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GROSVENOR AND GLAZERITE DELIVER SILVER STANDARD FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES

Two blocks of new affordable homes in Salford will have even more affordable heating bills, thanks to high specification energy efficient windows from Bolton-based Grosvenor Windows Limited.

Grosvenor gained AECB Silver Standard accreditation for its U-Value 1.2 windows using 6.8mm laminate glass, Styrofoam LBH-X inserts in the reinforcement steels, plus additional gaskets, in grey VEKA Matrix 70 frames designed and fabricated by Glazerite Windows Ltd.

The blocks were part of a development of 19 affordable and private residential new properties by Seddon Homes in the city’s Bowker Street.

The contract was especially challenging at the tender stage because of the requirement for AECB (Association for Environment Conscious Building) Silver Standard for the affordable homes, especially achieving U-Value 1.2 while using laminated glass, according to Grosvenor Commercial Estimator Lauren Wilcox:

“But after all the planning and discussion, the actual installation went extremely well and was completed well within the required timescale. Given such a demanding specification, the technical support we received from Glazerite and VEKA plc proved invaluable, as it has done many times before.”

Glazerite Director Jason Thompson added: “There are lots of jobs out there that can be made achievable for any competent installer with the right kind of technical support, as many of our installer partners have already discovered. More and more commercial clients and main contractors are taking matters such as energy efficiency far more seriously but this work need not be out of reach of any professional installer.”

Grosvenor also provided the windows for the private residential side of the development as well as all the French doors, which were Secured by Design accredited.

Glazerite is VEKA’s largest trade fabricator in the UK as well as a prominent and long-standing Network VEKA member. It offers a fully nationwide service based on manufacturing units in Northants and Greater Manchester as well as a distribution hub in Bristol serving South Wales and The West of England.

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GLAZERITE EAST CELEBRATES A YEAR OF INTEGRATION – AT LAST!
The small matter of a long overdue high-speed broadband installation may be seen by some as the conclusion of a year-long transformation of the former City Beads Halo fabricator into part of The Glazerite UK Group but in many ways, it was more like the beginning. “Up to then, everything had been paper-based for the 32 years of our existence,” Mark Smith, former MD of the Peterborough company and now director designate of the new division, Glazerite East, explained: “Only when that changed could we really begin to move forward. It was an immensely frustrating time for all but the progress since then has been massive.” Of course, Glazerite was progressing the transformation on many other fronts during the wait, not least in machinery upgrades, and over £125,000 was spent on new quad and crucifix welders from Winmac as soon as the ink was dry on the acquisition deal. Beyond that, another £50,000 went on bringing the IT in line with the existing Glazerite systems and more was spent on signage, vehicle livery and new windows and doors to bring the site inline with the new group brand. Group Director Jason Thompson said the lack of broadband strength, and the delay in the provider remedying the problem were a major setback: “This meant we were not able to introduce our Evonet management and other systems for the better part of a year. However, we made the best use of that time, not only implementing the ‘hard’ changes like upgrading the building and machinery, but also introducing the Glazerite culture among the workforce. “We began with familiarising all the staff with Glazerite and assuring them of our long-term commitment to the business as well as outlining our short and medium term plans. We have also been able to improve both their working conditions and terms of employment. The other side of the equation is of course the existing customer base and, even before the IT issue was solved, the feedback from them was very encouraging and has gone on getting better since then.” Now, just as at Glazerite’s other production sites, everything is bar-coded across the whole of production and dispatch so that, along with Evonet, there is full transparency and accountability throughout. Mark Smith continued: “Now that all the systems are in place, we and our customers are beginning to see the real benefits of the acquisition. Lead times have been brought down in line with the rest of the group, full online quoting and ordering is available to all customers and, most importantly, they all have full access to one of the most comprehensive product ranges in the industry, all via this one single point of contact.  Not to mention the great marketing support that is now available to our installers, being part of the group really does open up so many opportunities to our installers ” This means the former City Beads customers can now not only offer the full range of mainstream VEKA systems but also its sliding sash and Imagine bi-fold, patio and flush doors, Warmcore windows and bi-folds and all Residence9 and Solidor products. By the same token the rest of the group now has access to the Halo range from Glazerite East’s ongoing operation. Another benefit for Peterboroughcustomers however is that, whether they are working with mainstream VEKA or Halo systems, they can apply to become part of the Independent Network (formerly known as Network VEKA) via Glazerite’s long-standing relationship with the organisation. Mark Smith concluded: “We see a great future as part of the Glazerite UK Group. The company has already shown that it is prepared to invest time, money and commitment into bringing this new division into line with the standards set by the rest of the group, and we can see that what has happened so far is only the beginning.”
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GLAZERITE OFFER INSTALLERS THE COMPLETE PACKAGE
Fresh from another successful FIT Show Jason Thompson, Director at The Glazerite UK Group Ltd, takes time to reflect on what has been most effective in helping the company to cement their name as one of the most comprehensive door and window fabricators in the business: “The FIT Show is the industry’s key event so always gives us a great platform to reach out to potential trade partners and show what we have to offer. This year was no exception and we got the opportunity to network with lots of great people, including many of our existing partners.” “Being able to provide these trade partners with such an extensive choice, and the flexibility that comes with that, is definitely one of Glazerite’s strengths,” said Jason. “Offering installers names such VEKA, Solidor, Residence and Palladio, to name just a few, all from one place goes a long way towards making their job easier and more efficient.” Some of the best examples of the seven profile systems that Glazerite work with were showcased by Jason and his team at the show, including the mechanically jointed VEKA VS, flush sash from Halo, and a selection from the premium R9 range, all displaying the level of quality that the company offers its customers. “We have already established a good base of quality products for installers to choose from but we are always looking for the next way to further expand and improve our offering to help them remain competitive,” Jason continued. “In the lead up to the show we were delighted to agree an exclusive partnership with acclaimed flood defence manufacturer Flood Angel which means Glazerite installers can now take advantage of membership to an exclusive retail partner network authorised to market these products throughout the UK. It was great to see so many take the opportunity to talk to the Flood Angel representatives and view the flood door example that we had on the stand. “However, it’s not just about the products, but also the enhanced benefits we can offer our trade partners. One of the key strengths we have as a fabricator is the range of support packages that we can supply through teaming up with some of the most respected organisations in the industry, including Network VEKA, Planitherm Installer Network, Maco Secure +, ERA five star VEKA and Halo approved installer and the Ultion £1000 break in guarantee. “One of the other vitally important benefits that Glazerite can deliver is good quality marketing support. Almost every fabricator offers something of this nature now, but we have ensured that an experienced dedicated team is in place who are fully equipped to help our members with anything from new logos and brochures, to a brand new website, to training on conversion and sales strategy. Jason concluded: “UK homeowners have moved on significantly in recent years and have far greater expectations and we have moved on accordingly. This ensures that our installer customers are able to cope with the increasing demands of consumers and the FIT show allows us to physically show our customers what we can offer.”
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Glazerite Gang Claim Record Trophy
Glazerite installers have beaten all previous records, taking a fantastic five out of seven national trophies – including overall winner – at the annual Network VEKA Awards on Saturday. Top of them all, scooping its 15th national Network VEKA Award as Member of the Year, as well as the £1.5million-plus category, was Aberdeen-based Thistle Windows and Conservatories, followed by NV founder member Goliath Homeworld of Cannock in the £1m-1.5m category, Shane Howells of Ledbury in the £750k-£1m and MG Window Systems of Northampton in £500k-£750k. Glazerite UK Group Ltd also saw another 15 of its installer partners listed as finalists in the national categories, including six in the two, smaller turnover, categories where it did not have a winner, and over half (12 out of 23) of the total new entries and re-entries into the organisation’s elite 100% Club. This year’s Network VEKA Awards had been reconfigured to replace the UK regional trophies with seven national awards, in six categories based on turnover plus a Member of The Year, as well as trophies for best new member in the North and South respectively as before. The ceremony was held at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwick, where the trophies were presented by Network VEKA brand ambassador, snooker legend Steve Davis. “Our installer partners have excelled themselves yet again,” said Jason Thompson, Director of the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, after the presentation. “Network Veka is second to none in this industry for the standards it sets and the quality that its members consistently deliver, and these awards are among the most coveted in the industry. The trophies are a credit to every one of the winners but we are also very proud of our absolute commitment to helping them and all of our installer partners to grow with the best possible support that any trade fabricator could offer.” He added: “It is well worth noting that these winners, just as in previous years, are those businesses that have fully embraced the Network Veka package and made the best use of everything it offers – something that we at Glazerite have always encouraged our member installers to do. This year, the change in the awards to a national base means all the members are competing against their peers on a level playing field rather than region by region. “Also this year, all Network VEKA members passed £1billion accumulated sales and still maintained their 97% average customer satisfaction rate; that is a truly market-leading performance.” The Glazerite UK Group is VEKA’s largest trade fabricator in the UK and a long-standing Network VEKA member. It offers a fully nationwide service based on manufacturing units in Northants, Peterborough and Greater Manchester as well as its South West distribution hub in Bristol serving South Wales and The West of England. The Glazerite UK Group will be at the FIT Show, stand E15.
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