2020 National Fenestration Awards

VBH NFA winner

The second week of December 2020 saw the virtual National Fenestration Awards - and what an event it was with all the big names from the supplier side of the industry competing for gongs.

Which companies took them home? And the winners are...


A Whopping 3 for VBH

Hardware firm VBH was shortlisted in four categories - and won three of them. For the second year running, VBH was crowned Hardware Company of the Year. VBH also recorded wins in the Social Networker and Young Person categories, through Marketing Manager Gary Gleeson and Northern England Area Sales Manager Tyler Shutts respectively. Customer Service Team Leader in VBH’s Gillingham head office, Louise Eagle, finished as runner up to Tyler.

Gary Gleeson says “I am, of course, thrilled to have won this individual award. However, we see all these wins as a reflection of how hard the whole VBH team works to make our customers' working days easy, as well as recognition of the excellent products and services on offer."



Hat-trick for Morley

Morley Glass & Glazing also got three first place finishes at the NFAs. The integral blinds manufacturer came out on top in Integral Blinds Company and Best Use of Video and shared IGU Manufacturer jointly with Clayton Glass. It is the business’s fourth consecutive year taking home the IGU Manufacturer prize, and third time as winner of the Integral Blinds Company category.

The business was also one of three companies named a COVID Hero by the awards, as acknowledgement of their investment in virtual showrooms for installers during and after the national lockdown.




Thermoseal seals it

Thermoseal Group, the manufacturer of warm edge spacer systems and distributor of over 2,500 insulated glass components, was named Spacer Bar Manufacturer of the Year.

 Head of Marketing and Communications, Samantha Hill, said: “Thermoseal Group won the award with the highest percentage of the open-platform votes. We have added this to our large collection of awards over recent years."





Victorian Sliders took the Vertical Sliding Window Company category for the second year running. “We’re absolutely delighted to be named winners for the second year running,” said Group MD Andy Jones.


Systems Company

Kömmerling won Systems Company of the Year for the second successive time and was also runner up in the PVC Company category.

Kömmerling parent company of Profine UK often win awards for marketing - 2021 will see the company attempting to excel as it supports customers through a new decade.



Eurocell Win Two

Eurocell, the PVC-U building products firm won with first place in the Recycling Company category and also first place for Trade Counter of the year. Eurocell was also awarded second place, in the Conservatory Roof Fabricator/Manufacturer category.



Positive end

Stellar Aluminium Systems got the New Product gong. Clare O’Hara, MD at Epwin Window Systems, said: “We are delighted to win this award. It’s particularly special because it’s voted for by people in the industry.  After such a challenging year for everyone, it is good to end 2020 with something positive.”




Having got third last year, Endurance Doors took the crown as the overall winner in the Composite Door Manufacturer of the year category. Over the past 27 years, Endurance Doors has invested considerably across the business and today is one of the most trusted and respected brands in the sector.



Colour conquests

Deceuninck nearly conquered all the opposition to take the Colour Specialist at the NFAs but had to accept joint first place with Kolorseal. “To win Colour Specialist 2020 is a fantastic end to the year”, said MD Rob McGlennon in December 2020. “Particularly because the industry chooses the NFA winners. A few years ago we saw the growing trend for colour, so we invested in warehousing, foiling, logistics and customer support to help our customers become #ColourEnabled. Last month our sales were 62% colour!"



Unprecedented fourth

Whilst some firms were going for two and threes at the same event or twos and threes in a row, Business Micros tool Digital Specialist of the year for a fourth time in a row at the National Fenestration Awards. At the end of a year when online connectivity was more important than ever, the company’s customers and colleagues showed just how much they appreciated the work done by voting for BM in the online poll.

Nick Bailey, Business Micros’ Business Development Manager, said: “As we all know, it’s harder to retain the title than it is to win it, so to retain it for four consecutive years is a massive achievement.”

January 6 2021 will see the opening of the online BM TOUCH Store, when the Business Micros group will start the roll out of its new TOUCH software platform. The first product available to purchase will be the TOUCH Vendor lead generation software for installers.




Picture: For the second year running, VBH was crowned Hardware Company of the Year at the National Fenestration Awards - whilst also winning in two other categories.


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Article written by Cathryn Ellis
05th January 2021


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