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    Dear Father Christmas

    From: David Thornton, Chair, The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd Everyone at The Window Company (Contracts) has been very good this year. We’ve looked after each...
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    Products

    Thermoseal steps up for Brexit and beyond

    Thermoseal Group has further boosted stockholding prior to the end of the Brexit transition period as well as making further significant investment in its...

    Arkay unveils two bi-fold upgrades

    Arkay Windows has announced two upgraded versions of its slim bi-folding door. Managing director Raju Radia  explained: “In direct response to customer demand, the improved Unifold...

    Ultraframe updates Classic roof for 2021

    Ultraframe is relaunching its Classic roof system with a bundle of innovations plus a 30% price rollback on the Classic Aluminium system. Updates including a...

    Brundle unveils Synergised fire-rated decking

    F.H. Brundle has launched Synergised fire-rated aluminium decking. Tested to EN13501, EN 12823 and EN ISO 1716 and achieving A1 and A2fl-s1 ratings, the decking...

    Ronjack brings Oakio to UK

    Oakio, the US-based wood plastic composite decking brand, is being launched to the UK market by decking and fencing supplier Ronjack. Managing director Katie Morley...

    Endurance rolls out cult knockers

    Bumble bees, dragonflies, seashells and pawprints are featured in a new range of door knockers from Endurance Doors. The designs from cult hardware manufacturer Brass...
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    Projects

    Wicona creates door solutions at Canary Wharf’s tallest residential tower

    Wicona has designed a unitised facade system incorporating two new door innovations for Newfoundland Tower, the tallest residential tower to be built within the Canary Wharf Estate. Newfoundland...

    Dowsil in refurb of Foster’s Willis Building

    Multiseal Services used Dowsil 791T low modulus weatherproof sealant in the refurbishment of The Willis Building, in Ipswich. The structure is currently undergoing a programme of renovations...

    University of Bath

    Trade aluminium fabricator Fentrade manufactured 13 sets of single and double entrance doors for the refurbishment of the main campus of the University of...
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    EXHIBITIONS / EVENTS

    Master Fitter’s back for FIT with new Rising Star quest

    Master Fitter Challenge is back and ready to reward the champion fitters at the FIT 2021. The annual challenge is now open for entries, with...

    Veka goes VIP for FIT

    Veka is promising a ‘substantial stand and significant brand presence’ at the FIT Show next year as well as sponsoring the VIP Lounge and...

    Exlabesa set for FIT 2021

    Exlabesa Building Systems UK has announced that it will be exhibiting at the FIT Show next May. Event organisers say the show is planned to...
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    ENVIRONMENT

    Glass people gather for net zero 2050

    Professionals from across the glass supply chain and wider have come together to discuss the industry’s aim to achieve net zero by 2050. More than...
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    People

    Forrester is new GAI Chief Exec

    The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers has appointed Simon Forrester as its new Chief Executive in succession to Angie Corkhill who had led the guild...

    Two new ASMs for Rehau

    Rehau Windows Solutions Division has appointed two new Area Sales Managers. Gareth Thomas comes with six years of experience in windows, doors and conservatories and...

    Jon Crohill is Sheerline project manager

    Jonathan Crohill has joined the Garnalex technical team as a Sheerline Project Manager, responsible for overseeing and delivering further Sheerline products. Jon, who has 25...

    CAA/NCW appoints Chris Valentine as technical director

    Cheshire Architectural Aluminium has appointed Chris Valentine to the newly created role of Technical Director. Chris brings more than 20 years’ experience in Aluminium and...

    AWARDS

    BMBI wins for research at BMAs

    The Builders Merchant Building Index, a joint enterprise between GfK, the Builders Merchants Federation and MRA Marketing, has won the ‘Best Use of Research...

    Framepoint’s in the frame for two CMAs

    Tommy Trinder, creator of the Framepoint software, has been shortlisted for two awards in this year’s Construction Marketing Awards, Best Product Launch and Best...

    Schüco award praises ballet building

    The English National Ballet building, with façade by NA Curtain Walling, has been voted overall winner in the Schüco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation. Designed by Glenn...

    Ultraframe’s on pitch in four roof shortlists

    The Ultraroof and Livinroof solid conservatory roof systems from Ultraframe feature on four of the five projects shortlisted for Best Use of a Solid...

    Hardware

    2020 ‘a relative success’ say Roto directors in Media webcast

    The operational directors of Roto have outlined how they steered the business through the events of 2020 and declared the year to be a...

    Window Widgets supports sales through trade counters

    Window Widgets has launched an online ‘Trade Counter Network’ to point customers to outlets for its products across the UK. The company says this is...

    Maco MKV at Carl F

    Carl F Groupco is a stockist for Maco’s new MKV shootbolt said to provide advanced window security. Features of the MKV include a slimmer, smaller...

    TRADE COUNTERS

    Screwfix planning 40 new stores this year

    Screwfix has revealed plans to open 30 new stores in the UK and 10 in the RoI this year. The trade retailer has opened at...

    MARKETING

    Deceuninck takes virtual showroom to Fenex

    Deceuninck is using Fenex to launch its new virtual showroom tour, aimed at help customers adapt to remote selling. The virtual tour, designed to be...

    Freefoam’s back with Fireside #4

    Freefoam is out to help customers grow their business with the fourth if its ‘Fireside Chat’ videos, out now. It sees the return of commercial...

    Salestracker scores with 750

    Salestracker, Insight Data's sales and marketing tool, has passed 750 users! Jade Greenhow, Director of Operations said: “We know that 2020 has been one of...
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    INTERNET / IT

    Jan 6 date for Touch Vendor launch

    Touch Vendor, the new lead generation software for installers, will be live and available to purchase from January 6, its creator Business Micros has...

    Quotes and invoices app for Fensa installers

    Glazing Hub Office is a new app for Fensa Approved Installers for creating branded, professional quotes and invoices. The app, Produced by Expert Trades, incorporates individual company...

    Clear Thinking leads growth for Halsall Glass

    Halsall Glass has said that it has more than doubled its turnover in less than a year, supported by Glass Office and other management...

    Pricepoint’s in at IN for remote home sales

    Pricepoint sales software from MP Logic has been chosen by the Veka-backed Independent Network for its retail members to sell to homeowners remotely. The software...

    BROCHURE / VIDEO

    Freefoam focuses on marketing in next anniversary video

    Freefoam has posted the latest in a series of short videos, this time featuring UK Marketing Manager Louise Sanderson. Louise has worked at Freefoam for...

    Residence unveils brochure updates

    The Residence Collection consumer brochures, including the R2, R7, R9 and RD (Residence Doors) systems, have all been updated. Sarah Hitchings, sales and marketing director...

    Pull up a chair for Freefoam’s Fireside #3 – ‘Supply Chain’

    Freefoam has announced the release of its third ‘Fireside Chat’ video, discussing the complexities and challenges of the supply chain for manufacturers. In this video,...

    Freefoam fires-up for ‘Fireside’ #2 – New-build

    Freefoam Building Products has launched the second of its ‘Fireside Chat’ series of videos. In The Power of Many, commercial director Colin St John...

    Glass

    Glass futures appoints first Excellence site leaders

    Glass Futures has begun recruiting director and other senior roles for its proposed £54million Global Centre of Excellence research, development and training facility to...

    Choice of glass could save a third of energy – report

    UK buildings could cut nearly a third of their energy consumption by 2030 by choosing the right types of glass, according to the latest...

    Two thirds love light in the home – survey

    Natural light is the most sought-after feature in UK residents’ wishes for a ‘perfect home’ according to new research by Pilkington United Kingdom. While almost...

    Govt adds £15m to Glass Futures excellence centre plan

    Plans for a Glass Futures Global Centre of Excellence in glass research have received a further boost with a £15million investment from central government...

    Contracts

    Dudleys chosen for next step of Central Square

    Dudley’s Aluminium has secured the £6million-plus contract, with ISG, for fenestration as part of the construction of The Interchange, the latest project in the development...

    PfH seeks glazing contractors for £490m social housing repairs

    Procurement for Housing (PfH) is seeking SME glazing contractors across the UK to carry out responsive repairs and voids works to social landlords to...

    Charities

    GM gains a grand from ODL’s global giveaway

    GM Fundraising is one of the beneficiaries of an initiative by ODL to mark its 75th anniversary by donating $1,000 to 75 charities around the...

    Stuart saddles-up for 11X11 Poppy Day pedal

    Framexpress director Stuart Green has set himself a challenge to cycle 11 miles every day for the first 11 days of the eleventh month...

    Hope springs eternal, thanks to Emplas

    Emplas has stepped in to support Rising Hope FC, a unique football team, which turns out senior, ladies, junior and veterans’ teams in the...

    ‘Spread a little Hope’ – the GM Christmas cards are out

    GM Fundraising is unveiling its 2020 Christmas card – and the annual fundraiser more important than ever this year with so much of the...