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Long-Standing Ritec ClearShield Customer Multiple Finalists at G17 Awards

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Ritec International are delighted to announce that long-standing ClearShield® customer, Go Glass Ltd, have reached not one but two finals at this year’s G17 Awards. This Cambridge-based company is shortlisted for Glass Company of the Year and Unsung Hero at this prestigious event.

Since 1978, Go Glass served the local area with high quality glass and mirror products. Today, they remain a family-run business and Clive Sparkes and sisters Tracy Saunders (Sales and Marketing) and Emma Sparkes (Sales and Specification) are dedicated to offering customers a range of innovative and exciting products designed to add warmth and individuality to any home or workplace.

Go Glass became a customer of award-winning Ritec ClearShield® in 2003. Applied in their own factory, Ritec ClearShield® is a durable ‘non-stick’ protection solution against dirt and fingermarks, a particular problem for sandblasted glass. This is a popular option amongst Go Glass’s customers that like their glass to benefit from low-maintenance, easy clean and anti-microbial properties that look like new for longer.

The Glass Company of the Year nomination has come at a good time as Go Glass are approaching its 40th anniversary. Tracy says, “It is great that our small talented Go Glass team have been recognised for their hard work and commitment over the last 40 years. Led by our Director Clive, the design and production team hold NVQs from Level 2 to 4 and utilise both traditional methods and modern day technology to produce some great bespoke glass design work for both domestic and commercial customers.”

Clive is well-respected in the glass industry, exhibiting his work at Glasstec, Düsseldorf, the world’s largest glass exhibition and has designed glasswork for clients such as the BBC, BAFTA and Hampton Court Palace. His performance and achievements have earned him a nomination for the G17 Unsung Hero award. For example, he has designed and painstakingly produced three glass sculptures for auction in aid of CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. The first two sculptures, a Ducati 996 sportsbike and Lewis Hamilton’s 2009 F1 car, were full-size original replicas and already raised thousands for the charity. 

Clive says, “Being shortlisted for the G17 Unsung Hero Award is a great honour, the glass sculpture work we auctioned for CLIC Sargent charity has already raised over £10,000 and we hope to continue to raise even more for the charity with our glass runner.  Our thanks also to Ritec for their help and support with these projects over the years.”