INDUSTRYNEWS Fundraising Efforts Raise £3500 Online tools for the job »»Bury St. Edmunds’ Network VEKA member, Frames Conservatories Direct has revealed one of the secret weapons behind its National, Regional and Fitter of the Year wins, awarded at the organisation’s recent AGM. Making the most of the Network’s unrivalled marketing support, the company turned to its Web Tools offering to create an instant-quote-generating price engine for the Frames Conservatories Direct website. Managing Director Adrian Lewis explains: “The price engine has proved a massive aid to our sales process. We receive about 15% of sales enquiries via the website and, of all our lead-generating activities, the price engine boasts the highest conversion rate, currently standing at around 47%. “The interface couldn’t be simpler, guiding users through style, size, material and colour options to arrive at a ‘ballpark’ figure for the work they’d like done. When we then discuss the quote further – over the phone or in person, at our showroom or their home – we know there’s a starting point that the customer is comfortable with.” »»Emplas National Sales Manager Jody Vincent has completed the London Marathon to raise more than £3500 for Pancreatic Cancer UK. Competing in the 26 mile 365 yard challenge in its 35th year on Sunday [26/4/15], Jody completed the gruelling course through the streets of the Capital in a highly respectable 5 hours and 3 minutes. He decided to take on this year’s following the death of his late uncle, Peter Wright, who died following a battle with pancreatic cancer on Christmas Eve last year. Jody said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to know Peter, Companies interested in learning more about Network VEKA’s package of Web Tools and how they can boost business can view a series of helpful videos at the organisation’s Toolbox website, here: www.networkvekatools.co.uk would know what a kind, loving person he was. He would do anything for anyone, and had a great sense of humour. “When he was diagnosed, I was shocked to learn of the survival rate of pancreatic cancer, there are so many forms of cancer but pancreatic cancer is over looked and research is underfunded. “After Peter died, I decided I wanted help raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, and help raise money towards research”, explained Jody. If you would like to make a donation to Jody’s campaign go to http:// uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ giving/ and searching for Jody’s page. 1981 The Company is renamed Sash UK, which stands for Specialised Aluminium Softwood and Hardwood products. 1965 Ron Bean and Terry Morrell start up in business together under the name ‘Bean and Morrell’, working from Terry’s garage to make timber windows, door frames, skirting boards and architraves. 50 Years of excellence S AS H U K | S AS H U K .C O M 1972 Terry and Ron buy St Patrick’s, a derelict church in Grimethorpe, to serve as a joiner’s shop and office. 1983 The Company takes out a 15-year lease on a 5,000sqft factory in South Kirby to house the manufacture of PVCu windows (Gardinia), aluminium frames and sealed units. 1985 The Grimethorpe Church premises are extended, with a first floor added and additional office space. 1987 Sash UK begins to manufacture products using the Veka profile system.