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SPRING 2017

Although we may have lost that extra hour in bed once again, with it comes the promise of lighter evenings, daffodils and warmer days. So, if you are a keen gardener it’s time to get your seeds into propagators and to turn those beds over, whilst lovers of motorsport no longer have to mope on Sunday afternoons.

Since our last update, we have received confirmation from a number of our suppliers that prices will increase in the new financial year, partly as a consequence of the Brexit vote along with a number of external factors. We are confident we can absorb these rises, as the changes largely relate to a number of our smaller suppliers. However, it remains one of our major resolutions to look closely at our costs, so as to ensure we can continue to offer great products and excellent service at our current prices.

On this front, to keep up to date with the latest products, services and innovations across the industry, we have visits to the Ideal Home and FIT Shows in the near future. Keep a look out for our findings next time out.

Finally, in an attempt to increase our online presence and pull ourselves into the 21st century, we now have a Facebook Page and a Twitter feed. We aim to use these to share useful information, relevant articles, and may even add some photos to show you what we are getting up to out there whilst we’re on the tools.

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WINTER 2016-2017

Not too unlike Santa on his sleigh, another year has apparently flown by. 2016 has been a very busy year for us here on Warwick Parade. After our move back to Woodham this time last year, we are now well and truly settled into our new office and yard with both you, our customers, and our suppliers making the most of our teapot.

Not unlike last year, the weather so far this winter has been kind enough to us to enable us to build a porch and a conservatory deep into the later months of the year and even unlike last year propose the build of a new conservatory upon our return from holiday in 2017. Whilst on the subject, we will be closed down from the 23rd December to the 3rd January in line with the majority of the building industry. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the boys, as I usually do, for their hard work this year and I hope their presents from me will go some way to showing my appreciation.

Since the autumn update we have received confirmation from a couple of our suppliers that, as a consequence of the Brexit vote, prices will rise in the New Year. The good news is that these are only our small suppliers and therefore increases that we can absorb, but one of our big resolutions is to look very closely at our costs to ensure we can continue to offer great products and service at our existing prices.

In industry news, there have been some exciting new product lines in the conservatory roof and composite door sectors that we are looking to try out and possibly market to you in the Spring so watch this space.

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AUTUMN 2016

Although it is mild enough out there to kid us into believing otherwise, another season has indeed passed us by. The nights are drawing in, we are sweeping out the van each morning under floodlights and the retailers are gearing up for Christmas… It can mean only one thing; Autumn is well and truly upon us.

This summer, we embarked upon and completed our first installation of a Livin Roof by Ultraframe. Whilst construction of it on the whole is very similar to the conservatories we usually install, the finishing, especially the interior is very different giving the possibility of a melange of plaster and glass to the roof. Photos will in due course be uploaded once we have revisited following the completion of its decoration.

Some things don’t change but whilst we have a yard full of windows still, our search for “new blood” ended successfully. They do say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and in this case that certainly appears to be the case. Daniel (Brian’s grandson) joins us fresh faced and willing to learn, following in the footsteps of both his mum and dad who have also both worked for Woodham Windows in one capacity or another over the decades. Within the company we now have Brian (Mark I), Aaron (his son and Mark II) and now Daniel (grandson or Mark III) I am not sure how many firms these days can boast having granddad, son and grandson all fighting for the cause but we are happy to be able to.

Alongside Daniel, we have also been joined by Tony who brings along some experience. Tony has joined us following a move from the South West where for many years he has worked in th

It’s still dark outside but as another week starts, it is time to don my hat and gloves and get out there to tackle another day.

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SUMMER 2016

I know it is a cliché but how time flies when you are having fun! One year down and once again we’re here again writing the summer update whilst the sun's doing what it does best outside.

Now that our annual holidays have come and gone; this summer even more than last, is set to be an exciting one for Woodham Windows. Despite all the uncertainty following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the yard is chock-a-block with windows, doors and conservatory roofs just waiting for installation. This has prompted us to employ more staff: alongside an experienced window fitter who will join us to bolster the existing team, we are also venturing into the unknown as we feel it is the right time of the year to find an inexperienced youngster looking to learn a trade. Window fitting might not be the most glamorous job but some of us are just not suited to sitting down behind a desk all day. If you know anyone that could be interested, ask them to contact us.

Alongside the possibility of new staff, we received some exciting news recently when Richard passed his industry exams and therefore, is in FENSA’s eyes, now able to run his own fitting team and survey for new jobs. Hours of tests both in the classroom and on site have finally paid off. Well done.

In industry news, the long talked about rollout of System10 (replacing Eclipse as our chamfered profile) has materialised and is now standard with our VEKA windows and doors. In layman's terms, there is very little to notice regarding changes but it means our products now contain more glass and less plastic, are better at weather proofing and are quicker to fit. The new system is also far more standardised than the old and therefore fabrication time will be reduced, which means getting your windows sooner.

Finally, one more exciting piece of news to report from this quarter is the introduction (and our sign-up to) window and door energy rating certificates. Just as the white goods sector has been doing for years, the fenestration industry is now applying labels to doors and windows to show customers how energy efficient their items are. Look out for these on your new products in the near future.

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SPRING 2016

So far this year the weather has been rather kind to us and we have managed to complete our first two conservatory builds on schedule, let's hope for more weather like this into the summer.

At the end of last year we were having great difficulty buying quality doors from our main supplier, nothing has changed in this respect; however we now know what caused the problem and what steps are being taken to resolve it.

In 2011 Veka Group, who produces all of the U-PVC window and door frames that we install purchased Bowater Building Products which included Bowater Doors, the largest UK based manufacturer of premium 68mm composite doors. Everything went smoothly until December last year when they sold off this part of the acquisition to a third party. Unfortunately re-locating the factory to the north of England, moving the equipment and training a new workforce has proven more challenging than anticipated, hence the supply predicament. We understand that back orders are being worked through and we are currently being quoted a six week lead time for new orders.

It is worth pointing out that most composite doors are bulk manufactured in China or the Far East; they are shipped as 44mm thick 'slabs' which are then cut to size, have the furniture retro fitted and a frame assembled to match. Unfortunately, these lack the build quality and integrity of their made-to-measure UK counterpart, which is why we prefer to source the doors as we do.

In the meantime we can supply an alternative door which is 70mm thick, made to the same exacting standards as our standard U-PVC doors and is available in a selection of coloured facings as well as fully backed by our usual guarantee.

Following a successful trip to the FIT Trade Show this year, we were so impressed with the latest lock from Ultion that we are looking to include this as standard on our doors in the near future. The quality of the locks speaks for itself, giving protection against anti-snapping, picking and drilling. For more information and to see what their £1000 guarantee is all about, check their website www.ultion-lock.co.uk

Roll on the summer and what it has in store.

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WINTER 2015-2016

Whilst the dark evenings and Christmas lights prove the winter is here, we’ve fortunately had few of the other signs this year. I’ve made the most of the mild, dry days by working in my shorts and t-shirt deep into December; whilst we’ve made the most of it by making huge in-roads into the backlog. We’ve done so well on this front, that we have now got our lead times back down to the 6-8 weeks we usually aim for. Thank you has to go out to Aaron, Craig, Brian, Jim and Bob for having a huge hand in this.

We may be some three months down the line but some things just do not change. This Winter has seen us experience yet further issues with our phone line, so much so that we’ve made the decision to change supplier... Don’t worry though our telephone number will be coming with us so many of you will not notice anything at all.

Although the ice scraper and woolly hats may still be on the shelf, the Christmas holidays are well and truly upon us. We’ll be closing early on the 24th of December and will not be returning until the 4th January 2016. Not only do I feel our boys need a rest, but finding home-owners that want their windows removed and replaced between Christmas and New Year is difficult to say the least!

Finally, the New Year sees Woodham Windows move back into South Woodham Ferrers. For the last few years we have had our yard and office in separate locations, but from January we’ll be working out of one premise on Warwick Parade behind Spar. This unit is currently being painted for us, but we’re confident our kettle will be up working in time for when we return from our holidays. Although there will not be a showroom as such on-site from day one, we will be operating an open door policy, so feel free to pop in for a cup of tea and a chat.

Call Woodham Windows on 01245 323747 to discuss your requirements.

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AUTUMN 2015

Firstly I must apologise to everybody who has experienced problems when either trying to telephone the office or having received a call from us only to have the line go dead. Here we are three months and twice that number of BT engineers after installing the line experiencing our first trouble free day. Oh, for the joys of having a monopoly.

With the winter closing in upon us it has been decided to not undertake any new conservatory installations that involve ground work until next spring. Rest assured any outstanding orders will be completed as agreed.

Woodham Windows has now allocated regular time to carry out 'service calls' and are in the process of employing and training an extra member of staff to perform these duties together with the replacement of failed sealed glass units.

For the foreseeable future, the office is likely to be attended from Monday to Friday between the hours of 09:00 and 13:00. This is to allow for extra manpower to be available on site to assist with the large number of scheduled installations that we have to date. Should you call outside these hours if there is anybody in the office they will answer your call, if not please leave an answerphone message or better still send us an e-mail that we can deal with whilst burning the midnight oil.

Callers requesting a visit from Brian to carry out a survey prior to preparing a quotation may be surprised when told that the likely installation date will be in ten to twelve weeks. This is part of our ongoing policy to be completely transparent from day one. We know what work is in hand and feel it better to say ten weeks or twelve weeks and deliver in eight or nine weeks than the other way around. Hopefully you will agree, but if you feel the need to go elsewhere then we understand.

As part of the re-organisation, Mister Gees has changed provider for the insurance backed guarantee it offers and is pleased to say that all policies are now placed with The Consumer Protection Association.

Lastly, Woodham Windows has installed (and will continue to develop) a new database that will enable us to track e-mails and telephone calls - well, at least those that get through! - and coherently follow the progress of every job from that first contact to completion.

Yesterday was sunshine and golden leaves, today it is rain and sodden grass, oh well that’s autumn.

Call Woodham Windows on 01245 323747 to discuss your requirements.

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SUMMER 2015

This July is seeing the union of two of South Woodham Ferrers’ oldest family businesses.

The owners of Woodham Windows, established in 1986 and Mister Gees Limited, who opened its first enterprise on Warwick Parade in 1972, have established a new company, owned and managed by the next generation to maintain and build upon over seventy years of professional service and business experience here in South Woodham Ferrers.

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Val Brazier is taking a well deserved retirement whilst husband Brian will continue to direct and manage his son Aaron’s day to day running of the new venture together with the existing team of fully qualified builders, tradesmen and window fitters. They will be joined by Richard Green on site and Edward Green with the occasional assistance of Douglas Green, better known as 'Mister Gee' in the office.

Val, Brian and Douglas all feel that this new venture represents a great opportunity for a younger team to introduce new ideas and systems into Woodham Windows, without discarding the four cornerstones of service, quality, value and trust, upon which the company was founded nearly thirty years ago.

As from 1st July 2015, Woodham Windows will be a trading name of Mister Gees (Property Services) Limited. Apart from a new voice at the end of the telephone and some younger legs up the ladders, very little will change. All guarantees issued by Woodham Windows prior to this date will be honoured and the company will continue to be FENSA registered, offering an insurance backed ten year guarantee on all windows, doors and conservatories ensuring that new customers continue to buy with complete confidence and peace of mind.

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