PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS Cladding makes a difference in Caerphilly » » FREEFOAM FORTEX Double Shiplap PVCu Cladding has been utilised to great effect on homes on the Lansbury Park estate in Caerphilly. Installed as part of a £2 million investment package to improve energy efficiency and transform the appearance of the estate the extensive refurbishment programme was commissioned by Caerphilly County Borough Council and fitted by contractor Eon Energy. The works were undertaken through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) initiative, which is a government energy efficiency scheme to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Under the scheme, larger energy suppliers deliver energy efficiency measures to homes and are given targets based on their share of the domestic gas and electricity market. The development previously featured white PVCu cladding but the refurbishment gave the opportunity to bring colour to the properties. Eon Energy chose a variety of subtle shades from the Fortex range including Cappuccino, Colonial Blue, Misty Grey and Argyl Brown to compliment the new exterior finish. Value for money is a key driver for Local Authorities. PVCu cladding is a cost-effective option saving expensive and time consuming ongoing maintenance. www.freefoam.com FINANCE EXPERTS TO UNVEIL SUPPORT AT SUMMIT The glass and glazing industry’s foremost finance experts will be unveiling new plans around support for fabricators and manufacturers at an upcoming industry event. » » IMPROVEASY IS A GOLD sponsor at the upcoming Glazing Summit taking place on May 22nd at the St Johns Hotel & Conference Centre in Birmingham. At the event, representatives from Improveasy will be on hand to talk about its latest initiative that will see them rolling out bespoke finance initiatives for manufacturers. Improveasy provide installers with finance solutions that they can offer to homeowners. Companies that partner with them can also access sales training seminars, alongside a host of innovative finance options. Furthermore, before signing up with Improveasy, companies or installers do not need to be FCA regulated. Once registered with Improveasy, installers become an Appointed Representative (AR) and can then begin offering finance options under either the Improveasy brand or their own company’s brand. The Glazing Summit will bring together directors, founders and senior management from the industry’s biggest and best system houses, fabricators, installers and suppliers. www.glazingsummit.co.uk RECORD START FOR FABRICATOR » » THE CONSERVATORY Outlet Group has experienced a hugely positive start to 2018, with both its retail businesses hitting record sales orders throughout January. Clearview Home Improvements, situated in the North West, and North East-based Pennine Home Improvements have for the first time achieved gross orders exceeding £2m and £1.5m respectively within a single month’s trading. The Group was formed in April 2017, also incorporating 12 » A PR 2018 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M fabricator Conservatory Outlet Ltd alongside the two home improvement retailers. The Group’s formation has allowed all three businesses to pick up valuable insight from each other to support a smoother end-to-end customer journey for the home owner. With sales orders totalling 50% higher than last January for Clearview and 28% YOY for Pennine, the performance of both retail partners has been attributed to the hard work and dedication of their staff in adapting to, and embracing positive change. Both companies have also worked hard to boost their regional presence and reputation, resulting in an influx of enquiries from home owners choosing to make improvements to their current home rather than moving. Pennine’s growth has been further supported by the successful launch of its fifth state-of-the-art showroom, situated in Durham, with further new showrooms planned for both retailers soon.