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TWR’S JULIETTE GOES THE EXTRA 26 MILES FOR MACMILLAN


National trade fabricator, TWR Trade Frames, are getting ready to support their National Trade Sales Manager, Juliette Booth, as she prepares to run the gruelling London Marathon.


Juliette began training last year for the event, in order to raise money for cancer charity, Macmillan Cancer Support to show her gratitude for the care given to her late Grandmother.


Juliette explains: “Macmillan provides practical, medical and financial support to significantly improve the lives of people affected by cancer.


Having seen firsthand the dramatic difference Macmillan can make in helping and caring for cancer sufferers, I am more than ready to get my running shoes on and raise funds for this brilliant cause and would like to thank people in advance for their support. Just £24 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for an hour.”


Terry Richardson, Managing Director of TWR told Clearview: “We’re all very excited for Juliette and are behind her 100% of the way. She should be used to running around by now with all the miles she does visiting our customers!”


Juliette in her running gear


Readers can find out more about sponsoring Juliette at www.justgiving.com/Juliette-Booth or for more information on TWR Trade Frames visit www.twrtf.co.uk


PILKINGTON PLANAR™ DANCES IN THE NORTH


Pilkington Planar™ has been specified in a centre of excellence for dance in Leeds. The new home for Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre is situated on Quarry Hill next to the BBC and the Leeds College of Music.


The pièce de résistance of the building is a


grand entrance area which showcases Pilkington Planar™ as the focal point of the six-storey building. There are also two glass box balconies on the side of the building which offer stunning views of the surrounding area.


QUOTATIS STATISTICS CONFIRM POOR START TO THE YEAR


Quotatis UK, the British arm of Europe’s biggest provider of Internet generated sales leads, has issued statistics that confirm what many UK installers already know: that fewer of the country’s homeowners are investing in new windows, doors and conservatories and home improvements generally.


In the key sectors of conservatories, windows and kitchens year-on-year lead volumes for January and February fell by 18%, the biggest fall being in kitchen leads, down by a massive 41%. Conservatory leads fell by 27% whilst window enquiries, perhaps surprisingly, were almost unchanged with a 1% drop.


These statistics go against the information that there was an 8 % increase in Internet usage by


60 « Clearview NMS « April 2011 « www.clearview-uk.com Quotatis reports kitchen leads are down by a massive 41% and conservatory by 27% compared with the same period 2010.


UK households during the past 12 months and in the emerging domestic market for solar panels, both photovoltaics and thermal systems, a massive increase of 80% took place in the number of homes seeking information through Quotatis, to 4,745 leads.


Teresa Gizzi, sales director for Quotatis,


acknowledges that the figures are depressing for the traditional markets but perhaps confirm the inevitable: “We know that the traditional


replacement window and conservatory markets have matured which, coupled with the economic uncertainties, were bound to reduce further,” says Teresa. “However, the statistics also show the clear opportunities that exist in solar presently, an ideal opportunity for glazing installers. Online lead generation continues to grow overall, to maintain its position as the most reliable and effective lead generator and, for homeowners, an increasingly trusted source of information and trusted suppliers.”


Howard Sykes of HW Architectural Ltd, said,


“Northern Ballet’s new building is a creative and cultured environment so we needed to specify an architectural glazing solution that reflected the beauty and creativity of the work taking place inside. With Pilkington Planar™ we could be imaginative and design a whole façade that is eye- catching and contemporary.”


Mr Sykes explained that the system allows


architects to apply bold designs that also ensure the utmost stability and safety.


Pilkington Planar™ remains world market leader in the cutting edge market of bolted glass systems. It provides a flush glass surface by utilising stainless steel fittings housed in countersunk holes to fix the glass façade back to the structure instead of using the more conventional framed systems. The result is a fully engineered system with the minimum amount of support structure and the maximum possible visual clarity. A silicone seal between adjacent panels provides weatherproofing.


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