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Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries
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Estimator/Technical Sales Support
The post holder will work in our sales office and will provide technical support services to KAT customers and to our in-house sales team.
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Technical Support Engineer – South
Liniar is the brand name for bespoke product ranges designed and manufactured by H L Plastics Ltd based in Denby, Derbyshire. We are a fast growing company focused on design excellence and product innovation.
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Area Sales Manager
Locations: Two posts available covering the South East and the Midlands
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People

Nick Turner brings his wealth of experience into his new role as Manager of Yeovil Glass & Window Centre.
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Ultraframe has announced the appointment of ex-Connaught sales director Paul Saltis as product manager focusing on the development of the company’s solid roof offering.
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Connaught Conservatory Roofs has just extended its sales team with the arrival of new member Ritchie Blackmore.
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Environmental markets has been identified as a high growth area for BRE. Building on the success of BREEAM,
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Distinction Doors has just announced that it has appointed Andrew Fowlds as its Chief Executive Officer. Speaking of the appointment, Drew Wright,
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The Construction Products Association is pleased to announce that Peter Caplehorn has joined the Association as the new Policy Director and Deputy Chief Executive.
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National Plastics is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicholas Stone to National Sales Manager. The company, the largest independent trade counter network in the UK,
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In a move which underlines its commitment to the fire and security glass industry, Promat has announced two new key appointments.
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Phil Parry has joined Synseal in a newly-created role of Head of Research & Development to lead the company’s successful R&D team and deliver the new product strategy plan.
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Wrightstyle, the international supplier of steel and aluminium glazing systems, has appointed a business development manager for the Midlands and south of England.
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Exhibitions

Following their dazzling display of composite door innovation at the FIT Show, Solidor are now turning their attentions to Grand Designs Live later this year,
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Waste management and window companies can find dependable outlets for their waste PVC with industry leader Veka Recycling,
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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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Weeks after FIT Show 2014 ended, literally hundreds are logging on and watching their favourite clips via YouTube and the FIT Show own TV portal
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The Fenzi Group, supplier of chemicals for secondary flat glass processing, will place the spotlight on its finest market offerings at Glasstec 2014.
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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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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

CENSolutions the consultancy and test facility for the window, door and glazing industries, in addition to supporting some window industry specific events in recent months,
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Network Veka has announced that it's time for members to dust off their dinner suits and polish their dancing shoes.
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Various members of the London Region, recently attended the Irish Night – race meeting at the Royal Windsor Race Course.
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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

Inagas, suppliers of gas filling machinery and testing equipment, is pleased to announce that its SmartStart filling lance
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For the last five years ESG have been experiencing rapid growth. As one of the UK’s largest independent glass processors,
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Doors

The strength of Distinction Door’s position as the UK market leader in composite doors was recently reinforced when its Nan Ya doorset was proved to be the most thermally efficient composite door on the market.
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Phoenix Doors, part of MASCO UK Window Group Ltd, has launched its summer campaign to entice new customers with special discounts on its GRP composite doors and PVC-U door panels.
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Machinery

Hardware manufacturer the Trojan Group has just announced it has invested in a new Hurco VM10i CNC machining centre as part of its UK manufacturing base expansion program.
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When Haffner Murat’s SMR-4 welder was introduced to the market last year, it was billed as being revolutionary.
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Charities

Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic sights in South America, and the culmination of Sarah Ball and her daughter Stephanie’s -of Balls2 Marketing
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Tradelink is a manufacturer of windows, doors, sealed units and conservatories, and still finds time to regularly raise money for charity.
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Over the past months 12 members of the RegaLead team have been limbering up for one of their toughest challenges to date
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Edgetech UK, a Quanex company hosted its annual golf day at Staverton Park, Daventry as part of its 25 year anniversary celebrations.
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Products

Customers are reaping the rewards of unique product kits available from aluminium systems specialist, Sapa Building System.
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Prefix Systems have made further developments to their tiled GardenRoom roof which addresses many of the issues with other tiled conservatory roof solutions,
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The long-hailed Glazerite Residence 9 classical flush sash window is now in full production after unprecedented response to its preview at the FIT Show.
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Frame Fast UK’s Skypod® is an innovative PVC-U pitched skylight that has been created for today’s style-conscious homeowner.
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ter leading the market with the UK’s first temperable low-E glass to achieve a U-value of 1.0 W/m2K, Saint-Gobain Glass has re-launched its Planitherm One and Planitherm One II as a single-stock product known as Planitherm One T
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Hardware supplier VBH has added monkey tail espag handles and dummy casement stays to the greenteQ range of door and window furniture.
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Saint-Gobain Glass have brought to market a new sophisticated interior product; SGG Satinovo Matt.
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Internorm’s I-Tec Shading, a self-powered solar blind, has been developed even further, it now offers an automatic function to ensure even more comfort and energy efficiency.
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Fabricator Focus

This summer Spectus Window Systems is celebrating 15 years in partnership with Manchester-based fabricator and installer, Tyldesley Windows.
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Glazerite Windows Ltd has recorded its first-ever £10million half-year sales after growing nearly 40% year on year.
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Crystal Direct has invested in new staff, machinery and delivery vehicles to meet demand for growing sales.
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Emplas has issued a challenge to installer networks with the launch of its new Installer Partnership, designed to support growth across its customer base through lead generation and unparalleled support.
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The north west’s conservatory roof and aluminium specialists Northwest Rooftech and Northwest Alutech
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Gloucester-based trade supplier Mercury Glazing has just launched a photo competition with a £250 cash prize for its customers.
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Projects

Reynaers Aluminium has supplied a range of systems to South Staffordshire College’s Cannock Campus, helping to create a smart and modern new look as part of a £4.2m upgrade of the premises.
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A highly innovative, bespoke and energy-efficient aluminium and glass façade solution has been developed and engineered by Wicona for a new landmark transport interchange in Rochdale – the first in Europe to use integrated hydropower.
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Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems; with their approved fabricator PAGE Group Peterborough Ltd recently completed a Visitor Centre
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Elements of the whole range of Kawneer’s architectural aluminium systems feature on one of the most central and prestigious new development in Cambridge.
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Renovation projects have surged in popularity over the last couple of years for frameXpress, as sales figures have repeatedly risen in respect of this market sector at the company.
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Alu-Timber and their approved fabricator Fleetwood Architectural Aluminium Ltd have completed a new build school in Southall, London.
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Powdertech (Corby) Ltd has recently completed work on York's new £90 million shopping centre on the outskirts of the city.
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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
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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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Construction

As several major pieces of industry research identify skills shortages as posing a serious threat to the on-going growth of the construction industry, the Build Show is warning that more must be done to support skills development
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The Construction Products Association’s Summer Forecasts, released, highlight that the construction industry will grow about 10.0% and contribute nearly £11 billion
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British house-building accelerated last month at the fastest rate since November 2003, leading to a record pace of job creation and a shortage of supplies, a survey showed on Monday.
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Awards/Standards

Profile 22 and approved commercial manufacturer, Polar Windows have been shortlisted in the Transformation category of the Sustainable Housing Awards 2014,
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The Triple Glazing Question (TGQ) is a finalist in The 2014 Peer Awards for Excellence in Corporate Responsibility. The industry initiative led by Edgetech UK,
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MRA Marketing’s Managing Director Mike Rigby has been invited to join the panel of judges at the 14th Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs).
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A controversial advertising campaign for provider of aluminium windows and doors Reynaers at Home has led to a nomination at the prestigious B2B Awards
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Brouha Marketing is excited to announce that it has been shortlisted for not one but two categories in the Chartered Institute of PR PRide South of England Awards.
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Green Deal

The director of online lead generation and installer support company Leads2trade has hit out, following a decision by government to pull the brakes on a popular scheme.
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The GGF was disappointed to hear this week, that newly appointed Energy Minister Amber Rudd has been forced to shut down the Green Deal money back
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Internet

www. firewindows .co .uk is the new website from Rehau fabricator Hart & Co telling clients, specifiers and contractors all they need to know about the company’s range of fire rated windows
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Deceuninck has launched MyBrandHub – its new print on demand portal to make it simple and convenient for customers to order personalised brochures,
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Brochures / Video

Leading workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has launched its 2014 edition of Work-It, which is a free publication that contains a wide range of legislative updates,
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With a recent surge in enquires for Kommerling’s Lift and Slide PremiDoor from installers, specifiers and building developers,
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Training

After 30 years and 13 awards for industry excellence, Ritec International is again leading innovation in the glass industry with the launch of their purpose-built remote training facility located at their factory site in Tottenham, London.
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Origin Frames Ltd, UK manufacturer of aluminium bi-folding doors, has introduced an installation training programme,
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Report shows that optimism is at its highest level for more than a year

This week’s round up of news from the industry features more upbeat items, in the first place from accountancy firm BDO whose research tells us that British companies plan to hire new staff at the fastest rate in 16 years. However, Peter Hemington, a partner at BDO, said that companies are feeling the effects of a tightening labour market with skills shortages beginning to bite. You can read the rest here.

And apparently the recession of 2008 -09 wasn’t as bad as first thought, according to the ONS, though the downturn remains easily the worst since modern records began in 1948. You can read about how they reached their conclusions here.

The Glazine is taking its annual summer break next week, so the next time we return to your screens will be Tuesday 2nd September. If you haven’t already done so please make sure your entries for the G 14 Awards are received in good time for the 5th September deadline, although I expect we will have the usual mad dash on the last day! And if you have yet to take your own summer break, I hope you have a restful and enjoyable time.

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
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Dear Tony

Why are the GGF and an internet lead generation company getting so upset about the cessation of funding for the GDHIF? (actually the promised budget figure has been reached, no promise was made beyond that, so all is well?)  We all pay for that funding through our taxes and only a very few were set to benefit from it (not the average consumers either!).  Massive administration costs and unworkabilty of the scheme which doesn’t really apply to our sector (we as a double glazing company don’t do loft/cavity insulation, new boilers or solar panels), the payback through energy saving on an average double glazing installation is in decades not years! Only a few companies signed up for it and with this monopoly,

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Dear Tony

Interesting letter from Rob McGlennon, Deceuninck Sales Director last week,

I agree that installer schemes are normally, little more than a marketing club, one that’s designed to help installers with their brochures, web sites, lead generation POS info etc. One such scheme differentiates between “an installer scheme” and its “approved installer scheme”……the only criteria for the latter is they have a web site! The vast majority just want to appear supportive of their installer network to help push sales along.

However, surely the big question a prospective client is going to ask is, “what level of involvement and reassurance will the systems (or manufacturing company) recommending its installers, are prepared offer to resolve issues, in the event that something goes wrong”. Very few fabricators want to get involved with retail customers and limit their guarantees to the installer (although the new consumer rights bill has changed all that) but this is THE main reason retail clients look for “approved installers”, they don’t want an average installer, they are willing to pay for the services of an installer who has come recommended.

We think they are right to expect more.

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This Week's News

Companies planning to hire staff at fastest rate in 16 years

British companies plan to hire new staff at the fastest rate in 16 years, according to new research from accountancy group BDO.

The BDO Employment Index, which measures businesses’ hiring plans for the coming quarter, hit 109.6 in July, its highest level since 1998, and up from 108.8 in June, with companies in the services sector delivering a significant boost.

However, Peter Hemington, a partner at BDO, said that companies are feeling the effects of a tightening labour market with skills shortages beginning to bite.

“This could bring the stellar growth we’re enjoying in the wider economy to a grinding halt if the trend becomes entrenched,” he said, adding that some construction companies are having to turn down work because they cannot find enough staff to do it.

He added: “To address [skills shortages], the Government must ensure its protectionist tendencies are put on hold until productivity returns to pre-crisis levels.

“Although a new wave of graduates will go some way towards meeting businesses’ needs, readily available and flexible labour from Europe could relieve pressure on businesses in the short term.”

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Sapa Profiles announces new anodising capability for the UK

Sapa has announced the launch of Anolok, the name given to anodised aluminium extrusion which comes from a brand-new, ‘state of the art’ processing facility at the company’s Cheltenham plant.

Anodising is an electrolytic oxidation process in which the surface layer of metal is altered so that it can provide added protective, decorative or functional properties when compared with raw material. The scope of use of anodised aluminium extrusions range from automotive applications, architectural applications and street furniture, through to consumer electronics.

Sapa is the world’s leading manufacturer of aluminium extrusion and has strong and essential relationships in all areas of industry. Extrusion, finishing, cutting and fabrication including welding, assembly and CNC machining are just some of the in-house facilities that the business can offer..

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‘Special’ Plant’s up and Running

Glazerite Windows Ltd has unveiled the biggest single part of its £1million-plus investment for 2014 with the commissioning of its new ‘Specials’ factory alongside its Wellingborough HQ.

All production for the fabricator’s acclaimed Vertical Sliding Sash window as well as its new Veka Imagine Bi-fold, and Residence 9 flush sash window ranges will now be carried out at the new purpose-built unit, using over £500,000 of advanced new machinery and a team of fully dedicated personnel. Also joining these will be the innovative New Wave slide-swing door and the imminent Veka Imagine patio door.


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National Plastics acquires Churchleys Builders Plastics Ltd

As part of their continued expansion, National Plastics – the UK’s largest independent trade counter network - are pleased to announce the acquisition today of three new depots in Worthing, Horsham and Chichester. Formerly operating as Churchleys Builders Plastics, these depots represent yet another bold step forward for a company which has seen unprecedented growth over the past few years.

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Anglian appointed to LHC four year framework arrangement.

It has just been confirmed that Anglian Building Products, the large project division of Anglian Windows Ltd, has secured a position on the latest LHC Framework arrangement U9-PVC-U window and door products, to continue to supply windows, doors and associated products through LHC into the public sector.

The latest arrangement comes into effect from the 1st August and covers the period 2014 – 2018, giving Anglian the opportunity to supply and install windows and doors in new and existing buildings across Wales, Scotland and England, as a preferred supplier, through the LHC rigorous pre-tendered OJEU compliant process.

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UK statistics agency revises down scale of 2008-09 recession

Britain's economy shrank less than previously thought during the 2008-09 recession, though the downturn remains easily the worst since modern records began in 1948, revisions to official data showed on Tuesday.

British economic output is now estimated at 4.6 percent lower in 2009 than it was in 2007. The decline had been set at 5.2 percent on June 30 and 6.0 percent in the last major annual revision to gross domestic product data, in 2013.

The Office for National Statistics is overhauling how it calculates British GDP in response to new European Union statistical rules and some domestic changes, and publishing regular updates. Further revisions - including quarterly data and figures covering 2010-2012 - are due on Sept. 3.

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Diversity needed in London's house building industry

London’s house building industry needs to be much more open to competitiveness and diversity if the number of new homes needed in the capital is to be delivered, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Brian Berry, FMB Chief Executive, said: “The London Assembly Housing Committee’s call to the Mayor of London to use his power to enable greater competition and diversity in the London house building market is a welcome initiative, because we desperately need more smaller house builders to deliver a wider variety of homes.” 

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Installer support body to take VAT campaign to Westminster

An installer support body has launched a campaign to remove VAT on home improvement products.

The Consumer Protection Association (CPA) is supporting the campaign to remove VAT on home improvement products in order to further boost the economy and help its members.
CPA Director Jeremy Brett comments: “The economy has been jump started through building and construction but what about the home improvement market?

“If you knock down a house and start again you don’t pay VAT but if you want to improve your home, you do. This makes no sense – how is this good for the environment and how does it work alongside government’s drive to improve the UK’s housing stock.”

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Your photos can win an iPad Mini!

Showing potential customers the brilliant quality of your windows with Swisspacer inside is an effective way to promote your work and win sales. Now installers can win iPad minis too.

Swisspacer has launched an Installer Photo competition open to all window companies who use Swisspacer inside their windows. The competition gives installers the opportunity to show their work and have a chance of winning an iPad mini or restaurant vouchers. Swisspacer will choose four iPad mini winners throughout the year. Runners-up will win £100 restaurant vouchers.
 
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