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1st February 2022
 


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Tough Year Ahead For Fenestration And Construction Industries

 

With the state of the market looking very different now to how it did at the end of the first national lockdown, it’s likely things will become much tougher for the industry in 2022 – especially as the surge in demand calms.

That’s the view of Andrew Scott, managing director of marketing agency Purplex.

Andrew commented: “It goes without saying but the industry boomed last year. Companies were inundated with requests and order books were fuller than they’ve been for years, despite the material and labour shortages.

 
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Building Our Skills Expands Training Centre Network

 

Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration, Glass and Glazing a Career of Choice is expanding its national network of practical training centres with the addition of two new academy sites. The first is via a partnership with BUILD training, located near Heathrow airport, and the other through collaboration with Glass & Fenestration Training Solutions (GFTS) in Cornwall.

The expansion of the delivery network for practical training follows quickly after the acquisition by Building Our Skills of the digital assets and course content of Profitter which includes a range of courses including an introduction to fenestration for beginners, intermediate and advanced courses, along with specialist opportunities and surveying.

 
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Credit Providers To Benefit From Risa’s Expertise

 

RISA now carries out assessments of replacement windows and doors under Section 75 of the UK consumer protection law.

Section 75 is part of the Consumer Credit Act that protects purchases made on a credit card or via a loan, so consumers can get their money back if there is a problem. In a nutshell it means that, for purchases between £100 and £30,000 bought with credit, the lender is as responsible as the supplier – so the consumer isn’t left with a debt for a purchase they don’t receive or that wasn’t up to scratch.

Section 75 claims can also be made even if the consumer hasn’t paid the full amount using a credit facility or credit card.

 
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Lack Of Natural Light Impacting The Nation’s Wellbeing

 

A lack of natural light in homes across Britain is harming the physical and mental wellbeing of the nation and creating a generation who are unhappy at home.

According to new research, those with limited natural light at home generally rate their physical and mental wellbeing lower than those with ample natural light in their properties. In fact, those with low levels of natural light are three times more likely to believe their home is bad for their mental wellbeing and more than twice as likely to believe it is bad for their physical health.

Window and door manufacturer, Origin, found that basement flats, which notoriously lack natural light, are the worst for both physical and mental wellbeing.  

 
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Central Geared Up For Growth Thanks To Recent Promotion

 

From ordering and processing, through to manufacturing and final delivery, Central Window Systems has always prided itself on providing a seamless service, which is why the full solution fabricator has appointed a new warehouse and logistics manager.

After 15 years spent as a customer services advisor with Central, Mark McHale recently received the promotion, with the new role seeing him supervising the smooth delivery of products, managing inventory, and maintaining relationships with carriers, suppliers and most importantly, customers.

Mark comments: “In my previous role as a customer services advisor, I spent a lot of time handling customer enquiries, providing product support, building relationships with suppliers,

 
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Window Supply Company Relocates Bellshill Trade Counter

 

To support the company’s increasing customer base, West Lothian based window and door manufacturer, Window Supply Company (WSC) has relocated its Bellshill trade counter to a dedicated larger facility.

The 5,200 square ft. warehouse and office space is conveniently located in the modern Motherwell Park industrial estate. Motherwell Park boasts excellent transport links with both the M8 and M74 motorways – ensuring the trade counter is easily accessible to its trade customer base.

Since opening back in August 2019, the Bellshill customer base continues to increase month on month. The modern business unit, located in Unit 5 Motherwell Park, is more than double the size of the previous unit occupied just a short mile away in Darrows Industrial Estate.

 
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Victorian Sliders Supports Worthy Causes With £10K Charity Donation

 

Sash window specialists Victorian Sliders have begun 2022 by supporting two extremely worthy causes.

In place of the Christmas gifts they would usually send to their customers, the South Wales firm has donated £5,000 to Ty Hafan’s children hospice, and £5,000 to ABF – The Soldier’s Charity.

One of Britain’s leading paediatric palliative care charities, Ty Hafan offers comfort, care and support to life-limited children throughout Wales.

This support can be in the hospice, in the community or at home, and gives parents and carers a chance to relax and recharge their batteries.

 
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It’s Good To Talk

 

Better communication with customers and partners was vital to survival for fenestration businesses during 2021, while supply chain issues, record demand and COVID safety procedures caused no end of challenges for the whole industry.

But it wasn’t just a question of stepping up the conversations outside of the organisation. Internal communication was just as important in keeping a business on track and agile in rapidly changing times.

One company that really focused on ramping up the dialogue between colleagues over the last 2 years was Window Ware.

 
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Renolit Appoint New Business Manager

 

Renolit Cramlington Ltd has appointed James Callan as business manager in the UK and Ireland to lead the Exterior Solutions sales team.

James brings with him seven years’ experience from the Renolit Interior Surfaces business and previously worked in the fenestration industry.  James’ combined knowledge of both Renolit and the exterior market places him in an ideal position to take over this important role and to guide the company’s exterior business for 2022 and beyond. He will continue to be supported in the market by account manager John Gray.

 
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New Euramax Hire To Set Path For Continuous Business Growth

 

Euramax Solutions has strengthened its communications team with the appointment of a new marketing executive.

Joining the Barnsley-based uPVC fabricator, Aaron Mawi is now responsible for all marketing activity across the company, as well as its parent company Modular Group Investments (MGI) and its subsidiaries, which include aluminium fenestration business Barton Windows Limited, and fenestration fabricator Rapid PVCu Systems Limited.

With previous experience as a marketing executive for chartered accountants Moore East Midlands and as a case manager for the Department for Work and Pensions, Aaron is well equipped to take the Euramax brand forward.

 
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Trade News
 

Have We Finally Accepted We Need To Pay More For IGUs?

Chris Alderson, managing director of Edgetech, explores the challenges facing IGU manufacturers, and whether the situation is starting to improve.
In January 2020, I went to Peterborough for a roundtable discussion on the state of Britain’s IGU sector.

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Mila Partners With EYG On Stylish New PVC-U Door Range

Mila’s long-standing partnership with EYG, one of the UK’s leading trade, retail and commercial fabricators, is going from strength to strength, with Mila’s SupaSecure handles and TS008 compliant stainless steel letterplates featuring on EYG’s new range of PVC-U front doors.

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Fentrade Reports Strong Start For Commercial Products In 2022

Specialist aluminium fabricator Fentrade reports that there’s been a strong start to 2022 for commercial products. Chris Reeks, Fentrade’s director, commented: “Since we returned from the Christmas break, we’ve got a large pipeline of orders for our commercial products.

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Euramax Helps ilke Achieve “The Best Possible Outcome”

Products matched with outstanding quality control and a seamless delivery process are just some of the reasons why uPVC window and door manufacturer Euramax Solutions has been chosen as a main supplier of modular home manufacturer ilke Homes,

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Roto Exceeds Sales Expectations, Prioritises Digitalisation Strategy

Roto Group has used its annual trade press day to report a significant increase in turnover during 2021 and outline its strategy to expand the use of digital technology across its manufacturing, logistics and sales operations.

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Product News

Juna Promises Quality And Convenience

Bohle has launched the new Juna shower door hinge, which not only promises to bring quality and class to the top end of the market, but also offers significant benefits to the installer, claims the company.

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’Minimise The Effects Of Weathering’

All materials when exposed to the elements will age in some form and change in appearance over time. Materials like stone and brickwork tend to age very well and offer an aesthetic look for many years with virtually no maintenance.

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Kolorseal Advises: Know Your Kolors!

For Deborah Hendry, managing director at Kolorseal Ltd, the entrance to a home helps to reflect lifestyle choices.  It is viewed as the focal point for any property and it is now being used by consumers to reflect lifestyles and individual personalities.

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People

Victorian Sliders Welcomes New Commercial Sales Manager

A new commercial sales manager will help drive growth at sash window specialists Victorian Sliders.
Amir Alighanbari has been appointed as part of the South Wales firm’s ambitious plans for growth in 2022.

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Pamela Paterson Packs A Punch

Hardware specialist VBH has promoted Pamela Paterson to the position of operations manager for the company’s East Kilbride facility.
The East Kilbride site deals with VBH’s customers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland,

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UAP Appoints New Technical Services Director

UAP, a specialist in locks and hardware for doors and fenestration, has appointed Julian Roberts to the role of technical services director.

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On-Site

Epwin Window Systems Deliver On Transformation Of Detached Home

Optima and PatioMaster products from Epwin Window Systems have been fitted in a six-week installation project as part of a complete refurbishment and upgrade of an individually-designed detached home in Conwy, Wales.

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History In The Making

TuffX has supplied 60m2 of specialist toughened glass for a large property development project at an historic site in Bristol.
The Carriageworks, at the heart of Bristol’s vibrant Stokes Croft neighbourhood, has been converted into 145 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments,

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Secondary Glazing Helps Lower Carbon Footprint Of Historic Museum Of London

Derelict market buildings in the Conservation Area of Smithfield, central London have been converted to create a warmer, quieter and more secure environment to house the new Museum of London.

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