22nd April 2014 VIEW ONLINE
 
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries
Jobs

TECHNICAL SERVICE ENGINEER
profine UK is looking to appoint a Technical Service Engineer to its existing and well established technical team, with a remit to support both new and existing customers in accordance with the corporate objective.
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ALUMINIUM ADMINISTRATOR
CWG Choices Limited, is a leading PVCu and Aluminium window, door and conservatory manufacturer. Our continued success means we now have the following opportunity at our Corby, Northamptonshire site:
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People

BRE has appointed John Warburton to the position of Sector Manager for Windows and Doors at its headquarters site near Watford.
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Hurst Plastics has boosted its customer support package once again with the appointment of two highly experienced sales and service staff.
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Network Veka's Area Account and Development Manager for the North, Dave Hartley, is celebrating his 20 year anniversary within the Veka UK Group
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Ashton Industrial has appointed Joe Santelli as official distributor for the USA and Canada with effect from May 2014.
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Determined to increase its share of the market whilst delivering even greater quality, West Yorkshire-based Quickslide, has appointed Michael Connor as its Operations Director.
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Heinz Wiedmayer has been appointed Global Sales Coordinator for Ashton Industrial beginning 1st May 2014.
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Jeld Wen, manufacturer of timber windows and doors, has boosted its customer service offering with the appointment of three new staff members and an internal promotion.
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FIT Show

Climatec Windows prepare to make their exhibition bow at The FIT Show where they will unveil the newly launched ‘Calibre’ profile system.
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Dempsey Dyer’s second appearance at the FIT Show coincides with a refresh of Inspire, the consumer facing brand designed to help installers communicate the benefits of Dempsey’s product range to homeowners.
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After a very successful first year at the FIT show, machinery specialist Emmegi UK is back with a bigger stand in a prime position in Hall 1.
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Illbruck has launched their campaign to make sure that all A and A+ rated windows are installed with a system that keeps the heat in and energy costs down.
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Stoke-on-Trent fabricator UK Window Systems has just announced its plans for this year’s FIT Show.
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Universal Arches are set to celebrate their 20th year in business at the FIT Show, along with promoting their exclusive relationships with Residence 9 and Solidor on stand 118, close to the main entrance.
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Hardware specialist Winkhaus UK will be showcasing a range of modern door locking systems at the FIT Show in June.
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The FIT Show has won two prestigious accolades at the Exhibition News Awards.
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With just two months left until the FIT Show 2014 takes over the Telford International Centre, one of last year’s most popular items on the agenda, the FIT For Business seminar programme,
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Prefix Systems, conservatory roof manufacturer, will be exhibiting at the FIT Show, and promises to show off a wide range of inventive products for the conservatory and glazed extension market,
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Following the success of The Triple Glazing Question at the Ricoh Arena in April hosted by Edgetech UK, a Quanex company,
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Both divisions of Business Micros are sharing a contemporary styled stand at FIT, with visitors invited to try out the aluminium and PVC software solutions for themselves on pre-loaded laptops and tablets.
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The Business Micros stand at FIT will be a great opportunity for new and existing customers to get up close and personal with all of its software solutions.
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At the 2014 FIT Show in June, Bohle Ltd will be taking a lead from their easy to remember stand number,
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Solidor will once again be exhibiting front of house with an extended and feature packed island stand including two new revolutionary doors,
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Decorative Door Products (DDP) by RegaLead is excited to be returning to the FIT Show 2014, where it promises to lend a splash of colour to proceedings.
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Glazerite Windows Ltd is getting ready to launch no less than six new products to its range on its stand at the FIT show in June.
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At the FIT Show, the MASCO UK Window Group will officially launch its Group-wide rebrand with new visual identities, logos and website uniting all group companies under a single,
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Total Glass, one of the UK’s leading UPVC and aluminium fabricators, returns to this year’s FIT Show with a new stand
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Promac, supplier of machinery, service, spares and tools, is returning to the FIT show this year to exhibit the new and completely revolutionary SL4FF Seamless Quad Welder from Graf Synergy.
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With only a few months to go until this year’s show in Telford, plans are well underway at Liniar to return even bigger and better this year.
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One company beginning to make plans for this year’s FIT Show is Haffner and Murat. Dave Thomas, the company’s Managing Director, said,
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Following a very successful show in 2013, SWISSPACER is busy preparing for the FIT Show 2014 and has moved to a new, more prominent stand near the entrance of Hall 3.
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Exhibitions

Preparations are ramping up as pioneering building and construction exhibition, The Build Show, announces that Senior Architectural Systems (SAS) will be exhibiting at next year’s show.
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Visitors to Scotland’s leading home improvement show will be able to find out more about Kestrel products this May.
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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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The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is planning to host two unique workshops at Counter Terror Expo 2014 (London Olympia) on 29 April in the Security Solutions Theatre.
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Events

FENSA has launched another round of its popular FREE webinar series on the Minimum Technical Competencies and transition to Certified Installer status.
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AluK (GB) Ltd, aluminium window, door and curtain walling systems manufacturer, will be presenting and exhibiting at BIM Show Live 2014, Manchester Central (23 -24 April).
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CENSolutions, the consultancy and test facility for the window, door and glazing industries, has announced its presence at the Trading Standards Institute Conference
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Independent research, test and design specialists Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS) will be debating current developments and looking forward to future innovations at Glass Focus 2014
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Fensterbau

Returning from another frantic Fensterbau Promac reports customer interest and confidence is soaring.
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Being an integral part of the UK Pavilion at Fensterbau and working in collaboration for the first time with the fensterbau frontale organisers, the GGF
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Triple Glazing

GGF Member Edgetech’s new initiative proved a great success at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena with over 500 guests covering a wide spectrum of considerations from technical to commercial through to political and environmental.
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CENSolutions, consultancy and test facility for the window, door and glazing industries, enjoyed a busy day on its stand at the Triple Glazing Question event, hosted by Edgetech at the Ricoh Arena.
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The Triple Glazing Question at Ricoh Arena on 10 April was an outstanding success. It was a ‘great day for the industry’
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A new industry study reveals that installers remain sceptical as to market demand for triple-glazed products.
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Machinery

Machinery supplier Haffner has just signed a sole supplier agreement to become the UK’s official agent for ITALMAC aluminium machinery.
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Marketing

TuffX’ latest investment revolves around the field of sports sponsorship and this year the glass processor is delighted to announce that it will be one of the main sponsors for boxing champion, David Price.
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Supporting architects, construction and fabrication partners throughout the building industry Reynaers has released its latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) library,
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Just released by independent researchers D&G Consulting, The PVC Window and Door Market for the 28 countries of the European Union plus Turkey
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Products

Adams Rite, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, has worked with Kestrel Aluminium Systems to produce new thermally efficient commercial aluminium single and double doorsets,
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A consortium of European businesses has set out to develop a solution to excessive heat loss and gain through windows.
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Guardian Glass UK have announced the launch of SunGuard SNX 50/23. Primarily designed for architectural projects, SNX 50/23 is a triple silver coated glass which lets in twice the amount of natural daylight compared to solar heat gain.
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Yale Door and Window Solutions has launched the revolutionary Blade window locking system, incorporating the company’s patented rotary action mechanism delivering multiple benefits to fabricators, installers and homeowners alike.
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A report by the internationally respected Passivhaus Institute in Germany shows Swisspacer is the most popular warm edge spacer bar for Passivhaus windows, doors and curtain wall constructions.
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Hardware supplier Kenrick has teamed up with Winlock to deliver a bespoke hardware solution for Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems.
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Following successful trial installations in both hot and cold export climates, Synseal has now introduced a premium quality aluminium conservatory roof for UK market applications.
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Fabricator Focus

Novaseal, a Hampshire based Deceuninck fabricator and installer, has enjoyed steady growth since its start in 1998. From a single trade counter outlet,
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Trade counter Truemans Windows has been working with window industry marketing specialists Purplex Marketing to improve its customer communications.
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Sheerframe, part of the Litchfield Group, has just announced two new initiatives that demonstrate the company’s customer-focused approach.
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The concept of triple glazing is a particularly hot topic within the glass and glazing industry at the moment, and leading fabricator Conservatory Outlet has recently announced that it already accounts for 10% of its business.
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Trade fabricator Glazerite Windows Ltd has reaffirmed its position at the forefront of door and window technology with the launch of the New Wave slide and swing patio door system.
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Projects

Metal Technology has completed work at "School Building of the Year" Hillview School for Girls, Kent with main contractor Galliford Try.
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Highly insulating Kalwall® has been used for one of the most unusual non-secular buildings ever constructed, the Canadian Our Lady of Hope Mausoleum in Ancaster,
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A series of architectural aluminium glazing systems from Technal has been used for an ambitious redevelopment project at Yarm School, an independent co-educational private day school near Stockton-on-Tees.
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Maidstone-based Fairdeal Windows will be featured on national television this month after it was asked to take part in the latest series of a popular BBC home makeover programme.
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UK curtain wall specialist NG Developments, based in Wakefield, has been confirmed as working with Graham Construction on an exclusive apartment development in North London.
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Wrightstyle, the Devizes-based steel and aluminium glazing company, has supplied a range of systems for a state-of-the-art vocational teaching centre in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.
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Glass and glazing specialist Glassolutions has played a key role in the £9.5m project to upgrade the famous Waverley Steps which form the landmark link between Edinburgh station and the Scottish capital’s city centre.
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Tradelink has completed a window replacement project at the Leverington Primary Academy in a conservation area in Wisbech. Mike Connors,
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PVC-U roofline products, cladding and Tudor board from Swish Building Products have been used to complete Wellington Court
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South Yorkshire Police’s new headquarters in Sheffield has been given an exciting new look using Aluglaze insulated panels and internal lining panels produced by Panel Systems
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Metal Technology has completed work at "School Building of the Year" Hillview School for Girls, Kent with main contractor Galliford Try.
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A family has achieved optimisation of their outdoor space through an unusual approach to a home extension, pioneered by leading NorthWest conservatory fabricator CRS.
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Construction

Despite Chancellor George Osborne’s budget pledge to ‘get Britain building’,
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Healthy growth in the residential and commercial sectors during the first quarter of 2014 shows UK construction confidence is increasing, according to the latest figures from industry analysts Glenigan.
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Glass

Magden Ltd, supplier and distributor of warm edge spacer bars, insulated glass products and plastic building products, reports record Swisspacer sales.
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Awards/Standards

After months of hard work, RegaLead is delighted to announce that it has achieved ISO 14001, the international environmental management standard.
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BBA Certificate listingsThe latest Certificate listings from the BBA can be found by licking the following link
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Skylight designer and manufacturer, Sunsquare has cemented its position at the forefront of the industry after becoming the first to receive accreditation for its products from BSI.
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Internet

 Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS) has launched two online calculators to help professionals across the flat glass supply chain work out the energy balance value - or ‘Effective U Value’ - and weight of their products.
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Mercury, has just relaunched its website, Steve Cross, one of Mercury’s Directors, said,
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GlassParts.co.uk, online supplier of tools, fittings and consumables to the glass, window, architectural and kitchen and bathroom industries,
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Marketing materials for composite doors have always focused on three things: security, energy efficiency and aesthetics. And while the security and thermal efficiency are vital benefits, it’s often the aesthetics that capture homeowners’ imaginations. Distinction Doors
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The Cornwall Glass Groups 15 branches have received a digital make over on their individual branch websites.
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Graffika Media and Design have always tried to stay one step ahead of the game, within design, marketing or digital media. They have now partnered with a company who have developed a unique service for the internet.
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Brochures / Video

Crystal Direct, has launched a new series of installation guides. The guides cover windows, doors and patio doors, and are a great reference for builders and other tradesmen.
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Building products manufacturer Kestrel has unveiled a brand new brochure to help its registered installers sell on quality.
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Following the launch of the brand new complementary range of products earlier this year, HOPPE (UK), unveils its latest brochure designed to support customers with the sale of this range.
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Charities

Following last year’s hugely successful GM Fundraising Hope 66 charity cycle ride across America, the team has chosen to undertake a shorter ride to mark the Centenary of World War 1 later this year.
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Wayne Rogerson, Joint Managing Director of CENSolutions, will be embarking on the National Three Peaks Challenge in June this year to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation.
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A fantastic four from door specialists Solidor are taking on Douglas Macmillan Hospice’s Bike Ride on Sunday 18th May,
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Father of three, Rob Horton, who finishes his daily shift at UK Window Systems, before dashing off to report for duty at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service,
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Emplas’ Mike Crewdson will attempt to complete the 192 mile coast to coast walk across the North of England in just eight days to raise £10,000 for St Ann’s Hospice in Manchester.
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Support the GGF Campaign on Consumer Rights Bill

After the disturbing revelations concerning the Consumer Rights Bill in our leader on the 18th March we have another plea from the Glass and Glazing Federation to back their efforts to have an amendment made to the Bill. The GGF have proposed to the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, that a distinction between generic goods (such as TVs and toasters) and goods made to a consumer's specification (such as made-to-measure windows) should be made. The GGF has previously proposed to BIS that there should be an amendment to the Bill so that the consumer may only reject that part of the product or complete product which is faulty, and may not reject the remaining products. You can read more here

Elsewhere we are told that tradespeople are spending longer away from home and clocking up more miles in their attempt to secure contracts. More on that here.

Finally we have a review on probably the busiest stand at Fensterbau last month. Profine have estimated that more than 30,000 people visited their stand over the four days of the show. You can read more 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
tony@the-glazine.com


Tony Higgin
Publisher


This Week's News

Consumer Rights Bill - Help the GGF Campaign

In March, the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) yet again met with the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to discuss the Federation’s proposal that the Consumer Rights Bill should be amended to make a distinction between generic goods (such as TVs and toasters) and goods made to a consumer's specification (such as made-to-measure windows). The GGF has previously proposed to BIS that there should be an amendment to the Bill so that the consumer may only reject that part of the product or complete product which is faulty, and may not reject the remaining products.

Under current laws the consumer has the right to reject all the products for a fault on just one within a "reasonable period", however because the consumer will have the clear right under the new Bill to reject faulty goods within a default 30 days and get a full refund, the GGF is concerned that there will be an increase in consumers rejecting all the newly installed windows in the house to get "free" windows or use it as a "lever" to get money off their bill.

BIS have now asked the Federation for evidence to support the GGF’s proposal.

The position of BIS is that consumers should retain their longstanding right to reject all the goods under a contract where only some are faulty, which protects consumers who have lost all confidence in the goods, (for example because the faults presenting in some of the windows were suggestive of generally shoddy workmanship). In order to show that this current position is unreasonable and damaging to traders we need to prove to BIS that there is in practice a significant level of abuse of this right by consumers. This means we must provide evidence of consumers successfully rejecting all of the goods under a contract without any reasonable justification and on a significant scale.

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Taking Fensterbau by storm

profine Group took this year’s Fensterbau Trade Fair by storm, with a show stopping stand that was arguably the most spectacular ever seen at the international show. It was also one that proved to be the talking point of visitors and fellow exhibitors alike under the motto ‘Gaining in Strength. For You.’

Fensterbau claims to be the world’s leading trade fair for windows, doors and facades and who could argue with 108,000 visitors this year. Initial estimates also suggest that there were over 30,000 visitors on the profine stand across the four days, an incredible statistic. This year’s exhibition was also the first for under the guidance of Dr Peter Mrosik, owner and CEO of profine Group and one that was packed with customer initiatives and new products, including the new 76mm pan-European platform for window design.

The exhibition stand was spilt into three key areas: product display, hospitality and a stage in which both UK and European visitors were dazzled. The stage was used as part of an incredible and defining multi-media performance with synchronized dancers and artistes helping to communicate the new corporate face of profine Group, led by Dr Mrosik.

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GGF on BBC 1

The GGF featured on the BBC Television show “Don’t Get Done Get Dom” over the Easter weekend with broadcasts on Friday 18th April at 10.45am and on Monday 21st April at 10.45am both shows were on BBC1.


On the shows Giles Willson, GGF Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Technical Affairs provided advice to help consumers resolve and prevent issues arising when buying double glazing and conservatories.

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Late payment remains a concern for SMEs despite improving economy

Despite positive news on the UK economy, the continuing culture of late payment remains a concern for many small businesses according to the latest research from the national small business group, the Forum of Private Business.

In the organisation’s latest banking and finance survey, 23% of members reported an increase in late payment over the past year compared with just 3% who reported a decrease. 29% have also seen an increase in the average number of days beyond the deadline that a payment is made late whilst 8% reported a decrease, and 19% have seen an increase in both elements of late payment.

While the improving economic situation means the number of businesses seeing late payment as a serious problem has remained static, small businesses are still keen to see more measures to tackle the issue. 39% of businesses surveyed would like to see prompt payment better promoted, 37% would prefer to pay VAT on money that has entered their account rather than when an invoice is submitted and 36% wanted to see persistent late payers barred from government contacts.
Commenting on the results of the survey, Phil Orford MBE, Chief Executive of the Forum of Private Business, said:

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Tradespeople spend a working week away from home each month

British tradespeople are spending on average a working week (around five nights), away from home per month, according to new research1 by Direct Line for Business (DL4B). Builders are most likely to spend a night away from home, stopping out on average nine nights per month.

The research also reveals tradespeople are travelling on average 355 miles a month to get to jobs the length and breadth of the country; the equivalent of travelling to New York2 and back every year.

The distance travelled by British tradespeople in 2013 has increased by more than six per cent compared to 2012. On average, builders travelled the furthest to do a job – a whopping 1,125 miles a month. General handy men (540 miles) and plasterers (436 miles) followed in second and third.
Between 2012 and 2013 the research also revealed how electricians saw the average length of their travel increase by 29 per cent, while plumbers travelled 15 per cent more and plasterers nine per cent. Only decorators and general handy men saw the distance they travelled decrease, both by four per cent.

Jasvinder Gakhal at Direct Line for Business said: “Our research shows the dedication of tradespeople across the UK to complete jobs. The last few years have presented some serious challenges to tradespeople, however, this proves the commitment made to ensure jobs are being done and how far people are prepared to travel to take on work.”

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Specifiers call for manufacturers to supply more BIM objects

77% of specifiers believe that manufacturers need to provide more BIM objects to aid them with BIM adoption according to the fourth annual NBS National BIM Survey. The study found that awareness of BIM is now almost universal at 95% and adoption rates are accelerating with more than half of respondents now using it and 93% predicting adoption by 2016 the Government’s deadline for BIM use on publicly funded projects.


 
More than 1,000 people from across the construction industry including architects, engineers, surveyors and contractors took part in this year’s survey making it the largest independent piece of research into usage of and attitudes to BIM in the UK.
 
Increasingly, specifiers see that adoption of BIM brings them a competitive advantage, with 70% agreeing with this statement. Improvements in productivity, increased efficiencies, better coordination of construction information and higher profitability are among the benefits cited by adopters of BIM with a mere 4% wishing they hadn’t begun the journey.
 
More than half of respondents are now sourcing BIM objects from a specialist BIM library, a figure which will only increase as more manufacturers make their products available in this way. As technology continues to drive rapid change in the building industry, the risks of objects becoming out of date or obsolete if created in-house and re-used will grow and using a library will enable specifiers to ensure they have current and accurate information. With the lifespan of models and specifications lengthening – seen by the increase in the numbers using COBie to embed and then deliver the information that supports the use and maintenance of a building – this will become more important.

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