27th March 2018
 
Small Business Confidence Bounces Back As Economic Forecasts Lift
 

Confidence among small UK firms is rebounding against a backdrop of lower inflation, progress on Brexit talks and a positive Spring Statement, according to the latest Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index (SBI).

More than seven in ten firms expect their performance will either improve (32%) or remain the same (40%) over the next three months, while only one in four (27%) lack confidence about the coming quarter.

The quarterly SBI measure stands at +6 in Q1 2018, up from -2.5 in Q4 2017. The SBI fell in every quarter of 2017, dropping into negative territory for only the second time in five years during the final three months of the year.

 
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Yale Window Hardware Achieves BBA Certification
 

Yale Door and Window Solutions has extended its offering of BBA certified window products.

The Yale Shootbolt and Yale Encloser window locks, along with the Yale Revolution window hinge have passed the BBA certification – a symbol of product quality.

Grant Stratford, Technical Director for Yale Door and Window Solutions, comments: “We are proud to be able to offer our customers a range

 
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Epwin Window Systems Achieves Vinylplus® Product Label Certification
 

Epwin Windows Systems has been awarded VinylPlus Product Label certification having achieved the necessary requirements of the label scheme. The VinylPlus® Product Label is awarded in recognition of outstanding performance around sustainable development for companies in the PVC window profile industry. The label covers Epwin Windows Systems three leading profile brands – Profile 22’s Optima, Swish Window and Doors Systems’ 24/7 and Spectus’ Elite systems.

 
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FD60 Now Available From Fire Door Fabricator

 

Timber fabricator West Port is expanding its already market-leading fire-rated offering with the addition of an FD60 door.

Recent years have seen the Cumbrian firm build a reputation as the country’s go-to supplier for quality timber fire doors.

Its FD30 product managed to withstand temperatures in excess of 800 degrees Celsius for 42 minutes 7 seconds, or 40% longer than required

 
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Extrudaseal Launches High-Performance Aluminium Bi-Fold Lock-Housing Mechanism And Cover

 

Extrudaseal has launched a new high-performance lock housing mechanism with easy to fit Eurogroove cover for alumininium bi-folding door systems.

Developed in response to fabricator demand, the rigid PVC-U extrusion delivers an exacting and flush fit inside the sash frame, minimizing adjustment of locking mechanisms.

 
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Obituary – Stefan Seidel

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing away of Stefan Seidel, managing director of profine UK Ltd, on Monday 26th March, 2018.

Stefan was the operations manager of profine UK, until his promotion in 2014 to managing director and a true company man. A highly regarded industry professional, he brought with him considerable knowledge, expertise and a hands on approach to the KÖMMERLING brand in the UK and Ireland.

 
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Edgetech Brings Warm-Edge Expertise To Glazing Summit

 

Warm-edge spacer manufacturer Edgetech has become the latest big-name sponsor to sign up to the Glazing Summit, a major new conference for the leading lights of UK fenestration.

Coming to the St John’s Exhibition Centre in Solihull on May 22nd, the landmark event will bring together senior figures from throughout the industry to discuss new product developments, emerging opportunities, and the future of the sector in the wake of Brexit.

 
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Conservatory Outlet Push Environmentally Friendly Products

 

Conservatory Outlet Ltd is actively driving its Aluminium range of home improvement products as consumer interests increasingly turn to environmentally friendly alternatives.

Whether it be ‘Carbon Footprint’, ‘Global Warming’, or ‘Plastic Filled Oceans’, it’s hard to escape the news that the choices made by consumers are vastly affecting the planet. Consumers are now beginning to make a concerted effort to ensure that their purchases have a limited impact on the environment.

 
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Dekko Completes Major Investment With Graf Cill Welder

 

After becoming one of the first fabricators to use Graf weld technology with their Infinity range of seamless uPVC windows and later with the Residence Collection, Dekko Window Systems has completed a £150k investment in the new, ground-breaking Graf Cill Welder.

The new cill welder means the firm can add a high-end, premium finish to their window cills as standard, manufacturing 95mm stub cills and both 150mm and 180mm cills with a completely seamless weld.

 
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Garrard Windows Adds The Mechanically Jointed Spectus Vertical Slider To Its Portfolio

 

Trade fabricator Garrard Windows has become the latest company to start manufacturing the new ‘heritage styled’ mechanically jointed version of the Spectus Vertical Slider. Lucy Griffith of Garrard Windows commented: “Manufacturing the mechanically jointed Spectus Vertical Slider will open up new opportunities for us and our customers because feature-rich mechanically jointed products are very much on trend.”

 
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Installers Can Offer 0% Finance To Homeowners With Certass Membership

 

Certass CQ-Assured Installer Scheme members can offer 0% finance on home improvements, thanks to its Shermin Finance partnership. With a range of easy point-of-sale credit options available, this extra benefit to Certass installers can help them to increase leads, sales and order values.

Jason Clemmit, Managing Director at Certass explains: “This is just one of the added-value benefits that are offered to Certass members.

 
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Morley Glass & Glazing Shortlisted For Business Award

 

Morley Glass & Glazing, the UK’s market leader in the manufacture of Uni-Blinds® integral blind units, has been shortlisted in the Medium Sized Business category at the 2018 Yorkshire Business Masters Awards.

Organised by business news website TheBusinessDesk.com, the annual awards are one of the key events in the region’s business calendar, honouring everyone from major innovators,

 
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Product Innovation To Be Recognised In New Ironmongery Award

 

Innovative product design will be recognised in a new category at the next GAI/RIBA Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards.

Organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in the specification of architectural ironmongery.

 
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Foster And Partners Specify SWISSPACER For Principal Tower

 

Specifiers have chosen SWISSPACER for Principal Tower in London. This prestigious development is a 50-storey residential tower in Shoreditch, Hackney, close to London’s financial hub.

Designed by architects Foster and Partners, Principal Tower will contain 301 residential apartments when completed in early 2019.

 
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Appy Days Ahead For Kestrel Installers

 

Kestrel has turned to tech to make installers ‘appier than ever.

The leading fascia, cladding and soffit brand has launched its very own app, meaning installers have Kestrel backup in their pocket when they need it.

 
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Secure Quality With Universal Trade Frames

 

Spectus trade fabricator, Universal Trade Frames has been highlighting the importance of security for some time. Brian Kruger, Universal Trade Frames’ Managing Director, says: “Our customers know that security is a huge factor for contractors and homeowners and we are proud to have a range of products that have achieved Secured by Design accreditation, the flagship UK police initiative to help ‘design

 
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Kingfisher’s Marathon Man Raises Money For The Brain And Spine Foundation

 

“As a parent of a child with Transverse Myelitis, I wanted to give something back to the Brain and Spine Foundation,” says Lee Beetham, Commercial Director at Yorkshire fabricator Kingfisher Windows. “It was the charity’s website we first turned to so I’m in training for the London Marathon to raise money and awareness to help other parents who are faced with something similar.

 
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Fenetek And Exlabesa Deliver For Starbucks

 

Fenetek is one of the North’s leading fabricators of high quality aluminium fenestration products to the commercial and domestic glazing industries. It recently demonstrated why it has achieved this status with the installation of the glazed curtain walling shopfront for the new Starbucks in Stockton on Tees.

 
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Listers Central Donates Stoke City Memorabilia To Local Staffordshire Hospice

 

Prominent Stoke-on-Trent fabricator Listers Central has continued their long-term support of the local Dougie Mac Hospice, by donating a large variety of Stoke City FC memorabilia.

As official partners of Stoke City for over six years, the donation includes signed and framed programmes, shirts and footballs, including shirts from Stoke’s 2016/17 ties with Hull City and Watford.

 
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Trade News

Dear Gerald - Third Party Certification For Fire Doors Should Be Mandatory

Having made the national news again last week, the importance of fire doors is currently at the forefront of everyone’s mind. The latest information on the enquiry into the disaster at Grenfell is that tests on a salvaged door from the Grenfell site

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Dear Gerald - BEWARE Unglazed R9 Windows

Perhaps you may be interested in the following reply to the recent letter written by Kurt Gretrex of Dekko Systems.

BEWARE Unglazed R9 windows.

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More Praise For Mila In Supply Chain Audit

Just a few months after being named the Component Supplier of the Year at the G-Awards, Mila has had yet another positive endorsement of its performance, winning an ‘exceeding organisation’ rating from consultants Grant Thornton.

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Oakland Glass Confirms Strong Start To The Year

Oakland Glass, the IGU supplier dedicated to offering a wide range of sealed units alongside outstanding customer service, is pleased to announce a 15% increase in sales in 2017 and a strong start to 2018.

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Stedek Steps Up With Machinery Investment For The Full Residence Collection Suite

A fast-growing Midlands fabricator is aiming to become one of the country’s leading Residence Collection suppliers, after purchasing a further £45k of machinery.

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Product News

Trojan Helps Installers Put An End To Pitting Hardware Callbacks

Ask many installers about the biggest frustrations in their business and the answer you’ll get back is about callbacks to replace pitted or failing hardware. But talk to any installer who uses Trojan’s Stainless Steel hardware and they’ll tell you that callbacks are a thing of the past.

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Glass & Glazing

Hurst Introduces New Premium Glasses

Hurst Plastics is helping trade customers make the most of the thriving composite door market with the addition of its new Premium Glass range. Offering 11 stylish new glass designs, Hurst has doubled the number of glazing options available in its popular collection of composite doors.

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People

Pamela Wilson Reinforces Carl F Groupco’s Presence In Ireland

Pamela Wilson, an experienced Regional Sales Manager for Carl F Groupco who has represented the hardware distributor in Scotland since 2001, has an extended sales remit which includes Ireland. Pamela will continue to support Carl F Groupco’s customers in Scotland.

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Pavani Konduru Leaves Zoopla To Join Leads2trade

In what is a major coup for the home improvement industry, Pavani Konduru has left her role at Zoopla to join Leads2trade.

Pavani has joined the home improvement world to head up Leads2trade’s search marketing

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Machinery

CSI Aluminium Chooses Tekna Heavy Duty Machining Centre

CSI Aluminium has chosen a Tekna TKE 944-7 four axis heavy duty machining centre for its Hull factory, supplied and installed by Emmegi (UK).

CSI Aluminium is a specialist glazing and cladding fabricator which has

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Stevly Windows Impressed By Capabilities Of Haffner Murat’s SMR-4 Welder

South Wales fabricator and installer Stevly Windows Ltd has just invested in an SMR-4 Welder from Haffner Murat. The machine will help Stevly meet growing demand for its products while also maintaining the high standards on which the company has built its name.

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On-Site

Glassolutions Brings Light To Greenwich Peninsula ‘Modern Village Hall’

The unique mullion-only VS-1 glazing system from GLASSOLUTIONS, which reduces sightlines and maximises interior brightness, has been installed at a new community hub in south-east London to create a light, bright social space with a welcoming ambience.

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Back To Business For Jack In The Office Group Refurb

Jack Aluminium Systems’ JD47 non-thermal shopfront system has been used by IDF Aluminium as part of an office refurbishment for shared workspace pioneers, The Office Group.

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Events

The Glazing Summit Seals The Deal With New Sponsor Hodgson Sealants

Hodgson Sealants, one of the UK’s largest specialist sealant manufacturers has been announced as the latest sponsor of The Glazing Summit.

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Exhibitions

Lock Lock And Ultion Shine At Lockexpo

It was a hugely successful LockExpo for Brisant Secure, with locksmiths eager to see the unrivalled features of both Lock Lock and Ultion and to benefit from several show deals and free next day delivery.

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Awards

Business Of The Year Nomination For Sash Window Fabricator

Sash window specialists Roseview have been shortlisted for Business of the Year at the SME Buckinghamshire Business Awards.

It’s the second year in a row the Olney firm has been nominated for

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