Clearview National September 2016 - Issue 178 - Page 10

INDUSTRYNEWS CROWNED BEST EMPLOYER AT BUSINESS AWARDS »»OLDHAM’S GEMINI UPVC LTD., A fabricator of industry-leading PVCu systems from The VEKA UK Group, has staved off competition from 38 other companies to win a revered local business award. The annual Oldham Business Awards recognise companies in the region across 12 categories. Gemini picked up the award for Employer of the Year, topping a shortlist of three finalists in attendance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall prize-giving. The company also reached the final three in the Business of the Year (£1m - £5m turnover) category. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2016, Gemini is one of two companies established Picture Courtesy of the Oldham Evening Chronicle: Laura Smart, Director at KPMG who sponsored this award, Paul Griffiths (centre) and Cold Feet Actor John Thomson who presented the awards. by Robert Griffiths, the first being AWC Windows. In the 1980s, Robert’s sons Paul and Michael took over the running of Gemini and AWC respectively, continuing Landmark asbestosis ruling is good news for sufferers »»IN A LANDMARK asbestosis case, The Court of Appeal has ruled that asbestosis sufferers could be entitled to proportional compensation from as low as 2.3% from negligent employers, based upon the number of years worked. The historic ruling confirms that proportional compensation is applicable even if the employer’s overall contribution to the condition was minimal. The ruling relates to retired electrician, Mr Albert Carder, who was exposed to asbestos whilst working at Exeter University. Although most of his asbestos exposure occurred earlier in his career, Mr Carder’s lawyers, Moore Blatch, calculated that his employment at the university contributed 2.3% toward his asbestosis. The Court of Appeal upheld the calculation and judgement made by The High Court in July 2015 that Mr Carder was entitled to compensation. But at the time, Exeter University’s insurers appealed, arguing the proportion of the exposure was minimal and had made “no discernible difference to his condition”. Moore Blatch asbestos disease lawyer, John Hedley, representing Mr Carder comments: “Whilst there is a long established principle around minimal contributions to asbestos exposure by employers, this case helps define what minimal actually means.” Mr Carder’s overall damages were assessed at approximately £67,500, with the university’s contribution confirmed to be £1,713. 10 » SE P 2016 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M the successful partnership of fabrication and installation businesses their father had started. Besides championing systems from The VEKA UK Group, both companies actively engage with the PVCu giant’s two-tiered installer support offering, as Paul explains: “VEKA’s Approved Installer Scheme and Network VEKA definitely played a part in Gemini winning this award. Our Approved status clearly demonstrates our commitment to quality, and has helped us to grow an already loyal customer base.” www.vekauk.com NEW CONTRACT MARKS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY Roseview Windows, the fast growing PVCu sash window fabricator, has marked five years working with industry marketing specialists, Purplex, by signing a new contract. »»ROSEVIEW’S TURNOVER has quadrupled during the last five years with Purplex, and as Marketing Manager, Mike Bygrave ,explains, the strong ROI delivered by Purplex was one of the many reasons he had no hesitation in putting pen to paper for another term. “We appointed Purplex in 2011 and it’s no coincidence that our turnover has grown from £2m to £8m during that period,” Mike said. “Purplex has delivered time and time again and I’m looking forward to continuing our relationship into the future. “When we first started working with Purplex most of our marketing was print based, so mainly PR and direct mail. Traditional marketing is still a very important part of our strategy, but we have also added in sophisticated digital marketing into the mix as well. For example, our consumer facing website (www.sashwindows.co.uk) is generating hundreds of leads for our trade customers every month, which we achieve through a clever combination of online content marketing and Pay Per Click.” www.purplexmarketing.com