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15th July 2020

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What Changes Will The Opening-Up Of The Economy Bring?


That England went out of a major tournament last month on penalties, although agonising to watch, at the very least represented some sort of return to ‘normal’.

There is a sense, that things are returning, at least to a point, to where they were. Bars and restaurants have reopened; if they are prepared for the additional hassle (and I think they are) people are beginning to take overseas holidays; and offices are slowly starting to refill.

COVID-19 is unpredictable and the number of cases we have seen so far this summer, is a concern, but the Government appears unblinking,


Open letter: The Importance Of Margin Protection


It’s great that everyone is busy but we face a number of challenges – and I don’t only mean those impacting the supply chain.

The net effect of increased demand and disruption is that the cost of each retail job has gone up. It’s not only that the price increases earlier this summer are now filtering through in the price installers pay for product – but also that disruption adds cost.

We’re working really hard to get things out the door to our customers but we hold our hands up, we aren’t perfect, and sometimes stuff doesn’t get to where it needs to be, when it needs to be there.



GAI’s New Presidential Team Sets out The Agenda For 2021


Mario Del-Signore, managing director of CES UK, has been appointed as the new president of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI), along with a new vice chair and treasurer, to deliver the GAI’s new strategy.

Mario Del-Signore has built his leadership career in the ironmongery industry for almost 30 years. Following 12 years with a successful retail ironmonger, he joined CISA UK to lead its mechanical business division. After roles with both Ingersoll Rand and GU, Mario established CES UK in 2009.

He also served as the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) vice chair and then chairman for five years, as well as roles on the GAI’s


Ahead Of The Curve


Aluminium doesn’t have to be so square,’ according to Alutech Systems. The rapidly growing, Yorkshire-based systems house has just introduced a new curved edge aluminium profile as a premium option to its BF73 systems for bifolding doors, French doors and single doors.

According to Alutech, the rounded edge of the external facing sash gives the illusion of even slimmer sightlines, which it claims are already slimmer than 68% of the market. Available in all the same colours as the standard BF73 profile, the new curved sash gives fabricators


Barcode Scanning In Place From Sales Through To Delivery At Quickslide


Barcode scanning is now in place from sales through to delivery at Brighouse-based VS specialist, Quickslide. Designed to increase the level and accuracy of information between the window and door fabricator and its Trade Partners at every stage of the order process, this latest development is part of the company’s efforts to continuously improve the quality of its service.

It follows a series of earlier investments designed to enhance the customer experience. The £2m programme of growth includes a new dispatch centre, completed on time last year,


Instagram Influencer Gets Smart With Kubu


Instagram influencer, Katrina @greygoosehouse, has upgraded her cherished home with a new Kubu equipped composite front door, that was manufactured and installed by Infinity Windows and Doors.

With over 109k followers, @greygoosehouse has become a highly influential social media feed for all things that reflect interior design, home and interiors, and lifestyle inspirations. But the introduction of a Kubu equipped composite door has been a decision based on security, reassurance and ultimately peace of mind.


The Consultancy Delivers For The Residence Collection


“It’s probably never been more important than it is right now to invest in your digital presence.” That was the view of Jo Trotman, Marketing Manager at The Residence Collection and Window Widgets, speaking about the work being done by its web development partner The Consultancy on The Residence Collection Trade website.

The team at The Consultancy has just added a ‘Find a Fabricator’ function to the website to enable installers to locate fabricators in their region and help deliver new business leads to The Residence Collection customer base.


Senior’s PURe® And Simple Solution To Part L


Senior Architectural Systems is well placed to help its customers achieve the new lower U-value targets required by Approved Document Part L of the Building Regulations and the new Future Homes Standard thanks to its established thermally-efficient PURe® aluminium window system, claims the company.

The company’s patented PURe® window system has the ability to achieve U-values as low as 0.71W/m2K when calculated as a commercial CEN Standard window. Not only does this exceed current regulations but also comfortably meets the expected U-value target


Deceuninck UK Recognised For Outstanding Health And Safety With RoSPA President’s Award


Deceuninck UK has been awarded the RoSPA President’s Award, an achievement that follows 10 consecutive years of Gold Awards for its commitment to health and safety.

Lew Harvey, Health & Safety Training Coordinator, Deceuninck UK, commented: “The RoSPA President’s Award is a huge accomplishment for everyone that works at our Calne facility.

“All our departments, from warehouse right through to delivery, have played a vital role in maintaining the highest health and safety standards over the last 10 years – it really has been an exceptional


RoofWright Signs Innovation Partnership With Dragons Den Winner


Innovative start-up OGEL entered the lair of five of Britain’s best-known business people in the hit BBC investment program, Dragons Den, on Thursday 8th July at 8pm.

OGEL have developed a system that turns waste plastic into anything from houses to garden offices, and what’s even better is that it’s reusable and you can turn it into something different each time… just like Lego®

‘We have been developing our product over six years’ explained founder Gary Giles ‘and a glowing endorsement, and the offer


Fentrade Aluminium Doubles Its Manufacturing Capacity


Aluminium trade fabricator Fentrade has just doubled its manufacturing capacity to keep pace with growing demand. Chris Reeks, Director of Fentrade, said: “We’re a young business that’s growing fast, so when the lease for the unit next door to ours came up, the opportunity was too good to miss. The expansion will help us continue to deliver exceptional service to our growing customer base.”

The expansion is not the only investment Fentrade is making to support its growth.


Emplas To Sponsor Champagne Reception For G21 Awards


Emplas has announced that it will be sponsoring the Champagne Reception at this year’s G-Awards, which are scheduled to take place at the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel on Friday, 26 November 2021.

Ryan Johnson, Managing Director, Emplas, commented: “The G-Awards has always been an opportunity for the industry to celebrate in style at the end of the year, to acknowledge the success of exceptional companies, to raise a glass to outstanding products and initiatives and to recognise talented individuals.


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Trade News

MBO At Glazerite As New Team Seeks To Drive Business Forward

Trade fabricator, The Glazerite UK Group has been acquired in a management buyout. Led by Group Managing Director, Robert Brearley, the management team includes Mark Johnston, Group Finance Director, Jeff Dunn, Group Sales & Marketing Director, Darren Rhodes, Managing Director (North West) and Matthew Thomas, Managing Director (East).


GGF Urges Government To Resolve UKCA Crisis

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has written to cabinet ministers from three different Government departments urging the Government to resolve the looming crisis over product compliance, namely UKCA marking and CE marking for products to comply with the Construction Products Regulation in the UK and in the EU respectively.


New Vehicle Investments Put Victorian Sliders On The Road To Growth

Last year, sash window manufacturers Victorian Sliders invested £600,000 to dramatically expand their transport fleet.

Now, just a few months later, the firm has invested again – this time acquiring 5 new Mercedes Sprinter vans for deliveries, another two Vito vans for its travelling engineers, and 8 trailers,


Product News

REHAU Opens Door to Consistent Home Aesthetic

New external doors are among the top 10 homeowner renovation plans according to Checkatrade’s Home Pride Index[1], and with its consumer research finding that the average worker currently gets 22 minutes of natural light per day, REHAU says it’s no surprise people are wanting to let the outside in.



New MD Of Avocet Hardware Group Announced

In what has been a pivotal year in the life of Avocet Hardware Group, the next phase of growth will be under the watchful eye of its new Managing Director, Dr Sachin Saigal.

Dr Sachin brings years of business experience to Avocet and has already divulged ambitious plans for the future of the group.



A Key Element In Business Success

When Mark Creaby started a high-end glazing business in the Home Counties at the start of the first lockdown in 2020, his priority was to find a supplier that could match the ambition and the exceptionally demanding standards of him and his team.

He found that in Blackburn-based AluFold Direct,



Cladding Helps Plastics South West Grow

With the trend for home improvements looking set to continue the most significant increase in demand was where homeowners are making aspirational choices about products – such as the over 45s and retired homeowners – who have been largely unaffected financially by the pandemic.



FLiP Brochure Now Available

DOORCO has launched a new brochure to showcase the wide range of options available for FLiP, their exclusive new door glazing cassette system that has revolutionary ‘Foam in Place’ technology and unrivalled aesthetic freedom, says the company.

Ben Aspinall, IT & Marketing Manager at DOORCO explains



Glazing Summit Ticket Sales Shows Industry’s Appetite For Live Events

A high demand for tickets to this year’s Glazing Summit is a strong indication of the glazing industry’s desire to get back out there and meet people face-to-face.

That’s the view of Andrew Scott, the Summit’s founder and CEO



91 Riders Sign Up For GM Fundraising’s GMF100 Cycling Challenge

Industry charity fundraiser GM Fundraising has announced that 91 riders have now signed for their new GMF100 cycling challenge, which is taking place on Sunday 8th August, 2021. All funds raised will go to Hope House Children’s Hospices, which provides palliative care for children with life-limiting


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