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Opening doors for our installer partners
Opening doors for our installer partners
Group Marketing Manager, Michelle Wright talks about Glazerite's comprehensive portfolio and how offering a choice for installers can open doors to new business. Lockdown rules and staying at home has inspired consumers to invest in domestic improvements, with statistics revealing nearly two thirds of homeowners have used the time to renovate. It’s a trend that looks set to continue during 2021, and with outdoor entertaining taking precedence over indoor entertaining due to current guidelines, it is exterior décor and outdoor space that is set to get a makeover. As a fabricator, being able to offer our installer partners a wide range of high-quality, leading brand composite doors in a host of styles and colours enables them to meet the demands of their own customers. Being on top of our game when it comes to the latest trends is a key part of that, and it’s why we work with suppliers who lead the way in everything from the latest Instagram-worthy colours and styles to smart technology and innovative door furniture. Over recent years, driven by the popularity of sites like Houzz and Pinterest, consumer desire for a neater exterior has translated into demand for contemporary colour choices, with more traditional hues of red and green being replaced with grey. Indeed, in 2020, shades of grey accounted for nearly one in every three of our door sales. According to House Beautiful magazine, 2021 is likely to see a move towards more natural colours, with statistics showing over a quarter of the most liked doors on Instagram were variations of wood-like shades, from dark oak to lighter washed hues. Our range of uPVC composite doors from the likes of DOORCO offer the aesthetics of timber without the maintenance of sanding and painting. With the option of colours like Irish Oak, Golden Oak and Rosewood it’s a trend our installers can meet, albeit in the form of low maintenance, high performing uPVC. Given that the front door is the focal point to every home, looks really do matter for homeowners, and to that end, we support our installers with a huge amount of choice. From classic, traditional styles that pair well with stained glass and polished, heavy door furniture through to the more contemporary designs offering individual flair, edgy geometric shapes and a perfect canvas for the futuristic Sweet furniture, we have all bases covered. Today’s homeowner is also tech-savvy; according to a recent Smart Home Week survey, 57% of British homes contain at least one smart device. The trend encompasses door security, and with our suppliers Avantis and Brisant leading the way, it’s certainly an area we are able to support our installers with so that they can be ready to meet consumer demand. Over the last 12 months, we’ve been supplying our doors already fitted with the high performance Avantis multipoint locking system. For those customers looking for a smart door, a simple upgrade can transform it into a Kubu lock. The homeowner just needs to download the Kubu app and purchase the starter kit, which includes the Kubu home hub, in order to benefit from a host of innovative features including remote lock monitoring technology. Security is a leading concern for homeowners, and to meet that need we fit the Ultion Diamond secure cylinder as standard with all our composite doors. Designed by Brisant Secure, the Ultion can outwit even the most forceful of burglars. Brisant, like Avantis, are leaders in smart technology too, having brought their innovative Ultion Smart product to market in 2019. With a number of clever features including ‘on approach’ auto unlocking, it’s just another feather in the cap of our installers when it comes to what they can offer their own customers. Thanks to our own forward-thinking suppliers, our installers are able to offer their customers choice and peace of mind. Not only are our composite doors able to meet the latest trends, they’re also, durable, hardwearing and robustly secure. With innovation in design from our suppliers, we have some exciting plans for our door range, which we will be unveiling soon. The door market doesn’t stand still. And when it comes to offering the best possible products and services so that out installers can stay ahead of the game, neither do we.
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Glazerite appoints new Production Manager for its North West Division
Glazerite appoints new Production Manager for its North West Division
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has appointed a new Production Manager for its North West Division in Bolton. Michael St Ledger, who joins the trade fabricator on 6th April 2021, will oversee the site’s 32-strong operations team and manufacturing processes, with a focus on improving efficiencies. Glazerite’s Bolton site, which manufactures much of the fabricator’s VEKA portfolio, has undergone a major investment and expansion programme over the last two years, and has recently welcomed the arrival of a new site lead in Managing Director, Darren Rhodes. Darren says of Michael’s appointment: “Michael has extensive experience in manufacturing in the fenestration industry and brings with him new ideas, a passion for quality and a focus on customer service. We are looking to further strengthen the performance of the site and having Michael as part of the team will help us increase our service levels and effectiveness.” Michael adds: “I am excited to be joining Glazerite and I am looking forward to meeting and working with all the team. I come from a background in aluminium windows and bi-fold doors, so it will be good to transfer that knowledge and build on it for a successful career at Glazerite.”
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Glazerite installer Bahama Windows showcases radiant R9 install
Glazerite installer Bahama Windows showcases radiant R9 install
Home Counties-based Bahama Windows and Conservatories has recently completed a Residence 9 installation using frames manufactured at fabricator Glazerite UK Group’s Specials Division. The four-week job involved the replacement of over 30 wooden frames on a period property in Buckinghamshire, and also included the installation of French doors and a Solidor stable door. Bahama Windows and Conservatories’ owner, Paul Pixley says: “The new windows had to be in keeping with the area and like-for-like with the old wooden frames. Because Residence 9 frames replicate the traditional look of timber, choosing this system meant the homeowner could get a close match to the original windows, coupled with the modern benefits and low maintenance nature of uPVC.” The homeowner chose Clotted Cream on both the exterior and interior of the frame, and selected Monkey Tail handles for an authentic finish on the hardware. Both they and Paul were delighted with the finished result. The R9 install from Bahama Windows took place last autumn shortly after Glazerite introduced Timberweld® technology to the fabrication of its Residence 9 and Residence 7 products. Timberweld allows for greater efficiency in manufacturing and eases frame transportation for the customer as windows can be ordered unglazed, therefore removing the additional weight of bonded glass. Bahama Windows, which has been established for 50 years, has worked with Glazerite for over a decade and regularly installs VEKA, Halo and Residence Collection windows. Now Paul is looking ahead to more R9 installs this year, having seen a recent increase in requests for flush sash windows across his patch. Paul says: “Working with Glazerite gives us access to a broad portfolio of products including heritage windows, which means I can meet the expectations of my customers when it comes to quality, style and colour.” Jeff Dunn, Sales and Marketing Director for Glazerite adds: “Manufacturing R9 with Timberweld opens this premium product up to more of our installer base as a result of easier transportation and handling, without losing any of its authenticity. We’ve already seen a number of our installers begin to specify the system as a result of this and look forward to the opportunities it can bring to their businesses. “Residence 9 is a truly exceptional product and the end result from Bahama Windows is really striking. We’re delighted to have played a part in enabling Paul and his team to specify the product and we’re looking forward to working with them again on future Residence 9 installs.”
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Glazerite outlines 2021 investment plans to help installers meet growth aspirations
Glazerite outlines 2021 investment plans to help installers meet growth aspirations
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has announced a series of investments designed to leverage growth potential for those installer partners looking to stake their claim. Totalling £500,000, the leading trade fabricator’s investments demonstrate a commitment to its customers and the Group’s own long-term aspirations. A significant part of the investment will increase Glazerite’s capacity and how it manufactures its flush sash products to accommodate the rise in market demand, with the installation of new machinery at its Glazerite East site in Peterborough taking place next month. Refurbishment of key equipment at its Wellingborough plant has also been undertaken to improve product quality, while new hanging benches and racks have been installed at its Specials Division. The fabricator has also added new vehicles to its fleet in order to enhance its delivery service. Robert Brearley, Glazerite’s Group Managing Director, says: “We have ambitious growth plans for both our business and our customers and investment is key to achieving those aims. In addition to new equipment we’re also investing in our marketing support packages, which will be rolled out this year. This includes a fresh new branded website and a social media toolkit, which will help our installers showcase their products and services to customers. Our marketing team is continually developing tools and assets to support our installers, giving them access to resources that will help elevate them in their own markets.  Glazerite has also been putting the finishing touches on last year’s set of investments, which saw major expansion and the installation of a brand-new showroom at its North West site in Bolton. Over the last few months, we’ve taken stock of where we are as a business and what improvements we can make across the Group. We’re in the process of rolling out a continuous improvement strategy to optimise efficiencies and allow for greater visibility of the end-to-end process. Alongside investment this will bring obvious improvements to our service levels, from lead times through to quality and performance, at a time when the industry is gearing up for growth in areas like foiled and flush sash products. Glazerite is focused on delivering the very best for our installer partners and, after a challenging time for us all, we’re looking forward to the year ahead.”
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Glazerite shines spotlight on apprentices
Glazerite shines spotlight on apprentices
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd is using National Apprenticeship Week (8th-14th February 2021) to celebrate the achievements of its current crop of apprentices, who are working across several of the fabricator’s business functions. 25-year-old Elijah Onibudo joined Glazerite in January 2020 having been inspired to pursue an IT apprenticeship to gain new skills in a working environment. Elijah says of his role: “My job is really challenging and versatile and gives me the chance to learn new technologies and try new things. Being an apprentice at Glazerite has really helped me build and develop my skills.” He adds: “Undertaking an apprenticeship provides a varied learning experience and the chance to continually improve yourself by learning from the other people you work with. Whether you’ve just left school or you’re looking to change career, I would definitely recommend it as a way to get started in the fenestration industry.” Marketing apprentice Sophie Winder joined Glazerite 18 months ago after several years working in customer service. Sophie, now 24, is one of an increasing number of workers who have recognised the value apprenticeships can offer regardless of age. Wellingborough-based Sophie says: “I chose to do an apprenticeship as a way to get into marketing. I was nervous about taking the plunge as I wasn’t a school leaver, and I wasn’t sure what to expect but joining Glazerite has proved to be a fantastic opportunity. I love working as part of a team with years of experience both in fenestration and marketing and I’m learning so much. I particularly enjoy the creative side of my role, which includes designing artwork and putting together videos and other content. “I have always found it easier to learn by doing a job rather than studying so the hands-on approach that apprenticeships offer is perfect for me. This role has really opened up a whole new world, and I love being part of such a dynamic industry.” Glazerite currently employs six apprentices across its marketing, IT, admin and procurement departments. Group HR Manager, Sue Wellings, has praised the contribution each of its apprentices makes to the business, saying:   “National Apprenticeship Week has been a good opportunity for us to recognise the hard work our apprentices contribute to the day-to-day running and future success of our company. “Fenestration is a really exciting industry to be in and we’re delighted as a company to have been able to attract some real talent in our apprentices. We hope we can continue to help them reach their full potential.”
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Apprentices helping to build the future at Glazerite
Apprentices helping to build the future at Glazerite
For National Apprenticeship week we decided to shine a light on the apprentices we have at Glazerite, who continually help us to build for the future. We have apprenticeships across difference functions of the business in order to keep ensuring talent is brought in from an early age to allow young people a chance to start their career, or even change it for a different path.  We spoke to three of our apprentices based in our Wellingborough division who shared their experiences about being an apprentice... Mia Harrison - Apprentice Office Administrator Why did you choose an apprenticeship? I wasn't sure what I wanted to do as a career but I knew that this was a good way of earning money whilst gaining experience. It gave me the opportunity to try things and see if I liked them.  What do you enjoy most about your job? The environment, I'm lucky to work with some really kind and understanding people. I have a lot of questions that may seem simple and my colleagues will always help me out and are never patronising. Would you recommend doing an apprenticeship to others? I would because you gain experience and come out with a qualification. It's a useful way to help find out what you want to in the future and help you reach that by offering qualifications and experience. Elijah Onibudo - IT Apprentice Why did you choose an apprenticeship? So I could have the ability to gain new skills within a working environment. What do you enjoy most about your job? Challenging every month, I need to learn new technologies and better myself in order to deliver expected requirements, and the versatility of being able to do a variety of tasks. Would you recommend doing an apprenticeship to others? Yes I think that due to there being so many types there are options for almost anyone depending on what they are looking for. They offer a varied learning experience with the ability to improve yourself. Sophie Winder - Marketing Apprentice Why did you choose an apprenticeship? I get to learn on the job from a team who have years of experience in the industry while gaining my own experience in a working environment. I have always found it easier to learn by physically doing rather than studying or reading, so I knew an apprenticeship would be the right learning style for me. What do you enjoy most about your job? I love how creative my job allows me to be as there are always new designs to be made, tools to be used and ideas to come up with. Would you recommend doing an apprenticeship to others? Yes, doing an apprenticeship opens so many doors.
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Looking ahead in 2021
Looking ahead in 2021
Jason Thompson, CEO of Glazerite UK Group Ltd explains how we will look ahead in 2021 following a truly tough year for all businesses. I think it’s safe to say that when 2020 chimed in none of us could have predicted what the year would actually bring. We’re hopeful then that 2021 will be somewhat steadier, and certainly a happier, healthier year for us all. Unfortunately the hangover remains in the shape of the disrupted supply chain, something we’re keen to minimise as much as possible for our installer partners and their own customers. Pent up demand following the first lockdown last year led to our sales rising by 30 per cent over the summer period in comparison with the same period the previous year and though these record levels will dip, we are hopeful demand will remain reasonably steady. The obvious variant – pandemic aside – is the impact Brexit could potentially have and it’s a situation we will be monitoring closely. Consumers breathing a sigh of relief at the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine might also use the opportunity to book a long overdue holiday, which could lead to a dip in domestic sales as homeowners choose sunshine over new windows. Having said that, I believe that demand will be spread between fewer companies given the economic climate and (sadly) resulting industry casualties, and we’re seeing average price per product increasing as more end customers plump for higher value products such as foils and heritage styles. In fact, our foil range now equates to approximately half of what we produce, as consumers search for something a little different. During 2020, we marked our 20 years in business with major expansion at our North West division, and the introduction of Timberweld® technology at our Specials Division and at Glazerite East. Being able to offer R9, R7 and the Halo Flush Sash using the Timberweld option has brought us greater efficiencies, consistency and flexibility in manufacturing and transport. It’s also perfectly timed for our customers as the demand for flush sash products continues to show considerable growth. As we continue to get to grips with the impact of 2020’s events on the supply chain and potential shortages or delays across the whole product range, we want to reassure our customers we remain in constant contact with our suppliers and we are pursuing every possible avenue to manage the situation as best we can. Like everyone, we’re not immune to the situation, but we hope that we can help minimise the impact on our installer partners and continue to add value to our broader package of services.
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Glazerite appoints Managing Director for North West Division
Glazerite appoints Managing Director for North West Division
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has appointed Darren Rhodes as Managing Director of its North West Division in Bolton. Darren joins the trade fabricator on Monday 11th January 2021. Glazerite Group Managing Director, Robert Brearley says of his appointment: “Darren has extensive senior leadership experience in manufacturing and a passion for operational excellence and customer service. His appointment follows the significant investment we’ve made at the site this year in order to strengthen its performance and capabilities; however we want to go further in terms of our operational capacity and level of service. To achieve this, we want to put in place a Managing Director who will lead an improvement programme at Bolton to make the site more efficient and more customer focused.” This is the latest in a series of appointments Glazerite has made to further strengthen its Board of Directors, as it steps up ambitious growth plans for 2021 and beyond. Darren says of his new role: “I’m delighted to be joining such a well-respected and strong business and I’m really looking forward to working with the team in Bolton and the wider group. Following recent investment and with a good team already in place, the North West Division is in a great position to better its output and improve service levels. I can’t wait to play my role in helping mould the future of the business.”
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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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