Business Manager at leading Birmingham window and door manufacturer Shelforce, Howard Trotter, will join a stellar-up at the Glazing Summit on September 12th.
An experienced business leader with a proven track record in business improvement, Howard started working with Shelforce, a PVCu manufacturer, in 2013 when the business was facing major financial challenges.
Howard’s experience in lean manufacturing and team building, plus a dedication to nurturing skills, has seen production efficiency increase by 759%.
The company has gone from an operating loss of £1.8million to now making a profit and 75% of Shelforce’s workforce are disabled, meaning the company is leading the way in inclusive employment too.
Howard will be speaking on the Barriers to Growth debate at the Glazing Summit which will look at how the skills shortage can be tackled and how more young people can be attracted into the industry.
“It’s important that the industry gets together talk about the challenges we all face and I’m looking forward to discussing the labour issues and the skills shortage.
“There are answers out there, but we all need to know collectively what those answers are.”
Shelforce are also set to open a dedicated training facility to provide regular work experience placements for students from nearby schools.
Andrew Scott, founder of the Glazing Summit, said:
“A skills shortage is one of the biggest barriers to growth the industry faces and Shelforce’s commitment to training and employment is vital. I’m delighted that Howard has agreed to be on our panel.”
The Glazing Summit is the annual conference for installers, fabricators and suppliers and tackles head-on the key issues facing the industry.
This year the Summit is held at the prestigious Edgbaston Stadium and Conference Centre, Birmingham, and tickets are almost sold out.