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GGP December 2013

Fab & Installer World FIT to compete? 20 years of successful manufacturing Network Veka’s Steve in jungle turn 66 December 2013 Business Micros’ installation team upgraded the entire software system at Essex based trade fabricator, Ultimate 70, working overnight to minimise disruption. Ultimate 70, which fabricates between 800 and 1000 frames per week in the Legend 70 system, has been a Business Micros customer since it was set up 10 years ago, running both Evolution software for its manufacturing processing and EvoNet software for its business management. Business Micros identified a risk that the sheer volume of data on the server could slow it down and recommended that Ultimate 70 should upgrade to the SQL database versions of both Evolution and EvoNet. In normal circumstances, this could take several working days but working with Ultimate 70, Business Micros put together a timetable which meant it could be completed in just over 24 hours with a down time of just 30 minutes. Chris Bailey, Business Micros’ sales and installation manager, and specialist programmer Lee Marshall arrived at Ultimate 70’s Witham premises at 3pm and worked until 4am the following morning to complete the changeover. Ultimate 70’s MD, Martin Killick, said: “The lads from Business Micros really impressed us with their commitment and skills. We take a real ‘can do’ approach with our customers and it was great to see our software partner demonstrating the same kind of attitude and service.” www.businessmicros.co.uk The organisers of the FIT Show are laying down the gauntlet to window, door and conservatory installers everywhere, with the return of the Master Fitter Challenge for 2014. During the first two days of next year’s FIT Show, which will take place in Telford (June 10, 11, 12) eight installers will work to ‘strict criteria’ established by assessor, the GQA, in association with Andy Clegg of the Fenestration College. They will be expected to install a window and a residential door with an additional ‘tripping hazard’ in the form of some ‘devious’ faults built in. To reach that stage, competitors will have undergone a telephone interview and a ‘probing’ site visit to ensure an ‘elite group’ of professional installers are chosen to compete live at the FIT Show. With a total prize fund of £10,000, the winner will walk away with £5,000, while £3,000 and £2,000 will be awarded to the second and third places respectively. Full details of how to enter the FIT Show Master Fitter Challenge can be found at www.fitshow.co.uk Rehau has congratulated its customer, Rocal, on 20 years of successful manufacturing. Area sales manager, Katrina Earl, visited Rocal’s headquarters in Brigg, North Lincolnshire to present Rocal’s managing director, Stephen Nadin, with an engraved trophy and a certificate to mark the occasion. UK manufacturer of composite and PVC-U panel doors, Rocal, uses Rehau’s Total70 system for the outerframes of all of its doors. The partnership between the two companies has grown and strengthened in recent years as Rocal has successfully expanded its product range. Key to the partnership has been the support of Katrina, who even had one of Rocal’s door glass designs named after her when Rocal launched its Endurance range of solid core composite doors in 2004. Katrina said: “Rocal is a real success story with a fantastic commitment to quality and innovation. We’re always looking to support them with sales, marketing, technical and commercial advice and of course with great products and customer service.” www.rocal.co.uk Network Veka’s long standing brand ambassador and six times World Snooker champion, Steve Davis, recently joined a host of other famous faces in the Australian Outback for the 2013 series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! Sleeping under the stars in the Aussie bush, camp mates must complete a series of ‘bushtucker trials’ in a bid to win food and the viewers’ votes to keep them on the show for as long as possible. Network Veka's MD, John Ogilvie, commented: “Steve is ideal for the show – he's a trusted personality, known all over the world for being a winner. “Keeping his winning status in the frame, Steve recently beat defending champion Nigel Bond to capture the World Seniors Championship for the first time – his first major win in 15 years! We are hoping that his winning streak will continue in the jungle! Katrina and Stephen in the Rocal factory 24 hour service minimises disruption


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