Clearview National December 2017 - Issue 193 - Page 30

Annual Review ANNUAL REVIEW 2017 AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR 2017 has been an extraordinary year, there is no doubt about that. And as the year draws to a close, and we all get ready for the Christmas festivities, we are all still wondering about the future for the UK – given concerns on Brexit, the economy and the way in which this country is heading in general. » » IT IS AT THIS TIME OF YEAR THAT we generally look forward – but also look back and reflect on how far we have come, what we have achieved (or not as the case may be!) It is always better to rise above the bad stuff (and yes, we all have to contend with some of that; then focus on the upside. We asked companies in this sector for their views and experiences in 2017 and their hopes for 2017. We also too this opportunity to look at our own Group’s progress in what has been another hectic year. We are delighted that Clearview magazine continues to be recognised as one of the industry’s leading trade journals, and wish to acknowledge our advertisers, sponsors and other supporters for their invaluable contribution – and yes, even the staff who manage to keep the magazine coming out month in, month out! As a company, we have seen quite a few changes – like most companies – but these have been positive and see us heading in the right direction. Thankfully, companies in the sector are equally positive and ready to take on more challenges ahead. Our second venture into the world of exhibitions with LOCKEX 2018 – Fire and Security, is well under way and looks set to be bigger and better than the inaugural event in 2016. The annual review that follows gives some good news which makes interesting reading. We wish all of the contributors well for the year ahead which will certainly be exciting, challenging and hopefully, profitable. UNIQUE WINDOW SYSTEMS HAS EXPERIENCED AN INCREDIBLY POSITIVE 2017 Towards the beginning of the year the Leicestershire-based fabricator was published in the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ for 2017. » » UNIQUE WERE ONE OF ONLY TWO fenestration companies to feature on the list and illustrates the exponential growth and the positive financial performance of the company over the course of the last few years. Unique have invested heavily in both their PVCu and aluminium production facilities, with production being split between two factories; the original focusing on PVCu production and the second factory for aluminium production. In ter