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GGP August 2015

8 NEWS Entries now open for master fitter challenge Morton bounces back with Boing Boing Left to Right: Martyn Elwell, CentralRPL sales director, David Martin, Thomas Nock Martin Accountants, Rachel Radford, Thomas Nock Martin Accountants, Katie Willems, Higgs & Sons Solicitors, Gary Morton, Boing Boing Group CEO, CentralRPL managing director, Richard Griffiths, Higgs & Sons Solicitors, Jonathan Bicknell, CentralRPL commercial sales director www.ggpmag.com August 2015 Space running out for FIT Show 2016 gala dinner Organisers of the 2016 FIT Show, which takes place in April at The International Centre Telford, have reported a ‘rush’ from exhibitors to book their places at the gala dinner. With an enlarged capacity of 890 places, just 220 seats, or 22 tables, are said to to remain. The FIT Show gala dinner has become a social highlight of the industry with exhibitors and visitors taking advantage of a presence at the industry’s commercial focal point to gather and relax in style. With dozens of tables booked even before the event appeared on The FIT Show website, just 22 tables remained early in July, with proximity to the stage comefirst arranged on a first-served basis for the first time. Guests will enjoy a champagne reception, fine food and wines and star entertainment which remains a closely guarded secret for 2016. And, following the presentation of £10,000 wor th of prize money to the winners of the Master Fitter Challenge, guests can party into the early hours with some fun features and dancing. The FIT Show’s Matthew Glover, said: “In the window and door business, advising people to ‘book now or lose the deal’ seems like sales patter, but gala dinner places have been selling even faster than exhibition stands. If you want to be there, you really should get in touch now or you may face takeaway pizza as an alternative.” Full details of The FIT Show Gala Dinner may be obtained from Jason Wootton by calling: 07854 131050 or via email: jason@fitshow.co.uk The 2016 FIT Show organisers have ‘thrown open the doors’ to installers who believe that they could win the 2016 Master Fitter Challenge – and a share of the £10,000 prize money that goes with it. Fully supported by FENSA and with the technical content once again created and managed by GQA, the finals of the 2016 Master Fitter Challenge will take place during days one and two of the FIT Show on a brand new site located in the Atrium of The International Centre, Telford, within the main entrance to the show. This is part of a number of new initiatives to raise the profile and quality of the event, says its organiser Paul Godwin: “The Master Fitter Challenge is one of the things that defines The FIT Show, so we are raising its profile by locating the Pavilion, where the live finals take place, within the entrance to the show. We are also changing elements of the competition by including new challenges, including roofs and also by encouraging would-be entrants to show their interest months earlier than previously.” Technical aspects of the Master Fitter Challenge are still being confirmed but FENSA and GQA are insistent that entrants will face tougher tests, including minimum entry qualifications. With the windows and residential doors continuing as part of the competition for 2016, solid roofs are to be included for the first time. But whilst exact details of the competition will be revealed later, would-be competitors can register their interest at: www.fitshow.co.uk/master-fitterchallenge. Familiar names from the 2014 event include Liniar, which is once again providing products for the window challenge, and Truedor which will provide the composite residential doors. New for 2016 is Supalite with its solid roof system, and official sealant supplier, Whizzle. The Boing Boing Group Limited (BBGL), headed up by industry figurehead, Gary Morton, has reportedly completed the first of up to four planned acquisitions in the window and door sector, with the purchase of long established Midlands fabricator, CentralRPL. After a short period outside the industry, Morton is said to have been working behind the scenes on his ‘aggressive’ plans for BBGL. He said: “CentralRPL is a business I am familiar with and was an obvious choice for our first acquisition. After a period of strategic development, which includes some ambitious growth targets, we will stabilise the team, implement systems and then proceed on to our second target. We will also further develop the group over the coming years with at least two further, strategic acquisitions in the pipeline. Watch this space.” Morton is joined on the board by Martyn Elwell, sales and marketing, Richard Griffiths, non executive, and David Martin, finance. Martyn Elwell added: “I am excited about our future as part of BBGL with the aim to offer even higher levels of customer satisfaction. The additional support, expertise and investment that they will bring to us will help drive the brand even further forward and establish us as one of the UK’s leading trade fabricators. In the short term, it’s business as usual for customers and staff alike, but long term, the acquisition will allow to accelerate investment to help keep our installers ahead of their competition when it comes to product and service.”


GGP August 2015
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