Clearview National March 2016 - Issue 172 - Page 24

INDUSTRYNEWS CELEBRATING A DECADE Epwin Sales Director Wolfgang Gorner presents Doorsmart co-founder Craig Broadley with plaque for being a loyal Profile 22 customer for 10 years. »»WHEN WOLVERHAMPTON DOOR specialist, Doorsmart, celebrated 10 years as a loyal Profile 22 customer, it was no surprise when the Epwin Group and Sales Director, Wolfgang Gorner, visited the family firm to present them with a trophy to mark the anniversary. Doorsmart was one of the first companies to take the Profile 22 Composite Door and, as co-founder Craig Broadley explained, they have never had any reason to regret the decision: “We don’t sell on price; we just offer the best door and the best furniture and that is what we get with Profile 22 and Safeware. “We are a family firm with a good reputation and a lot of our business is by recommendation so we need a supplier and product that can help us keep that reputation. Profile 22 is a system that works and the people are always ready to help if we need them.” Wolfgang Gorner added: “It’s fantastic to see the heritage and experience within Doorsmart. We at the Epwin Group and Profile 22 are extremely proud of our partnership with the company and we are all looking forward to the next 10 years." WARWICK NORTH WEST TAKES ON NEW APPRENTICES »»WARWICK NORTH WEST, THE Merseyside based PVCu fabricator of luxury high end products, has collaborated with regional training provider Express Training to offer work and training to local young people. The company has taken on four new apprentices, all as fabricators in the 25,000 square foot factory. Director Greg Johnson explained: “Ask anyone in glass and glazing what they see as one of the biggest long-term challenges facing the industry today, and they’re likely to say the skills shortage. We’ve got a fantastic and ever-expanding range of products, the most diverse selection of aesthetic options we’ve ever had, and technology that keeps improving all the time. But without skilled people, that all counts for nothing. “There are thousands of young people out there with a huge amount of potential, but lacking the investment and encouragement they need to flourish. At Warwick, we want to take a lead in investing in the future.” The apprentices, Ryan, Luke, Jack and Gerard, will experience various aspects of the business during their on-the-job training, picking up crucial skills to help them progress within glass and glazing. Established in 1998, Warwick North West recently launched Innolux, a collection of PVCu windows and doors that combine innovation and luxury. For more information call 0151 933 3030 or email VEKA UK smashes fund-raising record »»THE VEKA UK GROUP has presented its biggest ever charity cheque, having raised more than £14,910.26 for The Encephalitis Society. The supplier’s previous biggest donation was £5,100 for The British Legion, raised over a sixmonth period in 2014. The group chose to support The Encephalitis Society for a full year, rather than the six months usually dedicated to each chosen charity, after Head of Technical Mark Barsby was diagnosed with this condition, which causes swelling of the brain. Head of Human Resources Gabriela Hammond explained: “The Encephalitis Society has become a very important 24 » M AR 2016 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M charity to us here at The VEKA UK Group since Mark was diagnosed. “Everyone has been so keen to support the work being done for those affected and their families, that we soon exceeded our previous fund-raising record. “We’ve had all sorts of activities going on, from three-day sponsored bike rides to ‘virtual’ bike rides on an exercise bike in the office. We’ve had bake-offs, cake sales, pin and bracelet sales, ‘wear it blue’ days, Christmas card donations and a sponsored Christmas jumper day. “Myself and a number of the team ran the Manchester 10k and there’s even been a company ‘waist watchers.’ “We’ve had generous donations from customers including Modplan and Glazerite, for which we are very grateful. Members of Network VEKA also gave generously at the AGM and business centre event.”