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Michelle Wright, Group Marketing Director reading composite door brochureGroup 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 employee to take on Loneliest Road Challenge
Starting on 10th September (World Suicide Prevention Day), a group of 23 riders will be taking on the gruelling challenge of cycling 52,000 miles across Europe and the USA. This challenge is to raise vital funds for delivering mental health locally, whilst helping to raise awareness of Mental Health globally. James Westley, Production Manager at our Specials Division in Wellingborough is bravely undertaking the full challenge. The charity is very close to his heart as We Mind & Kelly Matters was set up in memory of his neice Kelly in order to help others struggling with their mental health. If you'd like to help James meet his donation target click here. Originally set up by former chairman John Hewitt who is also taking on the challenge, Glazerite continally support the charity including sponsoring some of our customers Peter Mew (Mews Windows) and Adrian Lewis (Frames Conservatoies Direct) who are also part of the riding team. We'd like to wish all the riders luck in their upcoming challenge. If you'd like to support the team you can go to their fundraising page - https://justgiving.com/campaign/Kellys-Heroes-The-Loneliest-Road-2022
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Glazerite directors mark MBO anniversary
Directors at the Glazerite UK Group have marked a year at the helm of the nationwide fabricator, following last summer’s management buyout. Led by Group Managing Director Rob Brearley, alongside fellow directors Mark Johnston, Jeff Dunn, Darren Rhodes, and Matthew Thomas, the team has spearheaded a number of improvements to unlock further opportunities for its customers, against a challenging backdrop of raw material shortages and energy price hikes. Rob explains: “Glazerite was already a highly respected company staffed by dedicated employees when we took it over. Following completion of the MBO in July 2021, we’ve begun to rollout a programme of improvements to further benefit installers, our people, and how we operate as a business.” Recent changes have included a sixth site, with the opening of Glazerite North in Barnsley. Meanwhile, investment into new machinery and equipment has continued across the business, as well as the addition of new vehicles that meet Low Emission Zone (LEZ) emission standards, making deliveries to LEZ-based customers easier and more sustainable. Strides have also been made to embed a lean culture across the fabricator, with best practice ways of working implemented in the customer services and order processing teams, headed up by longstanding Glazerite employee, Melanie Jacobs. Rob adds: “Our people are the foundation of everything we do. By encouraging contributions and input from everyone, we have been able to strip out unnecessary, time-consuming, and costly tasks across all functions. This is particularly notable in the manufacturing side at each division, where we’re embedding lean principles.” Development of staff and diversity is also top of the Glazerite agenda, with Rob adding: “In addition to empowering employees to contribute ideas on how we run the business, we offer development and a clear career road map. We’ve got some real success stories already, particularly amongst our younger cohort, with the likes of 24-year-old Oliver Bailey heading up purchasing at our North West Division, and Eleanor Austin, 23, being promoted to Purchasing Manager at our site in the Midlands.” The next 12 months are set to be just as busy for the fabricator, as Glazerite continues to expand its product portfolio, giving customers even greater choice, service and support. Rob concludes: “We’ve taken the reigns at the toughest of times and had to contend with some tough external factors such as raw material shortages, nationwide resourcing issues, and spiralling prices. Fortunately, we’ve navigated these successfully and look forward to realising our ambitions for growth.”
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Proudly supporting #PrideMonth across our Glazerite Divisions
Dan Partridge is a Senior Customer Advisor for Glazerite, and is based at our Wellingborough, Northants HQ. Having previously worked for us until 2016, Dan rejoined Glazerite last year and manages a number of our key customer accounts. In celebration of #PrideMonth, Dan has organised our first ever Glazerite Pride Day, which takes place across the group on Thursday 30th June when our teams will celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community by wearing rainbow-themed clothing or accessories. Here, Dan shares what Pride means and how we, as an employer, colleague, friend, and ally, can support a safe, inclusive and open culture for everyone. Dan says: "Pride marks a celebration of social and self-acceptance as well as the achievements of legal rights such as the right to marry or adopt. Pride Month is celebrated every June to coincide with the anniversary of the first Pride Marches, which took place in the USA in 1970, a year after the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City, where people were arrested just for being members of this community. "It's thanks for the Pride movement and these historical marches that the community is able to celebrate and be our authentic selves. I approached our Managing Director, Rob Brearley, to ask if our employees could wear something rainbow themed on 30th June to mark the occasion at our Wellingborough site. I was pleasantly surprised to be asked to roll this our across the entire group and to be encouraged to decorate our offices with flags to celebrate #Pride. "As an openly gay man, it is very important to me to be able to work for a company that encourages and supports this celebration and is inclusive. I am proud to say I work alongside other members of this community and there are so many accepting members of staff of all backgrounds. So Happy Pride 2022 to all and remember the following quote from Danielle LaPorte - Being your true self is the most effective formula for success there is."
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