• Posted 13/01/2017

Brian Baker, GGF Interim Chief Executive

Following the festive break, the GGF is now preparing for what promises to be a very special year as the Federation celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

Following the festive break, the GGF is now preparing for what promises to be a very special year as the Federation celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

The Federation was founded on the 13th January 1977 by the change of name of the flat glass association to the Glass and Glazing Federation and the incorporation of the insulating glass, safety glazing and glass benders associations thus amalgamating the representative bodies of the major parts of the industry at that time. The GGF’s first offices were in Mount Row in Mayfair, London and many of the founder Members are still active GGF Members today.

Over the next 12 months, the GGF has several special events planned and will be introducing a raft of new initiatives to help your business. 

Special Events

  • President’s Reception – 2nd February in London 
  • The FIT Show “Life begins at 40” Members Lounge
  • Members Day, 22nd September, London – 40th Anniversary Celebrations
  • G17 Awards 17th November, London – with a special 40th Anniversary Award

New Initiatives

  • Political Strategy Group – With a changing landscape on the horizon due to Brexit and incoming Government schemes such as “Each Home Counts” plus the consultation on the proposed changes to SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure), all businesses will be wanting to stay ahead of the curve to cope with the impact of the inevitable changes. That’s why the GGF has set up a new Political Strategy Group to ensure we cover all the forthcoming policies and laws that may affect your business.
  • Systems House Group – this new Group will be represented along with frame manufacturers on the GGF Board to ensure the full industry supply chain is considered at Board level and in future GGF strategies.
  • The GGF Member Get Member Scheme – we have increased the scheme from 10% to 40% of your recommended new Member’s subscription fee off your 2018 subscription. 
  • Digital Marketing Workshops in the Regions – our experts will be on hand at regional meetings explaining how you can make the most of the GGF’s online benefits including how you can raise your profile on the GGF’s award winning consumer website – MyGlazing.com.
  • New GGF trade website with a vastly improved user experience will be launched in September 2017.
  • Commemorative logo and souvenirs to celebrate the GGF’s 40th year will be issued to all Members.

Brian Baker, Interim Chief Executive commented, “There’s never been a better or more important time to be part of the industry’s leading trade body. The year ahead presents many challenges and exciting opportunities and right at the heart of it all is the GGF, offering extensive support to help Members cope with the challenges and make the most of the opportunities.”   

In addition to the GGF’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, 2017 will also see changes at the top of the GGF as we welcome Alan Burgess as the new GGF President and the imminent appointment of a new Chief Executive.

Brian continued, “2017 is a special year for all GGF Members and one not to be missed. I look forward to sharing the forthcoming celebratory events with Members. I also encourage all Members to take full advantage of the many benefits of being a GGF Member.”  

If you have a comment to make or any information relating to this article please contact the GGF

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