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8th September 2020
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3.5 Billion Could Just Be The Tip Of The Iceberg


The “missing” £3.5 billion pounds that HMRC has estimated has been fraudulently claimed or paid in error may be just the tip of the iceberg, say leading tax and advisory firm, Blick Rothenberg.

Fiona Fernie, a disputes resolution partner at the firm said: “Some £35 billion has been paid out to protect jobs during the pandemic; just how much off this has been erroneously claimed is not yet clear but HMRC say that it could be up to 10%.

“However, this figure is purely an estimate and has been issued just a couple of weeks after HMRC issued the first 3,000 letters to firms asking them to check the amounts that they had claimed and warning them that they were under investigation.


Yale Pledges Support For Fire Door Safety Week


Following its commitment to fire safety in residential, commercial and public buildings, Yale has pledged its support to Fire Door Safety Week for the fourth year running.

Running from 21 – 29 September, the Fire Door Safety Week campaign is a response to a legacy of fire door neglect. Drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance, the annual initiative aims to engage and educate specifiers, building owners and the general public on fire door safety.

Fire doors are one of the most fundamental elements of a building’s passive fire protection, acting as the first line of defence in a fire and providing those vital minutes for occupants to evacuate the building safely.



Victorian Sliders Steps Up A Gear With £600,000 Vehicle Investment


Specialist PVCu sash window manufacturer Victorian Sliders shows no sign of stopping despite the uncertainties of 2020, having just invested over half a million pounds in dramatically expanding its delivery fleet.

The fast-growing firm has acquired twelve new Mercedes Sprinter vans to transport its enormously popular ECOSlide windows from its Ammanford HQ to depots all around the UK.

It comes as just the latest in a long line of purchases made by the South Wales firm, as Group Managing Director Andy Jones explains:

“Constant investment is how Victorian Sliders has grown to become one of the biggest and most successful fenestration businesses in the UK.


Dear Gerald


It’s fantastic to see more and more fabricators and installers beginning to promote their Smart offering as they realise its potential as our industry’s next big opportunity. But in light of some recent trademark confusion, which I am not going to go into, I’m writing with a word of warning, but more importantly, with some advice. Just because a product name sounds good or a logo looks good, or you think it helps sell your product better, it doesn’t mean you can just use it.

Every business needs to be aware of exactly what they’re promoting. It is part of a company’s responsibility to do their research, to become commercially knowledgeable about those that they share the same market with and understand what trademarks are already out there.


Glazerite Chairman John Hewitt Raises Nearly £80,000 For Charity


Glazerite UK Group’s Chairman, John Hewitt, has completed his epic 1,000-mile cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End in memory of his late daughter Kelly, who took her own life in 2018.

John was joined by 11 friends and family – nicknamed Kelly’s Heroes – for the arduous 13-day challenge, which saw them climb 59000ft and battle through wind, rain and occasional sunshine. As a result, the team has raised an incredible £80,000 so far for the charity We Mind & Kelly Matters, which John and Kelly’s mum and sister set up to honour the 24-year-old.


Three ‘Zero Landfill’ Years In A Row For CMS Group


Leading facades, window and door designer, manufacturer and installer the CMS Group has reported another 12 months in which none of its production or post-consumer waste was sent to landfill, making it three ‘zero landfill’ years in a row.

In its last financial year (2019-2020) CMS handled 2,802 tonnes of waste, generated mainly from post-use windows and doors that its installers remove during replacement contracts but also including waste from its office and factory operations – all of which is strictly recycled as standard.


T&K Home Improvements Brings Experience In With New Appointment



Adrian will take over the role of Sales and Marketing Manager and will look to help drive the Wellingborough-based company forward following the return from lockdown.

He comes on board with an impressive CV, having previously worked at Everest for the past 15 years in a variety of roles. Starting out on conservatories for six years, he then went onto head of sales support, and marketing and sales.


Add New Dimensions To Profile Branding


The British division of a global protective film specialist, macrowill plastic engineering, can now offer printing of its material in up to six colours.

And, says the company, with a choice of six film colours in addition to clear, the possibilities are endless.

“Our capability to print in so many colours, coupled with the diversity of film colours, enables a brand to really stand out. And it can be done so cost-effectively,” says Philip May, macrowill plastic engineering UK sales manager. “For example, by using a coloured film for the base,


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Sustainium Group Acquires Wolverhampton Glass

The Sustainium Group has acquired Wolverhampton Glass, a leading West-Midlands based window, door, and conservatory installer.

Sustainium was launched by industry veteran Neal Harper with the aim of acquiring local home improvement companies, building on their established reputation,


Small Firms Disappointed By Kickstart Announcement

Wednesday, 02/09/2020. Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chair Mike Cherry said: “The kickstart scheme aims to help young people into work but many small businesses will be disappointed to see today’s announcement which feels more aligned to the needs of larger businesses.


GGF “Stay Safe Campaign” Going Strong

It’s just over six weeks since the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) launched the “Stay Safe with MyGlazing” campaign to help rebuild consumer confidence and the results so far are very encouraging with over 23 million opportunities to see the campaign and the GGF/ MyGlazing.com brands in both online and traditional media.


CICV Forum Secures Funding Of £40,000 To Identify And Highlight The Investment Areas Which Will Bring Most Benefit To The Wider Economy

In yet another example of its innovative approach to stimulating and growing Scotland’s building sector, the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has secured significant grant funding to help it explore the most fruitful avenues for expansion.



Product News

A Perfect Match With Force 8

Colour is now one of the largest selling points in the window and door market, and a great deal of this is focused on the door sector with an ever expanding range of styles and colours and matching frames. But this can easily turn into a nightmare for the installer, says window and door fabricator Force 8.


Thermal Comfort Begins With The Window

New study by the PHI into “Living Comfort” proves the positive effect of Warm Edge spacer bars

When constructing and refurbishing residential properties, comfort and cosiness play an important role for the occupants.



Economics Professor Set For GGF Members’ Week

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is delighted to confirm that Professor Noble Francis, Economics Director for Construction Products Association (CPA) has agreed to present a webinar at Members’ Week on 29th September on “The Economic Landscape”.


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