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11th June 2019
 
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Last GM Fundraising Cycling Challenge Underway

 

A team of eighteen cyclists from the fenestration industry set off on Monday for the ride of their lives. ‘From Russia With Hope’ is the last of its kind for GM Fundraising and promises to be the hardest challenge yet: 12 countries, 2,780 miles, 34,000ft of climbing in just 10 days, all to raise money for Hope House Children’s Hospices, GM Fundraising’s nominated charity.

Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising and ‘From Russia With Hope’ cyclist comments: “This is our final cycling challenge and promises

 
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CR Smith Revenues Rise Across Its Consumer And Commercial Businesses

 

Both the domestic sales and manufacturing businesses of leading Scottish home improvement company, CR Smith, saw revenues climb over the past 12 months, as the company posted positive results for the eighth successive year.

Revenues for CR Smith Glaziers (Dunfermline) Ltd which encompasses the firm’s domestic sales and installations operation, rose £1.1m or 5% in the year to 31 August 2018 to £23.5m. Gross profit recorded a £900k rise over the previous 12 months at £10.2m,

 
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ODL Europe Awarded ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certification

 

ODL Europe has been awarded ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems certification. Nathan Barr, ODL Europe’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to have received this award as it’s evidence of our commitment to having a high quality, sustainability-driven business that’s a valuable partner to all our customers.”

 

 
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Freefoam, “The Perfect Partner” For Huws Gray

 

As part of an ongoing and growing partnership, Freefoam Building Products recently attended the Huws Gray Big Trade Event, held at the Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay. The first ever such event organised by Huws Gray turned out to be a lively and busy day, with over 1500 Huws Gray customers and prospects taking part in fun activities, competitions and supplier promotions.

Freefoam have been working in partnership with Huws Gray for around two years. “Huws Gray and Freefoam share a similar culture,” says

 
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Locksmiths Now Can Be CORGI Fenestration Registered

 

CORGI Fenestration has launched its Skilled Locksmiths Scheme in response to pressure to recognise excellence in the profession. Any locksmith – from sole traders to national companies – that has completed a CORGI Fenestration approved qualification can be registered on the scheme. Each job they complete has to be registered with CORGI Fenestration on its website, via its easy to use web page.

 
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Modplan Adds LEKA’s Eco Range To Its Portfolio

 

Systems to its portfolio. Justin Williams, International Sales and Marketing Director at Modplan, said: “The LEKA Eco range is the perfect example of our commitment to delivering added value to our customers. The range opens up a wealth of new opportunities for installers looking to capitalise on the solid roof market by offering solutions at more competitive pricing points.”

The Eco range is an extension of LEKA Systems’ LEKA Warm Roof and LEKA Orangery roof solutions. It consists of the LEKA Eco,

 
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Top of the Glass

 

Cube Glass is staking a claim to be the best qualified manufacture and installation team in Scotland, with virtually every one of its employees achieving challenging national standards.

The Cumbernauld-based glass and aluminium specialist, which was established in 2004, has created a training and accomplishment environment, which has gained it an outstandingly high ratio of qualifications.

 
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25 Years Of Celebrations For AluK

 

AluK celebrated its 25th anniversary in the UK in style at the FIT Show – with a party, a birthday cake and a £10,000 competition.

The 1990s themed party, with an appropriately retro playlist, gave visitors to the stand on late night Tuesday the opportunity to share their memories of AluK over the years and to toast its exciting future.

 
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PatioMaster Attracts Attention At FIT

 

As the homeowner trend for wide expanses of glass shows no sign of slowing, it’s perhaps hardly surprising that interest in PatioMaster’s Triple-track sliding patio door system at the FIT Show was high. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin Window Systems, commented: “The Triple-track system offers up to 25% more open space than a conventional patio door, delivering the open-house feel homeowners are looking for, even with smaller frame sizes. It attracted a great deal of interest from visitors to the show.”

 
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Perfect Corners Draw Crowds At FIT Show

 

Perfect corners were on full display at the FIT Show thanks to Timberweld®! Licensees Window Tech Trade, Aztec, John Fredericks and Affordable Windows Systems used the stand to show flush sashes featuring a timber-look butt-joint inside and outside the window, thanks to the patented method of jointing. The exhibition was cited as a great success by Alan Burgess, one of the innovators behind the Timberweld technology and Chairman of the Masterframe Group.

 
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From The Back Of A Gunroom To Aluminium Glazing Specialist

 

Morgan’s Windows Doors and Conservatories has grown from having a tiny unit at the back of a gunroom and small builder’s merchants into creating a brand-new state-of-the-art showroom in Oswestry. It’s all been with the help of AluFoldDirect, whose strategic innovations have helped Morgan’s to achieve profitable business growth, proving that great partnerships can build impressive success stories.

 
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Slough School Gives REHAU 10/10
 

When Ridge Architects needed to specify replacement windows for a specialist school in Berkshire, REHAU’s TOTAL70 profile provided the perfect solution. Kevin O’Neill Commercial Manager with REHAU worked closely with the Ridges design team and Slough Borough Council, to ensure that the original Victorian façade was replicated, and the functionality of the new REHAU windows worked for the current occupants.

 
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BFRC Relaunch Website As Part Of Bold New Rebrand
 

The body responsible for establishing one of the UK’s most trusted and widely used independent ratings system for verifying the energy performance of windows and doors, British Fenestration Ratings Council (BFRC), has recently announced the launch of a responsive new website as part of a comprehensive review of the BFRC brand.

Among the key features of the new site is a members area where companies can upload their own logo onto the energy labels designed

 
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Tragic Death Highlights Importance Of Window Restrictors
 

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), more than 4,000 children under the age of 15 are injured falling from windows every year, while the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) state that one child under five is admitted to hospital every day nationally after falling from a building, often from open windows.

These frightening statistics are made even more shocking with the regularity of tragic accidents making the headlines,

 
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Kömmerling’s #Comealong Campaign Awarded By FiT
 

KÖMMERLING were presented with the award for Best Creative in the FIT 2019 marketing campaign at the show Gala Dinner for their #ComeAlong promotion, which not only helped drive footfall to their stand, but has already generated annualised new business returns to the tune of seven figures.

With companies across the fenestration and glazing industries all ploughing considerable monies in pre-show marketing,

 
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Enjoyable FiT Show For GGF
 

Following months of preparation and planning the GGF reflected on an enjoyable event as thousands of visitors attended the three-day show spread across three halls at Birmingham’s NEC from 21-23 May.

The GGF stand was a mixture of topical presentations, hospitality and a mini-golf game which many found fun as they attempted a hole in one. In other parts of the exhibition,

 
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Everyone’s A Winner At Edgetech’s Action-Packed FIT 2019
 

Last month’s FIT Show was a momentous one for warm-edge experts Edgetech, who used it to celebrate thirty years of a landmark product and introduce an innovative new rigid spacer bar.

At the company’s striking stand, located in the event’s dedicated VISIT Glass area, leading figures from across the industry gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of Super Spacer, the pioneering product that helped make warm-edge mainstream.

 
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VBH ‘All-Star 11 Is A Big Succest FIT
 

VBH (GB) lived up to its ‘INNOVATION Without Limits’ strapline by launching 11 new products at the FIT show in May. The striking stand was a hive of activity, with fabricators and installers queuing to find out more about the latest products from VBH’s flagship greenteQ range and Q-secure guarantee.

New product highlights included the Q-Smart handle with fingerprint reader; new AGB tilt-and-turn system; two new outward opening

 
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Senior Adds Flavour To The Smokehouses
 

Offering a modern take on the industrial look, high performance aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling from Senior Architectural Systems have been specified for a new residential development created as part of the regeneration of historic docklands in Tyne and Wear.

Located on the former Smith’s Dock shipyard in North Shields which dates back to 1857, the new Smokehouses have been designed by

 
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Rapierstar’s Paul Balfe Takes On Gruelling Lakeland Climbs In 115-Mile Charity Cycle Challenge
 

Paul Balfe, Technical Consultant at Rapierstar, has completed one of the toughest challenges for amateur cyclists, fulfilling a long-held ambition and raising funds for MacMillan Cancer Support, the North West Air Ambulance and several other charities.

Covering more than 115 miles in around nine and a half hours and climbing 3,500m, Paul took part in the 2019 Saddleback Fred Whitton

 
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Deceuninck Sales Up Over 20 Percent

Deceuninck’s sales are storming ahead in 2019. The leading PVC-U systems company reports year-to-date sales up over 20% on 2018, itself a record year. The latest OTIF (On Time In Full) figures also show near-perfect deliveries with a score of 98.6%.

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Trustmark Launches New Portal To Improve Communication Between Tradespeople And Consumers

TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme for tradespeople, is today announcing the launch of a new Business and Consumer Portal, providing a secure, free and convenient platform for businesses and their customers to communicate and be transparent with each other.

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Clearview Glaziers Takes Market Advantage With Stellar

Clearview Glaziers are opening up new opportunities for the aluminium division of its business by fabricating Stellar, the brand-new aluminium system from Epwin Window Systems. Robin Squibb, Clearview’s Director, said: “Aluminium is a growth part of our business and we see Stellar as the system to take us to the next level.”

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Dekko Celebrates Secured By Design Accreditation For Residence Collection

Well-respected premium fabricator Dekko Windows Systems is celebrating receiving Secured by Design Accreditation (SBD) on the Residence Collection.

With security and crime prevention a massive consideration for

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Dear Gerald

Air pollution is a global problem which affects almost everyone in the UK. And, while obviously some areas are worse than others, the idea that it’s only heavily industrialised areas which suffer is far from true. Air pollution affects everyone’s health, prospects and the fabric of our homes. We might like to think that when we get

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Senior’s Pure® Delights Its Customers

With more and more domestic customers looking to reduce the environmental impact of their purchases and increase the energy-efficiency of their homes, Senior Architectural System’s revolutionary low U-value PURe® aluminium window and door range is taking the residential market by storm.

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Glass & Glazing

Gaining A ‘Distinction’ In Glass Sales

The in-house glass facility at Barnsley’s Distinction Doors is continually proving to be one of their greatest assets as it supports an enviable track record of ‘on time in full’ service. With sales notably higher than this time last year, the UK’s door

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Conservatories

LEKA Xi Conservatory Base System Is A Huge Hit At FIT 2019

For the third FIT in a row LEKA Systems have delivered something new for the industry. Rhys Hoddinott, Managing Director of LEKA Systems, said: “We knew the new LEKA Xi Modular Conservatory Base System was going to take FIT by storm.

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People

Epwin Window Systems’ Clare O’Hara Joins GM Fundraising Team

Following her influence throughout Paddle2Pedal and ongoing support, GM Fundraising is delighted to welcome Clare O’Hara, Divisional Managing Director of Epwin Window Systems, as an official member of the fundraising team.

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FiT Show

Korniche Bi-Folding Doors Wow At FiT

Stand K10 bristled with anticipation and activity on the first day of this Year’s FIT Show as Made for Trade pre-launched the new Korniche Aluminium Bi-Folding Doors alongside the established and successful Korniche Aluminium Roof Lantern.

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Improveasy Puts The Focus On Finance At The FIT Show 2019

The 2019 FIT Show proved to be a successful exhibition for Improveasy, the industry’s trusted provider of flexible finance solutions.

Members of the Improveasy team were on-hand to showcase their popular installer finance packages,

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GGF Shares Industry Insights At FiT Show

It was barely one hour into the FIT Show when Kevin Buckley, GGF Group Chief Executive provided visitors to his opening seminar with some food for thought, as he shared the GGF’s findings from the extensive research conducted by the Federation in 2018.

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On-Site

Cheadle Glass And Glazerite Solve Noisy Problem

When the owners of an airport hotel asked an installer for help with high quality frames and acoustic glass, you’d be forgiven for thinking it might have been to keep the overhead noise of aircraft to a minimum.

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Nocturnal Newview Excels On Complex Oxford Installation

How do you complete installation work at one of the country’s busiest transport hubs without causing major disruption?

In short – very quickly and very carefully, as commercial glazing experts Newview Homes ably

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Internet

Sidey Launch New-Look Website

There has been a great reaction to the recent launch of Sidey’s new-look website. The Scottish fenestration company has already received superb feedback and attracted hundreds of new visitors.

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Exhibitions

Fensterbau Calling! Exhibit At The World’s Largest Window Trade Show

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) invites interest from all companies in the window and door sectors to co-exhibit on the UK Pavilion at Fensterbau Frontale in Nuremburg on 18-21 March 2020.

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Sponsorship

UAP Sponsored Manchester Thunder Crowned Superleague Champions

Staff at UAP Limited were thrilled to see Manchester Thunder crowned 2019 Superleague champions at the recent Vitality Netball Superleague final. Winning 57 – 52, Manchester Thunder beat reigning champions, Wasps in a ferocious show-down.

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