13 July 2017
 
 
New SME Product Will Reduce Crippling Late Payments
 

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) today (12 July) launches a new debt management product for small businesses and the self-employed in a bid to help them avoid the devastating effects of late payments. In the majority of cases, small businesses that use it can expect to recover 100 per cent of the debt owed whilst not being charged any fees or commission.

About a third of payments to small businesses in the UK are late. Eradicating this would avoid 50,000 business deaths a year, growing the UK economy by £2.5 billion. The average value of a late payment owed to a small business is £6,142.

 
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REHAU Commits To Promoting And Improving Industry Standards
 

REHAU’s Marketing and Technical Director, Gareth Jones, has been chosen to chair the Glass and Glazing Federation’s new Systems House Group, a collective set up to maintain and raise standards among window and door system providers.

In the last three years, REHAU has made a firm commitment to being more actively involved with the GGF to help promote the industry, maintain and raise standards. This latest development highlights this continued effort by the company to become a central influencer in the industry.

 
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Astraseal Commercial Uses REHAU GENEO For £1M Landmark Berkeley Homes Project
 

Astraseal Commercial completed the latest Waterfront phase of Berkeley Homes’ landmark Royal Arsenal Riverside development in Woolwich using windows and doors fabricated in the innovative REHAU GENEO 6 chamber fibre composite system.

Berkeley Homes switched to REHAU GENEO from the aluminium and timber composite systems which had been used on the earlier phases of the project because REHAU’s commercial team were able to work with Astraseal to convince them of the thermal, acoustic and security benefits of the Passivhaus certified and fully recyclable GENEO window system.

 
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Epwin Window Systems’ New Universal Two-Part Cill Demonstrates How A Simple Product Development Can Add A Wealth Of Value

 

Epwin Window Systems has just announced its latest product development: a universal two-part cill. Gerald Allen, Epwin Window Systems’ Marketing Manager, says: “The universal two-part cill is a simple product evolution but the advantages its brings are extraordinary. We already know from feedback on the launch at the FIT Show what a difference it will make in so many areas.”

The universal two-part cill means that door and window cills are installed in a two step process. The receiver is fitted during the construction process and the cill nose is fitted when the project nears completion.

 
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Solidor First To Launch Lock Lock

 

Solidor is the first to launch the new security handle, Lock Lock, on its composite doors. The Lock Lock handle from Brisant Secure was introduced to the market at the FIT show, with Solidor as its official launch partner.

Lock Lock is a stunning new addition to Solidor’s wide range of handles and is available to order from end of July. It passed the TS007 2* security test with ease and is designed to be used with the 3* Ultion cylinder. The patented design protects against cylinder picking, bumping, drilling and snapping. Flick the switch on the inside and Lock-Lock’s unique spindle block is activated, so the door can’t be opened from the outside, even if the cylinder is breached.

 
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QUALICOAT Approved Two Coat Systems for Architectural Aluminium

 

The global powder coatings specification for powder coating over aluminium now in its 14th Edition has its strength in the ‘triple lock’ approval system, firstly, the pretreatment chemistry, secondly the application process, and thirdly the powder used, where for each of these three elements independent approval and inspection is required. For the vast majority of architectural applications, the standard QUALICOAT approved one coat system is perfect, where the strength of weathering is identified by the Class of powder chosen.

BUT there are a few occasions where real consideration can be given to the effective use of two coats. QUALICOAT,

 
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Trojan Group Celebrates 25 Years In The Business

 

The Trojan Group is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017. Tony Chadwick, Trojan’s Group Managing Director, said: “After 25 years our passion and desire to offer the best-designed hardware products in the market remains as strong as ever. I’d like to thank all our staff, both past and present, our customers and our suppliers for their support over the past 25 years and say here’s to the next quarter century!”

While the company’s core mission may have stayed the same, in terms of its size it has changed out of all recognition in the past 25 years.

 
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Specialist Home Improvement Finance Company On-Course For Record Year

 

A company that provides installers with finance solutions that they can offer to homeowners is on-course for a record year of trading.

Improveasy Finance Solutions, which is based in Manchester, looks set to end 2017 with the highest number of installers using its service.

Directors at the company say that they have seen a spike in enquiries from installers, as more and more consumers use finance options to fund home improvements such as double-glazed windows and conservatories.

 
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Many Happy Re-Turns For Rapierstar Screws And Fixings

 

Rapierstar is marking 25 years of ‘turning something small into something great’ with its fasteners and fixings for the residential and commercial property sectors, with investment in a brand refresh to reaffirm its position in the UK and Ireland.

The Cheshire-based designer, developer and supplier of specialist fasteners and fixings, has reached its quarter century milestone this year, producing a family of award-winning branded product ranges,

 
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Devoted To Progress Conference A Hit With Everglade Customers

 

Devoted to Progress – Everglade’s 2017 Customer Conference proved a massive success at its London HQ and Showroom on Friday 7 July.

Everglade customers and prospects gathered for the annual event, to hear about the latest trends in glazing from architect Emily Osler from London-based Granit Architects, what Brexit could mean for business from PwC’s Anna Wallace and the benefits of being a part of the GGF from James Lee.

 
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Frame Fast Makes Finals For Top Manufacturing Award

 

“Derby is the UK’s capital of manufacturing. It’s home to Rolls Royce, Toyota and Bombardier – or as locals like to say – planes, trains and automobiles,” says Nigel Leviers, Director of window and door fabricators Frame Fast UK. “That’s why being shortlisted for manufacturing in our home town is an incredible achievement and that’s exactly what Frame Fast has done. We are finalists in the Chamber of Commerce Awards for Manufacturer of the Year. What makes it even more special in 2017, is that it’s our 20th anniversary.”

 
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Trade News

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Product News

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

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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 .

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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.

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People

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.

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Glass & Glazing

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.

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Events

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.

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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..

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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.

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Exhibitions

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.

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Charity

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

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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

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