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Investment and integration transforms Glazerite East

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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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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'
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
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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