Bournemouth-based window fabricator Connaught Windows has invested in its future by adding two brand-new, uniquely-designed commercial vehicles to its fleet. The family-run business has also freshened up its branding with a new lime green colour scheme.
Connaught Windows bought the two Suburu Isuzu trucks from Ferndown Commercials Ltd, based at the Ferndown Industrial Estate, while the eye-catching design was created and managed by Verwood-based Summerhouse Brighter Thinking Ltd. Finally, the assembly and alterations were completed by Horton Commercials, also located on the Ferndown Industrial Estate.
Linda Witczak, managing director of Connaught Windows said:
“Our delivery area is growing as we grow and now covers the south coast from Taunton in the west to Brighton in the east and as far north as the M4 and the south of London. Therefore, we needed to upgrade our fleet in order to meet our demand and enter the city’s low emissions zone.
“We are currently working on a very large commercial project with a new fabricator client in the London area, so it was imperative that we are able to deliver to him.
“However, despite our growth outside of the area, we are pleased to have kept the purchase and creative design of the vehicles with local suppliers.”
Having recently celebrated 20 years in the glass industry, Bournemouth-based window fabricator Connaught Windows is hosting a customer event on Thursday April 3 at Rhinefield House in Hampshire, in partnership with global product manufacturer Deceuninck.
Bringing together Connaught Windows’ and Deceuninck’s existing clients and open to all fabricators and installers in the area, the morning event will introduce a host of new and bespoke products, with talks from Deceuninck’s newly-appointed managing director, Roy Frost, on marketing, web-design and product innovation.
Deceuninck is a multi-million pound global company active in more than 75 countries across Europe, North America and Asia.
Linda Witczak, managing director of Connaught Windows said: “We are very excited to be hosting this open event with a company so revered in our industry as Deceuninck. We can’t wait to see lots of familiar and new faces. Anyone who’s interested in learning more about what we offer as a windows fabricator is welcome.”
Roy Frost, Managing Director Deceuninck UK said: “I’m often blown away by our customers’ enthusiasm. The Customer Days are all about sharing great ideas and sales tools to give our customers an even better competitive edge so they can build a sustainable business. If they grow, we grow.”
Bournemouth-based Connaught Windows is a family business that’s endured 20 years in the fabricating industry this month. This long-standing company is led by joint managing directors and husband and wife team, Steve and Linda Witzcak, who also have a personal reason to celebrate, having collectively lost 16 stone between them.
Proving that Connaught Windows is fit for business in more ways than one, the couple lost the weight slowly and sensibly, applying the same careful attitude that they’ve taken to looking after their company over the years. Steve Witczak has now swapped his car for a top of the range push bike and regularly cycles 20 miles from his Ringwood home to Connaught Windows’ warehouse in Wallisdown.
Steve said: “While the last few years have been challenging both professionally and privately, I decided to take the positive outlook I’ve always had about business and apply it to my health – and it’s paid off. Now the future looks as bright for me as it does for Connaught Windows. And with plans for a 660-mile bike ride from the UK to Spain in the pipeline later this year, I can’t wait to put my endurance to the test in the saddle!”
Recent news reports have stated that Britain’s manufacturers are experiencing a strong start to the year and are confident about the outlook, according to the latest findings from the manufacturers’ organisation EEF and the accountancy firm BDO. In addition, measures of recruitment and investment intentions are at a higher level than in the final quarter of last year.
Having recently celebrated 20 years in the industry, Bournemouth-based window fabricator Connaught Windows is echoing the industry body’s positive findings and enjoying significant growth for the first quarter, giving this family business the confidence to fulfil its investment and recruitment plans.
Linda Witczak, managing director of Connaught Windows said: “We have seen a recent increase in demand for our products across a wide range of projects, from home improvements to new builds. The last two months of 2013 saw a 15 percent growth and we added one new member of staff.
“2014 has continued to look bright, with the celebration of our 20th anniversary, an investment in two new delivery lorries which will be used for national, and a more focused approach to brand building.”
Celebrating 20 years in the industry, Bournemouth-based window fabricator Connaught Windows marked two decades of successful business with a glittering event on Friday February 21 at Rhinefield House in the New Forest.
Inviting some of its longest-standing clients from the local business community, companies including Outlook Window Systems, Palmer Windows and Richmond Home Improvements attended alongside 12 of Connaught Windows’ staff. The evening started with a drinks reception with canapés, followed by a four course meal, after which managing director Steve Witczak gave a speech, presenting guests with a commemorative engraved glass gift.
Steve Witczak said: “From our humble beginnings as a small window fitting company in 1994, to becoming one of the south coast’s longest-standing window manufacturers, Connaught Windows has successfully endured what has been a difficult few years for business.
We are incredibly grateful for the loyalty and support shown by our clients and hope to continue to work with them long into the future.”
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