The 3rd Annual GGF Members Day was hailed a great success by Members, sponsors and guests.
Held at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on 29th September, the event welcomed 135 delegates for a day of presentations, open debate, awards and networking for GGF Members.
The day started off with a fitting tribute to Nigel Rees, GGF Executive who is retiring at the end of 2016. In his opening speech, Brian Baker, GGF Immediate Past President commented. “In his 22 years at the Federation, Nigel has been instrumental and the driving force behind the formation of the GGF’s commercial companies. He can’t be praised highly enough for his efforts and the GGF is what it is today because of Nigel’s leadership and commitment to improving the Federation. Nigel has also been the figurehead of the GGF and has for many years represented the GGF in the Houses of Parliament in the GGF’s political lobbying with parliamentarians and cabinet ministers. On behalf of the GGF, I wish him all the best for his retirement and thank him for his outstanding contribution to the GGF”
Nigel Rees then took the stage to highlight the growth of the GGF under his tenure and to outline the recent changes at the GGF, including the new structure and formation of The Helix Group. Nigel ended his presentation by announcing the GGF’s imminent move to new premises at Rushworth St in Southwark. After the event Nigel commented, “I was pleased to clarify the Federation’s current situation to our Members. It has been an unusual time for the Federation with several major changes happening in quick succession, however the Federation has never been in a stronger position. Our recently published Annual Report clearly shows our financial stability, activity and commitment to our Membership. With the Federation moving to a new, larger office with better meeting facilities, our staff will continue to deliver a high level of benefits for our Members. Our Members Day event gets better each passing year and I’d like to thank all the GGF staff and Members for making the event so memorable.”
Members Day consisted of a strong line up of keynote speakers from the fields of politics, broadcasting, architecture and digital marketing.
Declan Curry, business journalist, presenter and broadcaster started the presentations at the event with a speech on the current economic landscape before introducing the other speakers for the day, including; architect Bruce Nicol of Dow Corning, Matthew Palutikof of GK Strategy and Graham Hansell of SLX the digital marketing specialists.
GGF senior managers also presented with Brian Smith, Director of Home Improvement and Membership outlining the GGF Benefits and how Members can use them, Steve Rice Director of Glazing and Technical Affairs updated delegates on technical issues and James Lee, Director of Marketing and Communications highlighted the progress of MyGlazing.com.
The GGF Chairmen’s Forum, moderated by Declan Curry saw some lively debate on subjects such as compliance with technical standards, glazing in conservation areas, the GGF Consumer Code of Practice, Health and Safety and Training.
The day also included a special award to mark founder Member Stevenage Glass’s 50th Anniversary. From old to new the GGF also presented Membership certificates to its three newest Members, Leekes Ltd, SIG Windows and Crittall Installation Services.
Brian Baker closed proceedings and invited all Members to a celebratory drinks reception after the event. At that point, John Agnew, Chairman of the GGF Glazing Executive, took to the stage to thank Brian for his many years of working on the GGF Board. Brian is set to retire at the end of the year and steps down from the GGF Board. In a moving speech, John Agnew commented, “On behalf of the GGF Board and Members, I’d like to thank Brian for all his efforts over many years. The GGF would not be in the strong position it is in today without Brian’s immense contribution.