27th February 2018
 
Ninety Per Cent Of Small Firms Still Not Prepared For New Data Regulation, New Research Shows
 

- Hospitality and arts & entertainment businesses are the least prepared for GDPR

- FSB campaign to help 5.7 million small businesses be data ready started yesterday

​Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) research, published yesterday, shows that over a third (33%) of small businesses have not yet started preparing for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) while a further third (35%) are only in the early stages of preparations. Only eight per cent of small businesses have completed their preparations. In light of the findings, FSB is launching a GDPR awareness raising campaign, dubbed ‘BeDataReady’ in the run up to the 25 May deadline.

 
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Record Start For Conservatory Outlet Group
 

The Conservatory Outlet Group has experienced a hugely positive start to 2018, with both its retail businesses hitting record sales orders throughout January.

Clearview Home Improvements, situated in the North West, and North East-based Pennine Home Improvements have for the first time achieved gross orders exceeding £2m and £1.5m respectively within a single month’s trading.

 
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Milwood Group Keep It Simple For Installers With New Simplicity 6 Veranda System
 

Manufacturer of aluminium verandas, canopies and carports, Milwood Group, has introduced a brand-new addition to their offering. Designed to help both fabricators and installers break into the thriving outdoor living market, the Kent-based firm has launched Simplicity 6 – a high-end, multi-purpose veranda system.

Designed with versatility in mind, Simplicity 6 provides a solution that is suitable for multiple applications, whether it’s as a veranda, canopy or a luxury glass room.

 
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Hurst Achieves New Quality Standard
 

Hurst Plastics has been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management, making the company one of the first in the glazing industry to achieve the rigorous new standard.

The Hull-based firm achieved the transition almost a year ahead of the September 2018 deadline, which is when the former 2008 version will be superseded.

 
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5 Beads, 3 Systems And Shared Profiles For The Residence Collection

 

The Residence Collection is experiencing an increase in trade enquiries, thanks in no small part to the integrated nature of the profiles and glazing beads, along with product availability in single lengths. It’s also a system that’s supported by one of the strongest marketing programmes in the sector, claim the company.

With 15 different bead and system combinations, customers are able to make each job bespoke to the needs of their discerning homeowners, whilst minimising their respective stockholding.

 
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Balconette Launches SG12 Fully Frameless Balustrading System

 

Launched this month by Surrey balustrading specialists Balconette, the new SG12 is a fully frameless balustrading system.

Particularly suitable for balconies, this versatile system is also ideal for outdoor applications, such as providing a protective barrier for a decking area or mezzanine.

The SG12 fully frameless system creates an almost invisible barrier between the viewer and the view – allowing for 100% uninterrupted views without the need for any posts or handrails.

 
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Can You Bend It Like Astraseal? Investment Continues With New Bar Bending Machine

 

After kicking off the New Year with the purchase of yet another Stuga machining centre, fabricator Astraseal has now made two further machinery investments. The Wellingborough-based firm has increased production in its glass factory with the addition of a brand-new, high-performance bar bender and a smart desiccant filler.

The MB950 bar bending machine – complete with AM 01 semi-automatic rack, allows Astraseal to bend aluminium, steel and warm-edge spacer bar every 28 seconds. The machine optimises Astraseal’s sealed unit production through its innovative, universal head.

 
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Premium Door System Boosts Sales At Aluminium Specialist

 

A leading manufacturer of aluminium windows and doors has reported sustained demand for several of its innovative Renyaers products.

Gloucester-based CDW Systems supplies its products to installers all over the UK and has seen a strong demand for its Reynaers aluminium sliding folding doors and for its lift and slide patio door, since their introduction to the company’s product range.

 
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British Woodworking Federation Counts Down To The GDPR With Free Advice For Members

 

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming in on May 25th and this will have major implications for most joinery businesses on the way they manage their data. In the BWF’s new ‘Countdown to the GDPR’ guide, the federation has provided specific guidance on what the new rules will mean. The guide features FAQs and a GDPR compliance checklist and will help woodworking businesses manage the data they keep on their customers and employees as well as understand the measures they will need to put in place to comply.

 
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Mila Leaps Ahead With New Website

 

Mila has launched a brand new website, which it says puts it even further ahead of the competition.

MILA339 Mila has just launched a brand new website 1The new website at www.mila.co.uk transforms Mila’s online presence thanks to a contemporary new design and intuitive navigation. It is optimised for use on any type of screen and is packed with all the product and technical information which customers could ever need.

 
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Dynamic 2D Hinges Help Seal-Lite Deliver Quality Swish Doorsets

 

South West fabricator and installer Seal-Lite Group is gaining an competitive edge for its PVC-U doorsets through a mix of aesthetics, quality and reliability by combining the Swish profile with Dynamic 2D hinges by SFS.

The Clevedon-based company, which serves trade and retail customers throughout the South West of England, produces more than 300 PVC-U doorsets every month, all featuring Dynamic 2D hinges supplied by Safeware.

 
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E.J. Cocker Completes Next Stage Of Brand-Building Strategy With New Website

 

Sealed unit specialists E.J. Cocker & Son have followed in the footsteps of sister-company Slenderline Glass, advancing their online presence with the launch of their brand-new, state-of-the-art website www.ejcocker.com.

The new website showcases the Kent-based firm’s full range of services which include manufacturing insulated glass units for residential and commercial applications as well as mirrors, bespoke splashbacks and repairs. The new site adopts a simple, minimalist style which is easy to navigate for new and existing customers.

 
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Eurocell Eurologik To Secure Social Housing For IDM Doors

 

Newport business IDM Doors is the latest fabricator to sign up with Eurocell.

“I was impressed with the whole package”, says managing director Ian Pritchard. “The multi-chamber design of the Eurologik profile and the way it incorporates reinforcement is very modern. We also liked the support that Eurocell offers in supplying new leads in new building and social housing”.

 
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Long-Serving Winkhaus NE Project Manager Trevor Riley Retires

 

Winkhaus has announced the retirement in February of its second longest-serving employee and North East Project Manager, Trevor Riley after nearly 25 years.

Trevor joined the hardware specialist in November 1993 one year after the company became established in the UK with its headquarters in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

 
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Glassolutions Installation Balances Form And Function At Kirkstall Forge ‘Urban Village’ In Leeds

 

A stunning floor-to-ceiling glazing installation designed, specified and delivered by GLASSOLUTIONS has helped create the ideal balance between form and function at a new multi-use development in West Yorkshire.

Located to the north-west of Leeds, Number One Kirkstall Forge is part of the 57-acre, £400 million Kirkstall Forge ‘urban village’ scheme which on completion will offer Grade A office buildings, contemporary housing, green spaces, cafés, bars and restaurants in a beautiful riverside location.

 
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Fresh From The Fabricating Frontline

 

Leading hardware and tools supplier to the window and door industry, Window Ware, has strengthened their local sales force by appointing Brad Jackson as their newest Area Sales Manager. Brad is taking over from recently-retired sales veteran Alan Carvell to provide regional support and hardware expertise to customers in the Midlands, Derby, South Yorkshire and mid Wales.

Before coming to Window Ware, Brad spent four years working for a window fabricator in Coventry and another four years working for a hardware brand.

 
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“La Casa Del Desierto”, The Guardian Glass Project That Creates The Great Indoors In Perfect Harmony With Nature

 

A desert. A house. A range of special glass types and a team of skilled professionals. This is “La Casa del Desierto” (the desert house). One of Guardian Glass's most exclusive, demanding, risky, creative and efficient projects, was recently completed in Spain with a clear objective: to demonstrate first hand and in situ across the four seasons of the year, the importance of glass in our daily life, and in one of the toughest environments you could ever imagine!

 
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Trade News

Why Planning Permission Shouldn’t Put You Off PVC-U For Period Properties

When developing within conservation areas ensuring an aesthetic that is appropriate for the surroundings of the building is key. The preservation of original window features in listed buildings and those within conservation areas is closely monitored by local authorities

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Growth Decelerates In The Commercial Glazing Market As Commercial Construction Slows

Following good growth in 2015-16, the UK market for commercial glazing has been less buoyant in 2017 as the private commercial sector reacted to the climate of uncertainty surrounding the Brexit process.

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Fab Frames To Take Solidor Manufacturing To A New Level

South-Devon based Fab Frames are looking to further develop sales of their manufactured Solidor, with the introduction of a new dedicated unit for composite door manufacturing.

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Product News

A U-Value Of 1.2 For KÖMMERLING’S C70 And O70 Gold

Despite the imminent launch of the outward opening System 76, KÖMMERLING continue to invest in the 70mm platform and now their C70 and O70 Goldâ window and door system has been re-engineered to achieve a Uw-value of just 1.2 W/(m2k).

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LEKA Systems Gives Fabricators Opportunities To Add Value

The conservatory market is changing rapidly and fabricators need to make sure they’re offering the products that installers need to compete in the new landscape. Rhys Hoddinott, Director of LEKA Systems says: “If you’re a fabricator looking to support your installer customers in the changing conservatory market,”

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Add Heritage To Any Window With Window Ware’s New And Exclusive Regal Hardware Range

Window Ware, one of the UK’s foremost independent hardware distributors has created a valuable opportunity for its fabrication customers to add a heritage touch to any window, with the launch of their new and exclusive Regal Hardware range.

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Versatile Aluminium Entrance Door From Alumen

Specialist aluminium fabricator Alumen Ltd has started 2018 in style, with the launch of the Millennium Plus aluminium entrance door, which offers versatility outstanding Credentials to both the residential and commercial market.

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Record Year For Icotherm Roof Systems

Solid conservatory roof specialist, Icotherm Roof Systems has reported a record year with a 75 percent increase in sales. After setting up in 2014, the solid conservatory roof manufacturer has enjoyed rapid growth,

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New GreenteQ Hinge For Composite Doors

VBH (GB) has added a new composite door hinge to its greenteQ range. The new Sigma Face-Fix Composite Door Hinge comes in standard or 1D-adjustable versions and is available in five colours to match the greenteQ suite.

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HiTECH Blinds Ltd Hits New Heights With BS EN 1279 Accreditation

BS EN 1279 accreditation is the latest cause for celebration at Peterborough’s HiTECH Blinds Ltd, the fast-growing integral blind firm taking the market by storm.

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People

New Face At Business Micros Support Centre

18-year old Robbie Logan is the newest member of the team at Business Micros’ Penpont head office, joining as a Junior Support Technician.

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On-Site

Senior Strengthens Supply Chain Links With New College Contracts

Collaboration and repeat business with key supply chain partners has seen aluminium glazing solutions from Senior Architectural Systems specified for use on two new college contracts in the North of England.

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Spectus And Worsley Glass Help Transform Manchester’s Wilburn Basin

Wilburn Basin is a brand new high quality housing development of nearly 500 homes in four blocks ranging from 8 to 21 storeys sited around the historic River Irwell Basin, Manchester.

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Events

Roy Frost To Speak On Acquisitions And Mergers At Glazing Summit

Well-respected industry figure and head of the GJB Holdings Group, Roy Frost has signed up to speak at the upcoming Glazing Summit.

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Brochures

Quest Launches New Reliance Multi-Point Lock Range With In-Depth Brochure

Quest, a Buckinghamshire based hardware and ironmongery supplier has launched a new in-depth brochure to promote their new Reliance multipoint lock range.

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Marketing

Continued Success Sees Morley Glass & Glazing Renew Partnership With Insight Data For Third Year

Morley Glass & Glazing, the highly-respected manufacturer of sealed units incorporating ScreenLine integral blinds, has extended its successful partnership with industry data specialists Insight Data for another year.

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Awards

Mitchell Wins February AMI Manufacturing Apprentice Award

Bennett Architectural Design Technician Mitchell Pritchard has been awarded the AMI Manufacturing Apprentice award for February.

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