Featured SME Promotion
20% discount on bi-folding doors & insect screens
for Beehive members only
About the offer
Oryx’s Folding Sliding Doors and Insect Screens are must-have features to bring living spaces to life, enjoy inspiring views and entertain in style without unwelcome flying guests.
Beehive members get a 20% discount on bi-folding doors and insect screens in popular RAL colours. Valid till February 18th 2021.
Our popular colours are:
MANAGING DIRECTOR – ORYX
Why did you choose Beehive for your funding?
We chose Beehive because of their fair interest rate, and quick turnaround. It was our second round of funding from Beehive.
What did you use your funding for?
We used the funding to purchase new vehicles, showroom improvements, and machinery.
How did you find the process?
We found the process so much easier than a bank, and the procedure was clearly laid out. The banks here should take notice!
Did COVID-19 affect your business? How?
For a number of months after the pandemic hit we were unable to install anywhere near the amount of doors and windows that we needed to, and this hit cashflow. However, the number of enquiries continued to come in, and we have a huge order book going into 2021. In 2020 we installed more doors and windows than 2019, but we didn’t achieve our goal that we set at the beginning of 2020!
How did you adapt?
We have had to increase our installation capacity and now have four teams of installers (all fully engaged!) and new sales staff to cope with the increase in enquiries and orders. We took emergency salary cuts for three months to assist our cashflow and survival, but that has now been paid back.
How are you operating now and how will you continue in 2021?
Fortunately we have spacious offices and showroom, so we can work safely. The pandemic continues to cause delays with stock and access to sites, but we know how fortunate we are compared to other companies. Anyone at Oryx worried about COVID-19 contact, or slightly unwell, stays home. We all have laptops, and the staff at Oryx are so dedicated, they just keep going!
What has been the biggest challenge through this period?
The biggest challenge was that we were prevented from installing our doors and windows. Some customers have been in isolation, some sites have been closed, and occasional deliveries have been late. I think ALL of our customers have been very understanding, and one or two had to put up with significant delays. However, we seem to have got all the jobs done now, and have no outstanding issues.
What positives, if any, have you experienced from COVID-19?
We have expanded our staff now, and every one of the team is contributing hugely. We all know that we have survived the crisis far better than most, and are grateful for our health, and for being in Dubai. I’m sure it is dawning on us all what a great place the UAE is, and how well we’ve handled the crisis. If the pandemic can be controlled, globally, we are poised for a fantastic 2021.
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