Final curtain call for blinds business

The Chichester showroom has shut
The Chichester showroom has shut

A BLINDS company will close its showrooms in Chichester and Bognor Regis after a ‘major restructure’, it was announced this week.

This will result in the loss of two jobs in the Observer area, and more than 25 across the south.

The stores, Trident Blinds by Broadview, will shut after a spokesman for Broadview Blinds Limited said: “Due to increasingly difficult trading conditions, Broadview is closing its domestic blinds business to focus on supplying to business, education, luxury homes and automotive markets.”

The closure of the showrooms in Eastgate Square, Chichester, and Aldwick Road in Bognor will see a loss of two part-time jobs in total.

Other showrooms in Hampshire, including the Portsmouth showroom, and Dorset will also close, resulting in more than 25 redundancies overall.

Broadview’s head office in Poole will continue to operate as a manufacturing base and showroom, focusing exclusively as a blinds supplier to businesses, education and luxury homes as well as a vehicle awnings manufacturer.

The company said the restructure would not affect any orders placed and all customers would have their orders fulfilled.

“The increasing pressure from on-line retailers and major chain stores means that Broadview cannot continue to maintain a viable business in the domestic market,” said Mark Pratt, managing director.

“To survive, we have decided to play to our strengths where we can provide solutions that others cannot provide so easily.

“This has necessitated making changes in resource levels across the company and redundancies are the unavoidable consequence of this.

“It is the first time in Broadview’s history that we have had to do this, which we greatly regret, but it is necessary in order to preserve our business.

“We are confident that these changes will enable Broadview to serve our target markets well, secure jobs for the future and will help to define a new era for us going forward.”