Clearview National March 2016 - Issue 172 - Page 123

MOVERS&SHAKERS SumoYuki hits the window industry to keep trouble at bay »»CPA, THE HOME improvement industry’s leading insurance backed guarantee and deposit protection provider, has launched a campaign that it says will become to the window industry what the famous meerkat from ‘compare the market’ is to consumer insurance. The campaign is called #TOGETHERSTRONGER and fronting up the campaign is sumo Yuki – a wrestler from Japan who will work tirelessly to protect the industry from unscrupulous tradespeople - protect the majority of good home improvement companies - and promote best practice across the industry. Jeremy Brett, Managing Director of the CPA, comments: “A recent survey showed that 70% of consumers believe that CPA members provide the most protection and Yuki is here to further drill home this message and work to raise standards in the industry.” Yuki comments: “It’s good to be here and I am looking forward to working hard to help installers not only win more business but also raise standards in the industry.” The CPA will also be running a competition on its website to rename Yuki the sumo. You can keep up to date with all the latest on Twitter with the hashtag #TOGETHERSTRONGER To get involved and become a CPA member call 01462 850064 or visit www.thecpa.co.uk NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARD WIN »»INDUSTRY-LEADING PVCU systems supplier, The VEKA UK Group, has been named a British manufacturing champion after scooping a prestigious national business award. The Burnley-based firm, which employs 400 staff, saw its success recognised by judges at the EEF/Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards held in London. The company took gold in the Business Efficiency Award, awarded to the manufacturer that has most successfully brought in new operating practices to boost productivity and business performance. It was given in recognition of the company’s achievement in constructing the on-site mixing plant to have better control over materials and improve service for customers. The facility is the most technically-advanced mixing plant in the UK and has been designed with future expansion in mind. It has a potential capacity of 72,000 tonnes. The VEKA UK Group was selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics and was up against tough competition from a range of dynamic businesses, s mall and large, from across the UK. The judges said that the company had an excellent story to tell about business efficiency and showed obvious Picture (L-R): Louise MacIntosh, from headline sponsor Aldermore, Peter Eatough - Engineering Manager,VEKA UK Group, Rik Jones - Control Room Operator,VEKA UK Group passion about the improvements it had made. For more information visit: www.eef.org.uk/ awards/ DODGY DIY COSTING HOMEOWNERS £42M A YEAR »»UK HOMEOWNERS ARE spending an additional £42m a year salvaging work around the home that they tried to do themselves. This is according to recent research carried out by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB found that almost one third of homeowners called in a tradesperson to either finish or rescue work they had carried out on their property, costing on average an additional £871, compared to if they had hired a tradesperson from the start. Jeremy Brett, Managing Director of the CPA, is urging homeowners looking to carry out home improvement products to seek a reputable and professional tradesmen. The CPA is the UK’s leading provider of IBGs and Deposit Protection, and is recognised by consumers as one of the most trusted resources for finding accredited and vetted installers. Jeremy comments: “Together with the CPA, installers have access to everything they need to increase sales in the home improvement market. This includes powerful sales and marketing support and our much sought after quarterly reports, which collate customer feedback to help installers identify areas of improvement to join us in raising standards across the industry.” Visit www.thecpa.co.uk C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » M A R 2016 » 123