Clearview Midlands April 2014 - Issue 149 - Page 92

MOVERS&SHAKERS AVOCET SETS SIGHTS ON MIDLANDS WITH PASKIN APPOINTMENT Bi-fold specialist expands its team Bi-fold specialist TWR Trade Frames has added a new National Sales Coordinator to its team. Tracey Ogden will head up the company’s dedicated bi-fold support service, administer sales enquiries and provide technical product customer support. In 2012 TWR Trade Frames officially launched its bi-fold support service, helping installers enter the lucrative bi-folding door market. The scheme proved a huge success and the company aims to build on its progress with Tracey’s appointment. TWR’s MD, Terry Richardson, comments: “We will be rolling out a major new initiative in 2014, to build on the success of our bi-fold support service. Tracey will be integral to this and is already making a big difference. “Tracey adds: “TWR has outlined very exciting plans for the years ahead and I am delighted to be part of them.” In 2013 TWR invested in an in-house powder-coating facility, ensuring faster lead times on aluminium windows and doors. TWR manufactures the eternAL aluminium bi-folding door, a rebrand of the Smarts Visofold 1000 and 4000 series providing excellent thermal efficiency, high-spec security features and super-slim sightlines. Tel: 0191 565 2200, Avocet Hardware has appointed Karen Paskin (pictured) as its new business development manager for the Midlands. The Brighouse-based company is currently seeking to re-establish its position as the leading player in the home window and door security market and sees business development roles as a key part of its future success. Dr Tinkle Jain, a director of Avocet Hardware, said: “Our aim is not just to return Avocet to the market leading position it once held, but to eclipse this and become the company to turn to for all home window and door security needs. “To do this we need the very best people pushing the business and its products forwards and Karen’s knowledge and experience in retail and field sales, and as a key accounts manager is the ideal mix for this kind of role.” Karen’s career started in the early 1990s, selling windows into the retail market for Staybrite Windows. She then went on to work across a range of different markets in field sales roles, prior to becoming a key account manager for grouphomesafe.Commenting on her appointment, she said: “This role combines the best elements of sales and account management and as such presents me with a challenge that I’m delighted to be given and am passionate about making a success of.” http://www.avocet-hardware. or call 01484 711700. Neil Sampson is new Chairman of DHF’s ‘Powered Gate Group’ Green Gate Access Systems Managing Director, Neil Sampson, has been selected as Chairman of the Door and Hardware Federation’s ‘Powered Gate Group’. The Group was formed in 2009 in response to requests from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) The HSE sought an industry-wide trade body that would develop higher standards of safety for automated gates, following a number of fatal accidents since 2007. The group represents manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates, who demonstrate 92 APR 2014 their credentials of quality, safety and adherence to the high technical standards requ ired. “I am delighted to have been offered the Chairmanship of the Powered Gate Group and look forward to representing the organisation’s appeal for total safety in our business sector.” said Sampson, 40, who founded Green Gate Access Systems in 2006. “There are two ways in which to install a powered gate – safely and unsafely. The rules are very clear. I welcome the campaign for further awareness and tighter regulations in the industry and look forward to upholding the PGG’s hope that no further deaths occur as a result of poorly fitted and ill-considered gates.” To read more, visit