With the Glazing Summit almost here, headline sponsor the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is prepared for what promises to be an important and unique industry event.
The Glazing Summit takes place on Thursday, September 12 at Edgbaston Stadium and Conference Centre, Birmingham and organisers Insight Data and Purplex Marketing are putting the finishing touches to the one-day conference.
Hundreds of business leaders, from the industry’s most influential companies, will come together for a day of discussion and debate on the biggest challenges currently facing the sector.
As headline sponsor, the GGF will open proceedings, emphasizing the importance of Glazing Summit and touching the key work it is undertaking on behalf of and for the benefit of its members.
It’s the agenda, however, that the GGF is looking forward to the most, and it will be taking part in some of the panel discussions alongside its commercial companies, BFRC and FENSA, who are also partnering with the Glazing Summit.
Steve Rice, GGF Managing Director commented, “The Glazing Summit agenda outlines some of the major topics that we face as an industry and we are looking forward to the presentations and taking part in the panel discussions. In particular, the “Repercussions of Grenfell” session, that will address the changes to fire safety and building regulations in general.
With the GGF being highly proactive on gaining and relaying information on Brexit (with or without a deal), the presentation on ‘Navigating the Brexit Crisis,’ should be interesting as it will highlight economic views from different sectors within the industry.
Glazing Summit founder Andrew Scott has seen the event gather momentum since the agenda was announced.
“The pace has really picked up since we released our agenda and it is, quite rightly, proving a big draw. This year we have focused on delivering relevant and useful content for all attendees so it’s a must-attend event for all fabricators, installers and suppliers passionate about the sector and its future.”
Steve Rice added: “The Glazing Summit is an important and unique event for our industry as it brings together all parts of the glass and glazing supply chain, attracting almost everyone who is anyone in the sector. It’s why the GGF is delighted to be the headline sponsor and we are very much looking forward to September the 12th.”
The agenda for the day
9:45am – Keynote: 2019 Insight Data ‘Window Industry Report’
Insight Data reveals the facts and figures that paint a surprising picture of the industry and point to the opportunities for growth that many have overlooked.
10am – Sustainability, recycling and an ocean of plastic
Leading experts discuss the role manufacturers and installers must play as we move towards more energy-efficient, sustainable homes and environmentally friendly products.
10:40am – Repercussions of Grenfell
As new regulations come into force, what does it mean for fabricators, installers and the glass industry?
11:45am – Keynote: Navigating the Brexit crisis
With Brexit looming and the government warning companies to brace themselves, we consider the implications for the fenestration industry.
Midday – Leaders Debate: Skills, Pricing and Rogue Traders…
A panel of industry leaders discusses how we tackle the skills shortage; how we reverse the ‘race to the bottom’ on price; and how we tackle Rogue Traders.
12:40pm – Building a world-class business
Adrian Webster, one of Britain’s leading speakers on business, shares his secrets to ‘scale up’ your business and profits.
2pm – Keynote: Marketing and Lead Generation: Lifeblood of the industry
We reveal the marketing and lead generation secrets that the most successful companies are using to buck the trends and drive growth and profitability – despite increased competition.
2.20pm – Is it time to get out, or scale-up?
A panel of finance, M&A and glazing industry experts reveal how companies – from local installers to major suppliers – can sell their business for maximum value or use acquisitions as a way of achieving significant growth and economies of scale.
3pm – Future Gazing: Tomorrow’s World
Industry leaders debate the future of the glass and glazing market, including what the industry will look like in three years’ time, the smart technology impact and how the industry must evolve to meet the challenges.