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Installers Flock to See Windowlink’s Kestrel at FiT Show

Visitors to the FiT Show flocked to the Windowlink stand to get a demo of Kestrel, the new online business manager. It’s the latest offering from the software experts, who also demonstrated their Focus and Vector window and conservatory pricing and presentation software to installers.

Mark Dudley says: “It was fantastic to get the opportunity to show installers what Kestrel is all about at the FiT Show and get some great feedback from our existing customers who are already using the system to help their business.

“It was also the perfect chance to demonstrate how our Focus and Vector sales software packages have developed since we were last at the show in 2017. The software is updated on an ongoing basis to help installers get the best value from their sales software.”

Windowlink’s software packages are designed to be flexible to help make selling processes more efficient and profitable. Customers can choose off-the-shelf packages or bespoke versions, personalised to suit their business.

Kestrel is the complete virtual business manager that helps companies to manage relationships, sales processes, to-do lists, diaries and much more. It can also be linked to Focus and Vector for a complete software package to help businesses save time and money

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Kestrel Helps Manage Your Business

Kestrel, the new online businesKestrel Benefits Image - News manager system from software experts Windowlink, makes it easier for window companies to run their business.

Mark Dudley, Managing Director at Windowlink, explains: “When we first had the idea for Kestrel, the plan was to create a system to help manage contacts and sales. As window companies grow and more people are working remotely, it can become tricky for businesses to make sure that everything is following internal processes. So we set out to make it easier for them.

“Now, Kestrel is so much more. It’s a complete virtual business manager that not only manages customer relationships, but also sales leads and diaries, to make it easier to book sales visits, surveys and even installations.”

Kestrel is a completely independent system, so installation companies aren’t relying on their fabricator for software. This makes it adaptable to their business, and each user, from managing director to surveyor or installation team, can personalise their dashboard to see what’s most important to their role.

If installers want to link Kestrel with their quoting software, it can be integrated with Focus and Vector window and conservatory software, so there’s no doubling up on data entry.

Mark adds: “We’re so confident that Kestrel is the answer to help growing window companies manage their businesses, we’re offering a 30-day money back guarantee as well as free online training.”

 

Easter Closing –

Easter Opening Hours
We hope you’re looking forward to the long Easter weekend.
There will be a few changes to our opening hours over this period:We’ll be closed on Friday 19 April and Monday 22 April. 

We’ll be re-opening for business as usual on Tuesday 23 April.

Wishing you a Happy Easter!

The Windowlink Team

Windowlink’s latest solid roof designer speeds up sales

Windowlink Roof Software_BiggerfilesizeOne of the fastest growing products in the home improvement market is solid roofs. Ideal for both conservatory roof replacements or installing on new conservatories, glazed and traditional extensions. They are the key for installation companies attracting new business. The latest version of Windowlink’s roof software is designed to make the sale of solid roofs even quicker and easier.

Already known for its stunning visuals, the latest software shows both internal and external views of the project. There are lots of options within the software. Tiled and profiled roofs including Ultraframe’s Livinroof are featured, as well as hybrid roofs that include full length glass panels. Roof light options include top hung and pivot styles.

“We’ve updated the software to give installers the best in visuals for their customers,” says Mark Dudley, Managing Director at Windowlink Limited. “The pictures make them stand out from competitors. It also gives them all the usual benefits they get from our software including pricing, order forms and contracts.

“As the number of solid roof refurbishment and new build glazed extension projects continues to grow, it often puts window installation companies up against local builders who can take weeks to get quotes back to customers. Using Windowlink means installers can deliver accurate pricing quickly. Homeowners like the reassurance of dealing with a professional company who can show what the final extension or refurbishment will look like.

“We have already had great feedback from customers adding the latest version of Windowlink solid roof software.”

To see the software in action, ask Windowlink for a demonstration on 01452 348575.

Some of the updates available under the Gold Service Scheme

Summary of some Gold Service Updates

Available FOC as part of your Service Agreement

General

  • New licensing model – gets rid of dongles and makes it easy to fine-tune installations so each user can (if desired) have different features switched on or off)
  • Basic colours in reports can now be changed by users (text/borders etc)
  • Drawings (.wcd files) can now be opened by double-clicking on them in Windows Explorer (subject to the correct Windows file association being created). NOTE : This only works for ‘Document Set Type = FileSystem’.
  • Finance agreements – Programs can now calculate monthly PMT – calculates the payment for a loan based on constant payments and a constant interest rate.

Glazed Extensions

  • Roof windows can now be hinged at the top (roof lights) or centrally (Velux style)
  • Roof windows can be of different materials for (for example) PVCu or aluminium roofs
  • Glazing end-closer rules for conservatory modules re-instated.
  • Decorative (stone/soldier course etc) cills and lintels can be incorporated
  • Parapet lean-to modules added.

Frames

  • Trickle vents can now be positioned in the frame (i.e. central/proportioned, over openers or over mullions) (Included with production and advanced Focus)
  • Triangular shapes now available
  • Additional survey sizes can be input (Inside and outside aperture sizes, width and height clearances, diagonals, internal height above floor level) (Advanced Focus only)
  • Timber vertical sliders can now be constructed using mullions that ‘break-through the outer frame.
  • Aluminium sections can now be split into the two aluminium sections and thermal break so that aluminium material pricing can be updated throughout all sections by changing just 1 figure. (There may be a charge involved in incorporating this into your program)

Available as chargeable additions to your software

General

  • Analytics module –
    1. can analyse windows, doors and conservatories put through Focus/Vector to give trend information
    2. can analyse sales (if using pricing) (per area, per product/frame type, per salesman etc)
  • Sign/Email options added to all software – this allows a salesman to collect a signature ‘on the night’ and to send a contract by email to the customer, and job files etc to the office.  It also allows automation of the quote/order/survey process (chargeable)

Glazed Extensions

  • Solid roofs (tiled)
  • Profile solid roofs (for example the Ultraframe’s LivinRoof)
  • Solid and profile solid roofs have internal flat or pitched ceilings with/without pelmets and mansard roofs
  • Full height glass panels can be inserted into both solid and profile solid roofs.

Frames

  • Machining centre link now available (chargeable)
  • Saw links available (chargeable)
  • Arched and circular section frames (chargeable)
  • Lantern roofs can now be incorporated into window and door quotes (chargeable)
  • Pickable Fitters lists now available (Advanced Focus)