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

Mila Hardware has been shortlisted in the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards alongside some of the most admired businesses in the UK including IBM, Virgin Atlantic and Argos.

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To coin a phrase ‘Reports of our death have been wildly exaggerated’.  

Mila is doing rather well at the moment – we are meeting all of our targets, we have just introduced our fifth new product of the year, we are recruiting in key areas of the business including new product designers and we have invested in a major promotional campaign.

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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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