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The development of timber windows in the FIT Show line-up has been further strengthened with the news that traditional sash manufacturer Cardinal Windows has signed up to the 2019 event.
The company, whose key staff boast over 150 combined years of experience, offers bespoke windows to specifiers and installers who seek traditionally styled, timber sliding box sash windows but which come with the latest standards of high performance. Having seen demand grow for real wood windows, the firm now sees the FIT Show as the best shop window to reach its trade target markets, as Marketing Manager Jamie Hackett explained: “We want to talk to a range of potential customers including window installers and specifiers together with architects, developers and small building companies and we know we will meet many of them at the FIT Show. Our customers include designers and builders of new homes right through to those responsible for
the most renovations,” he said.
   Kerry Godliman (comedian), Julie, Jane, Claudia, Lucia, Olivia, Cerys, Mike, Neil, Steven Plimmer (judge)
 “The event has proven itself to be the focal point for all of the UK window industry, so that is where we want to be, especially now that so many others in the timber window sector are thinking the same thing.”
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MRA Marketing celebrated a record five award wins at the prestigious Construction Marketing Awards (CMA), including the coveted Agency of the Year.
awards, including some of the biggest agencies, so getting shortlisted isn’t a breeze as the standard keeps rising. To win five, including Agency of the Year, is brilliant.
Cardinal’s heart may be in the tradition of timber but its route to market is right up to date, with online ordering and a window-builder facility complete with instant quote function, all designed to make choosing – and pricing – a timber window as easy and cost-effective as PVC or aluminium. With pine, sapele or oak products based on German engineering backed by full UK customer support, Cardinal Windows have a U value of 1.5 W/m2K and are available in any RAL colour and with a range of bespoke and hardware options.
“A lot of time and effort goes into the entries”, continues Lucia, “And for the Agency of the Year category, each finalist was also interviewed by the judging panel. Our awards are recognition of the results we get for customers, and it really is a team effort.”
  The full service agency won Best Digital Campaign and Best Use of Direct Marketing with Brisant Secure; Best Use of Social Media with IKO PLC; Best Product Launch for The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) with GfK and the Builders Merchant Federation; and to top it off - Agency of the Year. Run by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the CMAs are the UK’s leading awards for marketing in construction.
Commenting on MRA’s award win for ‘Agency of the Year’, the judges said: “We saw some great teams during the interviews and it was hard to choose a winner, but MRA showed the difference they make to their clients. They track the bottom line improvements they deliver, and are focussed not on campaigns, but on the client’s holistic marketing activity and needs. They also have a superb approach to the team’s personal development, and this is paid back with exceptional loyalty. These guys are setting the example.”
  MD Lucia Di Stazio says: “We’re extremely pleased with our award wins. We were shortlisted for 13 awards overall and did well to be a finalist in so many. Over 60 agencies who work in construction enter these
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Billy Quinn has been appointed Managing Director of the GGF Groups’ commercial subsidiary companies – FENSA, GGFi, BFRC, RISA and Borough IT.
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A highly accomplished Business Leader, Commercial Director and Non-Executive Director, Billy brings a wealth of experience to the group.
successfully held senior commercial roles within several blue chip retailing Groups including HRG, Kingfisher and B&Q. Additionally Billy has experience in the not-for-profit sector holding the position of Non-Executive Board Chair of The Furniture Ombudsman (TFO).
Most recently as Commercial Director for the online digital training provider CCUK, he has also

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