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Merseyside Manufacturer Commits To Job Creation Through Strategic Partnership With Workforce Development Organisations

 

Warwick North West, Merseyside’s largest trade manufacturer of windows and doors and a strategic partner of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, has joined forces with two separate workforce development organisations, Nobody Left Behind and Inside Connections, in an effort to address the persistent skills shortage plaguing the manufacturing sector.

Nobody Left Behind uses sport to build positive mindsets among young unemployed people, before providing industry specific skills training in preparation for sustainable and meaningful employment.

 
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15 Million UK Households Encounter Problems With Contractors, Says Dispute Assist

 

62% of UK homeowners have had a problem with home improvements work in the past, according to new research from dispute resolution experts Dispute Assist.

This data, says the company, suggests some 15.4 million households in England and Wales have been affected by contractor issues based on the number of households recorded in the 2021 Census.

Disputes between a customer and a home improvement business are often unnecessarily resolved in the courtroom, racking up larger bills and taking up swathes of time for both parties.

 
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Everglade Windows Launches New Steel-Look Internal Glazing System

 

Everglade Windows has launched a new steel-look internal doors and screens system to its customers, expanding on its already impressive portfolio of products.

The West-London based fabricator launched the new products at its recent annual Trade Customer Conference – Evolve 23, along with seven other additions to the product range.

As the industry is seeing a meteoric rise in the popularity of steel-look glazing and ‘broken plan’ living spaces, the launch of the steel-look internal doors and screens received a huge amount of positive feedback from those in attendance at the conference.

 
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The S2 Launch Has Been A Revelation,
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Following the preview of the new S2 glazed roof from Sheerline at the FIT Show by Prefix Systems, the company is reporting an overwhelming response to this new product development that has been two years in the making.

Based on the proven and re-engineered K2 conservatory roof system, S2 has benefitted from a substantial research and development programme. Architectural influenced square top cappings, a smaller end boss as part of a slimline approach to product design, box section eaves beam including integrated bolster for large span openings,

 
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Shepley Launch New Visage Rio Flush Sash Window

 

Rehau trade fabricator Shepley Windows has added the new Visage Rio flush sash window to its extensive ‘Everything Rehau’ range of Visage windows and doors.

Rio flush sash windows feature Shepley’s timber-look fully welded corner joints, offering traditional timber detailing without compromising on strength or performance.

Ian Griffiths, managing director at Shepley Windows says: “Rio flush sash completes our ‘Everything Rehau’ range of Visage PVCu windows and doors. Available in 20 off-the-shelf colours,

 
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Last Call For Entries For G23 Awards

 

G23 Awards will take place on Friday 24 November 2023 and return to the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Now in their 19th year, the G23 Awards have firmly established themselves as the ultimate event – recognising and rewarding excellence in the glass and glazing industry.

Launched in 2004, and held annually in London, the prestigious event is dedicated to celebrating innovation and exceptional performance from the best companies and the best people in the UK market.

 
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New Ways To Offer Finance Deals, Says Listers

 

Listers now offers discounted rates on consumer finance, alongside a service that allows window companies to sign up without a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Licence, which creates more opportunities to win business and close deals, according to the national fabricator.

“Household budgets are squeezed, but the demand for windows doors, and other home improvement measures hasn’t gone away,” managing director of Listers Roy Frost said. “The key is to put yourself in a position to win the work that is available.”

 
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Modplan Celebrates 50th Anniversary

 

Trade fabricator Modplan is celebrating its 50th anniversary in July 2023. David Burles, CEO, who founded the business in 1973, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating this important business milestone. It’s an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come – but also where we want to go next.”

The business has certainly come a long way since 1973. It started as a DIY and light builders’ outlet in South Wales. Today, it’s a multi-million-pound turnover trade business manufacturing a comprehensive range of PVC-U windows, door and conservatory roofs.

 
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New Sweet Classic Door Knocker

 

Brisant Secure has expanded its Sweet furniture range to include a Classic door knocker, providing homeowners and trade professionals with a traditional option that complements the contemporary design of the Sweet range.

The Sweet range was introduced as a cutting-edge design with contemporary aesthetics. Brisant Secure says the introduction of the Classic door knocker means that doors with a traditional design can now benefit from the performance, durability and unique guarantee of Sweet door furniture.

 
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The Window Store Hosts Successful Open Day Events

 

The Window Store recently held successful Open Day Events at their newly opened trade counters in Christchurch and Worthing. The events attracted installers, builders, and homeowners who were interested in learning more about The Window Store’s extensive range of products and services, as well as the chance to network with top suppliers.

General manager Karl Lodwick said, “We were delighted with the success of our first Open Day Events! It was a great opportunity to meet customers, showcase the new branches, and highlight the benefits of choosing The Window Store.

 
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The Residence Collection Proving Popular For Fentrade

 

In January 2023, trade fabricator Fentrade expanded its operation by manufacturing the Residence Collection. Six months on, this has proven to be a wise business decision as Chris Reeks, Fentrade’s director, explains. “Having established ourselves as a reliable high-quality aluminium fabricator, we took the decision to expand into PVC-U fabrication with the introduction of the Residence Collection. As a result, our PVC-U division has grown month-on-month and our growing customer base and strong order pipeline demonstrate the strength of our offer.”

Fentrade manufacture the Residence 9, Residence 7 and Residence² Collections. Chris said: “So far, both Residence 9 and Residence 7 have been popular products for us,

 
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Schüco Excellence Awards 10th Anniversary Winners Announced

 

Schüco UK & Ireland has announced the winners of its Excellence Awards. The special anniversary event was held on the famous Cutty Sark in Southeast London, preceded by a river cruise along the Thames where guests were greeted by the raising of Tower Bridge. For the fourth successive year, the awards were presented by architectural designer and television presenter, Charlie Luxton.

Held in association with Architecture Today, the event is an established part of the industry awards calendar and this year, attracted its highest number of entries to date.

 
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New Window To The World For ADSA

 

The Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA) has launched its new website, boasting improved functionality with a brand-new look and feel.

The site has been produced to maximise user experience, with slicker mechanisms for booking courses and events, a member search facility with postcode and mapping features for customers to find products and service providers.

The association’s online presence has been developed to reflect its current activity: extensive learning and development content, industry news and updates and independent compliance assessment services.

 
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CNC Recycling To Drive 1250 Miles In 34 Year Citroen To Raise Funds For Kelly’s Heroes

 

CNC Recycling’s very own Michael & Richie will be taking on the Funball Rally challenge between the 20th-24th July to raise funds for the Kelly’s Heroes charity.

They will be driving 1250 miles over four days in a 34 year old Citroen 2CV.

The Rally Rendezvous and journey starts at the famous Reims Grand Prix circuit then onto Basel, Chur, Lake Garda covering various legendary mountain passes including the Passo dello Stelvio described by Top Gear as the best driving road in the world and finally ending up in Venice.

 
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Trade News

VR Technology Brings Epwin Window Systems’ Products To Life

Epwin Window Systems installer Oswestry Windows and Doors Ltd has invested in the power of virtual reality technology to bring products to life in consumers’ homes. Owner Matthew Dunne-Smith says: “VR technology is proving transformational for us.

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Part F Compliance Made Easy With Carl F Groupco

With the period for the transitional arrangement for Approved Document F in England ending on 15th June 2023, Carl F Groupco has ensured ongoing compliance is straightforward by stocking an extensive inventory of Part F compliant trickle vents.

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Comp Door Achieves PAS 24:2022

Comp Door has announced their success in becoming the first composite door supplier to achieve BSI Kitemark to BS 8529:2017 and PAS 24:2022, claims the company, a standard that demonstrates enhanced security against burglary or attack, as well as weather resistance.

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Product News

Wendland Lantern Internal Aluminium Suite

Wendland Lantern is now available with a thermally broken aluminium internal finish. The low profile square-edged design is claimed to create a modern look and feel on every size and style in the range, including the square Wendland Lantern.

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Supplying The Demand

As one of the UK’s only independently owned hardware distributors, Carl F Groupco is renowned for strong customer and supplier relationships.

For over five years, Glazpart has supplied Carl F Groupco with trickle vents and with the changes to Building Regulations...

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Total Hardware Launches New Quantum Rapid Fit Door Hinge

Window and Door hardware specialists, Total Hardware has just launched its new Quantum Rapid Fit Door Hinge.

Commenting on the introduction of the new hinge, Chris Pell, general manager at Total Hardware, said:

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Swift Frame Adds Veka’s Imagine Patio Door

Norfolk fabricator Swift Frame has added Veka’s Imagine Patio Door to its product range offering.

Veka’s advanced thermal barrier technology is claimed to minimise heat transfer, reduce energy consumption and lower utility costs.

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Viewpoint

Opportunities Without The Investment

Choose your suppliers carefully to help win high-value work, argues joint managing director of Mackenzie Glass Mark Herbert. We report.

“Many glass companies are currently geared to do as much as possible as cheaply as possible,”

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Internet

Listers Launches New Plug-And-Play Gallery44 Composite Door Designer

Listers has created a new customer website door designer tool for its Gallery44 Composite Door Range.

With three ranges to choose from – Traditional; Contemporary Grained; or smooth finish Urban options

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Awards

Senior Takes Pure To The Palace

Senior Architectural Systems has attended an official presentation ceremony at Buckingham Palace and presented with a prestigious award for innovation in recognition of its patented Pure aluminium window system.  Senior’s founder and inventor of the Pure system Lennart Jonsson represented the company by attending the exclusive event,

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G Awards

DoorCo Confirms Sponsorship Of G-Awards 2023

DoorCo has confirmed it’s continued sponsorship of the G-Awards for 2023.  After successfully winning the coveted category ‘Component Supplier of the Year’ at the 2022 Awards, DoorCo has taken the decision to not enter the category again, but instead focus on the categories that reflect in more detail,

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Exhibitions

Qwood Main Sponsor And Exhibitor At BWF Members’ Day

Qwood, manufacturer of  timber composite profiles, made an impression as the main sponsor and exhibitor at the recent BWF Members’ Day. The event, held on the 13th of June at Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough,

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Sponsorship

Morley Glass Agrees Leeds Knights Title Sponsorship For Next Two Seasons

Leeds-based integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass has signed a deal to extend its sponsorship of ice hockey team Leeds Knights for at least the next two years.

The company will continue to be “Title Sponsors” of the team who were crowned the Planet Ice NIHL National Division Champions this year,

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