11 July 2017
 
 
GGF Forms Government Advisory Panel
 

Following the Grenfell Fire tragedy and several terror attacks in London and Manchester. The GGF has formed a new Government Advisory Panel (GAP) that will be part of the GGF’s Political Strategy Committee.

Forming this new Panel will allow the GGF to co-ordinate its internal resource and Members’ opinions to enable swifter and more focused (but fully considered) responses to emergency situations.

 
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The Virtu-AL Composite Door Has Landed
 

A completely new breed of composite door has been unveiled by Virtuoso. Virtu-AL – the UK’s first aluminium textured, smooth non-woodgrain finish composite door – has been created to help installers make the most of the surging popularity of contemporary aluminium products.

Tony Craggs, managing director of Virtuoso,previously known as WB Group, says: “We are tremendously excited to launch this unique ultra-modern new door, which is a step change for the industry.

 
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The Swish Impressions Colour Range Now Includes 10 Stock Colours
 

Swish has just announced that 10 of the most popular colours in its Impressions range will now be available from stock on a 10 day lead time. Gerald Allen, Swish’s Brand Manager, said: “Coloured profiles are becoming an increasing popular choice for homeowners. The colours now available from stock covers 88% of our total colour sales and feedback from Swish installers is that it will open up new opportunities for their businesses.”

 
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Edgetech Celebration Marks Decade Of UK Manufacturing

 

Edgetech are marking ten years of UK manufacturing and warm edge excellence with a two-day long celebration.

On July the 13th, customers and colleagues from across the world will gather at the company’s Coventry headquarters to look back at what has been accomplished over the past decade, and forward to what it wants to achieve in the ten years ahead.

 
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GGF Raises Profile At Trading Standards Conference

 

The GGF attended and presented at the annual Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) Conference and Exhibition at Harrogate on 27-29 June.

At the event, Brian Smith, GGF Director of Home Improvement and Membership presented the GGF’s consumer support to dozens of Trading Standards Officers from all across the UK and Northern Ireland.

 
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Another Successful BWF Members Day For Mighton Products

 

Following the success of previous years’ attendance, Mighton Products has come away from the 2017 British Woodworking Federation (BWF) members day with plans to return again in 2018.

Technical Sales Manager Nick Ryley says: “The response from those who visited our stand was really positive; to both our hardware and our Mighton Ultra paints and coatings.

 
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Size Up The Benefits Of A Next-Day Roof Lantern Kit

 

Installers switch to stock sized roof lanterns to take advantage of the fast delivery from leading aluminium manufacturers AluFoldDirect. Available for same day or next day delivery the new Technic-AL Roof Lantern kits come in three popular sizes with four colour options.

“When we launched our roof lanterns we created three stock sizes to suit a big proportion of installations,” says Craig Miller,

 
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GGF Pays Tribute To Rick Caen

 

The GGF was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Rick Caen of R.E.C. Glazing on 16 June 2017 after a long battle with cancer.

Rick had been a GGF Member since 2001 and a regular attendee and contributor to the GGF’s Kent, Surrey and Sussex Region together with the Federation’s Insulating Glass Manufacturers Group and Glazing Components Group.

 
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Flat Out Sales For Atlas Installers

 

A record number of Atlas Flat Rooflight displays have been popping up all over the UK as a growing number of installers have been catching on to their impressive selling potential.

Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions has reported one of its busiest quarters for the Flat Rooflight since it was launched at the FIT Show last year. Demand for the Flat Rooflight has risen sharply and Atlas is now fabricating at least 50 rooflights a week

 
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GGF Reinforces Its Approved Consumer Code To BBC Listeners

 

The GGF issued a statement to BBC Radio Surrey recently following a request for comment on the recent conviction of Zenith Staybrite, a large regional double glazing company who were found guilty of using illegal high-pressure sales tactics and falsely claiming offers were time limited. The company was ordered to pay fines and costs of £330,000.

 
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Growth Continues At Specialist Aluminium Fabricator

 

A specialist manufacturing company is celebrating yet another strong period of trading as it looks to end the year as a record-breaker.

In its last fiscal year, CDW Systems put in its best trading performance which saw the group turnover increase by 19%, resulting in it hitting the £10m mark for the first time in its history.

 
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Single System For Residential And Commercial Balustrading

 

Bohle has announced the launch of its new EasyMount Vario balustrade system, which has been engineered to be suitable for use across domestic and commercial applications.

The highly flexible top mount system, represents the evolution of Bohle’s proven and established EasyMount Vario range.

 
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Real Aluminium Inspires Installers With Customer Workshops

 

150 installers have now experienced first-hand the secrets of how REAL Aluminium can accelerate their businesses after attending a tailored one day REAL customer workshop. The workshops have been successful with many delegates reporting that their aluminium sales have trebled since they became a REAL Aluminium installer.

 
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Epwin’s Clare O’Hara Gearing Up For Paddle2Pedal Charity Challenge

 

On 20 August 2017 Clare O’ Hara, Divisional Managing Director of Epwin, and 11 other ladies from the fenestration industry will start the Paddle2Pedal Challenge to try to raise over £50,000 for Hope House Children’s Hospice. The first ever GM Fundraising all-female event is sponsored by the Epwin Group and will see the team canoe 100 miles of the River Wye, abseil the rock face at Symonds Yat, then cycle 120 miles to Oswestry.

 
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Roof Maker Lights Up Hit ITV Programme

 

Roof Maker is set to star in ITV’s hit home improvement show Love Your Home and Garden. The company has donated several of their industry-leading rooflight products to ITV, and will feature in two episodes aired in late August.

Fronted by Alan Titchmarsh, the programme sees a team of home improvement experts surprise deserving families in difficult

 
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FIREX Provides Important Platform For The GGF
 

Following the recent fire tragedy in London and the reaction across the UK, fire safety is at the forefront of the minds of those involved in construction, property management and in local and national government.

One week after the tragedy, FIREX International (June 19-21) took place at London’s Excel.

 
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Annual GM Fundraising Golf Day Is Record-Breaking Success
 

GM Fundraising’s annual Golf Day took place on 22nd June in a new venue – Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort in Lincolnshire. Not only was an enjoyable day had by the industry’s golfers, but it was also the most successful yet in terms of charitable contributions, raising an astounding £14,899.60 for Hope House Children’s Hospices.

 
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Trade News

SolarFrame Partners With Mila On ADQ And Much More

SolarFrame, based in Rotherham, is one of the first fabricators to take advantage of Mila’s new initiative to create a library of test data for customers who want to be able to meet the demands of Approved Document Q in the new build market.

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Inspirational CMS Window Systems Secures Top 1000 UK Companies Ranking

CMS Window Systems, Scotland’s leading designer, manufacturer and installer of windows, doors and curtain walling, has once again been named as one of the best British businesses with excellent growth potential, by making the influential Top 1000 ‘Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2017 report published by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG).

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Cutting-Edge Products To Expand Your Business

Since the launch of their brand new aluminium factory, Sternfenster has been able to up the game with their aluminium range. With a wide range of aluminium windows and doors on offer, becoming a Sternfenster Approved Installer allows you to gain access to some of the very best products currently available on the market.

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Sternfenster: Setting A Unique Standard Of Quality

The premium StyleLine range, available for all Sternfenster Approved Installers, combines design innovation and pioneering manufacturing techniques. Available in a wide selection of windows and doors, this range promises to deliver more to customers.

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Product News

10 Colour Options In Patiomaster’s Palette Range Now Available From Stock

PatioMaster has just announced that 10 colour options in its Palette colour collection are now available from stock on a 10 day lead time. Carmen Velilla, PatioMaster’s Brand Manager, said: “Colour is very popular at the moment and feedback from our customers told us that having

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Fabricators And Installers Sign Up To LEKA Roof Systems

Innovative roof designers LEKA systems first entered the market with their new LEKA Warm roof system back in 2015. Since the introduction of the LEKA Warm roof the team at LEKA have trained over 300 people to date through their LEKA training programme designed for fabricators and installers who wish to become official LEKA partners.

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The ‘Multi’ Choice For Commercial Aluminium Doors

Fabricators of the Jack Door, from commercial systems supplier Jack Aluminium, can now use the same PAS 24-certified, multipoint locking system – whichever type of commercial door they are making.

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Aluminium Tilt & Turn Window Fabrication Made Easy With Sealco & GU

Independent hardware distributor Sealco is now the exclusive UK stockist of the clamp-on GU Uni-Jet C-Concealed tilt and turn system for aluminium windows.

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Dekko Brings Bi-Folds To Banbury For ITV’s Love Your Home and Garden

Dekko Window Systems, one of the UK’s fastest growing premium product fabricator, has helped transform one deserving family’s property as part of ITV’s hit show Love Your Home and Garden.

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Brochures

REHAU Releases New Brochure Showcasing AGILA Sliding Door

For peace of mind, a contemporary living space and a lighter environment in the home, look no further than the AGILA sliding door from REHAU – that is the message in the window profile manufacturer’s new brochure showcasing the product range.

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Training & Development

Apeer Takes The Lead With Leadership Development Plan

Apeer has launched a comprehensive Leadership Development Programme for all of its Production Team Leaders to keep the manufacturer ahead of the rapid growth it has seen in recent years.

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Master And Apprentice: Andrew Wright Windows Uses 80 Years Of Experience To Nurture Next Generation

Ayrshire glazing company and Independent Network member Andrew Wright Windows has put 18 fabricators through their Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), in a year that also sees the company celebrate 80 years of trading.

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Events

BWF’s “Unwavering Mission” On Behalf Of The Joinery Industry Hailed At Members’ Day 2017

Industry specialists and an array of guest speakers gave the joinery industry the raw materials for success at the UK’s biggest conference for joinery manufacturers.

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FIT Show

A Show FIT For Its Time…Doors & Colour

Renowned for offering value added solutions to the glass and door industries, RegaLead was back at FIT with a host of new products and services, delivered via its three specialist divisions: Coatings, Door Products and Glass. Reflecting changing home improvement trends,

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Awards

VEKA Crowned ‘Employer Of The Year’ At Burnley Business Awards

VEKA Group was thrilled to bring home the ‘Employer of the Year’ trophy from this year’s Burnley Business Awards. The Farrington Road company also gained a further three nominations making it one of its best years yet.

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