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FIT Events organiser of the FIT Show, has announced changes in its shareholding structure. Angus Montgomery, which has been organising events globally since 1895, has become the majority shareholder. Co-founders Matthew Glover and Paul Godwin remain shareholders and directors of the company with Glover as Chairman, as does event director Nickie West. John Beaty, an investor in the business since 2015, has relinquished his shareholding and left the business. In most other respects the business remains unchanged.


Matthew Glover says: “The FIT Show has gone from strength to strength thanks to tremendous support from the industry, whose loyalty we hope we have returned by producing a show that connects the whole of the window, door and related glass and glazing industry...

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Masonite buys DW3

Masonite International Corporation has bought the DW3 Products Group and its subsidiaries for an undisclosed sum.

DW3 Products Group owns a number of door brands including Solidor, Residor and Nicedor, it has a manufacturing facility in Stoke-On-Trent. The window division includes The Residence Collection and Window Widgets which operate from Gloucester.

Masonite International owns a number of door manufacturers in the UK including Door-Stop International, Hickman Industries, Performance Door Set Solutions and Premdor. The introduction of DW3 Products Group fits well in Masonite’s profile.

The existing DW3 Products Group management team are all staying in their current roles.


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Leading the team

Anthony Bill has been promoted to a new technical role at composite door manufacturer Phoenix Doors, part of the Masco UK Window Group.

As technical liaison team leader, his role involves new product development and providing technical support for both the business and its customers. He will also continue to assist production colleagues where technical advice is required and in the event of any machinery issues.

From joining Phoenix Doors in 2005 as an operative making large flat PVC door panels, Bill has risen through the ranks at the Huntingdon-based company over the past 13 years. He brings valuable experience to his new role, having also worked in the glass shop and on CNC machines in both PVC panel and composite door manufacturing.

Three Red Roses for Veka

Veka Group has been shortlisted for three major awards in the Red Rose Awards, hosted by Lancashire Business View. Last year Veka won the Red Rose large business award.This year Veka Group is shortlisted for: corporate social responsibility, employer of the year and the new in-house training award.
Head of HR Gabriela Hammond says: “We’re very pleased to have been shortlisted for not just one, but three Red Rose Awards. We were proud to have won the award for best Large Business in 2017 and we’re hopeful that our efforts will be rewarded in another category this year...

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Slim system together

Bringing together more than eight decades of technical industry experience, fire door and window partition systems specialists Aluprof and fire glass experts Pyroguard, have completed an ambitious testing programme for a new, cost-efficient, non-insulated, slimline fire-resistant glazing system for the UK and European market.

Following two years of collaboration, the new MB-45EW framing system has been developed and rigorously tested for applications where non-insulated screens and doors are required. A first for the UK market, the slim system exceeds the current ratings of E30 and EW requirements with additional radiation reduction.


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Two new at Roseview


Buckinghamshire-based sash window specialists Roseview has strengthened its customer-facing team with new appointments and promotions. Emma Gibbins joins the team as a sales administrator – a vital frontline role that streamlines the relationship between the fabricator and its clients.



It’s my job to build effective relationships with our customers and any potential customers,” she says. “I’m the first point of contact for quotes, technical drawings and sales materials, and generally try to be as helpful as I can.

The atmosphere here is really fun and busy, which is great - but everyone is incredibly serious about delivering value for our clients.”

In addition an internal promotion has seen existing sales administrator Francesca Plows step up and take on additional responsibilities.

My role now has three key aspects to it,” she says. “Firstly, I run our authorised installer network. We generate leads for our network members and it’s my job to filter those leads through to approved Roseview installers all around the country...


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The Editor writes
When I logged onto the company's bank last week I was greeted by a
notice which advised me that if we had been affected by the collapse
of Carillion the bank is there to help and we should get in touch.
Now I am not sure about you but in, what is probably, an overlong career I have never known a bank want to help anyone but itself.Albeit that HSBC along with Barclays were prepared to offer Carillion a further bailout, Santander, RBS and Lloyds were not. So in the final analysis, you could say, it was the banks wot done it!
On the other hand would you have been prepared to chuck in another £300m? The government certainly was not. I like to imagine the panic
in the department of business and Downing street that weekend.The
Conservative government had been handing over contracts to a supplier that was so short of cash it couldn't possibly have properly fulfilled them.When a company issues a profit warning and the sharks in the stock exchange start circling to feed off of the carcass you should at least pause for thought before you ask them to take on more work.
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