Clearview National September 2016 - Issue 178 - Page 6

INDUSTRYNEWS SUPPORTING CONSTRUCTION MARKETING AWARDS FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING »»PURPLEX MARKETING, ONE OF the leading PR and marketing agencies in the construction industry, has announced it is supporting the Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs) for the second year running. The event will be held at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel on December 1st 2016, and will showcase the construction industry’s creativity, innovation and effectiveness in marketing. Purplex Managing Director, Andrew Scott, who has acquired, built and sold a number of companies in the construction industry, commented: “The CMAs is a very well established event and as an agency that specialises in the Built Environment, we are delighted to lend our support. The 2015 CMAs proved to be an excellent platform for Purplex and our clients, and we look forward to another successful evening.” At the 2015 event, Purplex were finalists for three categories including PR Campaign of the Year, Best Low Budget Campaign and the highly prestigious Agency of the Year. Purplex launched in 2004 and is one of the industry’s largest marketing agencies, with 50 staff specialising in PR, branding and design, web development, digital marketing and video. The firm has grown 57% every year since its inception and has clients across the UK, Europe and North America. www.purplexmarketing.com 2ND BEST WEEK EVER, AND IN JULY! »»SOLIDOR SOLD MORE DOORS IN one week in July than any other week in 2016. Armed with the most secure composite door on the market and Solidor’s powerful marketing, Solidor installers are proving that quality breeds quality as they brush post-Brexit vote blues aside. Solidor’s best week ever was in November 2015 at the industry’s seasonal peak. Solidor CEO, Gareth Mobley, says: “We’ve continued our rapid growth in 2016. Our record week in July isn’t in our peak season, so it’s a sign we can look forward to more record breaking weeks in our peak months to come. It also shows that the EU Referendum result hasn’t affected our customers.” “We’ve made a lot of changes this year,” Gareth continues. “We’ve invested heavily in extra factory space and cutting edge machinery, improved our operations, added experienced new people to the team, and we’ve developed the support for our installer customers. We’re investing in creating even more leads and sales tools for our customers to help them sell more Solidor doors too so we can continue to grow together. This record sales week is a real testament to the whole Solidor team.” www.solidor.co.uk 6 » SEP 2016 » CL EARVI E W- U K . C O M Addressing skills shortage with apprenticeships »»AB GLASS,THE SWANSEA-BASED aluminium manufacturing and installation solutions company, has shown its dedication to addressing the skills shortage in the UK by welcoming three apprentices to the firm. With findings from an annual CBI survey showing there are an increasing number of UK employers showing concern that they will be unable to recruit enough high-skilled employees, the importance of the manufacturing sector bringing young apprentices on board is more crucial than ever. Louis Furlong and Samuel Grey, both aged 16, and Callum Griffiths, aged 21, all from Swansea, have each secured one-year apprentices with AB Glass, with Callum going on to secure a full-time position at the business. The apprenticeships involve working closely with AB Glass in the estimating and procurement departments with tasks including training on cost sheets and quotation letters; accurately scaling projects; understanding industry based bespoke computer programming; and managing supplier lists. AB Glass has welcomed 10 apprentices to the company over the last four years, with most apprentices being offered full-time employment at the firm following completion of their apprenticeships. Alan Brayley, managing director at AB Glass, commented: “Business leaders need to understand the importance of apprenticeships to secure manufacturing’s future.” www.abforglass.co.uk, www.swanseaitec.co.uk, http://news.cbi.org.uk/reports/ education-and-skills-survey-2015/, https://www.ntfw.org/wp-content/ uploads/2015/09/Value-ofApprenticeships-EN.pdf