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GGP December 2013

Mila says it has strengthened its sales team with an aim to ‘help customers make the most of the opportunities presented by the recovery’. Three new sales managers have joined the team who, between them, have more than 25 years experience in selling window and door hardware. Eddie Russell – who will be working with Jen Jenkins, the internal sales executive responsible for the Scottish region – is the new sales manager for Scotland and the North East, Julie Holmes is managing the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire area and Veronica Adams is managing London and the South East. Vicki Sanders, Mila’s head of sales, said: “As the market recovers, it’s obviously essential that we have Jen and Eddie the right team and the right level of resource in place to help customers make the most of new sales opportunities. Mila has already seen sales rise more than 10% in recent months over last year’s figures and we recently recorded our best daily sales turnover in five years so the three new sales managers have joined us at a perfect time.” People New girls Julie Fabricator sponsors ‘Hero’ award 18 December 2013 Sales team is strengthened Commercial Rehau fabricator, Solar Windows, was one of the sponsors at Wales and West Housing’s recent Making a Difference (MAD) Awards, held in Cardiff. The Caerphilly based company, which is Wales and West’s PVC-U window and door replacement partner, is involved in a number of community initiatives and tenant satisfaction programmes. Since 2008, the MAD Awards have been hosted annually to celebrate courage, kindness, enterprise and community spirit amongst Wales and West Housing’s tenants and local communities. This year, Solar Windows sponsored the Local Hero category, which recognises unsung heroes who have stood out from the crowd by making a real difference. Solar’s operations manager, Bob Jenkins, presented the award to joint winners, Mukesh Patel and Sureshkuma Rajah, both of whom were nominated for their ‘kindness and support of others within their local communities’. Lancashire Trade Frames (LTF) recently made two new appointments; Julie Whitehead as business development manager and ‘marketing expert’, Joanna Plane. Veronica Julie Kilimanjaro climb raises £26,000 Bob Jenkins (right) of Solar Windows congratulates the winners of the Solar sponsored Local Hero category With a wealth of industry experience, including time spent with Quay Plastics and Eurocell, Julie’s strengths are said to be in ‘supporting customers and in developing their accounts during difficult economic times’. Meanwhile, Joanna Plane aims to bring a fresh, ‘nononsense approach and a commitment to effective marketing’, to the LTF team. Joanna Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is no mean feat but a team from Stoke based UK Window Systems recently completed it in just four days – while carrying a PVC-U window! Sponsored by PVC-U and PVC-UE building products manufacturer, Kestrel, among others in the industry, Richard Barlow, Darren Larkin and Gary Beech from UK Window Systems, along with Richard’s two friends and cousin, climbed the highest mountain in Africa to raise money for the FSID charity (Foundation for the Study of Infant Death) in memory of Richard’s baby son, Finlay, who died in 2011 at just 21 days old. “The climb went really well,” said Richard. “A few of us suffered from altitude sickness, which wasn’t great, but we had tablets to help us. The FSID work endlessly to try and find answers, in the hope that one day, no parent will have to lose a child in the same way that we have lost our baby, Finlay George.” The team have so far raised a staggering £26,448.05, and donations are still being accepted at: www.justgiving.com/Richard Barlow2


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