We are pleased to announce that this month Jacqui Shepherd has joined APS to develop our business within the Scottish market. Jacqui is based in Scotland & was previously employed at Veka. Her wealth of knowledge of the industry and her diligent, hard-working approach means she will be a great addition to our team. Here she is with APS Director Chris duBoulay. We wish Jacqui every success in her new role.
As we entered December we finished off a month of fundraising with a company coffee morning. At the start of November five of our warehouse staff Giles, Ben, Jason, Colin and George hatched a plan to grow moustaches as is the norm in Mo-vember and along with Jonny our sales office manager started a push to raise funds for the local suicide & self harm prevention centre Emerge Counselling Services. At the same time some of our sales office team took on a challenge to walk for Mo-vember and the group covered over 600 kilometres. APS management agreed to match any funds raised and so most importantly the total figure raised was £1730! The guys presented a cheque for £1500 direct to Emerge and £230 has also been donated to the Mo-vember charity. Well done to the Warehouse staff who need to be commended for initiating the whole thing and thanks very much to everyone who donated so generously. Hope you enjoy some of the photos.
Aluminium & Plastics Systems (APS) is celebrating 20 years in business and during those two decades we’ve survived a global recession and are now meeting the uncertainties of Brexit head on. CEO Gary McNeill is one of the founding directors and we sat down with Gary to go over some of the highlights and biggest challenges. COVID Clearly, the focus for the last 12 months has been adapting to the unprecedented change in customer needs. What that’s meant is providing a product range unlike anything we’ve offered in the past. “Since the pandemic hit, we’ve sold a lot more home improvement products like aluminium lift and slide doors, decking, PVC showers and flooring; many of which we haven’t sold before,” he said. Listening to our customers It’s this kind of adaptability in the market that has allowed APS to navigate its way through a challenging couple of decades in the construction industry. “The key has been keeping up with the latest trends in the industry,” McNeill said. “New products or new colours become popular at any given time and it’s a matter of recognising those, keeping on top of them and working closely with (or sometimes finding new) suppliers to […]
We are facing unprecedented times and as such we are only able to make plans for a few days at a time. As the situation evolves regarding the spread of COVID-19 and we receive government advice we are reacting and adapting accordingly. So with this in mind we wish to clarify our immediate plans. We are currently following government advice on hygiene for companies that remain in operation. Employees have been informed of the importance of social distancing and increasing hygiene practices and enhanced cleaning within our offices. We trust that any customers and visitors to our offices, trade counter and warehouses, will adhere to this, making use of the numerous hand sanitisers available upon entry. All staff are aware of the importance of self-isolating for the recommended time periods if they display symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone who also shows symptoms. In regard to our business, at this point in time we intend to remain fully operational. Collections and deliveries of orders placed between now and Friday 27th March (the date of our year end stock take) will continue. We intend to close for the full Easter week, commencing 13th April until 17th […]
A very warm welcome to Philip Osbourne (right) who is our new Technical Sales Manager. He is pictured here with Architectural Sales Director Alan Denver. Philip will work alongside the rest of the Architectural team to strengthen APS’ all-Ireland sales. We wish Philip all the very best and hope he enjoys his new role with us!
A big thank you to everyone who took the time to call at the APS product launch/coffee morning on Friday 28th February to hear all about our latest product developments. It was a very informal morning when everyone was invited to call for a chat and some refreshments. We hope that you found the time well spent and informative. Whether you are the architect specifying our systems, the fabricator, the builder, or indeed one of our suppliers, it was great to see you and the event was a great success.
At the end of January 2020 we all got together to mark the retirement of Wilson Adams who had been employed at APS for over 15 years in the architectural accessories warehouse where he was rather an expert. We will miss him around the company and his many stories but know that he will call in to see us. The company directors presented him with a motorbike as a parting gift which left him speechless for the first time! We wish Wilson many happy years of retirement while making the most of his new found freedom with his new wheels on the highways and byways of Northern Ireland.