29th July 2014 VIEW ONLINE
 
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People

The Veka UK Group doesn't do anything by halves, so when the industry-leading system supplier recently established its Approved Installer scheme for Veka and Halo customers,
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Bohle Ltd has appointed Michael Turner as Technical Sales Representative for the East of England. Commenting on Michael’s appointment, Bohle Managing Director, Dave Broxton said,
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Simon Ayers has joined TrustMark, the Government-endorsed quality mark for reputable tradesmen, as its new Chief Executive,
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Rehau fabricator, Sun Trade has recently strengthened its presence across the UK with the appointments of Ian Wiltshire as the new Area Sales Representative
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Leeds-based HWL Windows Group, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of windows and doors to the trade,
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As David Holland, Managing Director of trade fabricator 1st Class Window Systems,
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FIT Show

Martin Devlin, Operations Manager at Fairdeal Windows in Kent, was the lucky winner of the Rehau FIT show competition,
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This year’s FIT Show proved a success for exhibitor Winkhaus UK, with the company’s on-stand competition going down a storm with visitors.
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The FIT Show 2014 proved to be a resounding success for Wellingborough-based fabricator Glazerite,
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Exhibitions

As preparations are gaining traction for the industry’s only contractor focused exhibition, the Build Show is pleased to announce that three Volkswagen Van Centres will be exhibiting at next year’s inaugural event.
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Kommerling UK will be sharing Stand C22, Hall 17, with its German parent company at the forthcoming Glasstec exhibition, taking place 21-24th October in Dusseldorf.
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As a string of influential housebuilders and construction businesses report strong trading figures for the first half of 2014, the Build Show
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Giving visitors access to high quality business support and training opportunities, the Build Show is pleased to announce that the National Federation of Builders (NFB) has joined as a partner for the exhibition.
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ISO-Chemie is the latest exhibitor to announce its attendance to the Build Show taking place at the Birmingham NEC next April.
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Showcasing its high quality PVC window and door profile systems, The Veka UK Group is the latest exhibitor to join the ranks at the inaugural Build Show,
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The glass industry’s Italian trade show Vitrum will take place 6 - 9 October 2015 at the Fiera Milano exhibition complex in Rho.
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Once again glasstec will live up to its role as the leading international trade fair for the glass industry in 2014.
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Events

On 15 October 2014 the British Safety Council will be hosting its annual conference at the America Square Conference Centre,
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The British Safety Council is holding a half-day conference in Aberdeen on the morning of Thursday 18 September 2014
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G14 Awards

Profile bending market leader, Universal Arches, has teamed up with timber and PVCu fabricator, Dempsey Dyer,
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The GGF has once again agreed to be a main sponsor of G14 Awards which will take place at London Hilton on Park Lane, on Friday 21st November.
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It is well known that winning an industry award can bring a number of benefits to the company, yet Awards are sometimes still seen as a drain on resources in terms of the time and effort it takes to submit a quality entry.
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The Veka UK Group is proud to once again be a main sponsor for this year's G Awards.
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As part of its 25 year anniversary celebrations five-time G Award winner, Edgetech UK, has announced its continued sponsorship of the awards in 2014
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ERA, the fabricators’ first choice hardware partner has announced its headline sponsorship of the G14 Awards later this year.
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Swisspacer is sponsoring the G-14 Awards. The UK and Ireland’s No.1 warm edge spacer bar will be the latest headline sponsor at the G-Awards in London on Friday 21st November
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Mila has just announced that it has become a headline sponsor of this year’s G-14 Awards,
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Glass

Saint-Gobain Glass has brought together the high performance solar control properties of Cool-lite SKN with the acoustic and safety features of its Stadip range to offer COOL-LITE STADIP SKN 165 and 174.
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Glass Queens of Cornwall, Devon & Wiltshire have smashed their annual sales. Branch managers Ro Grogan, Lisa Tatum and Yvonne Burns have excelled in their managerial skills and knowledge of the glass and glazing industry Cornwall Glass Group
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Synseal has acquired the business and assets of Prospect Inc. Ltd, trading as Systems Glass.
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TuffX Processed Glass has been at the forefront of high performance, solar control, self-cleaning roof glass design for over 10 years,
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Double celebrations were held at Westcountry Glass in Saltash, Cornwall. Westcountry Glass,
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Inagas, suppliers of gas filling machinery and testing equipment,
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Doors

Decorative Door Products (DDP) by RegaLead is to announce a partnership with Konig-UK in order to offer a number of repair and touch up solutions for the popular DoorColour range.
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A state-of-the art, IT-driven efficiency initiative is taking production at Apeer Doors to new heights.
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Machinery

Machine construction company LiSEC will be introducing a new product series at glasstec. Called 'base' it includes lines and stand-alone machines for the 'emerging markets',
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Marketing

Synseal’s fabricator partners are being presented with “pizza-style” sample boxes and literature in a new sales and marketing campaign designed to promote the advantages of using recycled plastic thermal reinforcements (PTRs) to replace traditional steel.
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Solidor continue to innovate in the composite door sector and their latest Solidor Cloud software solution is one of their most exciting marketing and operational developments to date,
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Building products manufacturer Kestrel is boosting the marketing support it offers registered installers. 
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Charities

Trade counter Truemans Windows recently held a successful fundraising event for charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
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Long-standing Network Veka member Thistle Windows and Conservatories, is not known for its 'wobbliness'
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Wayne Rogerson, Joint Managing Director of CENSolutions supplier of certification for the window, door and glazing industries,
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As if she's not busy enough in her new role as Installer Scheme National Sales Manager, Amy Grundy of The Veka UK Group
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Products

A full height soffit is now available as an internal design option for Synseal’s best-selling hybrid orangery, Global Summer, in depths of 300mm and 450mm.
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The launch of Cool-lite Xtreme 50/22 II by Saint-Gobain Glass features Europe’s highest solar selectivity for a to be toughened triple silver product,
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Aluminium systems company Sapa Building System has added two new windows to its Dualframe 75 Si range.
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Bi-folding hardware specialist, Debar is celebrating the successful partnership and growth in sales of one of their customers, Made for Trade
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Latest hardware to be added to Carl F Groupco’s range is manufactured by Siegenia and designed specifically for aluminium windows.
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Bohle has re-engineered its popular Aqua Drill battery powered, wet drilling machine by introducing a next generation drive unit from Protool.
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Security Hardware Ltd have launched a product targeted at the growing maintenance and repair sector.
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In August this year, aluminium systems specialist, Schueco UK Ltd, is further augmenting its range of glazed,
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A new approach to the rapid and effective installation of windows is provided by ISO-TOP WINFRAMER thermal insulating and load bearing bracket system now available from ISO-Chemie.
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Imago Lift & Slide, the slimmest timber frame lift and slide door hardware system in the market is now available from AGB.
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Fabricator Focus

Pioneer Trading is further increasing the quality of its overall service to the trade by adopting the innovative Mobile Despatch Screen.
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Keighley-based installation company, David Brunskill Windows Ltd has celebrated an impressive milestone: two decades successfully serving customers throughout Yorkshire.
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The first UK-wide Certified Installer Network (CIN) scheme has been launched in the UK with over 60 retail installers signing up at the launch conference on Wednesday 9th July 2014.
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Over the past few months Deceuninck has been asking long-standing and new customers ‘Why Deceuninck?’
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Force 8 is to be one of the few companies who will be supplying the new Imagine BiFolding door, the latest innovation from Veka.
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This year marked the 30-year partnership with Dempsey Dyer and Deceuninck. The two companies celebrated with a Champagne Reception hosted by Deceuninck at the FiT Show.
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MWD Trade Windows & Doors has recently completed the construction of a new production facility in Cheddar, totalling up to 20,000 sq. ft.
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Award-winning Network Veka member, Rugby Double Glazing is continuing to make good use of the organisation's branding to attract and reassure customers.
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Projects

Liverpool-based social housing fenestration specialist Total Glass supplied PVC-U vertical sliding and casement windows for a property in one of the city’s key Conservation Areas.
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Aluminium curtain walling and casement window systems from Technal have contributed to a BREEAM
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Reynaers curtain walling and architectural aluminium systems played a significant role in the recent £50 million PFI restoration and redevelopment of the historic Liverpool Central Library.
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Metal Technology environmentally-friendly curtain walling, window and door systems have been installed on the recently opened Community Hub in Somerstown,
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One of the UK’s leading independent luxury department store chains has hit the roof with Aztec Conservatory Roof Systems.
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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) specified AluK curtain walling and window systems for the Burntwood School project,
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Fabrica is a new ‘Grade A’ office development located in New Islington, an area of significant regeneration in the heart of Manchester. The Aluprof
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Choice and performance once again proved the winning formula for window, door and conservatory fabricator, frameXpress Ltd on a recent refurbishment project on the Hertfordshire border.
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Construction

The Government has published its updated National Infrastructure Pipeline, which shows that planned infrastructure investment has now increased to £383 billion up to 2020 and beyond.
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Figures released last week reveal that the total value of new construction contracts fell in June, but the industry should remain optimistic about its long-term future, say construction intelligence suppliers Barbour ABI.
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UK property sales in June hit their joint highest monthly total since the financial crisis began, figures show, but sales among young adults are low.
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Awards/Standards

CENSolutions celebrates 10 years in business this year, and while they are widely recognised as a consultancy and test facility for the window,
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Bucking the trend of many trade bodies which have seen sharp declines in membership over recent years, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF)
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Origin Global manufacturer of aluminium bi-folding doors and windows has been shortlisted for The Growth Business of the Year for the 2014 National Business Awards.
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Jack Aluminium Systems launches its new pivot hinge TD68 Mag Lock Door by achieving the PAS 24 security standard.
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On the 1st of June 2014, the Government introduced the Minimum Technical Competencies (MTC) programme with all Competent Person Schemes. Now installers of windows and doors are required to demonstrate that they meet the legal requirements and display the necessary skills to offer a top notch service to their customers.
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In July 2013, the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) fully replaced the Construction Products Directive (CPD)  - making it compulsory for all glass construction products (including architectural and insulating glass units)
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Door-Stop has been welcomed into the Association of Composite Door Manufacturers (ACDM).
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BRE has been shortlisted for the Sustainable Business of the Year award in the prestigious National Business Awards 2014.
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Internet

Rehau is responding to the growth in the popularity of composite doors by adding a new door selector option to the interactive colour tool on its consumer website.
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Brochures / Video

Synseal has published an authoritative technical brochure detailing its proven and advanced K2 conservatory roof system.
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Spectus Window Systems is always searching for ways to make life simpler for its customers. With its hardware partner Safeware and its one-stop-shop approach,
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In a move that will help its customers add value to their product offering, Doncaster based Direct Trade has expanded the range of glass designs available in its dual and single rebate composite doors.
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Ventrolla’s new Double Glazing brochure gives a comprehensive insight into the range of solutions available to replace cold,
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Door-Stop has seen take-up of its new ‘Brochure Builder’ tool take off since its launch at the FIT show in June. It makes producing a tailored brochure simple,
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Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is closed

After just over a year since they invited applications for Green Deal funding the DECC abruptly announced last week that the home improvement fund had stopped receiving applications with immediate effect. According to the DECC ‘ due to overwhelming popular demand ‘ and ‘a surge in applications over the last two days means the allocated budget has now been reached’.

This, it would appear, bring to an end the often derided scheme, designed to boost the energy efficiency in UK homes. You can read the rest of the story here.

Elsewhere in this week’s issue we hear of celebrations for security and hardware manufacturers Assa Abloy, who are marking the 20th year of operations in the UK. The rest of the story and a short video can be found here.

We also have news of the Labour Party’s Help to Build scheme, which is being welcomed by the FMB as a means to help small house builders enter the housing market, and the latest survey undertaken by Construction Enquirer and the Build Show which shows that more than 80 % respondents are confident of a positive outlook for their business over the next 18 months. You can read more here and here.


I hope you enjoy this week’s issue.

Please send all your news stories to news@the-glazine.com or should you wish to contact me directly
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Tony Higgin
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This Week's News

Applications To The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Close

Due to overwhelming popular demand, the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is closed for applications with immediate effect.

A surge in applications over the last two days means the allocated budget has now been reached.  All applications received prior to the fund closing that satisfy the terms and conditions and meet the eligibility criteria will be honoured at the original rates.

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund was set up to help households in England and Wales improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Amber Rudd, said:

“The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is a world first and in a short space of time it has proved extremely popular.
“We were always clear there was a budget which is why we encouraged people to act quickly.

“As a result, thousands more families will now benefit from Government help to have warmer homes which use less energy.”

Earlier this week DECC announced changes to the scheme, caused by the hugely positive response since its launch at the beginning of June.

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Labour’s ‘Help to Build’ could assist small house builders

The Labour Party’s proposed ‘Help to Build’ scheme, which would provide government guarantees for loans to SME house builders, has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) as a means to help more small house builders enter the housing market. 

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Chris Leslie MP, and Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds MP, visited FMB member firm Building Associates Ltd at a site in Gillingham today to highlight what the scheme might achieve for small house building firms.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB said:

“Small house builders have suffered very badly over recent years. They used to build two thirds of all new homes but they are now building just over a quarter and much of this reduction has happened in the past six years. This has inevitably had an impact on the overall capacity of the industry to build the number of new homes we need. The main barrier to SME house builders building more homes is the difficulty they face accessing finance on viable terms. Until this problem is addressed the large number of small building firms that have diversified away from building homes won’t re-enter the market.”

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Jeld-Wen Announces Exclusive Partnerships With Pilkington UK And ERA

JELD-WEN, manufacturer of timber doors, windows and stairs, has announced two new partnerships with premium glass and glazing brand Pilkington and hardware specialist ERA.

JELD-WEN’s extensive range of UK manufactured casement windows, patio and exterior doorsets will now come factory fitted with Pilkington glass as standard, while all hardware for windows and UK manufactured external doorsets will be supplied by ERA. This suiting of hardware will ensure a consistent look and high-quality across JELD-WEN’s extensive product ranges.

The new Pilkington glass and ERA partnerships will form part of JELD-WEN’s standard window specifications. Windows and doorsets will contain Pilkington energiKare™ energy-efficient double or triple glazing to provide a high quality and performance.  They will also benefit from ERA’s multi-point locking systems and projecting hinges, which offer controlled openings, all with a 10 year guarantee.

Tony Pell, Senior Product Manager for windows at JELD-WEN said: “As a leading manufacturer in the industry we are continuously improving for the benefit of our customers and to be able to offer them the best possible product.

“By enlisting recognised, quality brands as our sole suppliers and offering these options as standard, we are adding huge value to our window and doorset ranges as well as improving cost management internally and the overall customer experience.”

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20 Years Of Assa Abloy Uk

ASSA ABLOY UK is celebrating 20 years of shaping security, benefitting general installers and builders as the largest supplier of intelligent lock and security solutions.

Over the years, ASSA ABLOY’s brands have developed quality products to reflect the changing way which end users open doors and enabling installers to work on a variety of new build and retrofit projects. The group’s innovative product portfolio has been led by convenience for both installation and the end user.

Neil Vann, Market Regional Manager for the UK, said: “One in every 10 lock and security installations world wide now uses ASSA ABLOY products, this is a testament to all of our employees’ commitment to developing innovative solutions over the last 20 years.

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A Brighter Future For The Construction Industry

The construction industry is feeling good about the future, with more than 80% of respondents in a survey conducted by Construction Enquirer and the Build Show reporting a positive outlook for their business over the next 18 months.

In an encouraging set of results for the industry, the overwhelming majority of respondents felt that business would pick up somewhat over the coming months, with a further 16% expecting conditions to remain the same. Only two per cent of the nearly 2,000 contractors, architects, housebuilders, developers, suppliers and plant hirers responding to the survey felt that business conditions are likely to worsen during this time period.

Of the challenges they do envision facing, the availability of skilled workers was identified as the biggest threat, with 44% of respondents highlighting this as an issue. Just over 47% of the people surveyed thought that clearer routes into the construction industry were needed to tackle this challenge, with a greater emphasis on formal training and qualifications.

A further 28% pointed to the need for increased financial support for businesses in order to provide apprenticeships, while 24% of respondents suggested that a greater focus on hands-on training and work experience was needed.

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Golf Day number ‘fore’

Edgetech UK, a Quanex company hosted its annual golf day at Staverton Park, Daventry as part of its 25 year anniversary celebrations. Over 100 guests from the industry joined Edgetech for a round of golf followed by dinner and trophy presentations. Each golfer was also given a silver jubilee golf bag tag.

During the dinner, Edgetech ran a charity raffle raising over £5,200 for Myton Hospice. More than 25 businesses generously donated prizes including golf equipment, holiday vouchers, an iPad Mini and Rugby tickets. The Myton Hospice provides high quality, specialist care to terminally ill people and ensures families are supported both through and after this difficult time. They help almost 4,000 people each year in Coventry & Warwickshire through their work in hospices with patients and family support services and in the community.

Managing director, Andy Jones says: “We’ve been hosting the golf day for four years now and it’s a great opportunity for us to say thank you to customers and raise some money for charity. This year marks our 25th anniversary, so thanks to everyone who came to the day and donated prizes for the charity raffle.

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IGnoring the rules puts IG on ASA's naughty step

After intervention by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) IG doors has had to withdraw its claim to be the UK’s largest manufacturer of composite doors.

The ASA is the UK's independent watchdog responsible for ensuring ads are legal, decent, honest and truthful. Since 2011 its remit includes advertising on the internet.

Martin Dickie, Door-Stop’s Business Unit Manager, challenged the claim this April in a letter to IG’s Managing Director Mark Pulman, who agreed to retract it. But the claim was repeated in advertising and on the website, so three months later Martin reported the case to the ASA.

The ASA investigated, finding in favour of Door-Stop. IG agreed to ensure every reference was amended to ‘one of the largest manufacturers of composite doors’. IG has now complied without argument – thus escaping formal censure. However it has taken time to correct every instance of the claim in its print and online marketing.

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National Associations Sign Up To ARGE EPD's

Following ARGE’s announcement to produce generic Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), ten national lock and hardware associations have now signed up to ARGE’s scheme.

The programme, which was agreed at the 2013 ARGE Conference as part of its sustainability roadmap, will see the delivery to ARGE members of generic, Pan-European EPDs for hardware products by summer 2015.

In addition to the UK’s Door and Hardware Federation, some of the key national associations in the lock and hardware industry have committed to the programme, including the Fachverband in Germany, UNIQ in France, as well as Spain’s AFACE, Austria’s FMMI and Netherland’s VHS. Italy is the latest nation that has committed to the EPDs, whilst Scandinavian associations are also represented by Finland’s Fin Committee and the SME in Sweden, with Switzerland’s VSSB making up the nine members signed up so far. Other national associations are also close to committing.

EPDs are designed to offer a coherent expression of data throughout the life cycle of a product. Developed to provide environmental data from LCA studies in a common format based on rules known as Product Category Rules.

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Growth Plans On Track

Business is booming for Scottish based window, door and building envelope supplier CMS, which has increased turnover by £5 million and staff numbers by 30% in the last 12 months.

In a record year for the company, turnover has increased from £15 million to £20 million in the last financial year thanks to a string of new contracts with major developers, local authorities and contractors, including Graham Construction, Bam Construction and British Gas. These contracts build on an already significant order book, which cements the company’s position as one of the leading window, door and building envelope suppliers to the construction, social housing, newbuild and trade markets throughout Scotland and England.

During the same period, staff numbers have grown from 142 to 185, including 15 apprentices. That makes CMS one of the fastest growing manufacturing businesses in Scotland, providing much-needed local employment opportunities and supporting other local suppliers.


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