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UNIT ART GLASS – ANOTHER THERMOBAR WARM EDGE BUSINESS SUCCESS STORY


Unit Art Glass is a family run business based in Norwich, renowned for supplying excellent quality products and providing a friendly, efficient service.


Unit Art was founded in 1996 carrying out


stain work, but now has a full portfolio of products including: processed glass; double glazed units (some with integrated blinds); a toughening plant offering toughened glass 4-19mm in thickness; sandblasted glass; brilliant cut glass; stained and bevelled glass; and a range of newly-popular splash-backs. Owner Neil Tomlinson runs the business with daughters Anna and Leila, and additional family members who form a friendly team to service a split of approximately 70% trade customers in Sussex, Kent and London and 30% local domestic customers.


Neil explained a few facts about the double glazed sealed unit side of the business: “Approximately 15 years ago we began making double glazed sealed units and in recent years we have been part of the shift from traditional aluminium spacer frame units over to warm edge, gas filled units. We now sell 60-70% with warm edge spacer and


we are proud to say that we are now one of the few companies in the current climate with a growing trade. In fact, we have seen a 30% increase in trade in 2010 and again in 2011. We will, of course, be aiming for the same in 2012.


“Our recent boost in sales has been


partially as a result of a marketing campaign to joinery outlets and timber users. We now also make high performance Krypton gas filled units as well as standard Argon ones - we have of course achieved EN1279 part 2 and 3 passes. An additional trade has also grown through a demand for smaller profile heritage units. We try to be as flexible as we can and work with our customers to meet their requirements so we are continually reviewing the products that we supply.


“Customer service is vital but if the products we supply are not the best then it doesn’t matter how good the service is. So we research our suppliers and only work those who can offer us the products and service that we need to meet our customers’ expectations. For example, the growth in demand for thermally efficient units has developed a


requirement for a warm edge spacer. We chose Thermobar Warm Edge Spacer tube for many reasons. Firstly, because we have worked with IG component supplier Thermoseal Group for several years and we know that we get high quality products and good service. Secondly, we have trialled using the product to manufacture units and we have found it much easier to handle and better all round. As we now make approximately 2,500 units per week, this is important to keep our production levels up without putting additional pressure on staff. We also sought feedback from our customers who liked its appearance in their sealed units so it was a winner all round.


Visit www.uaglass.co.uk or e-mail uaglass@hotmail.com for more information. For further information about Thermobar, contact Thermoseal Group Limited on 0845 331 3950 or sales@thermosealgroup.com or visit www.thermosealgroup.com.


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GOING BACK TO BLACK FOR GMF


GM Fundraising will be going ‘Back to Black’ but with an Olympic theme, for their next Gala Dinner on 28th April 2012, to take place at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham.


With nearly 50% of tables sold pre-launch, those who are looking to go to what is widely regarded as one of the industry’s best night out in terms of entertainment, need to book quickly.


While the last few Gala Dinners for GMF


have been themed in terms of what to wear, this year the glazing industry’s preferred charity is going back to ‘black tie and posh frock', which has proved so successful in other years. The evening will, however, take a distinctly Olympic theme, as London 2012 becomes ever closer and the night’s festivities will follow this course.


Like every GMF Gala Dinner, the evening will offer great entertainment, fabulous food in the form of a four course dinner, wine,


a charity auction and raffle, but above all, the opportunity to support Hope House Children’s Hospices. For the seventh event running, the charity has again held table prices at just £995 for a table of 10 and has agreed a fabulous rate at the hotel of £75.00 per room, for two people sharing, inclusive of breakfast and VAT.


Gary Morton, chairman of GM Fundraising, comments: “We’re going back to black, but with an Olympic theme and we promise an evening packed full of entertainment. Like all of our events we want to offer outstanding value, fun and a platform for raising much needed funds for the charity. It’s the perfect opportunity to entertain staff, customers and to bring your partners.”


Tables are running out quickly, so to reserve yours today, please contact Gary Morton on gary@mighton.co.uk or


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telephone 07831 608882. The GMF Team look forward to seeing you there and supporting GM Fundraising. You can also help us build our Twitter and Facebook following @GMFundraising.


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