VBH (GB): Yale Conexis Smart Lock is a keyless product, operated via a key card, key tag, phone tag or a secure smartphone app, 'Bluetooth Twist & Go'. Homeowners can monitor who is entering and leaving the home from wherever they are. With the new Yale Conexis homeowners can upgrade their lock easily and with no fiddly wiring, says Dan Powell, Maintenance & Locksmiths product manager
Promat UK: the completion of our relocation programme and creation of this superb new facility cements our place at the forefront of the UK fire protection market. We are delighted that so many of our team have relocated with us to ensure we maintain the highest level of technical expertise and consistency in points of contact for clients, says General Manager Ian Cowley
Spectus: we've seen a tremendous growth in interest in the Flush Casement window since we added it to our portfolio. I'm not surprised though: it delivers what the market needs, comments Aaron Fountain, director of ADM Windows
Deceuninck: aluminium windows and doors continue to see growth as the trend for sleek grey windows remains. However, when given the choice, people would still rather have PVC-U in their homes. They prefer the warmer feel of the material, the improved thermal efficiencies and of course the lower cost, says Head of Sales Chris Jones
Carl F Groupco: as a forerunner of the Smart locking and access control evolution in the UK hardware market, we have continued to invest heavily in SmartSecure. In addition to our existing solutions based on FUHR's fully motorised multipoint lock, we have increased the range to include the Yale Conexis, said Managing Director John Crittenden
Astraseal: for us, it was a no-brainer to switch to the Winkhaus FireFrame. The FireFrame is a smart, high-performance solution which for us is easier to fabricate and is more cost-effective, allowing us to reduce our lead times, deliver competitive prices and ensure the fast turnaround our customers come to expect, comments Zac Nedimovic, sales and marketing manager.
Bowater by Birtley: is one of just two companies to hold PAS1188 on composite doors, we invested the time and money to get it right because we recognise the importance of being able to offer this product, explains Kevin Kiernan sales and marketing manager.
Kolorseal: our entire operation is focused on quality and service. Experience enables us to understand that no installation can be completed unless all the components are present and correct. But it is attention to detail that drives forward, says Deborah Hendry
Shepley Windows & Conservatories: fire doors are the first line of defence in containing fire and smoke, so when it comes to an emergency, they mustn't fail. Testing and achieving BS 476 and BS EN 1634 accreditation, must be in place to ensure compliance with fire regulations and for the safety of occupants, says Tony Ball, sales director
frameXpress: with technology now evolving into an integral part of corporate profiling, a video gives us the means to talk to every single customer and prospect. It gives a clear message of strength and reliability, which is the foundations on which frameXpress has been built, comments Mark Westbrook managing director
HEGLA UK: with an appetite for skyward living becoming more and more popular as inner city buildings literally reach new heights, glass is now the evident favourite for all the benefits it adds. Creating supersized units to meet the needs of the construction companies remains firmly in the hands of the processors, comments Steve Goble, managing directorIan
A plan – why do we need a plan ?
Some time ago we spent a couple of days locked away in a conference with the HR Directors and people responsible for recruitment and retention in some of the biggest of organisations in the UK. Frankly the amount of company wealth swimming around that room was extraordinary and the speakers were equally impressive, the head of experienced recruitment at Price Waterhouse Coopers, the largest professional services firm in the world for example. It is sobering to think of the budgets these people manage, PWC alone need to recruit 3,500 people a year!
The ability to recruit and retain the best people was seen as a core competency, not something that would just happen and effort energy and resource was dedicated to it. That resource was both internal and by the increasing use of recruitment outsourcing such as that provided at MBA, as opposed to simple recruitment agencies (that were in fact being used less). …»»