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15th August 2019
 
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‘Consumer Finance Provides The Solution To Britain’s Savings Crisis’ Says Improveasy

 

A recent report has revealed the true extent of Britain’s savings crisis, with a remarkable 15% of Brits having no savings at all.

The report, which was compiled by Finder, also found that one-in-three Brits have less than £1,500 in savings. It also revealed 22-29 year-olds are the worst at saving, with 53% not putting aside any money for a rainy day.

Whilst the number of Junior ISAs in the UK is rising, the average amount invested has declined by 22% compared to just two years ago. Adult ISAs, on the other hand, have seen a sharp decline in recent years, with just over 10,000 ISAs active in 2017/18.

 
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Exclusive VS Systems From Masterframe – New And Improved Specification

 

Sash window specialist Masterframe has developed its own bespoke PVC-U system to create three new window collections, making it easier for installers to choose the right sash window for the project.

“The three vertical sliding sash products: Authentic, Heritage and Vintage, each offer unique design benefits for the trade, specifiers and developers,” explains Carol Slade, Managing Director at Masterframe. “Every product is available with Timberweld® corner design and white wood foil as standard to give a true timber look for any home.”

 
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Polyframe Protection Promise Makes PAS24 Easy

 

Polyframe has made it quick and easy for customers to quote and price their PVCu windows and doors to ensure that they meet the industry recognised requirements of PAS24:2016 and qualify for the new ‘Polyframe Protection Promise’ (PPP).

Backed by Yale, the Polyframe Protection Promise is claimed as the best homeowner security guarantee in the industry and Polyframe is so confident in the security of its products that it is delivering up to

 
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Quickslide Invests In Well-Being Of Staff With 24-Hour Counselling Service And New HR System

 

As part of an ongoing commitment to ensure the physical and mental well-being of its employees, Brighouse-based fabricator, Quickslide, has announced a new BUPA Employee Assistance programme, as well as a new online HR and H&S system that will directly notify staff when they have been booked on to training courses and also allow them to manage their annual leave at a click of a button.

The BUPA Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a confidential mental health and wellbeing service that offers 24-hour counselling

 
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Joining The Family Business

 

If you needed any more proof that software specialist Business Micros is a family business, then the company has turned the spotlight on two of the lesser known siblings – neither of whom share the surname Bailey!

New Project Leader Vince Kelly was the first member of staff to feature in the company’s 40th anniversary campaign which is highlighting the contribution of key members of staff, and now it is the turn of Vince’s sister Lisa Lockhart who also works at the company’s Penpont HQ.

 
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Alimatic Architectural Aluminium Systems Turns To Haffner Murat To Improve Manufacturing Efficiencies

 

Alimatic Architectural Aluminium Systems, a successful and growing commercial aluminium fabricator in Braintree, Essex, has just invested in a new Spring S4 4 Axis Machining Centre, a TT405 Double Mitre Saw and a HP114 Corner Crimping Machine from Haffner Murat.

Sean Folley, Director at Alimatic said: “We’re a commercial fabricator so product quality and manufacturing efficiency are fundamental to our continued success.

 
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12 Acres Of Solar Control Glass Gives Landmark Dubai Tower The Coolest Views In The City

 

The Palm Tower, a new landmark from master developer Nakheel, under construction at the heart of Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah, promises that each of its luxury hotel rooms and apartments will feature one of the best views in the city.

To achieve this, the 52-storey, 240-metre-tall hotel and residential building will be clad entirely in glass.

 
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Paul Tranter Joins Listers As Sales Director

 

Paul Tranter has been appointed as Sales Director at Listers Central, based in Stoke-on-Trent and part of the GJB Holdings Group.

Paul joins Listers with a wealth of industry experience at a very exciting time and says, “I’ve been involved in the window industry since I left school. I started in the factory of a small fabricator and progressed into sales in the early 2000s, working with many well-known, nationwide brands in the industry.

 
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Mayor Visit Marks Investment At Vertik-Al

 

Andy Street visited Shard End in Birmingham to see Vertik-Al’s powder coating facility, in his role as Mayor of the West Midlands.

The Mayor was greeted by Vertik-Al group managing director, Angus Mackie, before taking a guided tour of the workshop, accompanied by Mr Mackie and Vertik-Al’s group sales and marketing director, John Park Davies, who talked through the powder coating process and the significance of the company’s latest investment – a Magic Compact horizontal powder coating plant.

 
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Ultraframe Team Shortlisted 10 Times for Prestigious Awards

 

Ultraframe and its customers have been shortlisted 10 times across various categories of the inaugural Conservatory & Orangery Awards. The Awards, which will take place in late October, have been established to celebrate and promote excellence in conservatory design and build.

Ultraframe has been shortlisted for Best Solid Roof System for its Ultraroof system, the strongest and most thermally efficient roof of its

 
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British Woodworking Federation 2019 Awards Call For Entries Open

 

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has launched a call for entries for its prestigious BWF Awards, which includes a brand new category for 2019, ‘The Rising Star Award’.

Now in its 11th year, the event provides an unrivalled opportunity for the woodworking industry to come together to showcase its most outstanding work from the past year and to celebrate the individuals behind it.

 
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New Online Hub Is A Hit For UAP

 

A new online resource hub from hardware solutions provider, UAP Limited is already proving popular with web users, just two months after going live. The number of users has increased by 35% compared with the same period in 2018 while the number of sessions has gone up by 20%. The UAP team has also been encouraged by a notable rise in new users, up 3.9%.

When developing the new site, UAP focussed on navigation and the user experience. Products are categorised under the company’s

 
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QUALICOAT Releases Standard’s Sixteenth Edition

 

QUALICOAT has grown over the last few decades into a truly international architectural powder coating standard for the industry. All the main powder coaters in the UK and Ireland are licensed QUALICOAT members, as are the supply chain companies who provide the powder and pretreatment systems. The QUALICOAT Standard is always regularly kept up to date and this month it has been revised again into its sixteenth iteration with all the most up to date technological advances and developments which are proven to further the quality of finishes through licensed coaters.

 
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Geocel AIRBLOCK Tightens Up On Air Tightness

 

Finding solutions to air leakage in buildings is increasingly pressing, a requirement which is now vital due to legislation and mandatory air leakage testing of new homes, extensions and commercial buildings. AIRBLOCK Flexible Foam from sealant and adhesive specialist Geocel provides a simple and convenient solution to some of the most common air leakage points, offering a versatile solution to filling voids to improve energy efficiency.

Because up to 30% of energy can be lost from a building through excessive air leakage, Part L of the building regs requires that new

 
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Deceuninck Sales Power Near-30% Ahead Of A Declining Market

Deceuninck has announced year-on-year sales up 18% to the end of July, in stark contrast with the market. According to installation statistics from FENSA, volume in H1 2019 was down 8.2% compared to the same period in 2018.

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TuffX Tops The Half Million With Second Investment Boost This Year

Glass manufacturer TuffX has taken its investment over the £500,000 mark in this year alone with a new £250,000 Bottero cutting line that’s set to boost the growing company’s cutting output by over a third.

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Universal Trade Frames Adds Korniche Roof Lantern To Its Portfolio

Shropshire-based trade fabricator Universal Trade Frames has added the Korniche Aluminium Roof Lantern to its portfolio. Karla Greenhalgh, Area Sales Manager at Universal Trade Frames said: “By listening to customer feedback we were more than aware that today’s homeowners

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One Million Milestone For Morley Glass & Glazing

Uni-Blinds® sealed units manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing is celebrating a significant milestone alongside glass company Saint-Gobain Glass and distributor GLASSOLUTIONS.

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Product News

Glazing Goes On Growing With The Distinction Difference

Distinction Doors Ltd has reported that sales of prepped doors supplied complete with the company’s exclusive glazed units, have more than doubled in the first half of 2019 compared with a similar period last year with an increase of 109%.

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The Door To Opportunity From Epwin Window Systems

The Stellar aluminium door range from Epwin Window Systems, delivers designer edge products for consumers and practical benefits for both fabricators and installers too. This is the view of Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager of Epwin Window

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New Additions To greenteQ Aspire Range

The greenteQ Aspire hardware range, designed for contemporary sliding doors, has been expanded to include a new Bi-fold Intermediate Handle, Sprung Door Handle and Escutcheon Plates. Both handles are available in nine finishes, including the new Brushed Graphite.

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New Ultion WXM Performs 5X Normal 3 Star Test Standard Says Brisant-Secure

Ultion WXM has extra molybdenum, the metal that is 25% denser than iron, integrated within its design. Brisant-Secure redesigned and improved the materials used to increase the strength and durability that Ultion brings.

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ODL Europe’s Capstone Securedesign™ Door Slab Ticks All The Boxes

Composite doors are the most popular type of entrance door in the UK. But Nathan Barr, Managing Director of ODL Europe, sounds a note of caution. “Composite doors provide the level of performance homeowners are looking for.

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Training & Development

Challenge Yourself: Become A Qualified Door Hardware Professional

Architectural ironmongers who are keen to complete their career to become a fully qualified door hardware professional can now re-enrol in the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) education programme, without having to start from the beginning.

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Events

PiGs Set To Hog The Limelight In Atlanta

In September 2013, a group of wild hogs hit the headlines when they terrorised an Atlanta suburb, leaving many residents afraid to leave their homes. Six years later, a bunch of not quite so feral PiGs will be descending on the American city, although this time the locals have no need to be afraid.

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On-Site

Housing Scheme Gets A New Outlook Thanks To Senior

Regeneration and the local community have been put at the heart of a vibrant new housing project in Hull, which has been created through the extensive redevelopment of the former head office building of social enterprise organisation The Goodwin Development Trust.

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Charity

There Will Be Mud For AluFoldDirect’s Chris Stretten

AluFoldDirect’s Sales and Marketing Manager Chris Stretten is tackling the North West Tough Mudder on 7 September, raising money for Claire House Children’s Hospice in Bebington, Wirral.

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