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10 GM Fundraising N EWS golf day raises nearly £15k GM Fundraising’s annual golf day took place in June at a new venue – the Forest Pines hotel and golf resort in Lincolnshire. The event was said to be a great success for all those who took part, with charitable contributions raising £14,899.60 for Hope House Children’s Hospices. “This is the 15th GM Fundraising golf day and in terms of funds raised, it’s the most succ essful yet,” commented GM Fundraising’s Gary Morton. “The Forest Pines resort offered a tough, tight challenge for the teams that entered the competition.” Dekko Window Systems came away with the winning team prize, while Tim Tilley, long-term GM Fundraising supporter and member of the Border2Border team, won the individual prize with 33 points. “The golf competition was followed by a great evening in the hotel, with a wonderful barbeque style dinner, high quality raffle and very lively auction,” continued Gary. “Thank you to those that made donations to the raffle and bought on the night, including an Anthony Joshua framed and signed boxing glove, which went for £2,000. “As with previous years, the event was sold out before it was launched. Our golf day is always one of the most popular events on our calendar and our loyal supporters usually sign up for next year on the day. “This year we had more enquiries than ever for companies wanting to enter two teams and new supporters wanting to join – so we’re now exploring running next year’s event over two days, returning to either Mottram Hall or Telford in June. Conservatory Outlet Group announces second acquisition of 2017 The Conservatory Outlet Group has acquired North West retailer, Clearview Home Improvements. It is the group’s second such deal of 2017 and reportedly brings its combined revenue to over £40million. According to group CEO, Greg Kane, and Conservatory Outlet’s managing director, Michael Giscombe, the acquistion realises their goal of bringing together the ‘best of regional’ with the ‘scale of national’. The purchase of Clearview, combined with the recent acquisition of Pennine Home Improvements, is said to give the group a ‘sizeable inroad’ to consumer sales. This in turn allows fabricator, Conservatory Outlet, the ability to pick up valuable insight from two of the North’s leading retail and installation companies. Greg explained: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome our longstanding network partner Clearview to the CO Group. With an unbeatable reputation for local excellence in the North West, the team at Clearview will continue to augment their unique approach to home improvement, imparting their innovative solutions with our network to stimulate wider growth we never thought possible a year ago.” Clearview, with showrooms in Warrington, Preston and Nantwich, has reportedly seen its sales double to around £14million since becoming a network partner in 2009. The new combined turnover represents a six-fold growth for the Conservatory Outlet Group in just seven years. Exiting as shareholders of Clearview, Chris Mitchell (managing director) and Andrew Ross (installations director) will remain in their day-to-day roles beyond the deal, together with sales director Gary Oakes, with a longer-term succession plan to follow. Chris Mitchell said: “We’re thrilled to be part of the Conservatory Outlet 41% more installers now offering aluminium www.ggpmag.com August 2017 Group and the opportunities that it brings for our company. Greg and Michael were the obvious choice to purchase our business, we trust them implicitly and know that they’re as passionate about our company as we are – this move is very much about accelerating our growth.” Conservatory Outlet will remain a B2B company with a ‘strong understanding’ of the retail market – with both Clearview and Pennine running side by side as sister companies within the CO Group. As with Pennine, Clearview will retain exclusivity of its trading area within the network so the deal does not conflict with any of the group’s 23 other retail partners around the UK. The number of installers offering aluminium products has grown by 41% over the past five years and this number is expected to continue to increase. This is according to a recent report by the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB). Once seen as a strictly commercial material, aluminium has reportedly achieved great success in the residential market as more homeowners become aware of the benefits of aluminium windows. According to aluminium specialist, CDW Systems, aluminium is now considered ‘superior or at least equal’ to PVC-U in terms of energy efficiency, which has seen the material appeal to energy conscious consumers. Spurred on by aspirational home improvement shows such as Grand Designs, CDW maintains that there has been a surge of premium aluminium products hitting the market. Mike Davis, MD of CDW Systems, commented: “There are plenty of opportunities for aluminium in the UK, both commercially and residentially. Our customers are taking on more high-end projects such as installations in restaurants and blocks of flats. “We have identified aluminium bifold and patio doors as particularly hot products and earlier this year we introduced Reynaers Aluminium lift and slide patio doors to help installers capitalise on demand. The doors have proved a big hit with installers and homeowners alike.” Mike says reduced lead times on aluminium and more flexibility on colours and configurations means more installers are turning to offering aluminium to help boost sales. However, he warned that it’s important for installers to choose a supplier who can offer the expertise and support they need. He commented: “Installers need to ensure they are working with companies that have the expertise required to fabricate aluminium, otherwise this could lead to problems such as poor quality and slow lead times later.” The Dekko Window Systems winning team


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