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GGP August 2017

www.ggpmag.com August 2017 8 N E W S Deceuninck celebrates corporate golf day Glazerite hosts 12th annual golf trophy Wellingborough golf course once again played host to the 12th Glazerite Trophy in July. The PGA Trophy pro-am golf tournament is said to have become a highlight in an increasingly busy glazing industry golf calendar, noted for the high quality of the golf played. A total of 37 teams took part, playing in temperatures in the ‘high 20s’. According to Glazerite, customers travelled ‘far and wide’ to attend, including Doug Skinner (Kennaugh and Skinner) who made his way from the Isle of Man. The winning team was formed by Dartford-based Leslie Easton and Annis Building Contractors from Wellingborough who, with professional Ben Hall, won the main pro-am event. Kyson Lloyd was the tournament winner, posting an eight-under-par score of 136 for the two rounds. The event included evening entertainment with food and drinks for the golfers and their guests and Glazerite employees. Through voluntary donations from team members, a raffle throughout the day and an auction in the evening raised £4,235 for Glazerite’s nominated charity, Cancer Research UK. Glazerite chairman, John Hewitt, said: “The quality of golf gets better each year and is reflected in some excellent scores. Amongst a great day for us all, the generosity of many was outstanding. Over £4,000 donated to Cancer Research UK is a fantastic amount and a cause that is close to many of our hearts.“ General All-Purpose Plastics (GAP) acquires SIG Building Plastics and SIG Windows General All-Purpose Plastics (GAP), the Lancashire-based manufacturer, stockist and distributor of PVC-U roofline, doors and windows, has announced the acquisition of SIG Building Plastics and SIG Windows from SIG UK Exteriors. The deal reportedly includes 66 depots and business units plus the staff and the sales and marketing teams that support them directly. SIG Building Plastics and SIG Windows are made up of four specialist areas of drainage, sheet materials, windows and roofline. They include Scotplas, Omnico, CFS, PBM-DQS, Summers, Armour, Roplas, Toogood, Drainex, Plastics Pipe Supplies and Project Plastics. SIG’s Formerton sheet sales and specialised fixings businesses are also included in the deal. Ownership of all the brand names and trading styles transfers to GAP. Launched 24 years ago by cofounders Simon Bird and Charles Greensmith, GAP services 31,000 customers nationwide – including several of the UK’s national and regional house builders, maintenance contractors and housing associations – through two factories and a 46 depot network; which is said to have been expanding at the rate of one new facility per month. GAP co-founder, Simon Bird, said: “Charles and I set out to build a business based on passion and people, and we remind ourselves every day that we owe our success to hiring and retaining amazing staff. Anyone who takes pride in putting customers at the centre of their working day and who thrives in a friendly, supportive, lively and fun environment, will enjoy being part of the growing GAP family.” GAP’s group sales and marketing director, Paul Sowerby, added: “From the first meeting with SIG we saw a well-organised, profitable business and a focus on supporting local tradesmen with the best quality products at the keenest possible prices. Their network of busy depots is particularly strong in the South of England and so provides us with reach but limited overlap with our own existing network. It all makes for a perfect fit.” SIG UK Exteriors managing director, Andrew Wakelin, said: “The business environment is highly competitive and constantly changing. This means companies need to be agile, flexible and responsive to the needs of customers. This move is a positive affirmation of those principles and absolutely in line with our commitment to the development and success of our business. We’re confident that the Building Plastics and Windows product ranges have found a good home within GAP.” Deceuninck has reported another successful corporate golf day at its local Bowood course, organised as a thank you to customers and industry supporters. Chris Jones of Deceuninck said: “Our strategy for 2017 has been to work more closely with our customers to provide support that will genuinely help their businesses grow, but it’s great to have an opportunity to socialise together too. The weather was perfect on the day for all 80 golfers and the feedback we had from everyone who played was fantastic. A few trophies were awarded too, with Peter Chemaly taking the individual prize and MB Frames winning the team category. Shortest pin was achieved by Andrew Cullington and longest drive by Mike Stevens. With 20 more guests joining us for the evening dinner, the fun didn’t end with the golf either! “There was a good atmosphere throughout the event and it provided our customers with a great opportunity to make new contacts and share business ideas in a relaxed environment. Our customers tell us that working with Deceuninck is different because of the emphasis we put on not only building, but maintaining relationships too. The Leslie Easton and Annis Building Contractors team


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