in Native American Communities documents the use of these costly loan programs on reservations and in other Native American communities. Researchers looked at the use of Refund Anticipation Loans in ten states with high Native American populations, and found that residents in counties with a large Native American population (such as counties with reservations in their boundaries) were more likely to take out Refund Anticipation Loans than residents of other counties. This is true despite the remote rural location of many of these counties, where there are few tax preparation businesses. In South Dakota, residents of counties with a high Native American population are five times as likely to take out a Refund Anticipation Loan. In North Dakota, residents of counties with a high Native American population are 11 times as likely to take out a Refund Anticipation Loan.

Most striking is the fact that the use of RALs is quite high among tax filers receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit in Native communities. The Earned Income Tax Credit was originally designed to supplement the earnings of low-to-moderate income families, and in 2009 a family of four could qualify for up to $4,824 in tax credits. Borrowed Time: Use of Refund Anticipation Loans Among EITC Filers in Native American Communities documents that in some Native communities, over seven out of every ten EITC filers received a RAL. In one county in South Dakota, nine out of every ten EITC filers received a RAL. In South Dakota, 8% of every EITC credit in Native communities was spent on taking out a RAL. This means that eight cents of every $1.00 of EITC credit in Native communities was diverted from its original target, working families, and instead went into the pockets of paid tax preparers.

Because Refund Anticipation Loans have a significant cost for Native communities, Borrowed Time: Use of Refund Anticipation Loans Among EITC Filers in Native American Communities provides recommendations for reducing their use. The first recommendation is to increase and support Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in and near Native communities to allow filers to access free tax preparation services. In many cases, EITC filers and other filers may simply not be aware that they can access their tax refund without using a RAL. The authors of the report also recommend establishing an interest rate cap for RALs, and conducting public education campaigns in Native communities to encourage people to avoid paying high fees for RALs.

This landmark report is the result of a research study conducted under a grant funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. For more information about this publication, contact Sarah Dewees, Director of Research for First Nations Development Institute, at 540-907-6247 / sdewees@firstnations.org; or visit First Nations Development Institute’s website at www.firstnations.org to download a free copy of the paper.

Through a three-pronged strategy of Educating Grassroots Practitioners, Advocating Systemic Change, and Capitalizing Indian Communities, First Nations is working to restore Native control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities.

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Media Contact: Sarah Dewees 
Director of Research
First Nations Development Institute
2217 Princess Anne St.
Ste 111-1
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: 540-907-6247
e-mail: sdewees@firstnations.org

Due Maternity Launches Due Maternity Premium Outlet

 

Released on: April 30, 2009, 5:31 am
Author: Due Maternity
Industry: Retail

Stylish moms-to-be find great looks without spending a fortune on maternity clothes and accessories

SAN FRANCISCO, April 29, 2009 — Due Maternity, specializing in designer maternity clothing and accessories, launched its new, premium outlet Due Maternity offers active, casual and dressy maternity clothes as well as nursing accessories, diaper bags, skin care and even baby clothes and baby gifts. The addition of Due Maternity Premium Outlet further differentiates the company’s offerings the hottest trends in fashion at affordable prices.

“Hip moms-to-be who are also savvy shoppers will truly appreciate the selection in our premium outlet,” said Shannon DiPadova, co-founder, Due Maternity. “The styles we carry at Due Premium Outlet are very hot and now, with feminine, figure flattering looks that are no different f r o m non-maternity styles. This is a nod to all those women who embrace their pregnancies as a time to feel even more beautiful. They are not the ones hiding behind baggy old sweat pants and over sized t-shirts.”

Due Maternity Premium Outlet is the shopping destination of choice for fashionable moms, offering clothing and accessories made only in the U.S. The premium outlet complements Due’s designer and in-house label fashions found on the main web site and in retail stores. Choose f r o m t-shirts, blouses, peasant tops, dresses and more.

Offering more than just maternity clothing, Due has established its presence as the premier maternity lifestyle brand that specializes in celebrating this special time in a woman’s life. Due Maternity’s online community engages visitors with the ability to create personal page with baby’s due date, gift registry, next-generation photo and video sharing, guest book, baby due date calculator, baby astrology, and even a way to create custom announcements, baby shower and birthday party invitations. Due Maternity podcasts range f r o m parenting tips to the latest pregnancy styles and trends.

About Due Maternity
Due Maternity retail stores and online shop featuring the highest quality merchandise and unparalleled customer service, was born out of necessity. While visiting family in Santa Barbara, expectant former publicist Shannon Raffetto DiPadova and her husband, Albert DiPadova, an advertising veteran, noticed an absence of maternity clothing stores among Santa Barbara’s bevy of boutiques, and thus — Due Maternity was conceived. Dedicated to celebrating the pregnancy experience with beauty, style and a sense of well-being, Due offers one of the largest selections of designer maternity clothes,maternity teesmaternity dresses, accessories, skin care as well as prenatal and lactation classes. For more information, please visit www.DueMaternity.com or call 1-866-SHOP-DUE (1-866-746-7383).

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Contact Details: Shannon DiPadova
Due Maternity
415-876-6284

Century Models and Talent Agency benefits the community in many different ways

 

Released on: April 30, 2009, 5:26 am
Author: Cynthia Child
Industry: Entertainment

Century Models and Talent Agency has recently conducted a Charity Fashion Show to benefit the Cancer Society, IN COLLABORATION with a local designer, Jonathan Price. They made sure all the name brand models they represent should be on the ramp for a probable cause.

Century Models and Talent Agency always believes in giving something to the community in some way or the other. Last year they had there models clean cars on King Street, and all the money collected was given to the United Way. Century Models and Talent Talent Agency would like to convey to there competitors to start helping out in some form or the other. We wish them luck and thank the models for there time and hard work.

Contact Details: 73 Bathurst Street, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M5V 2P6, CANADA
TEL: 416-703-1020 FAX: 416-703-1024

AmericanBridal.com Launches Social Media Platforms

 

Released on: April 30, 2009, 5:22 am
Author: AmericanBridal.com
Industry: Retail

The Internet’s most popular wedding favor store hosts theme-based communities on dearshirley.com and new AmericanBridal.com Facebook group

Burlingame, Calif., April 29, 2008, — www.AmericanBridal.com, the Internet’s most expansive collection of unique and affordable wedding favors, today announced the launch of its Internet community, dearshirley.com. The site is a meeting place for those interested in wedding planning tips, advice on family and parenting and other interests. As a community, dearshirley.com provides a forum where members can join and share personal stories, tips and new finds with like-minded networks. In addition, the company has launched its Facebook group to keep members informed about its upcoming promotions and discounts.

“AmericanBridal.com is more than an ecommerce business, we have become a trusted resource for wedding planners and DIY brides,” said Shirley Tan, founder, AmericanBridal.com. “All my life, friends and acquaintances have come to me for advice, providing the inspiration for dearshirley.com, along with my love of reading the Dear Abby column. The dearshirley.com blog is a place where I can share resources and allow others to share their expertise as well.”

The launch of AmericanBridal.com Facebook group enables the company a social networking platform in which its members can join and stay abreast of upcoming promotions, discounts and other events. As a customer service-oriented company, AmericanBridal.com facilitates communication with customers via telephone, email and now, through a blog and Facebook.

A popular destination for wedding favors, bridal shower favors and discount wedding favors that don’t look like cheap wedding favors , AmericanBridal.comis now serving and shipping to U.S. and international customers.

AmericanBridal.com offers the most extensive collection of wedding favors and accessories such as party favors, wedding invitations, personalized gifts, wedding ideas, wedding flowers, cake toppers, thank you cards, wedding guest favors, shower favors, wedding jewelry, wedding decorations, wedding centerpieces, bridal shower games, wedding programs, bridal jewelry, bridal shower invitations, place cards, usher gifts, wedding albums, wedding announcements, favor boxes, unity candle, wedding anniversary gift, wedding checklist, wedding bells, wedding napkins, wedding veils and much more.

About AmericanBridal.com
AmericanBridal.com is the online source for unique and affordable wedding favors and accessories.For every theme or season, AmericanBridal.com has the most extensive selection of products that are guaranteed to make any wedding an unforgettable event for the bride and groom and their guests. F r o m fun and unusual to traditional and elegant, Americanbridal.com specializes in personalized wedding favors, attendant gifts, wedding ceremony accessories, unique bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts, bridal accessories and jewelry, and themed wedding favors. AmericanBridal.com offers the selection of a showroom with the convenience of online shopping and superior customer service at prices that can’t be beat. For more information, please visit us atwww.AmericanBridal.com.

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Contact Details: Shirley Tan
AmericanBridal.com
Shirley@americanbridal.com
800-568-3398

Lynx Welcomes Lori Spale and Alex Tschudy, Intuit MRI Specialist

 

Released on: April 30, 2009, 5:18 am
Author: Lynx Systems Inc.
Industry: Real Estate

Lynx Systems is pleased to announce that we have added two senior Intuit MRI specialists to the Lynx team. Lori Spale and Alex Tschudy are very talented, knowledgeable, professional and personable and a valuable addition to our Professional Services Group.

Lori Spale and Alexander Tschudy come highly recommended by clients and co-workers and we know that our clients will enjoy working with them. Lori Spale joins us after nine years with MRI and Intuit as an implementer and “gold level” hotline support representative specializing in the Commercial applications of MRI.

Another key addition to our team is Alexandra Tschudy. Alex has worked with the Intuit MRI product for over eight years. For the past several years, she was a Client Manager for Intuit Real Estate Solutions and has worked with over 250 MRI clients to address their concerns on system, implementation and support issues.

Although Alex and Lori will be working with our current clients, they will also be assisting us to launch several new Lynx products that will complement any existing Intuit MRI or Yardi System. We have developed three new products:

EasyMerge – “click-retrieve” – connects the Microsoft Word Mail Merge process with Intuit MRI, ideal for blocks of text such as leases and letters.

Central Address Book – provides easy access to your portfolio and contacts; tracks relationships, activities, & documents; interfaces to MRI modules, & Microsoft Outlook calendar, e-mail, & tasks.

Corporate Information Treasure – stores & interrelates the many types of corporate information that must be maintained such as: treasury, legal, controllership, finance, accounting and insurance. Allows you to create schemas to store all your information.

These applications have been developed on the Microsoft .Net platform and are fully integrated to the Intuit MRI system. These products are designed to improve productivity and minimize some of the disruption and cost of upgrading to the .Net version of the MRI system. Please contact us to learn more.

The team at Lynx Systems is pleased to advise its many clients in Canada, the United States and Bermuda that we are expanding our extensive range of consulting and support services for the Intuit MRI user. Our company is a specialist in supporting the Intuit MRI software and for more than eight years, was either an implementation partner or a distributor for the MRI system. In fact, the consultants at Lynx have been supporting the MRI system since 1994, and we continue to offer to the MRI user a full range of consulting services including system selection, hotline support, toolkit customization, report development, technical support, application training, data conversion, process enhancement, project management, system assessment, implementation support and out-sourced IT management.

As a firm of professional accountants, software specialists and business professionals, and, in our role as an independent consultant, we are able to provide our clients with unbiased advice about their software requirements – whether that means upgrading to a new version, tweaking the old system or looking at other software providers. In addition, we can identify various alternatives available for consideration including both short and long term options, as well as give feedback on the general costs, and pros and cons of the various alternatives.


Contact Details: Don Robinson
President
Lynx Systems Inc.
1-866-517-1088 Ext 263
drobinson@lynxsystemsinc.com
www.lynxsystemsinc.com

Perfect Escapes Surpasses 20,000 Reservations

Luxury Travel Site Celebrates Dramatic Rise in Bookings


 

Released on: April 30, 2009, 5:10 am
Author: Perfect Escapes
Industry: Travel

SAN FRANCISCO, April 29, 2009 — In the face of an uncertain travel economy, luxury travel site Perfect Escapes continues to grow rapidly, having already assisted travelers with more than 20,000 luxury hotel reservations.

Despite recent negative news about the state of luxury travel, reservations have risen steadily since Perfect Escapes launched in late 2006. The site took just 18 months to facilitate its first 10,000 customer reservations, and only another nine months to complete the next 10,000. As word has spread about Perfect Escapes’ unique offerings and true hands-on service, consumers have continued to recognize the luxury value offered by Perfect Escapes. These loyal customers have remained committed to luxury travel – and to booking that travel with Perfect Escapes – as the site’s dramatic rise in recent bookings shows.

Other major Perfect Escapes milestones include:

• October 2006: Perfect Escapes beta site launch.
• December 2006: Perfect Escapes begins taking U.S. hotel bookings.
• January 2007: The Perfect 10TM email newsletter launch.
• April 2007: Perfect Escapes begins taking hotel bookings worldwide.
• October 2007: Perfect Escapes launches Wynn Las Vegas sweepstakes.
• December 2007: The Perfect 10 surpasses 100,000 opt-in subscribers; Perfect Escapes surpasses 5,000 hotel reservations.
• June 2008: The Perfect 10 surpasses 250,000 opt-in subscribers: Perfect Escapes surpasses 10,000 hotel reservations.
• March 2009: The Perfect 10 surpasses 500,000 opt-in subscribers: Perfect Escapes surpasses 20,000 hotel reservations.

“We knew there was an opportunity to better serve luxury travel consumers by representing a hand-selected collection of luxury hotels, and by pairing hotel stays with special values, upgrades, and amenities,” said Eric Jeck, CEO of Perfect Escapes. “We’re experiencing a significant rise in the number of reservations, even during a period of economic uncertainty – and that’s due to our ability to deliver a valuable service without requiring prepayment, adding cancellation restrictions, or charging booking fees. Our editorial team and travel specialists inspire consumers to travel more by helping them find great destinations, spectacular hotels, and unique values.”


About Perfect Escapes:
Perfect Escapes — a specialty website focusing on luxury travel — publishes a hand-selected roster of the world’s finest hotels paired with special values, upgrades, and amenities on the site, in The Perfect 10TM email newsletter and on The Suite Life blog. Please visit http://www.perfectescapes.com for more information or to sign up for The Perfect 10TM newsletter. Follow us on Twitter: @PerfectEscapes.

Contact: Randy Antin 
Tel: 415.247.9557 
Email: pr@perfectescapes.com

Stena Line experiences North Sea growth despite turbulent economic times

 

Released on: April 30, 2009, 5:05 am
Author: Stena Line
Industry: Travel

Stena Line has exceeded initial forecasts, announcing a 2008 operating profit of SEK 272 million (£23 million) compared to 2007’s SEK 612 million (£52 million).

Stena Line’s North Sea business area experienced a 13% year-on-year growth in passengers (including truck drivers) on its three North Sea routes: Harwich-Hook of Holland, Harwich-Rotterdam and Killingholme-Hook of Holland.

Stena Line’s area director for the North Sea, Pim de Lange, said, “2007 was a record year for Stena Line and we expected an overall lower profit for 2008 on the back of such high oil prices and the recent major investments, not to mention the economic slowdown. However, we’re delighted with the 571,000 passengers and year-on-year growth on the three North Sea routes.”

The Stena Line rail and sail “dutchflyer” product showed particularly high growth, with a 39% year-on-year increase in traffic. The dutchflyer service, which operates on the Harwich-Hook of Holland route only, includes rail travel from any East Anglian rail station to Harwich and onward rail travel to any Dutch station. The operator’s car traffic, also on the Harwich-Hook of Holland route, experienced a 9% growth, carrying almost 100,000 cars to Holland from Essex.

De Lange attributed some of the Essex passenger route’s success to the low cost of reaching Holland by ferry. He said, “It seems likely that the recession has played a positive role in our results, as travellers will have been keeping a tighter grip on their wallets and scrutinising the cost of travel more carefully. The 2008 dutchflyer fare enabled travellers to get from their local East Anglia station to any station in Holland and back from £58. And for motorists a return car crossing for a family of four with a four-berth cabin each way equates to the same price as four return no-frills flights between Stansted and Amsterdam or £50 less, on average, than four of the cheapest return fares between Heathrow and Amsterdam.

“Once they’ve compared these costs travellers will also realise that by sailing overnight they make further savings on the cost of a night’s hotel accommodation too,” Pim concluded.

The North Sea’s two freight-only routes were hit by the downturn, experiencing a one per cent reduction in freight units, however the North Sea was still the best performing freight area in last year’s business. From the second half of 2008 the ferry operator was particularly careful to implement measures to counter the economic decline, such as the early 2009 removal of one of the freight vessels on the Harwich-Rotterdam route.

As part of its ongoing strategy to continue meeting the travel industry challenges it faces, Stena Line is investing heavily in order to keep the business in the right shape for the future.

“We believe that the investments we’re making are still completely right because in the long-term we believe in continual growth. We are also building two large RoPax ferries in South Korea, bringing our total recent investments around SEK 6 billion. Meanwhile work is continuing on improving our existing service and the offering to our different customer groups,” explained Pim de Lange.

About Stena Line:
In the UK alone, Stena Line offers over 30 daily crossings on its five different routes to Ireland (Stranraer to Belfast, Fleetwood to Larne, Holyhead to Dublin, Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and Fishguard to Rosslare) and two daily ferries to Holland on its Harwich Hook of Holland route, providing fast efficient crossings with excellent onboard services and facilities.

Stena Line’s route network consists of 18 strategically located ferry routes throughout Europe. Stena Line has a modern fleet with a total of 34 vessels including fast ferries (HSS), traditional combi-ferries, RoPax ferries for freight and passengers, and pure cargo ships.


PR Contact:
Richard Rigby
bgb communications
90 Waterloo Road
London
SE1 8RT
020 7902 2990 
www.stenaline.co.uk
 

Conservatory Blinds – Oakhurst starts 20% discount spring/summer sale

 

Released on: April 30, 2009, 4:39 am
Author: Grant Dain
Industry: Consumer-Services

Oakhurst Conservatory Blinds starts 20% spring/summer sale

Selecting the correct kind of conservatory blind raises a number of complex issues which do not normally apply to blinds elsewhere in the house. Conservatory blinds are also more costly especially in large structures so it pays to make the correct choice in order to avoid the buyer´s remorse! In this article we will be focusing on the key issues.

It might be obvious but sometimes conservatory owners overlook the most common questions which are simply, “Why do I need conservatory blinds” Do I even want them at all? And if I install them will they do what I need them to do. Ask yourself, “Do I know what I want them to achieve?” If your answer is, “To keep the sun out” Take a look at the wider picture.

Conservatory Blinds – What can they achieve?

1. Reflect huge amounts of solar heat. South facing conservatories or those on bungalows where there is no top storey to offer shade need them.

2. Dissipate the excesses of solar radiation. Structures that face all directions but north usually need blinds that tackle the issue of heat.

3. Reduce uncomfortable areas of direct sunlight. A conservatory that has direct sun light is likely to have uncomfortable levels of heat even in winter on sunny days.

4. Protects furniture and plants

5. Provides privacy and protection

6. Gives the conservatory thermal insulation. In winter even a double glazed conservatory looses lots of heat as it radiates through the glass on those dark evenings. Blinds reduce radiated heat loss.

7. Resistance to dust, moisture and insects especially in rural areas.

8. Reflects light back to the conservatory on dark cold evenings. Conservatory lighting often struggles to illuminate a conservatory without blinds as the light radiates outwards into the night instead of returning into the conservatory.

Roller Blinds Vs Pleated Blinds

Both these kinds of conservatory blinds have been around for a while so both can be said to look traditional yet both can be contemporary, this is to do with your choice of fabric. For roof blinds the main drawback with roller blinds is that when the blind is retracted the collection of dust that inevitably builds up gets transferred onto the front side of the fabric as the roller rolls the clean face on the dirt. With pleated blinds all dirt is kept on the protected side of the conservatory blind. Conservatories attract a lot of insects in the summer when doors and windows are open this should to be taken seriously rather than treated as a ´small issue´

Most pleated conservatory blinds can be operated by an extension pole and in most cases it is unnecessary to have lots of control cords. This is not the case with roller blinds.

Roller conservatory blinds offer no particular advantage over pleated blinds and are usually picked for their appearance.

Oakhust Conservatory Blinds are offering a 20% discount on all purchases before the end of May

For expert, free conservatory blinds advice and service see Oakhurst Conservatory Blinds


Contact Details: Oakhurst Blinds Limited
Units 7 & 8
Mills Way Centre
Porton Road
Boscombe Down
Wiltshire, SP4 7RX
U.K.

Tel: (+44) 01980 677000
Fax: (+44) 01980 677005