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Author: Richard Gyde Created: Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Observations about Mila Hardware and our industry

It feels almost compulsory to have a view on last week’s Budget – the response in the media was universally negative and comments I’ve read since from groups such as the IMF and the Institute for Fiscal Studies seem to reinforce the view that there is a gloomy outlook ahead.

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After bemoaning the fact last week that the government seemed reluctant to provide financial support to the fenestration sector to help increase sales of energy efficient windows, I now find myself changing tack completely and congratulating the Home Office on what I hope will be a fantastic new initiative to promote home security products.

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We all know that the automotive industry is facing an unprecedented slump in demand and is clamouring for government support to help it survive.

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As the impact of the recession grows, more and more businesses are quite rightly focusing their efforts on marketing.   As we all know, in a declining market, it is more important than ever to grow your market share.

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I want to add my congratulations to Andrew and Matthew Glover and the team behind Glasstalk, the networking event held at the NEC on 18th March.

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I spent a few hours last week at the Hope House children’s hospice in Oswestry with the GM Fundraising Team as the proceeds from our 3000 mile Ride 4 Hope cycle trip across America were handed over to representatives from this inspirational organisation.

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Scanning the business sections of the Sunday papers yesterday, I noticed an interesting piece from Lloyds TSB’s commercial lending division pointing out to manufacturers just how vulnerable they are if their supplier goes bust.

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The snow which hit virtually the whole of country at the start of the month taught me something very valuable about Mila Hardware – that the commitment and loyalty of our team is beyond question.

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Welcome to my first ever blog – I hope it will prove a useful means of communicating with customers and industry colleagues, and will give some insight into how Mila Hardware is responding to changes in the market and setting the agenda in terms of product development and service innovation.

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