Clearview National July 2015 - Issue 164 - Page 28

INDUSTRYNEWS A Plethora of Imagination L-R Phil Warren Sales Director, Jimmy Greenhoff and Terry Conroy opening the new Designer Range Showrooms. »»Phil Warren, Sales Director for Listers said: “Designer Range is our new niche brand of high-end products aimed at Architects and new-builders. It provides exceptional products and is a truly outstanding brand.” Designer Range offers a complete service from consultation, surveying to product specification all the way through to installation and in order Diversity in a changing market place is critical to ensuring company progression and Lister Trade Frames has certainly taken heed of changing trends by launching its new brand, Designer Range. to fully highlight this Listers has built a purpose designed showroom at its site in Fenton. “We’re very proud of the new showroom and our aim is to make it a home from home for Architects”, commented Mark. “We’re encouraging Architects to bring their clients to our facilities and use our showroom and the consultation rooms as if they were their own.” From PassivHaus accredited products to massive minimal framed sliding doors, Designer Range has a plethora of imaginative and well-engineered glazing solutions for the more discerning client. Some candidates have begun the 12-month BIT (Business Improvement Techniques) Lean Manufacturing Apprenticeships and others the four-month NVQ Level 2 PMO (Performing Manufacturing Operations). Quickslide is also putting 60 operators through a manual handling training refresher as part of its continuous improvement on safety. The initiative is further evidence of the company’s commitment to the principles of Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement and Quickslide’s long-term philosophy of becoming ‘the Toyota of the window industry.’ Quickslide is best-known for its acclaimed sliding sash windows, and the company has been instrumental in bringing this former niche product into the mainstream of the retrofit and new-build markets, but it also manufactures a wide range of other styles of windows and doors for trade and commercial customers. Tel: 01782 391900 100 PROBLEM SOLVERS Quickslide is setting out to empower its staff to be problem solvers with a series of performance and improvement courses via its Quickslide Academy training programme. »»Over 70% of the Yorkshire fabricator’s workforce are taking part in the initiative, which includes courses up to a year long, all with the aim of reducing variations in shop floor and office processes, minimising waste and improving quality. Operations Director Michael Connor explained: “When we say our people are our most valuable asset, we mean it and we back that up by investing in them. We are giving our employees the tools and techniques to empower them to improve efficiency. “We want 100 problem solvers throughout the business, not just two or three at the top. We are continuously improving our business through our people to deliver the best customer experience possible.” 28 » JUL 2015 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M