2014-09-30

Tony Enticknap, Style’s Finance Director and Co-Founder, Retires

Its not often we use our newsletter to focus on individuals, however Tony Enticknap who co-founded Style back in 1999, and has been finance director ever since, has decided to retire. He leaves Style in October.

Tony started Style Partitions 15 years ago with Julian Sargent, who remains Style’s group managing director. In Tony’s capacity as finance director, Style quickly became the UK market leader in movable partitioning walls and now serves architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients through its five regional offices. The company is also celebrating the launch of a new London showroom, set to become the UK’s most innovative centre for interior fit outs.

“It is hard to describe in a few words the incredible role that Tony has played since we first opened our doors for business,” said Julian Sargent.

“He has carefully nurtured Style into a company that delivers quality in everything it does, offers an outstanding combination of people, products and processes and, thanks to his incredibly astute financial management, he has steered us through the highs and lows of a changing economy, including one of the worst global recessions many of us have ever experienced, making sure we have always remained financially robust.

“On a professional note, he couldn’t leave our business in better shape for its next phase of growth, and on a personal note I couldn’t have worked with a better business partner and friend.”

As a keen wildlife photographer, Tony plans to travel the world with his wife visiting many of the places he always dreamed of seeing. On behalf of everyone at Style, we wish him a very happy retirement.

Tony Enticknap 2014 retirement photo cropped

2014-07-28

‘Innovation Centre for Interior Fit Out’ Opening in London

Style Partitions is opening a new showroom in London as a showcase for the very best in interior fit outs.

Located near the Barbican, and perfectly placed within London’s interior furnishings sector, the new showroom will provide architects, specifiers, contractors, interior designers and end user clients with the perfect opportunity to see some of the most innovative solutions for room fit out – all under one roof.

“We’re thrilled to be opening a new showroom,” said Style’s group managing director, Julian Sargent.

“Visitors will not only see the very latest in moveable partitioning wall solutions, including the revolutionary Skyfold which is a fully automatic, vertically rising, acoustic moveable wall. They will also be able to review the very latest in wall coverings, lighting design, acoustics and a whole host of other innovations too.”

The innovation centre is being officially launched at the end of September, and anyone who works in the construction and refurbishment sector, or those looking for ideas for their own premises, are welcome to apply for an invitation.

“Places will be limited for the opening launch,” said Julian, “however we will do our very best to welcome anyone who would like to come along.

“Simply send us an email expressing your interest and we will contact you when the invitations are being prepared.”

Please email marketing@style-partitions.co.uk

If you are unable to visit the showroom in London, please contact your nearest regional Style office who would be delighted to talk to you about the latest innovations in room fit out.


2014-07-28

Book Now for your Post-Summer CPD Seminar

Style’s RIBA approved CPD seminars have always been popular with architects, and bookings are being taken for dates in September onwards.

On the topics of ‘multi-functional space’ and ‘fully automated vertically rising acoustic partition systems’, both receive excellent feedback and if you would like to make a booking please contact your nearest Style regional office.

As exclusive UK partners to DORMA, SWG and Skyfold, Style’s team has drawn from its extensive expertise and product knowledge from some of the most innovative, flexible and stylish solutions in the market.

Expectations are rising in terms of the variety of finishes and acoustic standards demanded by architects and their clients, and the moveable walls sector is moving quickly in terms of the demand for new and more innovative solutions.

The CPD seminars cater for a broad cross section of the industry, including corporate, education, hospitality, religion and health as well as many others.

For more information, please contact your nearest Style regional office.


2014-06-26

Vertically Rising Blinds – Simple but Brilliant!

Traditional blinds could be a thing of the past with a simple, but brilliant, new product being launched by Style.

DORMA’s Moveo Glass partitioning wall can now be fitted with integrated blinds that rise from the bottom, rather than drop from the top, which means privacy can be provided whilst retaining space above eyelevel for light.

“When you think about it, it seems obvious that blinds are better lifting upwards from the floor, rather than down from the ceiling,” said Andy Gibson, Style’s director for the North.

“By raising the blinds just above head height means no-one can see into a room, but light can still come in from the top. It’s one of those simple ideas that’s really very clever!”

Style is the exclusive UK partner to DORMA, Skyfold and SWG which means the company offers an extensive portfolio of moveable wall solutions in a variety of finishes.

Demand for glass partitions with integrated blinds comes from a diverse range of sectors, offering discretion to patients in the health sector, removing distractions in schools and enabling companies to hold meetings in privacy when required.

“I can see vertically rising blinds quickly replacing traditional ones,” said Andy, “as it’s clearly the most practical way to operate them. It goes to show that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best!”

For more information, or to discuss your next project, please contact your nearest regional Style office.

 

 


2014-06-25

Style Wins AIS Gold Award for 6th Time

Partitioning walls specialist, Style, has won the prestigious AIS Contractors Gold Award for 2014.

It’s the 6th time Style has won Gold, with 4 silver awards also to their credit.

The top Association of Interior Specialists (AIS) award goes to the company accredited with delivering the most outstanding moveable wall installation of the year, with Style’s solution at Westfield Shoppingtowns’ London HQ coming top. (View case Study)

Judges were impressed with the scheme to create a suite of meeting rooms off the main reception area for Westfield London HQ providing exceptional acoustic performance as well as appearance.

It was a challenging fast track project that required very close attention to detail and coordination with finishes that had to match fixed wall elements.

“We’re delighted to have won the gold award for the sixth time,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director. “Particularly as it’s the 10th time we’ve won Gold or Silver in the 11 of years of being AIS members.

“As a company we continue to invest in our people, products and processes to deliver excellence in everything we do and, working with architects Woods Bagot and directly for Westfield, we installed a combination of two DORMA Varifex and two Skyfolds to deliver an outstanding flexible configuration.”

DORMA Variflex is perfect for a vast array of room designs and finishes. On this project its superb semi-automatic seal system was utilised to ease operation. Skyfold is the hugely innovative, vertically rising, fully automatic, acoustic partitioning wall, discreetly housed in the ceiling cavity.

A stunning graphics finish of the Westfield brand on the Skyfold was complemented with a beautiful high gloss lacquer laminate finish on the Variflex.

Flush telescopic panels on the Variflex walls created a seamless line across the openings that face reception, and these also provided a smooth line with the fixed joinery walls and brass inlays.

Pass doors enabled access, and the acoustic integrity of both products (an Rw 55dB acoustic rating for the Variflex and Rw54dB for the Skyfold) ensure complete privacy when the walls are closed.

For more information, or to discuss your next project, please contact your nearest regional Style office.


2014-06-09

Fundamentals are Key to Winning Specifications

2012 has seen specifications for moveable partitioning walls soar at Style, with demand growing across the corporate market, hospitality, religion, education and public sector bodies.

According to Tony Enticknap, finance director, this is thanks to the significant investment the company has placed in its people, processes and overall approach in recent years. This, alongside the company’s very high quality product portfolio, has led many clients to rely on Style as their supplier of choice resulting in a dramatic growth in repeat business and customer loyalty.

“With most specifications, we ask architects, specifiers, contractors and end-user clients why they chose us and the feedback tells us that it’s not just about products, but our entire proposition,” said Tony.
“Of course, as sole UK suppliers of DORMA, Skyfold and SWG we are in the enviable position of being able to offer many of the most innovative, high quality partitioning solutions in our sector. Yet more often we’re chosen because we’re seen as a safe pair of hands, a business that will meet its promises, a team that will offer considerable assistance with the design process and a specialist business that allocates a dedicated project manager irrespective of how large or small the project is.”

As a director-owned business that has grown organically to become one of the most respected in the moveable walls arena, Style has continued to invest in quality management systems, staff training and best practice processes even when the construction industry was tightening its belt in recent years.

With every quotation, the company now sends a simple ‘Why Choose Us’ summary, highlighting the core strengths around its business philosophy, specialisation, certification, transparent pricing, project management, accreditations and Style’s no quibble approach, and after sales. This outlines the broader reasons for choosing Style, who never preach to be the cheapest but often save clients money in the long run by providing good advice, the right product and delivering on time and within budget.

“We have never faltered off our course”, continued Tony, “and this has been to re-invest each year in our business so that we build strong long-term foundations that our customers can rely on.
“As a result, many clients feel safe choosing us because they appreciate the whole design and installation process will be performed with the utmost professionalism and will ultimately be a pleasurable process that will reflect well on them.”

To request a copy of Style’s “Why Choose Us” profile, please email Clare Jefferson clare.jefferson@style-partitions.co.uk