Gary Jones steps up to be Glevum Chairman as Managing Directors are appointed

Gary Jones who founded Glevum back in 1984 has stepped up to become Chairman of Glevum. He has handed over day to day control of Glevum Windows to his sister Sue Jones who has become Managing Director whilst Mike Donaldson has been made Managing Director of Glevum Design & Build, the part of the business that supplies and installs windows, doors and conservatories for new build developers.

Gary commented on the new appointments: “I am delighted be able to announce these new appointments and have every confidence in Sue and Mike leading the businesses in the next stage of their development. The fact that we have been able to make such high calibre appointments internally is also fantastic for the stability of the business. I am very much looking forward to my new role as Chairman and overseeing Glevum going from strength to strength”.

Sue Jones has worked for Glevum since 1989 and has in recent years been responsible for leading both the operational and sales side of Glevum Windows.

Sue commented on her new role: “I have loved my time working for Glevum and I have a fantastic team supporting me. We have been working towards this for some years now so I am confident that the transition will be smooth. I would like to thank Gary for this opportunity and our customers and staff for their support over the last year, which of course has had its challenges. I believe we have come out of it stronger though and am very much looking forward to the future”.

Mike Donaldson joined Glevum in 2015, having worked in the New Build Glazing Industry since 1997 with Roman Glass and South West Glass. Mike has held a number of roles in the business including Business Development Manager, Regional Manager and most recently Operations Director. Mike has been a key figure in driving the growth of Glevum Design & Build.

Mike commented on his appointment: “I would like to thank Gary for this exciting opportunity. We have very firmly established Glevum Design & Build as a major player in supplying the new build market. The quality of our products, our staff and our systems have earned us an excellent reputation in the sector. I am very much looking forward to developing the business further over the coming years”.

All three appointments take effect immediately.

 

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Has COVID 19 changed your home forever?

Working from home

COVID 19 has had a massive and profound effect on so many aspects of our lives in 2020 and at least for the short term future, but has it also changed the way we come to regard our home forever as well?

We look at the changes we have seen, to try and answer that question. How did we regard our homes before COVID? A safe place to rest and relax, our sanctuary, where we raised our family, a base from where we go to work or play? But then overnight for many of us it suddenly became our place of work as well, a school, where we exercised, socialised remotely and also the place where we ate all of our meals. Online shopping, zoom and the 5pm Government press conferences became massive parts of our lives.

Suddenly some of those who had chosen the “buzz” of living in a city centre apartment for example bemoaned the lack of space in general and the lack of outside space in particular. The number of rooms became important as we all tried to find a new normal where families not only lived together, but where school, work and normal domestic life had to co-exist.

At the heart of the initial lockdown when you could only leave home once a day for exercise and for essential food shopping, the garden really came into its own.

This year more than any other in history, we have spent more time in our homes – which caused many to reflect on the improvements that needed to be made. Our home that we have always loved may not now work as well for us as it once did. Home technology and home exercise equipment were also big winners.

The impacts of these changes became apparent when businesses to some extent got back to work and the housing market re-opened. Where people could, many were looking to move to more rural locations and the number of rooms in the home and the garden became prime deciding factors.

For a while it looked like working from home may be a passing fad as in the last week of August we were urged to “get back to work”. Just three weeks later though we were once again told to work from home where we possibly can. So, as far forward as we can see working from home looks here to stay.

Looking back one thing is apparent is that most of this happened in the context of a warmer than usual Spring and the Summer. Most of us had to abandon plans for foreign holiday or even a staycation and the “stayhomecation” became a thing.

But how will things change in Autumn and Winter as our homes continue to be used in very different ways to the way they did before. Home working will undoubtedly focus many peoples’ minds on energy bills and our homes energy efficiency as we face the prospect of heating our homes for many more hours than we usually do. The energy comparison website Energyhelpline thinks we could see energy bills increase by nearly 20% if we work from home from home 5 days a week.

Under current HMRC guidance we can claim up to £6 a week from our employers without providing receipts to contribute to things like energy costs. But crucially this does not apply if we choose to work from home and in the current climate, how many businesses will be able to afford this. There is also a small amount of tax relief we can claim if we are having to work from home – see the Government website for more information.

We think that there will be a spike in interest in replacing old or inefficient double glazed windows or doors. There is often a small increase due to people wanting to get work done before Christmas, but this could potentially be much larger this year. Increased demand is in some cases leading to longer lead times, so if you are considering this work, do not leave it to late.

The weather that Autumn and Winter brings means that it can be less appealing to spend time in the garden. Conservatories though which have always enabled you to enjoy your garden all year round, have the added benefit of adding an all-important extra room. Our customers have always told us that once they have a conservatory it becomes their favourite room. But that was for the extra social space, whereas now we hear more and more people planning to use it for work during the day and socially in the evening.

We don’t have a crystal ball and the way we use our homes is as individual as we are. However, some of the certainties of the current situation combined with the undeniable characteristics of the seasons, make our predictions more than likely to come true. If you are considering replacing your doors or windows or adding a conservatory, then why not visit www.glevum.co.uk to get in touch and request your socially distanced home visit or a free quote.

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New windows and doors the key to adding value to your home?

We are a nation of home improvers. A survey by the insurer Hiscox last March amply demonstrated this – with 15% of homeowners choosing to improve rather than move – a fivefold increase on five years before that. If chosen well, windows and doors won’t only be an excellent first impression of your homes exterior, but they will play a huge role in adding character and security, which in turn adds value.

Another positive factor for having new double or triple glazing installed, rather other home improvements is the speed and ease at which it can be achieved. Loft conversions and extensions can be hard work, arduous and messy.

So whether you’ve just decided to put your home on the market, or just looking to give your home a refresh, consider carefully your choice and the positive impact on the value of your home.

This Glevum blog will explore how windows and doors effect a house’s value. It will provide you with the knowledge and insight into the key considerations that you should to think about so that you can make the most informed decision.

Effects of double and triple glazing

According to housing experts, the installation of double or triple glazing throughout your home, can add as much as a 10% increase to your home’s value. There is not only this financial gain, as the added levels of security could even help reduce your insurance premiums.

Glevum’s made to measure windows and doors with double or triple glazing can almost completely eradicate drafts. The modern products that Glevum install are made to keep cold air out and warm air in.

Double or triple glazing will also increase your energy efficiency status and can make your home more sellable. It is not unusual to find that new double and triple glazing can be up to 40% more energy efficient than old or failing products! There are literally hundreds of thousands of homes in the UK where double glazing was installed to replace old wooden windows 20 or 30 years ago. The energy efficiency of these bares no comparison with the products of today and many are starting to fail or deteriorate.

Reducing environmental impact of your home

New double and triple glazing windows and doors can not only decrease the loss of energy from your home, but they are also an environmentally friendly solution, reducing by up to 28% the carbon dioxide emissions into the environment. A typical home with triple glazing could save up to 47 tonnes of CO₂.

Peace of mind

Upgrading your windows with Glevum windows and doors means they come backed with a 10 year (insurance backed) guarantee, offering valuable peace of mind and a guarantee that can be relied upon. A guarantee can also be passed on to the person buying your home upon payment of a fee to transfer the remaining term of the guarantee. The quality of the Glevum guarantee and our aftercare service is often a factor in why existing customers keep on coming back to us.

Stylish and practical – how to make sure of this

As consumers, our number one priority when purchasing new windows and doors is often the value and savings that they can offer. Don’t underestimate thought the importance of the look of the finished product, style is always key. Even if you like bold or striking colours not everybody else might! Make sure you ask yourself this question.

But you should never have to choose one feature over the other – style and practicality of your windows and doors can be combined and result in a complete product. The exterior of your home is not only what is seen by all, but also what is seen by you every day. You should be proud of your homes exterior as it becomes an extension of you. You should also have every faith that the windows and doors you choose are of high quality. 

So, in conclusion whether you are looking to sell (and make the property more readily saleable), increase the value of your home or just improve its security, energy efficiency and comfort, is it time that you upgraded? To see the latest Glevum special offers please check here.

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Glevum delighted to be working on its first new home build development for Countryside Properties

Glevum are installing windows and doors for Countryside Properties St. Michael's Hurst development

Glevum Design & Build the new build arm of Glevum is delighted to be working on its first development for the new housebuilder Countryside Properties. The new development is St. Michael’s Hurst on the edge of the historic market town of Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire.

New Build development by Countryside Properties

St. Michael’s Hurst development by countryside Properties near Bishop’s Stortford

The development features 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom traditional homes and both private and social housing.

You can learn more about the St. Michael’s Hurst development here.

Whilst Glevum might be better known for the work it does for homeowners in Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties, Glevum Design and Build has a growing reputation for its supply and installation of high quality UPVC windows, doors and conservatories. Glevum work with many of the largest housebuilders in the UK in the Midlands and across all of Southern England. You can learn more about Glevum Design & Build here.

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Gary Jones gives his predictions for emerging home improvement trends that we will see in 2018

Gary Jones, Managing Director of Glevum, knows a thing or two about home improvements having improved over 40,000 peoples’ homes

In this blog he looks at some of the home improvement trends that he expects to see emerge this year.

1. Replacement doors and windows. Many of the earliest homes to have UPVC windows and doors are reaching the stage where they will need to be replaced. “We expect to see a surge in demand as these early products start to fail and people realise the full energy saving and security benefits of installing the latest products”, commented Gary.

2. Bright colours will become even more popular. “We are seeing an increasing trend in people wanting their home to reflect their personality and individuality. One way that people are choosing to do this is to pick something other than what was once the standard white front door”.

3. Replace the roof, not the whole conservatory. “Whilst many people find appealing the idea of a glass roof for their conservatory, it can sometimes mean that the conservatory can be either too cold or too hot to be used all year around. Last year solid roof conservatory upgrades were one of our most popular products and we only see that trend continuing in 2018”.

4. Energy cost increases will become an increasingly important driver. “The energy efficiency of new windows and doors has improved massively over the years. This combined with ever spiralling upward energy costs will in my opinion prompt many more people to upgrade. From 1st April 2018, new rental properties coming onto the market will have to achieve energy efficiency ratings of E or above and this could also prompt a lot of landlords to consider upgrading their windows and doors” concluded Gary.

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Looking for a unique gift for the Gloucester Rugby fan in your family? Your chance to bid for a Signed Shirt or Signed Ball.

The Gloucester Home Shirt signed by the first team squad that is available to the highest bidder by emailing Gary.Jones@glevum.co.uk

Gary Jones, Managing Director of Glevum is embarking on a year of fundraising for five great charities. He is giving you the opportunity to bid for and buy either a Gloucester Rugby home shirt (shown above) or a Gloucester Rugby Ball (shown below). Both items have been signed by the first team squad and will go to person that has placed the highest bid for each item by 5pm on Tuesday 19th December. They would make a great Christmas Gift for any Gloucester Rugby fan. To make your bid email Gary.Jones@glevum.co.uk. The successful bidders must pay for the item before collecting it from Glevum’s Head Office near Newnham on Severn.

The Gloucester Rugby Ball signed by the first team squad to make your bid email Gary.Jones@Glevum.co.uk

The charities that are set to benefit from all of the proceeds are ones that help everybody from young to old and support pretty much every section of society. If your bid is the highest for one of these items, the chances you will know somebody who has been touched in some way by the problems that these charities help with. The charities include The Pied Piper Appeal, Clic Sargent, Mindsong, Talking 2 Minds and Aphasia Now.

To make your bid email Gary.Jones@Glevum.co.uk before 5pm on Tuesday 19th December. The successful bidder in each case will be the person that has placed the highest bid for each item at that time.

 

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Come to the Glevum Open Day – Saturday 23rd September 10am-4pm

Why not come along to the Glevum Open Day this Saturday 23rd September. As the nights start to draw in and temperatures start to drop many people’s minds turn to new energy efficient doors and windows or a new conservatory so that you can still enjoy your garden all year round.

What will be going on, on the day?

Extra Discounts on the day – if possible to benefit from these on the day bring your dimensions
FREE glass of Prosecco on arrival
FREE buffet between 12 noon and 2pm
FREE Prize Draw for everybody that attends on the day – prizes include wine and signed Gloucester Rugby Merchandise
FREE bouncy castle for the kids
Access to our window and door showroom and the largest Conservatory Village in South West England. A great opportunity to experience and envisage what your new conservatory could look and feel like.

Our window and door and conservatory experts will be on hand to help you and answer any questions you might have.

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Glevum wins Business of the Year Award 2017 from “Best of Gloucester”

Gary Jones with the Best Business in Gloucester certificate

Glevum, the window, door and conservatory business has been crowned the best business in Gloucester 2017 by the “Best of Gloucester” website.

The award is presented to the firm that receives the highest number and proportion of positive reviews over the last year, on the “Best of Gloucester” website. Glevum have 150 reviews on the site all rating the firm 5 stars.

Gary Jones, Managing Director of Glevum commented:

“We are absolutely delighted to have won this Best of Gloucester award. It is always gratifying to receive any award, but it is particularly so on this occasion as it is based entirely on feedback from our customers. I would like to thank all our staff for the massive part they have played in winning this award as this really is a team effort”.

“We have a simple philosophy at Glevum which is to try and do every single job, in exactly the way we would want it done on our own home. This philosophy can be applied to their job by each member of staff whether they work directly for our customers or in one of the business support functions”.

“We would like to thank all our customers for their feedback and of course for entrusting us with their home improvements. We are now working in some cases on the third generation of a family and it means a great deal to us that our customers keep on coming back to us and recommending Glevum to their friends and family. We cannot take this for granted though and we are always striving to improve both our products and our services”.

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Don’t miss the Glevum Open Day – Saturday April 29th

Our next Glevum Open Day is just around the corner so why not put the date in your diary and call in.}

The day runs from 10am to 4pm and there will be special discounts on the day. There is also the opportunity to pick up a 10% Discount Voucher from Appeal Blinds. The Open Day will be one of the first opportunities to view some of our new conservatories and roof styles, in what is the largest Conservatory Village in the South West. It really is a great opportunity to visit our window and door showroom or try a conservatory out first hand (you may not want to leave).

There will a free glass of Prosecco or Orange Juice for all visitors and there is a free buffet between 12 noon and 2pm. For the children there will be balloons and between 11am and 3pm there is a free face painter.

Last but by no means least everyone who attends will be entered into our free prize draw to win one of:

2 free tickets to a Gloucester Rugby game in the Glevum box (2017-18 season – game to be advised)
Signed Gloucester Rugby shirt.
Breakfast with Warren Moore from Heart FM.
Amazon Echo donated by Breeze FM
Wine donated by Appeal Blinds.

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Glevum are recruiting!

Due to growing demand for our products and services in both the New Build and Residential market we have some exciting new career opportunities.

We are currently recruiting for:

Contracts Manager

The ideal candidate will have experience of managing New Build contracts and also the UPVC Window and Door market.

Technically minded the correct individual will be computer literate and self-motivated as well a good people manager as they will be responsible for managing Installers.

The position comes with a vehicle to be agreed and a good level of remuneration depending on experience.

Trainee Estimator

The role will assist in the preparation of quotes for New Build customers by studying House Building drawings, preparing a ‘take off’ detailing the product required and specification and using the industry specific software to prepare the quotation. The role will also be involved in the preparation of sales invoices and the ordering of product from suppliers.

The ideal candidate will be someone with an interest in construction, be computer literate and who is happy to work on their own as well as part of a team. An ‘eye for detail’ is essential.

Full training will be provided.

SALES ADMIN APPRENTICE

Glevum Windows requires a Sales Admin Apprentice to join their busy admin office.

This ‘Customer facing’ role will provide support to both the Sales team and also the Service team as well as providing cover for the company’s reception desk.

A confident polite telephone manner is essential as well as good IT and admin skills. The ideal candidate will enjoy working as part of team in a varied and dynamic environment.

To apply for any of these roles please send a CV and covering letter to scott.brown@glevum.co.uk

 

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