Chairman Adrian Barraclough explained: “We have been consciously reducing the number of our suppliers for 18 months now so that we can work more closely and effectively with each of them as well as draw more products from them making the relationship far more beneficial for both parties.It is not so much about the best deal but the best decision for the business when it comes to matters such as product quality, innovation and consistent pricing.
“It means that we are at the front of a queue when new products are launched and tested and the TruPlas spacer bar is a prime example of this. We have always manufactured with a rigid spacer bar because it suits our product and manufacturing techniques and when TruPlas was launched, it was only natural that we should be among the first to take it on.”
The move to further strengthen relationships with key suppliers is an extension of Quickslide’s philosophy of carrying out as many processes as possible in house, bringing benefits like greater control of efficiency, consistency and quality control.
Adrian added that Quickslide already has a number of long-term supply partnerships in place with companies and will be looking to implement more in the near future: “Our suppliers benefit from the confidence that our relationship is long term. Such a structured approach to procurement means that we can pass on the benefits directly to our customers as consistency, cost-effectiveness and minimised returns so in the long run everyone benefits.”
Yorkshire-based Quickslide is best-known for its acclaimed sliding sash windows, and the company has been instrumental in bringing this former niche product into the mainstream of the retrofit and new-build markets, but it also manufactures a wide range of other styles of windows and doors for trade and commercial customers.