26th June 2018
 
Roger Hartshorn Announces Liniar Leaving Date
 

Roger Hartshorn, the creator and driving force behind two of the UK’s biggest PVCu systems houses, has announced that he will be leaving his role at Liniar later this year in order to spend more time on other personal and business interests.

October will see Roger step down as CEO of the Flamstead Group, owner of HL Plastics and the Liniar brand, as well as Avantek Machinery – leaving behind an extraordinary legacy.

 
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Certass Trade Association Launches New Industry Body for Glazing
 

A new industry body for installers, Certass Trade Association, has been launched to give installation companies and tradespeople the chance to make their views heard and get real, practical support to help grow their businesses, claim Certass.

Jon Vanstone, Chair of Certass Trade Association explains: “Our industry is faced with many issues – a lack of reliable support, an ageing workforce and poor perception from consumers.

 
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Thermoseal Group Is An International Fast Track 200 Business!
 

As published in the ninth annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table, warm edge spacer manufacturer and supplier of insulated glass (IG) components, Thermoseal Group has been ranked no.41 in the league of businesses with fastest-growing international sales.

Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table was published on Sunday 10 June 2018 and ranks Britain’s mid-market (total sales of £25m+ and international sales of £1m+)

 
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First End-To-End Corgi Fenestration Supply Chain
 

With the registration of installer Heathfield Windows, the first end-to-end glazing supply chain has become CORGI Fenestration registered – from system house Liniar to fabricators Whiteline to installers Heathfield Windows.

“Our vision was about creating a quality mark for the complete glazing sector supply chain, from top to bottom,” commented Chris Mayne, CORGI Fenestration CEO.

 
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Force 8, Shaken But Not Stirred, PAS 24

 

The Force 8 Decadence range of contemporary composite doors has now achieved PAS 24 and is document Q compliant. The stringent test was carried out at ERA’s new state of the art factory in Wolverhampton. One of the new Force 8 Zermatt doors was used for the test, fitted with the auto lock system and thumb turn.

“As far as we are aware, this is the first time a door of this kind has been tested for PAS 24 with the auto lock system”’ comments Dennis Sumner, Managing Director of Force 8.

 
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aluplast Announces Major New Business Win

 

aluplast has agreed a new supply deal with Weatherglaze for its cutting-edge Ideal 4000 system and its new Lift-an-Slide door.

Operating from Gorey, just South of Dublin on east coast, Weatherglaze is one of Ireland’s leading fabricators, suppling windows and doors throughout the Republic.

The addition of the Ideal 4000 and Lift-and-Slide comes as the manufacture gears up for growth and looks to access new

 
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Bravo, Bravo – A Great Night At Circus Beserkus!

 

After each Gala Dinner put on by the team at GM Fundraising, the general feeling from all who attends is that they get better and better every time – and this year was no exception, as the Crowne Plaza in Stratford-on-Avon played host to the madness that was, Circus Beserkus.

From clowns to mime artists, strongmen to bearded and tattooed ladies – the weird and wonderful world of the circus was well represented, as Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising explains:

 
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Bison Grows As High-End Demand Increases
 

Window and door manufacturer Bison Frames has doubled the size of its production facility, to keep pace with demand for its popular Genesis Collection PVC-U and aluminium windows and doors.

Well-known throughout the industry for Genesis VS vertical sliders, more recently the Barnsley-based fabricator has used its knowledge and experience of specialist window fabrication to extend its range into the Genesis Collection.

 
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Listers Central Makes Room For Räum Aluminium

 

Stoke-based fabricator Listers Central has made a move into high-end aluminium with the addition of the Räum collection.

The Räum collection combines a full range of luxury aluminium windows and doors including bifolds, sliding doors and even sectional garage doors. Named after the German word for ‘space’, Räum is designed to allow installers to create large-span openings and win new business at the sharp end of the home improvement market.

 
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CMS Window Systems Backs Employee Fairness Initiative With Scottish Business Pledge

 

CMS Window Systems has teamed up with the Fairness Commissioner in North Lanarkshire, along with several other organisations dedicated to addressing social inequality and poverty, at a special event to encourage businesses to follow its Living Wage lead and sign up to the Scottish Business Pledge.

The company was invited to present to business leaders from across the region at a recent seminar about its positive experiences of being a Living Wage employer.

 
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PIGS Comes To The Capital

 

With a fantastic new venue in London, more than 100 PIGS partied in style on 14 June 2018. “PIGS is networking at its very best,” says organiser Sarah Ball from Balls2 Marketing.

“Old faces and new checked into The Warwick for another successful evening. The venue was an absolute triumph. We had a separate room downstairs and it filled up quickly after kick-off at 5pm. Kick-off is an appropriate term, because London PIGS was on the same day as the first game in the World Cup.

 
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Stephen Hillier Hits The Hi-Life At HiTECH Blinds

 

A crucial new appointment is set to help streamline operations and accelerate growth at fast-moving HiTECH Blinds Ltd.

Stephen Hillier joins the Peterborough-based integral blinds manufacturer as Customer Service & Office Manager, tasked with optimising processes behind the scenes, and supporting the company’s growing list of clients.

 
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Bennetts Shoots For The Stars With New Nursery Project

 

Aluminium glazing specialists Bennett Architectural have been chosen to supply and install doors and windows for the new Shooting Stars Nursery in Kings Norton.

The nursery group which already has six sites in Bromsgrove, Gloucester, Hinckley, Stourbridge, Wolverhampton and Worcester purchased the historical Barbara Hart House for the new facility which will provide 93 places for children.

 
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A Grand Design – Vista Sees Surge In Sales Of Verona Style Door

 

Panel and composite door supplier Vista has seen a surge in sales of its Verona style XtremeDoor.

Inspired by the European passion for contemporary style and design, the Verona door is a perfect blend of sleek modernity with classical aesthetics. The Verona comes with contemporary glazing to let light into the room, or as a solid door.

 
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Rapierstar Marks A Decade With Shepley

 

REHAU window and door fabricator Shepley Windows has reached the 10-year milestone in its use of high quality fasteners from Rapierstar.

Shepley Windows is at the forefront of volume window and door manufacturing, being one of the original ‘super fabricators’. The thriving company produces over 2,000 windows every week, and its Visage window range attracts a loyal installer client base that values its enhanced security and aesthetics, as well as the short lead times available.

 
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Trade News

Virtuoso Doors Celebrates Record-Breaking Month

Virtuoso Doors has celebrated its biggest sales month ever in the history of the business.

Since becoming part of Customade Group in 2017, Virtuoso Doors’ sales have grown at phenomenal pace.

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Patiomaster Stalwart Opens New East Midlands Franchise

PatioMaster East Midlands has recently opened its doors and is run by former Epwin Group employee, Neil Dattani. Based in Leicester, PatioMaster East Midlands will cater for the growing number of customers .

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Mila Proves The Perfect Partner For The Fascia Place

At the start of 2016, The Fascia Place took the decision to stop buying in its windows and doors and to take control of its own production and supply. The company appointed experienced production manager Stuart Shearman to head up a brand new factory which, 18 months on,

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Yale Announces Partnership With Stevenswood Trade Counters

Stevenswood, which is part of the Customade Group, has introduced Yale security products at a number of its trade counters throughout the UK.

Stevenswood offers top quality windows, doors and conservatories

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Tamworth Installer Achieves 90% Conversion Rate With Real Aluminium

A support package and a brand new showroom has helped a REAL Aluminium installer to eclipse all targets and achieve an astonishing sales conversion rate of 90% in REAL Aluminium windows, doors and roofing products.

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Listers Central Goes Live With New Website

With clear ambitions to take the business to the next level, prominent Stoke-based fabricator Listers Central has ramped up their online presence with the launch of their brand-new website (www.listerstf.com).

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Product News

SWISSPACER Air Reloaded

At the last glasstec the Swiss warm edge manufacturer SWISSPACER announced a new special component. The SWISSPACER Air ensures pressure equalisation in multi-pane insulating glass and counteracts climatic loads. Now, after long-term tests, it is available in Swiss quality for glasstec 2018.

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Non-Glass Bonded R9 Cuts The Cost Of Installation By A Third

Customers buying in Residence 9 unglazed are saving up to third on installation costs compared to the install of glass-bonded products by reducing weight and simplifying handling, says fabricator HWL.

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Distinction Doors In Any Colour!

Distinction Doors, one of the UK’s leading composite door suppliers, now offers any colour across their entire composite door ranges, both internally and externally. Bethaney Larkman, Distinction Doors’ Marketing Manager said: “For the consumer,

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Optima From Profile 22 Ticks All The Boxes

If you’re looking to compete in the market, choosing a system that ticks all the boxes is a good place to start. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin Window Systems, says: “From the aesthetics to the versatility to the thermal efficiency to the security Optima from Profile 22,

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TruFrame’s 5 Colours In 5 Days

Despite the recent rhetoric for “new thinking” towards coloured uPVC window supply, TruFrame have been offering a 5-day service for foiled products since 2013. Today, the company continues to support their customers by offering these impressive lead times on an even

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Vista Supplies Xtreme Slabs To Northern Ireland Police To Aid With Access Training

Composite door manufacturer Vista Panels has supplied the Police Service of Northern Ireland with 50 of their highly secure door blanks for access training.

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On-Site

Berkeley Group Selects Deceuninck’s Tilt & Turn For Imperial College

Deceuninck’s 2500 Tilt and Turn window has been installed in flagship student accommodation in London.

Working with the Berkeley Group, Deceuninck fabricator, Dempsey Dyer

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Bennetts Help Transform Ainsdale Train Station

Aluminium glazing specialists Bennett Architectural have completed work on the refurbishment of Ainsdale Train Station in Southport.
Working with Morgan Sindall and Liverpool based Owen Ellis Architects, Bennetts supplied

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Brochures

Conservatory Outlet Ltd Release New Brochure Suite

UK fabricator Conservatory Outlet Limited has launched a new suite of retail brochures, boasting unique artwork which is bespoke for each of its Network members.

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Marketing

Polyframe Delivers The Full Package

With a wide range of PVCu products, a raft of innovative developments and an incredible new marketing and showroom package, Polyframe has moved its support strategy up another gear to enable PVCu installers to win more business and stay ahead of their competitors.

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Awards

Glazerite Installers Take Five Of The Six Independent Network Awards

Glazerite installers have once again returned triumphant, beating all-comers to win five out of six of the main National Independent Network Awards at the organisation’s annual ceremony.

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