11th December 2014
 
Autumn Statement Deafening Silence Over Apprenticeship Funding
 

The Government has offered no clarity on its plans for apprenticeship funding reform in today’s Autumn Statement, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Apprenticeship funding still hangs in the balance with no clarity offered by the Chancellor in today’s Autumn Statement. We had hoped government would publish its response to the May 2014 consultation on funding reforms for apprenticeships but as things stand, we are no closer to understanding if Ministers have taken heed of our advice and decided to review their ill-conceived proposals.”

 
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Force 8 Follow The Curve
 

After 25 Years of profile bending Force 8 have now turned the process into an art, and have adapted part of their composite door range to follow suit. In the past there have been certain restrictions in regards to the height of a door, in terms of where the curve of the arch frame started. This normally resulted in a standard size door and a full top light window in the top arch of the frame.

Force 8 also manufacture composite doors and they have now produced a door system which gives total flexibility within an arched frame. “Having listened to the market and comments from customers we decided to develop the idea” comments Dennis Sumner,

 
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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. Their popularity has opened up a series of opportunities for builders and installers to further increase their margins by offering additional related products, such as Roof Windows.

With their promise to deliver all year-round usability of the conservatory, solid roof systems have achieved strong commercial success both in the replacement market, as well as the new

 
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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 in Kingston-upon-Hull – is the latest in a string of exports to far-flung locations for the company.

“It’s been a tremendously exciting time with our export division breaking into new territory and developing sales opportunities in the north, south, east and west of the globe,” explains Tony Appleyard,

 
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Bi-fold Specialist Sees Record Growth
 

A specialist bi-fold door manufacturer and supplier has ended 2014 on a high, and has a full order book going into 2015. 

TWR Bi-folds – which is part of the TWR Group- launched as a dedicated bi-fold business in 2014 and has experienced phenomenal growth over the past 12 months, despite a recent report stating a fall in demand for bi-folds.

 
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Major Funding Opportunities For Glass Innovation, Research And Development, Says Specialist
 

Independent research and development, consultancy and testing facility, Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS), is urging the glass supply chain to take full advantage of the range of major funding opportunities open to them – thanks to a number of UK and EU grants.

With its grant funding in the past two years topping £3.6 million and grant applications achieving an astounding 100% success rate, Glass Technology Services Ltd is keen to develop more innovative projects and partnerships.

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

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.

Developed by Landor, a subsidiary of The Ballymore Group and under construction by Balfour Beatty, the £110 million Providence Tower scheme will have spectacular views over Canary Wharf, the River Thames and the City of London.

 
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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.

Cindy comments: “They say once you join this industry, you never really leave, and coming back with VITA is something I’m delighted about. In fact, I’ve only been back a couple of weeks and I’ve already caught up with some fabricators I used to work with. I’m really excited to join VITA as I believe with its combination of relevant, value for money products and its commitment to quality, the brand

 
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The Consultancy’s New Year Checklist
 

WITH the New Year in full swing, digital expert The Consultancy, a specialist in the window and door industry, is advising companies to carry out their New Year Digital Checklist.

1. Website

How often do you visit your own website? Do you have a functioning website? Many companies create a website and then leave it static, thinking it will be sufficient on its own. This is not the case.

 
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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!

The packed meeting started with a warm welcome to members by Qualicoat UK & Ireland President, Alan Maginnis, who was pleased to report that members were reporting a growth in coating work during 2014 and importantly welcomed a further two new members to the association, Glazing Vision issued with licence number 1017

 
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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. Mark Tetley, Bison’s Sales Director, says, “We’re proud to be a company that offers local support and want to see the community thrive. Our growing business means we’re already doing our bit for the local economy and by sponsoring The Sherlocks we can do our bit for the local music scene too.”

 
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Trade News


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.

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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!”

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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.

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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

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Products

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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,

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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,

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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.

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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.

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Internet

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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Awards

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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