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14th February 2019
 
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Sales Growth Reflects Strength Of Safeware Offering
 

Epwin Window Systems’ hardware brand Safeware has just announced an impressive 12% growth in year-on-year turnover. Paul Hinds, National Sales Manager for Safeware, commented: “Safeware makes ordering hardware easy. In a world where everyone’s increasingly short of time, it’s a big bonus for our customers. The strength of this offering is reflected in our growing sales figures as more customers tap into the benefits that Safeware delivers.”

 
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Clear Run For GG Glass As Financial Targets Smashed

 

The Liverpool branch of GG Glass, a national contract glazing supplier and installer, has smashed its annual financial targets exceeding £3.6million turnover, a figure it’s set to build on in the year ahead by a further 10%.

With its roots and headquarters in the city, the firm turned over £17million nationally, consolidating its position as a leader in its field. The firms’ financial year has recently come to a close and keen targets set for the year ahead.

 
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Small Businesses Running Out Of Time To Prepare For No Deal Brexit

 

Responding to Tuesday's Commons Statement from Prime Minister, Theresa May, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Mike Cherry said: “With less than 50 days until we leave the EU on 29th March, we are now firmly in extra time with little, or no time, left on the clock for our small firms to get ready.

“By asking for a further two weeks to try and renegotiate a deal with the EU, the Government has simply called for further business uncertainty and political paralysis.

 
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Bohle Supports Industry Up-Skilling With Tailored Courses

 

Bohle is running a series of training seminars, to support glass processors in improving the skill-base of their teams.

Covering a wide range of topics from safe glass handling; balustrading; Juliet balcony and sliding door installation; environmental control technologies; processing machinery maintenance and optimization; plus optimization of industrial glass cutting processes; the courses give attendees key skills to take back to their own companies.

 
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Windows ‘Reborn’ With Genesis Collection

 

Windows and doors in The Genesis Collection are ‘reborn’ thanks to Bison Trade Frames’ extensive investment in R&D.

“We have expertly re-engineered existing systems to create the highest level of detailing and performance,” explains Mark Tetley, Director at Bison Trade Frames. “Using years of experience, our team looks at a product, takes it apart and develops it with new componentry and unique manufacturing processes. The end result is a complete range of windows and doors that give homeowners beautiful aesthetics and the best user experience.

 
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There Are No Negatives With LEKA

 

Ecoglaze UK has worked with LEKA Systems for just over a year and in that time has been extremely impressed with the conservatory roof products. When asked what he considers the key benefit of LEKA roofs to be, Josh Whale, Director of Ecoglaze UK, has a simple answer. “With LEKA roofs, there are no negatives. We are yet to find a flaw with the system.”

For Josh, it’s the structure of the roofs that makes the difference. “When we explain the construction of the roofs to homeowners

 
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High Growth For The Highlands

 

Scottish Highlands home improvement company, ERG Scotland Ltd, has become the latest addition to the Conservatory Outlet Network of retailers.

After huge success for Conservatory Outlet on the back of 2018 with three new retail partners joining in as many months, it is now revealed that the UK fabricator has secured the partnership of ERG Scotland to service the Scottish Highlands, a large and much sought-after location for the network.

 
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AluFoldDirect Shortlisted For 3 More Awards

 

AluFoldDirect has been named a triple finalist in Lancashire’s Red Rose Business Awards (RRAs), proving its commitment to helping aluminium installation companies grow. AluFoldDirect has been shortlisted in the In-house Training, Manufacturing Business and Medium Business award categories.

Craig Miller, Managing Director at AluFoldDirect says: “After a flurry of award wins in 2018, including two RRAs and G18 awards for Training & Development Initiative of the Year and Fabricator of the Year,

 
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Quickslide Makes Its Community An Asset
 

Look through the beautifully crafted windows of Yorkshire’s Quickslide premises and you’ll see the inner workings of a fenestration company who considers itself a ‘community investor’.

Quickslide takes the notion of Corporate Social Responsibility seriously, and has a history of nurturing those who are new to the world of work by employing them through its successful apprenticeship scheme. One of their most recent recruits,

 
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Low Carbon Homes Forums Tackle Fuel Poverty Challenges In UK Housing

 

As energy prices rise again, and we approach Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on Friday15th February, the organisers of a series of nationwide forums designed to help improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s aging housing stock announce the opening of free registrations for the events which starts next month, and runs until November.

Eighty per-cent of UK housing stock does not meet current building regulations in terms of insulation and heating efficiencies.

 
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Modplan Expands Manufacturing Facility
 

Leading trade VEKA fabricator Modplan has further expanded its production facility with the installation of a new 12,000 sqft mezzanine floor at its Newport, Gwent headquarters. The additional production space will be utilised for the manufacture of its LEKA roofing products and will allow Modplan to further improve its manufacturing efficiencies for this rapidly growing product range.

 
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Padiham Glass Announces Six-Figure Investment

 

IGU specialist, Padiham Glass has committed to a six-figure spend on further software integration, a new automatic sealing robot, plus new handling equipment, to drive increased flexibility and quality through its’ trade offer.

Having already introduced new bar-coding systems and increased process control, the trade IGU specialist will bring new batch-control software online early this year.

 
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Mechatronics Is The Future

 

Mechatronics is the word of 2019. It’s technology that combines electronics and mechanical engineering. It’s not new – but it’s an area that’s growing exponentially. For Avantis International, it’s bringing together two key areas of expertise to create new opportunities for door and window fabricators and installers.

“In the glazing industry, most people know us for hardware,” says Mark Bromley, CEO of Avantis. “But that’s just part of the business. Avantis is one of South East Asia’s leading manufacturers of electronic

 
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Epwin Window Systems Increases Extrusion Capacity By Over 40 Percent

Epwin Window Systems has announced that extrusion capacity at its Telford headquarters is about to increase by over 40%. Clare O’Hara, Divisional Managing Director at Epwin Window Systems, said:

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Inaugural Fabricators’ Forum Proves Success For BFRC

The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) launched a completely new event for the industry on 31st January. The inaugural Fabricators’ Forum drew delegates from many sectors to the Royal

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Strong Start To Deceuninck’s 2019 Sales

Deceuninck has made a strong start to 2019, with January sales up 12% year-on-year. This follows a record-breaking 2018 which finished 21% up on the previous year.

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Changes Underpin Strong Growth At Masterframe

There have been a series of exciting changes for sliding sash window specialists, Masterframe. Carol Slade takes on the role of Managing Director and Ramon Rabett returns to Technical and Compliance Director

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Excellence As Standard Welcomes Pro-Fitter As Its Latest Trade Partner

Epwin Window Systems’ flagship membership programme, Excellence as Standard, has partnered with trail-blazing industry training initiative Pro-Fitter.

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Product News

Milwood Group Aims To Help Installers Extend Their Reach With New Heston Awning Range

Outdoor living specialists and G18 Award finalists, the Milwood Group have kicked off the New Year by officially launching the Heston range,

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People

New National Sales Manager At Exlabesa Building Systems

Exlabesa Building Systems has announced that Nick Baxendale has joined the company as National Sales Manager. General Manager at Exlabesa Building Systems,

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New Milestones For Long-Standing VBH Staff

This year marks significant work anniversaries for several members of the VBH (GB) team, across the three UK depots. Between them, this amounts to over 250 years’ service! Simon Monks, Managing Director

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Training & Development

Leading Fabricator Glazerite Highlights Importance Of Apprenticeships

In recognition of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 4th to 8th March 2019, The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has turned the spotlight on two of its own team;

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Internet

New Responsive Website From Thermoseal Group

Following over 12 months of development, Thermoseal Group has launched its brand new multifunctional responsive website designed to provide an optimal viewing experience

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FIT Show

The Countdown Has Begun – “Start Your Journey To The Exceptional”

If you’re looking for a new star performer, you need to head to Epwin Window Systems’ stand at the FIT Show, says the company. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin

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Profit From Visiting Windowlink At FIT Show

Windowlink, the window and conservatory software experts are to exhibit at FIT Show 2019. As well as demonstrating their window and conservatory pricing and presentation software,

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Exciting Announcements Planned As Milwood Group Returns To The FIT Show For 2019

Milwood Group, the G18 nominated outdoor living specialists have confirmed they will be making a return to The FIT Show in 2019.

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