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13th October 2016
 
Spending Watchdog Lifts Lid On Red Tape
 

The Federation of Small Business (FSB) is concerned the Government’s drive to bear down on the burden of red tape on UK businesses is not delivering enough gains for business, as set out in a new report by the influential Committee of Public Accounts (PAC). 

The public spending watchdog says the Government has made limited progress towards its £10 billion target to reduce the cost of regulation on business. In one absurd finding, most of the ‘savings’ made are not genuine savings at all, but revenue generated by the new plastic bag levy. The Government, however, decided that this doesn’t apply to small businesses in England.

 
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FREE RIBA-Approved CPD Seminars Offered By PVC-U Leader, The VEKA UK Group
 

 VEKA UK Group is offering architects, specifiers, contractors and consultants the chance to further their understanding of PVC-U and its use in fenestration, while simultaneously earning points towards their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – FREE of charge.

The upcoming seminars – to be delivered throughout the country by The VEKA UK Group’s Commercial team – are approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), illustrating their value for professionals in the commercial sector.

 
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Andy Haynes Celebrates 30 Years At Mila

 

Mila’s technical salesman Andy Haynes has just celebrated his 30th anniversary with the company and on the way has become one of its most popular and valued members of staff.

Although he started out working in Mila’s warehouse, Andy proved himself a natural salesman very early on and has spent almost all of his time at Mila out meeting fabricators and installers, talking to them about hardware and helping them to get the very most from the Mila range.

 
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Dear Gerald
 

Letter to the Editor from Dan Gill, Residence Collection 

In a recent press release (Window News, 28th September) Liverpool fabricator Warwick North West says: “For years conservation areas were a ‘no-go area’ for PVC-U windows”. Indeed many that were installed on poor advice have had to be removed and the originals reinstated. That’s distressing for the homeowners and a bodyblow for the installer’s reputation as it’s often a big story in the local media. It’s bad for PVC too because it reinforces all the old prejudices.

The facts are these. Planners use Article 4 Directions to determine whether they accept or reject proposed windows in conservation areas.

 
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25 Years Of Partnership For Epwin And Total Glass
 

2016 marks a milestone anniversary for Epwin Group and Profile 22 customer Total Glass. Since 1981 Total Glass has been manufacturing and supplying Profile 22 products, as Group Managing Director, Frank Deary explains.

“Total Glass has been with Epwin and Profile 22 since day one.  When we were looking for a profile supplier they ticked all the boxes; a high quality and sustainable range of products with a stable supply chain. That decision 25 years ago has formed the business we have today, and with Profile 22’s support we are now one of the UK’s largest fabricators of PVC-U products.

 
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Business Micros Expands Team With Three New Graduate Appointments
 

There’s more good news from Business Micros as one of the industry’s leading software providers has expanded its programming and installations teams yet again.

Toby Hodgkinson has joined as a Senior Developer, Adam Wade is a Field Programmer and the newest recruit is Elliot Chadwick who is now an Installations and Support Engineer.

All three are experienced graduates with varied backgrounds in IT and software development and all three are based at Business Micros’ Newton le Willows installations office.

 
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Mercury Glazing’s VS Order Book Reflects Growing Popularity Of Colour
 

Specialist trade fabricator Mercury Glazing is one of the UK’ s biggest fabricators of the Spectus vertical slider so it means the company’s sales are a good indication of trends in the VS market. Chris Reeks, Mercury’s Sales and Marketing Director, says: “Coloured profiles account for 25% of our VS sales in the past six months and we expect this percentage to increase in the coming months as colour continues its growth in popularity.”

Chris says the most popular colour choice is white woodgrain foil, which emulates the look of the traditional timber VS. Mercury carries stocks of this finish, as well as other white foils and cream.

 
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New BRE and ESTA Guide Helps Businesses Gain Value From ESOS Audits
 

A newly published briefing paper from BRE in collaboration with the Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA) addresses the opportunities that an ESOS audit offers and how organisations can benefit from them. Aimed at businesses that don't already have energy-savings measures in place, it provides guidance on how ESOS compliance processes can be optimised in order to save costs and reduce risks. 
 
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) directive makes it mandatory for many large UK organisations to comply with the scheme. One of the routes to compliance is regular energy audits,

 
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Modplan Appoints Ian Lewis As Sales Manager
 

VEKA trade fabricator Modplan has just appointed Ian Lewis as its new Sales Manager. Heidi Sachs, Modplan’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted that Ian has joined us. He’s got a wealth of experience and a strong track record in the industry.”

Ian commented: “I’m delighted to have joined Modplan because it has a great reputation in the industry for delivering what installers need. This is a great opportunity to work with a company whose product range is second to none and customer service adds further value.”

 
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ODL Europe Marks £500,000 Investment
 

Supplier of added value building products for the home, ODL Europe, announces that its latest expansion brings total investment in the last 12 months to over £500,000. The most recent development includes new warehousing, distribution and office space at the company’s Bootle manufacturing facility.

Mark Towers, Managing Director comments: “With post-Brexit uncertainty, on the surface it may not seem like the most obvious time to be investing. But over its 70-year history, ODL has adopted an approach of never allowing our facilities to reach 100% capacity.

 
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Climatec Step Back In Time And Introduce Their Period Door Collection
 

This timeless door collection from Climatec Windows is the latest range of products to be launched by this longstanding fabricator.

Born from requests for a timber effect door to match the typical period properties found within the catchment areas of their customers, Climatec set out to recreate a collection of elegant PVCu doors that would offer the design match for the property as well as security, thermal and acoustic benefits that are expected from a door today.

 
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Inagas Brings Innovation To GlassBuild America
 

A firm believer in the power of live demonstrations, with exhibitions being an ideal platform from which to showcase its offering, it will come as no surprise to learn that Inagas will have a presence at GlassBuild America 2016.  Aligned with International distribution partner Quanex Building Products on Booth 1328, Inagas Director Chris Kemp will be at the show with the latest technology the company has to offer.

Chris explains: “GlassBuild 2016 will be an exciting show for us, as we will be there with two pieces of equipment; the SmartSpeed and the Interfill.  Both machines offer something very different in terms of gas filling solutions, but we feel both are very suitable to the differing requirements of the international market place.”

 
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Quality’s The Name Of The Game For MTM Units
 

Following another successful Quality Audit, CENSolutions, one of the largest suppliers of quality certification in the window, door and glass industries, would like to congratulate Shoreham based MTM Units.  Consistently scoring highly year on year, MTM don’t just satisfy the CMS Quality Mark, they ensure its principles are the foundation on which they run the business.

Garrie Crowhurst, Managing Director at MTM Units explains: “As a unit manufacturer with 16 years in experience, we understand the importance of quality.  We supply predominantly into the trade market and on a busy day can produce up to 150 units a day.

 
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Sales Leads Instantly Flood In After Principality Plastics Warehouse Becomes Composite Wood Distributor
 

Since becoming a Composite Wood Company distributor, Welsh company Principality Plastics Warehouse has received more sales leads in three weeks than other suppliers have passed on in 10 years.

Principality now stocks Composite Wood Company decking, fencing and balustrades for trade customers in South Wales & Gloucester and can also supply directly to homeowners via the installation side of its business.

 
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Luxury Chester Apartments Draw To Completion Courtesy Of Bebington Glazing And Bridgestone Construction
 

Bebington Glazing has teamed up with renowned building contractor Bridgestone Construction to produce a series of luxury apartments in Chester.

Having struck up the prominent affiliation, the Wirral based glazing firm is responsible for fitting balustrades and internal glass partitioning throughout the high-end residential property located in Roman Gate, Commonhall Street.

The impressive £2.5m development is now in its final stages of completion, whereby all eight state-of-the-art apartments and duplexes have welcomed such high demand that they have already been sold.

 
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Trade News

The Window Company (Contracts) Warns Against The Implications Of Brexit Surcharges

Specialist commercial window installer The Window Company (Contracts) has once again been given the highest possible rating of Strong in the latest Plimsoll Analysis of the Doors and Windows industry.

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Made For Trade’s Partnership With TuffX A ‘Glass Act’

Growing bi-folds and conservatory supplier Made For Trade are reinforcing their successful partnership with TuffX Processed Glass, with the latter providing the glazed units for the new Korniche aluminium roof lantern.

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MyGlazing.com Hits 100,000 Consumers Target

James Lee, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) announced at the GGF’s Members Day event (held on 29 September), that MyGlazing.com (the GGF’s consumer website) surpassed its online and PR targets set last September when the site was launched.

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Bold Investment Hails Unprecedented Growth At Customade Group

The Customade Group has hailed 2016 as its best year yet as it marks 10 years since directors John Adams, Nick Gibbons and John Lightowlers took over the business. This year has been the greatest ever year for investment and recruitment in the group’s 36-year history.

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Exlabesa Vehicles Receive A Makeover

Aluminium systems house Exlabesa has rebranded the company’s vehicles with their distinctive corporate branding. The rebranding reached the UK’s motorways this month as the company’s lorries received their new look livery. Derek Hodgson,

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Product News

Atlas Boosts Selling Power With Skyroom Showrooms

A record number of Atlas Skyroom demonstration models have been springing up all over the UK as more and more installers have been catching on to their powerful selling potential.

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Spectus Vertical Slider Supports ‘Five-Star’ Seaside Elegance

Nothing could epitomise English seaside elegance more than a 19th Century mock Tudor Bed & Breakfast and tea room on the green of an unspoilt Norfolk village. So when the new owners of the Corner House luxury B&B in the idyllic location of West Runton set out to upgrade the original timber-framed sash windows as part of a major refurbishment,

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Stratus Roof Sees Astraseal Take Conservatories Up A Level

Trade fabricator Astraseal already boasts one of the industry’s biggest and most respected conservatory packages – but now the Wellingborough firm has expanded it even further with the addition of the Stratus Thermal Lantern Roof.

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All UAP Narrow Door Chains Now TS003 As Standard

Trade fabricator Astraseal already boasts one of the industry’s biggest and most respected conservatory packages – but now the Wellingborough firm has expanded it even further with the addition of the Stratus Thermal Lantern Roof.

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Glass & Glazing

Distinction Doors Launches New Glass Range

Distinction Doors has just launched its new impressive glass range. Comprising 23 designs across four collections, the range offers a wealth of choice for homeowners. Chantel Roach, Distinction’s Marketing Director, comments:

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Tuff X Glass Does It All

There are many problems that home owners in the UK are experiencing with old style polycarbonate conservatory roofs. Common areas where people feel the need to change their roofs are; they can be too noisy, they need to reduce the glare from the sun, too hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter.

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On-Site

CDW Systems Products Used In Prestigious

Aluminium specialist CDW Systems recently supplied aluminium doors for a prestigious project in Dorset.
CDW Systems teamed with long-standing customer Bournemouth Glass & Glazing to complete the project at the luxurious Sandbanks peninsula,

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Sponsorship

Morley Glass Continues Support For League Topping Club

Integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing has confirmed it will once again be showing support for sporting talent within its local community by sponsoring a Yorkshire cricket club.

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Awards

Thermoseal Group Finalists for Multitude of Prestigious Awards

As reigning Glass and Glazing Industry G-Awards 2015 winner of ‘Component Supplier of the Year’ and ‘Training and Development Initiative of the Year’, Thermoseal Group has again been shortlisted as finalist in both of these 2016 categories. In addition,

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CMS WINS ‘Closed Loop’ Recycling Award

CMS Window Systems has once again been recognised at a national level for the environmentally sustainable way in which it operates by winning the award for ‘Best Circular Economy Initiative’ at the renowned Scottish Resources Awards.

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Two G16 Finals For VBH & Invisifold

Hardware specialists VBH are said to be ‘really excited’ to have reached the finals of both the Component Supplier of the Year and New Product of the Year categories at the prestigious G16 industry awards.

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Charity

The ‘Toughest Yet’ Raised The Biggest Yet

GM Fundraising’s Border2Border cycling challenge that took place in June this year has raised record funds for Hope House Children’s Hospice’s by beating all other previous events organised over the last 20 years. The team of 24 riders and support crew cycled from Canada to Mexico

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