We’re celebrating 25 years of transforming Derby homes this year!
We’ve been transforming homes in and around Derby for an amazing 25 years! Our expertise of double glazed windows first took Derby by storm back in 1993, and we’ve had an incredible quarter of a century since then.
In 1993, Derby needed quality double glazed windows and doors and Trade Windows came along.
Armed with just a pencil and ruler, two members of staff and a virtually empty workshop, our founder Paul Brighouse had one dream – to make Trade Windows a success. It worked, and in 2018, Paul was recognised for his hard work and success when he won Entrepreneur of the Year at September’s East Midlands Chamber Awards.
We’re like a family here at Trade Windows
The team at Trade Windows has got decades of expertise behind them. Sixty-two per cent of us at Trade Windows have been here for more than a decade, and a staggering 17 per cent of the team have been here for more than 20 years.
From starting with just two team members, we now have a 26 people part of the Trade Windows family, with our eight fitting teams’ capability of fitting 200 windows a week!
Our showroom has got better and better over the last 25 years
Although now we are known across Derby for our stunning home improvement centre on London Road, we first started out in a small factory in Old Nottingham Road, Derby. We moved to Navigation Retail Park on London Road in 1994, where we created a beautiful showroom for customers from the East Midlands.
On Saturdays, we’d be rushed off our feet, with customers queuing up at the sales desks waiting to get quotes and dozens of people in the showroom.
We saw how happy people would be with their revamped homes, so over the years Paul planned how we could help to transform more homes across Derby, taking on more team members and investing in more equipment.
We’ve always been a firm favourite for double glazed windows and doors in Derby as we banned hard sell tactics. Instead, we wanted people to come to Trade Windows because we sold the best products and provided the best service.
The Trade Windows home improvement centre has had a few transformations of its own over the past couple of decades. We’ve added a series of stunning new conservatories, orangeries, kitchen extensions and the impressive Trade Street – a row of full-size, brick-built houses, which show off the latest styles of doors, windows and roofline. We also have an amazing 58 entrance doors on display, and our range of PVCu and aluminium windows, the Lumi range of windows and doors, along with bifold, sliding and French doors.
We’ve had some amazing showroom open days, and are having another one this November
In 2017, we had a £75,000 refurbishment which we celebrated with a grand open day. To celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, we’re having another open day on Sunday 11 November.
At the Winter Wonderhome Extravaganza, there will be cookery demonstrations in the Trade Window’s stunning kitchen, children’s face painting in the showroom’s dining conservatory and Happy Hour at the bar – thanks to special guests, Mambo Mobile Bars. To help get you into the festive spirit, there will also be a Santa’s Grotto and a Christmas post box to send your letters to the big man himself, Father Christmas.
Our product range has expanded and has always been ahead of the latest trends
We started off wowing people with our PVCu double glazed windows, doors and conservatories, but have since been ahead of all the latest trends in home improvement, with the most recent being aluminium.
The range of transformational products we can offer Derby homeowners is immense, covering frameless Lumi glazing, aluminium widespan doors, aluminium entrance doors, solid conservatory roofs, glazed extensions, garage conversions, and much more.
We’ve completed more than 40,000 installations since 1993. Was your home one of them?
We’re really pleased to have been able to make a difference to so many homes across Derby, as we’ve completed more than 40,000 installations in our 25 years, all backed by our 10 year guarantee.
We’ve been going through the Trade Windows archives lately and have found some brilliant throwback snaps!
We’ve been uploading them to an album on our Facebook page, asking people to tag in who they think the people in the photographs are. If you’re one of the 40,000 homeowners in Derby who we’ve installed for or know someone that was, take a look and tag them in!
Or, if you have any photographs of your Trade Windows installation, or your loved ones enjoying their new conservatory of extension, send them into us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.