Clearview National April 2017 - Issue 185 - Page 18

INDUSTRYNEWS Shaking up the industry CORGI Fenestration Scheme Limited has launched into the multi- billion pound fenestration sector – a move that some believe will shake up the industry. » » A FULLY LICENCED BUSINESS working with CORGI Services, CORGI Fenestration will bring all the known and associated attributes of the CORGI brand to the sector. Chris Mayne will be chief executive officer and Jacqueline Crawford will be chief operating officer. Chris is well-known throughout the fenestration industry and has worked at some of its industry bodies and companies including FENSA, Bowater Windows Group, and Staybrite Windows & Conservatories. Qualified engineer Jacqueline has worked for some of the main certification schemes including NICEIC, BSI and FENSA. She was chair of the Competent Person Forum during the introduction of Part P of the Building Regulations. Most people associate CORGI - founded in 1970 - with gas safety, but it has come a long way since then. The CORGI brand now delivers products and services that range across the heating, plumbing and renewables industry and continues to deliver an ethos of trust, reliability and expertise. This is through its insistence that CORGI registered companies and individuals adhere to a strict code of conduct. In 2016, CORGI Services released the results of its latest independently conducted consumer survey. It showed that as a brand with attributes that consumers understood and respected, CORGI was by a considerable distance the most recognised, with 74% of consumers putting it first on their list. Speaking about the launch Chris 18 » A PR 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M commented: “This is a hugely exciting time for our new venture, and we hope for the industry. CORGI Fenestration is suited to all levels of the supply chain – systems houses, fabricators, and installers. “Our aim is to support them to win more home improvement business for our industry based on a customer perception that as an industry we will deliver improvements reliably, safely, with the latest knowledge at our fingertips coupled to experience and expertise”. ‘so important for the fenestration industry’ Jacqueline added: “We are delighted that CORGI shares our vision for a new approach to the fenestration industry. We are equally delighted as a part of bringing this opportunity to fruition to have formed a collaborative working relationship with GQA Qualifications, the industry’s only qualification and awarding body, to underpin our approach that qualification of operatives is the bedrock for long term success. “We have formed CORGI Fenestration as a fully licensed business with exclusive use of the CORGI brand in the fenestration industry”. Caitriona Deakin, chief executive officer of CORGI Services, welcomed CORGI Fenestration and said: “CORGI has continued to look at other industries where delivering a service to the homeowner in a trusted and reliable way is a key element of the route to market. “We have had many approaches over the years, and turned down many potential opportunities, but when we met with Chris Mayne and Jacqueline Crawford it became clear that through their knowledge of the fenestration industry and their approach to business that we had a meeting of minds about how service should be delivered. “Their ethos is clearly the same as our own - wanting all tradespeople involved in the supply chain to be suitably and formally trained and qualified to do the jobs they are required to do in order to deliver a truly reliable service to the consumer. “CORGI Fenestration is entirely complementary to other CORGI licences which are active in the building services sector such as heating and plumbing.” Mick Clayton, chief executive of GQA, said: “I think that our industry has a great many very experienced people who deliver great products and services, but there are gaps. “There is no automatic update mechanism for our industry’s people to learn about new products, new regulations or new legislation – and away from existing people there is little o r no process to attract new young recruits to our industry. This especially is a massive problem, and it is why in my opinion this new and exciting association with such a recognised and trusted brand is so important for the fenestration industry.”,,