George Clarke sitting in a conservatory fitted with Thermashade TM blinds

Behind the blinds

Hillarys content executive and author, Chloé Jones

by Chloé Jones

Window Solutions and Styling Expert

Published: 17/01/2022

Updated: 21/07/2022

with George Clarke

After years of working with TV presenter and architect George Clarke, he really has become part of the Hillarys family. It was especially lovely to take him on a tour behind the scenes at Hillarys to meet the talented people behind our products at every step of the way.

It's all in the detail

Back in 1971, it all started with a Venetian blind so where better to begin the tour than our Venetians factory in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

In an exciting day on the factory floor, George spent time with our dedicated experts, following the steps involved in making a Venetian blind and getting a first-hand look at all the skill involved in the process.

George Clarke
It was brilliant to see such a lovely group of people bring their skills together to create a blind that will fit your windows perfectly and is built to last.
George Clarke

George Clarke's visit to our Cheltenham showroom

When you visit a Hillarys showroom, you not only get expert advice, but a really friendly and welcoming service too. George discovered exactly how the team help customers when he joined manager Laura at our showroom in Cheltenham.


George Clarke helps a customer look at different coloured and patterned fabrics

A world of inspiration

From seeing how different types of blinds work to feeling sumptuous curtain textures, Hillarys showrooms are the perfect places to get inspired and discover styles and solutions that work for you. Watch the video to see what happened when we invited George Clarke to spend the day at our showroom in Cheltenham, catching up with manager Laura and even helping one of our customers.

George Clarke
It was amazing to see Laura ask all the right questions so she could make recommendations that would work for customer Ali and help her make the most of her space.
George Clarke
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Visit us

Come along and chat to our friendly team at our Cheltenham showroom

George Clarke learns the tricks of the trade

At Hillarys our team of local advisors stretches right across the UK‚ which means you’re never far away from our support and expert guidance. We welcomed George Clarke to our Nottingham training academy to discover just what it takes to be an expert local advisor

George Clarke with advisors practicing product fitting

The perfect place to learn

Our advisors take care of everything for you from measuring to fitting. At our training academy, George learnt about the advanced technical skills advisors need to complete even the most challenging jobs to perfection, before heading out on the road with experienced advisor Libby at some of her appointments. Watch the video to find out more.

George Clarke
Take it from me, when you choose Hillarys you can be sure you're getting product knowledge, technical expertise and a friendly, local service too.
George Clarke

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