Clearview National November 2017 - Issue 192 - Page 10

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS MEMBERS DAY DELIVERS SUBSTANCE AND STYLE » » THE GLASS AND Glazing Federation’s annual Members’ Day proved once again to be a memorable and enjoyable occasion with 115 delegates attending the unique occasion at Glaziers Hall on 29 September. GGF President John Agnew welcomed all guests to the annual event and with it being the Federation’s 40th Anniversary, due tribute was paid to the Founder GGF Members from the industry’s then four main trade associations. The developments within the Federation over the last 12 months were also covered in the opening address with the President emphasising that all changes have been in the best interests of GGF Members. Keynote speakers Declan Curry (broadcaster and journalist) and Anthony Tasgal (brand strategist and author) delivered presentations on the economy, political landscape and brand storytelling. GGF Group Chief Executive Phil Pluck then delivered a strong speech which shattered the myth that the GGF was in “turmoil”. Picking up on a few recent misleading headlines, Phil attacked the issues head on and commended the GGF Board for showing not only real spine but also for lending their experience and knowledge to take the GGF forward to the next phase of its development. MBO AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT THE FOUNDATION OF RECORD GROWTH » » SIX-MONTHS ON FROM its MBO, Sliders UK has reported record growth, driven by product development and rapidly growing share in the aluminium market. According, to the door specialist, year-on-year sales were up 36% at the end of September on the same time last year, driven by increased sales in its Ultimate Evolution and ALUK aluminium bi-folding door ranges. It comes following this April’s MBO and a significant restructure of the business, including six-figure investment in its manufacturing capability and the expansion of its product and service offer. Completed at the end of April, the management buy-out, saw Longbottom continue in the role he assumed in 2016, as Sliders UK Chairman. Steve Mines also remaining in his existing post as Sales Director. They were joined in a newly created senior management team by Sliders UK’s new Managing Director, Alex Murphy, previously Operations Director and Finance Director, Jonathan Foxcroft. This followed a 10,000 sq ft expansion of Sliders UK’s manufacturing hub, housing a new purpose-built distribution facility, new lines and the expansion of its product offer. Architects Database surpasses 19,000 email addr