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Author: Richard Gyde Created: Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Observations about Mila Hardware and our industry

We’re making extra space in the Mila trophy cabinet this week having picked up the Component Supplier of the Year award at last Friday’s glittering G-Awards.

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We’ve just achieved something rather special for Synseal – 100% OTIF on everything we deliver to them for the past six months.

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While we’re all preoccupied by the progress (or lack of it) in the Brexit negotiations and the impact that is having on consumer confidence in the UK, it’s easy to think that the biggest headwinds facing the window and door market are coming from Europe.

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It is with great sadness that I write about the death of Sue Wood, who passed away recently and I will be attending her funeral later today. The Mila flags are flying at half mast as we remember someone who will forever be a part of the Mila family.

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We’ve got a marketing intern here at Mila for a couple of weeks getting some valuable experience in what, as you can imagine, is a very busy department.

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Tuesday saw the announcement of the nominations for this year’s G-Awards. I’m delighted that Mila has been shortlisted in no less than three categories including the much coveted Component Supplier of the Year, alongside the Customer Care Initiative and the Trade Promotional Campaign.

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It feels really strange after so many years taking part in the GM Fundraising charity events to be on the other side of the fence this time around, and to be one of those doing the sponsoring rather than the cycling.

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Anyone who reads Glass News will hopefully be very familiar with our Technical Manager Strafford Cooke’s Tech Talk column, which he’s been writing regularly for over four years.

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Like many in the industry I’m sure, I’m already planning my visit to the FIT Show in a couple of weeks’ time.

Mila took the difficult decision not to exhibit this year largely because the timing of the show, just 13 months after the last one, didn’t fit in with our product development programme. Last year of course, the timing was perfect for the launch of our phenomenal GRIP handle and I like to think we stole the show with our amazingly colourful stand.

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I’ve recently returned from a two week trip to China – 3,000 miles in 12 days and 10 different hotel rooms, which I’m not sure anyone could really describe as glamorous.

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