CuparNow KnowHow – The Blind Company
We love profiling the skills and talents of those running businesses in Cupar – and we showcase them in our CuparNow KnowHow series. The latest? The Blind Company – a family-run business on Waterend Road …
It was on the 1st January 1999 that The Blind Company came into being – founded by father and daughter team, Allan (Bremner) and Jolene (Melrose). More than 20 years on, both are still in the business.
Allan says: “I was running a cleaning business at the time and, to help support that work, was working as an agent, fitting blinds. I thought there was an opportunity to focus solely on blinds so, after discussions with my daughter, we decided to go for it and created The Blind Company.”
The local, family-run business can be found at the South Bridge end of Waterend Road. If you’re on Crossgate – take a walk down Lumsden’s Close and you’ll find them.
The business is a family affair. Allan is on the fitting team – joined by his son-in-law, Wayne Melrose. Jolene manages all the company’s quotations and ‘Mum’, Aileen Bremner, runs the office. Wayne says: “We supply and fit all styles of blinds, shutters, curtains and awnings.” They also offer a repair service – alongside their “ultra-sonic blind cleaning“.
We asked what is their USP. Wayne says: “We are a small business that prides itself on delivering top quality products with excellent service – from the free quotations and fitting right through to after sales … but we’re sure every business would say the same!” He adds: “It is our team that is unique. We are very proud of Jolene as she suffers with multiple sclerosis but still manages to work everyday and is a big favourite with our customers! Many say it’s like having a close friend in the house when she pops in to do free estimates – and she loves getting to know her customers well.”
The company is Cupar through and through – and they have the community at their heart: Wayne was Cupar Citizen of the Year in 2017 and was given a Fife Local Hero Award the same year in recognition of his multiple fund raising achievements.
The company has customers across Fife, Angus, Tayside and Perthshire. Wayne says: “No job is too large or too small for us. We will happily go out to fit a small, single blind – and we will give the task the same attention to detail as if we are delivering a large-scale commercial project.”
It is that attention to detail that helps to sustain the business. Customers return “time and again” – and their recommendation and referral ensures The Blind Company’s reputation continues to grow. “That’s our greatest achievement” says Wayne, adding: “And we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their support. It is very much appreciated.”
As with so many businesses, the last two years have been a real challenge – and they take huge pride in managing to keep The Blind Company going throughout lockdowns. All of us hope those days are behind us. Today, The Blind Company is busy – and looking ahead to a prosperous future.
Finally, we ask all featuring on our Blog what they’d recommend to someone visiting Cupar for the first time, or for the first time in a long time: “A simple walk along the river through the Haugh Park and to visit the historic town centre with its locally-owned, quirky, individual shops and cafes.” Sounds good to us!
For free estimates, please contact The Blind Company on 01334 653333 or drop them en email via this link.
You can follow them on Facebook via this link – or visit their website to see their gallery and more by clicking on the image below.
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