Strategic development

Group MD and founder David Furness, his brother Mark Furness, and Scott Rogers have been joined on the Rapierstar board by Andrew Carroll (chartered director and fellow of the Institute of Directors) to assist with strategic planning and development.

Andrew, who has worked on growth strategies with plcs and SMEs for 20+ years, said: “Rapierstar is already a great business but we are always challenging our thinking to ensure continued success.”

Mark Furness joined as sales and marketing director in 2011. Working mainly for blue-chip companies such as ExxonMobil and ITW he has more than 30 years’ experience in sales, marketing, business management and training. This encompassed work throughout Europe, America, North Africa and the Middle East, with both his own sales teams and independent product distributors and agents.

“While fasteners may only be small components within the overall finished window or door, they are crucial to delivering outstanding finished products to homeowners and developers,” Mark said. “At Rapierstar we are always looking at how we can use our technical know-how to enable customers to do things even better, while also maintaining our hard-earned reputation for quality and credible warranties.”

The primary objective of the board is to strengthen Rapierstar’s position for supplying specialist fixings and fasteners designed for the UK and Irish fenestration market.