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GGP January 2015

FABRICAT O R & I N S TALLER WORLD Polyframe celebrated a successful evening at the Halifax Courier Business Awards recently after being crowned Manufacturer of the Year for Calderdale. The accolade capped off an amazing 2014 for Polyframe which also saw the company win G14 Fabricator of the Year and the Yorkshire Post Business of the year. These awards are in addition to being awarded a Certificate of Business Excellence as an ‘Outstanding Company 2014’ by industry analyst, Plimsoll Publishing. Awarded on an annual basis to a select number of companies in their individual industry sectors, ‘Outstanding Company’ status indicates that Polyframe has improved its overall financial health based on Plimsoll's assessment of its overall performance. At the same time it has achieved solid sales growth. Peter Dyson, Polyframe sales director, stated: “2014 has been a magnificent year for Polyframe. Not only have we won a whole host of awards but the business has continued to grow. We are all looking forward to an even better 2015, with the opening of our second factory in Halifax and the continued expansion of our trade centres.” Polyframe says it has some ‘exciting plans’ for the coming year, with the new Ridings factory preparing to start fabrication early this year. 92 Aluminium success Hero sponsors Tradelink has been manufacturing aluminium windows and bi-fold doors for four years and in that time the company says it has seen demand increase ‘exponentially’. Jim Moody, MD of Tradelink explained: “Tradelink is helping installation companies large and small take advantage of the growing aluminium sector. We set up our own manufacturing division, through the acquisition of a wellestablished aluminium fabricator four years ago, because we identified this growing sector and wanted to be well positioned to help our customers make the most of it. “We have seen ongoing success in our aluminium division, although bi-fold doors continue to be the stand out performer for our customers. “Aluminium isn’t the easiest material to add to your range as a PVC-U fabricator, in fact several companies have tried and failed because the differences between the two materials are so vast. Tradelink customers however have the benefit of 26 years of aluminium experience thanks to our acquisition and continuous training and as market analysts predict more growth for this sector we are well positioned to continue to supply this growing trend.” www.tradelinkdirect.co.uk Flair Plastic Products ran a super-size football competition to win a Kömmerling PremiLine patio door at last year’s FIT Show, and the lucky winner was Robin Williams of Enfys Windows, from the village of Trelech, Carmarthenshire, who correctly spotted the missing ball. During the FIT Show, Flair gave away 1,000 footballs and generated more than 400 leads in the process on its astro-turf laid stand. This reportedly helped the West Midlands based manufacturer experience strong growth in the latter part of 2014. New products such as Kömmerling’s lift and slide PremiDoor, along with its C70 and O70 Gold suites now grace Flair’s showroom, which is said to have done much to help expand the business. A wide range of colours from stock including anthracite grey, black, cream, Irish oak and Chartwell green have also done much to increase sales, as has the key features and versatility of the PremiLine patio door. With five chambered chamfered and ovolo windows and doors, Flair has also been able to offer customers more cost effective glass options. www.flairwindows.com www.ggp.com January 2015 ‘Amazing’ 2014 For the third year in succession, specialist commercial fabricator, Solar Windows, sponsored the Local Hero award at Wales & West Housing’s Making a Difference Awards. The Caerphilly based company, which is Wales & West Housing’s PVC-U window and door replacement partner, once again gave its backing to the awards as part of its programme of community initiatives and tenant satisfaction programmes. Mick Glendinning, a resident in Wales and West’s Ystad y Goffa Flint scheme, was the deserved recipient of this year’s Local Hero title in recognition of the positive impact he has had on his community through the running of a popular and successful foodbank initiative. Robert Jenkins, operations manager for Solar Windows, said: “Our partnership with Wales & West Housing is about so much more than just windows and doors. Of course, we take immense pride in the quality of the products and service we provide but we are perhaps equally proud of how we support the efforts of Wales & West Housing to enrich the communities in which they work and the life opportunities of their residents. “These awards celebrate courage, kindness, enterprise and community spirit amongst Wales and West Housing’s tenants and local communities and we are delighted to be a part of that.” Solar Windows has been a key supplier to Wales & West Housing since the two organisations were originally partnered together in 2002. Sales increase at Flair Robert Jenkins (left) from Solar Windows with Wales & West Housing Local Hero Mick Glendinning and Alison Moody and Kathy Smart from Wales & West Housing


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