Cornwall Glass & Glazing invests £500k

Cornwall Glass & Glazing has invested £500k in eight brand-new transit vans, and a new IT platform across its seven sites in the South West.

The eight Ford Transit vans are a key investment for Cornwall Glass & Glazing, because they are fully kitted out with the latest racking and safety features.

“Ford Transit vans have served us well over the years, and we see these new vehicles as a significant investment in our brand,” said Paul Garrard, MD of Cornwall Glass & Glazing. “We’ve also invested in the latest safety and comfort features, such as cameras and air conditioning.

“We returned to Supertrucks for all the internal and external racking, so we are confident that all glass is transported safely and efficiently. We’ve worked with Supertrucks for more than 22 years now, and they are recognised as the leading brand. It is nice to have the confidence to order products we know will last the lifetime of the vehicles.

“There is an environmental benefit to using the latest frails and racks from Supertrucks,” Paul continued. “Glass is loaded in such a way that requires minimal packaging, which helps us to reduce our carbon footprint and send less to landfill.”

Cornwall Glass & Glazing’s new IT platform is designed to create new efficiencies across all seven sites, linking orders, quotes and invoicing. This is the first step in a complete overhaul of the company’s internal processes, which precedes project and contract management, alongside the management of labour and transportation resources.

“We worked very closely with Highway Software to develop this bespoke solution, and we are already reaping the benefits,” Paul said. “For example, all data is only entered once into the system, which reduces the chance of human error, and we have better oversight of all orders, so we can progress them quickly, and keep costs to a minimum.

“They are linked to our accounting software, so invoices are accurate and on time. Also, we have got complete visibility of the whole operation, across all sites, no matter where we are based, which allows us to better co-ordinate resources that ultimately benefit our customers.

“The success of this project is thanks to our strong partnership with the team at Highway Software, including Roger Butler (who sadly passed away earlier this year) and Darron Parker-Redman who has worked tirelessly to support the training and integration of all our branches.”

This investment at Cornwall Glass & Glazing is part of a £20 million investment the Cornwall Group has committed to spending on new property, new machinery, specialist fleet vehicles, and other new equipment over the next two years.