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Hurst Plastics claims to have sealed its position as the UK’s largest door panel manufacturer with the announcement that it has increased production by 50% to 3,000 panels a week. The latest year-end figures from Hurst show the output of door panels at record levels with its customer base up by 20%.
Hurst also claims a rise in demand from the commercial sector, supplying its composite doors and accredited composite fire doors to a growing number of local authorities and social housing contractors.
Mark Atkinson, sales director at Hurst Plastics, says: “We are delighted both with our performance over the last 12 months and our record for maintaining consistently high levels of service. With door panels, we really are bucking the trend in a mature market. Admittedly, as the life cycle of the product declines, more businesses exit the market and this perpetuates growth for those that remain. However, our figures do prove that there is still demand for door panels and we will continue to invest in them whilst the need is still there.
“We are fast becoming the ‘go to’ supplier for panels and our eminence
Mark Atkinson
has opened up some additional opportunities for us across all market sectors. With nearly £2m of new business on board in the last year alone and the investment and capability to help our customers achieve growth, our new financial year is already gearing up to be very exciting indeed. But whilst we are focused on sustained growth, we are dedicated to continuous service improvement too. This is fundamental in helping us to maintain the excellent product consistency and service levels we’ve become known for.” ❐
The GGF Group has appointmented Linda Wood to the post of operations director for Borough IT – the group’s IT company.
Wood has worked in IT from the age of 16 and started her career as a PC engineer gaining experience across a variety of projects in infrastructure, software development and support operations.
During the past seven years, Wood worked with the government and has said that this new role offers an exciting opportunity for her and a real change.
Wood joins Borough IT at a time of
      Linda Wood
 Sensitivity in designing offices in materials akin to their localities clinched Piercy & Company the BD Office Architect of the Year Award 2018, sponsored by GEZE UK.
The London practice pipped seven other contenders to the hotly contested title with an impressive portfolio – each development projecting a narrative through forms and materials that ‘resonate on a local level’.
All Piercy & Company’s projects express their belief that office buildings should also engage for civic purposes and be opened up for active use at the ground plane. Other Piercy & Company works in the submission included the refurbishment of 25 Savile Row - currently in development – and the redevelopment of Princelet Street, a re-imagined space from two existing buildings, with pleated roof incorporating glazing, which delivered a contemporary version of the weaving lofts that once filled the Brick Lane area.The practice was announced as the winner at a gala ceremony, at Westminster Park Plaza Hotel, London, in April. ❐
 transition for the GGF and its group of subsidiary companies following a restructure late in 2017. Borough IT was set up by the GGF in 2005, initially to manage the FENSA database systems. Today it provides the IT systems and support for the GGF and its five subsidiary companies as well as having numerous external clients such as TrustMark and the Gas Safe Register.
Wood says: “I am pleased to join Borough IT at an exciting time in the company and the overall GGF Group’s IT development.” ❐
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