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Glazerite welcomes new member of the Board
Glazerite welcomes new member of the Board
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has announced further changes to its senior management team, following the recent appointment of Group Managing Director, Robert Brearley. Mike Johnson, who has been with Glazerite since it was founded in 2000, is to move towards retirement during the course of 2021, with Mark Johnston taking on the role of Group Finance Director. Mark joins the trade fabricator from his role as Finance and Commercial Director at Sovereign Group Ltd, which produces windows and doors for social and affordable housing properties. Group Managing Director, Robert Brearley says of his appointment: “Mark has extensive commercial and financial experience across a range of sectors, and we’re delighted to welcome him to the business. He will work closely with Mike for a transitional period, so we have a seamless handover before Mike enjoys his well-earned retirement.” Alongside founders John Hewitt and Jason Thompson, Mike has played an instrumental role in evolving Glazerite into a leading trade fabricator, with four manufacturing divisions and a £29 million turnover. Mark, who joins Glazerite on 4th January 2021, says of his new role: “I’m delighted to be joining Glazerite. It’s a forward-thinking organisation with exciting plans for growth, and I’m really looking forward to playing my part in further enhancing its position as a market leader.”
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Glazerite introduces Timberweld® technology
Glazerite introduces Timberweld® technology
Leading trade fabricator, the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, has welcomed the introduction of Timberweld® technology to its Specials Division. Timberweld® - the patented method of welding corners on uPVC to make an authentic timber butt joint effect - has been in use by Glazerite on its Residence 9 and Residence 7 products since July. Ian Lloyd, Operations Director for Glazerite, says: “We first looked at Timberweld at the Fit Show in 2019 and we were impressed with the manufacturing efficiencies it would bring to our more handcrafted products, as well as the great aesthetics it replicates on the window. We are now manufacturing both R9 and R7 with a Timberweld sash and a mechanically jointed outerframe, mullion and transom, and we’re really pleased with the results so far.” The Timberweld equipment, which includes new end millers, cutter sets and a specially adapted welder, was installed by Rugby-based Total Machinery Solutions (TMS) at Glazerite’s heritage-focused Specials Division in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. The site, in Stewarts Road, has been subject to regular investment since it was opened in 2017, with the £80,000 Timberweld spend part of a wider £1 million scheme to improve machinery, expand site presence and grow the Glazerite fleet over the last 18 months across the whole Group. Ian adds: “Timberweld technology gives us greater flexibility and efficiencies in the manufacture and transport of frames, as windows can be ordered unglazed in both R9 and R7, depending on what is required for individual projects. It also allows for greater throughput of the products, and consistency in their finish.” Following the successful commissioning of the machinery at the Specials Division, the company will be manufacturing Halo Flush Sash at their East Division to the same Timberweld specification from November, making Glazerite the first fabricator to manufacture the Halo product in this way. Glazerite’s CEO, Jason Thompson, says: “Flush sash products are showing considerable growth and have massive potential going forward. As a fabricator, we’re always looking at ways to enhance our product range and manufacturing techniques in a way that balances aesthetics and technology. Despite the current economic climate, we feel Timberweld has been an important part of our recent expenditure as it allows us to broaden our offering to installer partners and equip them with the premium products they need to win business.”
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NFA 2020 Finalists in three categories
NFA 2020 Finalists in three categories
After a tough start of the year for us all, we are delighted to be finalists in three categories for this year’s National Fenestration Awards, the industries fastest growing, independent awards event. Originally launched back in 2013, these awards aim to be the fairest event in fenestration, rewarding the very best of our industry. Since Glazerite was formed 20 years ago it has grown tenfold, with phenomenal growth of over 150% in the last eight years alone. Our employees and customers are at the heart of Glazerite, and with 2020 marking our 20th year in business, what better way to celebrate a year of further performance and increased product offering than by making it as a finalist in this years NFA awards for Fabricator/Manufacturer and PVC company of the year.  We are also proud that our very own Digital Marketing Co-ordinator, Lauren Edwards has also made it as a finalist in the Social Networker category. Since joining Glazerite three years ago, Lauren has helped manage the Glazerite brand accounts and supports our customers with their social media strategy and any other marketing assistance needed.  We would really appreciate your vote for us in these categories to help us win add the icing to the cake of our 20th year in business for our team.  Finalists: Fabricator/Manufacturer PVC Company Social Networker - Lauren Edwards Place your vote here - https://www.fenestrationawards.co.uk/nfa2020/ Thank you.
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Independent Network Award Winners
Independent Network Award Winners
Normally this time of year, we would be attending the annual VEKA AGM and enjoying the members weekend celebrating another year of hard work and innovation with our customers. Unfortunately for everybody, this year like many other planned events went ahead virtually instead.  After an update from VEKA's finance director Graham Fitton and Marketing Director Dawn Stockwell, it was time for the annual awards ceremony companies achieving 100% customer satisfaction throughout the year. Presented by Karen Lund and comedy star John Meredith, the winners were announced, and we're proud to say some of our customers were recognised. Winners for Customer Satisfaction Awards 2019 Mews Windows Norscot Joinery Ffenestri Kevin Thomas Windows Thistle Windows & Conservatories Ltd  James Fry of Frames Conservatories Direct Ltd also won the National Sales Representative Customer Satisfaction Award 2019.  Well done to all the winners, very well deserved! We can't wait to celebrate at next year's event where VEKA will be celebrating its 25th members weekend.
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Glazerite chairman John Hewitt raises nearly £80,000 for charity
Glazerite chairman John Hewitt raises nearly £80,000 for charity
Glazerite UK Group’s Chairman, John Hewitt, has completed his epic 1,000-mile cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End in memory of his late daughter Kelly, who took her own life in 2018. John was joined by 11 friends and family - nicknamed Kelly’s Heroes - for the arduous 13-day challenge, which saw them climb 59000ft and battle through wind, rain and occasional sunshine. As a result, the team has raised an incredible £80,000 so far for the charity We Mind & Kelly Matters, which John and Kelly’s mum and sister set up to honour the 24-year-old. John explains: “Kelly took her own life following a short battle with anxiety and depression, something which sadly affects millions around the world. We don’t want anyone else to experience the pain we have, and we feel that the best way to remember Kelly is to do something positive in her memory and support others who are struggling with mental health issues.” Kelly’s Heroes set off from John O’Groats last month and arrived in Land’s End on Friday 28th August to a socially distanced crowd of well-wishers. Remarkably, many of the people they passed or met on the route have since donated to the charity, something which really touched the team. John adds: “It was a memorable experience for us all. The pain we experienced was wiped out by the jubilation we felt when we reached the end of each day. The hardest part for me was cycling up the Kirkstone Pass in Cumbria in extremely windy conditions. I was in tears, but I knew I had to keep going, not for me, but for Kelly, and those who struggle with their mental health daily.” Prior to and during the ride, Kelly’s Heroes received huge support in the form of sponsorship and donations from the fenestration industry, as well as suppliers and customers, including main sponsors VEKA and the Independent Network. John adds: “Myself and the team have been hugely supported by many of Glazerite’s suppliers, customers and competitors, and many others from the industry. It’s been such a huge outpouring of support for what is a global problem that affects us all in some way or other, and the whole team are immensely grateful. We couldn’t have done it without them and every penny raised will go towards educating people and suicide prevention. The support received will literally help save lives.” The team also received messages of support from sporting legends including former Arsenal and England footballer Kelly Smith MBE, current and former Northampton Saints rugby players Harry Mallinder, Alex Waller and Steve Thompson MBE, and cycling commentator Phil Liggett MBE. The next steps for We Mind & Kelly Matters are to continue to promote awareness of mental health issues in Northamptonshire’s schools and businesses, where Glazerite has its headquarters, as well as support the work of other charities like MIND. There are also plans afoot for another cycling challenge in 2022. John adds: “We will never forget Kelly and we will do all we can to help others in the same position she was, and hopefully make a difference.” The team hope the final figure raised will surpass £100,000. To donate, please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/kellys-heroes
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New Pink Door Range Launched
New Pink Door Range Launched
We are excited to offer a brand new pink door range, designed exclusively by DOORCO in support of We Mind & Kelly Matters, a charity set up by our Group Chairman John Hewitt, in memory of his daughter Kelly. DOORCO admirably wanted to offer something longevity to customers to support the charity, and what better way than creating a range of pink doors, a colour that has already proven popular for front doors in many homes, including Mrs Hinch!  20% of all door blanks sold from this range will go to We Mind & Kelly Matters to help raise awareness of mental health and prevention of suicides.  This is an exclusive collection of four door styles, offered in three delicate shades of pink. The design is complimented with stunning rose gold Sweet hardware from Brisant, homeowners can also choose from three beautiful glass designs from Regalead to complete their entrance door. John Hewitt commented on the range:  "When DOORCO approached me about this new collection I was blown away. We originally set up We Mind & Kelly Matters to keep Kelly's memory alive, but as time has gone on, we are determined to make a difference in the prevention of suicide. All the money we raise through the charity goes to mental health awareness, trying to remove the stigma and prevent other young people from taking their own lives." He adds "We're all extremely grateful to DOORCO for this initative which I'm sure will provide us with funds to help realise our plans to educate the next generation about mental health before it's too late." Glazerite are pleased to be able to offer this range of doors from 1st September.
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Glazerite announces new MD and restructure as part of long term plans for growth
Glazerite announces new MD and restructure as part of long term plans for growth
Leading trade fabricator, The Glazerite UK Group Ltd, has announced a board-level restructure as part of its ambitious plans for growth. The move includes the appointment of Robert Brearley as Group Managing Director, with former Group MD Jason Thompson taking on the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer. It follows Group Chairman John Hewitt’s decision to take a step back from the business to focus more time on his recently founded suicide prevention charity, We Mind & Kelly Matters, in memory of his late daughter. Jason Thompson says: “Glazerite has gone from strength to strength since John and I founded the business 20 years ago. Today, we are one the UK’s leading trade fabricators thanks to the hard work and dedication of our team, and the support of our customers and suppliers. “Though we are sad to see John step back, he still remains an integral part of the company as Group Chairman and majority shareholder. However, the day-to-day running and strategic longer term planning for Glazerite will rest with myself, Robert and the current board going forward. “Robert joining us is a real opportunity given his wealth of industry experience. It’ll strengthen both our board and the business in general, and his manufacturing, continuous improvement, and commercial sales knowledge will be a real asset for Glazerite.” Robert, who joins Glazerite on 24th August, says of the appointment: “I’m really thrilled about joining such a forward-thinking business as Glazerite. As we head into the next generation of the business, we have some exciting plans in place to further strengthen and grow our market position. With such a strong, experienced team already in place, there will be some fantastic opportunities ahead.” The news follows 18 months of investment for the fabricator, including site expansion at its Northwest plant in Bolton, and new machinery installation across each of Glazerite’s four manufacturing facilities. Jason adds: “In spite of the March and April lockdown due to Covid-19, our sales for June/July this year are up 30 per cent in comparison with the same period last year. Our restructure will further strengthen our position as market leaders and allows us to build our offering and manufacturing capability further, in line with our own plans and the ambitions of our customers and suppliers.”
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Evolution in Glazerite's Flush Sash Offering
Evolution in Glazerite's Flush Sash Offering
Jeff Dunn, Glazerite UK Group’s Sales & Marketing Director, explains how their flush sash portfolio has evolved and continues to develop with market demand. As a leading trade fabricator, market trends matter to us. Heritage styles are increasingly popular with consumers, and the way in which they can be manufactured is constantly evolving too. As a forward-thinking partner for our installers, it’s crucial we continually adapt our processes around product improvements, which is why Timberweld® caught our eye. To meet market desire, we’ve invested further in our Specials Division in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, which was set up in 2014 in recognition of the specialist machinery and techniques involved in fabricating heritage profiles. It’s here we manufacture both the UK-designed, UK-extruded Residence 9 and Residence 7 products, which are equally acclaimed by consumers and planning officers for their timber-like aesthetics. Part of our recent investment at the Specials Division has included the introduction of Timberweld, the patented method of welding corners on uPVC by butt welding sashes inside and out, replicating the authentic aesthetics delivered with a mechanical joint. We’ve always been firm in our position to manufacture R9 windows via a mechanically jointed and glass bonded process. However, as technology and the market has developed, we now have a solution in Timberweld that enables us to offer the same structural integrity and security performance without the need for glass bonding. The ability to offer R9 unglazed offers installers a number of benefits, making it easier to fit, reducing handling and fitting costs and giving them the option to source glass from their own supplier. All of these contribute to a less complex installation, with scope for making higher margins further benefitting our customers. In addition to the benefits for the homeowner and installer, the transition to using Timberweld also gives us flexibility in manufacture with the obvious efficiencies in the production process and logistics in the transportation. Another heritage jewel in our portfolio is the Halo Flush Sash, which is manufactured at our East Division in Peterborough. We intend offering Timberweld across all of our flush sash options in the near future, but as this is a new concept for the Halo system we are still in the testing phase at present. Having three high performance flush sash products on offer gives our installer partners access to a solution for every customer budget, and allows them to take advantage of greater sales opportunities, as they never have to turn down a specialist, bespoke or non-standard job. We like to give our installer partners everything they need to help them stand out amongst their own competitors, and in support of this we offer a full suite of heritage marketing materials including dropcards, point of sale materials and non-branded brochures, which they can use as their own, alongside the marketing assets and materials on offer from our suppliers. The Residence Collection does a superb job of positioning and branding their products alongside high profile consumer brands such as Farrow and Ball. The aesthetics of both R9 and R7, combined with the acoustic, thermal and security benefits of the windows appeal to the consumer, along with the choice of colour palette, dual colour option and decorative beading to suit period and contemporary property refurbishment or new builds alike. As a fabricator, it matters to us that our customers’ customers are happy. Having a flush sash portfolio, which incorporates products at the forefront of innovation is vital. We back this up using cutting-edge fabrication techniques, broader added value business support offerings and exemplary customer service, so that we can continue on with our mission to give our installers a best-in-class experience. So what’s next for our heritage portfolio? We have plans to continue investing in our capabilities and how we fabricate the products we offer so that we can continue to support our customers, while meeting the quality, authenticity and aesthetics their own customers expect. Watch this space…
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Glazerite chairman gets ready for epic charity ride
Glazerite chairman gets ready for epic charity ride
John Hewitt, Chairman of the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, is just weeks away from a 1,000 mile cycle ride in memory of his late daughter Kelly.  The challenge, nicknamed Kelly’s Heroes, will see a 12-strong team of amateur cyclists take part in a mammoth ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End, pedalling off on 16th August.  Some of Glazerite’s customers and good friends of John will be joining him for the ride, including Pete Mew of West Midlands-based Mews Windows and Glyn Pepper of Snowdon Homes.  The team are hoping to raise £50,000 for the charity We Mind & Kelly Matters, which John set up to honour his 24-year-old daughter following her passing in 2018.  John says: “Kelly had fought a battle with anxiety and depression in the months leading up to her death. After she took her own life, we wanted to do all we could in her memory to raise awareness of mental health and support other charities like MIND.  “We hope that our bike ride can raise awareness of the battles people face on a daily basis, as well as illustrate the help and guidance on offer to help support those who are struggling.” John, Pete and the rest of the team have been training for the challenge since last autumn, with a mix of indoor and road cycling. Much of the team’s training this year coincided with the UK-wide ‘lockdown’, which meant finding new ways to train together virtually using indoor cycling equipment and catching up over What’s App for cycling sessions. In the process, John has lost nearly three stone.  John adds: “We know it’s going to be a tough two weeks but nowhere near as tough as it is for those who face battles with mental health. I’d like to thank all the installers and suppliers, including VEKA and the Independent Network, for the support they have shown us so far, including sponsorship and donations. The support from the fenestration industry, even in difficult times we’re all currently facing, has been tremendous.”  In support of Kelly’s Heroes, Northampton-based company All Things Management has put together a video montage for use on social media to help raise even more awareness of the cycle ride. Ben Thomas, who was behind the clip, explains: “Mental health is a topic I am passionate about, and when I heard about the battles Kelly went through I wanted to do something to make a difference. John is inspirational, and I’m proud that we played a small part in this to help raise awareness of mental health.”  The team leaves John O’Groats on 16th August 2020 and aims to reach the Cornish landmark within 13 days. To sponsor Kelly’s Heroes, visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/Kellys-Heroes
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Covid-19: Glazerite publishes guide to support installer partners returning to work after 'lockdown'
Covid-19: Glazerite publishes guide to support installer partners returning to work after 'lockdown'
Trade fabricator the Glazerite UK Group has launched a guidance brochure and online hub to help home improvement companies operate in the ‘new normal’. The unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 pandemic has meant uncertainty for many businesses, and in particular those who work in customer’s homes. Now Glazerite has pulled together all the available official guidelines, resources and reference points into an online and printed ‘toolbox’ format. It details risk assessments and other policies and procedures in line with Government guidance, as well as links through to the different types of business and financial support currently available. The site at Homeimprovementshub.co.uk also includes pointers on marketing in the current climate, and contact details of helpful organisations for those who could be struggling with their mental health. Michelle Wright, Glazerite’s Group Marketing Manager, explains: “Adapting to a new way of working can be challenging, and navigating through the guidance can be potentially confusing. We wanted to pull together all of the current guidelines and resources into one place for our installer partners to help them find what they need to know quickly and easily.” Glazerite offers its customers a comprehensive product portfolio, and also a raft of other services, including marketing support. Michelle says: “In the current climate, digital marketing is more important than ever, so we’re encouraging customers to update their websites and make best use of social media channels; sharing what they’re doing as a business around the new working practices. “Our toolbox contains some ideas on key marketing priorities in the current climate, and includes links to our retail suite of brochures. Websites should be a priority for all businesses, which is something we already offer to our installer partners. We’re also encouraging video call platforms for the sales journey so they can still talk to their own customers. Our sales presenter tool can be branded with specific content from the installer and will give them a visual and virtual way to help walk homeowners through the products and offering available.” Jason Thompson, Glazerite’s Group Managing Director, adds: “The last few months have tested most businesses to their limits and we are keen to see the industry return to a degree of normality as quickly as possible. The content of the guide is broad and we’ve tried to cover all of the key areas that will be affecting companies. Any feedback with further areas or content to include would be greatly appreciated to keep it relevant and informative for all users.”
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Be aware: Covid 19 spoofing warning
Be aware: Covid 19 spoofing warning
Our IT partner have made us aware of a number of COVID-19 related scams which we would like to share, please keep your wits about you as they try to use this awful situation for their gain.  Many of these are email-based phishing scams and are designed to lure an individual into a false sense of security by imitating well-known organisations and news sources.  Some of the more common phishing scams that have been seen are: Phishing scam impersonating the World Health Organisation:   Health advice emails (containing links to malware-infected documents): Workplace policy emails (containing malicious links): Phishing emails do not seem to be the only kind of scams doing the rounds at the moment, we have heard of numerous fake websites purporting to sell everything from laptops and software all the way through to PPE such as facemasks, gloves and hand sanitiser. Government websites are also being spoofed in order for cybercriminals to try and obtain business and personal information from those who are simply looking for help: Notice the extremely false web address. As well as the above there has been a large rise in SMS messaging scams, which similar to the phishing emails are trying to catch individuals with their guard down when they are most vulnerable… Tips for recognizing and avoiding phishing emails: In many cases your spam and content filters will block any malicious emails and websites, however, despite the fact many of us are working from the comforts of our own homes it is as always, vitally important not to let our guards down and be as vigilant as we usually are when working from the office. Here are some ways to recognize and avoid coronavirus-themed scams: •    Beware of online requests for personal information. A coronavirus-themed email that seeks personal information like your login information is a phishing scam. Legitimate government agencies won’t ask for that information. Never respond to the email with your personal data. •    Check the email address or link. You can inspect a link by hovering your cursor over the URL to see where it leads. Sometimes, it’s obvious the web address is not legitimate. But keep in mind phishers can create links that closely resemble legitimate addresses. Delete the email. •    Watch for spelling and grammatical mistakes. If an email includes spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors, it’s likely a sign you’ve received a phishing email. Delete it. •    Look for generic greetings. Phishing emails are unlikely to use your name. Greetings like “Dear sir or madam” signal an email is not legitimate. •    Avoid emails that insist you act now. Phishing emails often try to create a sense of urgency or demand immediate action. The goal is to get you to click on a link and provide personal information — right now. Instead, delete the message.
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Engaging with customers during the pandemic
Engaging with customers during the pandemic
We are not manufacturing at present, but we still have a core team available to help and support you where needed.   With homeowners spending so much time indoors many are thinking about their next home improvement projects.    Whilst you can't visit them and do a physical survey, there is no reason why they can't send you pictures and sizes of their windows and doors to give them a guide on pricing for the works they need. Keep the flow of communication going with your customers, just a few simple steps: 1. Engage with your audiences on social - This is a perfect time to remind your customers what you offer and the improvements they can make to their home.  We will be sending Glazerite installers' social assets to use in the next few days. 2. Send homeowner general info  - A link to your website and any relevant brochures for the products they are interested in.  Our retail brochures are a good starting point. DOWNLOAD NOW. If you don't have a website point them to our homeowner site for now and drop us a note to [email protected] - we'll send any enquiries/queries through to you.  But talk to us about creating your own branded website going forward. 3. Collect the info you need - Ask the homeowner to take pictures and send sizes to you, describing any requirements in the products.   4.  Quote for the work  - You can either use your online ordering system (Sat16) or our order processing team [email protected], as usual, to quote for any works. 5.  Send the quote - Once finalised send the quote to the customer with any relevant paperwork.  Don't forget to remind them this is an approximate quote and will be subject to a full survey once things are back to normal.  But it gives them an idea of the cost in the meantime.          Once we are back to some normality if the customer would like to take the quote further, you can arrange a full survey and final quotation.  
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