23rd September 2014 VIEW ONLINE
 
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries
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SALES EXECUTIVE (SOUTH)
Part of an international group, MACROLUX (UK) LTD, based in South Wales, is currently one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the conservatory and aluminium glazing sectors.
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Branch Operations Manager
JWS is a successful manufacturer of fenestration products to trade and domestic retail customers based in the North West. A family business with an exceptional reputation for integrity, quality and customer service,
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People

Lincolnshire’s largest and longest established fabricator, Sternfenster, has recently made a strategic appointment as it embarks on its next stage of growth.
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Following the retirement of Mann McGowan director Alistair Scott, the company has restructured their operations.
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Dino Fenzi the President of the Fenzi Group passed away in the early hours of Monday 22nd September.
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Mr Roy Wakeman, OBE, Executive Chairman of The Performance Timber Products Group (PTPG) has announced today that Joe Martoccia,
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Exhibitions

Preparations for the contractor-based exhibition have received a massive boost, as fenestration giant Internorm signs up to attend next year’s inaugural Build Show.
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As contractors across the UK continue to gear up for increased growth, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has joined the Build Show as an Event Partner
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Apeer’s MODO collection takes centre stage at Grand Designs Live, Birmingham, next month (October 9 -12) showing why it’s in a class of its own when it comes to contemporary styling.
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As the housing boom continues to strengthen the UK’s economy, the Build Show is pleased to announce that the National House Building Council (NHBC)
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Glasstec

UKAS accredited testing specialist Wintech Engineering Limited is pleased to announce its partnership with the industry’s leading trade body,
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Guardian Industries will showcase a comprehensive array of commercial, residential and interior glass products and solutions available all over the world at Stand F43 in Hall 10 at Glasstec Oct. 21-24 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
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The first trade fair for glass processors named "Glas" took place in Düsseldorf in 1970. Bohle has taken part as an exhibitor in every outing of the fair,
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The Promac Group will once again take to the Glasstec halls in order to support its global suppliers who will be showcasing yet more innovative and relevant machinery for today’s market.
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RegaLead is putting its final preparations in place for Glasstec 2014. Regular exhibitors at the Dusseldorf based exhibition,
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UK warm edge spacer bar and accessories manufacturer, Thermoseal Group invites all visitors to the Glasstec Dusseldorf exhibition to visit their ThermoBAR and FLEX it with them on stand C19 in hall 17 at Messe Dusseldorf 20-24 October 2014.
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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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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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Events

The Veka UK Group was pleased to invite representatives of the British Standards Institution for a tour of the Burnley HQ and demonstration of the new mixing plant in action.
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The GGF will yet again be in attendance at the political party conferences this Autumn to raise Members concerns across a range of political campaigns including:
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Synseal has announced new diary dates for technical training workshops that will focus on design and installation of lucrative Orangery solutions.
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The networking group for the glazing industry (pigs) is back in town and you can get your free ticket for 25 September at the Slug and Lettuce, Lisle Street,
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G14 Awards

As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations this year, Purplex Marketing has agreed sponsorship of the after-dinner gift at this year’s G14 Awards,
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Synseal is proud to have joined a select group of prominent industry brands who have invested in main event sponsorship of the G14 Awards.
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For the fifth year in a row, Thermoseal Group is sponsoring the Champagne Reception at the prestigious G-Awards Gala Dinner presentation evening held on Friday 21 November 2014 at London’s world-famous Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.
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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,
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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
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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

Once again TuffX brand ambassador David Price, has garnered another successful victory over his latest opponent Yaroslav Zavorotnyi.
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One of the UK’s leading independent manufacturers of high performance insulating glass units Padiham Glass Ltd has recently returned to CENSolutions for its wide range of certification services.
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ScreenLine integral blind fabricator Morley Glass and Glazing has hosted a two-day visit by the blind system manufacturer’s commercial director,
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Studley Glass, a manufacturer of high performance sealed units based in the West Midlands, is another happy Swisspacer customer.
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Doors

TruFrame, the UK’s largest fabricator of the Liniar window and door system, are the latest high profile company to take on Solidor’s premium range of solid hardwood core composite door slabs,
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Distinction Doors, supplier of GRP composite doors, has just announced a partnership with The Folding Sliding Door Company,
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Fabricators can now achieve the requirements set out by Secured by Design with three doors from aluminium systems company, Jack Aluminium.
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Following on from their 2013 investment of an edgebander, beam saw and paint spray booth, Merseyside based Vista has recently purchased an additional saw,
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Brochures Video

Hardware supplier the Trojan Group, have launched their new retail brochure showcasing their impressive range of window and door hardware.
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BM TRADA has updated its free DVD explaining the fire resistance testing process for passive fire protection products such as fire-resisting doorsets and fire penetration seals.
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TTGQ

Triple glazing has been in the news a lot this year and has been generating a lot of comment.  Gary Morgan, BFRC Technical Director, adds his expert opinion.
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CE Marking

Build Check, UKAS accredited Notified Body for CE Marking for windows and doors, is still being asked about CE Marking from companies yet to comply with the new legislation brought in on 1 July 2013.
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Green Deal

The GGF expressed no great surprise at The Energy and Climate Change Committee’s report into the Green Deal in which they brand the policy a “disappointing failure”.
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Products

Windowlink, creator of design, sales and pricing software, has recently reported a spike in demand for both their conservatory and window and door software modules,
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Leicester based Roof-Maker Ltd is really creating a fuss in the rooflight industry with its new slide open rooflight product!
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The new Pegasus High Security Window Lock from the Trojan Group has multi point locking and guaranteed centre and corner locking for additional security with every installation.
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Europe’s leading low-E glass has now been made better than ever with the launch of the next evolution of the acclaimed PLANITHERM TOTAL+ from Saint-Gobain Glass.
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A new range of Heritage Hardware from MASCO UKWG suitable for any PVC-U casement window combines the aesthetics of a traditional finish with the benefits of modern functionality.
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HS Portal 300 lift and slide hardware is now available from Carl F Groupco. Manufactured by Siegenia, the product is an advanced fitting that supports increasing demand for high specification hardware.
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Fabricator Focus

A leading Spectus fabricator has reported a surge in sales for its PVC-u bi-folding door, according the company’s managing director.
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SIG Windows - formerly known as Window Fitters Mate (WFM) - has pioneered a strict quality assurance scheme for its expansive range of windows and doors to ensure that the glass and frame are in perfect condition prior to dispatch.
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The continued growth of the aluminium sector has led a specialist fabricator to ring the changes on the factory floor. Gloucester based CDW Systems is adding a second shift at its factory and has gone on a recruitment drive to cope with demand.
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A new aluminium fabricator has opened for business at the beginning of September and it looks like they’re off to a great start. The Window Outlet is a Bristol based company recently established by long-time industry insiders Ben Warren and Clive Uppington.
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SWC, Scarborough's award-winning fabricator of Halo window systems, recently teamed up with Yorkshire Coast Radio to honour the community that supported its first 25 years of service.
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Newton Abbot based Fab Frames Ltd are the latest trade fabricator to take on board the Solidor slab,
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Ripton Windows is a happy Deceuninck customer. The Hampshire-based window company sells and installs a wide range of Deceuninck products.
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Frame Fast UK’s composite doors offer market-leading thermal efficiency, stunning aesthetics and exceptional security according to Nigel Leivers who says,
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Dekko Window Systems, the leading Lancashire based fabricator, has further enhanced the authenticity of its Residence 9 window with the launch of the new Radlington chunky cill.
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One of the UK's longest-standing Veka fabricators has undergone a dramatic rebranding, better reflecting its focus on window projects as opposed to general building contracts.The original company, based in Darwen, had traded for over 40 years and worked with Veka for almost 30. Now named Darwen Windows,
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The original company, based in Darwen, had traded for over 40 years and worked with Veka for almost 30. Now named Darwen Windows,

Projects

A new build project spanning 8,500sq ft designed to blend in with the authentic style of its surrounding area, and offering all the detail of a period property with a modern twist, features a a ten door set of bi-folding doors with a moving corner post plus a five door set and incorporated four roof lanterns, manufactured by Origin
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The Busan International Finance Centre in South Korea selected the Fenzi Group product Chromatech Ultra for the IG units in the building.
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Berkeley Homes have appointed English Architectural Glazing as specialist
facade contractor to provide a mixture of Schuco high performance curtain walling,
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Black Millwork’s own range of windows and doors has been used in a stunning new build mansion in Surrey worth £8.5 million.
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Häfele UK donated products free of charge to a renovation project which featured on a recent episode of Double Your House for Half the Money, fronted by celebrity property expert Sarah Beeny.
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Universal Arches are no strangers to the commercial market, yet this latest project with Dempsey Dyer is the largest one of it’s kind ever in the UK
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When architect Robert Evans designed his RIBA award-winning home near Matlock Bath, he specified innovative Hybrid systems from fenestration systems designer and manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems throughout.
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As part of the extensive remodelling and improving of schools across the London Borough of Islington, Reynaers aluminium systems have been installed throughout Islington Arts
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It has been confirmed that Anglian Building Products (ABP), the large project division of Anglian Windows Ltd, has secured first position on the latest Hyde framework agreement,
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Construction

Figures released last week reveal that London accounted for a third of the total value of UK construction contracts in August, dominating across commercial & retail, residential and education sectors.
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Last week, Nigel Rees, GGF Group Chief Executive attended the launch of the Get Britain Building 2020 Delivery Plan which makes the case for using construction as a driver of jobs and growth and includes a range of recommendations for the next Government,
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The Government’s ‘Builders Finance Fund’ is not helping the small house builders it was designed to assist, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
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Cross-party consensus on how best to deliver new housing and infrastructure projects would result in 200,000 new jobs in the construction sector, according to the industry’s leading organisations.
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Awards/Standards

Swish Building Products has been short listed for the Best Cladding System or Product award ahead of this year’s prestigious Build It Awards.
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National house builder and timber systems manufacturer the Stewart Milne Group has won its fifth consecutive Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) gold award for occupational health and safety.
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Glazerite installers have smashed all past records in the 2014 Network Veka awards,
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Rehau is proud that leading trade fabricator Polyframe has been nominated for The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2014
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The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has been named the ‘CITB Outstanding Strategic Partner’ at the 50th Anniversary Pride of Construction Awards
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Contemporary architects AR Design Studio specified AluK’s aluminium building systems for the 4Views residential project in Winchester,
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Internet

Trade counter Truemans Windows have rolled out a new online ordering system and its popularity is already skyrocketing.
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The Consultancy has celebrated 10 years in the industry by launching its new mobile-responsive website.
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Build Check Publications has added lots more support and advice for subscribers to The Oracle, its popular online fenestration resource. The home of The Oracle,
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Marketing

‘Friends and family are no longer the top source of information for buyers of windows and doors finds new consumer research carried out by Swish Window and Door Systems.
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IT

Purplex, marketing agency for the glazing industry, has launched a new online composite door builder designed to help companies capture more website sales leads.
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By enabling consumers to visualise what their new windows and doors will look like when fitted in their homes, the innovative Safechoice Window and Door design App helps installers to close more sales.
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Charities

Insight Data and Purplex Marketing recently raised funds for the charity Genetic Disorders UK.
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The charitable team at Carl F Groupco took the opportunity for a dress down, denim focussed Friday to donate to the ‘Jeans for Genes’ charity.
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Keith Hartshorn, Sales Representative at Exeter & Mackenzie Glass Centres has made an incredible contribution to Exeter Hospice through fund raising.
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Too much information?

Data and analysis is, in the main, at the core of how business works. We make judgement calls based on the whys and where fore’s of the latest information at hand and it can influence our future strategies moving forward. However, sometimes in the midst of the barrage of reports, surveys and information gathering, we receive mixed messages.

For instance, last week we were informed that the total value of commercial & retail construction contracts in August almost doubled compared to the same month in 2013, and Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, told us that “Looking ahead, the sector should continue to prosper as long as the capital remains an attractive proposition for investors.” The main story is here

However a few days later KPMG gave us all a stark reminder that an analysis of the largest UK construction contractors indicates that despite greater deal-flow, the financial position of many contractors remains weak, with cash balances and margins down. In fact the grim news is that net cash balances declined in 2013 and are now close to half their 2010 peak. You can read the report here.

So what conclusions do we draw from that? Your guess is as good – and probably better – than mine.

Elsewhere we have a statement from BFRC on Spacer Bars that you can read here, and news and pictures from the Network Veka Awards evening that you can see 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

Labour commits to brownfield first policy for new homes

A future Labour government would reintroduce a 'brownfield first' policy for house building. This was the message confirmed last night by the Shadow Planning Minister Roberta Blackman-Woods MP at the joint FMB/CPRE fringe event at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

The growing housing crisis, with fewer than half the number of new homes being built every year, is a hot political issue and where these new homes should be built is very controversial.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) said:

"It makes sense to utilise previously developed land but a strict brownfield first policy would not be helpful. What we do need is positive policies to enable and encourage SME house builders to build out brownfield sites."

Berry continued:

"The best way to support the development of smaller brownfield sites would be for local authorities to identify and allocate a higher proportion of small sites than they are currently. Further streamlining of the planning application process would also help, especially if sites of up to ten units were given a 'redline' planning application route whereby only basic information would be required to obtain planning consent."

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Statement From BFRC regarding Spacer Bars

As of the 1st September BFRC requires all spacer bars needing a measured thermal conductivity value be obtained from a current Bundesverband-Flachglas (BF) datasheets.  This new criteria will affect BFRC ratings in the following way;

New Licences
Thermal conductivity values used within BFRC rating calculations will need to be clearly identified as either a generic tabulated value (taken from BS EN ISO 10077-2: 2012 or BS EN ISO 10456: 2007)   or a measured thermal conductivity value taken from a current BF 2-box model datasheet. New applications requiring a measured value that do not contain a two box model datasheet value will not be accepted. To clarify, all new licence applications must be fully compliant with BS EN ISO 10077-2:2012.

Existing Licences
Data contained within an existing simulation report which has been used to determine the performance of a currently licensed product, will remain valid provided the component parts simulated are currently commercial available.  The existing licence will remain valid for five years from the date of issue.  In cases where component parts are no longer commercially available and BFRC substitution rules are not applicable, re-simulation will be required.

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Members have a ball at Annual Awards Ceremony

More than 200 people attended Network Veka’s Black Tie Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Held at Eastwood Hall Nottingham, the organisation was pleased to welcome eight new member companies to the event.

The evening was hosted by Network Veka’s Brand Ambassador Steve Davis and began with a champagne reception. This was followed by an audience with the Six-Times World Snooker Champion, who answered questions from the audience about his snooker career and his time in the 'I'm a Celebrity' Jungle.

Network Veka MD John Ogilvie was delighted to join Steve Davis in announcing some exciting new initiatives for 2015 as well as naming the evening's award winners. Regional winners are decided based on the collated feedback of nearly 16,000 households across Britain and Ireland – every single customer of every member company, for the whole year.

John says: “It's always a pleasure to see member companies stand up to receive their awards. The standards we set for our membership are so high that we know every single member company is offering their customers exceptional quality and service. This means the award winners have beaten the best of the best to claim their trophy. They should all be very proud of themselves!

“I think it's fair to say that Thistle Windows and Conservatories deserve a special mention. The results not only proved the home improvements provider to be the Overall National Winner for the 2nd year in a row, but also the Regional Winner for Scotland - for the 13th time! With more than £5m Network Veka sales registered and the highest aggregate score, Thistle has certainly set the benchmark for next year's awards.

“We're already looking forward to celebrating next year's AGM and Awards Ceremony, which will be hosted by Steve Davis once again, and will be held in Stratford upon Avon in March.”

After the awards, attendees enjoyed a four-course meal and danced to a live band until the early hours. Charity envelopes were collected on the night and a generous £600 was raised for The British Legion.

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Home of the BSI Kitemark™ gets a £3 million makeover

As part of its continued commitment to the future of the Kitemark, BSI has completed an investment of over £3 million in new advanced testing facilities in Hemel Hempstead. Here many products from ladders and windows to safety helmets and respiratory equipment have been tested and are still assessed and Kitemarked today. Changes to standards and innovation in product design mean that the laboratories have developed to include new tests and schemes enabling manufacturers to bring product to market as quickly as possible. 


 
 Since 1954 Kitemark House, home of the BSI Kitemark™, has seen hundreds of thousands of products have go through its doors to be tested to the highest level; those that meet our very stringent requirements achieve the BSI Kitemark.
 The BSI Kitemark is one of Britain’s most important and recognized consumer quality marks. Recognized by over 72% of British consumers it provides a clear and independent confirmation of quality, safety and trust.

 Kitemark has evolved with the changes of the times and grown from products to services. From testing physical products such as riding hats, respiratory breathing equipment, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, today the newest Kitemark schemes help consumers identify websites or apps they can trust and, help banking customers quickly and easily identify financial products they can trust to meet their essential needs.

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August Commercial Construction Nearly Doubles 2013 Figure

Figures released today last week reveal that the total value of commercial & retail construction contracts in August almost doubled compared to the same month in 2013.

Barbour ABI, the chosen provider of the Government’s Construction and Infrastructure Pipeline, has published its latest Economic & Construction Market Review, which shows that the value of commercial & retail construction contracts totalled more than £870 million in August, a 95.8 per cent increase on the same month last year and 17.4 per cent higher than July.

The report, also shows that the sector accounted for nearly a third (26 per cent) of the total value of all construction contracts UK-wide, with more than half of these (54 per cent) awarded in London.

On the findings of the report, Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, commented: “Commercial & retail construction has seen a real resurgence recently. This is mainly due to big ticket projects in London and further afield, such as the £420 million contract for 10 Fenchurch Street and £100 million commercial developments in Branston, Staffordshire and Botley, Oxfordshire respectively.

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Cash position and margins are not sustainable for the future of the UK construction industry

 Analysis of the largest UK construction contractors indicates that despite greater deal-flow, the financial position of many contractors remains weak, with cash balances and margins down, according to a report published today by KPMG.
 
The report “Construction Barometer: Recovery in Sight?” analyses the operating margins, cash balances and order books of 14 Tier 1 contractors from 2007 through to 2013.  The detailed analysis revealed:
 
Net cash balances declined in 2013 and are now close to half their 2010 peak

As cash generated from operations have all but dried up since 2010, cash balances have been increasingly supported by significant sale of assets.
Operating margins in construction continue to be squeezed. From a high of 2.8% across the industry in 2010, operating margins have fallen to an average of just 1.2% in 2013
Persistent inflation in sub-contractor markets suggests that the negative pressure on margins is unlikely to ease off any time soon. This position is further highlighted by the several profit warnings issued in the first half of 2014

Order books tell a slightly more optimistic story from margins and cash, however, reporting growth from 2012 to 2013

The UK government’s infrastructure spend indicates that there is plenty yet to come with over £116 billion committed to over 1,886 projects.

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Aiding a Unique Restoration

Swish Building Products has supplied over 200 metres of white PVC-U flat board for a unique restoration project on behalf of the Fovant Badges Society. The boards have been installed as part of an experimental maintenance programme to restore and protect three of the regimental badges carved into the Fovant Down in Wiltshire during the First World War.

Their location, carved into the side of a 30 degree slope is a constant issue for the conservation team, coupled with a combination of loose chalk, gravity and an invasion of grazing cattle! “Gravity continues to be our biggest challenge when it comes to maintaining the definition of the badges,” comments Don McLaren, one of the conservation officers of the Fovant Badges Society, “…and it’s not helped by the horrendous rainfall we keep having. We wanted a solution which would help keep the chalk in position without detracting from the traditional construction of the badges.

“We chose the PVC-U flats board from Swish simply because they’re unobtrusive, flexible, durable and will withstand the ravages of the weather. The boards have been positioned along the downhill edges of the badges with the hope that they will preserve definition and keep the chalk up the hill.”

The trial will assess whether the chalk continues to migrate down the hillside; if the boards stand out as an artificial aid particularly once the chalk begins to weather and discolour; and also whether the fixing methods are adequate.

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