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Adeva Windsor House Project
Adeva Windsor House Project
Kent based Adeva Home Improvements has built on its recent success in large scale commercial window installation with a triple glazing retrofit for a sheltered housing scheme in Whitstable.  Once again, the group praised The Glazerite UK Group Ltd and VEKA for their support in specifying and completing the contract, for 279 casement windows in the VEKA 70mm fully sculptured system finished in white, at the 12-storey Windsor House. As with the previous installation, VEKA supplied the wind load calculations essential for installations at such hight, with other technical support by Glazerite, without which Director Geoff Dwyer said the company would not have had the confidence to tender for the work.  "They were with us all the way when we had the chance of our first large scale commercial contract. That gave us the confidence to continue our activity in the sector and the result was another success for us with Windsor House. The technical support from Glazerite and VEKA was brilliant, the clients are very pleased with the result and we are already looking at several more prospects." Elderly residents at Windsor House were finding the first generation double glazed PVC-U had become draughty as well as making the flats costly to hear in cold weather. Adeva replaced them with far more energy-efficient A+Rated, triple glazed VEKA 70FS units, for main contractor Hamilton Building Contractors.  Jason Thompson, Director of The Glazerite UK Group, said the installation was another model example of what installers of any size can achieve with the right materials and the right technical support: "Most good installers are perfectly capable of carrying out such medium and even large scale commercial contracts but may be put off by the technical back-up and specification advice. But all Glazerite installer partners know that all you need is a good, supportive fabricator and system supplier and they can achieve virtually anything."
  |   Tags: Energy Efficiency, VEKA, Commercial
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A homecoming for Brodie - Thanks to Complete Aluminium and Glazerite
A homecoming for Brodie - Thanks to Complete Aluminium and Glazerite
It was enough of a blow when a young Hampshire couple discovered their new-born son was severely disabled and would need 24/7 professional care. But it came as a second shock to hear he could not be allowed home from hospital because their house was not big enough to accommodate the nursing facility.  Strict rules meant he and his nurse would need separate bedrooms. But their part-owned local authority home had only two bedrooms for parents Paul Boyd and Rebecca Jones and older daughter Megan, 6, and a conventional extension would not be allowed.  The answer came from local installer Complete Aluminium Systems and The Glazerite UK Group who came up with a clever conservatory solution that would allow Brodie to live with his family after all.  A simple knock-through from the existing kitchen means the new 4m x 3m PVC-U conservatory is now the family's living space, so the original living room is now Brodie's bedroom, with a stud wall to create a hallway through to the kitchen. The team also enlisted help from other local companies, Legacy Developments, Ark Designs, Oli James Plumbing and Heating, Safeglaze Ltd, Ceramic Tile Warehouse and Park Street Interiors for other work necessary for the project. With the project now completed and Brodie home, the family could not be happier with the outcome and wrote to say: "We have been blown away by people's kindness and without it, it is likely Brodie would still be in hospital. As it stands our little family is all back together adapting to our new normal. None of which would have been possible without all your help." Greig Hayes of Complete Aluminium Systems said: "It was a rewarding experience to be able to help this family but we could not have done it without the support of Glazerite, as well as Safeglaze and the other local contractors." Glazerite Director Jason Thompson added: "This is one of those cases where a little lateral thinking could make a world of difference to a family's future. We were very glad to have been a part of it."
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Sun shines again for record golf day
Sun shines again for record golf day
All-time record entries and soaring temperatures made it another day to remember when 27 teams of Glazeite customers joined 14 others for the 13th Glazerite Pro-AM Golf Day.  The event, making another return to Wellingborough Golf Club, was all the more memorable for Jeff Dunn, new Group Sales and Marketing Director for The Glazerite UK Group - it was not only his very first day in his new job but he also came away with 'Nearest the Pin' for the final hole.  Top team amongst Glazerite customers was Classic Conservatories comprising of Glen Harris, John Harris and Mark Davis along with pro Andrew Jones of Forest of Arden Golf Club, coming third overall with a score of 130-14.  The players weren't the only winners on the day; individual teams' contributions, as well as companies' hole sponsorships, added up to over £1,700 for The Lewis Foundation, a local charity distributing gift packs among cancer patients in Northamptonshire hospitals.  "It was great to be part of the evening event and raise the profile of our charity. The money raised will provide 486 gift packs for cancer patients in hospital. We could not achieve as much as we have without the support of companies like Glazerite. We were truly overwhelmed at the genorosity of all who took part." - Lorraine Lews, The Lewis Foundation John Hewitt, chairman of The Glazerite UK Group Ltd and himself a devoted golfer, declared the event the best yet, not only with a superb standard of play but also with more teams playing than in any previous year. "It was a thoroughly good day for everyone who took part." He said, "And gthe £1,700 raised for The Lewis Foundation was so very much appreciated. They do a lot of great work in the local community for a cause that touches many hearts with our staff and families in the area.  In the evening we had the prize giving, which many of our staff joined us for and we made the most of the great weather with a marque and live band in the club gardens. We're already making plans for 2019 but we have set ourselves a touch challenge to match this year. Thanks again to all who joined us and made the event a success." Customers agreed the event was a great success... "A fantastic day as ever, and on a fantastic course too, both the golf itself and the evening were among the highlights of our calendar, not to be missed" - Liam Bird, Commercial Manager of K2 Aluminium "I wanted to say a massive thank you to team at Glazerite for a super day at Wellingborough golf club. As always, the event was brilliantly run and James our Pro for the day was a real gent, I know that the team has some fun and laughs along the way so once again thank you very much" - Jeremy Proctor, playing with Frames Conservatories Direct "Any corporate event Glazerite does is always well run and well received, and this was no exception - an excellent and very enjoyable day" - Ian Woolley, Hi Tech Blinds
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Jeff Dunn to join Glazerite
Jeff Dunn to join Glazerite
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has appointed Jeff Dunn as Group Sales & Marketing Director. Jeff, who joins the National trade fabricator next month, will report directly into company Director, Jason Thompson.  Jason says: "Jeff's appointment is a positive move for both our company and our customers and we're really looking forward to welcoming him aboard. He has proven industry experience and knows the VEKA range inside out. Jeff brings with him a great deal of passion and determination, making him a great addition to the team." Jeff adds: "I'm delighted to be joining Glazerite. It's a well respected business which is still evolving year on year. A major appeal is the fact that owners John and Jason are still heavily involved on a day to day basis. They have incredibly well but are still looking to do much more and I am excited to be part of that. I am keen to get started so I can meet all of the team and start working with the Glazerite customers." Jeff, who is a member of the Independent Network advisory panel, joins Glazerite on 6th July 2018 from Nottinghamshire-based fabricator Consort, where he spent 11 years working in a number of customer-facing roles, including his most recent Sales Director. Meanwhile, Glazerite's Chris Thompson is leaving the fabricator next month after nine years in the role of National Sales & Marketing Manager. Jason says; "Chris has played a key part in Glazerite's success over the last decade, and we would like to thank him for his contribution and loyal service. We wish him every success and best wishes for the future."
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Glazerite installers take five of the six Independent Network Awards
Glazerite installers take five of the six Independent Network Awards
Glazerite installers have once again returned triumphant, beating all-comers to win five out of the six of the main National Independent Awards at the organisation's annual ceremony.  The haul this year, beats The Glazerite UK Group Ltd's previous run of records, with its customers claiming a trophy in every sales category of the awards except one - and even that winner sources some products from the Group.  Top in the £2million-plus category was Thistle, making a fantastic 16th win in the IN and previously Network VEKA Awards for the Aberdeen-based company. In the £1-2million, another repeat winner, Cheadle Glass returned to collect its fourth trophy, while Cannock-based Goliath Homeworld, in the £600k-£1m group, took its seventh. Wilson Windows of Loughborough won the £400-600k award, having previously been voted Best Newcomer in 2016, and first-time winner but previous finalist Mews Windows of Walsall came top in the £250k and under.  Just to add to the tally of accolades, Glazerite is primary supplier to 16 of the 36 finalists and secondary supplier to five more. The Glazerite UK Group Ltd Director Jason Thompson said: "We are really proud of all of our installer partners and very happy that we have been able to support them. They have always excelled themselves at the IN and Network VEKA Awards but they just go on getting better every year. Seeing all the trophies, past and present, just shows what can be achieved when competent, professional installers are given all the support they need to bring the best out in each of them." The awards were presented by Sky Sports presenter Chris Kamara at the Independent Network AGM, Conference and Gala Dinner at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, on Saturday (June 16). During the day, the AGM conference was hosted by Jeff Grout, Business Consultant Specialist known for being one of the top 100 best business speakers in Britain, while some exciting plans to work with WHICH Trusted Traders and FENSA were announced in the Independent Network Marketing update. 
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Delivered to you in just 5 working days!
Delivered to you in just 5 working days!
Improved lead time across the variations range!  We're seeing a massive growth in the demand for coloured windows and doors, as homeowners become more aware of the options available to them rather than just replacing with white uPVC. Always one to keep abreast of industry trends, VEKA has reviewed its lead times across the colour options, resulting in some fantastic improvements for you.  A few key points about the changes This is great news and has introduced some great improvements in terms of lead times to you from us: Anthracite Grey Smooth is now available to you in only 5 days 16 colour combinations are now delivered to you in 5 days Anthracite Grey (1) and Cream (1) are now available in only 5 days for vertical sliders Made to order colour lead times have now been reduced to 5 weeks How this affects the portfolio With these changes, you now have our standard range available in only 5 working days. This includes VEKA M70, FS70 and Halo Rustique and System 10, across casement windows and matching doors. (Please note, lead time on doors for Northwest region is 7-10 days).   Materials to support your sales Swatches:  Foil swatch books are available for the perfect colour match. Lead time chart: For easy reference, we have created a lead time chart based on the latest changes to clearly indicate when you can expect to receive products across our range. Shout about the range! Make a splash about the breadth of colours on your social media and website. We have images of the full swatch range which can be used across your communications. You already know it's one of the key things homeowners are looking for. Just make sure they are aware you can supply them. 
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Glazerite doubles comp door offer with contemporary debut and more
Glazerite doubles comp door offer with contemporary debut and more
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has almost doubled its VEKA/Halo composite door offering, including unveiling a complete range of contemporary styles for the first time, as well as boosting its colours and grain options from 8 to 40.  The move gives installers not only many thousands of extra combination choices but also access to the entire style and colour offering of the Doorco range, complete with the full range of 29 colour options from the VEKA or Halo outerframe.  Glazerite has not only created a fresh new brochure but is also unveiling an advanced new online Door Designer to make it even easier for homeowners to turn their vision into reality.  The brochure highlights the extended range with now 32 traditional design choices, plus the new range of 18 contemporary styles and the 40 premium colours and grains including the original 8, plus the additional option of any RAL colour as special order. The new offering, along with Glazerite's existing Solidor and Palladio products, gives it one of the most comprehensive door ranges of any trade fabricator, as Director Jason Thompson explained: "Two of the fastest-growing trends in the market are composite doors and colour. Many homeowners are now looking for a modern entrance to their home and our new contemporary range gives the perfect option.  With such a wide array of colours available now in uPVC windows, the homeowners want a door to complement that. At the same time, they are being more and more adventurous with choice of door styles. Now, our installer partners can stay ahead of both of those trends from the same source as their existing window and glazing choices." The new doors come with a substantial range of sidelights, glazing options and hardware styles and finishes, plus high-specification security locks and mechanisms as standard - and all with the Fab & Fix Ten-Year Mechanical Guarantee and surface finish warranty.
  |   Tags: Products, Doors, Glazerite
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A step into the digital world pays off for our Shane!
A step into the digital world pays off for our Shane!
We've been working with Shane Howells Ltd in excess of 15 years and during that time we've forged a strong relationship. With ambitious growth plans for 2018, Shane turned to us for advice on his marketing strategy.  At the beginning of the year, we sat down with Shane to review his business plans for expansion and talk through his objectives with our marketing support - exactly the kind of conversation we want to be having with all of our installers.  With aims to extend their showroom to almost three times its current size, and with exciting plans for growth, it was the perfect time to look at how we could best help Shane to meet his business goals. We broke the plan into two manageable phases. Short Term - Initial boost of business January is always a tricky month, so first on the agenda was a campaign to increase awareness, and boost orders. With an overall budget of £200, we ran a series of Facebook ads targeted at Shane's key geographical areas. Our goal was to increase awareness of a special offer on his warmroof, with the resulting campaign leading to a growth in followers to his Facebook page. At the same time, we carried out a digital audit to review the tools and routes available to his business, looking at what he currently used and how we could improve it in line with his goals. As part of this approach, we built Shane a fully-branded, mobile responsive website in order to give customers further confidence in his business. "So far, 2018 has been all about trying new things for us" says Shane. "When you've done things the same way for so long, it can be difficult to make that leap, especially into the unknown. With the help of Glazerite, I've now run some relatively low-cost ad campaigns on Facebook which have more than proved their worth. I've followed this up with a local radio campaign and the enquiries have flooded in. All this for just a couple of one hundred pounds in spend." He adds, "I was hesitant and unsure about using Facebook, but with Michelle guiding me through and on hand to help with any queries, it ran really smoothly and it's definitely something I'll continue with." Long Term - A drive to achieve those goals Shane Howells Ltd is very well known and respected in its local area, with the majority of work coming via recommendations. In order to cast their net wider, our digital audit helped to identify which areas to focus on and what improvements were needed to deliver a greater digital presence going forward, A major part of this will be ongoing and regular search engine optimisation, as well as continued support and planning for social media.  We focused on the importance of showrooms in a recent issue and it's an approach Shane is already using, with his showroom on hand so that customers can see for themselves what they're buying. With plans to further extend and refurbish the showroom following the purchase of additional space, Glazerite has been instrumental in the development and planning of a great new area that will really make the difference for this business and customers.  In addition, we've been working with Shane to develop videos for his website and social media sharing, as well as sales presentation tools, printed promotional materials and survey forms to help him when he's out and about talking to customers. We're looking forward to continuing to work with Shane over the coming months to help him achieve his goals.
  |   Tags: Marketing support, Installers
Case Study
Wimbledon Park Estate Refurbishment
Wimbledon Park Estate Refurbishment
It's a tough decision for any SME - risk stepping up to your biggest contract ever or to play safe and lose out on a big chunk of business. But it was less of a dilemma for Kent-based Adeva Home Improvements because, as Director Geoff Dwyer explained, the backing of the Glazerite UK Group, as well as VEKA, was crucial in tackling the job. We might otherwise have had serious doubts about taking it on". he said after completing the installation of nearly 3,000 windows and doors as part of a £2.2 million refurbishment of Wandworth's Wimbledon Park Estate. "But Glazerite was with us all the way. We've been working with them for about six years, and VEKA much longer. We knew the product and the customer service. Glazerite were very supportive; they were up to speed on manufacture and delivery and, just as important, if any problem arosem, they would be there to rectify straight away." The job was not without challenges, he continued, firstly in removing the original Crittal steel frames, which were not only set into concrete but many had to be taken out in a single three metre by two-metre piece.  Also, the new frames were an unusual combination of side-hung casement and tilt/turns which might have been a problem for some fabricators, though Glazerite took them in its stride. Adeva installed the A-Rated, SBD specification windows and doors based on the VEKA M70 system in white, for main contractor Mulalley and Company Ltd of Woodford Green on behalf of the London Borough of Wandsworth. VEKA also carried out the wind load calculations for the design specification.  Geoff Dwyer concluded: "This was a very substantial piece of work, and by far our biggest contract to date. But we may well have had to think twice about going for it had it not been for the support we got from Glazerite".
  |   Tags: VEKA, Glazerite, Commercial, Installers

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