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A trade from wood to uPVC windows at Helston College
A trade from wood to uPVC windows at Helston College
Glazerite installer Collington & Company has put the finishing touches on a project to transform a draughty school into an energy efficient building. The two week long job at Cornwall-based Helston Community College saw 38 Halo Rustique windows installed. Sourced from Collington & Co’s fabricator, The Glazerite UK Group Ltd, the fully sculptured white windows replaced the deteriorating wooden windows, which were over 40 years old. Having served the area as a family run business for the last 50 years, Collington & Co were contacted directly by the school, and won the job based on their local reputation. Collington Surveyor/Estimator, Lloyd Harris, says: “The most challenging part was making sure that the new windows matched the existing finish. We used astragal bars on the windows to achieve this, sourced from Glazerite, who we selected for this job because of the quality of product and the way they attach the bars to the windows.” The results are not only aesthetically pleasing, but have since benefited both the college and Collington & Co further too. Lloyd explains: “Since the installation, the school’s Maintenance Manager has told us that he’s been able to turn the heating down at the college, thanks to the energy efficient nature of the uPVC windows we installed. “Collington & Co has also since been contacted by a number of local people who have seen the installation and want the same for their homes, with many commenting on how timber-like and in-keeping with the originals the frames are.” Lloyd adds: “We work hard to provide high quality installs using the best products and services sourced from suppliers like Glazerite. This is the first commercial job we have worked with Glazerite on and their knowledge and support in the specification was invaluable throughout.” Giovanni Sangiovanni, Sales Manager for Glazerite, says: “Hopefully this is the first of many commercial projects we will work with Collington & Co on. They have been a great partner to work with, and they take great pride in their work which has been demonstrated by the high quality workmanship on this project. This has resulted in a complete transformation for the college, both in terms of energy efficiency and aesthetics.” Based in Helston, the most southerly town in Great Britain, Collington & Company employs 12 people and specialises mainly in domestic projects. They install windows, doors and conservatories across the south west of Cornwall, stretching from Falmouth and the Lizard Peninsula to Penzance and Land’s End.
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Local Man to Cycle 1000 Miles in Memory of Late Daughter
Local Man to Cycle 1000 Miles in Memory of Late Daughter
John Hewitt, Chairman of Wellingborough-based company, the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, has rallied a 12-strong group of friends and family to take part in a mammoth cycle ride in memory of his late daughter, Kelly. The challenge will see the team - nicknamed Kelly’s Heroes - cycle the arduous 1000-mile route from John O’Groats to Land’s End next summer. John is being joined by a number of friends and family, including his brother Paul, and Isham businessman Glyn Pepper, of Snowdon Homes. John’s daughter Kelly died aged 24 last December following a battle with depression. After her death, John set up a registered charity, We Mind & Kelly Matters, which is geared at raising awareness of mental health and supporting those struggling with it, as well as fundraising for mental health charities like MIND. John explains: “Kelly took her own life having suffered from anxiety and depression in the months leading up to her passing. Prior to that Kelly had always been a happy and cheerful girl and a very much loved daughter, sister and friend. However, her mental health deteriorated very quickly, and her death has left us all completely devasted. “A group of us decided to do something in memory of Kelly so that we could raise as much money as possible for the charity. We also want to raise awareness of Kelly’s story so people can better understand the impact depression and anxiety can have, and hopefully learn from it. Depression is a silent killer, and you never really know what someone is going through inside.” Kelly’s Heroes plan to start training for the ride in November. Glyn Pepper, who runs Higham Ferrers-based company Snowdon Homes, says: “We’re fully expecting intense pain and stress and we know that the training will be hard, let alone the actual ride. But it will be worth it if we can raise as much as possible in Kelly’s memory and hopefully help many others who find themselves in a similar position.” The team leaves John O’Groats on 16th August 2020 and aims to reach the Cornish landmark within 13 days. They hope to raise £50,000 to add to the £20,000 We Mind & Kelly Matters has raised so far this year thanks to a number of events arranged by Kelly’s family and friends. To find out more about the team and the ride, visit www.wemindandkellymatters.co.uk/kellys-heroes
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Glazerite HR Assistant named as Double Awards Finalist
Glazerite HR Assistant named as Double Awards Finalist
Laura Rorke, HR Assistant at Glazerite UK Group Ltd has made it as a finalist for not one, but two prestigious awards both in the industry known National Fenestration Awards for Young Person 2019, and for Northamptonshire Business Awards in the competitive Apprentice of the Year category.  Laura has been a breath of fresh air since joining us two years ago as HR apprentice. As her first role from University with no previous HR or administrative experience, Laura alleviated a great deal of administrative work from the outset from our Group HR Manager.  She has built some great relationships with staff across the business and is a key point of contact for many day to day HR queries and processes. She's worked hard and showed commitment and is now undertaking her CIPD, so it comes as no surpise that she has been made a finalist for these two well deserving awards.  The National Fenestration Awards recognise a range of professionals across the fenestration industry, and Laura has been shortlisted for the Young Person 2019 category. As the awards are voted for by other bodies in the industry, it would be a great personal achievement to win this award and receive support of other professionals working the same industry. The awards are still open to voting until 10th October, so if you would like to vote for Laura please click this link - http://www.fenestrationawards.co.uk/young-person-2019/ The awards evening for the Northamptonshire Business Awards in on 7th November, where the Apprentice of the Year will be announced. Glazerite UK Group are also a finalist for Big Business of the Year so it will hopefully be an evening of celebration! 
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Investment and integration transforms Glazerite East
Investment and integration transforms Glazerite East
Having recently accounced plans for a £1m investment boost, the Glazerite UK Group has completed the second phase of its programme, this time at its Glazerite East plant.  As part of of plans to strengthen its performance for installers, the VEKA fabricator has welcomed new equipment at the Peterborough-based plant, which fabricates products from the Halo profile systems range. Following the investment, which has included the installation of a brand new Haffner SMR 5 head inline welding machine, the site's capacity is set to significantly increase, with the ability to fabricate 800 frames per week by the end of this year. Glazerite acquired the site in February 2016 and has completely transformed its technical capabilities, aligning it with its other facilities in Bolton and Wellingborough. The results have been huge, with Glazerite East hugely increasing its output, and shortening its lead-time from three weeks to just five days.  Glazerite East has also recently installed a £100k Stuga cutting and machining centre, which was relocated from the group's Northwest division, as well as four new vertical tables, four door line tables, and a corner cleaner. With the addition of the new machinery, the plant has been completely reconfigured to optimise efficiencies and improve performance across all areas.  Matthew Thomas, Managing Director of Glazerite East, explains: "New equipment is part of a major overhaul of the site's capabilities, which has also seen improvements to the flow of the plant and freed up space for frame storage. The 5 head Haffner can weld two frames simultaneously, something we weren't able to do before, and it has made set up time and cycle times quicker and much more efficient.  "Since Glazerite took over the site three years ago, our team has been working hard to improve our lead times and output. We've already upped production from 350 to 600 frames per week, and cut lead times of standard products to just five days, in alignment with the rest of Glazerite." Matthew adds: "The team here has undergone some major changes to work processes, and they've truly embraced the adoption of technology, moving from manual processes to automation on the shop floor. It's been a big but important culture change, and with additional training and support, we're seeing a real difference in how our team approach their work." Next on the agenda for the 45-strong Glazerite East workforce is the soon-to-be-launched mechnical jointed version of the Halo Flush Sash, following an increase in demand from consumers looking for more authentic-looking windows. Matthew adds: "Glazerite East has a bright future, and with the recent investment we're looking forward to increased production and enhancing our relationships with installers."
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Glazerite joins Glass and Glazing Federation
Glazerite joins Glass and Glazing Federation
Leading VEKA fabricator, the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, has joined the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF).  Membership to the GGF opens up easy access to a number of benefits, including technical support, regulatory advice, networking and alignment with some of the most powerful industry brands. Jason Thompson, Group Managing Director of Glazerite, says of the move: “The GGF is committed to driving standards in the glass and glazing sector, as well as promoting best practice at all times.  That’s what we aspire to as a fabricator; for our customers and the homeowner. With their restructure and expansion plans announced at the start of this year, it’s clear the GGF and its associated companies have already become a lot more proactive, particularly on the consumer-facing side.” He adds: “Membership to the GGF will give us access to their conciliation scheme, regional meetings and the opportunity to network with like-minded organisations, which helps us all. We’ll also be kept up to date with the latest industry guidance, which we can pass onto our installer partners, including upcoming legislation changes and technical support.  The GGF brand is well recognised in the industry and TrustMark in particular is heavily recognised by members of the public, architects and specifiers,  which will really help across our customer base.” Kevin Buckley, GGF Chief Executive, comments: “It’s great to welcome a forward thinking, national trade fabricator such as Glazerite into our membership. We look forward to further developing our strong working relationship for mutual benefit.”   Anda Gregory, Managing Director of GGF commercial company FENSA, adds: “It’s good to hear Glazerite has joined the GGF. There’s no doubt that installers using suppliers with GGF membership gives reassurance down the supply chain and through to homeowners, when installations are carried out. It provides homeowners with the confidence that they are investing in professional workmanship as well as products and services of the very highest standard.”
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Glazerite golf day raises over £10,000 for mental health charity
Glazerite golf day raises over £10,000 for mental health charity
Now in its 14th year, the sun shone once again for the Glazerite UK Group’s annual Pro-Am Golf Day. Held on Friday 5th July in the tranquil surroundings of Wellingborough Golf Club, the event was attended by a number of the VEKA fabricator’s customers, suppliers and employees, who travelled from across the UK to take part. In total, over £10,000 was raised for the charity We Mind & Kelly Matters, which was set up by Glazerite Chairman John Hewitt in memory of his late daughter. The day teed off just after 9am with the golfers playing right through to late afternoon. 29 Glazerite teams took part in the event - of which seven placed in the top 10 - and D & M Windows & Doors’ Chris Hoolickin won the coveted ‘Nearest the Pin’ at the 18th hole. Tucker Glass & Glazing took second place alongside golf professional, Mark Sparrow. Danny Tucker says: “This is the second golf day we’ve attended and it’s a very special event. It gives us the chance to catch up with the team from Glazerite, as well as raise money for a fantastic cause and have fun at the same time.” Following the golf, the players’ partners and colleagues joined in for the evening event, during which John Hewitt gave a presentation about We Mind & Kelly Matters, and thanked all those who attended for their support and generosity. Pete Mew of Mews Windows led the auction, with lots including a motorbike experience at Donington Park, a round of golf for two at The Belfry and a two-week holiday home rental in Spain. Glazerite’s Group Managing Director, Jason Thompson, even bid £500 in exchange for one of Pete’s legendary suits. Glazerite’s Sales & Marketing Director, Jeff Dunn, says: “The Glazerite Golf Day is always a highlight of the industry’s social calendar. It was great to be a part of it on my first working day at Glazerite last year and this year was just as enjoyable. Thanks to all of those who joined us; the feedback has been fantastic. We’ve already had a number of people expressing their interest for the 15th Pro-Am trophy next year.” John Hewitt adds: “We owe a massive thank you to the PGA and Wellingborough Golf Club for their support and involvement in organising the day. You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy the event, as the evening reception is as much a part of it as the golf, with an auction, great food, and live music. “The generosity from all who attended was amazing, especially when a heavy flow of people started to donate money to We Mind & Kelly Matters during the auction. Donations are still pouring in now. We’re truly grateful for the support of our customers and suppliers.”
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Glazerite Recruitment Open Evening
Glazerite Recruitment Open Evening
Glazerite Windows Ltd is a leading trade supplier of Windows, Doors & Conservatories currently employing in excess of 250 people. We have vacancies for Fabricators and Quality Assurance inspectors at all levels including supervisors at our manufacturing site in Wellingborough.  We are keen to hear from anyone, whether experienced or not as we can train you.  More important is a strong work ethos, a positive attitude and a commitment to producing work of a high quality for our customers.  Our hours of work are Monday to Friday, 06:30am to 15:00 and 15:30pm to midnight. If you feel this sounds like you and you want to find out more, please come along during the evening for an informal introduction to the Company and an outline of the terms and benefits of employment. Ideally, to assist us with our planning, please email Sue Wellings (Group HR Manager) on [email protected] to let us know you want to attend.   Glazerite Windows Limited 39 – 43 Rixon Road Finedon Road Industrial Estate Wellingborough NN8 4BA 01933 443222 www.glazeritewindows.co.uk
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Bowen Joinery and Glazerite transform Sheffield building
Bowen Joinery and Glazerite transform Sheffield building
An iconic building in the centre of Sheffield has undergone a makeover thanks to Bowen Joinery Ltd and The Glazerite UK Group Ltd.  Exchange Place Studios, in the city's conservation area, is a stunning Art Deco building and as such planners had to approve the installation before it could commence. Home to 60 studio spaces over six floors, the building is residence to over 80 artists and has been regenerated as part of plans to improve the Castlegate area of the city. Local firm, Bowen Joinery Ltd, was appointed to take on the renovation, which took six months and was completed in late 2018. Run by founder, Mark Bowen, the company worked with VEKA fabricator Glazerite who supplied the profile system used in the build.  Mark Bowen says: "We used the VEKA M70 profile system of Tilt and Turn windows in Flat Grey, with integrated MACO concealed gearing and Fab&Fix handles. In total, we installed 221 windows, some of which had specially shaped topped frames." However, the installation wasn't without its challenges and was actually delayed for two years due to the discovery of asbestos during a routine survey. With no budget to remove it, the existing panels had to be carefully encapsulated by new panels during the transformation.  Mark explains: "We had to carry out work to encapsulate the panels below which were asbestos board, then fit the windows ensuring we didn't go anywhere near the asbestos. This meant adapting the screen walling system from VEKA so we could still use the capping, but on a timber frame behind." Pete Smith, Sales Manager for Glazerite, adds: "We worked with Mark and his team to provide the products in smooth grey Renolit foil to give an appearance that was in keeping with the original. This was of paramount importance for the installation. The windows are now more thermally efficient and user-friendly, with the end result a stunning, well-lit and better environment for the artists to work in."
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Glazerite grows fleet to go further than ever
Glazerite grows fleet to go further than ever
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has made a £150,000 investment into the expansion of its delivery vehicle fleet, with the addition of two new 18-tonne, custom built lorries. The move will further strengthen the VEKA fabricator's ability to deliver to customers on time, in full, all over the UK.  Ian Lloyd, Glazerite's Operations Director, explains the reasons behind the investment. He says: "The new lorries complement our existing 16-strong fleet of 7.5 tonne delivery vehicles, and will allow us to improve on our distance and overnight capabilities. Being able to fulfil our order book and deliver to customers on time is integral to our offering as a leading fabricator." Following the investment, Glazerite has improved its carrying capacity for particular delivery routes, including Scotland and the South West. Ian says: "Deliveries from Glazerite North West to Scotland, and from Glazerite's HQ in the Midlands to Cornwall, South Wales and the Isle of Wight involve overnight stays. These routes are growing in volume and often we have to send two trucks. This investment allows us to cater for that growth and complete these deliveries utilising one larger vehicle." Two dedicated drivers have been employed by Glazerite at its sites in Wellingborough and Bolton - where the vehicles are based - and both have already begun making deliveries to installers.  Glazerite's fleet has undergone a largescale rebrand in the last 18 months following the fabricator's transition from Glazerite Windows Ltd to The Glazerite UK Group and the rebrand of Network VEKA to Independent Network.  Michelle Wright, Group Marketing Manager, explains what a key part the vehicle livery plays in Glazerite's profile. She says: "Our vehicle livery approach has been to focus on retail rather than trade following the recent rebrand. The fleet covers tens of thousands of miles across the UK every week, making it one of our most valuable and visible brand carriers. We hope that by aligning with our retail brand, the refreshed livery and new lorries will inspire homeowners to invest in high quality windows and doors, which will ultimately benefit our installers."
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