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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.

Recent News

Glazerite welcomes Bob Wager as Production Manager
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Bob Wager as Production Manager for our Rixon Road site. Bob will be joining us on 5th February with over 23 years in fast paced manufacturing environments and has gained some direct experience in manufacturing of PVC windows and doors in more recent years. By working with his team through hands on training and leadership Bob has managed to increase output, improve OTIF and achieve relevant KPI's throughout his working life for quality, waste, performance and safety. "I felt a connection with Rob from the start, he has an enthusiasm and passion for the business and people within it that is really inspiring. I look forward to working with the team and helping to drive the operations and efficiences of the Wellingborough site." - Bob Wager "The last couple of months have been difficult at the Rixon Road site and Bob will be great addition to the team and brings with him some great operations experience and a strong management style which will help to achieve the work environment that will help us to perform to our best." - Rob Brearley Please join us in welcoming Bob to the team.
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Fabricator Glazerite welcomes new faces
The Glazerite UK Group has welcomed several new faces in support of its ambitious growth plans. New additions to the management team include Paul Jagger, who has recently joined Glazerite as Group Head of IT, and Luke Hatfield, who has been appointed as Group Procurement Director. Paul says: “Having worked in the industry for 25 years, I’m looking forward to being part of one of the most respected trade fabricators in the industry. The IT systems and team in place already are impressive, and I’m looking forward to further enhancing the output and efficiencies across the Group.” Glazerite Group MD, Rob Brearley, says: “We’re delighted to welcome Paul and Luke to the team. Both will play an important role in aligning our IT, infrastructure, and procurement needs with our operational capability and plans for growth. While Paul will look to further optimise IT, Luke has taken on the challenge of navigating the current supply chain issues the industry is facing, while futureproofing Glazerite for the longer term.” Glazerite has also welcomed the return of Mitch Gooch, who has been appointed Group Technical Manager. Rob says: “The Group Technical Manager role is critical to our product offering as it allows us to create a product specification that meets the needs of our customers in line with our current and future capabilities. We’re delighted to welcome Mitch back to Glazerite.” The fabricator has also recruited some fresh blood into the industry, with the appointment of two new apprentices. Marc Hookings joins the IT team as an IT Systems Administrator apprentice, while the Marketing team has welcomed Joshua Mann as Marketing Apprentice. Rob concludes: “Whatever stage you are at in your career, it’s an exciting time to join Glazerite. We have some terrific people in the business committed to supporting our apprentices, with great mentoring and training programmes to help them achieve the best start.”
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Suppliers join forces to pen an open letter to the fenestration industry
Nineteen independent suppliers to the home improvement market have penned an open letter to the fenestration industry, as the sector looks to balance unprecedented demand with global supply chain pressures. Bosses, from companies including Clayton Glass, Conservatory Outlet, Consort, Emplas, Glazerite UK Group, Nationwide Windows & Doors, Solar Frame and Sternfenster, have joined forces to address several Covid-19 related issues that are currently hampering how they can meet the national appetite for doors, windows, roofing systems and glazing products. The firms, which are based across the UK and span all the different specialisms of the supply chain, clearly lay out three of the main challenges currently facing them, including disruption with materials, rising prices/energy costs and significant labour shortages due to the pandemic and Brexit. They call for industry to show a united front of solidarity in that every supplier is weathering the same storm and that, by giving customers an understanding, they can quickly work together to provide solutions and get back to delivering continuity of supply. “I don’t think anyone could have prepared us for what has happened in the last twenty months - from having to close due to Government guidance and making our factories Covid-19 secure to then having to scale up to cope with what has been a 130% increase in demand for many of us,” explained Ryan Green, Managing Director of Clayton Glass, one of the driving forces behind the letter. “It would have been a big enough challenge on its own, but we are having to achieve this against a backdrop of global shortages in our core materials, workforce uncertainty due to isolation/a lack of workers and now rising prices across the board.” He continued: “This cocktail of issues has unfortunately caused suppliers across our industry significant difficulties, and we can’t escape the fact lead times have been pushed out and supply has been disrupted. “The letter isn’t a sob story, it’s more a case of trying to give our customers and, in turn, their customers, a clear insight into what we are all dealing with. It’s not one company doing something wrong, these issues are affecting all of us.” The open letter to the fenestration industry will be posted on the website of all signatory companies and shared across their social platforms, with the content also distributed to local, b2b and trade media. Ryan concluded: “We will continue to work round the clock to deliver a product and service that clients are happy with, and we are confident that together we will correct these issues and things will stabilise – it’s just the timing that is currently uncertain. “If any industry can adapt and emerge from this year stronger than ever, it’s ours.” DOWNLOAD THE LETTER   Signatures to the letter include: Jeff Dunn - Glazerite UK Group Ltd Ryan Green - Clayton Glass Greg Kane - Conservatory Outlet Steven Williams - Consort Jeff Hooson - Custom Glass Dan Sullivan - DOORCO Ryan Johnson - Emplas Kevin Harvey - Future Products Mark Rowland - Lancashire Trade Frames Roy Frost - Lister Window Systems John Whalley - Nationwide Windows & Doors Paul Williams - Northern Express Glass Jeff Walsh - Pearl Windows Chris Cooke - Prefix Systems Guy Hubble - Regalead Steve Jones - Sierra Windows Steve Taylor - Solar Frame Mike Parczuk - Sternfenster Sean Parnaby - West Port Timber Windows & Doors
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