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Profine Acquires Assets From Aperture

 

profine Group, has acquired essential assets from Aperture Group, formerly Synseal, one of the leading manufacturers of window and door systems in the UK.

The Aperture Group, based in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire, was known for its brands such as Legend, Synerjy, Evolve, Calibre Doors, Norvik New Build and WarmCore. The deal was for the purchase of both the extrusion and finished products assets from the administrators of Aperture Trading Ltd, for an undisclosed sum.

The KÖMMERLING brand in the UK has been increasing market share, most notably in the last 18 months and profine Group has been continually looking at various options in terms of opening a dedicated manufacturing facility.

 
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GGF Launches Safe Guide For Installers

 

Following the GGF’s launch of the Safe Guide for Homeowners during the Covid-19 Crisis, the GGF has now launched a complementary Safe Guide for Home Improvement Companies.

The new Guide has integrated the most recent and relevant Government Guidance and includes direct links to the Government Risk Assessment Toolkit.

Though several parts of the most recent Government Guidance issued were queried by GGF Members, the GGF, on behalf of its Members, sought and gained clarification from the Department of Business & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) before publishing this new Guide.

 
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Online Ironmongery Course Boosts Skills For Furloughed Workers

 

Builders merchants’ staff, customer service and trade counter colleagues affected by the coronavirus crisis are being encouraged to utilise online training resources to upskill in preparation for the industry’s recovery phase.

Nearly two thirds (64%) of companies in the construction industry that are still trading have furloughed staff, according to the latest statistics from the ONS. But learning new skills and gaining additional qualifications while on furlough leave is considered a good move by many to secure their jobs and boost careers.

The Foundation in Hardware online course from the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) is an ideal option for many in the sector.

 
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Epwin Windows Systems Drives Productivity And Efficiency

 

Continuous development is part of the DNA within Epwin Window Systems and their recent business investments are driving both innovations and supporting Covid-19 working practices too.

Clare O’Hara, Managing Director of Epwin Window Systems explains: “We are committed to continuous investment which can be seen in our new warehouse and distribution centre. The building, which is 300,000 sqft, will consolidate all our existing warehousing facilities into a single operation and has the capacity to hold over 5,000 stock lines.”

From start to finish, the new Telford-based warehouse and distribution centre has been meticulously designed to optimise efficiency at every level.

 
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Freefoam Support Installers Getting Back To Work

 

As part of a comprehensive installer support package Freefoam Building Products have released an informative, simple video to illustrate how roofline fitters can carry out work while keeping themselves, colleagues and homeowners safe. Colin St John, Commercial Director explained “Freefoam Registered Installers are an important part of our business. We commissioned this video to support them, so that they can feel confident in working safety whilst continuing to sell and fit Freefoam products.”

The video features NG Roofline Windows and Conservatories and shows a series of easy measures that installers can take to ensure a safe working environment when installing fascia, soffit and gutter.

 
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GGF Warns Of Covid-19 Misinformation

 

In the last few weeks, the GGF says it has observed examples of misinformation around the COVID-19 situation and its impact on the home improvement sector.

Given the serious nature of this misinformation, the GGF has now raised this matter with Government who have confirmed that the examples of misinformation provided were opinion-based and not factual.

John Agnew, GGF Managing Director, commented on the issue, “It is unacceptable for anyone to be acting in this way at a time when our industry needs accurate, correct and verified information.

 
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UK Employees Who Agreed To Waive Salaries During The Pandemic Could Now Face Tax Bills

 

Thousands of UK employees who have agreed to waive salaries or bonuses to help their employers during the pandemic could now face tax bills, say leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg

Nimesh Shah, a partner at the firm said: “Many generous individuals have agreed to waive pay and/or bonuses to help with their employer’s cash flow or donate to charity. It’s admirable that people are willing to give-up their own pay to help others during the COVID-19 crisis, but HMRC’s tax rules aren’t so generous.”

 
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Upgrading Window Installations With Uprated Trickle Vents

 

Ahead of the ongoing consultation around changes to Part F of the Building Regs in England and Wales governing ventilation, The Window Company (Contracts) has begun upgrading its installations with uprated trickle vent solutions.

The award-winning commercial window and door specialist has switched to the new generation of 5000mm2 trickle vents for all of the windows it now installs, so that it can easily comply with the draft recommendations in the consultation document which are likely to come into force in June.

 
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Amy Jansen Joins Brouha Marketing

 

Brouha Marketing is thrilled to announce Amy Jansen’s arrival as Creative Director. Amy’s background working in the Performance Arts as performer, promoter, producer, and manager brings a completely unique and highly creative approach to marketing within the housing and building products industry.

Fiona Lund, Brouha’s MD comments, “We worked with Amy for a number of months on a freelance basis and were blown away by the fresh and innovative approach she has to marketing and PR. Having seen her incredible live performance at the FiT gala dinner in 2019, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise!

 
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Mila Signposts Mental Health Support As Lockdown Eases

 

At the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, Mila is highlighting the need to support individuals who are struggling with the intense stresses which the Coronavirus crisis has brought.

The hardware supplier has already issued guidance on how to implement safe working protocols to protect employee’s physical health, but says that their mental health needs to be protected as well.

Joe Montague Mila’s Health and Safety Manager says that mental health was a key element in the risk assessment completed at Mila before it began its phased reopening at the end of April.

 
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New Parts And Consumables Catalogue Available From Emmegi (UK)

 

To coincide with the return to work for many, Emmegi (UK) has just published its own spare parts and consumables catalogue to make it easier for customers to order the right products for their machinery and production areas.

The 22-page catalogue includes everything from saw blades, router cutters and counterblocks to oils, pneumatic equipment and hand tools, as well as Emmegi’s popular range of trolleys, tables and assembly benches.

Many of the items are held in stock at Emmegi (UK)’s Coventry warehouse or are available on fast lead times via Emmegi in Italy.

 
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Conservatory Outlet Network Hits £4m Sales In Lockdown Sales Comp

UK-wide fabricator Conservatory Outlet has this week announced retail sales figures topping £4m across its Network for the seven-week lockdown period beginning Monday 30th March.

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Industry Faces Bad Debt Crisis

Insight Data’s latest analysis of the fenestration industry highlights thousands of companies posing a high credit risk.

Insight analysed the credit rating of 9,075 fabricators and installers and

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Government Bounce Back Loans For SME’s Are Not Working

Many small and medium sized enterprises which are keeping up to 16 million people employed in the UK are struggling to access the Governments’ Bounce Back Loan scheme, while others are ineligible,

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AluK Cuts Through The Confusion

AluK is countering the somewhat confusing messages being put out by the English, Welsh and Scottish governments about the relaxing of the lockdown, and signposting its customers to the straightforward advice which is already available

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Cashflow Planning In The Post-Lockdown Era

Steel reinforcement specialist, Anglo European has hosted a dedicated COVID19 webinar offering guidance and support to its customers on how to manage cashflow and plan for their businesses as industry moves out of lockdown.

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Flexibility at VBH Helps Customers

Hardware specialist VBH has reduced its minimum order value to just £10 per order to give fabricators and installers the flexibility to place smaller orders while they ‘get their ducks in a row’ following a return from lockdown.

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Product News

Add Value To The Sale In A Blink!

ODL Europe began a phased and controlled reopening of their business on 4th May, 2020 and whilst still in the early stages of business recovery, the Bootle-based business has already noticed that adding value to

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People

SMART Balustrades Expands Team With Production Manager

Staffordshire-based SMART Balustrades has recruited a new production manager to drive and coordinate growth of the manufacturing side of the business.

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Internet

MACO Launch New Podcast – MACOnnect

MACO Door and Window Hardware (UK) have launched what the company believes to be the first fenestration podcast of its kind in the UK.

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Morley Glass & Glazing Gives Away Five Free Virtual Showrooms To Installers

Integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing is set to give away five free virtual showrooms to help installers provide an improved digital service to customers.

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Exhibitions

REHAU’S Fensterbau Insights Go Virtual For Wider Industry

Installers and fabricators from across the UK will soon be able to access a virtual series of content initially created for the world’s leading trade fair for windows, doors and facades, Fensterbau Frontale 2020.

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Events

Health & Safety Webinar For Door And Window Manufacturers

In conjunction with Citation – HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety experts – Coastal are running a free webinar for all door and window manufacturers:

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Charity

Glass Hearts And Rainbows Raise £3,045 In Just 2 Weeks

While their double glazing manufacturing business, based in Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, is closed during lockdown, Glen and Sharon Bogie have been busy creating these

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