Two decades in business

The Glazerite UK Group is celebrating its 20th birthday this year.

Group managing director Jason Thompson and chairman John Hewitt, who founded the company in 2000, are still at the helm of the Wellingborough-based business, which has seen rapid growth in size, customer base and its product portfolio.

“It’s been our aim from the beginning to be a ‘best-in-class’ supplier and we will continue to strive to deliver that vision for our installer partners,” John said. “We’ve recently invested in our manufacturing units to increase our size and capability, as well as installing a number of new machines to improve speed and efficiency. We’ve also grown our fleet to ensure a more robust delivery network for customers. To deliver the best in customer service we recognise the importance of our people, and have a number of training opportunities available to enhance our skillset, as well as a reward and recognition programme in place.”

Group MD Jason said: “Our success not only depends on our people and that of our installer partners, but the suppliers we work with. We’re extremely fortunate to have partnered with industry leaders like Veka from the beginning, and still fabricate its products to this day. Since 2000 we’ve also added a number of other leading brands to our portfolio, giving us the opportunity to meet the needs of our customers and their own customers in terms of products, styles, colour, security, energy efficiency, and even smart technology.”

Originally run from a 1,000ft2 factory in Wellingborough, Glazerite has since moved into bigger premises in the town and opened its Specials Division, which focuses on fabricating the likes of R7 and R9. Further sites have opened – and since expanded – in Bolton and Peterborough, as well as a trade counter and sales office near Bristol, ensuring nationwide coverage for the fabricator and its customers.

Jason said: “When we started the business back in 2000, we were producing one product, the Veka Matrix 58mm, with a target of 40 frames a week. I would never have believed then that within 20 years we’d have grown to such a big entity, with the capability of manufacturing 4,000 frames on a weekly basis.”

Glazerite is planning a celebration for employees, an event that Jason hopes will be an opportunity to celebrate past successes and mark the start of another 20 years in business.

“We’re thrilled to have been part of the Glazerite journey so far, and we’re aiming to continue building and strengthening the business for our installer partners, employees and suppliers in 2020 and beyond,” he said.