Clearview National March 2016 - Issue 172 - Page 28

INDUSTRYNEWS FINANCE SALES UP 20% ON 2014 »»CONSUMER CREDIT Solutions (CCS) has reported record finance sales in the home improvement sector for the sixth consecutive year. The business paid out almost £250million in 2015 — the highest amount in its 16 year history and an almost 20% increase on 2014. Despite reports of a slight downturn in the home improvement market over the last 12 months, there is no indication that sales on finance are slowing down and there is clear evidence that companies promoting credit are outperforming their competitors. Managing Partner, Andy Wallace, said: “Business is traditionally quiet in the run up to Christmas, however last December was extremely buoyant and exceeded expectations. There’s also been an extremely positive start of 2016 with early indications that January will be an exceptional month. Many of our key installers are also reporting a great start to the year, and that the use of promotional finance is continuing to provide them with a significant increase in both leads and sales. “I am confident that 2016 will continue to see sustained growth in our core home improvement markets, including the Glass and Glazing sector which represents over two thirds of our lending portfolio.” info@creditsolutionsgroup.co.uk, www.creditsolutionsgroup.co.uk, 0845 120 6666 INSTALLATION OF THE YEAR WINNER ANNOUNCED »»VOTES HAVE BEEN co unted and verified and REHAU can now announce that the winner of its 2015 Installation of the Year competition is Hornchurch based Major Glass and Glazing. The Essex company’s stunning project in Black Brown REHAU TOTAL70c attracted nearly 50% of the online votes, ranking above the three other very impressive shortlisted projects from Basfords, Climatec Windows and Kestral Home Improvements. The Major Glass and Glazing installation is a perfect demonstration of how PVCu windows can enhance the appearance of even the most traditional looking property with 18 windows, four doors, two skylights and an exterior balustrade all installed in the mock Tudor style house as part of an overall modernisation project. The company has won not just the honour and prestige of the REHAU Installation of the Year title, but also a digital SLR camera so that the team can go on capturing great shots of their work. As a family company, Major Glass and Glazing specialises in all aspects of glass and glazing, both residential and commercial, and prides itself on its ability to deliver quality installations. Managing Director Barry Major has been installing REHAU profile for 18 years. Call 01989 762600 or visit www.rehau.com Record year down to ‘returning confidence’ »»ANDREW SCOTT, Managing Director of Purplex, the well-known window industry marketing company, says returning industry confidence is a key reason for his firm’s impressive year. Purplex ended 2015 up 57% compared to 2014, and has seen record year-on-year growth over the last 5 years. The full-service marketing agency has teams of specialists in PR, video, design and branding, digital marketing and web/ mobile; and works with industry heavyweights such as Winkhaus, Astraseal and Everest. Andrew comments: “2015 was a seminal year for Purplex, with management information showing a dramatic increase in client activity, compared to 2014. Our clients are buying and selling more; and they are hitting ambitious growth targets. As a barometer for the wider industry, it shows returning confidence and optimism. 28 » M AR 2016 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M “We also brought on several major new clients in the construction and building products sector in 2015; all of which were hungry to attack their respective markets and increase market share.” Purplex employ over forty staff and has recently announced a major recruitment drive, with the aim of creating twenty five new jobs in 2016. They were triple finalists in the recent Construction Marketing Awards, including Agency of the Year. Call 01934 808132, or visit www.purplexmarketing.com