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

This has been a big week for me at Mila because on Monday I celebrated 35 years with the business. 

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I’ve probably mentioned before on this blog how incredibly proud I am of our new GRIP espag handle.  It represents a huge innovation in this industry because it’s manufactured in ABS rather than zinc, and has such a low carbon footprint that it’s been certified by the Carbon Trust.

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I’ve now had a couple of weeks to recover from the exertions and excitement of the GM Fundraising Border to Border charity bike ride, and I want to say a huge thank you to all my colleagues, customers, suppliers, and even competitors, and friends who’ve given me such generous support.

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Thanks to everyone who has already sponsored me for next month’s Border to Border charity bike ride from Vancouver in Canada to Tijuana in Mexico.  I’ve been really touched by the number of people who have pledged their support on my justgiving page, but now I’m making another heartfelt plea...

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After what was probably slightly too long, I’ve been back in the saddle in recent months training for the GM Fundraising Border to Border bike ride, which is happening in just a few weeks.

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After all the build-up and excitement, the FIT show finally happened last week and I would say that it was a resounding success.

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As if the FIT show wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve just heard that Mila has been shortlisted in the FIT Show awards for the Digital and Social Media Award – fantastic news!

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Today only, we’re giving readers of my blog an exclusive preview of our big reveal at FIT.

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It felt like half of the UK window industry decamped to Nuremberg last week to take in the sights and sounds of Fensterbau.  My flight from Stansted was packed with lots of familiar faces all eager to see what, for me, is still probably the ultimate showcase for the fenestration sector.

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I’ve been asked by a couple of the trade magazines over recent weeks for my thoughts on the year that has just gone and the one coming up, so I’ve had plenty of time to think about some ideas for this post.

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