GRM Windows, which is celebrating 40 years in business in 2019, has agreed a new sponsorship with Bäckstedt Coaching to support two promising local cyclists, Elynor and Zoe Bäckstedt.
The agreement sees GRM providing financial support to the two sisters in the form of covering transport and accommodation costs to enable them to continue their extensive training and race programmes in the UK and Europe.
GRM’s Managing Director, Richard Gambling, who started working for the company in 1994 and took over as MD in 2010, is a keen competition cyclist with a strong desire to put something back into the sport. One of the highlights of the company’s 40th year celebrations will be a special charity cycle around Wales in August, in which the Bäckstedt girls are expected to feature.
GRM, based in Pontyclun, South Wales, was founded in July 1979 by Gareth Gambling, and currently manufactures windows and doors to a wide variety of clients in both the commercial and trade sectors. It is also one of Wales’s leading Rehau profile manufacturers.
Richard Gambling said:
“GRM is delighted to be working with Bäckstedt Coaching. Elynor and Zoe are two seriously talented young Welsh cyclists and we know that our support will make a big difference to their development at what is a key early stage of their careers. As a company we are keen to do our bit for the community and with both girls brought up and based just around the corner from our factory in Pontyclun there is an extra incentive for us wanting to see them do well.”
Magnus Bäckstedt said:
“We are very pleased that GRM Windows have chosen to help Elynor and Zoe with their cycling dreams. With the girls cycling at British and Welsh level, their racing and training involves travelling around Britain and Europe most weekends. The support from GRM Windows will take the pressure off us and allow us to take them wherever they need to go.”
Elynor Bäckstedt is the winner of the BBC Wales Carwyn James Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2018, and the bronze medallist in the World Junior Championships Individual Time Trial for 2018. In 2019 she is hoping for Junior World Championship success on home soil in Yorkshire.
Zoe Bäckstedt is four times British Champion in multiple disciplines (Cyclocross (won in January 2018), Circuit, Omnium and Pursuit). Her aim in 2019 is to gain selection for Great Britain in the European Youth Olympics.
Magnus Bäckstedt won Gold in the Paris Roubaix in 2004 and was a stage winner in the 1998 Tour De France.
Meg Bäckstedt won Gold in the UK National Championship Road Race in 1998.
GRM Windows is celebrating 40 years in business in 2019 and is marking its ruby anniversary with a series of special events, competitions, fundraising and promotions across the calendar year.
GRM, based in Pontyclun, South Wales, was founded in July 1979 by Gareth Gambling, and in its 40-year existence has grown to a multi-million pound turnover business manufacturing windows and doors to a wide variety of clients in both the commercial and trade sectors.
The present Managing Director, Richard Gambling, started working for the company in 1994 and took over as MD in 2010. During his time at the helm the business has expanded and 2019 will see the establishment of GRM Innovations. This new arm will manufacture aluminium products, curtain-walling and the innovative Geneo aluminium clad PVCu windows, working alongside the more traditional PVCu windows and doors.
The centrepieces of the year will be a special celebration evening at Lanely Hall and a bike ride around Wales raising money for charity.
Gareth Gambling said:
“When I started the company in the late 1970s I’m not sure I quite envisaged the extent to which it would grow and thrive. We took great pride in the quality of our products and as a family-owned firm we always worked hard to do the very best that we could for our customers, something Richard and his team have continued.”
Richard Gambling said:
“I’m very conscious of all the hard work my dad put in to establish GRM and incredibly proud to be leading the team of committed employees we have working for us. I hope that 2019 will be a real celebration of the journey that we’ve been on and we will be using it as an opportunity to thank our loyal customers and partners, raise the profile of the business and hopefully have a lot of fun as well.”
Elynor and Zoe Bäckstedt in action