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

After what was probably slightly too long, I’ve been back in the saddle in recent months training for the GM Fundraising Border to Border bike ride, which is happening in just a few weeks.

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After all the build-up and excitement, the FIT show finally happened last week and I would say that it was a resounding success.

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As if the FIT show wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve just heard that Mila has been shortlisted in the FIT Show awards for the Digital and Social Media Award – fantastic news!

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Today only, we’re giving readers of my blog an exclusive preview of our big reveal at FIT.

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It felt like half of the UK window industry decamped to Nuremberg last week to take in the sights and sounds of Fensterbau.  My flight from Stansted was packed with lots of familiar faces all eager to see what, for me, is still probably the ultimate showcase for the fenestration sector.

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I’ve been asked by a couple of the trade magazines over recent weeks for my thoughts on the year that has just gone and the one coming up, so I’ve had plenty of time to think about some ideas for this post.

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I posted on here about six months ago about the social media campaign which the organisers of the FIT show were running to highlight the contribution being made by women in this industry – using the #WIGS (that’s Women in Glazing).

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I don’t need to the G-Awards to tell me that my PA Amanda Boikovs is one of this industry’s Unsung Heroes, but it was still great to hear the news last Friday that she is one of just three finalists in this brand new award category.

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You probably won’t be surprised to hear that I’ve been following the crisis in the UK steel industry with particularly close interest.

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Last week was a very busy week here at Mila because we were at the first ever Build Show at the NEC.  We went to the show, which was part of UK Construction Week, with the very specific aim of launching a brand new product – our new GRIP espag handle, and I’m delighted to say it was a huge success.

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