Steve Hudson as Director of the Month for Windows Active’s September Issue
Alutech Systems’ very own Director, Steve Hudson, was chosen amongst the leaders of UK’s fenestration industry as Director of the Month for Windows Active’s September issue. Below you will read some interesting facts about Steve as well as find out what the company is up to at the moment.
Steve Hudson’s Working Day
“Whether I’m working from home or commuting to the offices in West Yorkshire, I always begin my day by taking a moment to enjoy a coffee, while I plan what I need to do that day. Then I’d normally spend most of the day on the phone, liaising with my incredibly talented team. I’m always at the end of the phone for guidance and have regular update meetings with them, but I’ve built a team of people who excel in their specific field, so they’re better than me at what they do. My role is to empower them to do what they do best. Mine is the best job in the world because it doesn’t feel like work at all, more a case of surrounding myself with likeminded people, helping them to thrive and enjoying our shared success, which is an absolute joy to see.”
What was your first job?
“I started out as a Trainee Scaffolder, then I got the chance to go to college to learn all the practical aspects of civil engineering, which was more my thing. Scaffolding was too much like hard work!”
When did you set up Alutech Systems?
“I bought JDUK (LTD) in 2013, which supplies Alutech sectional garage doors and roller door components to installers and manufacturers. Then in 2016, the owner of Alutech in Belarus challenged me to introduce their Aluminium Systems for doors and windows into the UK, and Alutech Systems was born.”
What has helped you during lockdown?
“Having a loving family around me to offer help and advice. My motto is that it really will be ok in the end.”
Any special interests?
“I love the outdoors! We’ve an old campervan that takes us to some lovely places around the UK with our two Bordoodle dogs running amok around somewhere or another!”
What are you up to now?
“We launched our new rounded sash in July this year. The curved edge of the external facing sash gives the illusion of even slimmer sightlines, which are already slimmer than 68% of the market. It’s proving a big hit with trend-setting homeowners that want something different for their property to stand out from the rest of the street and it perfectly complements most existing windows, which tend to be curved too.
We’re always looking for ways to help our customers stand out from their competition and make more money and the curved sash offers fabricators the chance of more margin per door leaf as a premium upgrade but at the same trade price as our ever-popular BF73 system. The beauty of this systems lies in its versatility. Whether the project is a single door, French door or bifolding door, they can all be fabricated from the same BF73 system, taking away the headache of having to stock multiple systems by using one for all.
However, the thing our customers want most from us now is a residential aluminium system to complement our door range. We’ve listened to feedback and worked closely with Alutech in Belarus to develop a product that will be launched imminently. The launch had previously been planned for FIT Show 2021, but in light of it being post-postponed, we’ve decided to revamp our showroom instead. All being well, the grand re-opening will be the launch platform for the new window system and we’re looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to come and see what we can do.”
Check out Windows Active’s September issue for the full article.
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