Clearview National December 2017 - Issue 193 - Page 5

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS INDEPENDENT NETWORK ON TOUR RENDEZVOUS IN FRANCE » » INDEPENDENT NETWORK HAS rounded off the summer with a trip across the Channel to VEKA France in Thonon-les- Bains. VEKA France MD Jos Lenferink played host to 42 guests for the three-day event, including Independent Network members, VEKA Group staff and VEKA MD Dave Jones. Delegates from member companies arrived on the Thursday afternoon and were welcomed by the team. The first full day began with a factory and showroom tour led by Jos Lenferink and a presentation of the French Installer programme ‘Le Fenetrier Nicois’. Later, VEKA Group’s Marketing Director Dawn Brickwood gave an overview of the evolution of Network VEKA into Independent Network which was well received by attendees. Lunch was served lakeside at Thonon, followed by an afternoon of networking between the UK guests and French hosts and evening saw members enjoying dinner and a night at the Casino in Evian. Karen Lund, Head of Partner Programmes said: “Independent Network’s most asset is its members and networking is obviously right at the core of the organisation.”. Interested in joining? Find out how Independent Network could help boost your Scottish supergroup joins Insight Data NEW RECRUIT AT PROGRAMMING CENTRE » » MATTHEW MCGHIE IS the newest recruit at Business Micros’ programming and support centre in Penpont, Dumfriesshire. He has joined the industry’s favourite software specialist as a programmer. With demand increasing all the time for bespoke versions of Business Micros’ software , the company is continuing to invest in the resources it needs to keep pace with that. Matthew is highly qualified for his new role, with a degree in computer games technology from the University of Abertay and extensive experience in developing apps. Just as importantly, he shares Business Micros’ ethics and values, having taken part in a range of voluntary work with St Andrews First Aid, the Apex U-Turn Project and as a member of the CSV Youth Board. Matthew’s appointment comes just weeks after Business Micros announced four further appointments at its Newton Le Willows sales and installation office, and reflect the company’s determination to continually shape its team in response to customer needs. Business Micros is among the largest suppliers of software to the window industry in Europe and now has 40 members of staff based at two locations across the UK. » » WITH THE FORMATION of four well-established Scottish brands into one all- encompassing group, the brand- new Saveheat Group Ltd. has partnered with Insight Data to continue their ambitious growth plans, as they look to reach new customers across the UK. Formed by renowned industry figures Alex Gray and Colin Torley, the Saveheat Group is comprised of the Merlin Network, Saveheat Glass and both Blairs Timber and Aluminium to create the first company in Scotland to manufacture the four fundamental fenestration materials. Looking to spread its wings outside of Scotland and promote its group businesses, Saveheat has tapped into the data and market intelligence of the industry’s leading provider, Insight Data. Insight Data’s industry- leading data is accessed through Salestracker, their combined online prospect database, CRM system and email marketing platform. With over 700 active ‘ambitious growth plans’ users including system houses, fabricators and sealed unit manufacturers, Salestracker provides up-to-date contact and business information for over 60,000 prospects across the fenestration and wider construction industries. Alongside the Construction and Fenestration and Glazing databases which Saveheat will be predominantly using, Salestracker users also gain access to the architects, local builders and house builders databases. C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » D EC 2017 » 5