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Anniversaries and awards for Oldham brother companies Gemini and AWC

Oldham’s family-run pairing of Network VEKA installer and fabricator companies – AWC Home Improvements and Gemini UPVC – are celebrating a milestone anniversary and success at a notable local business awards in summer 2015.

Gemini – whose MD, Paul Griffiths is brother to AWC Director, Michael – marked 30 years in business on 6th June. A long-standing member of industry-leading installer organisation, Network VEKA, Gemini manufactures a wide range of windows, PVC-U and composite doors, conservatories and roofline, which – when fitted by a Network VEKA installer, such as AWC – are subject to the organisation’s trademark 10-year insurance-backed guarantees.

Paul commented: “The home improvement industry has had to withstand all sorts of challenges over the past 30 years and there are plenty of companies that didn’t weather the storm. Gemini is still here and thriving, thanks to a hard-working team, great relationships with top notch suppliers, and the support we receive from organisations like Network VEKA and VEKA’s Approved Fabricator Scheme.

“The family tie between Gemini and AWC strengthens both businesses. Neither party wants to let the other down, as a lost client for one reflects badly on the other. There’s pride in everything we do – it’s no wonder we fit so perfectly into an organisation like Network VEKA!”

AWC Home Improvements – established in 1978 by the brothers’ father, Robert Griffiths – was named Retailer of the Year at May’s Oldham Business Awards in a prizegiving ceremony hosted by comic impressionist, John Culshaw.

“We’re thrilled to have received this accolade”, Michael comments. “We’re confident in the service we offer and, as our Network VEKA customer satisfaction ratings testify, that confidence is borne out by our clients. It’s great though, to have our strengths affirmed by an outside organisation – especially one with such a particular focus on the local community.

“Network VEKA featured heavily in the submission we made to the award panel, detailing the ten-year insurance-backed guarantees, continuous assessment and finance packages that are just some of the customer benefits we offer through our membership.

“Anyone who’s familiar with our Shaw Road showroom will know about our close link with Network VEKA Brand Ambassador, Steve Davis: the life-size cut-out in the window gives it away! Besides providing a great talking point with customers, he’s been a great supporter over the years, helping us secure more than £40,000 of sales at the Saddleworth Show a couple of years ago.”

“AWC thoroughly deserve the recognition they received at the Oldham Business Awards”, says Colin Torley, Sales and Marketing Director for The VEKA UK Group. “Alongside Gemini, they’re fantastic ambassadors for Network VEKA, providing a faultless, professional service that keeps customers loyal for decades – it’s no wonder Gemini are celebrating such a considerable milestone with their 30th anniversary.

“The family ensures that their businesses are visible and active in the community, showing local people ‘the face behind the name’ and instilling confidence in potential customers. I congratulate them on their achievements and look forward to continuing our work together.”

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