More than just glazing: Howells provide NVQ’s to all of their staff

Howells Patent Glazing, our rapidly growing manufacturing firm, is investing in its workforce and the future of manufacturing in the Midlands by offering NVQ’s to all of our staff in conjunction with Dudley College!

Undertaking workplace NVQ’s has become an important part of Howells Patent Glazing’s working environment, as we are keen to address the skills shortage that is affecting businesses like ours across the UK.

According to The Employer Skills Survey (ESS), manufacturing businesses are most likely to encounter skills shortages when looking to recruit suitable candidates for their roles in the industry, accounting for 30% of hard-to-fill manufacturing vacancies.

One of Howells’ most recent employees to enrol on an NVQ course is 17-year-old welding apprentice Reece.  Working alongside long-standing employee Dennis, an experienced MIG and Coded welder, Reece will be completing his Level 3 Diploma in Engineering and NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations.

Apprentice Reece with the experienced Dennis.

Apprentice Reece with the experienced Dennis.

Debbie Willetts, Company Secretary said, “As a construction company, we have to keep up to date with training with IOSH, CSCS, Platform etc, but more importantly we feel its our responsibility as employers to invest in our staff.  Our long-term growth strategy isn’t just about processes; it’s about developing our staff by building on their qualifications and in turn, passion for our business.  We are really excited to be rolling out new qualifications to all our staff during the course of 2016 ”.

With the ESS estimating that employers are spending £4.9billion to train their workforce, our continued commitment to training will hopefully have a positive effect on the current UK skills shortage, and make sure that the industry continues to thrive for years to come.

We see our investment in staff as an enrichment programme to ensure that every member of the workforce is satisfied in their job role, and is able to obtain the relevant skills needed to remain ahead of the pack within the manufacturing industry. Starting as a family-run business, we are going from strength to strength, and hope that by giving back to our staff, we will see another 40 years of success!


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Glazing in the UK – Our top 5 advantages to letting natural light flood in!

Throwing open the curtains on a glorious sunny day is no doubt a satisfying feeling to blow away the winter cobwebs that have been hovering in the corners of classrooms across the UK, but studies have proven that there’s more to it than just being able to switch off that artificial lighting that gets used so much throughout the dull months. Glazing in the UK can prove pretty tricky to make the most of, but we are here to offer our help.

Tracey Jackson, Marketing Manager at Howells Patent Glazing said, “When we are consulting on our services, we have noticed that one of the most important factors you have to consider is the amount of natural light that our glazing solutions will let into the building. It’s a key point that can boost more than just a person’s mood”.

Our family run Midlands firm are famous for our rooflights and glazed roofing solutions. We have experienced three years of incredible growth and are focused on providing the best quality to our customers. Here are our explanations to the advantages to letting natural light flood in:

  • Start with the basics – Daylight is free! It’s an obvious statement, but few people actually take note that by utilising more natural light in their buildings means a lower electricity bill. This is especially useful in an office or school environment where the hours of being in the building are predominantly within daylight hours.
  • Now then, Mardy Bum – Studies have proven that natural daylight has a positive effect on mood. For schools it would be worth noting that you can make changes to those grumpy teens and grouchy grownups, and for office buildings, you can cheer up your workforce with a little ray of sunshine (or the possibility of one. This is the UK after all). Daylight has been associated with improved mood, enhanced morale, lower fatigue, and reduced eyestrain.
  • Positivity leads to Productivity – With all of that natural light flowing through a well-designed glazing system, a workforce or class of pupils are proven to be more positive. As an added plus, positivity creates productivity, and through the correct use of natural daylight more work targets will be met, and school grades will increase over time.
  • Bye-bye mold – Most diseases, including chronic respiratory problems, are often associated with bacteria and fungi built up in damp areas. With the ever changing weather in the UK, it can be hard to avoid these things growing in dark, dank rooms without correct lighting. Natural daylight can decrease the production of these harmful annoyances. Did you know that sunlight is considered to be one of the best natural disinfectants?
  • Beautiful buildings – Natural light is one of the most appealing lights, and is used by most interior designers to showcase a building in all of its glory. It can be a difficult technique to get right, but when it is used correctly it encompasses all of the above benefits whilst showing a building in its best light!

Howells Patent Glazing have an expert design team who help architects and builders alike to make the most of natural daylight on our projects. With 40 years’ experience, and three record-breaking years behind us, our team are hoping to spend the next 40 years delivering professional, trusted and creative solutions to the UK’s glazing industry.

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Whew…. What an exciting year it has been so far!




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Here at Howells we have been so busy with all our Christmas preparations that we have forgotten to write our Blog.


So far this year we have attended the Midlands Air ambulance annual charity ball and shown our support for Devon air ambulance through Aspect Windows.


We have shown our commitment to the young minds of the future by taking on a new welding Apprentice through our local college network and also giving work experience to 4 young year 10 students from Redhill  and Ellowes Hall in both our manufacturing and marketing departments.  We have to say that our experience of these young people found them to be respectful, polite and eager to do a good job, it reaffirmed for us the quality of local education.


More recently, we have donated 2 full shopping trolleys of much needed and necessary non perishable items, enough to feed 2 families of 4.  We did not forget the Christmas crackers…..


Lastly, for this year on Friday 11 December we sponsored the Senior citizens Christmas lunch hosted by Ellowes Hall Sports and Redhill School.


As we sign out of 2015, we would like to wish our customers and suppliers as very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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Howells Patent Glazing thrive through winter for a second year running!

We are proud to be celebrating the end to another bumper year with two key projects under our belt for December. Our family run firm have just announced record sales and turnover for a second year in a row thanks to a great workforce and grants from local councils and colleges.


Bourton Meadow School Install in progress

Our Family run business has a full order book throughout December and into the New Year – working on a number of commercial and domestic jobs up and down the country. Our latest jobs in the Commercial sector are for Bourton Meadow School and Leeds City College. Dave Bennett from Howells Patent Glazing has said, “because of our 40 years’ experience of working in the construction industry, we can claim the expertise to accommodate the many challenging demands in our specialist sector. We are constantly evolving and improving our glazing systems and methods of working to cater for the every changing market place”.

The team at Howells work directly with builders and architects to give a complete service, and to mitigate any potential problems that can arise from different trades all working in the same vicinity – If you have ever had any work done on your premises, you will know that having the plumber, builder, window fitter and carpenter all on site isn’t quite how it seems on ‘DIY SOS’.



Bourton Meadow ~Buckingham


Leeds City College Install in progress

“Every project has its own issues. We love it – It means that every job is different. Things like tight time frames, very motivated project managers and more can all effect how your install goes. On the two commercial clients this month, the tight time frames and working on a school environment is very different to working on a domestic install. A major issue was having to work during the school’s term time; the project was achieved with careful planning and good communication between our fitting teams and the school. All of our fixing team were DBS checked, and now that the school projects are complete, they now have energy efficient glazed roofing systems dedicated to improving the quality of learning in both environments”.


Leeds College

Leeds College

Looking into 2016, Howells are predicting that we will have another bumper year, from big clients through to small, domestic window styling. We are proud of our workforce, and are looking forward to what we hope will be another record year!

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Local Enterprise Partnership helps our Black Country business move with the times!

The ‘Innovation Centre Support Grant’ provided by the Black Country Growth Hub and established by Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley councils was set up to support local businesses looking to grow – And that is just what it has helped Howells Patent Glazing do. Alongside the Bournville College and ERDF Accelerating Local Growth funded scheme, our Cradley Heath based business is surpassing previous targets, and we are proud of how far we have come.

When we first started the Government funded Growth Accelerator scheme in September 2013, our focus was to maintain our position in the market place, and, if possible, make a small profit. However, the coaching we received changed our focus and made us adapt to the ‘bigger picture’. With a new, reworked management team and allocated workloads, our drive and goals for the future enabled Howells Patent Glazing to take the company from teetering on marginal growth with a turnover of 2,100,000 to one that is hopeful of at least 3,200,000 this year.

In two short years, the team at Howells have turned our family run business into an exciting place to work, and we have been able to build a new website, sector lead marketing campaigns, indulge in PR features and newsletters, build a bespoke cloud based CRM database and production and stock control systems are now firmly in place.

Debbie Willetts, Howells Patent Glazing company secretary has said “The current success that the company is enjoying is attributed to the fantastic employees we have with us today – Without them, it wouldn’t have been possible. As a management team, we wanted to address the potential high turnover of staff and their commitment to the company, but at the same time we wanted to recognise those who stay with us for their length of service. We are now able to offer every employee access to further education with NVQ’s through Dudley College. Our first twelve months are now complete and we are pleased with the many employees that have decided to continue with this program.”

Howells have since gone from employing 26 people to now a team of 36 staff, all with an individual role to play in the business. With a new factory move on the cards for 2016 too, we are sure to be extending our team even further. For Howells, it’s all about giving back to the community that surrounds us, with support for Ellowes Hall Sports College OAP Christmas Lunch, Midlands Air Ambulance, Youth Diabetes Charity and more, our values remain even with such great growth. We also support two local secondary schools by providing their pupils with valuable work experience.

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The sky’s the limit: Howells Patent Glazing turn designs into reality

Our roof-lights are an extremely versatile product, which can be used for a multitude of purposes, proven by our impressive list of prestigious projects, including the NEC, Millennium Point in Birmingham and at the Albert Docks, Liverpool. Now with a full service on offer, from design right through to fitting and finishing a project, we are proud to showcase what we do.  Howells’s new operating system allows for our products to be installed on anything; from private homes, listed buildings, commercial units or public sector installations.

As our service is bespoke to each project, it can be adapted during the design stage to incorporate a unique set of parameters.  This could be dual colour (one colour outside and another inside), which in itself could be matt, satin, specialist RAL, mill finish or anodised. Whatever the specification and needs of our wonderful clients, our dedicated and experienced team are able to work with each of you to ensure your requirements are met from start to finish.

Howells Patent Glazing - Alton Towers Orangery

Howells Patent Glazing – Installing Alton Towers Orangery

We have specifically redesigned our HGR1 glazing bar so that a new glazed structure which we have created for Alton Towers will blend in to the theme park’s existing orangery.

Tracey Jackson, Marketing Manager at Howells Patent Glazing said, “Our clients are diverse.  They range from lord of the manor though to celebrities and to public procurement departments. We are really excited to be working together with English Heritage for jobs at Longford Castle and Beningbrough Hall Gallery and Gardens.”

“Having had our rooflights tested at Wintech for weather tightness forms part of our plans to be trade show ready.  We are hoping to exhibit at a trade show in the next year and we are starting the process of testing our products and renewing our brochures in anticipation”.


Double Hipped Roof Light from Howells Patent Glazing

Double Hipped Roof Light from Howells Patent Glazing

Our Black Country firm has adapted its internal systems over the years, and we have recently released a slim line version of our glazing bars for a streamlined look and a completely flat version of our ever popular rooflight, which has absolutely no bars across the glass to give a completely open view of the sky, continuing to move with the times. We have also had our roof-light system independently tested at Wintech for Weather tightness testing this year and it passed to bs 6375 pt 1, snow and perm loading EN  14351 – Great news for our Midlands based business, as we go from strength to strength in our industry.

Howells Patent Glazing is a family run, well-respected manufacturer of glazing, rooflights, canopies and more for both trade and domestic clients; and has been for over 42 years. We hope to continue to see growth and incredible opportunities come our way!


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Howells invest in people: A year of milestone anniversaries

We have a lot to celebrate this year. Alongside our plans of relocation to bigger premises, a second record turnover and new job availability, we also have a whole host of anniversaries for our dedicated staff this month.

Happy Anniversary Dave! To celebrate, here's a replica of one of our rooflights turned into a cake!

Happy Anniversary Dave! To celebrate, here’s a replica of one of our rooflights turned into a cake!

For over 42 years, Howells Patent Glazing have been a well-respected manufacturer of patent glazing, roof lights, canopies and more for both trade and domestic clients. We have carried out works at prestigious venues including Millennium Point in Birmingham, the orangery at Alton Towers, The Royal Albert Docks and The NEC. However, this month we’re dedicating our blog to praise our long standing staff who have a total of over 60 working years with our firm.

Lisa Crowley, Julie Wassell, Sheila Koszary and Alex Montgomery are all celebrating 10 years with us. Dave Bennett, who has also just celebrated his 20 year anniversary with us, has seen many changes to Howells in his time. When he first started with the firm, there were only 5 people working here – A contrast to the 34 employees there are now!

Dave Bennett has been with Howells Patent Glazing for 20 years!

Dave Bennett has been with Howells Patent Glazing for 20 years!

Bennett fondly recalls “the recognition of staff efforts upon the completion of the large profile glazing job we finished at Millennium Point, Birmingham. The Company were so pleased with us all that they supplied an all-expenses paid trip to Belgium for a long weekend. Particular memories include; the Conductor on the train trip to Bruges, The very rough crossing back to Dover, and the additions to the Howells Empire, some 9 months later”.

Sheila Koszary, the firms Marketing Assistant, said “I love working for Howells. Getting positive feedback from direct liaisons with our clients is the best feeling. I hope to be with the firm for many more years and be a part of its inevitable growth. One of my fondest memories from my time with Howells is when we went to see ‘The Nutcracker’ – It was my first time at the ballet, and there aren’t many companies out there who would treat their staff to something so special”.

Sheila Koszary has been with Howells Patent Glazing for 10 years!

Sheila Koszary has been with Howells Patent Glazing for 10 years!

Howells highly-trained and experienced staff are the heart of our business, and are well versed in the glazing industry and exert themselves in each and every aspect of their day-to-day duties. Dedicated to supplying customers with the highest standard of service, our employees truly are the driving force behind our success – and we aren’t afraid of shouting it from the rooftops!

“We are so happy to have such a fantastic and dedicated workforce who together with us want to see Howells improve and prosper.  As a company we are committed to our employees and believe that they come first, as a happy workforce is productive one” said Tracey Jackson, Marketing Manager at Howells Patent Glazing.

The great news is that we aren’t stopping there. We have a new welding apprentice who is just starting at the company, and we are looking for more staff for our installation team and a saw operator. The future of Howells Patent Glazing is looking bright, and our staff are sure to reap the benefits of this great British business!

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We’re on the hunt for a new premises after second record breaking year!

We have had our second record breaking year this year, with projects completed for Leeds City College as just one example of our ever-growing portfolio. Howells had the best trading year ever in history, beating last year’s 2.5 million record. Our family run business’ staff have over 150 years’ worth of combined experience within the industry, giving the firm valuable expertise and knowledge that our clients have come to trust.

Leeds College Howells Team

This year marks a significant milestone for the company as we have made the decision to move into a larger premises to cater for expansion. Tracey Jackson from our Black Country firm has said “A new premises will need to be larger than what we currently have. We are now working at capacity and employing new staff, so we need something which we can grow into again. We are excited to be moving the business forward and being able to create new opportunities for people in the area”.

Whilst we are looking for a premises at least 50% bigger than our current size (Which is 18000 sq ft), we will remain around the Cradley Heath area. “This area is great for transport links for the Midlands and further afield. The new factory needs to have the same links to the rest of the UK. Staff locality is also important, so we don’t want to change their journey to work too much”.

Our move will also enable us to create new job opportunities in the area. we have already found a new apprentice to be placed in the welding department on a 2 year course that starts in September, and are also looking for a new patent glazing fixing team of at least two people. We hope that this move will continue to provide longevity of the brand, tailored production, and exciting opportunities ahead.

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Let the sun shine in! What to consider when looking at roof lights…

When choosing a roof light for your home, there are more than a few important considerations to take into account. Thermal efficiency, ventilation, solar control, safety, aesthetics, cost, maintenance, the list goes on. Sound daunting? Howell’s Patent Glazing have some top tips to help.

Midlands manufacturing firm Howells Patent Glazing (HPG), experts in bespoke roof designs and manufacture, offer their advice to homeowners when it comes to the finer details. With an impressive portfolio, and years of experience, they are on hand to guide buyers through the technical terms and jargon when it comes to selecting a the perfect roof light.

Flat roof skylights offer maximum light exposure, and the integration of specialist supporting bars will create an uninterrupted flow of sunlight due to this design’s framing. There are many options for flat roof lights, including hip ended, gable ended, traditional lanterns and contemporary flat glass types. Walk-on options are available for those with a sense of adventure, with the ability to be incorporated within balcony flooring or roof terraces. Remember – It is essential to use safety glass within any overhead glazing.

Mono Pitched Roof light from Howells Patent Glazing

Mono Pitched Roof light from Howells Patent Glazing


Sloping windows can incorporate traditional patent glazing or a fully thermally broken system. The choice of modern solar control glass can be used to good effect in reducing solar gain and glare. As for ventilation, allow fresh air to flow into your home as well as rsunlight by incorporating openers, either manual or electric in operation. Another ventilation option to consider is accompanying roof vents.

Another consideration to think about is the view the glazing will provide, as well as which style will best suit both the interior and exterior of the home. It might be that a different internal finish is require compared to the external profile. Different internal and external profile finishes are available including square, ornate and raked features to suit the application. There are also lots of different profiles available, at varying levels of cost, from slim lines with large glass to more traditional frames.

Pyramid Roof Light from Howells Patent Glazing

Pyramid Roof Light from Howells Patent Glazing

For a more dramatic effect, often favored within more traditional builds, Howells suggest a true lantern roof light that incorporates both slanted and vertical windows. Vertical window height is available in variable, bespoke sizes and allows top-hung opening vents to be situated within the windows. Pyramid, octagon and even dome glazing should also be considered.

Double Hipped Roof Light from Howells Patent Glazing

Double Hipped Roof Light from Howells Patent Glazing


Time for everyone’s least favorite chore – Cleaning. Low maintenance, modern glass options that benefit from self-cleaning upgrades make things even easier, and Polyester powder coated aluminum is also considered to be a low maintenance finish to any roof light.

The Midlands based, family run firm undertake contracts on a supply only or supply and install basis with installation of patent glazing in both roof and vertical applications using single, double glazing or polycarbonate sheet or single, double or triple glazing. The firm’s dedicated onsite estimating and sales team provide customers with knowledgeable advice on the type of bar required to fit the purpose of the project.

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New roof light for trade from Howells Patent Glazing

Howells Patent Glazing (HPG) Limited, a family run West Midlands manufacturing business, today launches its latest slim roof light to trade.

The firm’s new slim roof light has been designed to meet the ever demanding thermal efficiency market requirements. Roof lights can be despatched to trade customers in as little as 10 working days.
The slim roof light is constructed from slender thermally broken aluminium using the latest thermally efficient glass types. The stream lined design ensures minimal visual profiles and triple glazed options are also available.

All roof lights are delivered to the client in an assembled form for even more convenience. The slim line roof light can be powder coated to standard colours White RAL 9910 Satin Antracite, Grey RAL 7016 Matt Dual Colour (i.e. Grey externally / White internally)


The West Midlands based family run firm undertake contracts on a supply only or supply and install basis with installation of patent glazing in both roof and vertical applications using single, double glazing or polycarbonate sheet or single, double or triple glazing. The company’s dedicated onsite estimating and sales team provide customers with knowledgeable advice on the type of bar required to fit the purpose of the project.

HPG now offer a fixing service to clients if required, by employing their own fixing team who are fully qualified to CSCS standard.

Staff at the Black Country firm have over 150 years’ combined experience within the industry, giving Howells their in-depth expertise in both roof and vertical applications using single and double glazing or Polycarbonate sheet as well as traditional types of bars.

All Roof lights provided by Howells are constructed from aluminium, and are fully thermally broken giving superior thermal efficiency coupled with low maintenance and stylish design.

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