‘Unlucky for some’ is a term often associated with any Friday 13th but that certainly was not the case for Solar Solve on Friday 13th April this year. That was the day we dispatched a consignment of 16 of Solar Solve UK’s Type Approved SOLASAFE solar roller sunscreens to a customer in Uruguay. It was Solar Solve’s first order for the South American country and the 100th country to be supplied with the company’s world renown brand leading products.
Company chairman and business founder John Lightfoot, MBE is absolutely delighted and said, “Solar Solve Ltd was formed in 1988 out of Northern Window Blind Co. and up to that time we had only supplied blinds to customers in England.”
“It has taken 30 years to add the other 99 countries. It’s a long time and the whole of the Solar Solve Team are thrilled that the milestone has now been reached. It’s a significant achievement and one that we are extremely proud of.”
Over the 3 decades there have been one or two unusual and exotic locations contained within the 100 countries and they include the Falklands Islands, Tahiti, land-locked Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Greenland and the Cayman Islands.
Over the last decade particularly, more use of the World Wide Web and Internet, together with improvements to the company’s website; www.solasolv.com have resulted in a huge change in the way the business now markets its products. Changes that are seeing enquiries from an even wider variety of countries and locations, like land-locked Kyrgyzstan mentioned earlier.
In just one day enquiries can come from the Driver of an Excavator working at an open-cast location in the Western Australian desert; someone in Alaska who has to replace the Anti-Glare Screens at the windows of an Air Traffic Control Tower; a Roughneck in the drilling control room of an Offshore Rig, the Purchasing Manager of one of the world’s premier Cruise Lines who needs special Type Approved roller blinds for a passenger area of a Cruise Ship or the Captain of an Aircraft Carrier the length of a street, who needs anti-glare screens for the windows of the Flying Control room.
With all of this going on, The Team at Solar Solve are expecting the rate of new countries traded with to increase quite significantly over the next few years until they reach saturation point.
According to a search on Bing, results are here,
www.bing.com/search?q=how+many+countries+are+there+in+the+world&qs=n&form=QBLH&sp=-1&ghc=1&pq=how+many+countries+are+there+in+the+world&sc=8-41&sk=&cvid=ED87ECF88A7E4D4C85C81D681F7D3282, there are 195 countries in the world.
The Company Chairman concludes, “Obviously we are unlikely to trade with every country in the world but with one hundred countries already achieved, it is going to be interesting to see how many more we can trade with before we get to the realistic maximum. How long it will take is anybody’s guess but we are having a really great time serving our customers and making them very happy. There are over 100 Customer Commendations on our website Testimonials page which you can access here; www.solasolv.com/testimonials/.
Throughout the whole 30 years we have continuously maintained our No.1 position as the Best In The World for the products and service that we supply, in spite of the many organisations, if you can call them that, that have copied our products and copied or implied our Trade Marks and Brand Names.”
“The world’s Brand Leaders are rarely displaced and SOLASOLV-UK is no exception. We have lots of exciting plans for 2018 and are already well under way with all of the projects and marketing campaigns.”
There is a page here, www.solasolv.com/dont-buy-fakes/ on the Solar Solve website that contains information about copy products and why they are inferior to the real thing, which is only manufactured at Solar Solve Ltd.’s South Shields, UK based facility.