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

How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions?  Apparently, today is the gloomiest day of the whole year for most of us – dubbed Blue Monday, partly because we realise that our best intentions have already been very short lived.

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Happy New Year to all our customers, suppliers, colleagues and even competitors who read my blog.

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing and suitably indulgent Christmas break and, like me, are now feeling refreshed and enthusiastic about the New Year.

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The response to our Key 7 Lite catalogue which we launched just eight weeks ago has been massive and we’ve been inundated with requests for copies.

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It’s flu jab day today at Mila – when we offer all of our staff a free flu vaccination to help them avoid the dreaded virus this winter.

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So apparently the economy grew by 0.8% in the last quarter, with much of that growth driven by the construction sector.  At the same time, we're told the economy is braced to lose 500,000 public sector jobs and an unknown quantity of private sector jobs as a result of last week’s public spending review.

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Last week I went on my annual visit to Glassex.  It was good to catch up with some familiar faces and to have a look at a few new initiatives, but overall I think the show was disappointing.

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I’ve talked a lot on this blog previously about Mila’s determination to set new standards in the hardware sector and to effectively set ourselves apart from our competitors by benchmarking ourselves against the best businesses in other industries.

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June was a fantastic month for Mila UK and we recorded our highest sales figures since October 2008.

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There's been no blog for me on the Mila website for the last couple of weeks whilst I've been taking part in the GM Fundraising Rome 2 Home charity bike ride raising money for the Hope House Children’s hospice in Oswestry.

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I had intended to attend the Glasstalk event last week, but changed my plans in order to attend the funeral of Chris Ashman of Quantum Windows, a fellow industry cyclist who was tragically killed whilst out cycling near his home in Northamptonshire. Our thoughts are with his family.

I have therefore offered Vicki Sanders, Mila’s Internal Sales Manager, the opportunity to post her thoughts on her first Glasstalk event...

Richard

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