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MORE SALES MEANS MORE STAFF FOR EVER-GROWING GLAZERITE

Glazerite Windows Ltd has boosted its workforce by nearly 25% in 2014 to stay ahead of growing demand for its expanding product range.

The trade fabricator has taken on 39 more people in this year alone, taking the total over 200, to stay on course for its target of £21million sales for 2014 – and now looks set to hit or even surpass that target.
Key management appointments, including some newly-created positions, were backed by recruitment to staff the company’s Specials factory, opened in May to focus on newly launched ranges in the year and a dedicated Sliding Sash line.

Glazerite Director Jason Thompson said: “Sales have been growing for many years but the market really took off for us and our customers in 2013 so we launched a major recruitment drive to make sure our customers are in the best position to take advantage of this. We are also forecasting further growth in demand in the next few years and aim to be fully prepared for this.”

Among the appointments was Lee Albright as North West General Manager, in charge of the Bolton manufacturing unit which has seen production increase by over a third in the last year. In three new positions, David Matthews is HR Manager, Michael Brown takes Digital Marketing and Chris Price rejoins the company to be Operations Manager. Also Paddy Dixon becomes Purchasing Manager and Richard Day takes the new dedicated role of Transport & Logistics Manager, which was formerly split with H&S.

The Specials unit, staffed by 18 appointments and internal moves, produces Glazerite’s newly-launched Residence 9 flush sash window and VEKA Imagine Bi-fold system as well as giving existing Sliding sash production its own dedicated line and staff for the first time.

The forecast target will see sales put on 17.5% year on year, just the latest in a series of double-digit increases that have marked the company’s history since its beginnings in the year 2000.

Glazerite is VEKA’s largest UK trade fabricator and a prominent Network VEKA member, with a reputation for unsurpassed customer service as well as a comprehensive product range. The company offers a fully nationwide service based on manufacturing units in Northants and Greater Manchester and a distribution hub in Bristol.

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Sun shines again for record golf day
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Jeff Dunn to join Glazerite
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