People News in Brief • The Veka UK Group has reported its strongest sales month ever. Sales in October topped those of any other month since the family-owned German multinational, Veka, established its UK arm, Veka plc, back in 1986. Coinciding with its approved fabricator and installer scheme reaching a tally of over 300 member companies, October's sales record reflects the shared successes of both the Veka UK Group and its customers, with a number of Veka and Halo fabricators posting similarly unprecedented sales figures in recent months. • Following Synseal’s acquisition of the business and assets of Prospect Inc. Ltd, trading as Systems Glass, to create Global Glass Wigan, it has become the latest company to switch to TruPlas rigid spacer bar manufactured by Edgetech. Steve Musgrave, Synseal’s manufacturing director, said: “Synseal has been making sealed units with TruPlas rigid spacer bar for a fair while now, so gearing up our new Global Glass Wigan operation to start using TruPlas was an easy decision for us.” • Online lead generator and installer support company Leads2trade has reported ‘unprecedented growth’ across the business throughout 2014, with a record breaking trading period in the first four months of the year. Directors at the company revealed that between January and April 2014, Leads2trade achieved a higher number of sales than it did throughout the whole of 2013, and has generated more leads in 2014 than in 2013. Leads2trade’s acquisition of the home improvement arm of the consumer facing lead generation network, Compare Companies, at the start of the year, is said to have contributed to the increase in sales and lead volumes. 24 December 2014 Man for the East New MD at Solidor Strategic promotions Midlands based Heritage Glass Group has announced the appointment of two senior positions within the firm as it moves forward with impending company expansion. Company director, Anthony Randall, said: “These two strategic internal promotions will strengthen our management team as the firm continues to expand and both members of staff have earned this new senior status through 20 years of combined service. “To cope with this expansion, we have also had to increase our fleet of vehicles from seven to 10. “Paul Hotchkiss was formerly contracts manager for the group, gaining the respect of his peers over many years and has now been promoted to general manager in charge of the day to day running of the Heritage Glass business. “Neil Evans has been appointed as head of sales to lead our team of sales executives and to help with the technical challenges faced in the use of new materials and legislation within the glazing and replacement door industry.” Solidor Group has appointed Joe Martoccia, as its new managing director, from 15 December 2014. Joe, who is described by Solidor as ‘a respected industry leader’, is said to bring ‘considerable expertise and experience within the building, construction and home improvement markets’ to the solid core composite door manufacturer. At a time when Solidor continues to report strong growth, the company says that Joe’s appointment ‘sends out a very clear message to the market that it is committed to maximising the investment by DW3 Product Group and NorthEdge, both in terms of its ongoing product development but also its market penetration’. Joe Martoccia, said: “Solidor is an impressive business by any measure and has all the attributes to deliver incredible growth over the next couple of years. It’s vital that we stay focused on our unrivalled innovation and product development strategy, but work hard to deliver the ultimate retail experience for our customers. Exciting times are ahead for Solidor and our loyal network of retailers.” Gareth Mobley, CEO, concluded: “We’ve hand picked Joe to become the new managing director of Solidor at a time when having a great team is of paramount importance during the next phase of our growth.” CHANCELLOR VISIT: George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has visited Nico Manufacturing’s production facility in Clacton, Essex. Nico, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of hardware products for the window industry, supplying a range of British-made friction hinges, locking systems and ancillary devices, has been one of the largest employers in Clacton for over 50 years, with design, manufacture and finishing facilities on site. Mr Osborne was visiting Clacton during the run up to the recent By Election, when previous Conservative MP, Douglas Carswell, subsequently won the seat for UKIP. The Chancellor chose to visit Nico, as one of the major employers in the area and an example of successful UK manufacture. UK window control system manufacturer, Geze UK, is strengthening its presence in the East of England. Nian Jarvis, who has more than 10 years’ industry experience across technical, sales and servicing, joins the company as technical sales consultant – automatic doors. Nian will be responsible for increasing the company’s market share across the East Midlands and East Anglia. “I’m delighted to have been appointed as technical sales consultant – automatic doors for Geze UK. Geze UK is a recognised market leader with a full catalogue product range, so I am looking forward to developing their market share across the East Midlands and East Anglia,” explained Nian. “It’s exciting to be joining an established team of experts in the industry and I look forward to expanding upon my knowledge base and growing my skills within this role.” Andy Howland, sales director of Geze UK, added: “Nian has a wealth of experience in the industry, which makes him ideal for this role and I’m certain that he will prove to be an asset to the automatic sales team.” www.geze.co.uk. Joe Martoccia (right) and Gareth Mobley Paul Hotchkiss (left) and Neil Evans at Heritage Glass Group of Shrewsbury.
GGP December 2014
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