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11th December 2018
 
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Small Business Confidence Hits Seven-Year Low Ahead Of Parliamentary Brexit Vote, Says Federation Of Small Businesses (FSB)g
 

• Quarterly Small Business Index (SBI) drops to lowest point since wake of global downturn
• One in three small exporters expect international sales will fall next quarter as uncertainty bites
• Small firms continue to take on new staff and increase pay

Confidence among UK small firms has fallen to its lowest point since 2011 according the latest SBI from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

 
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Real Aluminium Kicks Off 2019 On A High

 

REAL Aluminium is set to see in the New Year on a high with the announcement that its year to date sales have grown by nearly 45%.

The three-year peak follows an intense period of investment at REAL Aluminium, which included a £250,000 development programme to create an additional 23,000ft2 aluminium factory. Significantly boosting REAL Aluminium’s production space, the new facility in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, has helped REAL to ramp up production of its range of aluminium windows and doors by 16% and bi-fold doors by a phenomenal 27%.

 
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Powder Coating In Demand
 

Aluminium systems house Exlabesa Building Systems has reported a rise in demand for its in-house powder coating service. General Manager Paul Benn commented: “Popular colours are grey, black and white, as you’d expect. But what’s interesting is the rise in popularity of brown in both commercial and residential projects.”

Doncaster-based Exlabesa Building Systems is one of the few aluminium systems houses to have an in-house powder coating service, which Paul believes gives the company a competitive edge.

 
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Why ‘Ask For Ali’? Homeowners Share Their Views!

 

Following on from the positive feedback received from its network of trade fabricators and installers, leading aluminium fenestration systems manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems’ latest case study video features a glowing testimonial for its Ali FOLD aluminium from two very happy domestic customers!

Ms Sexton and Mr Hillard from Leeds, West Yorkshire have joined the dozens of domestic customers up and down the country who have chosen to ‘ask for Ali’ and benefit from the practical and stylish addition of an Ali FOLD folding sliding aluminium door in their homes.

 
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Supalite Readies For 2019 With Major Announcements At Annual Fabricator Conference

 

SupaLite, the manufacturers behind the SupaLite tiled roof system has welcomed customers from across the country to Preston for their annual fabricator conference.

Hosted by SupaLite’s new MD, Steve Hacking, the conference recapped on what has been a highly-successful year for both the business and its trade partner network. The event also saw a number of exciting, new developments unveiled as SupaLite prepares for another big year in 2019.

Firstly, SupaLite launched their new-look ‘Registered Fabricator Scheme’, now endorsed and fully-supported by CORGI Fenestration.

 
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Letter Plate Achieves ‘Best In Class’ Results

 

Specialist 316 Marine Grade hardware manufacturer blu has launched its new LP400 Stainless Steel letter plate following best in class results against the new BS EN Air Permeability, Water Tightness and Wind Resistance tests.

Claimed to be the only back-to-back sleeved letter plate on the market with an integrated brush and gasket weather seal system, the new LP400 achieved the highest possible results when undergoing the BS EN test against extreme air, wind and water:

 
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#trustTriSYS Says ODL Europe
 

The TriSYS frame system is designed and exclusively manufactured by ODL Europe. ODL Europe’s Managing Director, Nathan Barr, says: “All the best composite doors use TriSYS. It’s packed with features that means you can install with confidence, knowing you are fitting the very best!”

With over £1.5 million investment in state of the art tooling and machinery, the TriSYS three piece frame system has become the market leader, claim ODL Europe. The outer frame and the inner cassette screw together to hold the door glass into place

 
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Patiomaster East Midlands Sees Strong Demand For Triple-Track Patio Doors

 

PatioMaster East Midlands opened in June 2018 and has seen strong sales for Triple-track patio doors right from the start. Neil Dattani, Director of the East Midlands branch, says: “The trend for wide expanse patio doors has never been stronger. We’re seeing a constant demand for Triple-track as more installers are seeing the benefits that the product can offer customers wanting the large glass expanse that these doors deliver.”

As Neil says, Triple-track patio doors from PatioMaster deliver the open-house look that’s on-trend at the moment.

 
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South Cheshire Glass Uses Spectus Elite Frames To Create Showpiece Character Home
 

Crewe-based Spectus installer, South Cheshire Glass, has completed the first phase to transform a substantial residential property in Nantwich, Cheshire. Graham Saunders, General Manager at South Cheshire Glass, said: “With a palatial property like this one we needed to source a premium quality product. The Spectus Windows Elite 70 suite of products gives us exactly what we need for such a high-end project.”

The project involves several window styles, showcasing the versatility of the Spectus Elite 70 product range.

 
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Business Booms For Three Atlas Installers

 

Three firms have spoken of how their sales have taken off since becoming Atlas roof installers and what it means to be winners in the Atlas Installation of the Month competition.

QKS Ltd, Glasshouse Ltd and Ewenny Home Improvements are the latest round of winners in the Installation of the Month competition and they have all seen their businesses accelerate since becoming Atlas roof installers.

QKS Ltd was one of the first firms to adopt the Atlas lantern and the business has grown by around 50% since, says the company.

 
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MRA Marketing Launches New Research Website

 

MRA Marketing, the full-service marketing agency specialising in the construction and home improvement markets, has launched a new website dedicated to its specialist research division, MRA Research.

Although the company is best known within the construction industry for helping companies grow and its fact-based marketing and PR work, many big brands use MRA Marketing for market and customer insight. In fact, MRA Research – known at one time as Rigby Research – is one of the UK’s longest standing research and insight companies solely serving construction, building material and home improvement markets.

 
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Spectus Windows Help Transform Iconic Hotel Into Luxury Seafront Apartments

 

Specialist Spectus fabricator Mercury Glazing has manufactured and supplied 204 windows for the sympathetic landmark refurbishment of Cliff House, an iconic former hotel in Felixstowe, into 24 one and two-bedroom luxury seaside apartments.

Working with main contractor and developer Dragon Wood Homes, the twelve-month project involved Mercury undertaking the manufacture and supply of 204 bespoke windows, which included a mixture of arched top vertical sliders, bowed vertical sliders, circular windows and standard vertical sliders.

 
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Tavener Joinery Wins British Woodworking Federation Health And Safety Hero Award

 

Tavener Joinery, based in West Hampstead in north-west London, has won a prestigious national award from the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) for designing a system to remove fine dust from its workshop, boosting health & safety for its staff.

The joinery firm, established back in 1846, was presented with the Health & Safety Hero award, sponsored by Didac, at the 2018 BWF Awards. Now in their tenth year, the BWF Awards celebrate the best of the best in UK woodworking, recognising technical innovation, design, process efficiencies, health & safety and the rising stars of the industry.

 
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Distinction Celebrates 20 Years Of Composite Doors With Major Investment

The history of composite residential doors and Distinction Doors Ltd follow a very similar path; that is because Drew Wright, who subsequently founded Distinction to take his ambitions forward, introduced the very first composite door to the UK,

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Leads To Help You Grow

As responsible manufacturers Freefoam Building Products are committed to building support and opportunities throughout the supply chain. The Freefoam Registered Installer programme is one of the most important parts of this strategy

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Sensational Six Months Sees Newview Top Record-Breaking Year

One of the south’s leading installers is celebrating two sensational quarters of sales and growth, topping an impressive 2017-2018.

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Product News

ISO-CHEMIE’S WINFRAMER Achieves 30 Minute Fire Rating

ISO CHEMIE’s ISO-TOP WINFRAMER thermal insulating and load bearing bracket system for the rapid installation of windows has been fire rated to E30.

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A Colourful Proposition From Universal Trade Frames

Shropshire-based trade fabricator Universal Trade Frames offers a comprehensive range of coloured products. As homeowners become more adventurous with colour, the demand for Universals’ coloured

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Roseview Windows Brings Innovative Designs With Georgian Bar

Window manufacturer of PVCu sash windows, Roseview Windows says astragal bar from The Georgian Bar Company is its number one choice. Manufacturing around 600 windows a week from its busy factory,

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New Bosch Connectivity Floodlights For Professionals

Longer runtime for versatile use on the job site

Robust floodlight for the entire working day: GLI 18V-1200 C Professional
Our most powerful cordless floodlight:

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People

Double Celebrations For Hurst

Double celebrations are taking place at composite door and PVC-U door panel manufacturer Hurst. The firm has honoured four more members of staff who have achieved 20 years’ service with the business and is now set to mark the 50th anniversary

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Events

Colin Hurdles Over For A Showroom Opening

Colin Jackson CBE has opened the newly refurbished showroom for Cardiff-based Heath Windows, which includes an expanded display of Solidor composite doors.

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Exhibitions

Edgetech Heads To Dusseldorf For 25th Annual Glasstec Expo

Warm-edge experts Edgetech have returned from a highly successful appearance at Glasstec 2018.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Glasstec is one of the world’s biggest

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Awards

P C Henderson Announced As Best Exporting Company In The UK

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer – P C Henderson – beat off national competition on Thursday night to be named Export Business of the Year at the British Chamber Awards.

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Prestigious NHIC Award Recognises SEH BAC’s Commitment To Delivering Consumer Confidence

Award-winning home improvement specialists SEH BAC are celebrating after winning a prestigious award from the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC).

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CMS Window Systems Shortlisted For Top Construction Industry Award

CMS Window Systems is in the running to win one of the construction industry’s most prestigious awards by being named a finalist in the 2019 Construction News Specialists Awards.

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Charity

Rapierstar Duo Scales New Heights To Help Beat Cancer

Managing director of Rapierstar, David Furness, and his financial and operations director colleague, Scott Rogers, have completed a demanding two-day trek up Mount Toubkal in Morocco to raise vitally needed funds for Cancer Research UK.

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G18 Awards

G18 Award Winners

This year's G18 Winners were announced at the annual Awards Ceremony on Friday 30th November. Click below to view some of the winners.

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NFA Awards

NFA Awards winners have been revealed.

The results of NFA 2018 Awards have been announced. Click below to view some of the winners.

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