A Special Focus on NFA17 IGU Manufacturer of the Year – Morley Glass & Glazing

Morley Glass and Glazing has seen exceptional results on the back of hard work, team diligence and corporate investment, over recent years, which has enabled the specialist IGU manufacturer to carve a niche in the glazing market that appears unmatched by rival companies.

This year the company celebrates 20 successful years trading as one of the most distinguished brands in the home improvement and commercial sectors, reporting a 30% year-on-year growth in specialist IGU products.

As manufacturers of the nationally recognisable Uni-Blind® sealed units with ScreenLine® integral blinds, last year saw Morley’s acknowledged by its peers as a market leader, with a number of prestigious accolades won, including the highly coveted NFA17 best IGU manufacturer in the fifth annual National Fenestration Awards.

Senior management consider a progressive approach and a focus on quality standards as well as market trends brought about the positive results, which ensure that customers can offer more choice to consumers and a high performance product range that is truly unique.

A purpose built facility was opened in 2016 which now houses two, Turkish Best Makina production lines that were the first of their kind in the UK, and this has enabled Morley to further develop its portfolio.  Consequently, the entire factory project has been built around rapid, integral blind manufacturing with quality at its core, and has resulted in new products being brought to the market including the new exclusive SL16 slimline option for vertical sliding sash windows and composite doors.

Working in conjunction with Italian blind supplier ‘ScreenLine’, has broadened the horizons of both companies and seen a strong association develop, with a determination to bring a top quality range to the market that will stand the test of time and reap benefits for investors.

Morley’s also launched SmartMotion in 2017, which has been appraised and welcomed by customers, as it allows installers to incorporate motorised integral blinds into home automation systems using a simple and efficient technique.

The £1 million investment in a modern manufacturing facility has created new opportunities for  the company and its customers by giving them greater opportunities to develop their own business potential.  Website enhancements with concise, factual POS material supports installers in what can be a fiercely competitive market, with quality and cost competitive solutions all readily available for all sized projects.

This progressive stance is reflected in the finished products which include a broad choice that can be installed in both domestic and commercial installations.  With a 5 year guarantee, the beautiful Italian designed blinds provide a perfect light control solution for home or business use and can be delivered in a 10 day turnaround.

The highest quality standards have resulted in further recognition this year with Morley Glass and Glazing having been shortlisted for Medium Sized Business of the Year, in the 2018 Yorkshire Business Masters Awards. These awards present a great opportunity to showcase a company’s achievements, being acknowledged for recognising innovation and upstanding professional services in the local business community.

Whilst the entire team are passionate about their business success story, Managing Director Ian Short, is equally committed to giving something back to the community, with notable charity works undertaken that have achieved record results for a number of worthy causes. These include sponsoring grass roots sports teams and providing much needed kit, to larger challenges such as raising a staggering £14,000 in a local Strictly Ballroom competition that helped towards the purchase of a new Variety Sunshine coach.

Ian’s healthy approach to charitable industry causes does not stop there however, as he regularly works with European companies and their desire to create more efficient business models, which he considers an important part of raising the industry standards as a whole, across the board.

Eco-friendly production is also a big consideration to the company, with clean manufacturing procedures a priority and the desire to minimise the company’s impact on the environment always a focus. Even small gestures help in this process, with Ian keen to create a healthier environment by supporting local traders who turn the Italian mdf delivery boxes into unique products such as bird boxes, time capsules and lego toys that all can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

It is evident that the Morley Glass and Glazing journey is heading towards new heights, as quality guarantees and product innovation are being richly rewarded by a discerning sector that recognises excellence, as demonstrated by accolades won, such as the NFA17 Awards.

Helen Duval 2018

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