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

Mila benchmarks its systems and performance against the very best companies in other industries.

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There was an interesting thread on the Renegade Conservatory Guy recently criticising conditions in Chinese hardware factories, putting forward the idea that there might be some mileage in the UK for a 'Fairtrade' range of hardware.

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You may have noticed the online ordering button that sneaked onto our website at the end of 2009 in preparation for our launch of a full e-commerce solution this year, part of our bigger e-strategy.

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I had the honour this week of being the guest editor for Emap’s Glasswire newsletter - take a look at www.glasswire.co.uk.

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Next week, we'll be opening the new Mila Test Centre opposite our Daventry HQ.  The test centre has existed for well over 20 years carrying out PAS23/24 and BS7950 testing for customers and has always been a well used and valued resource.

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2010 is Mila Hardware’s 30th anniversary. We’ve got lots of things planned to mark the event and I’m sure we’ll be talking a lot during the year about the successes we’ve achieved over the last three decades and the strengths and values which have got us this far.

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Firstly, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

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Yesterday was the official launch day for the 2010 Rome 2 Home challenge.  This is the latest GM Fundraising event in which 18 of us from across the industry will cycle 1600 miles from the Coliseum in Rome back to Oswestry - the home of the Hope House children’s hospice.

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First Thierry Henry and then Tiger Woods go and do something so stupid that it leaves the reputation they've spent years building in tatters.

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As we’d hoped, the deal which allows the newly incorporated company Arran Isle Ltd to purchase all of the subsidiaries of Heywood Williams plc including Mila Hardware has been completed this week.

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