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7th November 2023

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The Business Pilot Barometer


Unexpected rebound?

By Neil Cooper-Smith, Senior Analyst, Business Pilot

At a glance, the Business Pilot Barometer figures look promising for October 2023: average leads were up 16.5% to 115.9, and average sales jumped 18.9% to 56.6. And compared to the same period last year, they are up 23.8% and 28.9% respectively.

It is worth remembering that this time last year, the market was still reeling from Liz Truss’s and Kwasi Kwarteng’s disastrous mini budget on September 23, 2022,


WRA Welcomes Launch Of RPS 291


Following extensive discussions with the Environment Agency on behalf of industry, the Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) last week (Thursday, November 2nd) welcomed the launch of a new regulatory position statement for waste wood which it says will make it more practical to meet regulatory requirements while still ensuring compliance.

RPS 291 allows, in the short term, for potentially hazardous ‘amber’ waste wood items* removed from domestic premises, demolition sites or other buildings to be stored and processed as non-hazardous...


New Aluminium Entrance Door From Sternfenster Promises New Opportunities


Sternfenster has launched a new aluminium entrance door, which promises to open-up new opportunities for window companies targeting aspirational homeowners.

“Our Signature range of entrance doors brings the desirable aesthetics of high-end aluminium doors down to an affordable price point,” Sternfenster’s sales director Nathan Court announced.

“Plus they don’t warp, twist or bow, which means they are a true fit-and-forget product.


Sheerline Announces LogiKal Integration For New & Existing Fabricators


Sheerline, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of aluminium windows and doors, has announced it’s now supported by LogiKal software, giving its’ fabricators even more choice when it comes to generating accurate estimations, generating cutting lists and running advanced product specific calculations.

While other software solutions have been developed based on PVC-U requirements, LogiKal is one of the few solutions developed and designed specifically for the aluminium industry.


Timber Windows And Doors Manufacturer Invests In Livingston HQ


High-performance timber windows and doors manufacturer NorDan UK has invested £800,000 in a new Sustainability and Innovation Centre as part of a £2 million upgrade of its national headquarters in Livingston.

The new facility, due for completion in early 2024, will give NorDan’s customers from across the UK hands-on training in the installation and adjustment of the company’s products, recreating different building sites with custom rigs and mock building facades.


G23 Awards Confirm Guest Presenter


Organisers of the G23 Awards have announced that Omid Djalili will host this year’s Awards dinner,  held on Friday 24 November at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Intelligent, always provocative, entertaining, Omid’s legendary stand-up performance is a captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood films to television and the West End stage. Earning praise across the world for his performances, Omid is seen hosting his own ITV quiz show The Winning Combination.


Beesley & Fildes Agrees Exclusive Partnership With easyToolhire


Beesley & Fildes has joined forces with easyToolhire to provide customers with access to discounted tool hire and equipment. The partnership will see easyToolhire work exclusively with the family-owned builders’ merchant in the north west.

All Beesley & Fildes customers will be able to hire tools from the company’s extensive range of equipment. Discounts will start from 10 per cent with greater discounts available for repeat orders. Customers will also benefit from contactless delivery/collection, contactless payments, and the ability to carbon offset their order at checkout.


What Is The Real Risk Of Fire From Solar Panels?


With recent reports of a domestic solar panel exploding on a roof at a West London council house, is there a hidden danger lurking? How does this impact confidence and the growth of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels across both domestic and commercial sectors? 

Richard Williams is foremost an engineer, as well as founder and managing director of Aztec Solar Energy Ltd, with over 30 years in the energy services sector. Here he shares his views on safety issues facing the sector. 


Staying Ahead In An Everchanging Marketplace


There’s more than meets the eye when a company launches new products. We talk to Listers’ Project Coordinator Sam Cockerton to find out more.

Every company needs to periodically launch new products to help customers remain relevant and win new business. But managing this can be problematic if you don’t have the processes in place to cope, argues Listers’ Project Coordinator Sam Cockerton.


Unique Adds Cortizo Products To Portfolio


Unique Window Systems is set to expand its product offer from November 1st 2023. The business, which works with trade installers on a supply only basis and large commercial clients looking for a complete supply and fit solution, will offer a number of products from Cortizo.

A vertically integrated Spanish manufacturer with nine production facilities and operations in over 31 countries, Cortizo is respected around the world for the premium quality and aesthetic appeal of its range, says Unique.


TCR Systems’ Customers Help Drive New Partnership With AluK


When established conservatory roof specialist TCR Systems decided to add aluminium bifolds to its product portfolio, it asked its existing trade customers which product and system they liked the best.

The most popular response was AluK and, largely as a result, TCR Systems is now fabricating and supplying both AluK’s BSF70 HI and F82 Plus bifolds.

Caroline Thompson, TCR’s marketing manager explained: “Installers told us they liked the quality of the AluK products,


Sheerline Receives National Fenestration Awards for People and Products


The team at Sheerline are celebrating after winning not one, but two awards at this year’s National Fenestration Awards, which took place on Saturday 28 October at Doncaster Racecourse. It was an extra special evening as the awards celebrated their ten-year anniversary.

First, Sheerline’s Prestige Lift & Slide Patio was awarded the title of New Product of the Year. This coveted award is particularly rewarding for Adrian Redshaw, Design Director, and the rest of the R&D team, as it completes the Prestige range for now,


Double Award Win For UAP


Beating stiff competition, including leading global brands, UAP was crowned Hardware Company of the Year at the National Fenestration Awards 2023. The business was set up in 1996 by CEO David Jennings who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to the fenestration industry.

Launched in 2013, the National Fenestration Awards winners received their trophies at a ceremony held at Doncaster Racecourse on 28 October 2023.


Double Award Win For Kubu


Kubu – the designer and manufacturer of smart sensing technology for the fenestration industry – has received further, third-party recognition of the innovative nature of its products and their ability to contribute to a truly smart home.

At the recent National Fenestration Awards (NFA) 2023, the business won the Door Component of the Year category for its window and door smart sensors.

The award for Window Component of the Year also went to the ‘GreenteQ iQ ‘Works with Kubu’ window lock from VBH.


New Sales Director For Schüco


Aluminium and steel systems company Schüco has announced the appointment of Dan Gleeson as UK Sales Director.

A façade engineer by training, Dan has been working in the sector for over 25 years. The company says he will bring to Schüco a profound understanding of the technical performance of all types of façade systems with a particular focus on large-scale commercial projects.

With a CV that includes spells with façade companies, specialist sub-contractors, warranty providers and software systems for the sector, 


Eurocell First To Supply Triple-Glazing Windows To Taylor Wimpey


Eurocell fabricator, Rapid PVCu has secured the first triple glazed site for Taylor Wimpey in Sunderland.

National housebuilder Taylor Wimpey will use Eurocell’s Modus windows system at its Herrington View residential scheme in Penshaw, Sunderland.

Doncaster-based Rapid PVCu is a new-build specialist and has worked with Eurocell for 14 years.


Framexpress Supply Frames to New 59-Bed Care Home


Trade fabricator Framexpress, has completed the installation of a range of its products in a new luxury care home in Hagley, Warwickshire.

Working alongside contractors, Stepnell Ltd, and architects, Harris Irwin Architects, Framexpress fitted its higher spec as standard range of Optima PVCu windows and doors in the new Cinnamon Care Home, located in Hagley. The new building, which includes 59 bedrooms and 4 care suites, was built with strip foundations, brick and block masonry and a timber truss and cut roof.


SupaLite Set To Deliver SupaSix Installer Seminar Series


Conservatory roof replacement specialists, SupaLite, has announced it will be hosting a series of seminars to installers across the UK.

Known as the SupaLite SupaSix, these installer sessions will see the Preston-based team visit six different football stadiums in six weeks including Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Bristol, Colchester, Sheffield and Burnley.

Designed specifically for existing and new customers, the seminars will create a perfect opportunity for installers to learn more about the company,


Endurance Doors Tees Off For Good Cause


Endurance Doors has staged another highly successful charity golf day.

This year’s event was held by the business on Wednesday 27th September at Elsham Golf Club, Brigg. It brought together over sixty people from across the window, door and supporting industries to raise funds for Lindsey Lodge Hospice.

Located close to Endurance Doors’ production site in North Lincolnshire, Lindsey Lodge provides high quality palliative care for both day and in-patients affected by life limiting conditions.


Trade News

Safestyle UK PLC In Administration

John Agnew, managing director of The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF), has issued the following statement upon receiving confirmation at 14.00hrs on Monday 30th October, that Safestyle UK PLC has formally entered administration:


Comp Door And RLM Windows, Doors & Conservatories Announce Partnership

Staffordshire composite door manufacturer Comp Door has announced a strategic partnership with Newcastle-based RLM Windows and Doors, which began around 6 months ago. This collaboration marks a significant step in their mission to provide the North East with high quality doors and windows.


80 Million Windows Need To Be Replaced Across The UK, Says GGF

80 million home windows need to be replaced if the UK hopes to meet the government’s net zero targets, says the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF).

That is just one of the alarming statistics revealed in a report,


Trade News

JDUK Extends Colour Offer Through To The End Of 2023

After a very warm reception, West Yorkshire-based specialist door systems supplier JDUK has announced the extension of their colour offer on their range of Pro Plus sectional garage doors to January 2024. Providing homeowners with aesthetic control to ensure their ideal designs come to life,


Renson UK Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

Following a stringent auditing process, ventilation louvre specialist Renson UK has achieved ISO 9001 certification.

Martin Daniels, Renson UK’s national sales manager, comments: “Over the past year,


June To August Builders Merchant Volumes Up +5.3% On Previous 3 Months

The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report shows builders’ merchants’ value sales were down -3.3% in the month of August compared to the same month in 2022, with volume falling -10.5% and prices up +8.0%.


Trade News

Debar Passes ISO9001:2015 Renewal

Bi-fold hardware manufacture, Debar, has announced it has successfully re-obtained the ISO9001:2015 certification for its commitment to  service across the industry.

Designed to ensure companies can consistently provide quality products and services...


Bedfordshire Windows Invests In New Machinery

To offer customers a bigger range of products and faster turnaround times, Bedfordshire Windows, has invested in two new machines, a Wegoma WSA-4-LVE vertical welding machine and an Avantek Supercut 6 Quad welding machine.


Product News

Vista Celebrates New County Collection Range

Composite door manufacturer Vista Panels has announced the success of its new County Collection, the latest addition to its XtremeDoor brand of composite doors.

The bespoke range, born from a collaborative effort with glazing suppliers,



Glazpart Appoints New Finance Director

Glazpart has announced the appointment of Andy Denness as finance director, taking responsibility for the senior financial management of the Glazpart Group.

A qualified chartered accountant, Andy has over 25 years post qualification experience...


Alunet Systems Welcomes Martin Reynolds for the South and Scotland

Alunet Systems has announced the addition of Martin Reynolds as the new business development manager for the South of England and Scotland. With nearly two decades of sales and leadership experience, Martin brings a wealth of knowledge and an unwavering passion for driving success to the Alunet team.



Five Reasons To Re-Think Aluminium

Greg Beachim, sales manager at First Degree Systems, explains recent developments that deliver advantages for window fabricators. Here, he gives five reasons why expanding your choice of materials means you should rethink your choice of software.


Increasing Manager Awareness of Recruitment-Focused Marketing Amid Skills Shortage

By Natasha Erskine, marketing director, UK Doors Online

Throughout the last 30 years, there has been a steady but notable decline in the manufacturing sector’s contribution to the UK economy,


Rise In Aluminium Fabricators Shows Material Is In Ascendancy

Pioneering the industry’s latest trends and developments, Jeremy Phillips, group chairman of CDW Systems, highlights the increasing popularity of aluminum as a building material. This insight comes as the ‘State of the Industry’ report from specialist data provider Insight Data indicates the growing number of aluminum fabricators in the market.



New Designer Range Aluminium Brochure From Listers

Listers has launched its Designer Range Aluminium brochure, designed to help its customers sell its Sheerline aluminium product range to homeowners.

“We’ve seen that homeowners are moving more towards high-value products,



JDUK Door Systems Supports The Launch Of The Avanti Smart App

JDUK Door Systems, supplier of Avanti automation, has announced its support for the groundbreaking Avanti smart app, revolutionising garage door automation for homeowners and installers. This new addition to the Avanti range allows users to operate and even view their garage doors remotely from their connected devices.



Deceuninck Launches Sustainability Lead Generation Toolkit

Deceuninck has launched a new sustainability lead generation toolkit designed to help Deceuninck customers win business by capitalising on its and their own sustainability story.

Deceuninck has established a lead on sustainability based on its’ commitment to the Science Based Targets (SBTi) programme,


Sheerline Installation of the Month Competition Open for Entries

Sheerline has launched a new Installation of the Month competition to provide an opportunity for installers to showcase the quality of their work. It is designed to be easy to enter to encourage businesses of all sizes to get involved, and get some free PR.


On Site

Renson UK’s Louvres Help Revive Bristol’s Richmond Building To Its Former Glory

Ventilation louvre specialist Renson UK has contributed to the regeneration of Bristol’s Richmond Building, helping return the iconic structure to its important role as the city’s university’s student union in the affluent Clifton suburb.



A Successful Day At The Races For VBH

Hardware manufacturer, VBH, had a successful day at Doncaster races on Saturday 28th October for the National Fenestration Awards presentation event.

Members of the VBH team from various departments enjoyed champagne upon arrival,


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