Monthly Archives: February 2016

The FIT show is only a few weeks away

FIT Show 2016

The Fit show is only a few weeks away so I thought you’d like to read a few updates. Rather than spending hours re-typing their information, it seemed far easier to copy and paste their information here, besides they have written it much better than I could do!

Visiting the fit show couldn’t be easier… with Free Entry, Free Parking, Free WIFI!

Register for your ticket here

Everything has been done to make your visit to the FIT Show an enjoyable and rewarding experience. We know that your time is valuable and we want to get you into the Halls to meet the exhibitors and network as quickly, painlessly and inexpensively as possible.

More new products than ever!

With almost two years since the last FIT Show there will be more to see and try than ever before as suppliers time their product development cycles to the FIT Show calendar. Hundreds of new products and services will be on show for the first time anywhere!


The FIT Show Seminar programme is developed by industry experts and focuses on key issues of the day that affect window, door and conservatory businesses in the real world. The objective of every seminar is that delegates will leave armed with knowledge and information that they can put to work the minute they leave the theatre.

The seminars are Free to attend but MASSIVE value for every delegate. Regulations, finance, market conditions, business advice, sales tips, installation advice – a huge range of subjects will be covered once again, presented by carefully chosen experts in their own field.


A programme covering fenestration home improvements in the public sector will be created for the 2016 FIT Show, the first for more than 10 years. The programme will address key issues facing the specification and maintenance of windows and doors addressing the specific issues facing all public sector landlords.


For 2016, just six installers will compete in the live finals at the fit show, when they will actually install glazing products as thousands of visitors to the event mill around the show. With the incentive of huge cash prizes totalling £10,000 and more importantly, their pride and reputations at stake, the finalists will be distilled from an entry list following an exhaustive filtering process carried out by glass qualifications authority and associated industry expert judges. The process includes a site visit for those reaching the second stage so entrants have to be at their best, in real world conditions.

For 2016 the skill sets include a sash window, resi-door with products supplied by Truedoor and for the first time in the FIT Show Master Fitter Challenge, a solid roof with products supplied by Celtic Vista/Supalite. Also making a first appearance will be the installation of a Bi-Folding Door*, keeping the competition firmly on-trend.

The first, second, and third places are rewarded with cash prizes of £5,000, £3,000 and £2,000 respectively and a huge boost to their reputations, with the names kept a strict secret until their announcement during the fit show gala dinner.

*Subject to Technical Appraisal

Free parking close to the venue allows you to focus on your objectives for visiting without the distractions of a strenuous journey and irritating extra cost.

Inside the ICT are four spacious exhibition halls, various boardrooms, meeting rooms, banqueting suites, seminar and catering areas; with free Wi-Fi available for all exhibitors and visitors.

Getting There

Less than 15 minutes from the M6 and 5 minutes from the M54, TIC was chosen for The FIT Show following extensive research conducted by the organisers to determine which part of the country people would most prefer to travel to for a national industry show. The overwhelming response was for a location in and around the Midlands and TIC fitted the bill perfectly.

The International Centre
St Quentin Gate

Find out more about what’s available at The International Centre

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Company caught adding reviews about themselves

tick boxes

Another company has been caught adding a review about themselves. We wont shame them as often companies are simply testing the system to ensure the review system actually works and is simple to use. However whilst no system is ever fool proof (certainly not to users who lie) we do have systems in place to check reviews and do aim to ensure they are genuine.

Last week we had a lady requesting help. Like so many she didn’t want to leave a bad review against  a particular company, she just wanted the damage the contractor had caused to be rectified.

Obviously we explained that being a micro enterprise, we are unable to answer many emails but we did speak to her and guided her towards a solution.

She had read reviews on the web site of the company itself, however she didn’t realise they didn’t publish negative ones very often!

However she did explain that she thought that companies listed on DGC, were all approved by DGC in some way. This is not the case. Whilst DGC is open to every company in the UK to promote their business (the basic listing is FOC) anyone thinking of employing a company must read the reviews and check for themselves that the accreditations they claim to have are still current.

Unlike other review sites, we don’t allow advertising of any kind, we don’t have any sponsors links, pay per clicks or kick backs from lead generation, what’s more, it is your reviews (and ONLY your reviews) that drive the positioning of any company.

We ask for reviewers name and contact details along with confirmation of work done (this may require proof of purchase) before a review is posted, however again reviews cannot be squashed or delayed from publication, which some review systems promote, preventing unhappy users from getting their reviews actually published.

See if your company is listed in the best window companies, here.


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