21st November 2017
 
Lowering VAT Threshold Would Drain Small Firms Of Time And Money
 

Small businesses across the UK are spending a working week every year complying with their Value Added Tax (VAT) obligations, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The latest FSB survey shows that VAT-registered small business owners spend an average of 44 hours, the equivalent of six working days, managing VAT administration every year.

Correctly calculating the proportion of VAT owed is most frequently identified as the most time-consuming element of adherence,

 
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Carl F Groupco’s Successful Year For Hardware Supply
 

A successful year for Carl F Groupco has affirmed the company’s position as a leading UK hardware supplier. Landmark achievements in 2017 have included the launch of a new catalogue. Featuring over 7,000 product lines, the reference source contains a comprehensive overview of all products supplied including door & window fittings, ventilation solutions and tools for aluminium, composite, PVCu and timber profile systems.

 
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Deceuninck Offers Aluminium Alternative
 

Hot on the heels of the announcement of its new grey substrate, Deceuninck UK has revealed a Smooth Matt Anthracite foil that along with its grey substrate provides a very real alternative to aluminium, says the company.

“Aluminium windows and doors continue to see growth as the trend for sleek grey windows remains,” says Chris Jones, Head of Sales at Deceuninck. “However, when given the choice, when the aesthetics are like for like, people would still rather have PVC-U in their homes.

 
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Astraseal Advances Fire Door Range With New Winkhaus FD60 FireFrame

 

Astraseal has become the first fabricator in England to manufacture fire doors using FireFrame, the new, high-performance 60-minute fire door frame from Winkhaus.

The new FireFrame provides a superior solution compared to its traditional hardwood and uPVC counterparts claims Astraseal. The new frame, which offers stylish slim internal sightlines, will be paired with both Astraseal’s uPVC door set from REHAU

 
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Glassolutions Wins G17 ‘Customer Care’ Award

 

commitment to quality customer care with the further development of its innovative and user-friendly e-commerce app.

Arguably the only app of its kind in the UK supporting a national glass supply service, it has been successful in putting control in the hands of customers, allowing them to configure and order glass ‘on the go’, build a quote in their own time and choose the option of delivery to site, without the need to call into a GLASSOLUTIONS branch for any aspect of their order.

 
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Major Industry Survey Shows How ‘Brexit Resistant’ Glass And Glazing Industry Is

 

A major survey of glass and glazing installers has revealed how the industry is reacting to the current economic and political climate.

Improveasy commissioned market research company Insight Data to survey over eleven thousand installers, asking them their views on many issues related to the industry and the wider economy.)

 
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Yale Launches Flush Sash Shootbolt

 

The security specialists at Yale have launched a new Shootbolt lock to fit modern flush sash systems that offers the usual security credentials you would expect from Yale, with the additional convenience of a night vent facility.

Paul Atkinson, Sales and Commercial Director for Yale, comments: “The developing UK fenestration market has seen huge growth in flush sash systems offering both a traditional and contemporary aesthetics.

 
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Fire Door Training From Bluesky Certification At Cambridge Fire Research

 

With all the publicity surrounding fire doors, Bluesky Certification is offering a one-day training course about fire doors at Cambridge Fire Research on Tuesday 13 March 2018. “The aim of the day is to give delegates an insight into what is important when specifying, manufacturing or installing fire doors, including what can go wrong,” explains Simon Beer, Managing Director at Bluesky Certification.

 
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Edgetech And Sternfenster Hit The 1m Mark

 

Fabricator Sternfenster are celebrating a major manufacturing milestone.

Over ten years of partnership with Edgetech, Sternfenster have produced over one million IG units using Super Spacer warm edge spacer technology.

Sternfenster, the Lincoln fabricator behind fast-growing installation business Starglaze,

 
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URBANroom Design Now In Print

 

Prefix Systems have just launched a new 8-page URBANroom brochure, which details the features and capabilities of this new contemporary glazed extension to the home.

URBANroom was launched at the FIT Show in 2017, with installation partners keen to take advantage of the full kit aluminum system, which boasts full height glazing, a choice of four corner design options, Ultrasky roof and the option for bi-folding or patio doors.

 
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Victoria Gate Triumphs At World Architecture Festival

 

Victoria Gate in Leeds has scooped the Retail Project of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin.

This completes a perfect week for the retail outlet, having won two awards earlier in the week at the Brick Awards 2017.

Bennett Architectural worked on three parts of this innovative project including a complex diagrid pattern for the rooftop restaurant of John

 
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Senior Operations Manager Sets The Scene For Future Growth At Roseview
 

Sash window specialists Roseview have boosted their factory team with an experienced new appointment.

Simon Liversidge joins the fast-growing fabricator as Senior Operations Manager, charged with maintaining and increasing manufacturing efficiency, ensuring quality, and facilitating the innovation and painstaking attention to detail that have made Roseview’s name.

 
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P C Henderson Release New Range Of Kit Packs Catering For Doors Up To 250kg
 

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is pleased to announce that one of its most popular sliding door hardware products – Soltaire – is now available in a range of four different kit packs. The new range caters for maximum door weights up to 250kg making it the companies highest door weight capacity kit pack.

 
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‘Aluprof on the Square’
 

Built in 1772, ‘Square Chapel’ is a red brick built Georgian Chapel and one of only few square churches ever built. Almost thirty years ago, in 1988, the Square Chapel Trust was set up to save the Grade II listed chapel to convert it back into a place of worship and a performing arts centre in Halifax.

After gaining popularity in the town, in 2012 a further £5.9m development fund was raised to be invested in the complex,

 
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Jackloc Specified For Upcoming Luxury Hotel In Iconic Dubai Hotspot
 

Fresh from securing approval from the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, Queen’s Award-winning restrictor specialists Jackloc® have been specified for a luxury hotel under construction on The Palm in Dubai.

The Leicestershire-firm are supplying 400 of their Queen’s Award-winning MK2 key-lockable restrictors for the upcoming W Hotel.

 
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Icotherm Becomes Team Pudsey For Children In Need
 

The Icotherm Roof Systems’ team donned fluffy, yellow onesies on Thursday 16 November, to become Team Pudsey and raise money for Children in Need. Overall, the team raised £491.00 with donations from customers, suppliers, friends and family.

Jenny Jackson, Director at Icotherm said: “As soon as I saw the Pudsey outfits in the supermarket, I knew that I needed to get

 
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SEH BAC Wins NHIC Community Benefit Award For West Cliff Theatre Transformation
 

After the successful transformation of the West Cliff Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea, established installer SEH BAC has won a prestigious award from the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC).

The firm which specialises in windows, doors and conservatories was named winners of the coveted ‘Delivering Community Benefit Through Home Improvement’ Award. The West Cliff Theatre was the winner

 
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Trade News

"World First” For The Manufacturing Industry

Origin are claiming a world first for the manufacturing industry, saying the Origin Window, a bespoke aluminium system can now be fabricated and delivered without a traditional lead time and believe it is set to revolutionise the way in which the industry views lead times on bespoke products.

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Product News

Aluk Officially Launches New F82 Bi-Fold

After it made such a huge impact when it was previewed at the FIT Show, the door which AluK says will become the new benchmark in the bi-fold market has officially been launched.

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Jack Aluminium Systems Launches New Flat Rooflight

Aluminium systems specialist, Jack Aluminium has added its first aluminium glazing product to suit both commercial and home improvement markets – the TRL90 rooflight. It’s a flat, aluminium framed rooflight that’s ideal for retrofitting skylights

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Bowater By Birtley Achieves PAS1188 On Flood Door

Following months of product development and rigorous tests, Bowater by Birtley is pleased to announce that it has achieved the much coveted PAS1188 test standard on its Flood composite door.

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Tommafold Bifold Door Gear Now Available In Black Finish

Tommafold is a unique, patented folding door system, providing all the components required to create a premium result for bi-fold doors. The system is often used to open out a room, offering increased light during summer months joining inside space with outside living.

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New Metallic Composite Foils From 3D

3D Laminates have just launched a range of non-grained, metallic foiled finishes for their long lasting CoolSkin® door skins for composite and panelled doors, that will help fuel further design inspiration for the sector in 2018 and beyond.

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Making Sure Fire Doors Are Up To The Job

A high specification, backed by third party testing and full accreditation, makes a life-changing difference when it comes to the effectiveness of fire doors. Yet, despite the importance of their performance, fire doors are often first to be downgraded on a specification in order to cut costs.

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Colour With Service

Recent market reports show colour as one of the clear growth sectors for the fenestration industry. One in four UK windows and doors is now manufactured in colour and demand is showing no sign of slowing, with one in three windows likely to be coloured before the end of the year.

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People

Made For Trade Appoint New Staff Following Korniche Expansion

Throughout 2017 Made for Trade has expanded its workforce in all aspects of the business to manage growing demand for its products including the Global Conservatory Roof and Bi-folding doors. Following the success and expansion of the Korniche

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Purplex Strengthens Team With Eight New Appointments

Purplex, the full-service marketing agency, has continued its rapid expansion with the appointment of eight new team members in the space of just three months.

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Software

Pilkington Spectrum Now Available For On-The-Go Use Via New Smartphone App

Pilkington Spectrum, one of the industry’s most popular glass specifying tools, is now available to use on-the-go following the launch of a new smartphone app.

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Internet

Kingfisher Launches New Website To Support Installers

To add to it’s range of marketing support for trade installers, Kingfisher Windows has launched a new trade website. Installers can browse through its products, create fast quotes, access brochures & technical information, and learn everything they need to know about its services.

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Awards

Edgetech Scores A Hat-Trick With Trio Of Prestigious Award Nominations

Warm edge pioneers Edgetech have been shortlisted for Company of the Year at the Coventry Telegraph Business Awards.

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GGF Looks Forward To G17 Awards

Being one of the main sponsors of the G Awards since it started, the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has no fewer than 17 reasons to look forward to this year’s showpiece event.

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CMS Window Systems Strikes Gold

CMS Window Systems is celebrating after picking up the Gold award in the International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice 2017 at a special presentation ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament in London.

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Balls2 Marketing Receives Top Award From CIPR

PR & marketing specialist for glazing and construction, Balls2 Marketing, won the top award for Construction, Property or Infrastructure Campaign at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ PRide awards on Friday 10 November.

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