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6th November 2018
 
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Tougher Sentences For Companies Who Fail To Protect Workers - Warning
 

Companies who are found to have failed to protect their workforce face far tougher sentencing from this month.

New sentencing guidance gives courts in England and Wales new powers to hand down far tougher penalties to employers found guilty of manslaughter through gross negligence – including up to 18 years jail time.

The weight of the sentences handed out will be defined by a wider assessment of company culture and attitude towards health and safety - not simply with respect to a single incident. Those companies who are unable to demonstrate their commitment to employee welfare facing the most severe sentences.

 
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Budget Response

 

“We were pleased to see some positive measures which will help smaller businesses offer apprenticeships. The £695m initiative to reduce the cost of apprenticeship training for small businesses will halve the amount they have to contribute from 10% to 5%. UK’s SMEs are pivotal to the success of the apprenticeship scheme and this should go some way to resolving the growing skills gap in our sector and to help boost productivity.

“Delivering a solution to end the UK’s housing crisis has long been on the political agenda and so we welcomed the Chancellor’s promise of a further £500m for the housing infrastructure fund to help build a further 650,000 homes.

 
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Wage Increases And Underinvestment In Automation A ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ For UK Window And Glass Industry
 

Promac Group has warned that heading into the new year, the UK window industry faces a perfect storm of wage inflation and declining availability of labour.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in October, reveal that wages were 3.1% up in the three months ending in August, on the same time last year, representing the largest average wage increase since the 2008 economic collapse.

 
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Secure Smart Standards

 

The new TS621:2018 standard, created by the Door and Hardware Federation, has been adopted as the recognised standard for smart locks by the British Standard Institute (BSI), and has received the coveted Kitemark status.

The Conexis® L1 from Yale is the first ever smart lock to adhere to the new standard, says Yale, undergoing rigorous testing in terms of quality, durability, as well as both mechanical and electronic attack testing.

 
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Senior Offers More Colour Choices When You ‘Ask For Ali’

 

Leading manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems is bringing a splash of colour to homes across the UK as the company reports an increase in orders for its popular Ali FOLD aluminium doors and Ali VU aluminium windows in a variety of eye-catching powder-coated shades and finishes.

The recent launch of Senior’s Signature colour collection has not only made it easier for trade installers to showcase the choice of colours available but has also inspired their residential customers to create a real style statement, with the subtle yet attractive metallic blue hue of Glacial Spark emerging as a clear favourite.

 
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“Freefoam Are Committed To Working With Stockists To Help Us Grow”

 

Customer testimonials can be a powerful tool in any company kit bag - with video testimonials being especially valuable. Freefoam Building Products have launched a new video featuring long standing customer Willmotts Plastic Building Products to highlight the partnership they share and the success this has brought.

Filmed at Willmotts warehouse in Reading, and on a location at a local housing development, the video gives an insight in to how Willmotts operate and the support they receive from Freefoam. Interviews with the Managing Director Scott Willmott and George Petts,

 
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Slide Aside, Ordinary
 

AluK says it is providing its trade customers with another opportunity to win profitable new business in the premium sector with the launch of its new Luminia SC156 Lift and Slide door.

This is the second product to be introduced into AluK’s Luminia premium product tier alongside the Luminia F82; and it provides the same key features of contemporary aesthetics and exceptional performance which are already proving a huge success for both fabricators and installers, claims the company.

 
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Select Windows Achieves Constructionline Gold Membership

 

Profile 22 fabricator, Select Windows, has just achieved Constructionline Gold membership. Nigel Court, General Manager of Select Windows, said: “We are delighted to have achieved Gold membership because it shows we have the credentials suppliers and buyers on high end commercial contracts are looking for.”

Gold membership is a new level of membership for Constructionline that reflects the broadening needs of suppliers and buyers. It is a demanding standard that demonstrates that Select Windows aligns with industry and government standards in a multitude of areas.

 
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More Sign-Ups To VBH’s Q-Secure Guarantee!
 

VBH’s Q-secure security guarantee continues to grow strongly with five new fabricators signing up. Tradesmith, Windoworld Leicester, Climatec, Frameline and Nordic Aluminium are among the latest to sign up to VBH’s unique multi-brand guarantee.

Free to join, Q-secure is the most comprehensive security guarantee on the market, says VBH. It covers windows, residential and folding patio doors manufactured in accordance with VBH’s Document Q specification, giving homeowners total peace of mind.

 
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Much Ado About Sustainability

 

REHAU’s AGILA doors have been installed in 12 affordable homes in Shropshire to provide a warm welcome to Housing Association tenants moving into the flagship Passivhaus development in Much Wenlock.

The Callaughtons Ash scheme has been built on behalf of South Shropshire Housing Association for tenants with a local connection to the town. The development comprises 12 one, two and three-bed Passivhaus homes, with 10 allocated for affordable rent and two for shared ownership.

 
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Carl F Groupco Leaders Complete Management Course

 

As part of Continuing Professional Development at Carl F Groupco, the management team undertook a BTEC course in the Principles of Leadership and Management and the Principles of Managing Performance. All seven of the company’s managers successfully completed the coursework and sat an exam to achieve BTEC certification.

The course, which addressed key management issues, principles and legal matters, was part of Carl F Groupco’s ongoing commitment to training:

 
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Checkmate Fire Appoints New Internal Technical Compliance Auditors

 

Passive fire protection specialist Checkmate Fire Solutions has announce the appointments of Ash Babb and Andrew Heywood as Internal Technical Compliance Auditors, with responsibility for further improving its already market-leading quality levels.

The pair will undertake additional audits on Checkmate’s Passive Fire Protection, Fire Door, Intumescent Paint and Fire-Resistant Glazing installations and repairs, over and above the inspections carried out for third-party accreditation, to ensure the highest possible standards are delivered on all contracts.

 
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Social Housing In Liverpool Maximises Thermal Efficiency With Optima Casement Windows From Profile 22.

 

A £4.6 million project by Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) delivered family homes for affordable rent on a neglected brownfield site and featured Optima Windows from Profile 22 as part of a series of measures to maximise energy efficiency.

Leighton Dene in Fazakerley, Liverpool, was once the site of a run-down nursing home and had lain vacant for a number of years. Liverpool City Council released the site to the Liverpool Housing Partnership,

 
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BJ Waller Make An Impressive Debut At The Build Show

 

BJ Waller made its debut at The Build Show as part of UK Construction Week, launching the exclusive BUVA IsoStone door threshold, and showcasing the Alunova aluclad window system.

The architectural ironmongers were featured on the PiGS Pavilion, organised by Balls2 Marketing, as part of the Windows, Doors & Glass Show, which was held between 9-11 October at The NEC.

 
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Universal Trade Frames Flush Casement Window Offering

 

As the market for flush casement windows grows, Universal Trade Frames has an offering that will add value to installers, claims the company. Managing Director Brian Kruger said: “The Flush Casement Window is a design that has stood the test of time and it enhances both heritage homes and modern builds. Our Flush Casement Window offers impressive design flexibility and has something for everyone, no matter what the project.”

 
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Yale Strengthen Marketing Team with new Marketing Assistant

 

Yale Door and Window Solutions has appointed Charlie Jones as its new marketing assistant. Charlie will be providing support to the wider marketing and sales team, taking on responsibility for the day-to-day marketing and communications activities.

Charlie graduated with a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Nottingham Trent University. During his time there, he undertook a year’s marketing and sales placement at a software start-up in Brussels, was responsible for conducting market research and customer profiling as well as organising events and exhibitions, so brings both practical and theoretical skills to the role.

 
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CDW’s Mike Davis Joins Cheltenham Town FC’s Former Players Association

 

Mike Davis, Managing Director of Gloucester-based aluminium specialists CDW Systems has returned to his roots, joining the newly-formed Cheltenham Town Former Players Association.

Whilst many within the industry will know Mike for his 13-year tenure at CDW, he is arguably better known for his time on the football pitch with Cheltenham. In a career which spanned decades, Mike became synonymous with The Robins, starting off as a youth team player before joining the first team and eventually working his way right through the ranks to become First Team Assistant Manager.

 
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Trade News

Armstrong Watson Appointed Administrators For SafeGlaze UK As It’s Placed Into Administration

The following statement has been taken from the Armstrong Watson website:

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1,000,000

This is the sales milestone reached earlier this year of the innovative and game changing trickle ventilator the Link Vent, launched by Glazpart in just 2016. Up to 1,000,000 windows have been fitted with the Link vents across the country.

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Optimism For Sealant Tapes Market In 2019 Despite Challenges

A leading UK foam sealant tape supplier remains optimistic about the prospects for sector growth in 2019, despite uncertainty around Brexit and the long-term economic outlook.

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Mackenzie Glass Investment Tops Half A Million

Mackenzie Glass’ investment programme has topped more than half a million pounds in less than a year including new laminate cutting capability, IT, fleet and processing equipment,

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Solidor Launch Into The 21st Century

New Staffordshire trade centre, 21st Century Affordable, have just opened up a new showroom that boasts five different Solidor composite doors, in an environment that’s aimed at both the trade and local homeowner.

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Modplan’s Secured By Design-Accredited Range Extended

VEKA trade fabricator Modplan has just announced its Secured by Design-accredited range has grown by over a third and the certification all updated to the latest PAS24:2016 security standard. Justin Williams,

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Aspire Bifolds Choose Windowlink From Day One

When Aspire Bifolds set up just two years ago, one of the first phone calls Director John Small made was to Mark at Windowlink. Having worked with Windowlink’s software before, John knew it was integral to the success of the business.

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Safestyle UK Hails Leads2Trade As ‘Heavyweight Supplier

One of the UK’s biggest suppliers and installers of replacement uPVC windows and doors is still benefitting hugely from working with Leads2Trade – eight years on after first linking up.

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Fab&Fix Decorative Hardware Marks 30 Years Of Excellence

This Autumn the security expert ERA celebrates thirty years of heritage for its Fab&Fix range of decorative hardware.

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Product News

Add Contemporary Style With New Venlo RD2 Entrance Doors

New Venlo RD2 Entrance Doors from AluFoldDirect offer contemporary style and high-performance to give installers the opportunity to make even more of the trend for aluminium doors and windows.

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People

Kömmerling’s Stronger Sales Team

profine UK have just finished putting together a new and experienced sales team to help push the KÖMMERLING brand further in the UK, with the promise of additional product and

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Richard Lee Enhances Polyframe Customer Journey In Pivotal New Role

As Polyframe approaches the end of its busiest year in history, the business is looking forward to an outstanding 2019 with the appointment of Richard Lee into the newly created role of PVCu category director.

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Changes at the helm at Exlabesa Building Systems

Exlabesa Building Systems has announced the promotion of Paul Benn to General Manager. Paul joined the business back in 2015 and his promotion reflects what he has achieved during his time.

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Internet

Epwin Window Systems Launches Integral Bifold Website

Epwin Window Systems has just launched the website for its latest product, Integral bifolds. Integral bifolds combine an aluminium system with PVC-U detailing.

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Brochures

New Brochure For Viiu Key Dealers

A stylish new brochure is helping customers of ultra-slim sliding door brand Viiu make sales and grow their businesses.

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Training & Development

Workplace Safety About Much More Than PPE And Safe Manual Handling

Bohle has held its first Glass Safety Day, aimed at driving improved standards of health and safety plus employee wellbeing.

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Awards

Conservatory Outlet Ltd Announced As Wakefield Manufacturer Of The Year 2018

UK fabricator, Conservatory Outlet Ltd, Wakefield has been recognised as ‘Manufacturer of the Year 2018’ at the Wakefield Manufacturing Awards.

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G18 Awards

The G-Awards judges have revealed the names of the finalists in this year’s event.

The winners will be announced at the G18 Gala Dinner and Awards event on Friday November 30th at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

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