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

Anyone who is still in any doubt about the true level of my commitment to the GM Fundraising cause should probably have a look at these photos from the recent Witches and Wizards gala dinner. 

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I was on holiday a couple of weeks ago when the G-Awards finalists were announced and it’s great news that Mila has been shortlisted in two categories at this year’s event.  There’s always a fantastic buzz around these awards and they really do read like a who’s who of the industry with the likes of Pilkington, Epwin, Synseal and the GGF all on the list of finalists as well.

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I don’t think there can be many businesses in this industry where so many people have given quite so many years of amazing, dedicated service.

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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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