27th January 2015
 
Green Deal Continues To Disappoint GGF
 

The GGF continues to be disappointed with slow progress of Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) following this week’s release of the latest statistics which continue to show how the scheme is not working for the replacement window industry.

The latest Green Deal and ECO statistics, giving details on the Green Deal (GD) up to the end of December 2014 and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) up to the end of November 2014, show a decrease in the number of Green Deal Assessments in December, which is being attributed to the Christmas Break.

 
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GGF Responds To Government On ECO 2
 

The GGF this week responded to the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) Consultation on the extension plans for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) 2015-2017.

In the letter of response, the GGF outlined its support for the proposed requirements for ECO for the obligation period 2015-2017 and welcomed moves towards ensuring energy efficiency targets are met and households pay less in energy bills as a result of energy saving measures being installed.

 
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Vista Creates Employment Opportunities Through Social Regeneration Scheme
 

Merseyside based composite door and uPVC panel manufacturer Vista is helping to create employment opportunities in its local community through a social regeneration scheme.

Vista is a member of Re:allies, a division of not for profit company Procure Plus, which helps regenerate and manage sustainable homes and environments. Part of Vista’s responsibilities is supplying products to help repair and upkeep thousands of properties across the North of England.

 
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Trojan Extends Elite Stainless Steel Range
 

Trojan has just added three new products to its Elite Stainless Steel product range: a T Bar Pull Handle, a Central Door Knob and an Escutcheon. Tony Chadwick, Trojan’s Group Managing Director said, “The three products have an upmarket contemporary look and bring Trojan quality and innovation to three core hardware items.”

The Elite Stainless Steel Range is Trojan’s premium stainless steel offering and all components are manufactured from stainless steel. The T Bar Pull Handle, Central Door Knob and Escutcheon join the Door Handle, Letterplate, Door Knocker,

 
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Glazerite‘s Imagine Suite Gets Flush With New Door Range
 

After being unveiled by VEKA PLC at last year’s Fensterbau Frontale and then previewed again at the FIT Show a month later, the time has finally arrived for Glazerite Windows Limited to officially launch its new Imagine doors.

Proud to offer installers the new door with its seamless and ultimately stylish flush finish, the National trade supplier – which this February celebrates 15 years in business – has an energy-efficient alternative to traditional French and residential doors on its hands that also compliments the Residence 9 flush sash window system that the company launched back in August 2014.

 
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Ultraframe Appoints Colin Noone As Sales Director
 

Ultraframe has appointed Colin Noone to take up the role of sales director.  Colin joins the market-leading roof manufacturer following a seven year career as sales director at XL Joinery.

Commenting on Colin’s appointment Ultraframe CEO Julian Slade says: “I’m delighted with Colin’s appointment and the positive impact he’s already making. Ultraframe is off to a strong start in 2015 in our core business plus we’re seeing phenomenal lead generation for our award winning solid roof system, LivinROOF.

 
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SWISSPACER Appoints New Market Development Manager
 

SWISSPACER appoints John Cooper as Market Development Manager for the UK and Ireland. John’s role has been created to support the growing market in the UK and Ireland and SWISSPACER’s growing share.

John will work closely with Vic De Costa in the UK and the team in Europe to continue the growing success of SWISSPACER sales in the UK and Ireland.

 
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Rob Clements Joins Deceuninck’s Growing Sales Team
 

Leading PVC-U Systems Company Deceuninck appoints Rob Clements to join its expanding sales team in the UK. Rob joined in December to support Deceuninck’s strong growth. He has a wealth of experience in the industry and shares Deceuninck’s belief that empowering fabricators is the most effective way for a systems company to grow.

“I started working in the industry 18 years ago as a Sales and Marketing Assistant for Rion Ltd, a large fabricator in South Yorkshire,” says Business Development Manager Rob Clements.

 
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RegaLead Offers Full EVA Solution With TK Tekno Kilns
 

Following the successful launch of Glass Processing Products (GPP) by RegaLead at the end of last year, the company is now pleased to announce that it has partnered with Italian machinery specialists TK Tekno Kilns. Alongside its existing relationship with Folienwerk Wolfen to supply the pioneering evguard films to the UK, this new partnership means that GPP can offer a full solution for customers looking to start with EVA lamination.

 
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New Morley Glass & Glazing Website Reflects Growing Uni-Blinds Range
 

Full details  on the increased range and innovative options for Uni-Blinds® integral blinds is now online at the fresh-looking and expanded Morley Glass & Glazing website.

In a busy new product development period over the last 12 months, Morley Glass & Glazing has added a number of features to its existing range of Uni-Blinds – which all feature market-leading ScreenLine blind systems inside – as the market seeks ever better quality integral blinds to serve more technically-savvy consumers.

 
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40 Successful, Family-Run Years For Leading VEKA Fabricator, West-End Windows
 

2015 marks the 40th year in business for one of the South West's largest manufacturers of VEKA PVC-U doors, windows and conservatories.

Bristol-based West-End Windows was started by Bill Carr in 1975, initially dealing solely in aluminium window systems before the trend for PVC-U lead it to diversify in 1979.

 
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Just Three Clicks Away - The New Kenrick Website
 

Visitors to the brand new website from leading hardware supplier Kenrick will be just three clicks away from where they want to be thanks to a streamlined design and added functionality.

Designed to even easier to navigate and use for busy fabricators, the new website provides fast access to Kenrick’s extensive range of products, which includes window hardware, door hardware and architectural hardware.

 
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Stylish New Website For Emmegi (UK)
 

Emmegi has just launched a stylish new website at www.emmegi.com which makes it easy for existing and potential customers to access all the information they need about the company’s complete range of machines for aluminium, PVC, steel and glass.

Faster and more user friendly than ever, the website features simple drop down menus to guide users who either want to browse the entire range or who are just looking for details on a specific machine.

 
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‘Big Hearted’ Industry Donors Among The Top One Per Cent Of Just Giving Fundraisers In 2014
 

The generosity of the window industry has put Emplas’ Mike Crewdson among the top one per cent of charity fundraisers on the Just Giving fundraising website in 2014.

Mike completed his 218 mile coast-to-coast walk across the North of England in just ten days to raise more than £22,000 – more than double his original target - for St Ann’s Hospice in Manchester and Tapping House Hospice in Norfolk.

 
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VEKA Recycling Opens New Midlands Centre
 

VEKA Recycling has doubled the size of its Midlands Recycling Centre with a move to a new 18,000 sq ft site in Stourbridge due to the expansion of its PVC collection and size reduction operation.

“Having outgrown our former Birmingham site in just six months, our new bigger premises mean we can offer an even better service to existing and potential customers,” commented Simon Scholes, Business Administration Manager for VEKA Recycling, a leading UK-based PVC recycler.

 
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Trade News


Call Centre Expansion As Leads2Trade Anticipates Further Growth

Exactly a year ago Leads2trade had just acquired the home improvement arm of the consumer facing lead generation network Compare Companies, making them the biggest provider of double-qualified leads in the UK.

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Glazerite FR Wins Council Favour For Newcomer South Essex


What started as a search for a good Fully Reversible window has opened a new chapter of local authority work for start-up business South Essex Windows & Conservatories, thanks to Glazerite Windows Ltd.

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GGF Signs Up For Trading Standards Conference


The GGF for the third consecutive year has committed to supporting the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) Annual Conference and Exhibition, which this year will take place on 29th June to 2nd July at Bournemouth International Centre.

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Synseal’s Survey Strikes A Chord In The Consumer Press


Synseal has secured valuable coverage in the national press thanks to a consumer survey report which was provocatively entitled “Mr & Mrs Made It”.

The commissioned online survey was carried out on behalf of Synseal by independent research agency OnePoll and gathered the views of 2,000

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Glazerite Celebrates 15 Great Years


Wellingborough based trade fabricator Glazerite celebrates 15 years in business in February with an impressive record of showing uninterrupted, year-on-year growth averaging 20% per annum. VEKA’s largest trade fabricator and a keen proponent of the consumer marketing organisation Network Veka,

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Conservatory Outlet Marks Its Best Year Yet


Dealers’ hard work and staff dedication were recognised at Conservatory Outlet after the record-breaking results obtained in 2014, when the fabricator reported its busiest calendar year yetincluding two record months – July and October – each commemorated by a specially designed t-shirt for every member of staff.

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Force 8 Delivering Quality


From January this year Force 8 will be transporting over 95% of their composite doors via their own vehicle fleet, with the addition of two new vans this month. All the vehicles in the fleet now have the latest technology and Sat Nav, which allows them to be tracked and all the weekly deliveries to be programmed into the system,

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Death Of The Fax


IN MOST industries the fax is a distant memory, revolutionary when it came into work places across the world in the 1980s but a dinosaur in the digital age.

However the world-wide fax market is surprisingly still selling six million machines a year, the window and door industry being one of its biggest customers.

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Truemans Installers Win More Orders With Quick Quotation Service


Northern-based Truemans Windows has recently added a new feature to its state-of-the-art online ordering engine, enabling installers to send professional looking quotes to homeowners direct from the system. The trade counter’s whole IT investment strategy has been designed to accommodate clients’ needs and help them win more business.

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Doors

Major Hinge Upgrade From Truframe

Fresh from offering a free upgrade to the thermally efficient, six-chambered, Liniar EnergyPlus profile system for chamfered windows, TruFrame are now supplying Mila’s impressive Evolution door hinge on all their doors – at no extra cost.

The Evolution hinge combines the adjustability of a flag hinge, with the anti-lift properties and subtle sight lines of a traditional butt hinge.

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People

Roseview Strengthens Sales Team With New Appointments

Specialist uPVC sash window fabricator Roseview Windows has promoted long-standing employee Richard Burrells to Sales Director.

Richard has been employed at Roseview for more than a decade, starting out in the business as an order processor, before becoming part of the retail sales team and eventually manager of this division.

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Sternfenster Prepares For An Excellent 2015 With New Appointment

Long-established uPVC and aluminium fabricator, Sternfenster, has made a new senior level appointment to help deal with its next stage of growth. Neil Antrobus has over 15 years’ experience in the window industry and joins the Lincoln-based fabricator as technical sales manager..

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Exhibitions

Synseal Anticipates Another Successful Show At Ecobuild

Synseal will be exhibiting for the third year in succession at this year’s Ecobuild, which is taking place at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London’s Docklands on 3rd-5th March.

The objective will be to demonstrate the diversity of Synseal group window and door product solutions with a focus on true innovation and also brand solutions following the recent acquisition of Sheerframe and Masterdor.

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Sponsorship

Morley Glass Sponsorship Brings Good Luck To Local Football Team

A Leeds football team has been enjoying a winning streak ever since its football strip gained sponsorship from Morley Glass & Glazing
Millshaw Park Rangers is sporting a new orange and black kit, sponsored by Morley Glass & Glazing, which will be used in the WRCFA Flexi League and as an alternative strip in the Leeds Combination League.

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Charity

Modplan’s Charity Events Add Up

Leading VEKA trade fabricator Modplan has just announced that the fundraising events it held last year raised over £1000 for charity. Chris Reeks, Modplan’s Sales Manager, says, “Raising money for good causes is something that is very important to us at Modplan. We regularly hold events to fundraise to help others less fortunate than ourselves.”

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