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20th April 2021
 
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95% Mortgages Will Keep The Uk Residential Market Alive

 

The Governments scheme to support 95% mortgages will keep the residential market active after the withdrawal of the Stamp Duty holiday on 30 June, say leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg.

Heather Powell, a partner at the firm and Head of Property said: “The Help to Buy scheme only supports first time buyers buying a new home. To keep the housing market alive, buyers need to be able to buy ‘second hand’ housing. Families moving to larger homes and retirees downsizing all need buyers.”

She added: “It is not only the current home-owners who benefit from an active housing market. A significant fall in activity in this, the largest element of the housing market, impacts on many

 
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Supply Chain Security, Surcharges And End-User Demand

 

Supply chain security, surcharges and end-user demand. It’s a heady mix of opportunity and challenge.

COVID-19, Furlough, the Stamp Duty holiday and the plethora of bounce back loans and tax breaks unveiled by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, have created a unique environment for business, and closer to home in our own sector, a period of what is unprecedented demand.

And that has brought with it, a unique set of challenges.

Now before I move onto discuss them, it’s worth everyone taking a moment to ‘pinch’ themselves. ‘Yes’, you are awake; and ‘yes’, a market which was almost written off as saturated, is seeing exponential growth.

 
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Further Expansion At Haffner Murat

 

Award-winning machinery experts Haffner Murat Ltd have just commissioned a further expansion at their impressive Staffordshire headquarters. The new 1,990 sqm extension will house a new striking showroom to showcase its expanding machinery offer.

Dave Thomas, Managing Director of Haffner Murat said: “The new purpose-built showroom will offer an ideal platform to present a large range of our high-quality machines to potential customers. Fabricators visiting our headquarters already benefit from our state-of-the-art conference centre with digital machine presentations along with access to our various on-site machine workshops. Seeing the machines in action is vital for potential customers and our new showroom will deliver a complete end-to-end customer experience.”

 
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Modular Group Investments (MGI) Strengthens Fenestration Business With Purchase Of Rapid PVCU Systems

 

offsite and modular manufacturing sectors, has completed the next stage of its acquisition strategy with the purchase of the entire share capital of Rapid PVCU Systems Limited, a 12-year-old fenestration fabricator in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

The acquisition follows hot on the heels of the recent purchase of 3,000 frames per week fabricator Euramax Solutions Limited, creating a combined fenestration business with 2021 revenues forecasted around £40m and with customers across leisure, MMC, retail merchants and new build.

The transaction closed on 1 April 2021. MGI were advised by Hempsons (legal), TML Finance and Advisory (finance) and TC

 
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New Windows Just What The Doctor Ordered For Two Scottish Hospitals

 

Advances in window manufacturing meant that over 350 timber windows at Victoria and Lynebank hospitals were no longer the most efficient option. For this reason, contractors M&S Windows were tasked with sourcing a more appropriate solution for the NHS properties, as well as minimising downtime while a new £1.3m MRI scanner was carefully transported through the aperture. Working in collaboration with REHAU and DP Windows, the perfect remedy was provided.

Located in Kirkcaldy and operated by NHS Fife, Victoria Hospital provides a wide range of services to patients across the region including Accident & Emergency and Minor Injuries Services. The hospital contains approximately 300 staffed beds and has a full

 
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Glass Processors Losing Almost £90K A Year To Wastage, Despite Shortages Of Supply

 

Glass processors and IGU manufacturers are losing tens of thousands a year to wastage, despite facing significant shortages of product.

According to glass processing software provider Clear Thinking Software, manufacturers are haemorrhaging as much as £86,400 a year in wastage, at a time when shortages mean that every piece of glass should count.

The warning comes amid widespread reports of glass shortages and steep price rises due to a global shortage of shipping containers, an issue that is having a negative impact on product supply into the UK, and one that has been compounded further by scheduled cold maintenance programmes of float glass lines for the spring and

 
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Kubu Go For Marketing Style And Substance

 

Kubu is far more than just a brand as the company explains, it’s a lifestyle product making for a smarter home. It’s also helping to opening up a wealth of sales opportunities for Kubu Pro Installers and manufacturing partners, with marketing right at the very heart of the proposition.

Lauren Bromley head of brand for Kubu commented: “We’ve looked far beyond the echelons of this industry and into the smart-home sector, which is ultimately where the brand resides from a consumers perspective. If you think that this £multi-billion market includes the likes of Google Nest, Amazon’s Ring and Samsung’s SmartThings, the latter boasting over 150million users worldwide, then it’s a huge opportunity for this industry.

 
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Pre-Brexit Planning Pays Dividends For Bohle And Its Customers

 

Bohle has said that its supply chain remains uninterrupted despite wider shortages of components and building materials.

The glass hardware and consumables specialist said that extensive planning pre-Brexit had allowed it to strengthen its supply network, increasing stock-holding and reducing lead times across its offer on a wide range of products.

This meant that it’s stockholding at the company’s UK distribution centre was now higher than at any time in the past, despite pressures on availability of construction and building materials more widely.

 
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Contract Awards Return To Above Historical Average Levels For The First Time Since September

 

In March 2021, contract awards increased by 22% compared to February to £5.8 billion. The main change in activity was a very large increase in the hotel and leisure sector.

The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, highlights levels of construction contract values awarded across Great Britain.

Sector analysis shows that Residential contract awards remained stable in March at historical average levels, after picking up in February. Activity was £2.0 billion in the month, compared to £1.9 billion in February and £1.6 billion in January. Over 2020, residential contract awards averaged £1.7 billion.

 
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Trade News

Fentrade Announces Expansion Plans

Aluminium trade fabricator Fentrade has announced significant investment in its operations to meet growing demand. Chris Reeks, Director of Fentrade, said: “We’re a young business but we’re built on tried and tested foundations – offering the

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PatioMaster South East Reports On Latest Trends In Sliding Patio Doors

With the rise in popularity for sliding patio doors, Simon Spiers, Director of PatioMaster South East, says his company’s sales patterns clearly reflect two of today’s most popular design trends.

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Product News

Origin Launches New 29mm Sliding Door In The UK

Manufacturer of aluminium doors and windows, Origin, has unveiled its latest product launch – the OS-29 (Patio Slider). The new sliding door is the slimmest semi-dry glaze system in the UK, claims the company, featuring a 29mm sightline and offering wide customer appeal.

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An Edge Closer To Aluminium Windows

In response to growing demand for windows that can successfully combine traditional and modern styles in the same property, REHAU is expanding its popular Rio flush fit family with a new square edge low level bead.

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Total Hardware Announces New Secured By Design Accreditations

Total Hardware has announced three of its most popular products have achieved Secured by Design Status, opening up a new level of opportunities for fabricators and installers. Greg Morris, Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator at Total Hardware, said: “Secured by Design is a valuable accreditation,

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People

Jo To Head Up Expanded Marketing Function At Window Widgets

Jo Trotman has been appointed as marketing manager at The Residence Collection and Window Widgets in a newly created role, to head up an expanded function with additional expertise to help further develop both brands.

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Training & Development

Cornwall Group Commits To Create 10 New Apprenticeships In 2021

Cornwall Group will create 10 new apprenticeships before the end of this year as part of its continuing commitment to support the up skilling of workers in the glass industry.

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Marketing

Shelforce To Feature On ITV On April 22

Birmingham window and door manufacturer Shelforce will feature on ITV’s Made In Britain TV series later this month.

The company, which specialises in providing PVCu and aluminium products to local authority building projects,

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FiT Show

Visit The Installer Support Hub At FiT Show

Certass is creating a live forum at the Installer Support Hub on Stand H40 at FiT Show 2021 in September.
The Installer Support Hub is a must visit stand for installers to find expert advice on all aspects of their business,

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