Morten, how come you changed position from leader in Inwido South to MD of Allan Brothers?
Say hello to Morten Bach Valsted, the “company traveler”
Having previously lived and worked abroad for a number of years, my partner and I always wanted to relocate again if the right job opportunity ever presented itself again. And, it did in 2020. So, despite of Covid-19 and instability in the financial markets, we decided to sell our house in Aarhus, Denmark and move to the small town of Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north-east corner of England. Founded in 1811, Allan Brothers is the longest established window company in the UK, with unparalleled expertise in timber craftmanship. The company plays a very important role in the community in Berwick-upon-Tweed and many of our employees have worked here for generations.
What do you like the most about the window industry?
I came into the window industry by chance in 2004. And, I’ve loved it ever since. Being part of an industry, which offers such relevance and importance to everybody’s lives is wonderful. As an industry, we create and produce building components that bring such a high degree of security, light, warmth, and views into peoples’ lives. Windows are an extremely underrated building component if you ask me; They are the eyes and soul of a building and create the framework for a secure and healthy indoor climate.
What are the benefits being a part of Inwido?
Inwido is the largest window manufacturer in Europe. For me personally, Inwido has offered the opportunity to develop and grow and to work in several roles in several countries. Inwido has great focus on employee well-being and being a socially and environmentally responsible company, which is very close to my heart.
What is your goal in your new position?
Together with the entire Allan Brothers team my goal is to invest in developing and growing the factory to create more jobs in the community. We are working hard to improve and modernize our factory and business model to re-invent our DNA as a historic company operating in the 21st century.