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31st March 2015 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries
Jobs

Technical Advisor and Specification Manager

Sobinco, the Belgian-based manufacturer of high-quality hardware specifically for aluminium windows and doors and its UK agent Titon, wish to recruit a Technical Advisor and Specification Manager.
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People

The GGF has welcomed three new members to its Marketing and Communications Committee (MCC) and a new full time Marketing Executive to further drive its marketing strategy and activity, following four years of consistent and substantial marketing growth for the Federation.
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AVOCET has promoted Michelle Hamer to telesales manager after 22 years with the hardware supplier and her first task in the new role was to train up four new members of the telesales team.
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ALPRO ARCHITECTURAL HARDWARE, A division of IEC Limited, based at Poole Dorset hs appointed Vicki Hawkes as its new Southern Area Sales Manager.
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Exhibitions

More than 3,200 trade visitors met exhibitors from the UK and 12 other countries to the fourth GLASSPEX INDIA exhibition and conference
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Anticipation is growing for Vitrum 2015 - the international trade show specialized in machinery, equipment and systems for flat and hollow glass and in glass and processed products for industry.
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April 2016 may seem a long time away but the Glass and Glazing Federation is already planning for Fensterbau Frontale 2016 in Nuremberg, Germany,
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Events

WINTECH ENGINEERING LTD, a UKAS accredited testing specialist is this year celebrating its 20th anniversary.
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GM Fundraising has launched yet another major industry event – GM Football Fives, a national five a side football competition, to be held on Saturday 9th May 2015, at St Andrew
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Glass

A 38-year-old family business, PETERLEE GLASS has signalled further growth after a multi-million pound takeover.
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With Saint-Gobain celebrating its 350th anniversary this year the company’s glass division, SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS UK Ltd continues the innovation that has made it a world leader in the manufacturing of flat glass by launching six new apps
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Westcountry Glass, part of the Cornwall Glass Group, has announced a £5million expansion plan that will quadruple its factory size and create 30 new jobs.
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Machinery

JEKKO of Italy has launched the biggest in its range of mini-cranes for the glazing industry.
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MAGDEN LTD, a supplier and distributor of SWISSPACER warm edge spacer bars, has added new automatic eco brand machines to its range.
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FLAIR PLASTIC PRODUCTS has recently invested in an additional Stuga ZX4 – MK2 cutting and machining centre which will further increase capacity for the Kömmerling fabricator to help cope with demand from their thriving customers.
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Construction

Commercial and retail construction contracts increased by almost 70 per cent in February according to figures released by Barbour ABI .
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Marketing

FORCE 8 says its ‘ Come and feel the quality’ campaign has had a good response with many installers booking a detour.
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Network Veka has announced a new partnership with building law experts at HAS Resolution.
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Park home owners are being offered the chance to win a complete exterior refurb in a promotion by Northamptonshire-based specialist and VEKA Approved Installer NuVex.
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More than 50 EMPLAS customers have now qualified for their ‘own-branded’ frame protective tape, part of the Emplas marketing support package designed to help installers grow their own brands.
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Nearly a third of all trade businesses are let down by poor customer service on the telephone, according to new research by answering service provider ALLDAYPA.
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There is no such thing as ‘A-rated glass’ – so don’t advertise it. That is the warning from the ratings body, the BFRC, which says claims such as ‘A-rated glass as standard’ could lead to a fine of up to £5,000.
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Internet / I.T.

DIGITAL specialist The Consultancy has begun the development of a new online system aiming to revolutionise the running of TRUEMANS WINDOWS.
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Architectural aluminium façade systems specialist, TECHNAL, has launched a new tablet app for architects, specifiers and contractors.
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Health & Safety

THE BRITISH SAFETY COUNCIL will be holding a morning seminar on “Sharing good practice” in Cardiff, at the Thistle Hotel on Wednesday 20 May 2015.
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The British Safety Council’s priority has launched a new video to raise young peoples’ awareness of health and safety risks.
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Training

SAINT-GOBAIN UK AND IRELAND has announced the launch of its Passive House Tradesperson Course.
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NETWORK VEKA has teamed up with The Vocational College to establish the Network Veka Academy.
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When Yorkshire-based Coral Windows & Conservatories switched its roofline supplier to MAGDEN, the North of England building products distributor offered a support package that included two training sessions from specialist agency NWT and building products manufacturer Kestrel.
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More than 30 social housing specifiers from across Scotland attended the first in the series of CMS Technical Masterclass seminars, with hardware specialist YALE DOOR & WINDOW SOLUTIONS
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Most tradesmen want the next government to raise the number of apprenticeship places from 110,000 to 400,000 to boost the availability of skilled workers – and a majority believe this is even more important than policies on immigration, according to a new survey published this week.
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The BRE ACADEMY, the leading provider of training for the built environment has announced a new collaboration with global sustainable built-asset consultancy Alpin
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Environment

Veka Recycling has extended its national network of managed recycling facilities with the launch of a new centre in Cornwall.
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Charities

The team at THE VEKA UK GROUP have presented The Royal British Legion with a cheque for £5,100 – the largest amount they have ever raised in a six-month period.
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TUFFX PROCESSED GLASS has chosen the MND Association to benefit from its win in its supplier’s charity draw.
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An intrepid team from Rehau will be taking to the skies in June as part of a world record skydiving attempt.
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Brochures/Videos

SWISSPACER has produced a new video, ‘A homeowner’s story’ to help installers show the benefits of its products to end users with one happy customer’s own testimonial.
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Products

Glazing systems designer and manufacturer SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS has launched PURe, an aluminium window system said to be the first on the UK market to with a thermal barrier made of expanded polyurethane foam (PUR).
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Improvements to ISO-CHEMIE’s Iso-Top Winframer load-bearing bracket system have given it extended reach and increased overhang of installed windows, says the company.
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COTSWOLD ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS is now able to offer hundreds more products thanks to its partnership with global hardware giant Caldwell.
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The new Ingenious multi-point lock professional dual spindle door lock range, featuring three hooks, two rollers, latch and serrations, is the latest addition to the catalogue of hardware distributor CARL F GROUPCO.
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SYNSEAL’S Global conservatory roof, the UK’s best-selling conservatory roof since 2005, can now be enhanced with orangery style retrofit solutions on the inside and outside, which are good-looking and straightforward to install.
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HOPPE’s range of Arrone mechanical push button digital locks has been joined by the AR500 range, heavy duty series which features a full-size return-to-door lever handle.
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EDGETECH UK has chosen Burnley for the site of its first IGU Component Centre, where it will distribute its rapidly expanding range of products to IGU manufacturers, fabricators and installers across the northern region.
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DFM s.r.l Italy’s leading designer and manufacturer of retractable pleated insect screens has improved the opening width of its range of door screens and introduced additional RAL colours.
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Fabricator Focus

REYNAERS AT HOME, the architectural glazing company’s domestic division, has exceeded its sales targets and doubled turnover over the past year.
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ATLAS GLAZED ROOF SOLUTIONS has launched a new programme to reward its skilled installer network and encourage members to showcase their best orangery, conservatory or rooflight installations.
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Leeds based HWL WINDOWS GROUP has invested a six figure sum in new equipment for producing aluminium windows, doors and bi-folds.
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DOUBLE R GLASS & ROOFING Systems has announced a 51% increase in its decorative product sales in 2014 with demand continuing to soar in 2015.
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Trade fabricator DIRECT TRADE is introducing ALUK bi-folds alongside its existing PVC-U range in response to forecasts that aluminium could take one third of a potential 70,000 a year bi-fold market in the next few years.
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Projects

Liverpool-based TOTAL GLASS provided a full turnkey window and door solution at a city residential high-rise refurbishment for client Wates Living Space
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Ultra low emissivity PILKINGTON K glass S played a major role in achieving ‘one of the lowest U-Values for a UK domestic property’ in a showcase project, by specialist contractor TEC4M in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
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There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a project come to fruition, according LISTERS TRADE FRAMES, especially when it benefits so many people.
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Architectural aluminium systems by KAWNEER were the default specification for Saunders Architects when it came to the glazed elements of a new retail park.
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Twinson® Terrace decking from DEEPLAS was chosen to create a striking outdoor terrace at a technology store’s European office in London’s Regent Street.
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Dual-finish Andersen windows from BLACK MILLWORK are among the main features of a unique self-build property with outstanding energy efficiency credentials in the north of Scotland.
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A design said to be inspired by the Eiffel Tower and featuring large expanses of REYNAERS curtain walling has made the Central Link building the landmark feature of Singapore’s Bukit Merah industrial area.
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When housebuilder Wheeldon Homes insisted on local suppliers for a development in a Derbyshire conservation area, FRAME FAST (UK) was able to answer the call three times over.
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The former Colgate Palmolive factory in Salford has been transformed with an outer façade of screen walling based on the ALUPROF MB-SR50N system.
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Wrightstyle, the steel and aluminium glazing company, is completing a first phase contract for Network Rail in Cardiff.
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Doors

The VEKA UK Group has introduced the third product in its innovative Imagine range with the addition of a new, in-line sliding Patio Door.
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The new PremiDoor 88 from KÖMMERLING is based on an installation depth of 88mm with a flush mounted 5-chambered sash and frame design.
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More than four out of five customers have given door and panel specialist VISTA five out of five – and none gave it less than four – according to survey by the company aimed at applying Continuous Improvement to its quality and service.
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February’s two lucky winners of VISTA’s 20th anniversary monthly XtremeDoor competition are UK Building Plastics Direct and Titan Trade Windows, and both were presented with their door by Vista sales director Wesley Buchan.
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PHOENIX DOORS, part of the Masco UK Window Group Ltd, has opened a new paint spraying facility at its Cambridgeshire composite door manufacturing site.
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HURST PLASTICS has announced its biggest ever export order with the shipping of 430door panels to a major PVC-U and aluminium window and door supplier in Dubai UAE.
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DECORATIVE DOOR PRODUCTS (DDP) by RegaLead has announced further improvements to production capacity thanks to investment in a Buxstrup WS 800 semi-automatic IG line.
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BOWATER DOORS, a brand of the VEKA UK Group, has unveiled a brand new Contemporary Doors range.
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ADAMS RITE, a part of Security Solutions, has worked with aluminium systems company Ikon to produce a specialist double door suitable for use in high security plant and engine rooms.
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Awards/Standards

Rehau has congratulated TRUEMANS WINDOWS on its success at the recent Red Rose business awards, where it received a special publisher’s award.
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SOLIDOR stole the show yet again in the The Sentinel Business Awards, winning Business of the Year for the second year running, while CEO Gareth Mobley was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year for the third yearin succession.
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MODPLAN customers picked up various awards at Network Veka’s gala dinner and awards ceremony.
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BROUHA has been shortlisted in the Small Business of the Year Award in the prestigious Wiltshire Business of the Year Awards.
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BM TRADA has upgraded its High Wycombe testing facilities with a new weather rig, which will increase the capacity of its mechanical testing laboratory and improve turnaround times.
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Glazerite installers have beaten all-comers yet again, scooping half of all the Regional trophies in the annual Network Veka awards plus the all-UK customer satisfaction trophy once again.
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Around 240 people attended Network Veka's ever-popular AGM and Awards Evening in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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In the same year the glazing industry voted ERA as Component Supplier of the Year at the G Awards, ERA has also been awarded Investors in People accreditation, confirming its dual-commitment to its customers and its people.
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The taxman cometh…

Following the prosecution of Safestyle salesman Adam Barraclough for tax evasion, HMRC have announced that its special task force could turn its spotlight back on the window trade at any time and that “Double glazing is now on our radar”. You can read more here.

UK growth figures for 2014 are better than first thought, according to ONS (Office of National Statistics) following a revision that revealed Gross domestic product between October and December grew by a quarterly 0.6 percent. That compared with 0.5 percent in a previous reading and matched the third quarter when growth was revised down a bit. Read the full story here.

Two organisations have come together to create a new directory to combat the ‘risk of rogues’ that they say over-65s face by not checking a trader’s credentials. Trustmark and Age UK have sited the resource on the Age UK website, which aims to give older people the confidence to find quality trades people and ‘choose from a selection of vetted traders in their area’. Further information here.

I hope you enjoy this week’s issue.

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This Week's News

Tax-dodging window salesmen “now on our radar,” says HMRC after special task force success

HM Revenue and Customs has told The Glazine that its special task force could turn its spotlight back on the window trade at any time and in any part of the country following the success of an operation in North East England.

Teams of compliance and enforcement officers target specific trade sectors and locations with ‘intensive bursts of activity’ and a spokesperson said: “Double glazing is now on our radar and we could be back any time.”

These activities were outlined at Leeds Crown Court where salesman Adam Barraclough admitted failing to pay tax on £288,000 of earnings over six years while claiming to Safestyle UK that he would take care of his own tax affairs.

He was caught out last year when an HMRC task force was set up to investigate self-employed individuals in the glazing trade, the court heard. Barraclough, 29, who has repaid £26,593 since being charged, was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work. He had earlier pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of Income Tax.

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TrustMark and Age UK tackle ‘risk of rogues’ with new directory




A fifth of all older people are so afraid of ending up with rogue traders that they are leaving household jobs undone – or even tackling the work themselves – according to new research by TrustMark and Age UK.

The survey found that nearly a quarter (23%) don’t know where to find the right tradesman and, remarkably, only 2% of those questioned based their choice on whether a tradesman had the right qualifications.

Now, the two organisations have come together to create a new directory to combat the ‘risk of rogues’ that they say over-65s face by not checking a trader’s credentials. The resource, sited on the Age UK website, is aimed to give older people the confidence to find quality tradespeople and ‘choose from a selection of vetted traders in their area’.

TrustMark Chairman Liz Male said: “It’s a national embarrassment that any older person is put in this position, with fear and confusion about who they can let into their homes to do even the simplest of property repairs or home improvement projects. 


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Top Gun Graham saddles up in memory of Lacey-Mae




Super Spacer speed champion Graham Carley is taking on a bigger challenge – cycling from London to Paris ro raise money for the hospital where his daughter spent her short life.

Graham, the Production Manager at Double R Glass & Roofing Systems admits he hasn’t ridden a bike in ten years but, in his own words: “I have so much motivation to finish the challenge as I believe my daughter would have wanted me to do it.”

He now aims to raise£1,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital where Lacey-Mae was cared for during the two weeks of her life. “The care she received from GOSH was truly brilliant,” he said, “We owe so much to the nurses and doctors there.“
Graham‘s challenge is to complete the 300 mile journey in four days, finishing along the Champs Elysee to the Eiffel Tower.
He first made headlines last year when he won the Edgetech Top Gun challenge as the UK‘s fastest Super Spacer® applicator.

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Exemption rule will boost new house numbers – FMB


Small scale house builders will be helped to build more homes, thanks to the Government’s decision to exempt small sites from off-site carbon mitigation, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Its Chief Executive Brian Berry said: “There can be little doubt that if we are to begin to build the number of new homes we need, then we desperately need to see a reinvigorated SME house building sector and the use of more small sites for the delivery of new housing. If we are to achieve this, it is vital that new regulations and standards are sensitive to the impact which they can have on small development projects.”

The move to the zero carbon standard presents particular challenges for small building companies working on small sites with limited access to options for on-site low carbon technologies, he said.

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Scottish builders’ confidence up again as domestic projects face new safety obligations


Confidence within the Scottish construction industry has reached a new record high of Plus 29, up three points on the rating recorded at the end of 2014. This is the headline result of the most recent Scottish Construction Monitor, a quarterly survey of the membership of the Scottish Building Federation.

SBF has issued its latest report just days before the entry into force of new regulations which will impose significant new health and safety responsibilities on domestic building projects.

 The 2015 Construction (Design and Management) regulations (CDM 2015) are due to enter into force on Monday, 6th April and will replace existing regulations that came into force in 2007. In particular, the new regulations will impose certain minimum requirements concerning health and safety management for domestic projects.

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GGF welcomes Rehau




The Glass and Glazing Federation has welcomed Rehau Ltd into full Membership.

Gareth Jones, Rehau Marketing and Technical Director said: “We are pleased to have joined the GGF and are keen to get involved in many areas of shared interest. In the industry the Rehau brand stands for unbeatable performance and technical excellence and being part of the industry’s leading trade body, can only reinforce our position.”

Rehau has already become involved in the GGF infrastructure with the recent election of Irene Smith, Rehau Marketing Communications Manager to the GGF Marketing and Communications Committee (MCC).

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UK economy outgrew expectations in Q4 but business investment down – ONS


Britain's economy expanded at a faster pace than previously thought at the end of last year, helped by strong growth in exports.

George Osborne has seized on data that showed household incomes rising at the fastest annual pace in more than four years. But policymakers hoping for a more balanced economic recovery will be disappointed by a 0.9 percent fall in business investment during the fourth quarter compared with the July-September period. Still, for 2014 as a whole business investment rose 7.5 percent, the best showing since 2007.

Gross Domestic Product between October and December grew by a quarterly 0.6 percent, the Office for National Statistics said. That compared with 0.5 percent in a previous reading and matched the third quarter when growth was revised down slightly.

Sterling rose against the euro after the data, and British government bond prices slipped briefly.

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