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

Looking back, 2016 has very definitely been a year of highs and lows – the highs of the FIT show, the launch of our GRIP handle and our most recent success at the G-Awards, and the lows of the price surcharges triggered by the Brexit vote.

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There’s been lots of talk in the market about the price rises and surcharges triggered by the fall in the value of the pound after the Brexit vote. I’ve already written to customers about the currency band surcharges we’re having to impose from January and setting out exactly what proportion of the extra costs we’re absorbing and what proportion we’re reluctantly having to pass on. 

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It was another great industry night on Friday when the best in the business gathered for the annual G-Awards.

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It was virus protection of a very different kind here last week at Mila when we all queued up for our flu jabs.  It’s something we do every year to keep the team here fit and healthy and they are always very popular.

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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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