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Herald Scotland interview with founder Andrew: West Lothian firm creates jobs after pandemic challenges

Andrew Johnstone Loft Boarding Scotland

After starting Loft Boarding Scotland in 2017, our managing director Andrew had to tackle challenges all small businesses encounter: Hiring your first staff, finding suitable premises, optimising processes while keeping your focus on high-quality customer service.

But in 2020, the COVID pandemic added a whole new level of challenges to the mix, especially for small businesses. Keeping operational while ensuring the safety of staff and customers alike was no easy feat.

But not only did we manage to keep boarding lofts. We also managed to grow our team (and our fleet of bright orange vans!) considerably during that time, creating new jobs and even more storage space in Scottish homes.

Wanting to find out more about how we braved the pandemic and why Andrew started his own business in the first place, The Herald Scotland interviewed him for their Business HQ section. Check it out!

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Baby, it’s cold outside! – Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

Get your home ready for winter

Soon, it’s time to put the heating up, turn the fire on and get all cosy under the blankets. But before you get too comfortable, make sure that everything is set for those cold autumn and winter evenings. Check out our top tips on getting your home ready for winter!

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Make Room for Christmas – Create More Space in Your Home for the Festive Season

Make Room for Christmas – Loft Storage Made Easy

Soon, it’s that time of year again! Christmas shopping, Black Friday sales and finding suitable present hiding places in the house. 

Then there’s the issue of finding space for the Christmas tree & your favourite decorations in your living room. Not to mention fitting friends & family in the living room come Christmas Day (fingers crossed!).

If this has got you thinking ‘I need more space in my home!’ then you’re in luck. Because you’re not alone and there’s a handy little blog post to help you right here.

Pour yourself a cuppa, leave all your bags and boxes to one side and let’s Make Room for Christmas in your home! Continue reading Make Room for Christmas – Create More Space in Your Home for the Festive Season

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Response to Coronavirus – 23rd March

Good evening all. For the avoidance of any doubt, and in line with the instructions given by the PM this evening, we regret to announce that we are ceasing all installations effectively immediately. This also includes surveys in your home, though remote video surveys will be available shortly.

We will be in touch with all of our customers who have bookings to be rescheduled in due course and want to thank you for your patience.

We are fully prepared to resume at full pace as soon as the situation improves and restrictions are eased.

In the meantime, we would be delighted to continue to answer your queries about flooring your loft, and will help in any way we can.

Stay safe, wash hands and remain indoors 👍

Warm regards,
Andrew and the team at Loft Boarding Scotland.

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Response to Coronavirus – 17th March

In response to the government’s announcement this evening I want to inform you, our customers, about the steps we are putting in place to play our part in helping to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, whilst ensuring your survey or installation can go ahead as planned.

Besides following the advice to wash our hands regularly, all of our surveyors and installers have hand sanitising gel in our vans for use immediately before entering and after leaving your home. Our vehicles, phones and surveying tools are all wiped down between visits.

On arrival, we will wear nitrile gloves and politely refuse to shake hands. We hope you’re not offended, and we will instead offer a friendly wave or elbow shake.

We will only need to be in your hall and loft spaces, but if we need to use the bathroom, we will first ask permission and be sure to wipe down all surfaces after use.

Before leaving, we will wipe down all touched surfaces including switches, handles, banister and loft hatch.

All of our staff members are strictly adhering to the guidelines that if we, or one of our family members, develop either a persistent cough or a temperature then we will self-isolate at home for 14 days – in which case your appointment may need to be rescheduled if we cannot use another team member.

If you are self-isolating and would still like a quote then we can attempt to provide you with one by discussing your loft over a phone or video call. If you are able to access the loft and can take measurements, then we’d be happy to guide you through the process.

We are committed to exceptional customer experiences and will do our utmost to maintain our recognised high standard of service throughout these unusual times. As the situation evolves and any new guidance is issued, we will respond accordingly and keep you informed.

Warm regards,
Andrew and the team at Loft Boarding Scotland.

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2020 Family Easter Events in Scotland

Easter Family Events in Scotland

Drum roll, please… Calling all chocolate lovers!

It’s that egg-cellent time of year again, so put on your stretchy pants and release that inner adventurer: Here is a list of cracking local Easter activities to keep you and your nearest and dearest entertained over this eggs-quisite spring holiday!

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Christmas Fairs in Central Scotland: Get Into the Festive Spirit!

Christmas Markets in Central Scotland 2019

‘Tis the season to be crafty, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. Feeling festive? Wonderful… Why don’t you throw caution to the wind… go and stick that oh-so-glamorous Santa hat on and visit some of Scotland’s finest Christmas craft fairs!

Below is a list of local events that you will not want to miss, so get those diaries out as we all know, Christmas just isn’t Christmas unless you have wandered around various craft stalls, sampled that famous mulled wine and freaked out as you have forgotten that special gift for your loved one that actually made the nice list this year.

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Our Favourite Light Displays in Scotland

Our Favourite Light Displays in Scotland

Want to enjoy the true beauty of Scotland in winter? Stunning light displays, story-telling journeys and festive refreshments make these illumination evenings an impressive adventure for all to enjoy. Make sure to get them in your diary!

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Santa’s Coming to Town: The Best Christmas Events in Central Scotland

Best Christmas Events in central Scotland

Not long now, Christmas is quickly approaching! So why not make it the most special time for you and your family and add these festive favourites to your diary?

Here are a few of the best festive events in central Scotland that you can all enjoy, no matter what age:
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