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8:30 – 9:15
Registration and coffee
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jade Greenhow, general manager at Insight Data, gives a no-nonsense overview of the industry including which markets are really growing, how trade-counters are changing the industry, regional performance and more. Jade will also outline the implications of GDPR, the new data protection regulation, and give advice on how to comply.
The Materials debate
Industry leaders discuss the growth of aluminium, timber and other products and the implications for PVC-U systems companies, fabricators and installers. What will consumers be buying in 2 years, and what will architects be specifying?
Consumers have become more demanding, HMRC are clamping down on sub-contractors and self-employed people, and margins are under more pressure than ever. Panellists will debate these and other issues and offer practical solutions.
Morning break and refreshments
The New Marketing Landscape
We’re bombarded with more marketing messages than ever before across a bewildering array of new channels, while digital, social and mobile technologies are disrupting the way we interact with brands.
Andrew Scott, Managing Director of Purplex Marketing, discusses the impact on the glazing industry and outlines dynamic new strategies to help companies catapult their reputation, generate more sales leads and drive serious growth across trade, commercial and retail markets.
Threats and Opportunities
Leading experts discuss threats and opportunities facing the industry; from the skills shortage to the impact of regulations, such as Fire Regs. Following the failure of Carillion, we’ll be asking questions about supply-chains, contractors and sub-contractors.
Break for lunch
UK Economic Report
Walter Boettcher is the Chief Economist at Colliers International, the global property advisors employing 12,000 professionals across 69 countries. An internationally renowned speaker, he will give his views on Brexit, housing and the outlook for the UK economy.
Innovation & Technology
Industry pioneers discuss the impact of technology on the glazing industry; what the industry can expect from home automation and IoT (Internet of Things) and the latest developments for manufacturers and installers.
Acquisitions and the Future
In the last 5 years we’ve seen a 30% decline in fabricators while the number of installers has risen sharply. We ask a panel of experts where the industry is going and what the recent flurry of mergers and acquisitions mean for the industry. Speakers will also give advice on how to prepare your business for sale for maximum value, and strategies to scale-up organisations through acquisitions or joint ventures.
15:45 – 16:30
Opportunity to network and meet sponsors
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.