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15th October 2020
 
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Brexit 2021 Debated At GGF Members’ Week

 

At the recent GGF Members’ Week, an expert panel from industry and politics gathered to debate the impact of Brexit on the glazing sector.

GK Strategy (political advisers of the GGF) hosted the online panel discussion which focused on the UK after the end of the Brexit Transition Period, and what it may mean for the glass and glazing sector and the wider British economy.

The expert panel included:

Hon. David Laws – Former Liberal Democrat MP and Cabinet Office Minister
Dave Dalton – Chief Executive Officer, British Glass
Jeff May – Director of Government Relations and Business Development, Construction Products Association (CPA)

 
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15 New Staff Sees Major Growth At SupaLite

 

Leading conservatory roof manufacturer SupaLite has strengthened its team by increasing staff levels by 30 per cent at its headquarters in Preston.

The company has welcomed a total of 15 new staff, growing the SupaLite team to 65 staff, and they sit across a range of roles, including manufacturing, transport, and office staff.

Steve Hacking, Managing Director at SupaLite, said: “Demand for SupaLite systems is growing rapidly as more and more installers

 
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An Investment In Quality For profine

 

With some of the tools for KÖMMERLING 70 now up and running for profine UK, the company has introduced Neil Stuart as the new quality manager for the business and he brings with him over 25 years industry experience from another UK systems house.

Neil’s introduction also coincides with the expansion of the quality control and management function to seven in total, with four quality control shift operatives, a further day-based role and a QC inspector. Robust manufacturing procedures and processes are already in place, as administered by the production department from the profine Group’s Pirmasens site.

 
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Ruislip Takes The Top Spot In Victorian Sliders’ Installation Of The Month

 

Victorian Sliders, specialist manufacturers of PVC-u vertical sliding sash windows, has announced their latest Installation of the Month winner – Ruislip Windows and Doors.

Every month, ECOSlide installers are invited to send their best installation images to Victorian Sliders, who will then choose the best one and reward them with a £25 Amazon gift card.

Ruislip Windows and Doors is a respected installer based in North West London who specialises in replacement windows, doors and conservatories in both PVC-u and aluminium.

 
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Access Funded Training To Upskill Your Workforce

 

Leading training and development provider MRG Services is highlighting the opportunities available to employers to access funded training programmes for their employees. Paul Gray, Operations Director at MRG says: “There has never been a better time to strengthen your business by upskilling your employees. What’s more, we can help you access at least 95% funding from the Government, so there is next-to-no-risk, opportunity.”

As Paul says, training and developing employees brings numerous proven benefits to businesses such as increasing output, cutting

 
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Dashboard Contract Management Tool Now Available Free Of Charge On Web-Based Version Of AdminBase

 

Installers who sign up to the new web-based version of the AdminBase business management system, from creator Ab Initio, will now be able to use its Dashboard contract management tool, free of charge.

An invaluable resource for installation companies, the Dashboard allows users to create a ‘to do’ or checklist for every ongoing lead or contract, with each stage assigned a traffic light system so that managers can keep track of progress ‘at a glance’ rather than having to repeatedly run status reports.

 
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Mercury Named As Finalist NFA’s

 

Specialist fabricator, Mercury Glazing Supplies, has been named a finalist in the category of Vertical Sliding Window Company at the National Fenestration Awards, 2020. Steve Cross, Director at Mercury Glazing said: “We are delighted to have been nominated for this award and would like to thank everyone who has voted for us. It means so much to everyone at Mercury.”

Since 2002, Gloucester-based Mercury has been manufacturing a range of quality vertical sliders and the business has grown to become one of the UK’s largest specialist VS fabricators.

 
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Chancellor Has Failed To Provide A Stable Environment For Business

 

Job Retention scheme has delayed redundancies not prevented them

The latest figures of £1.52m unemployed shows that the Chancellor has failed to provide a stable economic environment for UK businesses to operate in, say leading tax and advisory firm, Blick Rothenberg.

Richard Churchill a business advisory partner at the firm said: “ A succession of short-term measures which were then extended and lack of direction on Brexit and Fiscal policy has created a vacuum

 
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Three NFA Nominations For Morley Glass & Glazing

 

Having won seven National Fenestration Awards over the past three years (including three last year pictured), Morley Glass & Glazing is looking to continue its success in 2020.

The integral blinds manufacturer has been nominated in three categories: IGU Manufacturer, Integral Blinds Company and Best Use of Video.

The open platform NFAs are unique to the industry as winners are decided completely by people working in the industry,

 
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“Time To Get Back Into Aluminium,” Says Exlabesa’s New Business Development Manager

 

Aluminium company exlabesa Building Systems UK have welcomed a seasonal professional in the glass industry to their team.

Simon Moore joins as a Business Development Manager, and is already seeing so much potential for the company’s existing product range to grow.

Simon has worked in the UK fenestration industry for 35 years, both in the domestic and commercial markets, and comes with an impressive career history.

 
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Haffner Murat – NFA Finalist

 

Haffner Murat has been confirmed as a finalist at this year’s National Fenestration Awards in the category of Machinery Company 2020. Dave Thomas, Managing Director of Haffner Murat, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award and would like to thank everyone who nominated us. Our teams across the UK and Europe are dedicated to providing the very best in machine technology. This nomination acknowledges their hard work and the support of our customers and suppliers.”

Since 1990 Haffner has been manufacturing and supplying an extensive range of industry-leading PVC-U and aluminium

 
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Finalist Status For Leka Systems

 


Conservatory roof innovators, Leka Systems, has been confirmed as a finalist at this year’s National Fenestration Awards in the category of Conservatory Roof Manufacturer. Rhys Hoddinott, Director of Leka Systems, said: “The Leka team are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award. This nomination celebrates the dedication and innovation behind our roofing systems and the fact the industry has nominated us, makes it very special.”

Launched in 2013, the all-inclusive fenestration event rewards the very best in the sector and is voted by the participation of the industry.

 
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Howells Completes Bridlington Town Hall Refurbishment

 

As part of a £3 million remodelling and upgrading of Bridlington Town Hall for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Howells Patent Glazing has supplied and installed two of its patent glazing systems and two pyramid rooflights. Specified by main contractor, Houlton of Hull, Howells completed three areas of glazing in the Grade 2 listed building.

The Birmingham-based business designed and manufactured its HG2 and HG3 self-supporting patent glazing systems, with 28mm double glazed units for installation in two areas – office space in the north west corner of the building and more significantly,

 
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Glasgow Seeks Tenement Decarbonisation Answers At Low Carbon Homes Event

 

Next week, Tuesday 20th October, the online retrofit conference Low Carbon Homes Glasgow, supported by MCS, goes live for three days of knowledge-sharing to consider how Glasgow can rapidly scale up the retrofitting of housing across the city to meet its 2030 net-zero target.

Set against the backdrop of hosting COP26 next year, city leaders are determined to lead the way on decarbonising housing. Seventy thousand residents live in Glasgow’s renowned pre-1919 tenement blocks,

 
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GGF Hails Groundbreaking Success

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Members’ Week has been hailed a great success by members, guests and staff alike, as the Federation broke new ground to deliver the industry’s first major virtual event.

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Economic Landscape Presentation Gives Food For Thought

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Members’ Week featured a presentation on “The Economic Landscape” by Professor Noble Francis, Economics Director of the Construction Products Association.

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Construction Leaders Prepare For Seismic Change At Day 1 Of NBS Summit

Today, senior leadership across the construction sector attended a virtual event hosted by NBS, The Construction Leaders’ Summit: The Digital Future. Day one of the conference focused on the big levers of change,

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Trade News

Conservatory Outlet Boosts Manufacturing Capability With £500,000 Investment

Leading manufacturer of high-quality windows, doors, home extensions and conservatory products, Conservatory Outlet, has pressed the button on a new £500,000 investment drive to increase output and capacity.

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Virtual Technical Forum Proves Perfect Platform For GGF

One of the highlights at the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Members’ Week was the virtual Technical Forum, which proved the perfect platform for Members to receive information and ask questions on technical issues.

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Home Improvements Underpinning Construction Recovery, Says FMB

Last week’s ONS construction output data showing the increase in private repair and maintenance work by 35.6% in the three months to August has been a welcome boost for British builders but uncertainty remains for the wider construction industry, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

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Product News

Glazerite Introduces Timberweld® Technology

Leading trade fabricator, the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, has welcomed the introduction of Timberweld® technology to its Specials Division. Timberweld® – the patented method of welding corners on uPVC to make an authentic timber butt joint effect –

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New Yale Quartus Espag Handle From Carl F Groupco

Carl F Groupco has added the new Quartus Espag handle to its catalogue. Featuring the leading lock manufacturer’s coveted push to unlatch mechanism, the Yale Quartus is available in a new colour range including champagne gold, satin black and enhanced silver for improved consistency in colour matching.

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Apeer’s ‘New Generation’ Marketing Elevates Entrance Doors From Home Improvements

Following a total review of the company’s marketing strategy, composite door manufacturer Apeer has offered a taste of what may be expected with the launch of its new website and colour brochure.

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Kestrel Takes Sage Advice From Customers To Add Colour To Trim Range

Building on its shades of grey range, Kestrel has added three new subtle colours it expects to be clear favourites for window trims.

The new muted Sage, Pebble Grey and Claystone tones added to the

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Glass & Glazing

Tuffx: The Easy Choice For Toughened Glass

A holiday lodge overlooking a stunning Scottish loch deserves something a little special when it comes to the finishing touches. And glass specialist TuffX was proud to be chosen to fulfil the brief.

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Training & development

Free Technical Training From Certass

Certass is skilling up the industry with the launch of its new Glazing Competency Portal. Certass MTC Continuum Card Holders can give their installers and site operatives free access to bite-size training sessions where they can top up their technical

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Charity

Help Spread A Little Hope This Christmas With GM Fundraising

GM Fundraising is bringing some much-needed Christmas cheer to the industry with the launch of its popular 2020 Christmas card. After such a tumultuous year, the beautifully designed Christmas card allows the industry to spread a little hope to customers,

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