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

Mila hosted a visit this week from the senior management of Siegenia-Aubi one of our key strategic partners with whom we have worked closely in the UK and across Europe for more than 30 years.

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Mila is currently recruiting for a new Product Development Engineer to expand our in house design team.

Demand for our in-house products has remained strong throughout the downturn, largely I believe because of the emphasis we place on adding value through innovative design features and eliminating unnecessary costs.

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I’ve had my car in the garage this week – a simple warranty repair on a windscreen wiper motor which was faulty - or so I thought.

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Why is pricing still such a complex and sensitive issue in our market?  I’ve watched with some interest over recent weeks the demise of Advantage...

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I have just returned from visiting the first of Tony Higgin’s G09 Regional Exhibitions at Telford and I must say I was very encouraged by the turnout of both exhibitors and visitors.

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I read a funny piece in the Sunday papers this week about the comedian Dom Joly who was making a new TV show in which he had to refurnish his house using only products made entirely in Britain.

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Mila has just signed up for Tony Higgins’ G09 Regional Exhibition at Wembley at the end of September.

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After what seems like only a moment’s break, I was back in the saddle last weekend for the first group training session for the GM Fundraising event in 2010.

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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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