14 T R A D E N E W S TV debut ‘Employer of the Year’ win ‘Wood is good’ says campaign Roof Maker, the UK rooflight area working across all our varied departments and we are very proud of the benefits we offer. “The evening was already one of great celebration for the team as we were nominated in a number of categories, including 2017’s ‘Business of the Year’, ‘John Kennedy Apprenticeship’ and ‘Manufacturing Excellence’. The Burnley Business Awards takes place once every two years, with entrants drawn from all industries across Burnley and the surrounding areas. Bender expands reach Universal Arches, now part of Kaliber Group, has introduced a weekly delivery schedule to Northern and the Republic of Ireland and a bi-weekly to service to Scotland, in order to expand its geographical reach. The new weekly delivery schedules will be fulfilled within the Kaliber Group, through sister company KAT, thereby eliminating any requirement for external hauliers who rely on distribution hubs and multiple handling. Lead times are 10-14 days from point of order with an aim to shorten this further. David Richards, Kaliber Group chairman, commented: “It’s the next obvious step for us to open up the Irish and Scottish markets for our range of bespoke arched and shaped frames. Our quality is unsurpassed and with the group operational resources, we can supply these new markets with impressive regularity through a 10-14 day lead time with OTIF levels in excess of 97%.” www.universalarches.com The Veka Group says it was ‘thrilled’ to bring home the ‘Employer of the Year’ trophy from this year’s Burnley Business Awards. The systems company also gained a further three award nominations. David Jones, managing director of the Veka Group, who collected the award said: “Having been awarded ‘Business of the Year’ twice in the past, this year we were absolutely thrilled to have been named ‘Employer of the Year’. As one of Burnley's biggest employers, we have around 400 people from the local www.ggpmag.com August 2017 The UK industry body for wood window manufacturers, the Wood Window Alliance (WWA), says it is ‘calling out’ companies ‘dressing up misleading statements as facts in order to sell more plastic windows’. To help homeowners and industry stakeholders ‘distinguish the facts from the fiction’, the WWA is launching #woodyoubelieveit?, a campaign designed to ‘encourage consumers to think carefully about competing sales messages and about the impact of their choices on their health, homes and the planet’. Tony Pell, chairman of the WWA, explained: “At a time when transparency is arguably in short supply, it seems that fake facts are not restricted to the world of politics, but are creeping into all manner of communications. We want to distinguish the ‘window dressing’ and ‘plastic promises’ put about by some PVC-U companies from the truth – that wood is good. In short, it’s time for true transparency in the world of windows.” A ‘busy quarter’ Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions has reported one of its busiest quarters for its flat rooflight since it was launched at the FIT Show last year. Demand for the flat rooflight is said to have risen sharply and Atlas is now fabricating at least 50 rooflights a week. 60 Atlas customers currently have an Atlas flat rooflight display in their showroom and latest Atlas figures show that these installers are selling a third more rooflights because of it. Gareth Thomas, sales and marketing director at Atlas, said: “It’s been an incredible first half of the year for the flat rooflight with sales rising sharply, particularly for those installers who have a flat rooflight display in their showrooms. We do encourage our customers to invest in their showrooms because we know it pays off. There really is no better way to show off the contemporary look and minimalistic design of the rooflight. When homeowners see how good the display looks, it makes an easy sale for the installer.” manufacturer, is set to star in ITV home improvement show, Love Your Home and Garden. The company has donated several of its rooflight products to ITV, and will feature in two episodes aired in late August. Roof Maker CEO, Paul Mildenstein, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be involved in Love Your Home and Garden – not just because it gives us the chance to introduce our best-in-class products to millions of people across the UK, but also because it allows us to support an incredibly worthwhile cause.” Donating products to ITV is the latest in a series of charitable acts by the firm which, earlier this year, formalised its long-running support of East Midlands children’s hospice, Rainbows, by pledging to give it a percentage of the profit made on every product it sells.
GGP August 2017
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