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

The press release posted on our home page announces that Mila Hardware is now part of a new company called Arran Isle Ltd which has bought all of the operating subsidiaries of our previous parent Heywood Williams Group plc.

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Final preparations are now underway at Mila for the G09 Wembley exhibition which opens this Wednesday, 30 September.

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We got the email we'd been hoping for last week announcing that Mila has been shortlisted in no less than FOUR of the award categories at the G09 Awards to be held at Wembley Stadium on 1 October.

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On 18th October, Becki from our Internal Sales team will be running the Cardiff Half Marathon in aid of Cancer Research.  I'll personally be providing sponsorship for her run and individually lots of members of staff are digging deep to support her.

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When Mila's parent company Heywood Williams announced the Group's half year results last week, the focus was very much on the success of the underlying strategy to reduce both borrowings and working capital.

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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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