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GGP March 2013

EDITOR’SCOMMENT FIT as a fiddle Spring is in the air, the lambs are jumping about in the fields, the buds are blooming and as this is being written, clearly the writer is hoping that all this will have happened by the time this issue is published. There has been a lot of hoping in recent times but very little in terms of delivery. Looking at housing prices for recovery (the pursuit of many a Daily Mail reader) is pointless as this is not the sensible way to judge a turnaround in economic fortunes. The more meaningful one of production appears to point that we are some way from getting away from these straitened times. The latest news from the Constriction Products Association (CPA) shows that the last quarter of 2012 was 9.3% lower than the same period the year before. For those of us who have lived through the grim times before, most recessions are not ones of unmitigated gloom. Apart from far too high unemployment, closing shops and factories, we know that life and work goes on, albeit at a lower level of business activity. As the last couple of Leaders in GGP have been a bit on the bleak side, let’s see if we can cite two examples that might buck the trend. We are in the run up to the return of a national exhibition in our sector. Admittedly, this hasn’t quite made the front of the News at Six bulletins but the FIT Show (16-18 April 2013, Telford International Centre) has been a revelation so far, in terms of its marketing and promotion. The disbelief at the choice of venue has subsided and as the exhibitors were booked in, quite a few of us have had to eat (non horse) humble pie. The only question mark that refuses to go away is whether Telford will deter the visitors; something we won’t know for sure until the doors open. Well, the organisers make play on the fact that 2,000 have already pre registered. Readers can see how bullish FIT Show’s managing director is on page 51 when Matthew Glover responded confidently to the questions put by Yours Truly. He may be a vegan but one felt he was eating raw meat when he was writing the answers. Our preview begins on page 29 and we will be following this up in the April issue. It would be very churlish, if not hypocritical, not to recommend that you spare the time to get to the FIT Show. We have been without a national exhibition far too long and this is the opportunity to ensure it becomes a worthwhile event to become a regular fixture. The other development that makes one feel a little more optimistic is the brave decision by Halifax based fabricator, Polyframe, to open a facility in Northern Ireland, serving the whole of the island. (See page 93.) In truth, it has purchased a factory owned by local business, Turkington. But when you consider the state of Ireland’s economy, both North and South, the move has to be applauded. Ireland can be quite a parochial Next month sees the arrival of the FIT Show at Telford International Centre. market and trying to do business has held some difficulties, even for those who were born there. Many years ago, when the Irish economy was booming, I saw a company in Cork where the marketing manager had never visited the North, for business or holiday. The policy then was to hire sales reps only from within Ulster to service that area. So, if as that was true then, what chance now? Well, the ‘peace process’ has helped to establish a degree of normality and once grasped, not many would want to see a return to the bad old days. Compared with the 1970s and 1980s, an English accent will not lead to sullen faces. We look forward to seeing how things pan out for both the exhibition and Polyframe. Michael Gannon Editor editor Michael Gannon 01732 748048 mgannon@unity-media.com deputy editor Sophie Stevens 01732 748036 sstevens@unity-media.com editorial assistant Graham Cookson 01732 748037 gcookson@unity-media.com advertisement sales director Andy Dunn 01732 748065 advertisement sales manager Dawn Tucker 01732 748060 dtucker@unity-media.com area sales executive Sarah Knight 01732 748061 sknight@unity-media.com classified sales executive Skie Powell 01732 748063 spowell@unity-media.com production manager Lisa White 01732 748049 Fax: 01732 748006 lwhite@unity-media.com production assistant Debbie Marsh 01732 748050 dmarsh@unity-media.com reprographic controller David Smith circulation 01732 748084 publisher Colin Wilkinson To subscribe call: 01732 748084 head office Becket House, Vestry Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5EJ Tel: 01732 748000 Fax: 01732 748001 © 2012 Unity Business Press Est 1985 ISSN: 0269-0659 * Average net circ Jan 2011 - Dec 2011: 10,088 Controlled free circulation: Glass & Glazing Products is available free of charge to personnel who come within terms of control. 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