1st May 2018
 
RBS Revenues Rise As Small Firms Brace For 180 Branch Closures
 

Responding to the announcement that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)’s profits soared to £1.2 billion in Q1 2018, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry, said:

“With RBS’ finances improving, it’s disappointing to see the majority taxpayer-owned bank continuing to reduce in-person support for the public. Local businesses rely on local bank branches, as do their customers.

 
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Yale Sponsors Smart Home Week
 

Yale, along with a host of other technology giants, is sponsoring Smart Home Week 2018 – an initiative to showcase the very best in smart, connected and integrated home technology.

Commencing on 21st May, Smart Home Week will help fabricators and installers get to grips with the smart home and smart security industry and learn more about how they can tap into this growing market.

 
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GGF Aiming To Build On GDPR Seminar Success In London
 

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become law on 25 May 2018 and is now a major topic of discussion across the UK.

With not a spare seat left, a successful one day GDPR awareness workshop organised by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) on 11 April in Solihull proved informative and highly useful for delegates. The GGF is now hosting another workshop on 14 June in London to further help companies in the industry who are uncertain of how the new regulation will impact their business.

 
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Quadruple Cutting And Machining Centre Investment At TruFrame

 

TruFrame have recently commissioned their fourth and final BDM cutting and machining centre, marking a major milestone in their £3.2 million investment programme which has been carried out over the last 18 months.

The quartet of new cutting and machining centres provide a far greater level of accuracy, consistency and production throughput than the machines they replace, whilst also having been tailored to suit TruFrame’s specific requirements.

 
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Boing Boing Group Have A Spring In Their Step

 

West Midlands’ based Boing Boing Group are preparing for further growth in the remainder of 2018, as they consolidate the group and extend their range of trade products and services.

Led by industry stalwart Gary Morton and his management team, the group took Central RPL two years ago and set about turning it into one of the UK’s leading PVC-U trade fabricators. Following significant investment, a system switch and a sharp focus on customer service, they’re already well on the way to that goal.

 
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Profile 22’s Optima Flush Casement Shows Its Credentials

 

The buoyancy of the flush casement window market continues to flourish for Profile 22 with year on year sales growth for its Optima Flush Casement Window. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin Window Systems, said: “We know from market research that heritage and high-end window products are gaining traction in the market place and this is something that our sales figures more than bear out.”

The systems company claims the reason for the demand for Profile 22’s Optima Flush Casement Window is the quality of the product.

 
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QUALICOAT Meet In Newcastle

 

Meeting rooms for QUALICOAT UK and Ireland member events continue to get larger as more member companies are attending. The last meeting in the Jury Inn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne was no exception, with a record attendance from applicator members.

The members meetings offer a chance to discuss technical and procedural advances in powder coating and the development of the QUALICOAT Specification, now in its 15th Edition.

 
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Senior Architectural Systems Joins BFRC

 

BFRC has announced that Senior Architectural Systems is the latest system house to sign up to the BFRC Energy Rating Scheme.

BFRC independently verifies ratings of energy efficient windows and doors and this latest addition to its client list consolidates its presence in the system house sector.

Doncaster based Senior Architectural Systems was founded in 1991 and has grown to become one of the largest privately owned systems houses in the UK, measured by turnover.

 
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Certass Shows Support for Installers, Fabricators & Systems Companies

 

Practical, hands-on support for the glazing industry is high on the agenda for Certass. That’s why the specialists in installer certification joined Frame Fast UK for a recent Eurocell Equinox Roof Training Day.

Attracting more than 20 local installation companies, the session covered best practice methods for installing Equinox, Eurocell’s solid conservatory roof system.

 
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New Institute Chair Announced At IAI AGM

 

The Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) has appointed Joanne Milne-Rowe as its new national chair. The appointment was announced at the IAI’s AGM on 28 April.

Jo has been in the industry for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience in architectural hardware, mechanical security and electronic access control.

For the past year Jo has served as IAI vice chair alongside her current role as business development manager at Codelocks. Before this, she served as chairman for the South East region of the IAI.

 
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Rapierstar Hits The Billion!

 

Group MD and founder David Furness, his brother Mark Furness and Scott Rogers have been joined on the Rapierstar board by Andrew Carroll (Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors) to assist with strategic planning and development.

Andrew, who has worked on growth strategies with PLCs and SMEs for 20+ years, observed, “Rapierstar is already a great business but we are always challenging our thinking to ensure continued success.”

 
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Stylish Windows Adds HiTECH Blinds

 

Isle of Wight based double-glazing installer Stylish Windows has become the latest firm to benefit from state-of-the-art HiTECH Blinds.

Over 25 years of hard work and thousands of successful installations, Stylish Windows has built itself into a thriving business, supplying and fitting uPVC and aluminium doors and windows to customers across the island.

But never content to sit on its laurels, last year the firm went in search of niche products that would help it bring more choice to its customers and get an edge on its competition.

 
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PAS24 Tests For Less With Cutting-Edge Caldwell Test Rig

 

Hardware manufacturer Caldwell has topped off a string of recent investments and innovations with the introduction of a £50k PAS24 testing rig.

The cutting-edge equipment is designed to make accreditation testing a much cheaper and easier process for the firm’s many customers.

“For many fabricators, PAS24 testing can be a major hassle,” explains Sales Director Tim Ferkin.

 
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Edgetech Success At Fensterbau Frontale

 

Warm-edge experts Edgetech have returned from a highly successful Fensterbau Frontale, says the company.

Widely acknowledged as the world’s biggest and best fenestration expo, Fensterbau routinely attracts hundreds of thousands of glazing experts from all around the world.

Regular exhibitors at the Nuremberg event, Edgetech have been a pioneering force in the field of high-performance glazing for more than thirty years,

 
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Win Makes It A Hat Trick Of Export Awards For P C Henderson

 

Leading door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is celebrating major success after being crowned the winner of the Export Award at the North East Business Awards Grand Final.

Shortlisted against two other leading companies from the region, P C Henderson was put before a panel of judges before being announced as the winner at a prestigious award dinner held at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield.

 
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Glan Clwyd Hospital Wins Best Public Service Building Award

 

The modernisation of Glan Clwyd Hospital has won the Best Public Service Building award at the annual North Wales Building Excellence Awards.

The award recognises any new building used for health, leisure, sports, tourism, defence, transport, prisons etc. and includes extensions, new builds and refurbishments

Glan Clwyd Hospital was project managed by Gleeds and delivered by Laing O’Rourke, with Bennett Architectural supplying and installing Kawneer aluminium doors, windows and curtain walling for numerous parts of the project which was started in 2011 and was completed last year.

 
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CMS Supports Cumbernauld YMCA’s After School Childcare Service

 

An after-school child care service that provides a vital resource to help working families in and around Cumbernauld is benefiting from a donation by local window, door and curtain walling manufacturer and installer CMS Window Systems.

The Cumbernauld YMCA provides the service in fourteen schools as part of its Out of School Care programme, which caters for children aged between 5 and 12.

 
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Trade News

Vintage Adds Deceuninck To Its Range

Vintage UPVC Products is one of the latest fabricators to join Deceuninck. Vintage, part of the Windoormate Group, chose Deceuninck for its #BestInClass products and unrivalled colour capabilities.

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Vulcan Switches To Eurocell

Innovative products, strong marketing and technical support have persuaded Hull-based fabricator Vulcan Windows to make the switch to Eurocell – one of the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of window, door, conservatory and roofline products.

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Why Wait? Doorco Delivers

Living up to its mantle as one of the UK’s leading composite door suppliers, DOORCO has further committed to customers with the assurance of next day deliveries on all distribution orders placed by 3pm, as well as the option of free weekly deliveries.

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Leekes Partners With Modplan

VEKA trade fabricator Modplan has just announced a new partnership with home improvement specialists Leekes. The new partnership will see Modplan being the main supplier for all Leekes’ windows, selected doors and conservatories and will manufacture products using VEKA’s Halo System 10.

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Incarnation Celebrates Record Year For Secondary Glazing

Secondary glazing specialists Incarnation Window Systems are celebrating a record year of growth.

2017-2018 saw the firm, a division of Olney sash window specialists Roseview, top £500k turnover for the first time.Established in 2012, Incarnation has since blazed a trail as one of the most dynamic and exciting forces in UK secondary glazing.

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Saint-Gobain Glass Reaches 100 Million Landmark

The UK’s first offline glass coating line has reached an historic landmark this month.

The 80-metre-long magnetron coater at Saint-Gobain Glass‘ manufacturing site at Eggborough has produced 100 million square metres of coated glass;

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Product News

Distinction’s Nxt-Gen Adds Real Value To HS Trade Windows Business

HS Trade Windows has been a Distinction Doors’ customer for over ten years. It recently introduced the new nxt-gen composite door range to its fabrication set-up four months ago and it’s already proving to be a hit. HS Trade’s Owner, Michael Gromett, said:

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Opening The Door To Contemporary Colour

A new approach to creating beautiful designer doors with an original colour aesthetic is now possible thanks to the new W-Tec 3D+ hinge by SFS.

This ground-breaking hinge allows designers to rethink the visual impact of the hinge within the doorset,

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Award Winning Performance Features In The New SHOWA 4561 Cut Resistant Glove

Hand protection specialist Globus has further enhanced its portfolio of safety gloves with the introduction of the new SHOWA 4561.

Tested to the new EN388: 2016 standard delivering level D cut resistance,

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People

REHAU Appoints New Facilities Officer

REHAU is pleased to announce the appointment of Henry Simms as its new Facilities Officer. With a wealth of experience and valuable know-how across health and safety and construction design management, this strategic appointment will support ambitious growth plans for REHAU.

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New National Sales Manager To Spearhead Caldwell’s Lock Expansion

A senior new appointment is helping hardware experts Caldwell, significantly expand its lock portfolio.

Mark Frain joins the firm as National Sales Manager. Over twenty years, Mark has worked for some of the UK’s biggest and most respected hardware companies.

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The Milwood Group Extend Team With New Appointment

In-line with the growing demand for their range of aluminium verandas, canopies and carports, outdoor living specialists the Milwood Group have strengthened their talented team with a new appointment.

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On-Site

New Development’s Modern Glazing Perfectly Reflects Historic Edinburgh Setting

When the joint design team of CDA and Hoskins Architects took on the brief to design a new scheme integrating five existing buildings in a historic Edinburgh square, they knew they would be creating a striking contemporary counterpoint to the surrounding architecture.

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Events

Glazing Industry VIP Dinner Announced

A VIP dinner has been arranged for senior leaders in the glass and glazing industry to coincide with the industry’s new conference, the Glazing Summit.

Organised by Purplex Marketing and Insight Data, the event will bring together over 150 CEO’s,

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Exhibitions

REHAU Presents The Reality And Vision Of Intelligent Windows At Fensterbau Frontale 2018

At Fensterbau Frontale 2018, window and door systems provider, REHAU once again brought to customers expertise and innovative spirit with the introduction of new and exciting window solutions.

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Roseview’s First Fensterbau A Resounding Success

There’s not much sash window specialists Roseview haven’t done in forty years at the top of UK fenestration – but until 2018, they’d never been to Fensterbau.

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Marketing

Prescot’s 40th Anniversary Solidor Give Away

Prescot Door & Window Centre are celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2018 and to mark the occasion have run a Facebook competition to win a free Solidor composite door including fitting, which amassed a reach of over 244,000 people.

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Awards

Brouha Shortlisted For PRCA DARE Awards

Specialist window, door and glazing industry marketing agency, Brouha Marketing, is pleased to announce its shortlisted position in the 2018 PRCA DARE Awards.

“The PRCA (Public Relations and Communications Association) DARE Awards were established to identify the very best communications and PR professionals throughout the UK, so we’re delighted to have made it to the shortlist,” says Fiona Lund at Brouha.

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