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Timber goes against the grain for Glazerite and D&M! 

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When VEKA Approved installer D&M Windows and Doors won the contract to put windows into a timber framed building, the first challenge was to avoid the woodgrain texture.

That was no problem for trade fabricator Glazerite Windows Ltd and VEKA however and, while the contract presented other technical challenges, the flat untextured RAL 7016 anthracite grey foil profile was produced as a special order to fabricate the windows as specified for The Edge, a five-storey student accommodation block in Liverpool city centre.

Mark Hoolickin, Managing Director at D&M explained: “We had worked with timber constructions before so we knew about the allowances that need to be made for expansion at each floor level. But we were very glad when VEKA and Glazerite were able to come up with the smooth foil. Grey is very popular, especially with commercial clients but it’s more commonly on grained foil, though we have worked with the smooth grey on other locations where they wanted the same aluminium look.”

VEKA Commercial Development Manager Colette Hunter explained that the smooth grey was chosen to resemble powder coated aluminium, which had been the client’s first choice: “But when we were able to show them the cost difference and let them see the product for themselves, they went for PVC-U in all the courtyard areas while keeping aluminium on the front elevation.”

Oldham-based D&M, run by Mark and son Darren, installed 127 tilt/turn windows in VEKA Matrix 70 with Maco concealed gearing, fabricated by Glazerite at its North West Division in Bolton. Windows and panels were separated with the VEKA vertical expansion system. The main contractor was Beardsley Construction.

D&M had the support of the VEKA Commercial Team from the beginning, working with the planners at Liverpool City Council and providing technical details such as wind loadings. Glazerite’s Peter Smith said: “Once again, this contract shows what can be achieved when installer, fabricator and system supplier work together as a team. D&M had the experience with timber buildings, not to mention an excellent track record on commercial projects of all kinds, and VEKA came up with the special order on the foil and the technical support.”

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

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The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has launched its Heritage Range brochure and an accompanying suite of marketing materials for installers looking to showcase the range to customers.  With something for every budget, the Heritage Range brings together a host of alternatives to high-maintenance timber, including flush sash and vertical slider windows. With developments in energy efficiency, security and the aesthetics, colours and finishes of windows, doors and hardware, homeowners are increasingly seeing the benefits of using virtually maintenance-free uPVC over wood.  The 24-page brochure showcases Glazerite's complete range of heritage-style systems designed to restore or add traditional character to homes, from leading brands including The Residence Collection, Halo and VEKA.  As part of its ongoing aim to support installers, Glazerite has also launched a range of accompanying sales support material which can be tailored with the installer's own branding and company details. The marketing materials include dropcards, banner stands and posters as well as counter display units designed to increase customers' awareness of the Heritage Range.  Michelle Wright, Glazerite's Group Marketing Manager, explains: "Thanks to developments in product aesthetics and the virtually maintenance-free benefits of uPVC, homeowners are increasingly seeing its value for use in period property installations. Our brochure encapsulates the complete range in one collection in order to support installers when they're in front of customers. The supporting material, such as the dropcards and banner stands, can be fully branded with the installer's own company logo and information for just the price of the print run." To find out more about the full Heritage Range sales support package, please email marketing@glazerite.net. Download the Heritage range brochure here.
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Glazerite adds three new faces to Sales & Marketing team
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd is looking to better serve the needs of its growing installer base with a number of new appointments to its sales and marketing team. Katie Sampson joins the Wellingborough-based fabricator this month as Area Sales Manager, with responsibility for customers across the South East and the Midlands. Reporting directly into Glazerite’s Group Sales & Marketing Director, Jeff Dunn, Katie says: “I can’t wait to get started and to meet my customers. I’ve worked with Glazerite before when I was at Network VEKA (now Independent Network) and have watched them grow from afar. I really like their customer-focused ethos and I’m delighted to be joining them.” Jeff adds: “Katie’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Glazerite and our customers. She has proven industry experience, including installer support and trade counter positions with some leading industry brands. She also has a thorough knowledge of the portfolio, from VEKA/Halo products right through to doors, hardware and roofing systems, and brings with her energy, a proven work ethic and a great understanding of customer service.” Katie joins Glazerite from a Sales Manager role at Ultraframe and has previously worked in customer-focused roles with VEKA and SIG plc. As part of its sales and marketing team’s transformation, Glazerite has also recently appointed Jeff Dunn into the newly-created Group Sales and Marketing Director role, and last year recruited Lauren Edwards as Digital Marketing Coordinator. Jason Thompson, Managing Director, explains: “As part of our aim to help installers become best-in-class, we wanted to bolster the support we can give to our customers, including digital marketing support. Lauren’s expertise means we can provide tailored website content, social media management and search engine optimisation to help our installers attract new customers.” Lauren has already made an impact, with the news she has been shortlisted for ‘Social Networker’ at this year’s National Fenestration Awards. Meanwhile, Jeff Dunn is settling into his new role at the fabricator and is looking ahead to the benefits a growing team can bring for customers. “It’s a great time for Katie to be joining our team. We’re looking forward to getting out and about seeing customers and continuing to deliver the exceptional service they expect from us.”
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Glazerite shortlisted for prestigious G18 Award
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has been nominated for ‘Fabricator of the Year’ at this year’s G Awards, which take place in London on 30th November 2018.  The news follows Glazerite’s success last year in the same category, when they were crowned winners.  Director, Jason Thompson, says of the nomination: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted once again for this coveted award. Our teams have worked harder than ever across all four of our sites this year, building on the success of the G17 awards in a number of ways. We’ve extended our product range, invested in manufacturing and strengthened our installer-support team as we continue with our aim to help our customers become best-in-class.   “Like everyone across the industry, we’ve faced tough trading conditions and it’s not all been plain sailing. We’re extremely grateful to our customers and suppliers for the loyalty and support they’ve continued to show us and we’re thrilled to see that some of them, like Thistle Windows and VEKA, are up for awards themselves. We wish them, and the rest of this year’s finalists, all the best.”  2018 has seen Glazerite strengthen its heritage range with the addition of the Residence 7 FlushSash product and a mechanical jointed version of their VEKA Vertical Slider. The portfolio has also been enhanced with a range of new composite doors from Halo and Solidor, as well as an increased choice of colours.  Wellingborough-based Glazerite has also appointed a digital marketing specialist, Lauren Edwards, in order to specifically support installers with their online ambitions. Lauren works closely with customers looking to increase awareness by using tailored techniques such as search engine optimisation, mobile-friendly websites and an enhanced social media presence. Jason adds: “As well as our people, we’ve also continued to invest in our vehicle fleet and our manufacturing sites, with new machinery and expansion planned for our Bolton site for example.   “I’d like to thank all of the team here at Glazerite for the exceptional customer service they deliver, day in, day out and I know we are all thrilled to have been recognised again this year. We’re up against some strong competition, but whatever happens, we know we’ll have a fantastic evening.”
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