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22nd January 2019
 
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FENSA Roadshow Success For New FENSA Finance Partner Improveasy
 

Finance specialists Improveasy have seen a surge in enquiries following their involvement with the nationwide FENSA Roadshow.

The firm, which last year became the exclusive finance partner for FENSA and its members, joined the GGF Group company on its nationwide tour. Visiting Bristol, Torquay and Falmouth before heading up north to Liverpool, Manchester and Blackpool, Improveasy spoke with FENSA members about the importance of offering finance, and how it can help secure bigger and better sales.

 
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UKSE Sees Through Deal With Windows Firm

 

Scotia Double Glazing Ltd, an Ayrshire-based windows and doors specialist, has expanded into new, purpose-built premises after agreeing a six-figure deal with UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE).

The business received additional investment from UKSE – a Tata Steel subsidiary set up to help growing companies operating in former steel producing areas realise their full potential – to develop the new headquarters facility that will support increasing customer demand.

 
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New DOORCO IT Innovation Set To Power Sales For The Entire Door Supply Chain

 

Composite door manufacturer DOORCO Ltd is once again raising the bar with the launch of a fully comprehensive online customer support package that is set to transform how the sector sells, says the company.

“Working as closely with our customers as we do, we identified a need to make the process of generating leads, creating orders and ultimately selling more doors, even easier,” explains Ben Aspinall, DOORCO’s IT & Projects Lead. “Which is why we commissioned

 
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Super Secure Is Now A Must Sell, Says Brisant Secure

 

Brisant Secure says that 2018 was a year when people stopped using super secure as an upsell and it became a must sell, with security the number one key driver in entrance door sales.

In 2018, the Ultion website enjoyed a 53% increase in the number of unique visitors, while there were ten times more followers on Facebook at the end of last year compared to the start. Even consumers are now talking about the super security products in the form of Lock Lock and Ultion, as social media feeds

 
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Business Micros Celebrates 40 Years

 

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of one of the industry’s most respected suppliers – Business Micros. The company is planning a series of celebrations to mark the event, many of which will be centred around its stand at the FIT Show in May.

Established in Scotland by Des Sharratt and Alistair Fyall way back in 1979, Business Micros was a true pioneer in the introduction of software to this industry and still very much sets the agenda today.

 
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Arched Composite Door With Oval Glass

 

Profile bending company Force 8 are known for creating innovative designs and this shows in one of their most recent creations, an arched composite door with oval glass alongside their auto lock system.

Dennis Sumner, Managing Director of Force 8 comments, “Force 8 is also generating new and creative products that are taking the industry by storm. As far as we are aware of we’re the only company that still

 
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State-Of-The-Art West-End Website Showcases Huge Product Range

 

Bristol’s West-End Windows has got 2019 off to a flying start with a state-of-the-art new trade website.

It’s been designed to stylishly showcase the firm’s range of Smart aluminium and VEKA uPVC windows and doors, as well as a host of more specialist products including roof lanterns, secondary glazing and integrated blinds.

 
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Spectus Windows Provide Finishing Touch For Housing Development In Sheffield
 

Fenestration and installation expert EYG Commercial has installed 734 Spectus windows in a three year phased development of 84 houses on the site of the former Castle College in Sheffield.

The housing development was developed to a high specification and the windows were no exception. PVC Grey on White windows that met Secured by Design standards were required for all houses in the

 
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‘The Home Of Flush’

 

Installers really will be holding all the aces with Dekko Window System’s flush sash products, says the company. Billed by the fabricator as ‘The Home of Flush,’ the deck includes Infinity, R9, R7 and R², with more editions being added to the Flush range in the New Year.

Dekko have built their company ethos on helping installers grow their business and giving them the best chance of getting ahead of the competition in what is an increasingly tough market.

 
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Vertik-Al Achieves GSB Licence For 24th Consecutive Year
 

Vertik-Al has announced that it has been awarded the GSB International quality seal for Approved Coated Aluminium. The Birmingham-based powder coating specialist says it remains the only applicator in the UK and Ireland to hold the licence and has done so since 1994.

“The GSB International quality seal, coupled with the Qualicoat licence, means our customers can be confident that all the materials

 
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Clearview (Sussex) Ltd Shows Commitment To Quality With CENSolutions

 

Consultancy and test facility for the window, door and glazing industries CENSolutions has announced that it has extended its partnership with Clearview (Sussex) Ltd, working closely with the trade fabricator to ensure they successfully achieved the CMS Quality Mark.

Family run manufacturer of high quality glass and glazing solutions, Clearview (Sussex) Ltd, based in Eastbourne, East Sussex, is delighted at the recent achievement, as Michelle Birchall,

 
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GJB Announce Rob Waller As New Sales Director

 

GJB Window Systems has announced the appointment of Rob Waller as its new Sales Director, in a move that will see co-founder and former Sales Director Gary Bristow move into an ‘ambassadorial’ role.

Rob, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the window industry, has been Sales Manager at the Essex-based fabricator for over four years and is looking forward to the new role.

 
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Double R Welcomes Ben Starling As Manufacturing Manager

 

Double R Glass & Roofing Systems Ltd has announced the appointment of Ben Starling as Manufacturing Manager.

“I have moved to Double R from a large well-known glass company where I worked as a Shift Manager for many years,” says Ben, “so I have extensive experience of glass unit manufacturing including cutting, toughening and sealing. I’ve been responsible for managing large teams producing

 
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Winkhaus UK Promotes Mike Rushen To Sales Director

 

Hardware specialist Winkhaus has announced the promotion of their National Sales Manager Mike Rushen to Sales Director with effect from January 1st 2019.

Mike, who joined Winkhaus 14 years ago, has managed the sales team for the last two years. In his new role he will form part of the team that sets the strategic direction for the business with particular emphasis on all sales activities.

 
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P C Henderson Expands its Range of Sliding Barn Door Style Hardware

 

P C Henderson has this month introduced a number of new additions to its range of Rustic sliding barn door hardware – including a new top mounted version and a new ‘antique rust effect’ finish.

The new Rustic Top Mount offers a stylish, contemporary twist on the company’s classic Rustic 80 system with its matt black hangers being mounted to the top of the door.

 
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‘QUALICOAT Membership Continues to Expand’

 

The start of 2019 welcomes C&O Powder Coaters into membership of QUALICOAT UK & Ireland. Having passed all inspections late in 2018, C&O are the latest company to be offered an applicators licence and join a dynamic association which continues to go from strength to strength in the application of high quality architectural powder coatings.

Based in St Helens, C&O Powder Coatings, formed in 1985, have continually provided high quality coatings to the industry.

 
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Why 2019 Is The Year To ‘Ask for Ali’

Senior Architectural Systems has plenty of new developments in store over the next 12 months – giving trade fabricators and installers even more reasons to ‘Ask for Ali’ and take advantage of the manufacturer’s extensive product offering and in-house services.

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Abacus Agents’ Loyalty To Fab&Fix Decorative Hardware – Over Thirteen Years In Partnership With ERA

ERA, the security expert, is currently celebrating thirty years of heritage for its Fab&Fix range of decorative hardware. With three decades of real world testing and featuring truly matching products,

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Double Delight For Paxman Joineries With Slenderline Glass Heritage Units

Extending a long-standing partnership between the two firms, Essex-based Paxman Joineries recently called on the expertise of Slenderline Glass – the specialist heritage unit manufacturer to enhance an eye-catching, traditional cottage.

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Product News

It’s A Year For Colour Says Prefix Systems

Pantone have already announced that 16-1546 Living Coral is their colour for 2019 and more closer to home, Prefix expect that their big push on colour is likely to be in various shades of grey and blue for the home improvement sector this year.

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Continued Growth For Exlabesa’s ECW 50 Curtain Walling System

Exlabesa Building Systems’ ECW 50 curtain walling system continues to deliver on all levels with a 20% year on year growth being achieved. Paul Benn, Exlabesa Building Systems’ General Manager, comments: “Our ECW-50 curtain walling system is r

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Vista Launch New Composite Door Ranges That Look And Feel Like Aluminium

Vista have launched not one, but two, new ranges of composite doors that look and feel just like aluminium.

The new Contemporary Collections are part of Vista’s existing XtremeDoor range but will have their own stand-alone brochure.

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New Contemporary Colour Collection From BetweenGlassBlinds™

BetweenGlassBlinds™ has extended its range of integrated blind systems and shading solutions with the launch of its new manual magnetic system, giving more options to end users.

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Tradesmith Expands Its Range With ‘Wow Factor’ Spitfire Doors

As part of a continuing push to expand its choice of specialist doors, Tradesmith has added the full range of Spitfire doors. Based in Hailsham, the fast-growing trade fabricator enables customers to serve the increasing

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People

New Marketing Director Appointed At REHAU

A new Marketing Director has been welcomed to the windows division at global polymer solutions provider REHAU. Claire Miller has joined the team, based at Ross-on-Wye, bringing with her a wealth of experience, both within the windows industry and marketing world.

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Change At The Top For Roseview Windows

After more than 30 years at the top, glazing industry veteran Willie Kerr has chosen to stand down as managing director of sash window specialist Roseview Windows. The decision will allow him to spend more of his time focused on research and development,

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Glazerite Strengthens Senior Management Team

The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has strengthened its senior management team with three new appointments and an internal promotion. The operations and technical-focused positions will allow the fabricator to further improve service levels across its three largest sites.

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New Year, New Roles At VBH

VBH (GB) is pleased to announce several promotions and a new starter at the company, recognising the talents of the ‘next generation’ VBH team. This follows what the company describes as “a fantastic year of customer, team and product

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Training & Development

Carl F Groupco Supports Apprenticeship Scheme

Hardware distributor Carl F Groupco, which has an established track record for staff training and development, has recruited Oliver (Ollie) Cullen as a Sales Office apprentice. Ollie, who is currently studying for a level 2 diploma in Business Administration,

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Brochures

Two Of Spectus’ Most Popular Brochures Get Fresh New Look

Spectus Systems, an Epwin Window Systems brand, has just launched new versions of two of its most popular brochures. They are the end user-focused aftercare brochure, A Quick Guide to Looking After Your Windows, Doors and Conservatories,

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On-Site

Profile 22’s Flush Tilt And Turn Windows Used In New University Of Derby Student Accommodation

Profile 22’s Flush Tilt and Turn windows have been used in the construction of flats for 244 students at the University of Derby. The design, manufacture and installation of the windows on the project was

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FIT Show

Industry Specialists Improveasy To Bring Finance To The Fit Show 2019

Improveasy, provider of finance solutions, have announced they will be showcasing their full range of services at The FIT Show 2019.

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Charity

Kingfisher Windows Supports School’s Santa Success

Kingfisher Windows has received a thank you after once again helping to support a local school’s annual Christmas event.

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