The Glazing Summit proved to be the biggest yet as nearly 500 industry figures and guests gathered to hear how the industry can come together to navigate through tough times ahead in the age of economic and global uncertainty.

“Times are going to get tougher,” said Summit founder Andrew Scott, “but rather than doom and gloom this year’s Glazing Summit showed there is plenty of opportunity out there for agile businesses and I hope those in attendance left as optimistic about the future of the industry as I did.

“After the boom in home improvements through the pandemic, we now face economic and global uncertainty so it was an important time to get together and discuss where we’re heading and how we can best navigate our way through the challenges ahead.

He added: “The Glazing Summit has grown year on year and to get our biggest ever turn out not only shows the event’s significance in the industry calendar, but it also shows the desire as an industry to come together to share ideas and tackle the issues we are all facing.”

The delegates took part in five debates and discussions with a panel of industry experts on issues such as the current supply chain challenges, people and skills, regulations, innovation and merges and acquisitions.

They heard keynote speakers including Richard Harpin, CEO of Homeserve PLC, Barclays Chief Economist William Hobbs and retail and customer experience expert Peter Cross.

The evening’s Glazing Summit gala dinner included a motivational speech from legendary athlete and sports personality Kriss Akabusi.

“The Glazing Summit is only as good as its panellists, keynotes and agenda and we raised the bar again this year,” Andrew concluded, “The combined knowledge and experience in the room was incredible and I’d like to thank everyone who attended and all our sponsors for making it a truly memorable event. I’m already looking forward to another equally important Glazing Summit next year.”

Next year’s Glazing Summit will take place on Thursday, October 12, again at Edgbaston Stadium.

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