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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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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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Madness tops the bill at Glazerite's annual Race Night
Madness tops the bill at Glazerite's annual Race Night
Leading VEKA fabricator, the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, hosted their annual charity Race Night on Friday 21st June, held for the first time at the prestigious Newmarket Racecourse. Customers and suppliers from around the UK joined employees from Glazerite for an afternoon of racing, followed by dinner and evening entertainment courtesy of legendary ska band, Madness. Glazerite’s guests raised over £1300 for the charity We Mind & Kelly Matters, which was founded this year by Glazerite Chairman, John Hewitt, in memory of his late daughter, Kelly. Jason Thompson, Group Managing Director for Glazerite says: “It was a terrific night with a few lucky winners amongst our customers and suppliers. The biggest winner on the night though was the charity, We Mind & Kelly Matters, which John set up to help break down the stigma around mental health. “We were delighted to have been joined on what was a very enjoyable evening by so many of our customers and suppliers. We’re very grateful to them all to have raised so much for the charity. We also had a superb gesture from Paul Sullivan from Anglo European Ltd who has agreed to support the charity throughout 2019.” Joining Glazerite on the night was Richard Flint, from Mansfield-based Midland Dual Glaze, who says of the event: “It was a great night from start to finish, and we were really well looked after. We really enjoyed getting together with others from the industry, and we were especially delighted to be able to donate £200 to We Mind & Kelly Matters on behalf of Midland Dual Glaze.” Sheila Rett, from Glazerite installer CJR Double Glazing, travelled from Southampton for the event. She says: “We had a really good night and Madness were amazing to see. It was also great to catch up with the team from Glazerite and raise money for such an important cause at the same time.” Travelling all the way down from Penrith, Andrew Richardson from Andrew Richardson Joinery, says: “The Glazerite Raceday is always one we make sure we can attend as it’s a great night. This year the venue was a little further away, but definitely worth the journey - we thoroughly enjoyed it.” Another highlight of the night for Glazerite’s Operations Director, Ian Lloyd, was bumping into former jockey and 1981 Grand national winner, Bob Champion. Ian says: “Our annual race night is something I always look forward to as it’s a great way for us to thank our customers for their loyalty. Meeting Bob rounded off a great night perfectly.”
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Glazerite installer Frames Conservatories Direct opens third showroom
Glazerite installer Frames Conservatories Direct opens third showroom
Frames Conservatories Direct (FCD) has further expanded its reach across East Anglia, thanks to the addition of a third showroom. The Suffolk-based installer, and customer of leading VEKA fabricator, the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, has opened up the space in the Norfolk town of Diss, on the site of a former toy shop. Covering 500 sq. ft, the installer has cleverly utilised the space to create a spectacular display of windows, doors, bi-folds and even conservatory roof samples. Both the Diss showroom and another in Ely, Cambridgeshire, are additions to FCD’s main showroom in Bury St Edmunds, where the installer is based. Owner and Managing Director, Adrian Lewis, explains the reasons behind the new showroom. He says: “Over the last three years, we’ve worked hard to build awareness of our business and establish a presence in the Norfolk area with a stall in the local market. This meant we were able to generate enquiries and introduce ourselves to potential customers before opting to create a more permanent space with the showroom. “It’s a more compact space compared to our main showroom in Bury St Edmunds, which houses our full range of products, but we’ve designed it in a way that we can display a number of the products we install, such as VEKA and Halo. It’s been very well received by new and existing customers in and around Diss, and our recent open day was well attended by local stakeholders including neighbouring businesses and councillors. We’re delighted that we can share our products and ethos with more and more customers across East Anglia.” Customer service is at the heart of FCD, and Adrian and his team like to get involved in the communities they serve with activities including fundraising and sponsorship. Adrian himself also recently completed the GM Fundraising cycling challenge, ‘From Russia with Hope’. Katie Sampson, Area Sales Manager for Glazerite, which has supplied FCD since 2013, says the use of showrooms is becoming increasingly popular with installers. She says: “Glazerite supports installers who are updating or creating brand new showrooms by providing samples for display. We’re delighted to see FCD expanding their presence with showrooms across three counties.” Adrian adds: “Having a space customers can visit and see the products up close is important as it gives them confidence and reassurance.” FCD employs 40 people and also owns trade-focused Plastic Trade Frames. The team were victorious at the recent VEKA’s Independent Network Members’ Weekend, where they were awarded a National Customer Satisfaction award.
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Glazerite installers recognised at annual Independent Network awards
Glazerite installers recognised at annual Independent Network awards
VEKA’s installer support organisation, Independent Network, held its annual Members’ Weekend on 8th June 2019, in the grand surroundings of The Queen’s Hotel in Leeds. Following on from the VEKA conference and AGM, the ‘Great Gatsby’ themed Gala Dinner and IN Awards ceremony was hosted by Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis, with guests gathering together to celebrate the best of the IN and its members. As one of the event’s key sponsors and a leading VEKA fabricator, employees from the Glazerite UK Group Ltd were in attendance alongside a number of its installers, who once again triumphed in the National Customer Satisfaction award category. Mews Windows were worthy winners in the ‘up to £250k’ category, while Rugby Double Glazing took the same accolade in the ‘£600k-1m’ category. In the ‘£1-1.5m’ section, Goliath Homeworld Ltd shared the award with Hallmark Windows (Harrogate), while Heavers of Bridport Ltd were victorious in the ‘£1.5m-2m’ category. Finally, Suffolk-based Frames Conservatories Direct Ltd were crowned winners in the ‘over £2m’ section. The event also included table donations, a raffle and an auction to raise money for two important charities, the GM Fundraising’s ‘From Russia with Hope’ cycling challenge and We Mind & Kelly Matters, which was set up by Glazerite Group Chairman John Hewitt, in memory of his late daughter Kelly. There was some stiff competition between bidders in the charity auction, thanks to lots which included a holiday apartment package in Spain and a Mo Salah signed Liverpool FC shirt. In total, an incredible £5,500 was raised, to be shared equally among both charities. John, who founded We Mind & Kelly Matters (www.wemindandkellymatters.co.uk) this year, set up the charity to help raise awareness of mental health and to increase and improve understanding of its impact. He says of IN’s support: “It made me very emotional when Karen Lund of Independent Network told me they were planning to raise funds for our charity at this year’s AGM. The fact they wanted to help us raise money and awareness of mental health has been fantastic and the amount raised is testament to the unbelievable effort put in by all who attended. On behalf of We Mind & Kelly Matters and Glazerite, I’d like to say a massive thank you to Independent Network and its members for such a fantastic contribution.” Michelle Wright, Glazerite’s Group Marketing Manager, adds: “It’s a huge amount for a great charity, which is working hard to break down the stigma attached to mental health. As longstanding IN members, Glazerite is also delighted that the event was once again such a great success, and that so many of our installer partners were recognised on the night. The team always does a great job with the event and I particularly loved how fitting the venue was for the theme this year. It’s always a terrific night out, with some faces you don’t get to see all the time.”
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Cheadle Glass and Glazerite solve noisy problem
Cheadle Glass and Glazerite solve noisy problem
When the owners of an airport hotel asked an installer for help with high quality frames and acoustic glass, you’d be forgiven for thinking it might have been to keep the overhead noise of aircraft to a minimum. Yet for Stockport-based Cheadle Glass and their fabricator, the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, the job actually involved finding a solution to help resolve hotel customers’ complaints about the nearby trainline. Family-run Cheadle Glass is one of the North West’s leading installers and has been in business for over 50 years. Using VEKA M70 frames fabricated by Glazerite, the Cheadle Glass team installed 80 double-glazed windows over a three-week-period at the Clayton Hotel, Manchester Airport. The install replaced existing windows at the back of the hotel which are closest to the railway lines, and match the original windows installed to the front of the hotel. Dalata, the Irish hotel operators who own the Clayton chain, were so impressed with the install they’ve approached Cheadle to work with them on further installations across the UK. Karl Minter, Commercial Sales Manager, Cheadle Glass, says: “The install included the use of acoustic glass, which, combined with the frame quality and how well the units were sealed and fitted, meant we were able to provide a soundproof solution for the client and block out the noise of the trains. Dalata tested and measured the results, and were delighted with the outcome.” He adds: “We pride ourselves on the excellent and consistent service we provide to our customers, and we’re supported in this by Glazerite who we’ve worked with for the last 10 years, The quality and workmanship that goes into the fabrication of their frames, as well as things like the integrity of the lock systems and hardware they use mean we’re able to install a high-quality product.” Pete Smith, Sales Manager for Glazerite, says of the install: “We’ve got a great relationship with Cheadle Glass and were delighted to support them on this installation. Working closely with our installers means we are able to provide exactly what they need, when they need it, unique to whatever the install requires.” Cheadle Glass was founded in 1968 and is a leading manufacturer and installer of uPVC and aluminium windows, doors, conservatories and glass extensions for commercial and domestic properties.
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K2 and Glazerite refit is top of the class
K2 and Glazerite refit is top of the class
When teachers at a Cheshire primary school were unable to use their recently installed windows, K2 Aluminium Systems and their VEKA fabricator partner, the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, came to the rescue, replacing them and making them fit for use. Though VEKA profiles had been specified for the original install, the contractor had instead used another system. This had resulted in bowed sashes and inoperative windows, as well as window screen walling which shook when pressed. As one of the North West’s leading commercial installers, Wirral-based K2 has worked extensively on new build and replacement projects, ranging from retail units and offices to schools and hospitals. Having fitted another local primary with a similar specification, contractors called on them to refit the Winsford-based school, this time using the trusted VEKA product. Together with leading VEKA fabricator Glazerite, K2 attended the school to find out what problems they were having and what was required to put the job right. Liam Bird, Commercial Manager for K2, explains: “Once we’d carried out our onsite survey, it was obvious the windows used in the install were so badly bowed they wouldn’t close, and the window system had no reinforcement in them at all. “ We made the correct calculations around wind loads, checked the dimensions, and, in line with VEKA and Glazerite’s technical expertise, we made the changes necessary to ensure the new install worked how it should and would perform for years to come.” Over a three-week period in the summer of 2018, K2 installed 47 VEKA M70 frames in non-grained Grey, alongside matching commercial-grade aluminium doors. Glazerite’s Sales Manager, Peter Smith, says: “The windows we fabricated for K2 were fully steel reinforced. The window screens were also coupled together with suitable frame connectors with the correct ‘EI value’, in order to withstand the calculated forces.” He adds: “VEKA’s technical expertise is second to none and K2’s installations are always exceptional. As a fabricator, we don’t cut corners, and together with K2 and VEKA, we ensured that the school got the correct products, which were well made and installed professionally and efficiently.” Peter adds: “The uPVC waste from the original job was also managed efficiently with the frames being taken by VEKA Recycling to their facility in Wellingborough. There, waste products are sorted and granulated for reuse in new windows and other uPVC products.”
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Glazerite’s investment goes North
Glazerite’s investment goes North
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has announced plans to invest in excess of £1m across its plants this year, in order to improve performance and capability across the business. The investment programme will see the VEKA fabricator further enhance its offering for installers, and signals Glazerite’s strong commitment to the industry, as it approaches its 20th year in business. The first step in the programme includes a new Stuga machine, which has recently been installed at Glazerite Northwest.  The Stuga ZX5 automatic sawing and machining centre forms part of a major transformation of the Bolton-based plant, which will also see the site double in size by early 2020. Ian Lloyd, Glazerite’s Operations Director, says of the new machine: “The Stuga ZX5 is reliable, easy to use, and better still, it has a speedier and smoother throughput, which will really make a difference for us and our customers.”   In addition to the new machine, Glazerite Northwest has also welcomed a new inline welder. The Haffner SMR 5 head welding machine boasts increased frame output and a touch screen operation for a fast and effective performance, and is yielding such impressive results that the fabricator has ordered two more of the machines for its East and Midlands plants With Glazerite Northwest due to complete ambitious expansion plans by the start of 2020, it’s hoped Glazerite installers will also benefit from the addition of a showroom, which will highlight the broad range of products Glazerite offers to its customers. Jason Thompson, Group Managing Director for Glazerite, explains the reasons for the investment: “We are committed to continual investment in our plants so that we can service our customers with one of the broadest product ranges on the market. An increase in our capacity and improved capabilities enables us to become more versatile and flexible in how we manufacture products across each of our sites. ‘With new machinery making us ever more efficient, we are in a great position to continue servicing our customers, but also to drive forward with our ambitious growth plans into 2020 and beyond.”
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R9 just the job for Wiltshire home
R9 just the job for Wiltshire home
Wiltshire-based SJ Window Installations has recently completed a domestic project using Residence 9 windows and French doors manufactured by The Glazerite UK Group Ltd to create a truly stunning transformation.   The homeowner specified Clotted Cream on the exterior combined with a White Ash interior, the installation matched an existing R9 window fitted in a previous extension on the property, which is situated in the Wiltshire village of Little Somerford. A total of nine windows and a pair of French doors were installed over five days by Simon Jordan, owner of SJ Window Installations, who was carrying out his first ever Residence Collection project. He says: “This was the first time I’ve installed Residence 9 though I’ve used the Halo FlushSash in a number of properties of late. Both are great systems and alongside the R7 - which I also have access to via Glazerite - I have a number of flush sash solutions for customers, whatever their needs or budget.” Simon adds: “The marketing done by Residence Collection in support of both R9 and R7 is impressive, and this particular customer found me via the installer search on their website, which is fantastic.”
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New showroom boosts sales for Glazerite installer
New showroom boosts sales for Glazerite installer
Herefordshire-based installer Shane Howells Ltd has unveiled a new showroom in the picturesque town of Ledbury. Supported with a range of samples supplied by fabricator, The Glazerite UK Group Ltd, the business, run by namesake Shane Howells and his wife Clare, has relocated to larger premises next door to their original site, which meant they were able to create a showroom six times the size of the original. The new showroom has given Shane and his 11-strong team the opportunity to showcase a huge range of products to his customers, including windows and doors from the likes of VEKA, DoorCo, The Residence Collection, Solidor and Guardian Warm Roof. “We’ve been able to put together a fantastic space to show off the range of products we can install. Thanks to Glazerite, who supplied the samples, the showroom includes composite doors, R9 windows and our range of VEKA products. We’ve worked with Glazerite for a number of years and they’ve always been supportive of us as a business, helping us with a range of services such as marketing and social media support.” Shane adds: “Having a much larger showroom makes a huge difference as it gives prospective customers the opportunity to see and feel the products, rather than rely on brochures or the limited range samples I could take on sales visits. It also makes us come across as more professional and generates trust amongst our customer base, as they can actually see the product they’re about to buy. “I can honestly say the vast majority of customers don’t leave the showroom without leaving a deposit for an installation, it’s that effective!” Giovanni Sangiovanni, Sales Manager for Glazerite, adds: “Supporting our installers is very important to Glazerite, and we’re delighted to have been able to help Shane with his showroom. The finished result is very impressive and will give customers the chance to see everything Shane and his team can offer.” Shane Howells Ltd has been in business for over 20 years and carries out installations for customers across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. They are holding an open day at the showroom, on Bye Street, Ledbury, on Saturday 11th May 2019, in conjunction with a coffee morning fundraising event for MacMillan Cancer Support.
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Glazerite's attendance scheme pays off
Glazerite's attendance scheme pays off
An employee attendance scheme run by The Glazerite UK Group Ltd is paying dividends for both staff and the business. Launched in 2016, the scheme is open to every Glazerite employee, including new starters, as part of the group’s wider package of employee benefits. Aimed at improving attendance by giving staff the opportunity to earn rewards, the scheme has been well received by workers across the fabricator’s four sites. It has already made its mark on attendance figures, with an overall improvement of 52 per cent for the period 2016-2018. Sue Wellings, Group HR Manager, explains: “We’ve structured it so it’s a realistic and achievable scheme for everyone. It works by awarding a bonus to those with full attendance over a four-month period. Employees who manage a full year’s attendance are given a Silver certificate and, as an extra incentive, an additional day’s holiday for the following holiday year. For two years’ full attendance, a Gold award is given and for three years’ full attendance, employees are recognised with a Platinum award certificate and a further gift from the company, in the form of a Red Letter Day experience. “Managing staff attendance and absenteeism is a key objective for every HR department as it has such an impact on staff morale and company success. For Glazerite, having an engaged team also impacts our wide installer base, as it means we can continue to fabricate quality products, make on time deliveries, and ensure consistent and excellent customer service.” In 2018, 85 employees - around one third of the total Glazerite workforce - achieved full attendance for the year. Of those, 33 had had full attendance for three years in a row; over half of whom were employees working in roles across the shop floor and the vehicle fleet. Rich Day, Transport Manager at Glazerite’s Wellingborough site, was recently awarded a Platinum certificate in recognition of three years’ full attendance. He says: “It’s a great feeling to be rewarded with a bonus every few months and it was a real surprise to receive the Red Letter Day voucher. I’m hoping to use mine on a trip to London so I can take my daughter to see a show.” He adds: “I’ve not had a day off sick in my 10 years here but this scheme is a great motivator for me and my colleagues.” Jason Thompson, Glazerite’s Group Managing Director says: “The scheme has boosted morale, and our attendance figures have improved significantly as a result. Recruiting in the industry has its difficulties, so we’re always looking at ways to enhance the package we offer our employees and to attract the right calibre of staff.”
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