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16th January 2020
 
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New Building Our Skills Academy Opens In Association With GQA Qualifications

 

The end of 2019 saw the official opening in Sheffield by Lord Blunkett of the new Building Our Skills academy, established in association with GQA Qualifications. The academy is the first of a planned network of facilities designed to offer hands-on practical training in the fenestration Industry. Training offered at the academy will include surveying, window and door installation, curtain wall and glass technology, in addition to theoretical training courses.

The new academy is supported by a large number of key Fenestration Industry employers.

 
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ODL Europe Launches New Glass Range

 

ODL Europe has just launched its new impressive door glass range. Comprising 25 designs, with four ODL-exclusive design options, the glass range offers a wealth of choice for customers and homeowners. Nathan Barr, Managing Director of Bootle-based ODL Europe, said: “We are very excited to launch our new glass range. Our range comes with a wide variety of unique decorative glass options that have been carefully designed to work with various door styles. Whether it’s traditional, contemporary or minimalist we have options to cover all taste and styles, along with four unique glass designs, that really raise the bar in glass design.”

 
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REHAU Vows To ‘Create Difference’ At Fensterbau Frontale

 

REHAU will showcase its continued commitment to smart technology, and the highest standards of design security and stability when exhibiting its latest product innovations and services at the world’s leading trade fair, Fensterbau Frontale, from 18 to 21 March 2020.

Displaying from their usual Hall 4A/123 location at Nuremberg Messe, REHAU’s 860m2 space is dedicated to the concept of ‘Create difference. Grow business.’

 
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Soaring Sales of Carl F Groupco’s Tilt & Turn Fittings

 

Hardware distributor Carl F Groupco reports exceptional growth in orders for tilt & turn fittings. Commenting on the significant expansion of sales for the company in this sector, Carl F Groupco’s Managing Director John Crittenden said: “Credit must be given to our team who provide a comprehensive and responsive service to our customers. Specific focus has been given to tilt & turn product lines, including support and promotion for Roto’s NT tilt & turn solution: the system, which was added to our catalogue in February 2019, has widened our selection for customers, particularly within the commercial and specification sectors.

 
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BM Aluminium Widens Training Menu

 

BM Aluminium has broadened its training menu so that there is something to suit every customer who wants to get the most from their LogiKal software installation, regardless of their budget or location.

Technical Implementation Manager Perry Mace explains that the company’s priority is to ensure that customers get value for money both from their training and from their software.

The menu now includes online training sessions using both Teamviewer software and telephone support,

 
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Glazerite Rolls Out Employee Mental Health Awareness Programme

 

The Glazerite UK Group has begun rolling out Mental Health Awareness sessions as part of a nationwide programme.

The sessions will encompass all 270 Glazerite employees, based across each of its five sites, with the aim of increasing people’s awareness and understanding of mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

David Beeney, the consultant and mental health counsellor leading the sessions, advises companies on how to reduce the stigma of mental

 
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Double R Starts 2020 With A Bang!

 

Double R Glass & Roofing Systems Ltd is delighted to announce that it has kickstarted 2020 in style with glass sales up 13% at the end of 2019 compared with the previous year. Overall company sales across glass and conservatory roofs have increased by half a million in the same period. The company is also showing no signs of slowing down with the announcement that 8 new members of staff have joined Double R in January.

“The glass sector is in a constant state of flux at the moment, with the supplier landscape seemingly changing by the week,” says Ian Sims,

 
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BFRC Strengthen Technical Resources With Industry Leading Expertise

 

The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC), a division of GGF’s Commercial arm and the body responsible for establishing the independent ‘rainbow’ ratings system for verifying the energy performance of windows and doors, has announced the addition of two new technical resources on a permanent basis.

George Higgs, Lead Building Physicist and Managing Director of Building Energy Physics Consultancy Ltd and Richard Bate,

 
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ODL Europe Introduce New Composite Door Brochure

 

ODL Europe have just published a new composite door brochure to support their growing customer base. Nathan Barr, ODL Europe’s Managing Director said: “Our new brochure showcases our complete composite door collection including our newly-launched decorative glass range. The brochure is intended to support our customers while appealing to today’s design-conscious consumer by demonstrating the choice on offer.”

 
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Emmegi Wins Praise For Smart Approach To Service

 

Emmegi (UK) has made significant investments in its service team over the past year, appointing Kully and Wayne Hunter to manage service and operations, and increasing the size of its onsite engineering team to seven.

The response from customers would suggest that this is paying dividends, with lots of positive feedback on how quickly service issues are now being resolved and how effectively

 
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A Premium Solution From Iso-Chemie To Winter Sealing

 

As winter’s icy grip bites, faster and easier joint sealing in temperatures as low as – 30°C is provided by new ISO BLOCO 600 Premium Edition foam tape from ISO-Chemie.

The pre-compressed impregnated self-adhesive foam tape, which has been independently tested* and is BBA approved, can be used on joints up to 42 mm, providing a high-performance weather tightness and thermal/acoustic insulation seal

 
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Apeer’s Regional Sales Manager Nigel Evans Retires

 

Apeer’s Nigel Evans is retiring at the end of January, with Lucie Miller set to take over his role as Southern Regional Sales Manager.

Nigel, a well-known face in the industry with over 43 years of experience, leaves the company after six years. He takes with him his encyclopaedic knowledge of people and companies that his colleagues will miss.

“It has been a pleasure to have Nigel on board” said Asa McGillian, Apeer’s Managing Director. “He is known by lots of people and he

 
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500% Increase In Website Enquiries For Roofline Solutions

 

South East home improvement company Roofline Solutions has seen a 500% increase year on year in enquiries thanks to a new website, delivered by Purplex.

The company saw 84 enquiries delivered in October compared to just 14 last year, while a huge 2,057 sessions were also completed, compared with 653 across the same month last year, meaning a very impressive increase of 215%.

 
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GQA New Corporate Brochure Now Available

 

GQA Qualifications, a Fenestration Industry awarding body, has produced a new corporate brochure, which sets out the aims and culture of the organisation, and outlines what it offers the industry.

With a heritage that includes over twenty-five years of writing industry-relevant vocational qualifications, GQA is recognised for its commitment to raising standards. GQA’s ethos is that all qualifications

 
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Trade News

Window Supply Company To Expand After Receiving Investment From BGF

Livingston-based Window Supply Company (WSC), which manufactures and distributes high quality window products, has secured a £2m equity investment from BGF, said to be the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses.

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Liniar’s Response To Its Interpretation Of “Fake News”

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An article was recently published in the trade press with Anglo European making claims its reinforcement is “a match for those supplied by three named systems companies” – one of which is Liniar.

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40 Fabricators Switch To Deceuninck For ‘Better Products And Better Service’

Deceuninck says in the last three years, no fewer than 40 fabricators switched to Deceuninck from a total of 10 different systems companies. These forty fabricators are a mix of types and sizes from the very large through to the medium and small.

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Finance Specialists Improveasy Named The UK’s 23rd Fastest Growing Business

Leading home improvement finance principal Improveasy, has been named the 23rd fastest-growing privately-owned company in the UK.

That’s according to the annual Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast

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New Year High For Atlas

Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions has announced that it is more than 15% ahead of budget for new business, with many new installers benefiting from the multi award-winning showroom support package from the company.

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More Investment And A Double Shift Pattern At Virtuoso Doors

Virtuoso Doors has invested in new machinery and rolled out a double shift pattern at its 80,000-square foot site in the North East. Virtuoso says the move will enable the company to ramp up production and further improve on its levels of service

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Shelforce Helps Fire Service With Door Entry Training

Window and door manufacturer Shelforce opened its doors to the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) to help with vital door entry training.

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Product News

Aperture Launches Warden Fire Doors

As the fire door market starts to gain momentum again, The Aperture Group has been busy getting its new fire door offering through the updated industry standards and is now pleased to announce the launch of its range of Warden Fire Doors

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People

Adrian Redshaw Joins Garnalex As Sheerline Design Director

Adrian Redshaw is the latest industry technical expert to join Garnalex, and will be focused on the launch of the innovative Sheerline aluminium window and door system.

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ODL Europe Further Strengthens Their Sales Management Team

ODL Europe, supplier of the TriSYS frame system, the Capstone composite door slab and Blink enclosed blinds has further strengthened its management team with the appointment of Andy Meakin as Business Development Manager.

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Software

Business Micros Launches Its Own Courier Service

Business Micros has begun the roll out of its exciting, Next Generation software solutions with the launch of Courier – a mobile delivery scanning app for fabricators.

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Marketing

Advent Success For Epwin Window Systems

Epwin Windows Systems has reported their annual Advent Calendar event was a huge success with a total of 22,188 entries being received which is an increase of 223.52% over their 2018 campaign.

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Leads 2 Trade To Launch New Software In 2020

Leads 2 Trade is set to strengthen its position as the UK’s leading provider of double qualified sales leads with the launch of three new software systems in 2020.

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Awards

Victorian Sliders In The Running For Prestigious Business Award

Victorian Sliders is celebrating a finalist spot in the prestigious West Wales Business Awards.

The company, which has invested over £10m in the last five years,

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Events

Big Name Sponsors Already On Board For Glazing Summit 2020

Some of the biggest names in the industry have already come on board for Glazing Summit 2020 – and plenty more have expressed an interest in getting involved, say the organisers.

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On-Site

Vistamatic Supply Specialist Vision Panels For New Royal Hospital For Sick Children In Edinburgh

Plans were approved in 2005 to build a new children’s hospital in Edinburgh.

The new facility will replace the old Royal Hospital for Sick Children,

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