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Gowercroft Managing Director Takes On Key Industry Role
 

Andrew Madge, Managing Director of Gowercroft Joinery has been appointed to the Executive Board of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

As the trade association for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry in the UK, the BWF provides a voice for the sector in the UK, influencing policy, regulations and standards.

The appointment of Andrew comes after two years of working within the British Woodworking Federation Council, which allows member organisations to guide the future direction and work of the BWF.

 
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You’re Hired! – CMS Academy Launches With First Window And Door Apprentices

 

CMS Window Systems has welcomed twelve young people to its new CMS Apprenticeship Programme, which will provide credible career opportunities for local people every year and help to ensure that homegrown talent forms the nucleus of its manufacturing and installation workforce for future years.

Delivered via the CMS Academy, which is part of CMS Window Systems’ pioneering Innovation Hub within its Cumbernauld campus near Glasgow, onsite and in CMS’ window and door factories, the programme builds on the company’s twelve years’ experience of

 
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Planitherm Network’s Quiet Success
 

Six months after the relaunch of the Planitherm Network by Saint-Gobain Building Glass, one installer in particular is enjoying a “quiet success”.

The Planitherm Network is designed to help fabricators and installers to win more business by upselling to homeowners based on the comfort benefits of different types of Planitherm glass such as enhanced security, reduced overheating, noise reduction, energy efficiency and furniture fade protection.

Mark Pearce, managing director at KJM Group said: “I was really impressed with the marketing material and website available to Planitherm Network members and it has helped me to explain the

 
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Stocked And Ready

 

At a time when orders are flooding in to get work finished by Christmas, suppliers may struggle to keep up with demand. This will not be the case for leading composite door manufacturer, DOORCO Ltd, as they announce that they have been actively increasing stock levels to ensure they will be fully stocked throughout December, and ready to deliver when the doors open for 2019.

“One of the most important factors in any supply chain is stock. If you don’t hold good stock levels, you can’t deliver on any other of your service promises,” says Adam Sullivan, DOORCO’s Warehouse Manager. “For DOORCO, our 99% stock promise is the first point in our Customer Charter. .

 
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Aluprof Supports Modularisation Construction Technology

 

Not a new technology, but a design approach which continues to grow in popularity. Recent projects competed with Aluprof systems show what it possible and the benefits that this approach can bring.

The construction industry has used modules, such as bathroom ‘pods’, for many years where a repetitive build, such as a hotel has many of the same elements. There is a big benefit of producing these off-site in a controlled environment where specialist equipment is available and good levels of quality control. Simply delivered to site, lifted into place and services already provided and in place to simply link-up.

 
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John King Appointed To Carl F Groupco Board

 

John King has been promoted to Sales Director for Carl F Groupco. While retaining his national sales management responsibilities, he will also sit on the company’s board of directors.

With over thirty years’ experience gained across management, technical, sales and hands-on roles in the door and window industries, John returned to Carl F Groupco in 2017 to head up the company’s nationwide team of Regional Sales Managers (RSMs): he had previously worked for the company for eight years as an RSM.

Commenting on the appointment of John King to the board, Managing Director John Crittenden said: “With a strong background in management,

 
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National Business Awards Now Open For Entries
 

A national business awards that recognises the best British companies is now open for entries.

The Business Leader Awards are independent and showcase Britain’s most exceptional companies and the leaders who run them, positioning winners at the forefront of British business.

Beth Chandler, marketing manager for the BLA’s commented: “An award is the most powerful way to stand out from the competition, raise your business profile and gain recognition as a market leader, while giving your own team a sense of pride and achievement. You can now take it to a new level with the UK Business Leader Awards.”

 
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Winners Of British Woodworking Federation Awards 2018 Announced

 

The winners of the prestigious British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards 2018 have been revealed at a glittering awards evening held at Stationer’s Hall in central London.

Now in their tenth year, the BWF Awards celebrate the best of the best in UK woodworking, recognising technical innovation, design, process efficiencies, health & safety and the rising stars of the industry.

The five categories and winners were:

 
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Certass: ‘Why Does The Industry Need A Modern Trade Association?’
 

It’s time for the glazing industry to have a modern, engaging trade association that does what a trade association is supposed to do – according to Jon Vanstone, Chair of Certass Trade Association.

He explains: “Trade associations have a crucial role to play in improving the perception of an industry. As well as helping installers improve their professionalism with practical business advice and training, it’s their job to be the representative voice for the industry at Government level.

 
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GAI Joins Post-Hackitt Review Working Group

 

The process for specifying, supplying, installing and maintaining construction products including architectural ironmongery is being reviewed as part of Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Building a Safer Future’ programme.

Following the Grenfell Tower disaster and the subsequent Hackitt Review, an industry response group was set up in July 2017 to take responsibility for implementing the recommendations of that review.

Its work is now being continued by the Steering Group on Competences for Building a Safer Future, and by 12 sub-groups looking at specialist areas of construction practice and consisting

 
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Pilkington Win ‘Innovative Solution’ At Glass Focus Awards

 

Pilkington UK were announced as the winners of the ‘Innovative Solution’ award at the Glass Focus 2018 dinner and awards ceremony organised by British Glass on 22 November 2018. The award category was sponsored by independent specialists in glass, Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS).

Pilkington UK received the award for their Pilkington AviSafe™ development – an innovative coated glass which aims to prevent occurrence of bird/window strikes.

 
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Purplex Look To Turn Heads At FIT Show 2019

 

Purplex will be back to turn heads at one of the home improvement industry’s most celebrated exhibitions having secured a place at the FIT Show 2019.

Having made a splash at last year’s event with a retro 80s style video-game stand, the marketing agency are sure to have something up their sleeve (again) to make their presence known at next year’s event.

Andrew Scott, Purplex’s Managing Director, commented: “The FIT Show always provides a great opportunity to connect with fabricators

 
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Glazerite’s Annual Race Night Raises Smiles For Charity

 

The Glazerite UK Group Ltd’s annual charity Race Evening took place on 16th November, with over 140 guests joining the fabricator for the fun-filled event. Held at the Wolverhampton Racecourse for the third successive year, the evening kicked off with the horseracing, followed by a three-course meal and a disco, all courtesy of VEKA trade fabricator, Glazerite.

Employees from the Wellingborough-based firm welcomed customers and suppliers from the length and breadth of the UK for the annual event, which this year raised nearly £600 for The Lewis Foundation.

 
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Distinction Doors Resumes Sale Of GRP Fire Doors

Distinction Doors has confirmed that sales of both its GRP fire door blanks and prepped fire doors have now resumed, following the self-imposed industry-wide ban which resulted from

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In our role as the industry’s consumer protection champion, DGCOS is often asked by its members about issues surrounding the Consumer Contract Regulations, and as such wanted to take the opportunity to remind the

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Housebuilding Contracts Worth Over £2 Billion In October

The value of new construction contracts in October reached £5.4 billion, a 3.8 per cent decrease compared to September, as housebuilding continues to prop up

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Westend Windows Sign Up With Spectus Systems

New fabricator, Westend Windows (Aberdeen) Ltd has recently signed with systems supplier Spectus Systems and now manufactures its popular Elite 70 window and door suite.

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GGF Renews Partnership With GK Strategy

The GGF is pleased to announce that it has renewed its partnership with GK Strategy to deliver its campaigns in 2019.

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Product News

Sinidex Steps Up A Gear With PAS24 Accreditation

Caldwell’s state-of-the-art Sinidex lock is now available with PAS24-accreditation on Liniar profiles, Eurocell’s Logic, Modus and Modus Flush systems,

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It’s All In The Weld For Vuelta Flush Sash Windows

Vuelta by Visage, the new flush sash window from Shepley looks amazing and it’s all in the weld. Visage flush sash gives the appearance of a traditional timber joint on the outside. While it looks hand finished,

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World’s Most Sustainable Office Opts For ISO CHEMIE Sealing Tape

Hundreds of windows on a one million sq. ft. award-winning office complex, described as ‘a once in a generation project’, are being protected from the elements thanks to advanced sealing

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People

Supalite Plans For The Future With Seven Staff Promotions

SupaLite, manufacturer of tiled roof systems is proud to announce a number of changes to key staff, in-line with the company’s continued success and year-on-year growth.

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Kestrel BDM Made Up With New Role

You could say that Kestrel’s newest signing is made up with her role as business development manager.

Alysse Campany, who has more than seven years of experience in the

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Internet

Our Ultion Website And Yours…

The new Ultion website from Brisant Secure offers a beautiful engaging experience and has been launched with a unique product presentation page for customers with Ultion On

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Window Widgets Go Pink Online

Fresh from the publication of their product directory dubbed as the ‘big pink book’, Window Widgets have now launched their new website at www.windowwidgets.co.uk.

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On-Site

REHAU Used For Luxury Houseboat Installation

REHAU windows and doors have been installed in a luxury houseboat in Belfast, providing a clean and bright finish to the Scandinavian inspired boat,

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Exhibitions

Glasstec Proves Successful For GGF

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) had a busy and productive exhibition at glasstec Dusseldorf recently, engaging with hundreds of industry contacts over the four day trade show.

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Awards

Architectural Ironmongery Rising Stars Celebrated At GAI Education Awards

The door and window hardware industry’s rising stars were celebrated at the 39th annual Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) Education Awards.

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Events

‘QUALICOAT Meet in Norwich’

QUALICOAT UK & Ireland held their last members meeting of 2018 at Dunston Hall in Norwich. The event was very well attended with over thirty members present from a wide

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G18 Awards

The G-Awards judges have revealed the names of the finalists in this year’s event.

The winners will be announced at the G18 Gala Dinner and Awards event on Friday November 30th at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

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NFA Awards

NFA Awards winners have been revealed.

The results of NFA 2018 Awards have been announced. Click below to view some of the winners.

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