Clearview South August 2013 - Issue 141 - Page 36

INDUSTRYNEWS Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Golf Day Following Distinction’s support of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation by inviting the Curry family to be guests at the Newcastle United versus Fulham game at St James Park, recently, the company was invited to enter a team in the Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day at Rockliffe Hall Hotel, near Darlington. Wednesday 24th April proved to be a bright and warm day with a strong breeze, designed to make golf tricky. Distinction’s team led by MD, Drew Wright with Keith Sadler, Vista Panels’ MD, Gavin Johnston and Chris Champion from Distinction, did not disgrace themselves with 78 points. Winners, Newcastle United football team took the honours with 85 points, followed closely by teams from both Sunderland FC and Middlesborough FC. Organised by Sir Bobby’s family, it is the third annual golf day in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and charity Patron and Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson was among the high-profile guests. “It was a wonderful day”, said Drew, “and we are delighted to have been able to support the Foundation that has already raised over £5 million towards helping those with cancer in the North East.” For more on Distinction Doors call Dave Gomersall, Director, on 0845 2000 816, email davidgomersall@ The Distinction team walk the fairways at the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation’s Golf Day at Rockliffe Hall NEW DEALER REGISTERS TradeMark Windows, Doors & Conservatories has moved to join the Conservatory Outlet Network of Dealers and become the local installer for areas of Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey. Spearheaded by managing director, Mark Ashwell, the Wokingham-based TradeMark becomes the eighth Conservatory Outlet Dealer in the South of England and, with its 20 years’ experience, adds to both the reputation and coverage of the installer network. Retail sales training and product familiarisation sessions with Conservatory Outlet’s affiliate mentor, Paul Clifton, have been added to the fabricator’s sales and marketing support package, which has long included a new lead generating website, bespoke literature and a unique online customer review facility. TradeMark Windows’ sales team enjoyed its first session with Paul at the beginning of July as he visited the Wokingham showroom, which is both luxurious and current, housing two Loggias amongst several other fully furnished conservatories and orangeries. Mark Ashwell said: ‘I’d been observing the fabricator and its installer network for some time, and it became increasingly obvious that TradeMark and Conservatory Outlet would complement each other extremely well. There is more to being a Conservatory Outlet Dealer than meets the eye and many facets of TradeMark have already seen a benefit.’ Enquiries - tel: 01924 239813 or visit: Improving image of building industry is essential The Government is right to identify the need to improve the image of the building industry, to help drive up standards and improve consumer protection, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to today’s new industrial strategy Construction 2025. Brian Berry, the Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “For too long the image of the building industry has been blighted by the unscrupulous practices of those operating in the informal economy. The announcement to expand the TrustMark scheme for tradespeople and to introduce new standards is a welcome step to help drive out the rogue traders. The challenge going forward both for government and the building industry as a whole will be to ensure that consumers are made aware of the benefits of only using TrustMark-accredited tradespeople.” Berry continued: “The Government’s commitment to do much more to promote the range of access to finance products available to construction SMEs is also welcome, but it is disappointing there are not additional commitments to stop banks discriminating against construction firms. Construction SMEs are more likely to be turned down for an overdraft or loan than SMEs in other sectors. The bank s must take a long hard look at their lending policies to viable construction firms, and stop restricting growth in the industry.” Berry concluded: “Given that more than 99 percent of the building industry’s 280,000 firms are SMEs, it is essential their concerns are addressed by the newly established Construction Leadership Council to help deliver significant growth in the economy.” 36 AUG 2013 To read more, visit