Outside Comfort Zone Winter 2020

Welcome to the Winter edition of Outside Comfort Zone. This edition involves two detailed case studies on two bespoke recently completed large installations. How to add colour to your playground with some coloured polycarbonate and some interesting statistics on our Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy.   Read the full newsletter here: OCZ Winter 2020     You Can Build a Rainbow As we supply many of our structures to schools and nurseries, we therefore offer a range of colourful canopy upgrades to make the outdoor … Continue reading

Outside Comfort Zone Autumn 2019

Welcome to the Autumn edition of Outside Comfort Zone. We’ve installed some impressive canopies in the last few months and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share them with you in this months’ newsletter along with a focus on the Grasmere Timber Clad Cycle Shelter which has been a big hit with Architects and Contractors since we launched 7 years ago. We also have a special feature on BIM including the 3 C’s of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and … Continue reading

Outside Comfort Zone – Spring 2019

It’s been a while since you last received an edition of OCZ and I can assure you, it’s been worth the wait. After our love with timber in the last issue, we have restored normal service with a good mix of installs and guidance to help you design and plan your next canopy installation. There is a bit of a ‘back to basics’ feel with this edition. It’s easy to lose sight of the core purpose of canopies as we … Continue reading

The November edition of the Outside Comfort Zone should have just landed on your desk!

In this latest edition, we talk about our recent install at Bournemouth University. This ground breaking project uses energy generating solar canopies to help the University develop a green and sustainable dynamic to its new transport hub.  There is also an informative case study which talks about the brief, solution and installation at Jo Richardson Community School. If you are looking for a solution to cover a large space then this will be of interest to you. We also discuss … Continue reading

Head Office Expansion for Able Canopies – the canopy experts!

Here at Able Canopies we are continuously expanding to meet the needs of our growing customer base and our latest venture is the expansion of our Head Office in Clacton on Sea, Essex. The opportunity to expand came about when the company occupying the adjacent unit decided to move premises. We jumped at the chance to take over the unit, increasing our warehouse capacity from 242sqm to 379sqm. This will allow us to stock additional raw materials which in turn … Continue reading

Able Canopies Supports Local Reading Initiative

Able Canopies are supporting Tendring District Council (TDC) in helping them raise awareness to encourage people to donate their pre-loved children’s books and help over 4,000 children with their educational journey. Tendring District Council previously collected books in the summer, just from TDC staff and Essex Libraries to give away at a storytelling tent at the Sea and Beach Festival, held in July 2015. Because it was such a success TDC wondered what they could do next and came up … Continue reading

Fundraising Ideas Part 2

Following on from our Fundraising Ideas – Start of Term Fundraisers blog post. We have come up with some fundraising ideas that you can use to raise some money for your school. One idea that is quite popular with schools is international evenings. They really help to connect the parents. These events don’t have to be too long, two hours max is normally perfect. The events allow people to taste food from all around the world and represent the variety … Continue reading

Crowdfunding for Secondary Schools

Crowdfunding is an effective way to raise money for great causes. Fundraising at any age may be a challenge and most people will agree that getting children involved can be a positive and empowering experience. Lots of schools fundraise for either themselves or other charities through very traditional means such as sponsored activities or selling products. Crowdfunding offers a fun, educational and effective way to involve young people in supporting communities near and far. Crowdfunding raisings small amounts of money … Continue reading

Grant Making Trusts

It may seem like a big step when applying for a grant making trust for funding but it isn’t actually that complicated. Grant making trusts are charities, like any other charity they are governed by their specific charitable objectives. Firstly, you must find the right trust to apply to, so it’s a good idea to get together with all those who have an interest in the funding – eg your PTA, staff etc, and really thrash out want you want … Continue reading