34 NEW YEAR MESSAGES Danny Williams, managing director, Pioneer Trading and highly efficient production facility off the back of winning at the G Awards and have an exciting and motivated team. And with this a duty to lead from the front and promote the increasingly popular 'Sliding Sash'. The industry itself is picking up energy as we see the tail end of the latest recession so opportunities are vast for all. IT will also almost certainly play a big part in business efficiency in 2015 and onwards and during the year Quickslide will be launching many 'partner projects' which will harness the powers of the web and make promotions and ordering extremely easy while supporting sales. Colin Torley, sales and marketing director, Veka UK Mike Bygrave, marketing manager, Roseview Adrian Barraclough, managing director, Quickslide Richard Gyde, managing director, Mila 2014 was a really good year, both for the industry and for Roseview. I don't see any reason why 2015 should be any different – I'm really looking forward to it! When we went through the recession we all had to teach ourselves to be leaner, smarter and www.ggp.com January 2015 more efficient to survive. Now things are looking up we're in a good position to reap the benefits. On top of that, as an industry we tend to be offering better, more diverse products, with more choice for the consumer. That's got to be a good thing. There are bound to be some challenges this year; the current skills shortage springs to mind, and general elections can always change things. However, overall a stronger economy coupled with a stronger industry should add up to a pretty good year. And I need it to be good – I'm getting married in May, so I'll need a strong year just to pay for everything! We will do OK as a business, having made some considerable changes in house that have had some significant benefits. But overall I am cautious about 2015 – there is a great deal of positive attitude around although in my experience – and Pioneer is especially strong in the apparently well-heeled South East of England – retail installers are still not having it all their own way. Business is better, but not booming. So a further stimulus is needed to get homeowners putting their hands in their pockets and perhaps the continued movement in new house starts will push that along. In the meantime, the spectre of skilled – or even willing – labour shortages will continue to blight many parts of the country. Of course we have the general election and that may throw up some interesting issues and perhaps change – we need something to put a spark in politics! 2015 already looks very positive for Mila with the confirmation that we have signed a new two year supply agreement with one of our biggest customers, Safestyle UK. The past year was every bit as exciting and eventful as we had expected here at The Veka UK Group, and we plan to build on our many successes in the year ahead. 2014 saw us officially open a new, £multi-million mixing plant and showcase the exciting new Imagine bi-fold and French doors at a host of prominent exhibitions, where they received a fantastic response. We also unveiled our new approved installer scheme which has gone from strength to strength with numbers rising rapidly to well over 300 in the space of just a few months. 2014 was a great year for us – October was our best EVER sales month. We anticipate that 2015 will be just as successful as we unveil our new Imagine patio door, new main line system and new range of composite doors. We're proud to see Network Veka entering its 18th year and the UKAS-accredited Assure continuing to grow. A lot of responsibility drops onto Quickslides' shoulders for 2015. We have a modern, streamlined We’ve got a very exciting new product development programme in place as well, with new launches happening from January onwards which I know will impress our existing customers as well as attracting new ones. Of course, the outlook for the whole market is continuing to improve as household spending increases. There are great opportunities ahead for fabricators who have the resources and the ambition to capitalise on that, and I expect to see Mila win more new business as these growth minded fabricators look to align themselves with suppliers who can match their ambitions.
GGP January 2015
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