Clearview Midlands July 2014 - Issue 152 - Page 79

July 2014 FITReview FIT NAMES MADi AS SHOW’S CHOSEN CHARITY MADi Fundraising, A special charity fund set up by window and door industry people, has been chosen as the principal charity for the FIT Show 2014. Among other activities, FIT has donated a special stand for the charity to raise awareness among visitors and the show’s Gala Dinner will host a fundraising casino sponsored by Solidor. MADi was launched by three Hope 66 riders, Solidor Group MD Gareth Mobley, Window Widgets owner Dan Gil and Universal Arches MD Leon Day, after Dan’s youngest daughter Maddie was diagnosed with bone marrow failure shortly after they returned from the charity US cycle marathon. Funds raised by MADi at the event will be passed to the Anthony Nolan Trust, which supports bone marrow and stem cell donations for people with blood cancers and similar disorders, and other fund-raising events are already planned for the near future. You can learn more about MADi Fundraising at www.madifundraising.com or Twitter @madifundraising. The FIT team have also chosen to back a second charity, Life for Ella-Grace, to help fund surgery for a child with a rare circulation disorder, www. lifeforellagracefund.co.uk. www.fitshow.co.uk CARL F GROUPCO REPORTS ‘BRISK TRADE’ Designed ‘in the round’, Carl F Groupco’s stand saw brisk trade with visitors walking the course to view the company’s extensive window, door and patio hardware displays. The company reports a good mix of enquiries from both long-standing and new customers. Based on the success of the show for Carl F Groupco, the company has confirmed re-booking for the 2016 exhibition in the same stand location. Video animation, full profiles and sample boards gave a comprehensive overview, with freshly baked cookies being an added incentive to visit. Working product features were demonstrated, including the smoothness of the Siegenia HS Portal 300 lift and slide hardware gliding on its castors with the push of just one finger. Reporting a healthy upturn month on month since March 2013, Carl F Groupco announced 12.8% growth over the last year and is confident that the green shoots are set to continue. Key factors influencing the positive outlook for the company are a company-wide commitment to 98% next-day deliveries in time and in full, plus investment in systems and people including a technical support service. Tel: 01733 393330, sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk Deceuninck pulls the crowds at the FIT Show Deceuninck pulled in huge crowds at this year’s FIT Show. Even when the rest of the show was relatively quiet, the company’s stand had a constant stream of visitors as people came to find out the answer to the ‘Why Deceuninck’ question. Deceuninck’s New Wave Slide & Swing Door was a real star. Visitors queued to see live demonstrations of this next-generation multi-pane patio door, and feedback was fantastic. Visitors were also keen to try out PricePad, Deceuninck’s electronic ordering and pricing programme that makes it easier for installers to sell to homeowners. Monorail, Colour360 and Deceuninck’s famous ‘pretty’ windows were other top attractions. Deceuninck’s new ‘MyBrand’ also attracted lots of attention. MyBrand is a suite of new consumer brochures that customers can tailor quickly and simply with their own branding and content to make it easier for installers to sell in the home. The new MyBrand website is coming soon! Thanking everyone involved, Deceuninck MD Roy Frost said: “The FIT Show was a huge success for Deceuninck - we’ll see you again in 2016!” 79