Pro Installer December 2019 - Issue 81 - Page 8

8 | DECEMBER 2019 News Read online at UKAS ACCREDITED TESTING LABORATORY PLAYS KEY ROLE IN COLLABORATION ERA’s UKAS accredited testing laboratory plays an important role in the company’s new product development. It also offers an invaluable service to ERA customers developing their own new products too. The facility demonstrated its market-leading credentials recently as part of a UK first for the fenestration industry that involved a high level of collaboration involving VEKA UK and Modplan. The outcome of this unique collabora- tion between PVCu systems house, trade fabricator and security hardware expert is a 4-pane patio door that has achieved PAS24 2016 accreditation without the need for additional locking devices or points. The PAS24 2016 standard is more oner- ous than previous iterations of it and is therefore more difficult to achieve. VEKA’s Imagine 4-pane patio door was fitted with ERA’s Fab&Fix Pembroke locking patio door handle and its Fortress 3* Euro Cyl- inder. The project saw Modplan, a well-es- tablished fabricator and key customer of VEKA UK make the test frames that were required. Both 2-pane and 3-pane versions of this product have now also been tested and have also achieved the same accredita- tion. GGF AND FENSA SHORTLISTED FOR INDUSTRY AWARDS The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and its commercial company FEN- SA have been shortlisted for several industry awards as a landmark year for both brands draws to a close. Following the GGF’s outstanding PR and press campaign for MyGlazing. com (which has reached over 70m consumers), the Construction Marketing Awards has shortlisted the campaign in two catego- ries, ‘Best Use of Press and PR’ and ‘Best Mid-Budget Campaign’. The GGF/MyGlazing. com won the Construc- tion Marketing Award in 2016 for ‘Best Mid-Budget Campaign’ and over the last three years has been shortlisted in several categories including best brand campaign, best use of research and best on- line campaign. FENSA has also been recognised by the Con- struction Marketing Awards for ‘Best use of Brand and Positioning’ following a successful marketing strategy that in- cluded a new national TV advertising campaign and new consumer message ‘All the Proof You Need’. The FENSA campaign was also shortlisted for the G19 Awards for ‘Best Promotional Campaign of the Year’. IRISH ADVENTURE IS GIANT CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION Wakefield-based fabricator, Conservatory Outlet Ltd, has celebrated its 7th annual Gala Dinner Weekend with a trip to the historic city of Belfast. The weekend, which celebrates the achievements of the entire Conservatory Outlet Network, saw members, as well as their wives, husbands and partners, treated to an all expenses paid trip, culminating in an extravaganza at the infamous Crumlin Road Gaol. In the build-up to the official Gala Din- ner, guests were treated to an excursion to the stunning Giant’s Causeway, a location home to the now iconic hexagonal stones that overlook some of Northern Ireland’s most breath-taking scenery. At the Dinner itself, newest Conservato- ry Outlet Network members, TWC Home Improvements and Balhousie Glazing, were officially welcomed to the group and were presented with commemorative plaques. Long-standing network member, Hazlemere Group, was presented with an award to mark the company’s 35th year of trading. Conservatory Outlet Group CEO, Greg Kane, delivered a rousing speech on the evening, thanking the Network for their support over the year and commemorating a number of key achievements from the past 12 months. In particular, the launch of the Extreme Solid Core Door and Flat Roof Extension products were celebrated as major successes for the Network. Following a series of other award pres- entations, the night closed with guests left to dance the night away inside one of Belfast’s most history-laden venues. Conservatory Outlet Managing Director, Michael Giscombe, said the event proved to be another huge success for the Net- work: “It’s definitely been the best Gala Week- end to date, some of the feedback we’ve had from our friends and colleagues has been phenomenal. Considering our previ- ous Gala events have seen us visit the likes of Pairs and Budapest, this is high praise indeed. “Our unique business model means that we can host events like this, without fear of competition between our members. We pride ourselves on working closely with each and every member to help them achieve their goals, that’s the only way we can continue to grow.”