8:30 – 9:15
Registration and Coffee
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Keynote: 2019 Insight Data ‘Window Industry Report’
The last 18 months have seen the biggest ever change in the window, door and conservatory industry with some high-profile company failures, major consolidation and more companies than ever closing their doors. But it isn’t all doom and gloom. Insight Data reveals the facts and figures that paint a surprising picture of the industry and point to the opportunities for growth that many in the industry have overlooked.
DEBATE: Sustainability, recycling and an ocean of plastic
How is the industry tackling the anti-plastic movement? Is the PVC-U sector doing enough around sustainability and recycling and what does it mean for aluminium and timber? Leading experts discuss the role manufacturers and installers have to play as we move towards more energy efficient, sustainable homes and environmentally friendly products.
DEBATE: Regulations, accreditations and rogue traders
It seems new Legislation is driving change across the industry, but is it enough? We discuss fire regulations in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy along other important regulatory changes. We put industry accreditations in the spotlight and following a series of high profile business failures, we ask how the industry is responding to rogue traders.
Morning break and refreshments
Keynote: Marketing and Lead Generation: Lifeblood of the industry
UK Retail is facing its toughest ever period and the High Street is in crisis as consumers change the way they shop. How can the home improvement industry avoid becoming casualties of this sea-change? For the first time, we reveal the marketing and lead generation secrets that the most successful companies are using to buck the trends and drive growth and profitability – despite increased competition.
Debate: Barriers to Growth – tackling skills, investment and the ‘P’ Word
Our panel of industry leaders discuss some of the burning questions of the moment. How do we tackle the skills shortage and attract more young people and diversity into the industry? We ask whether companies are investing enough to create sustainable growth and debate the dangers of under-investment. And we tackle the ‘P’ word – Profit – and ask how companies can avoid selling on price and the ‘race to the bottom’.
Keynote: Building a world-class business
We’ve invited one of Britain’s leading speakers on business, sales and customer service to share his secrets to ‘scale up’ your business and profits. Delivering over 2,000 key-notes, Adrian Webster has worked with brands such as HSBC, Airbus and John Lewis and is one of the most sought-after speakers in Britain, as well as being an internationally renowned business author. His unique and powerful insights are guaranteed to inspire business owners, leaders and managers.
Break for lunch
Including full buffet lunch, refreshments and coffee
Keynote: Navigating the Brexit crisis
With Brexit looming and the government warning companies to brace themselves, we consider the implications for the fenestration industry. How can manufacturers minimise disruption, handle red tape and supply chain issues, and currency fluctuations? How can the industry respond to a potentially catastrophic impact on consumer spending? Could Brexit throw us into another recession, or can we ride out the storm and get on with the job?
Debate: Industry consolidation – is it the right time to exit, or to buy?
The industry is facing its biggest ever shake-up with a flood of mergers, acquisitions and consolidation. We ask a panel of finance, corporate restructuring and M&A experts how companies – from local installers to major suppliers – can sell their business for maximum value or conversely, use acquisitions as a way of achieving significant growth and economies of scale. And we address the taboo subject of what directors and owners should do when a business is struggling.
Debate: Innovation, smart-tech and the future of the industry
What are the key drivers that will impact trade, commercial and retail markets? How will the industry evolve, from systems company to fabricator and installer? What are the new products likely to spearhead growth and profits, and what impact will smart technology have? A panel of experts debate all these questions and more, giving delegates a clearer idea of where the industry is going.
15:50 – 16:30
Glazing Summit Leaders Dinner
In addition to the Glazing Summit Conference, an exclusive dinner will be held in the evening at the same venue for over 150 industry leaders. Tickets to this event are strictly limited and can be purchased separately, for more information click here.