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11th February 2020
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Business Micros Announces Exciting Acquisition


Business Micros has announced the acquisition of Echo Digital Media (EDM), better known in this industry under its twin brands of The Consultancy and The Glazing Vault, for an undisclosed sum.

The move brings together two of the sector’s biggest digital specialists; and demonstrates the scale of Business Micros’ continuing ambition as it looks to strengthen its market leading position in its 41st year.

Graeme Bailey, Managing Director of Business Micros, says the investment in EDM will have long term benefits for both businesses,


Thermoseal Group Now Supplies IG Components To 48 Countries In 5 Continents


The demand for more energy efficient insulated glass (IG) components has been growing worldwide with the global drive for more energy efficient buildings. This, coupled with the changing UK market, has contributed to a growth in demand for Thermoseal Group’s highest performance warm edge spacers, which is set to continue.

Thermoseal Group’s Sales Director Mark Hickox, having now analysed the Group’s 2019 sales, announces a 10% growth in the Group’s export business which now supplies IG components to 48 countries in 5 continents.



The Thermal Aluminium Roof Continues To Evolve With The Launch Of Stratus 4-Way From Aperture


The Aperture Group has announced the launch of the Stratus 4-Way lantern roof, extending its popular range of 2-Way, 3-Way and contemporary options, which the company says offers homeowners and architects, discreet and stylish roofing solutions with unbeatable thermal performance. Available in both bar length and kit options for square constructions up to 2m x 2m, customers have a choice of high performance powder coated finishes in Traffic White (RAL 9016) or Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016) on the exterior and interior.

Robin Baker, Managing Director of the core Aperture business comments: “We’re delighted to bring to market another installer-friendly product that represents the very best in British engineering.


Free Guide To Part M And Thresholds Available To Download From MI Products


Hardware specialist MI Products has created a handy guide to help customers meet Building Regulations Approved Document Part M. The guide includes information about the correct thresholds to use in order to meet the guidelines for accessibility.

“We created the Guide to Thresholds and Part M as a crib sheet for fabricators and installers to refer to,” says Ian Searle, Director at MI Products.


Cornwall Glass Manufacturing Pledges To Create A Further Six Apprenticeships


Cornwall Glass Manufacturing will create six new apprenticeships before the end of this year as part of its continuing commitment to support the up skilling of workers in the glass industry.

The IGU manufacturer and glass processing specialist which operates three sites across the South West and Southern England, already employs 12 apprentices within its team, in addition to those who have already graduated from its apprenticeship programme.


Record Year Delivers Amazon Scale-Up Award Nomination For Dynamic Dekko


The team at Dekko Window Systems is celebrating being shortlisted for a high-profile business award at the prestigious Amazon Scale-Up Awards by Business Leader.

Ashton-based Dekko, which specialises in premium uPVC, aluminium and timber-effect glazing products has been nominated for the ‘Manufacturing Excellence’ award. The highly-coveted award recognises businesses with a world-class manufacturing ethos, outstanding productivity and business performance to match.



Stellar’s Proven Security And Quality


Stellar, the double G Award-winning retail and light commercial system from Epwin Window Systems, has received three important accreditations that the company says further prove the quality and security of the system.

Stellar now holds Secured by Design certification. It also holds the BS 4873 / PAS24 Kitemark for an Enhanced Security Aluminium Window System and is Kitemark-accredited under the requirements of BSI BS 4873 Aluminium Window System Supplier.


New Appointment At Modplan Ltd


Leading VEKA trade fabricator, Modplan Ltd, has further strengthened its sales management team with the appointment of experienced industry-man, Steve Deeming, in the position of Business Development Manager. Heidi Sachs of Modplan, said: “Steve is well-known in the industry and we are delighted to find a committed and experienced sales professional with a vast knowledge of the market. Steve’s drive and focus will help us to deliver our new business plans going forward.”

In his appointment, Steve will be responsible for new business opportunities for the range of window, door and conservatory roof products available in the Modplan portfolio.


P C Henderson Release Two New Installation Videos


Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has released two new installation videos for its market leading range of Pocket Door Pro and Husky Soft Stop systems.

Launched early 2019, Pocket Door Pro and Husky Soft Stop, although new to the market, have quickly grown to become two of the company’s most popular products due to their high quality design, flexible functionality options and easy installation. The company has now developed two high quality installation videos in order to complement the product offering.


Quickslide Upgrades Transport Fleet As Part Of £2,000,000 Investment


Quickslide has announced a significant number of new additions to its transport fleet, a move that represents the latest phase of planned investments for 2020 as the fabricator gears up for continued growth and looks to further improve its service offering.

The new vehicles, which represent an investment of £280,000, include two DAF rigid trucks that will be used for nationwide deliveries; a trio of VW Crafter High Roof vans that will be dedicated to deliveries, installations and services; plus a Mitsubishi L200 double cab pickup that will be available to account managers to visit clients across the UK.


Geofast System Provides Unique Quality


As award-winning designers, fabricators, suppliers and installers of windows and doors, Unique Window Systems choose to partner with The Georgian Bar Company.

Based in Leicester and operating from state-of-the-art facilities, Unique’s versatile and extensive portfolio encompasses a full range of products that are said by the company to be perfect for the new build, commercial and trade sectors.

“We have a production capability of 2,500 PVCu frames a week,” says Sunil Patel, joint Managing Director of Unique.


AB Glass To Work On New £39M Landmark Swansea Building


AB Glass, the Swansea-based aluminium manufacturing and installation company, has secured a £1.5m contract to work on a new, landmark, building being built in Swansea.

The company is working alongside global construction specialist ISG to deliver a £39m student high-rise accommodation block at Mariner Street, Swansea. Reaching 17 stories and 58 metres tall, the building will house 780 students and be the second tallest in the city.

AB Glass specialises in the manufacture and installation of facades, curtain walling, windows, doors and structural glass assemblies for both the domestic and commercial markets.


Shelforce Finalist At Amazon ScaleUp Awards


Window and door manufacturer Shelforce has been announced as a finalist in the Employer of the Year category at the 2020 Amazon ScaleUp Awards by Business Leader.

And with more than 400 entries received across all categories, it is a huge achievement for the Birmingham-based company.

Shelforce specialises in providing high-quality PVCu and aluminium products to local authority building projects, working closely with Birmingham City Council.


Health And Safety Endorsement For The Window Company (Contracts)


The Window Company (Contracts) continues to set the pace in the commercial installation market with news that it has just been accredited to the very latest occupational health and safety standard ISO45001: 2018.

Developed to replace OHSAS18001, ISO45001: 2018 is designed to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions.

Katie Thornton, Director of Compliance and Administration at The Window Company (Contracts), explained:


Cotswold Windows Frames Exclusive Redrow Development


Cotswold Windows has supplied and installed motorised Sky-Frame doors on a prestigious lake side development by Redrow, Elements at Cerney on the Water in Gloucestershire.

Sitting on the northern edge of Lake 16 in Cotswold Water Park, each Elements home has been designed to complement the surroundings. They combine traditional Cotswold stone, slate roofs and textured, weathered cladding with large expanses of glazing.


Trade News

GJB Opens The Big Trade Counter Number 3

In a double whammy, GJB Window Systems opens The Big Trade Counter in Bedfordshire, the third branch in the UK, and welcomes Gary Hudson as its new Business Development Manager.


Cube Glass Near Doubles Its Footprint

Innovative glass and aluminium specialist Cube Glass is set to near double the size of its premises in Cumbernauld’s Tannoch Place with the purchase of its 4,200 sq ft factory unit from landlord, Ashtenne, and submission of a planning application to build a 3,800 sq ft factory extension.


SupaLite Lands Lancashire Double Glazing As New Approved Fabricator

SupaLite, the Preston-based tiled roof manufacturer is proud to unveil Lancashire Double Glazing as the newest addition to their nationwide fabricator network.


Glass industry leaders discuss how to add more value at ‘Purplex Debate’

Purplex, the marketing consultancy for the glazing industry, recently hosted the first in a series of roundtable discussions which aim to tackle some of the key issues affecting the industry.
The ‘Purplex Debate’, held on January 28th, focused on adding value among insulating glass manufacturers


New Fabricator Promises Aluminium Bi-Folds In Just Six Days

6 Day Doors, the latest venture from Essex based the Chigwell Group, promises to deliver aluminium bi-fold doors in under a week.
Where most fabricators offer aluminium bi-folds with lead times of two to three weeks if not longer,


Window Ware And Express Trade Frames Celebrate Successful 21-Year Supply Partnership

Window Ware are celebrating with longstanding customer Express Trade Frames, as their successful supply partnership reaches an incredible 21 years.
The Bedfordshire hardware specialists have not only been working with the team at Express Trade Frames since doors opened in 1999,



Product News

ALUK Launches New Flush Variant Of Popular 58BW System

AluK has added yet another variant to its hugely versatile 58BW window system, with the launch of the new 58BW Flush.
This gives AluK customers a clever and cost-effective way of targeting the fast growing flush window market with a window which requires just three new flush profiles


greenteQ Oval Pull Handles Add A Touch Of Style

Award winning hardware specialist VBH has expanded the greenteQ Coastline range of stainless steel pull handles with the addition of two new Oval profile designs.
The stylish new Oval products offer an attractive alternative to the standard circular profile pulls that are already very popular on contemporary entrance doors.


Side Panels Are Always On For Endurance

An increasing number of installers are changing to Endurance solid and secure composite doors, says company, thanks to a number of design features, product quality and the fact that there’s a huge range of side panels to choose from.


Online Magazine

Training & Development

Woodworking Apprenticeship Sets Joiner On Path To Bright Career

Nearly two years ago, William Wragg took the plunge and left sixth form to begin an apprenticeship at joinery firm Tom Pearson & Sons. Since then he has developed essential skills and a passion for woodworking that has put him on track for a rewarding and successful career.



New Coastline Brochure From VBH

Hardware specialist VBH has created a new 6 page brochure to help explain the benefits of their greenteQ Coastline range of stainless steel entrance door furniture.
The range includes pull handles, lever and knob handle sets, letterboxes, door knockers and butt hinges, all in hard wearing stainless steel.



MRA Tops CMA Agency League

Full service PR and marketing agency MRA Marketing has taken the No.1 spot in the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA) Agency League for the fifth time in 6 years.
Run by the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG), the CMAs are the UK’s leading awards for marketing in construction.



CMS Recognised For Public Sector Partnering Excellence

CMS Window Systems is in the running for a highly respected award which recognises the best suppliers to Scotland’s public sector.
The company, which is one of Scotland’s largest window, door and curtain walling designer,


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