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7th August 2014
 
Game Changer: Emplas Launches Challenger Installer Network
 

Emplas has issued a challenge to installer networks with the launch of its new Installer Partnership, designed to support growth across its customer base through lead generation and unparalleled support.

Developed by Emplas to redraw and redefine expectations of the support offered by systems companies and fabricators to retailers, the scheme offers qualifying installers access to new levels of support – at no additional cost.

Drawing on its understanding of the retail sector through its own (and Northamptonshire-only) retail business T&K which claimed the G12-Awards Installer of the Year title, this includes dedicated lead generation and sales support.

 
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Ever-Growing Glazerite Tops £10M In First Half
 

Glazerite Windows Ltd has recorded its first-ever £10million half-year sales after growing nearly 40% year on year.

New products, new customers, plus strong growth in current customer accounts in all sectors helped the trade-only fabricator ring in excess of £10,500,000 for January – June, as against £7,500,000 in the same period last year.

The sales increase is only the latest in an unbroken chain of impressive growth since the company was founded less than 15 years ago.

 
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National Plastics Acquires Churchleys Builders Plastics Ltd
 

As part of their continued expansion, National Plastics  are pleased to announce the acquisition today of three new depots in Worthing, Horsham and Chichester. Formerly operating as Churchleys Builders Plastics, these depots represent yet another bold step forward for a company which has seen unprecedented growth over the past few years.

Managing Director Geoff Foster said “The acquisition of these depots is a great opportunity for us to move into the South East, and we look forward to bringing our core values of superior quality products, great value prices and exemplary service levels to these areas. We have planned for major expansion in the coming years, and this acquisition represents the beginning of an exciting new chapter for National Plastics, allowing us to serve an even greater area.”

 
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Distinction Door’s Nan Ya Slab Leads The Market In Thermal Efficiency
 

The strength of Distinction Door’s position in composite doors was recently reinforced when its Nan Ya doorset was proved to be the most thermally efficient composite door on the market. Chantel Roach, Distinction’s Marketing Manager, said, “The thermal performance of a door is always important to homeowners, especially with energy bills on the rise. We’re delighted that our door has proved its quality in this area, as in many others.”

The thermal efficiency of the Nan Ya slab was proved in tests at the University of Salford’s Energy House. The tests showed that the Nan Ya 44.5mm slab was 19% more thermally efficient than a 48mm solid timber core composite door and 17% more thermally efficient than a 44mm traditional timber panelled door.

 
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Strength Through Partnership – Quickslide And Wilson Windows
 

No one knows the value of strong working relationships better than Quickslide’s trade partners and there’s no better example than Wilson Windows.

The Loughborough-based family business has worked with Quickslide and its products since 2011, working closely with Key Account Manager Amy Perrin. MD Dale Wilson and Karen visited Quickslide at its Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HQ when they first became customers, says Amy: “They came to see who we are and what we do and we have built up a close working relationship ever since.

 
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Padiham Glass Ltd Is Pleased To Announce Their Appointment Of Vida Cade As Sales And Marketing Executive
 

Vida brings a wealth of knowledge and a broad range of skills to the team at Padiham Glass Ltd, having previously been employed as marketing manager for a catering equipment company.

Although completely new to the glass and glazing industry, Vida tells us a little bit about her background and what was it about the role at Padiham Glass Ltd that made her want to leave her job to venture into the world of IGU manufacturing.

 
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National Plastics Appoints New National Sales Manager
 

National Plastics is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicholas Stone to National Sales Manager. The company has seen unprecedented growth in recent years, and shows no signs of slowing down, with new acquisitions, new products, and even more exciting plans in the pipeline.

Managing Director Geoff Foster said “Nick has been with National Plastics since 2007 and has played an integral role in the success of the business to date.  

 
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Balls2 Marketing Is Nominated For Three PRide Awards
 

Balls2 Marketing is nominated for three Pride Awards, the CIPR’s awards scheme that recognises excellence in public relations and communications work. The Derby-based PR and marketing agency is a finalist in Best Events for Triple Glazing Question (TGQ) hosted by Edgetech UK; the £20 eye test saved my life in the Healthcare Campaign category; and Outstanding Small Consultancy.

Over the last 12 months Balls2 Marketing has grown considerably. We now count some local businesses as clients, as well as continuing to expand within Andy Ball and Sarah Ball’s specialism glazing and construction.

 
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And They’re Off – GGF London Region Race Night!
 

Various members of the London Region, recently attended the Irish Night – race meeting at the Royal Windsor Race Course.

This is fast becoming an annual event for the region, which provides members with a unique opportunity to network in the informal surroundings offered by the venue. The original idea was conceived by past Regional Chairman Michael Deanus, and has since been continued by current Chairman, GG Glass and Glazing Director Sam Grant. 

 
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Machu Picchu Challenge Beckons Sarah Ball
 

Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic sights in South America, and the culmination of Sarah Ball and her daughter Stephanie’s magnificent Inca Trail trek in May 2015 through the Peruvian Andes. They will be trekking on Inca-paved paths and steps, the route takes them up through lush cloud forest to the demanding Dead Woman’s Pass at 4200m. Continually climbing up or dropping down, the trek is steep at times, and the altitude adds to the challenge.

 
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Trade News


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

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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?

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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. 

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People

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.”

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On-Site

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.

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Conservatories

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. 

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Products

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.

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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

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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.

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Machinery

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,

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Marketing

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. 

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Awards

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.

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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).

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FIT show

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

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