GLAZPARTNERS IS A WINNER

Glazpartners – the innovative customer support initiative has won “Best Installer Support Programme” at this year’s Installer Awards in Manchester on 16th March.

The Glazpartners programme was launched by Glazpart (the leading plastics components manufacturer) in May 2023 at FIT Show in Birmingham. Since launch over 50 companies have joined to be part of the sector’s newest marketing initiative.

Designed to develop closer collaboration with customers and promote Glazpartners, the programme has been embraced by companies across the glazing supply chain from systems houses to fabricators through to distributors and installers, as well as trade media and events organisations.

On winning the award, Dean Bradley, Sales Director of Glazpart commented, “We are delighted to win this award at this fantastic event. My congratulations to the Glazpart team on an incredible first year of the Glazpartners programme. Our aim is to work closer with our customers so we can continue to develop and deliver products that meet the market’s demands. And at the same time, we want to promote our customers’ brands and products via the Glazpartners programme and all our promotional channels.”

The Glazpartners concept arose from the challenges the glazing supply chain faced as the industry emerged from the pandemic and lockdowns as well as the UK leaving of the EU – all of which has seen increasing costs and a changing political and economic landscape. The impact on the sector has been considerable from incoming regulations to materials shortages through to an increasingly competitive market where homeowners have become more discerning when it comes to replacing windows and doors.

Despite the challenging times, the Glazpart team looked at ways to offer added value to its customers by identifying market and legislative changes, and subsequently offering guidance and information where possible. At the same time, Glazpart also wanted to promote its customers who are compliant with the regulations and are conducting their operations in the right way. It was decided that a customer support programme would be launched to help Glazpart’s customers across the supply chain.

Since its launch, the Glazpartners initiative has become highly visible with online promotion via the Glazpart website in the dedicated Glazpartners section, as well as via social media, in particular on LinkedIn. In the trade press, Glazpartners has featured in over 150 articles providing over one million opportunities to view Glazpartners content in the glass, glazing and construction media.

In 2023, Glazpartners was also promoted at four major industry events including the FIT Show, Glazing Summit, Interplas and MENE shows. At these events all the brands/logos of Glazpartners were displayed on the Glazpart exhibition graphics. At the FIT Show, to launch the programme Glazpart created a special display area where over 30 Glazpartners contributed specially designed windows and doors for exhibit – making it the most diverse product display at the industry’s largest exhibition.

At Glazing Summit in October 2023, the Glazpartners initiative was further promoted with each delegate being issued with a special Glazpartners’ promotional brochure which highlighted the initiative and featured content from many Glazpartners endorsing the programme.

The Glazpartners programme offers the following benefits for all participating companies.

  • Listing, logo and promotional article on the bespoke Glazpartners web section on Glazpart’s website
  • Product display and branding on Glazpart’s stands at trade fairs and events (including FIT Show 2025).
  • Joint articles for the trade and regional media
  • Branding, listing and discounted advertising in the annual Glazpartners brochure (distributed to over 20,000 companies in the supply chain and at industry events)
  • Use of the Glazpartners logo on stationary and for promotional purposes
  • Promotion via social media channels

Dean Bradley adds, “It is now more important than ever for companies to work more closely together to face the many challenges in our industry. It is invaluable to collaborate and develop market solutions and opportunities. The Glazpartners programme is a winner not just of this award but a winner with our customers who have signed up to be Glazpartners who are gaining added promotional value from the initiative.”

In the next few years, Glazpart has even bigger plans for the Glazpartners programme with development of new promotional platforms and channels to tie in with Glazpart’s 40th anniversary year in 2025.

If you are interested in becoming a Glazpartner, please contact Dean Bradley – Sales Director, dbradley@glazpart.co.uk or visit the webpage Glazpartners | Glazpart.

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    GLASS NEWS BECOMES A GLAZPARTNER

    Glazpart is delighted to announce that Glass News has become a Glazpartner.

    Leading media outlet Glass News and Glazpart have enjoyed a long-standing working relationship for many years with Glazpart contributing to editorial and advertising in the industry’s only newspaper.

    With over 21,000 subscribers receiving Glass News content in print and digitally each month, the publication prides itself on delivering different, unique and refreshing content.

    The Glass News team is made up of several experienced feature writers and editors and is headed up by Christina Lazenby, Managing Director. On Glass News joining the Glazpartners initiative, Christina said, “We are delighted to be a Glazpartner. For over ten years, Glazpart has worked closely with Glass News featuring in both the newspaper and in our online platforms. We look forward to continuing our strong working partnership.”

    The Glazpartners initiative was launched in 2023 and is designed to promote and support the value of customer relationships in the fenestration industry. This latest partnership will bring greater collaboration and joint promotion for both Glass News and Glazpart, in particular through PR and social media channels.

    Throughout 2023, Glass News was a key media outlet for Glazpart as they promoted the award-winning Link Vent and Glazpartners through advertising, editorial and social media. On Glass News becoming a Glazpartner, Dean Bradley, Sales Director of Glazpart commented, “Glass News has been a key media channel for many years and in the last few years right up to the present day they have helped us promote the award-winning Link Vent and its important role in compliance with the Building Regulations. We are naturally delighted that Glass News has joined the Glazpartners initiative and look forward to mutual promotional benefits.”

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      GLAZPART LOOKS FORWARD TO BUILDING PERFORMANCE AWARDS

      Following the announcement of Glazpart’s Link Vent 4000 shortlisting for three awards at the Building Performance Awards organised by The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the Glazpart team is now looking forward to attending the prestigious awards event in London on 29th February.

      Dean Bradley, Glazpart Sales Director enthused, “Just to be a finalist in three awards for best product innovation for building performance is quite exceptional in its own right. The Link Vent 4000 is not only an essential product that is in much demand in our industry, but it is also now being recognised for its contribution to homeowners’ wellbeing and for the difference it makes to the quality of their lives when living in their homes.”

      As the only glass or glazing product to be shortlisted in this year’s awards, Glazpart’s Link Vent 4000 has been nominated for three “Best Product Innovation” awards in the following categories: Wellbeing, Air Quality and Thermal Comfort.

      The Link Vent 4000 has proved to be an important addition to Glazpart’s trickle vent range since it was launched in 2022 in time for the Building Regulations’ changes to Approved Document F (ventilation). Its design and easy control mechanism, as well as its availability in a vast range of colours and finishes has made the Link Vent 4000 an extremely popular choice for fabricators, installers and homeowners – especially for windows and doors of smaller rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and utility rooms.

      The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is the professional body that advances and promotes the art, science and practice of building services engineering. CIBSE also supports the community of built environment professionals in their pursuit of excellence.

      The CIBSE Building Performance Awards always attracts high quality entries and a diverse selection of projects, companies, people and products from across the building industry.

      The annual event showcases the achievements of companies and individuals who develop strategies for refurbishment and energy-efficient operation of existing buildings, design new buildings that operate more effectively and develop the products and systems that support them. Those shortlisted included detailed evidence which demonstrated actual measured performance and not just design intent or performance specifications.

      Dean Bradley summarised, “We are looking forward to the awards event in a few weeks and flying the flag for the glazing industry. It promises to be a great occasion.”

      Winners from the shortlisted entries will be announced at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards on Thursday 29 February 2024, at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London. For more information on the Awards, please visit the awards website.

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        A VALUED PARTNERSHIP

        When it comes to cultivating strong business relationships, Shepley Windows, a leading window and door fabricator, truly values the importance of collaborating closely with customers and reliable trade suppliers, to ensure a fully integrated service with the delivery of high-quality products.

        Based in the North West, Shepley Windows is in the perfect location to supply installers across the UK with its wide range of Visage PVCu windows, doors and composite doors using the REHAU system.

        The management team at Shepley Windows has grown the business with investment in manufacturing, fleet and exclusive Visage consumer branded marketing support for its expansive installer network.

        Not resting on their laurels, Shepley Windows continuously looks to improve its product quality and customer service. When the building regulations (Approved Document F – ventilation) changed in June 2022, Shepley made sure they were ahead of the game with the best solution for trickle ventilation, namely the Link Vent from Glazpart.

        The ‘Link Vent’ range sizes include 5000, 4000 and 2500 EQA. Equivalent Area (EQA). The vents are designed to fully comply with building regulations, Approved Document F1 (means of ventilation).

        The Link Vent follows a clever design that is simple and user-friendly for both opening and closing – the innovative closing action allows the closure plate to be positioned so that it reduces draughts by directing air away from occupants.

        The Link Vent 4000 and 5000 closure plate is split to allow for partial (50%) opening and greater ease of opening of the ventilator.

        The Link Vent also has rounded ends of the vent to allow for installation on and it is available in either screw or clip in fixing types – the design eliminates the need for end caps whilst the clip fix design (Pawl’s) allows for a fast, easy vent installation.

        With smart design, easy fitting, and functionality as well as a huge choice of 1000s of colours and decorative finishes, it is easy to see why Shepley Windows decided to use the Link Vent for their range of windows and doors.

        Tony Ball, Sales Director, Shepley Windows commented, “The changes to Building Regulation requirements for trickle vents in 2022 was a concern for many installers, so it was important for Shepley to provide the most effective solution for our customers. We chose Glazpart’s Link Vent range for our windows and doors because it solves so many issues, from compliance and easy installation through to smart functionality. It is also consumer friendly with a wide range of colours and finishes, it blends in with the appearance of the window. It works perfectly for all our window and door profiles across our range.”

        “We are pleased that a renowned high-quality fabricator such as Shepley Windows is now a valued Glazpartner and uses the Link Vent range for their products. The award-winning Link Vent’s smart design and vast colour range is increasingly becoming the popular choice for trade and consumers.”

        Dean Bradley, Sales Director, Glazpart

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          NEW SMALLER PACKS FOR GLAZPART’S PREMIUM FINISH LINK VENTS

          Glazpart is pleased to announce that its Link Vent premium finish ranges are now available in handy packs of either 10 canopies or internal vents to help companies only buy the stock they need and add more value, both in terms of revenue and kerb appeal for homeowners.

          The premium finishes available in the new handy sized packs are the Premium Woodgrain range, Premium Vac Foiled range, Premium Sprayed Colours, Super Matt Finishes.

          Dean Bradley, Glazpart sales Director explained the rationale behind the new packs. “We are constantly listening to our customers and found that with the average number of windows per property being approximately ten, many companies only require Link Vents with premium finishes for just a few jobs a year. So rather than tie up stock, space and cash in excess stock, the new 10 packs mean that companies can order almost per job. This means they will not need to carry large stocks of Link Vent premium finishes and woodgrains. The new 10 packs will be ideal for fabricators who only need premium finishes occasionally.”

          The “Link Vent” range sizes include 5000, 4000 and 2500 EQA. The vents are designed to fully comply with Building Regulations, Approved Document F1 (means of ventilation).

          The Link Vent follows a clever design that is simple and user friendly for both opening and closing – the innovative closing action allows the closure plate to be positioned so that it reduces draughts by directing air away from occupants.

          The Link Vent 4000 and 5000 closure plate is split to allow for partial (50%) opening and greater ease of opening of the ventilator.

          The flexibility of the Link Vent also has rounded ends of the vent to allow for installation on timber windows and it is available in either screw or clip in fixing types – the design eliminates the need for end caps whilst the clip fix design (Pawl’s) allows for a fast, easy vent installation.

          With smart design, easy fitting, and functionality as well as a huge choice of 1000s of colours and decorative finishes, it is easy to see why many fabricators and installers across the UK are using Glazpart’s Link Vent products.

          To see the Link Vent full colour range including the premium colour ranges please visit:  Colour Options | Glazpart. 

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            Glass Times becomes a Glazpartner

            Glazpart is delighted to announce that Glass Times has joined its Glazpartners initiative to further strengthen the relationship between the two organisations.

            Glazpartners was launched in 2023 and is designed to promote and support the value of customer relationships in the fenestration industry. This latest partnership will bring greater collaboration and joint promotion for both Glass Times and Glazpart in particular through PR and social media.

            Glass Times is one of the longest established trade magazines in the glass and glazing industry and is the only trade title that is 100% individually requested with over 10,500 professionals in the sector subscribing to receive the magazine each month.

            With its strong background and reputation, Glass Times is at the centre of all the important conversations and key issues concerning the glass and glazing industry and are often invited to impart their expertise at industry forums, events and exhibitions.

            Glass Times editor Luke Wood is renowned from leading from the front with original and thought-provoking editorial. On Glass Times becoming a Glazpartner, Luke commented; “”We are delighted to be a Glazpartner and look forward to the mutual promotional benefits the programme offers. Glazpart has been a long-standing client of Glass Times and we look forward to greater collaboration in the future.”

            Throughout 2023, Glass Times was a key media outlet for Glazpart as they promoted the Link Vent and Glazpartners through advertising and editorial. On Glass Times becoming a Glazpartner, Dean Bradley, Sales Director of Glazpart added, “We’ve be working with Glass Times for many years as they have been at the forefront for news on building regulations changes, key industry issues and much more. They have also helped us promote our award-winning Link Vent range to the broader industry, so we are delighted to have such a respected media company as a Glazpartner. We look forward to the partnership flourishing and to the mutual promotional benefits ahead.”

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              Glazpart continues PiGs sponsorship

              Glazpart is pleased to announce the company will continue to be a sponsor of PiGs (People in Glazing Society) throughout 2024 – PiGs 20th anniversary.

              To celebrate being a key event in the industry calendar for the last 20 years and to celebrate PiGs 10th anniversary of Balls2 Marketing organising PiGs, there have been some changes to the branding and online communications including, the creation of a brand-new logo, a revamped website and the introduction of a PiGs newsletter which will add extra news about the people in glazing.

              The increasingly popular quarterly events across the UK will continue with the first event kicking off in Birmingham on 27 March in the popular venue Revolucion de Cuba.

              On continuing Glazpart’s sponsorship, Dean Bradley, Glazpart Sales Director, commented, “We are delighted to continue to sponsor PiGs. It is a great social event to attend and network with people from across the industry. The Glazpart team always enjoy the PiGs events and we are looking forward to the first event in Birmingham in March.”

              The UK dates and locations for PiGs events 2024 are listed below:
              27 March – Birmingham
              3 June – Bristol
              22 August – Newcastle (PiGs Summer Party)
              7 November – Manchester

              To find out more about PiGs events, times, dates and venues and to book your free ticket please visit; Upcoming Events | People in Glazing Society

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                Glazpart makes Installer Awards shortlist

                Glazing component specialists, Glazpart has been nominated in two categories for GGP’s The Installer Awards 2024 with recognition for the Link Vent 4000 as Best Product Innovation and the Glazpartners initiative being shortlisted for the Best Installer Support Programme.

                On hearing the news Dean Bradley, Sales Director of Glazpart commented:

                “We are delighted to be shortlisted for both awards that recognise our work both in product innovation and in our marketing and customer support. The Link Vent 4000 with its smart design and vast colour range has proved to be an essential addition to our trickle vent range. It has been an even greater success since the changes to Building Regulations Approved Document F (ventilation). Glazpartners has also been a great success since it was launched in May 2023 and is gathering real momentum. We now have dozens of installers throughout the UK signed up to the programme which supports and promotes their brands through multi-channel marketing. We are very much looking forward to attending the awards event in Manchester in March.”

                The Installer Awards aim to recognise the important contributions of the glazing industry’s installers and suppliers of installation products and services.

                To find out more about the award-winning Link Vent please visit the Glazpart website Link Vent | Glazpart. To join the Glazpartners programme please visit the dedicated web section on Glazpart’s website Glazpartners | Glazpart.

                You can see the shortlist of finalists on the Installer Awards website, Finalists | GGP Installer Awards. Winners of GGP’s 2024 awards are due to be announced on 14 March 2024, at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. To find out more about this event and to book place please visit the Installers website,  GGP Installer Awards.

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                  Fit Show becomes a Glazpartner

                  Glazpart is delighted to announce that FIT Show has joined the Glazpartners initiative to further strengthen the relationship between the two companies.

                  The Glazpartners initiative is designed to promote the value of customer relationships in the fenestration industry and this latest partnership will bring greater collaboration and joint promotion for both FIT Show and Glazpart with multiple branding, PR and social media opportunities.

                  FIT Show is the UK’s number one exhibition, dedicated to showcasing the window, door, hardware and flat glass industry. The latest UPVC, timber, aluminium windows, doors, glazing components, hardware, flat glass processing equipment and machinery are all exhibited at FIT Show which takes place in Birmingham NEC on 29 April to 1 May 2025.

                  Nickie West, Managing Director of FIT Show commented, “Glazpart has been supportive of FIT Show since the outset and we are delighted to be Glazpartners, championing the campaign in its ambitions to promote the value of customer relationships in the industry. One of the key principals FIT Show is built on is connecting people and products, which aligns perfectly with the Glazpartners initiative.”

                  At this year’s FIT Show, Glazpart launched the Glazpartners initiative with an unrivalled bespoke window and door display from 35 of the UK’s best window and door fabricators, systems houses and installers. Some of the highest profile brands from all parts of the industry were promoted as Glazpartners on the Glazpart stand.

                  Dean Bradley, Sales Director of Glazpart added, “Glazpart has been an exhibitor at FIT Show since it started in 2013 and it was the platform where we launched our award-winning Link Vent range, so we are delighted that FIT Show is now a Glazpartner. FIT Show is a key event in the glass and glazing industry and we have already booked up for the next show in 2025 when we plan to have some special activities as it will be the start of our 40th anniversary celebrations. With FIT Show being Glazpartners, both the show and our brands will enjoy mutual promotional benefits.”

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                    All about excellence and compliance – Tradelink Direct becomes a Glazpartner

                    Glazpart is delighted to announce that Tradelink Direct is the latest company to join the Glazpartners initiative – the marketing partnership set up by Glazpart to develop closer collaboration with customers for mutual promotional benefit.

                    Tradelink Direct is a world class manufacturer with over 30 years of experience in supplying a wide range of high-quality windows, doors, sealed units and conservatories to installers throughout the UK.

                    A shining example of manufacturing excellence, Tradelink continuously looks to improve the overall product quality and excellent customer service. When the building regulations (Approved Document F – ventilation) changed in June 2022, Tradelink made sure their team was ahead of the game by ordering the best solution for trickle ventilation, namely the Link Vent from Glazpart.

                    The ‘Link Vent’ range sizes include 5000, 4000 and 2500 EQA. Equivalent Area (EQA) is the measure of the vents’ airflow performance.

                    The vents are designed to fully comply with building regulations, Approved document F1 (means of ventilation).

                    The Link Vent follows a clever design that is simple and user-friendly for both opening and closing – the innovative closing action allows the closure plate to be positioned so that it reduces draughts by directing air away from occupants.

                    The Link Vent 4000 and 5000 closure plate is split to allow for partial (50%) opening and greater ease of opening of the ventilator.

                    The Link Vent also has rounded ends of the vent to allow for installation on timber windows and it is available in either screw or clip in fixing types – the design eliminates the need for end caps whilst the clip fix design (Pawl’s) allows for a fast, easy vent installation.

                    With smart design, easy fitting, and functionality as well as a huge choice of 1000s of colours and decorative finishes, it is easy to see why Tradelink decided to use the Link Vent for the range of PVC-U and Aluminium windows and doors.

                    On becoming a Glazpartner, Kelly Buttriss, Head of Operational Delivery at Tradelink commented, “We are pleased to be Glazpartners and also delighted we chose Glazpart’s Link Vent range, not only to comply with the regulations but also because of its smart design and wide range of colours and finishes. It’s also an easy product to install; it works for all our window and door profiles across our extensive range.”

                    Dean Bradley, Sales Director, Glazpart added, “We are delighted that a high-quality manufacturer such as Tradelink are now Glazpartners and continue to use our Link Vent range. The award-winning Link Vent is proving ever popular with manufacturers and fabricators across the UK. I look forward to further collaboration with Tradelink on product solutions and of course ensuring they get the full promotional benefits from being a Glazpartner.”

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