A stark warning has come from the Cornwall Group, as economic storm clouds gather in the second half of the year. Cornwall Group’s Chair Mark Mitchell says escalating energy costs and market instability through latter half of 2022 and into 2023 will put many glass companies under the most intense pressure for a generation. He also predicts that energy prices in 2023 will eclipse this year’s levels, putting greater pressure on glass companies to partner with stable suppliers and to pass on costs to customers.

In contrast, independent UK stockholders of plastic building products, C & A Building Products, has seen such an increase in sales of Freefoam, that its range of products now accounts for a significant proportion of the company’s portfolio. Having begun life as a polycarbonate roofing specialist, C & A Building Products now stocks a range of plastic building products, including fascias, soffits and gutters.

Elsewhere, SupaLite, the Preston-based tiled roof specialists, has added a new flat roof orangery system to its existing portfolio of products; and Carl F Groupco has further expanded its product hardware inventory with the introduction of the new patented Release and Turn (RT) handle by J Banks & Co Ltd.

And last May, Global Windows pledged to donate £5 to the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice for every window and door installation carried out, helping to support children with life-threatening illnesses, as well as their families. “Since May last year, we’ve carried out 809 installations across South Yorkshire, which adds up to £4,045 in donations to Bluebell Wood, something which we’re very proud to have achieved,” said Global Windows’ managing director Liam Hulme.

Gerald Batt