9th December 2014
 
GGF Reaction To Chancellor’s Autumn Statement
 

Last week, Chancellor George Osborne delivered his final Autumn Statement before next year’s General Election in May.

The GGF had written to the Chancellor eight weeks before his Autumn Statement announcement highlighting the GGF’s campaigns and raising Members’ concerns.

In general, the Autumn Statement is seen as a chance to set out future tax and spending plans, as well as set out the state of the nation’s finances. During the speech, the Chancellor hailed Britain as the “fastest growing of any advanced economy in the world.”

 
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Dempsey Dyer Fast Track Colour Service Goes Down A Storm With Installers
 

Consumer tastes have evolved from white windows, with colour presenting plenty of opportunities for installers in the domestic market. But with long lead times creating supply hassles for installers many are yet to take full advantage of these opportunities.

Yorkshire based trade fabricator Dempsey Dyer has provided a solution to the problem, which is already going down a storm with its customers.

 
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Triple-Powered Residence 9 From Sternfenster
 

Following a recent investment in state-of-the-art machinery that allows for a revolutionary manufacturing process, Lincoln-based Sternfenster has reported a 48% increase in demand for its high-end Residence 9 window.

Sternfenster is the only fabricator in the UK to offer the popular nine-chambered window in three manufacturing options, from the conventional welding method, to mechanically-jointed frames put together by skilled craftsmen, and through to the all-new seamless welding process.

 
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Truframe Gets A Little Flushed
 

TruFrame have just launched the new, impressive and energy efficient uPVC flush sash window from Liniar, including a number of exclusive foil finishes, which also incorporates Yale’s enhanced security shootbolt locking as standard.

Using Liniar’s six-chambered EnergyPlus sculptured frame, the window incorporates a new four-chambered 50mm deep flush sash which is 62mm high, making for a sightline of just 102mm.

 
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Order Up To 18Th December For A Door Before Xmas!
 

“Christmas is the high point of most retailers’ years and there should be no exception for the window and door industry,” says Martin Dickie, Business Unit Director of Door-Stop. “But many manufacturers start slowing down in the first week in December and don’t really get going until the last two weeks of January!”

Martin continues: “At Door-Stop we’ve extended our final December delivery date so installers can make the most of the season.

 
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Business Micros Aluminium Releases LogiKal 9.0
 

The latest version of the LogiKal market leading software for the aluminium sector is now available from Business Micros Aluminium

LogiKal 9.0 includes new features such as the ability to create single CNC machinings for one off projects, the option to have multiple projects and positions open on different screens at the same time and the ability to create glass to glass corners on windows for the first time.

 
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SWISSPACER Congratulates Thermoseal On Joining Them At The Top
 

SWISSPACER says well done to Thermoseal for catching up and joining them at the top of the list for most thermally efficient warm edge spacer bars. “But”, says Vic De Costa, SWISSPACER Sales & Marketing Manager (UK & Ireland), “Readers could misunderstand Thermoseal’s announcement. To clarify: we say, well done for catching up and drawing level, but they have not overtaken us.”

 
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Distinction Doors’ Achievements Recognised Locally
 

Distinction Doors has just been named in the top ten SME businesses in the Sheffield City Region in a list compiled by local publication The Star Business and sponsored by Barber Harrison & Platt. Chantel Roach, Distinction’s Marketing Manager, said, “We are delighted to make the top ten SMEs in the region. Last year we were number 19 and the move up the rankings this year reflects how strong 2014 has been for us in all areas of the business.”

 
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Time To Vote For The REHAU Installation Of The Year
 

REHAU has revealed the four finalists in its first ever Installation of the Year competition, and is now inviting the industry to visit its website and choose the winner.

There is a dedicated page on the REHAU website at www. rehau .co.uk which will be open until 31 December 2014 for visitors to vote, and there is also a Pinterest board here (REHAU Windows Pinterest) showcasing some of the other fantastic entries.

 
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Official Sales Generator Is Launched To The Industry
 

DIGITAL specialist The Consultancy and UK composite door designer and manufacturer Solidor have successfully launched the official Sales Generator.

The two companies have been working together on various digital projects including this latest enterprise which will revolutionise the way home-owners choose their doors online.

 
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Abbey Windows Improve Conversion Rates With Focus From Windowlink
 

Windowlink, creators of design, sales and pricing software for the window and door industry, have recently delivered a bespoke project for Abbey Windows, a major installer with operations throughout Reading, Wokingham, Henley and the Thames Valley.

With almost 30 years’ experience in carrying out installations of the highest quality, Abbey Windows were looking to improve the front end sales presentations, and increase conversion rates. They opted for Focus, Windowlink’s specialist software aimed at installers

 
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YWC Group’s Low Threshold French Door Passes The Test For Security And Accessibility
 

Halo fabricator YWC Group has announced successful BSI testing and accreditation for its mobility threshold Secured by Design French door.

The project brought together technically-advanced Halo profile with the input of leading threshold manufacturer Stormguard and global window security experts Avantis Hardware Ltd. to create a doorset that complies with all current BSI criteria while providing unhindered floor-level access – crucial for wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties.

 
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Door-Stop & MRA Win ‘Fabulous’ Best Digital Campaign At CMAs
 

Door-Stop International has won its 5th Construction Marketing Award, this year for Best Digital Campaign, in a joint entry with construction agency MRA Marketing.

Supported by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the CMAs recognise the brightest and the best in construction.


 
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The Awards Keep On Coming For Polyframe
 

Polyframe are one of an elite group of businesses to be named as an ”Outstanding Company for 2014” by leading industry analysts Plimsoll Publishing Ltd

On an annual basis Plimsoll Publishing Ltd, provider of market reports and company analysis, awards the accolade of “Outstanding Company” to a very select number of companies in their individual industry sectors. This is an award that is the result of the latest analysis of the published annual accounts relevant to our specific area of business.

 
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A Christmas Gift For MADi
 

Profine UK who represent the KBE and Kömmerling brands in the UK, have just presented the new industry pay to play charity, MADi Fundraising, with a significant donation.

MADi Fundraising was launched at the FIT Show Gala Dinner in 2014 with a sponsored casino and the promise of a wide range of events and 100% of the proceeds going to children’s charities, this year being the Anthony Nolan Trust. The first big event will be the inaugural MADi Ball Rally from Brand’s Hatch to Café de Paris in Monaco, in 2015.

 
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Trade News


It all adds up – The VEKA UK Group launches the industry’s ONLY Notified ENERGY RATING calculator

Well known for beating competitors to the punch, The VEKA UK Group has now unveiled the industry’s only BSI notified and BFRC certified window and door energy performance calculator. 

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Dear Gerald


The debate Roy and I started in the media about Syscos Approved Installer schemes got a number of Syscos hot and bothered. They became quite defensive, so we clearly struck a nerve!

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Annual meeting for Heads of The VEKA Group takes place in Burnley


Heads of the global arms of multinational PVC-U window manufacturer, The VEKA Group, came together in the UK this week for the company’s annual General Managers Meeting.

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Products

Roof windows are thriving on the back of conservatory market

Lightweight solid roof systems for conservatories have gained substantial momentum since being introduced on the market a few years ago as the answer to all problems associated with conservatories.

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Exotic New Destination For Hurst

The expanding export division at Hurst Plastics is adding even more countries to its global map, having just dispatched an order for more than 50 door panels to Thailand.

The shipment of door panels to a distributor in Thailand – some 6,000 miles from Hurst’s headquarters

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Aluminium Drives Rapid Sales Growth For Sliders UK

Sliders UK has seen sales of its aluminium bi-fold door range more than triple in less than 12-months, reporting 225 per cent growth year-on-year to the end of 2014.

Sliders UK joint Managing Director, Ian Longbottom, said that the  

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Polyframe Introduce More Colour Options At Their Norwich Factory.

The window industry is changing with customers looking for more alternatives to standard white windows – be it for the home of for commercial applications colour is becoming increasingly important in the market place.

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Truly Authentic Colour From Roseview Windows

Roseview Windows is a name synonymous with premium quality uPVC sash windows. Roseview won the G-13 New Product of the Year for creating a sash window so authentic it was accepted in numerous conservation areas and they continually push the boundaries .

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Glass & Glazing

Clearly Smarter And Brighter – New Guardian Sunguard Glass Options

Ever since glass has been featured as a mainstream commercial building material, architects have challenged manufacturers to find innovative ways to allow them to create new and exciting projects.

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On-Site

Wicona Fenestration Solutions For New Luxury Residential Development, Now Under Construction At New Providence Wharf In London

Over 1,000 high performance aluminium windows and balcony doors from Wicona will be installed at a new luxury residential development now under construction in London’s Docklands.

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People

Cindy Else Back In The Industry With VITA Hardware

Following the recent appointment of Stewart Lamb to Managing Director of VITA Hardware Ltd, another familiar face is back in the industry as Cindy Else joins him to look after customers and business development in the South.

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Bowater Doors Welcomes New National Sales Manager

As part of The VEKA UK Group’s commitment to continuous growth, the industry-leading systems supplier has appointed a new National Sales Manager for Bowater Doors.

With 27 years of experience in the PVC-U extrusion and timber window sector, Alan Hague is well-placed

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HOPPE Sales Centre Heading In New Direction With Sally Tolley

Boasting an impressive 20 plus years’ experience in Sales Manager roles across a number of well-known consumer and trade facing companies, HOPPE is delighted to welcome Sally Tolley as Sales Centre Manager.

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Awards

GGF “Delighted” With G14 Awards

The GGF was delighted with the success of the recent G14 Awards at Park Lane Hilton which saw 5 GGF Member Companies pick up awards.

The event yet again proved to be a great showpiece for the industry with Over 560 industry figures attending  

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Charity

VBH Got Hairy For Movember

Four members of staff at VBH’s head office in Gillingham took part in the annual Movember campaign to raise funds for, and awareness of men’s health issues, specifically in the areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

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Events

Qualicoat Meet in Edinburgh

Members of Qualicoat UK and Ireland recently met for their final meeting of 2014 at the Jurys Inn, Edinburgh. Always a popular destination, Edinburgh attracted a good turnout of members, so much so that the meeting room was completely full with not a chair to spare!

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Sponsorship

Bison Supports Local Music Scene With Sponsorship Of Up And Coming Band

Trade fabricator Bison Frames is a company with strong roots in its local community. So when the opportunity arose to get behind and sponsor the up and coming local band ‘The Sherlocks’, Bison were more than happy to help.

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