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Jobs Saved As Livingston uPVC Windows Business Bought Out Of Administration

 

Following the appointment of Ken Pattullo and Jamie Taylor of Begbies Traynor as joint administrators of Livingston-headquartered Evoframes on 17th January 2024, a sale of the business and assets has been completed, saving all 76 jobs.

Established in 2020, Evoframes is a major supplier of fenestration products to trade customers across Scotland, including trade counters, builders, joiners and window fitters. Offering a wide range of bespoke uPVC windows and doors, it also has its own dedicated fleet of trucks delivering direct from its factory to the customer.

 
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Student Registrations Exceed 500 For Building Our Skills’ Bespoke Industry Careers Fairs In March

 

Student Registrations Exceed 500 For Building Our Skills’ Bespoke Industry Careers Fairs In March

Building Our Skills says student registrations for the first of its series of bespoke industry careers fairs in March has now exceeded 500.

“This is brilliant news,” says Mark Handley, Building Our Skills’ partnerships manager. He adds: “Clearly, this new initiative is striking a chord with educators, parents, the industry and students themselves who are seeing the value in it. Our aim is to show the industry to over 1,000 school children and their teachers over the course of two pilot events in March.

 
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Roseview Launches Eclipse Trickle Vent Solution

 

Sash window specialist Roseview Windows has launched Eclipse – a new concealed trickle vent system for their Heritage and Ultimate Rose sash windows.

Eclipse is a two-part hood system that replaces the external trickle vent hood with a foil-matched aluminium cover and separate flyscreen, both of which run the full width of the window. It attaches directly to the top of the window frame without adding any height. The system is manufacturer-tested in accordance with BS EN 13141-1.

Roseview director Mike Bygrave explains the new system: “While Part F insists on trickle vents in most circumstances, sash windows are a heritage style.

 
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Fenestration Professionals Advised to Review Portfolios Following Energy Efficiency Drive for Historic Homes

 

Installers and fabricators are being advised to adapt their portfolios to meet rising demand for high-performance frames sympathetic to traditional housing designs in the wake of the Government’s new energy efficiency drive for historic homes.

Announced by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the wide-ranging review will look to tackle barriers to making houses built before 1919 more energy-efficient in line with the UK’s net zero emissions commitments. With the drive focusing on protecting the beauty of the affected buildings, polymer solutions supplier Rehau is highlighting how fenestration professionals could review their existing frame offerings to secure more retrofitting work.

 
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New Stable Doors from DoorCo

 

Composite door supplier, DoorCo, has launched a specially designed stable door range, available in both of their Original and Gripcore brands, in response to customer desire for a purpose-built door that delivers on both stability and design.

Technical and sales manager, Ian Glenister, talks about the new product: “Stable doors are a popular customer ask, but as with everything we do at DoorCo, we wanted to supply a product that is fit for purpose and exceeds the quality of any other products available on the market.

“The key with stable doors is to ensure the best possible stability and finish. The traditional method of creating stable doors in the industry is to cut a standard foam filled slab in half, 

 
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Distinction Doors Reveals Brochure Refresh

 

Distinction Doors has revealed the latest version of its product brochure following a significant update which reflects changes in consumer buying habits and the company’s current product offer.

The brochure boasts a new front cover design – one which puts the product front and centre.  The GD03 with side lights is an indicator of the modern and polished door styles which lie within.

Inside, Distinction has expanded the section on energy efficiency, revised the glass options to show the current range,

 
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Frame Fast Make ‘Smart’ Move With Kubu Partnership

 

Frame Fast says it is providing customers even greater opportunities to sell more products by partnering with Kubu, with all doors and standard windows now manufactured to be compatible with Kubu Smart Security.

Derby’s largest trade fabricator of PVCu and aluminium windows, doors, conservatories, conservatory roofs and composite doors has made the move as part of its ongoing commitment to offering customers the best tools to succeed.

“We’ve always focussed on being a trusted and reliable partner for installers and builders in the East Midlands,” says Nigel Leivers, Frame Fast managing director.

 
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Sales And Marketing Director To Spearhead Growth At Victorian Sliders

 

An experienced new Sales and Marketing Director is spearheading Victorian Slider’s ambitious plans for growth in 2024.

James Clack joins the business after decades spent at one of Britain’s biggest builders merchants and is already making an impact at the South Wales firm, says the company.

Following its acquisition by growth funders BGF last year, Victorian Sliders wants to drive drastic improvements across the board.

 
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100-Year Milestone For Hurst Employees

 

Five Hurst employees have each received special awards for reaching their 20-year milestone with the leading door manufacturer.

Representing different parts of the business, Rob Nightingale, Lee Opie, Cherril Bilton, Laura Tyas and Andrew Haysom were presented with either a crystal tankard or wine glasses in recognition for their long service – and received an extra week of holiday.

“We are so proud to be recognising the incredible milestone each of these employees has reached,” sales director Mark Atkinson said.

 
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Conservatory Outlet Passes ISO Accreditation

 

Conservatory Outlet, the Yorkshire-based manufacturer of windows, doors and other home improvement products, is celebrating after once again passing its ISO 9001:2015 assessment.

This marks yet another year the company achieved this globally recognised standard for quality management.

To achieve this International Standard, organisations must demonstrate their ability to provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

 
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JDUK Appoints New Business Development Manager

 

JDUK, a leading door systems supplier, has announced the appointment of Jacob Bates as the company’s new Business Development Manager. Jacob brings a wealth of experience in software sales, partnerships, recruitment, and new business development, making him a valuable addition to the JDUK team, says the company.

Jacob is said to take pride in his enthusiasm and resilience, two vital characteristics that resonate well within the dynamic industry of door systems. When asked about his aspirations in his new role, Jacob expressed his eagerness to expand his product knowledge and elevate JDUK to the forefront of buyers’ minds.

 
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Corrivo’s Scott Quig Raising Money For YMCA’s Homeless Initiative

 

At the tail end of 2023, Scott Quig, national sales manager at Corrivo, joined by his son, participated in the Burton upon Trent and district YMCA Sleepout. In its 15th year, the Sleepout is an initiative aimed at raising funds and awareness for people facing homelessness.

The father and son duo spent a night exposed to cold temperatures, to shed light on the stark contrast between a single night for them and the ongoing, harsh reality for many others who are homeless.

During the winter, as temperatures drop, Corrivo is supporting the YMCA in its mission to address the growing challenges of homelessness.

 
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Trade News

2023: A Record Year for ERG Scotland

Installer ERG Scotland has posted record annual sales figures of £5.8m for 2023, marking the end of another fantastic year of trading for the Invergordon-based business.  Covering the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, ERG has grown 30% year-on-year and broken the £5.5m barrier for the first time in the company’s 50-year history, claims the company.

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Heritage Trade Frames Unveils New Showroom And Training Facility

Longstanding Epwin Window Systems fabricator Heritage Trade Frames has unveiled a brand-new showroom and training centre at its headquarters in Bolton. The impressive facility has been purposely designed to showcase the company’s extensive range of high-quality windows and doors, featuring products from the Profile 22,

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Product News

Ultion Unveils The Ultion Sweet Universal Blanking Plate

Ultion has announced the launch of its latest innovation: the Ultion Sweet universal blanking plate. This addition to the Ultion Sweet furniture range is now in stock and available for shipping, says the company.

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New Construction Sheets For Improved Window Sealing, Says ISO-Chemie

A new range of construction sheets which provide improved design and installation of windows, is available in the UK from foam sealant tape specialist ISO Chemie, says the company.

The ISO-Top construction sheets WF3 are a beneficial addition to the company’s window...

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People

UAP Appoints New CFO

UAP, specialist in locks and hardware for doors and windows, has appointed a new chief financial officer (CFO).

Adam Lumley brings more than 18 years of commercial finance experience to UAP. Throughout his career,

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Viewpoint

Change, Challenges And New Opportunities In 2024

Richard Hall, managing director of Reynaers Aluminium UK, looks ahead to what’s in store for the fenestration industry in 2024 as new legislation is expected to drive change through the introduction of the Building Safety Act and the build-up to the Future Homes Standard in 2025.

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Aluminium

Think Outside The box With Fentrade’s ID30 System

Fentrade’s design flair has come to the fore with a series of projects displaying its innovative use of aluminium for interior finishes, says the company.  Chris Reeks, managing director at Fentrade, commented: “The ID30 internal door and Screening System is a fabulously versatile system.

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Machinery

Design & Supply Chooses Proven Steel Machining Option From Emmegi (UK)

Emmegi (UK)’s proven track record supplying machines for steel fabrication is what gave architectural and industrial door specialist Design & Supply all the reassurance they needed to invest in a Phantomatic T3 Star machining centre.

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Software

Full Traceability For Frames Fabricated Using LogiKal Software, Says BM Aluminium

As BM Aluminium launches the new Simply Tag traceability module for its LogiKal aluminium processing software, the company has revealed some ‘Quite Interesting’ facts about the QR code technology which helps to make Simply Tag such a user-friendly solution:

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On-Site

Residence 7 Windows Installed In Warwickshire Housing Development

The Residence Collection has completed a Warwickshire housing development with over 60 Residence 7 windows in the No.38 Grey colourway.

The project, located on Grange Farm Close in Grandborough, included The Residence Collection through a collaboration with installer,

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