SmartSecure’s Sales Success

Carl F Groupco celebrates year on year sales growth for SmartSecure. Photograph shows Managing Director John Crittenden.

Carl F Groupco celebrates year on year sales growth for SmartSecure.
Photograph shows Managing Director John Crittenden.

Since launching SmartSecure in 2016, Carl F Groupco reports sales revenue increases of just under 90% year on year for its electronic door locking and access control brand.

The company advises that early adopters of its innovative Smart technology include the fabrication market and Housing Associations who recognise benefits across different access control applications, the sophistication of the technology and its simplicity of configuration that enables easy integration.

Commenting on the early growth of the SmartSecure brand, Carl F Groupco’s Managing Director John Crittenden said:

“In just two years since the launch of SmartSecure, we have seen a significant shift in perception of electronic locking and Smart access control. As we adopt Smart Technology in other areas of our homes with lights, heating and cameras, Smart door locks are becoming increasingly accessible.”

As a forerunner of the Smart locking and access control evolution in the UK’s hardware market, Carl F Groupco has continued to invest heavily in SmartSecure including designing a dedicated showroom.  And, in addition to solutions based on FUHR’s fully motorised multipoint lock with automatic locking, the range was increased earlier this year to include Yale’s Conexis L1 retro-fit Smart keyless locking handle.

Carl F Groupco advises that the SmartSecure brand is set to continue to be one of the significant differentiators for the company’s hardware supply service, enabling the business to offer high-end technology as part of tailored solutions.

 

 

For more details on the FUHR multitronic 881 lock from SmartSecure, please click here.

 

For more information about our different access control options, please click here.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure.

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Ten Year Milestone for Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Manager

Clare Crockett: Marketing Manager

Clare White celebrates ten years working for hardware distributor Carl F Groupco.

Clare White, Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Manager, celebrates ten years working for the national hardware distributor. Her career with the company has seen her progress from Marketing Assistant to Executive and, in 2014, she was promoted to Marketing Manager.

Career highlights have included helping to establish the organisation as a major player in the UK’s hardware distribution market. The opportunity to launch two brands have also been significant landmarks – the first was Carl F Groupco, which followed the merger of Groupco with Carl F, and secondly, Clare played a key role bringing SmartSecure to market, which put the company on the map as pioneers in electronic door locking and access control.

Clare confirms that the company’s main focus is to ensure the customer is always front of mind and to put the building blocks in place to support ongoing development of the organisation. She reports that Carl F Groupco is focused on both today’s hardware needs and ensuring the business continues to be centrally placed in the fittings industry of the future.

Commenting on her  objectives in managing the marketing for Carl F Groupco, Clare said:

“We create literature, websites and catalogues designed to bring real benefit to our fabricator customers. Rather than merely being a promotional opportunity for Carl F Groupco, our marketing is produced as an extension of our customer service to enable easier purchasing decisions.

“We are all about long standing relationships with our customers and manufacturing partners, which gives us a client centric focus and strong foundation to continue to grow our business.”

Reporting to Managing Director, John Crittenden Clare manages a Marketing Assistant and liaises closely with Carl F Groupco’s sales, technical, purchasing and distribution teams.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure.

SmartSecure Showcased by Grabex Windows

SmartSecure featured on the Grabex Windows stand at Grand Designs Live London, 2018.

SmartSecure featured on the Grabex Windows stand at Grand Designs Live London, 2018.

Grabex Windows featured the FUHR 881 fully motorised multipoint door lock, supplied by Carl F Groupco, on its stand at the 2018 Grand Designs Live London event. Considerable interest was shown in the innovative lock that was displayed with Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure fingerprint and remote key fob access control options on Grabex’s timber door.

Commenting on the exhibition coup, Clare Crockett, Marketing Manager for Carl F Groupco said:

“Grand Designs Live is a multi-award winning event. It is a prime location to showcase the FUHR lock and the capabilities of our SmartSecure electronic locking and access control brand: we were delighted that our technology was selected by Grabex to be incorporated into its stand design.

“This was a major opportunity to promote SmartSecure to the domestic market and, having visited the stand, I saw first-hand the keen interest shown in the FUHR hardware and Smart tech that we supply.”

Carl F Groupco’s range of SmartSecure access control options allow the user to electronically unlock the door. The FUHR mulitronic 881 is at the heart of the solution – when the door is closed, all locking points, including the deadbolt, lock automatically driven by a dual motor to engage and secure within three seconds of closing. The FUHR 881 integrates with all SmartSecure access control options including the fingerprint and remote key fob access displayed by Grabex at Grand Designs.

Returning to Grand Designs for the ninth time, Grabex Windows presented a wide range of glazing products manufactured at its factory in Orpington. Carl F Groupco is an established supplier of hardware including FUHR mechanical and electronic door / window locks for Grabex’s aluminium, uPVC and timber range of windows, doors and conservatories.

 

 

For more details on the FUHR multitronic 881 lock from SmartSecure, please click here.

 

For more information about our different access control options, please click here.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure.

Carl F Groupco Confirms Growth Of High Spec Hardware

Carlia Corras, Carl F Groupco’s Sales Office Manager confirms sales growth for SmartSecure, the company’s electronic and access control brand.

Carlia Corras, Carl F Groupco’s Sales Office Manager confirms sales growth for SmartSecure, the company’s electronic and access control brand.

Hardware distributor Carl F Groupco endorses the findings of the ‘Door and Window Fittings Market Report – UK 2018-2022’ produced by AMA Research Ltd. The established fittings supplier confirms demand for both high specification products and mainstay lines.

Affirming growth in electronic multipoint door locks, Carl F Groupco reports that SmartSecure – the company’s electronic locking and access control brand, has seen a seven fold increase in year on year sales to end March 2018. Early adopters include Housing Associations and fabricators who recognise the benefits of added value opportunities, the access control options for domestic use and wide range of applications supported.

AMA research findings also showed that multipoint locks comprise 62% of the market, a fact which underscores the continuing importance of the FUHR 881 locking system supplied by Carl F Groupco: the 881 is a fully electronic, motorised multipoint locking system with integrated panic function for security and convenience.

The 12th edition of the ‘Door and Window Fittings Market Report – UK 2018-2022’ provides detailed insight into the market. The report offers analysis of all major product groups and the issues impacting the market. Supply and distribution channels are also reviewed.

www.amaresearch.co.uk/products/door-window-fittings-2018

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
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Brief Encounter: How Carl F Groupco Assesses The Hardware Brief To Provide Bespoke Packages

An article written for GGP Magazine, April 2018.

In this report for Glass and Glazing Products, John King – National Sales Manager for Carl F Groupco , explains how the company’s advisory service includes taking a detailed brief and working with customers to ensure the best solution for their application.

Carl F Groupco draws on the strength of its team to provide comprehensive hardware advice. Article author, National Sales Manager John King is pictured in the foreground.

Carl F Groupco draws on the strength of its team to provide comprehensive hardware advice. Article author, National Sales Manager John King is pictured in the foreground.

“We sell hardware across a range of sectors including retail, trade, new build and commercial and all our customers have very specific, individual needs.

We know that, when supplying hardware, one size definitely doesn’t fit all. This philosophy is backed by a catalogue of over 7,000 product lines from leading manufacturers that enables us to mix and match solutions. With one of the largest ranges of big brand hardware names, we hold over £3 million of stock and almost 1.9 million components available for next day delivery.

It would be easy to assume that we have enough on our hands with stock control and that we simply respond to orders. There are occasions when a repeat order is needed or the enquirer knows exactly what they want. However, there are many instances when hardware purchasers need assistance regarding products, standards or specification issues.

Addressing this, we ensure that we aren’t just order takers.  We take care to fully understand the products that we supply and we work closely with our manufacturer suppliers to keep informed of latest technology updates – this is backed by regular training. This depth of knowledge goes across our organisation.

We are also members of influential industry organisations including the Council of Aluminium Building (CAB) and Secured by Design – this give us access to the most up-to-date industry standards advice, which helps us to fully support our customers in responding to their brief. As part of our management and consulting services we also offer guidance on Document Q, Secured by Design and PAS 24, in conjunction with hardware and profile manufacturers.

Practical, pragmatic advice:

We believe in offering practical, pragmatic advice and our sales and technical support teams’ experience
spans production management, installation and service skills.  As a result, we are in a very strong position to understand the needs of our customers and we constantly draw on our practical knowledge to provide our considered recommendations. And, if we are responding to a design and build requirement, we use the expertise of our full team and gain input from our suppliers.

When it comes to taking a brief, we regularly meet face-to-face to get a full picture of the order requirements.  Personal relationships are important and we work with customers to fully understand their needs and scope of the installation to offer products with suitable accreditation.  With distribution facilities in Peterborough and Cumbernauld in Scotland plus a network of Regional Sales Managers, our support is national and this has recently extended to encompass the whole of Ireland. However, you can rest assured that service isn’t compromised over the phone ……. our internal sales team is equally adept at understanding requirements.

No corners cut

We don’t cut any corners and our service is backed by a CRM system – benefits include real-time reporting and full historical data available to all members of the account handling team. This means that customers don’t have to go through the tedious process of starting afresh every time they contact us – at the click of a button we can call up their full order history.

As the supplier, we are more than happy to travel to customers to meet them at their convenience but equally, visitors are welcome at our UK warehouse, distribution and administration centre in Peterborough.  Of particular interest is our fully interactive showroom for SmartSecure that displays our electronic locking and Smart access control solutions. The facility, which is part of an investment of over £100,000 in SmartSecure, showcases all access control options.

The showroom features eight fully electronic doors and a demonstration area which confirms the simplicity of hardware selection and installation. Aluminium, composite, PVCu and timber doors are represented, and a separate area for training is provided where we illustrate how easy it is to prepare a door and fit the hardware.

Key to how we set ourselves apart is our ability to assess the hardware brief to provide bespoke packages. We work as an extension of our customers’ teams and liaise closely, becoming their trusted advisors. And knowing that time is of the essence, particularly with new build tenders, we work fast to increase sales opportunities.

In summary, when it comes to hardware supply, at Carl F Groupco we pride ourselves in offering a holistic, consultancy service which translates to practical solutions that take account of the bigger picture regarding accreditation and standards requirements.”

 

For more information about our electronic locking or access control brand, SmartSecure, please click here.

 

Or for more information on the rest of our window and door hardware, click here.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure.

Carl F Groupco’s successful year for hardware supply

A successful year for Carl F Groupco has affirmed the company’s position as a leading UK hardware supplier. Landmark achievements in 2017 have included the launch of a new catalogue. Featuring over 7,000 product lines, the reference source contains a comprehensive overview of all products supplied including door & window fittings, ventilation solutions and tools for aluminium, composite, PVCu and timber profile systems.

John Crittenden, Managing Director of Carl F Groupco comments on the company’s successful year.

John Crittenden, Managing Director of Carl F Groupco comments on the company’s successful year.

Commenting on the year, Carl F Groupco’s Managing Director John Crittenden said:

“Key areas of growth have included high security hardware, with increased demand triggered by Document Q. Our specialist brands including Carl F direct – our e-commerce tool supply business – and SmartSecure have also contributed to the positive year end picture.

“As a forerunner of the Smart locking and access control evolution in the UK hardware market, we have continued to invest heavily in SmartSecure. In addition to our existing solutions based on FUHR’s fully motorised multipoint lock, we have increased the range to include the Yale Conexis L1, a retro-fit Smart keyless locking handle. We have also opened a new, dedicated SmartSecure showroom at our UK distribution centre in Peterborough.”

Looking to the year ahead, Carl F Groupco predicts continued strong interest in high security hardware, growing demand for high-end aluminium products and the ongoing expansion of its specialist brand ranges.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure.

Carl F Groupco Hardware Report: Premier Products

In this report for Glass and Glazing products, Clare Crockett, Marketing Manager for Carl F Groupco highlights the fact that high end hardware has an increasingly important role to play in enhancing and differentiating the company’s range of window and door fittings.

Clare Crockett: Marketing Manager

Clare Crockett: Marketing Manager

“Premier products have strong design appeal and are extremely versatile: they also give leverage to fabricators to offer highly sophisticated products that add value to their range.

With a long-standing track record supplying hardware solutions, at Carl F Groupco we are adept at tailoring our portfolio to meet all needs. Regarding premier products, we offer a range of hardware solutions including SmartSecure, our 881 fully motorised multipoint door lock and smart access control brand. Other high end solutions featured in our catalogue are patio entrance hardware and products catering for the increasingly popular aluminium market.

SmartSecure:

Recognising the Smart Home technology revolution, Carl F Groupco’s high profile SmartSecure solutions replace the traditional key with a range of access control options. While SmartSecure is highly sophisticated, simplicity is at its heart with emphasis on ease of installation, straight forward adoption for fabricators and accessible support.

‘SmartTouch’, which is a pioneering access system, enables entry with the simple touch of sensor: access is facilitated if an active, moving transponder is within range. Radio-based access control systems are also available including a radio keypad, transponder and fingerprint scanner for keyless biometric access control.

Three SmartSecure variants are available tailored for high end residential, commercial and communal doors – all utilise the same base hardware which enables fabricators to target multiple sectors with ease.

With property owners becoming more savvy with their home improvement investments, we believe that the ability to offer products like SmartSecure is instrumental in allowing fabricators to differentiate their offer from the competition.

FUHR Flexibility:

The FUHR multitronic 881 door lock at the heart of SmartSecure technology can be used with combinations of wiring and access control options to suit the differing requirements of the end user, from high end ‘grand design’ style domestic dwellings to a EN 1125 CE marked panic exit door on a commercial building.  As the standard preparation for the lock is the same for any style of door, with just minor adjustments for the associated hardware, fabricators have a valuable opportunity to supply doors to a wider market base.

As it is possible to achieve EN 179 and EN 1125 with both mechanical and electronic door locks within the FUHR range, the FUHR 881 electronic lock is a simple way to add a new revenue stream to a business. With little change to door preparation compared to the mechanical variant, these locks can be fitted along with panic bar and CES free movement cylinders offering complete packages where panic/emergency exit doors are required for commercial work and communal door entrances.

The multitronic 881 is also sold as a stand-alone product which provides a simple upgrade option for end users. With relatively little additional preparation work for the fabricator, the 881 gives the opportunity to sell high end doors with enhanced margin capabilities.

Speciality Sectors:

Other premier products offered include large patio entrance hardware such as lift and slide products. The HS Portal by Siegenia, for example, supports the growing market for stylish, wide span doors that extend the living area of homes to encompass the property’s outside space.

Aluminium is another expanding sector with durability, security and design aesthetics cited as key reasons for its appeal and we are supporting demand with complementary hardware. Ranges included in Carl F Groupco’s Aluminium Collection are the Roto/PN Uni for reversible window gearing, Siegenia ALU tilt & turn gearing and Cotswold Architectural Products’ friction & parallel stays. Products also cater for remote window control, emergency and panic exit / multipoint door locks plus folding sliding door, lift & slide, and tilt & slide hardware.

Having highlighted the significance and importance of premier products, it is important to emphasise that compiling a catalogue is all about balance – high end hardware has an essential part to play, but this should not be at the expense of mid-range or value fittings. All budgets need to be catered for and Carl F Groupco provides a full spectrum of options to meet the needs of all requirements.”

 

For more details on the FUHR multitronic 881 lock from SmartSecure, please click here.

For more information about our different access control options, please click here.

For more about Panic and Emergency Exit options, please click here.

For more about the HS Portal bu Siegenia, please click here.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure.