Clearview Midlands February 2014 - Issue 147 - Page 18

INDUSTRYNEWS “A company to inspire Britain” Door-Stop has been recognised as ‘a company to inspire Britain’ in a report produced by The London Stock Exchange Group. The report, “1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain”, compiled by Growth Management, lists small and medium sized UK companies that have performed strongly in the challenging period since 2009, and consistently outperformed companies in their sector. The selected companies come from more than 100 sectors, including disciplines as diverse as automotive, architecture and wine. Encouragingly, manufacturers account for about a fifth of the list and they come from all areas of the UK. In the introduction to the report these “most exciting” companies are described as “the lifeblood of the UK economy”. The London Stock Exchange Group goes on to say that the success of these SMEs is a “shockingly under-reported story” that it is determined to change. Nick Dutton, Managing Director of Door-Stop, comments: “It’s gratifying to be recognised by an organisation as prestigious as the London Stock Exchange Group. DoorStop has grown rapidly year on year since we started. In just five years we’ve helped transform the composite door market and achieved a turnover of £24 million.” For more information on the companies listed visit www.1000companies.com. For more on Door-Stop go to www.door-stop.co.uk. MAKING THE MILLION The glazing sector’s adopted charity, GM Fundraising, surpassed its second major milestone of 2013 at its recent Christmas Gala Dinner. Despite a mid-event fire alarm evacuation, more than three hundred of the great and good of the industry celebrated till the early hours, at the same time raising an incredible £33,974 for GM Fundraising on the night. 18 FEB 2014 This amount took GMF past the £1,000,000 of funds raised solely for Hope House Children’s Hospices; having already reached its ambitious target of a million in total funds raised with the Hope 66 cycle ride across America. Total funds raised now stands at a mammoth £1,095,922.40. This event marked the end of a frantic year for the GM Fundraising team, having hosted the dinner, a golf day and of course the muchpublicised Hope 66 ride, which itself raised an incredible £180,606.35. GM Fundraising Chairman, Gary Morton commented: ‘Naturally the team are all delighted, first to have passed our million pound objective in September and then in turn to pass that same milestone in donations to Hope House alone. This has been a remarkably busy period for the team and to have achieved these two landmarks makes it all worthwhile.” CHECK BEFORE YOU DIG National Grid has launched a new website, www.beforeyoudig. nationalgrid.com, to help prevent contractors and developers from hitting or striking through gas distribution and transmission pipes and electricity cables. The new site is free to register and open to all contractors, consultants and developers, providing registered users with a fast and accurate interactive mapping service within minutes so that they can accurately mark up a work area to avoid all of National Grid’s under and overground assets. Currently National Grid makes a substantial number of claims a year against construction and property companies for the repair of its assets that have been accidently damaged, resulting in significant costs to the property industry. Once registered, users simply have to complete a short, pre-defined form that details what work is being undertaken and use an interactive map to specify the exact location the work is taking place. The site then automatically provides downloads of detailed maps and drawings for all of the National Grid assets in the vicinity of the site, with scaled asset location maps. Most importantly, it provides advice on how to proceed efficiently and safely and tailored guidance appropriate to the specific activities being undertaken. More info at: www.beforeyoudig.nationalgrid.com To read more, visit www.clearview-uk.com