Alex Trade staff member at work

Though it may be hard to believe, at present the humble home improvement industry continues to grow more and more each day, so much so that it’s worth more than the UK music industry. That’s right, out of the way Ed Sheeran because the only thing people are concerned with the shape of, is their home’s windows, doors, and conservatories.

While we at Alex Trade have set ourselves up to be the one-stop shop for any contractor in need of trade windows in Manchester, Cheshire, and other places in the North West, we’ve decided to reflect on the others working in the region. All in the hope of assessing where in the UK, the double glazing hub actually is.

Spectus vertical sliding sash window with tilt option

Product development

As exceptional and prompt as our supply services are, we know such elements as our next day frame delivery service wouldn’t be possible without the systems houses located at the top of the food chain. Companies like Kömmerling, Rockdoor, and Ultraframe all work their best to consistently innovate and develop products that makes the homeowner experience much easier, simultaneously factoring in simpler ways of reducing on-site installation times too.

It’s interesting to note that out of the three most recognisable systems companies mentioned, two are located just a stone’s throw away from our home base, in the heart of Lancashire. As any industry veteran will tell you, Rockdoor and Ultraframe both do outstanding work with regards to product development, with the former specialising in composite doors and the latter all things conservatory and extension.

Vertical sliding sash windows manufactured using Spectus uPVC profile

Premier supply and installation

The part where we come in, there’s a reason Alex Trade’s network of partnered trade installers spans the entire North West, being a dedicated supplier all can trust and rely on. We believe that it’s our consistently high bar for quality and expert technical help that sets us apart from rivals, boasting a 5 day turnaround time for orders of any product as standard. Couple this with our signature next day frame delivery service for only £14 extra, and we’re the ideal choice for those looking to squeeze in any last-minute projects.

We began life as one of the most respected home improvement companies in the early 90s, installing products directly to homeowners before forming a supply-only division from 2001 onwards. It was by special request of local builders, contractors, and other respectable installers that we do this, signifying our passion and commitment to remaining one of the very best, whether it’s via the supply of trade windows in Manchester or trade doors in Stockport.


The best way to display and show off the brightest and best that the construction industry has to offer, both in terms of the products themselves as well as the people that installer them, the FIT Show grows year upon year. Currently the UK’s only exhibition for the window, door, conservatory, and double glazing industry, the event was held at Telford for its initial three years before relocating to Birmingham earlier this year.

A further indication of where the UK’s double glazing hub might live, this move has not gone unnoticed. With record numbers of people attending every year, not only will the FIT Show be able to accommodate a larger audience in Birmingham’s NEC, but also widen its net to industry specialists who otherwise might struggle to attend.


All eyes on the North West: Home of Alex Trade

With the FIT Show becoming more accessible for Northerly installers, two of the country’s most respected systems companies based in Lancashire, and it being the home of Alex Trade, hopefully we’ve helped shed a little light just as to why we feel that the North West could quite easily be considered as a hub for the UK’s double glazing industry.

For more information on it might pay to choose us as your supplier for trade windows in Manchester and the rest of the North West, contact us today on 0161 482 2323 or send us a message online.