Clearview Midlands February 2014 - Issue 147 - Page 48

ALUMINIUM FREE ACCESS TO SOFTWARE 1st Access UK was the lucky winner of the prize draw hosted by Business Micros Aluminium to win a month’s free access to its LogiKal aluminium processing software. The specialist fabricator of aluminium shopfronts and curtain walling entered the draw by sponsoring Business Micros Aluminium’s Managing Director Dean Hodges in the epic Hope 66 charity bike ride; and that donation towards Dean’s £7000 grand total has helped to kick start a valuable relationship between the two companies. 1st Access UK fabricates in the Kestrel aluminium system which announced in July this year that its databases would be made available in LogiKal for the first time. This prompted 1st Access to examine the LogiKal system to see whether it was more capable than the software they were previously using. The Willenhall based business liked the features and ease of use of LogiKal so much that it has become one of the first Kestrel customers to start using the new database. SPECIFIED FOR RETAIL PARK PROJECT Business Micros Aluminium’s team installed the software at 1st Access during September, delivered training to the company’s estimating and processing staff shortly afterwards and, in line with the company’s prize, provided the first month’s access to LogiKal for free. 2014 Programme announced One of the many highlights of CAB’s 20th Anniversary will be the Regional Members’ Meeting to be held at the Concorde Conference Centre, Manchester on 27 March 2014. The mini-conference and dinner will both take place under the wings of a British icon, the legendary Concorde G-BOAC. 48 FEB 2014 The dinner will be preceded by a miniconference, which will continue CAB’s specification theme and amongst the guest speakers will be Neesha Gopal, Associate Director of Façade Engineering at Meinhardt (UK). The first event in 2014, however, will be held on Wednesday 12 February, where CAB will be offering a half day Essential Business Services series of seminars and a half day Contractual Awareness seminar at the Grimstock Country House Hotel located at Coleshill, Birmingham. The 9th CAB Technical Conference will take place at Holywell Park, Loughborough University on Thursday, 15th May and offers members topical presentations by leading industry experts, followed by a Q&A forum. The AGM and Annual Dinner, will be held at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield on Thursday 3 July. In addition to the well-attended annual golf competition, CAB will be offering alternative daytime activities to non-golfers. AluK (GB) doors and curtain walling systems have been supplied for the refurbishment of an existing retail unit for Debenhams at the Withybush Retail Park in Haverfordwest, Wales. Specified by Holder Mathias, in collaboration with Kier Group, AluK’s aluminium building systems were installed for the new shop front and display windows. “The Debenhams store was the last phase of a complete refurbishment of the 7 units at the site, which has transformed what was a tired scheme into a successful, contemporary retail destination,” explains Mike Swain, Technical Director at Holder Mathias. “The works for the Debenhams store started in January 2013, with the shell unit