A new branch of the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) has been set up to support door hardware professionals in the northernmost regions of England.

The North and Borders Branch encompasses the area previously covered by the North East Branch and spans all the way over to the West Coast and the borders. Meetings are held in Carlisle.

Simon Sutton, national sales manager of Lorient UK, is branch chairman. He said: “The IAI branches provide quality CPD through a structured programme of presentations, and a platform for local architectural ironmongers to voice their opinions. We’re also there to encourage networking among the local AI community.

“If you want to further your knowledge, add your voice, talk shop, present your products, or vent your spleen please come along and see us.”

The inaugural meeting of the IAI North and Borders Branch in May was attended by more than 20 people including the IAI chairman, Mario Del-Signore, and a host of local architectural ironmongers, GAI Diploma students, manufacturers and industry experts. It featured a CPD session on environmental product declarations by GAI technical manager, Douglas Masterson.

The next meeting will include a presentation by Carlisle Brass on enhanced security cylinder and protective hardware, and will also include a student evening beforehand for students to discuss and prepare for their upcoming examinations for the GAI Diploma.