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5th August 2014
 
GGF Disappointed With Green Deal Fund Closure
 

The GGF was disappointed to hear this week, that newly appointed Energy Minister Amber Rudd has been forced to shut down the Green Deal money back scheme The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) “with immediate effect” after it was overwhelmed by a last-minute “dash for cash”.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have blamed a sudden surge in applications for clearing out £70 million of ring-fenced budget in just two days, the entire £120m budget was intended to last 12 months.

 
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Northwest Rooftech And Northwest Alutech Roll Out Nationwide Operation
 

Conservatory roof and aluminium specialists Northwest Rooftech and Northwest Alutech have just announced they are bringing their market-leading combination of value-added quality and service to the whole of the UK.  Dave Cheetham, Sales Manager at Northwest Rooftech said, “Since we were founded in 1997 we have grown steadily year on year. Our initial focus was on the north west market, but in recent years more and more customers from across the UK have joined us. It was becoming clear to us that we could no longer consider ourselves a local business, hence the formal decision to become a nationwide company.”

 
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Dear Gerald
 

Approved installer schemes and networks have fallen in and out of fashion. But recently a number of Syscos have launched new schemes.

The industry likes its badges, for sure. But the word ‘approved’ seems patronising to me. Who are Syscos to ‘approve’ fabricators and installers?

And what do members get from such schemes? In my view, not a lot. Most over promise and under deliver.

 
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Saint-Gobain Glass Launches Energy Efficient Glass Planitherm One T
 

After leading the market with the UK’s first temperable low-E glass to achieve a U-value of 1.0 W/m2K, Saint-Gobain Glass has re-launched its PLANITHERM ONE and PLANITHERM ONE II as a single-stock product known as PLANITHERM ONE T. Boasting an excellent optimum centre-pane U-value in a double-glazed unit of just 1.0W/m2K, going as low as 0.5 W/m2K for triple-glazed units, the coating offers an optimised balance of very high thermal performance and solar gain.

 
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Distinction Doors Appoints CEO
 

Distinction Doors has just announced that it has appointed Andrew Fowlds as its Chief Executive Officer. Speaking of the appointment, Drew Wright, Distinction’s founder said, “I am delighted to welcome Andrew to Distinction Doors. He brings with him a wealth of experience that will be invaluable.”

Andrew will be joining Distinction Doors from the Li & Fung Group, the world’s largest sourcing company. He spent 11 years at the company and during his time there led three different companies within the Group to a position of significant growth. A Chartered Director and MBA graduate, Andrew has also spent 15 years working in China

 
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Win £250 In Mercury Glazing’s Photo Competition!
 

Gloucester-based trade supplier Mercury Glazing has just launched a photo competition with a £250 cash prize for its customers. To enter, all you need to do is submit a photo of a Mercury PVCu vertical slider or Mercury aluminium bi-fold installation that you’ve completed. 

Steve Cross, Mercury’s Director, said, “As a trade supplier, we don’t get to see our products in use – the last we usually see of them is when they’re packed up ready for delivery to our customers. This competition will show us the difference our products make and how our customers’ hard work is enhancing buildings all over the country.”

 
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Glassolutions Meets Demanding Glazing Spec At Wembley Park’s London Designer Outlet
 

High performance glazing from GLASSOLUTIONS features in London’s new £100m London Designer Outlet complex at Wembley Park which boasts the largest catchment area of any shopping centre in the UK.

The demanding glazing specification delivers optimum solar control, high light transmission and thermal efficiency as well as meeting exacting performance standards for anti-vandalism, acoustic efficiency, strength and safety.

 
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MYBRAND: Bespoke Marketing Made Easy
 

Full-service agency MRA has taken marketing to the next level for window systems company Deceuninck with the launch of MyBrand. This innovative print-on-demand service delivers tailored sales tools for Deceuninck’s window fabricator customers. 

“We wanted to give our fabricators and their installer customers a simple and affordable way to produce their own, tailored marketing materials to help them sell,” says Rob McGlennon, Sales Director at Deceuninck. “A generic leaflet with their name and address doesn’t help installers stand out or sell. We’ve done a lot more.

 
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Saint-Gobain Glass Create Stunning Effects By Launching SGG SATINOVO MATT
 

Yorkshire-based Saint-Gobain Glass bring to market a new sophisticated interior product;SGG SATINOVO MATT.

A matt-finished translucent glass, SGG SATINOVO MATT is intended primarily for interior applications and can be used to create stunning aesthetic effects while diffusing light and emitting a purity of colour.  

 
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CIPR PRide Shortlist For Brouha Customer Campaigns
 

Brouha Marketing is excited to announce that it has been shortlisted for not one but two categories in the Chartered Institute of PR PRide South of England Awards. The agency has made the final cut in both the Low Budget Campaign and Integrated Campaign categories.

With a record number of entries this year – more than 1,100 – and the South a particularly hotly contested region, a shortlist in two categories is no mean feat, as Fiona Lund, Managing Director at Brouha explains: “It’s always fantastic to be recognised by our peers for the work that we do every day. We have regularly featured in the PRide Awards over the past 8 years, and what means a lot to us this

 
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Special Offers From Phoenix Doors For New Customers
 

Phoenix Doors, part of MASCO UK Window Group Ltd, has launched its summer campaign to entice new customers with special discounts on its GRP composite doors and PVC-U door panels.

The ‘Complete Spectrum of Doors’ offer features five composite doors, one of which is a back door, and ten door panels, all at extremely competitive prices and accompanied by exclusive order forms.

 
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Haffner And Murat’s SMR-4 Welder Sales Continue To Grow
 

When Haffner Murat’s SMR-4 welder was introduced to the market last year, it was billed as being revolutionary. It seems that the market more than agreed with this verdict as sales of the machine are soaring. Dave Thomas, Haffner Murat’s Managing Director, said, “The SMR-4 welder solves a perennial problem for fabricators, adding value to the bottom line immediately, so I’m not surprised it’s proving such a hit.”

 
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Mike Rigby To Judge CMAs
 

MRA Marketing’s Managing Director Mike Rigby has been invited to join the panel of judges at the 14th Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs). The CMAs recognise those who achieve marketing excellence across the built environment. The award ceremony will be held in London on the 4th December.

As a judge Mike will be asked to analyse and comment on a huge number of projects, giving his take on their creativity, effectiveness and overall achievement, among a list of other key attributes. MRA Marketing is a 9 times winner, 15 times finalist and last year moved

 
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Fit’s A Hit For Hundreds On YOUTUBE
 

They just can’t get enough of the FIT Show – weeks after the 2014 event ended, literally hundreds are logging on and watching their favourite clips via YouTube and the FIT Show own TV portal www.fitshow.co.uk / fit-show-tv


Biggest hits among exhibitors included Batimet, Eurosash, Big Wipes, Georgian Bar Co and Chase Taylor, while many clicked onto reminders of the superb Gala Dinner with cabaret by comic ventriloquist Nina Conti.

 
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Trade News


Plastic Is Fantastic For Local Mp’s Veka Recycling Tour

Kent-based VEKA Recycling hosted a visit from their Gareth Johnson MP who praised the PVC recycler’s progress in expanding its services and products, while providing growing employment opportunities for local people.

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Growth Plans On Track For CMS As
Sales Jump 33%

Business is booming for Scottish based window, door and building envelope supplier CMS, which has increased turnover by £5 million and staff numbers by 30% in the last 12 months.

In a record year for the company, turnover has increased from £15

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Despatch Scanning Optimises Loading And Delivery For Pioneer Customers

Well known for the fabrication of doors, windows and conservatories, Pioneer Trading is further increasing the quality of its overall service to the trade by adopting the innovative Mobile Despatch Screen.

Employing the software will ensure even greater efficiency for both the

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IGnoring Ad Rules Puts IG Doors On Naughty Step

After intervention by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) IG Doors has withdrawn its claim to be the UK’s largest manufacturer of composite doors.

The ASA is the UK’s independent watchdog responsible for ensuring ads are legal, decent, honest and truthful.

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SWISSPACER Inside CWG Choices’ Popular Open Days

SWISSPACER took part in two open days at CWG Choices on the 22nd and 23rd July. Installers were attending the event to find out more about CWG Choices’ extensive product range.

SWISSPACER is used by many window companies in their sales pitches to homeowners. CWG Choices chooses sealed units with

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Another Record Breaking Trading Period For Hardware Supplier

A leading international supplier of friction stays has reported a record period of trading in the first quarter of its new financial year.

International friction stay manufacturer Cotswold Architectural Products is up

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People

Phil Parry Joins Synseal To Lead The R&D Team

Phil Parry has joined Synseal in a newly-created role of Head of Research & Development to lead the company’s successful R&D team and deliver the new product strategy plan.

Phil is well qualified for this position, as he has previously held positions at nearby systems suppliers LB Plastics and Eurocell where he was

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On-Site

Total Glass Windows Improve Security For Conservation Area Homes

Liverpool-based social housing fenestration specialist Total Glass supplied PVC-U vertical sliding and casement windows for a property in one of the city’s key Conservation Areas.

The white sliding box sash windows were installed on the front elevation of the substantial semi-detached

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Products

New Technology Delivers Quieter, Smarter Motorised Integral Blinds

Now with the quietest ever motor and plug-in diagnostics to speedily resolve any operational issues with ease, the MB-System motorised Uni-Blind® system from Morley Glass offers fabricators and installers the ultimate addition to any window or

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SGG Unveils STADIP SKN To Combine Solar Control With Safety And Acoustic Performance

Saint-Gobain Glass has brought together the acclaimed high performance solar control properties of Cool-lite SKN with the acoustic and safety features of its Stadip range to offer COOL-LITE STADIP SKN 165 and 174.

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Homeowners Recognise What Solid Tiled Conservatory Roofs Have To Offer

Increasing numbers of homeowners are recognising how a solid conservatory roof can transform their home. David Gallagher, Managing Director of Connaught Conservatory Roofs explains their appeal. “Quite simply, a solid tiled conservatory roof has a lot to offer different sectors of the market.”

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SGG Launches Cool-Lite Xtreme 50/22 II Featuring An Outstanding Selectivity Of 2.27

Saint-Gobain Glass is once again leading the field in high performance solar control glass with the launch of Cool-lite Xtreme 50/22 II, which features Europe’s highest solar selectivity for a to be toughened triple silver product.

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Warm Edge Spacer Bars Boosts Thermal Insulation For
Integral Blinds

A new addition to the Uni-Blinds range from Morley Glass & Glazing gives fabricators and installers the scope to provide windows and doors featuring integral blinds without compromising thermal performance.

Following a two year development programme in conjunction with Italian


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Machinery

Inagas gains EU Patent for SmartStart

Inagas is pleased to announce that its SmartStart filling lance has been granted a patent by the European Patent Office.

Supplied with the popular Smartfill range of gas filling machinery, SmartStart provides the operative with

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Internet

Deceuninck Launches Mybrand Print On Demand Portal

Deceuninck has launched www. MyBrandHub.co.uk – its new print on demand portal to make it simple and convenient for customers to order personalised brochures, leaflets, posters and other marketing tools whenever they need.

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Brochures

Premidoor Brochure Supports Growth

With a recent surge in enquires for Kömmerling’s Lift and Slide PremiDoor from installers, specifiers and building developers, the company have just launched a new and dedicated 6 page brochure to support further growth for this highly

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Charity

Regalead Ready For Tower To Tower Challenge

Over the past months 12 members of the RegaLead team limbering up for one of their toughest challenges to date in the form of the London to Paris Cycle ride in aid of their chosen charity Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity (RDMCC).

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