16th December 2014 VIEW ONLINE
 
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries
Jobs

A fantastic opportunity for an experienced Business Development Manager for Southern England area has arisen at Evolution Group. We are a fast growing designer and manufacturer of Timber Alternative windows & doors,
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Technical Auditor (doors & windows) BM TRADA
This is a diverse and interesting position, suited to a technically minded individual with a background in the manufacturing industry preferably with experience in quality assurance or auditing.
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People

Jordan Watt, a rising apprentice star has excelled within the Cornwall Glass Group, demonstrating the value of apprentices within the work force.
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CENSolutions the consultancy and test facility for the window, door and glazing industries is adding to its team of independent consultants.
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Following the recent appointment of Stewart Lamb to Managing Director of VITA Hardware Ltd,
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As part of The VEKA UK Group's commitment to continuous growth, the systems supplier has appointed a new National Sales Manager for Bowater Doors.
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Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY UK, has appointed Allan Henry to the position of Commercial Manager.
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G14 Awards

A marketing campaign which culminated in the impressive video “A day viewed through Residence 9” has resulted in an award for the premium window system.
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GLASSOLUTIONS’ commitment to environmental sustainability has been given industry approval at the G14 awards
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The GGF was delighted with the success of the recent G14 Awards at Park Lane Hilton which saw 5 GGF Member Companies pick up awards.
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Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, has won Commercial Project of the Year at the prestigious G14 awards for its glazing system
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Another fantastic night was had by all at the G14 Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner, as the glass and glazing industry united once again to celebrate all that is great and good within it.
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Specialist commercial installer The Window Company (Contracts) is celebrating after it was named Installer of the Year at last Friday’s G-Awards.
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Halifax-based Halo fabricator, Polyframe has won its third award in 2014 after collecting the prestigious G14 Award for Fabricator of the Year.
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Twelve worthy winners stood on stage at the G14 Awards Presentation & Gala Dinner in November,
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Emplas has been awarded the top Customer Care Initiative Award in front of an industry-wide audience at this years’ G14 Awards for its innovative Customer Information Manual.
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ERA, has been announced as the Component Supplier of the Year at the prestigious G14 Awards held in London on Friday 21 November.
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Quickslide had reason to celebrate at this year’s G14 Awards after being presented with the Training & Development Initiative of the Year trophy.
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LivinROOF, the solid replacement roof system from Ultraframe has seen record adoption rates by its network partners and to end the year on a high
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Exhibitions

With its KBE, Kömmerling, and Trocal brands, profine Group ranks among the world’s leading providers of PVC-u window systems and at BAU 2015,
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Events

Heads of the global arms of multinational PVC-U window manufacturer, The VEKA Group, came together in the UK this week for the company's annual General Managers Meeting.
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Members of Qualicoat UK and Ireland recently met for their final meeting of 2014 at the Jurys Inn, Edinburgh.
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Glass

Glazing consumables specialist Bohle Ltd has added a new easy-to-apply glass protection product to its popular BriteGuard® system.
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Trade fabricator Merlin Network insists on SWISSPACER in its high performance windows. The Fife-based company sets itself apart from rivals by offering A rated windows as standard, all with SWISSPACER inside.
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Independent research and development, consultancy and testing facility, Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS), is urging the glass supply chain to take full advantage of the range of major funding opportunities
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SWISSPACER, the UK and Ireland market leader, has extended their congratulations to Thermoseal joining them at the top of the list for most thermally efficient warm edge spacer bars.
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Machinery

RegaLead is pleased to announce that it has invested in its Manchester production facility with the addition of a new continuous casting machine in order to further improve efficiency in its self-adhesive lead production
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Glaston Corporation has closed a deal for two special Glaston FC500™ lines with European Glass Group.
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Marketing

Profile 22 is boosting its extensive marketing support package with the addition of a new website service. The support tool provides Profile 22 fabricators and installers with a simple means of creating a professional online presence.
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Companies signed up to The VEKA UK Group's Approved Installer Scheme are wholeheartedly exploring the initiative's benefits by making their first orders via its online Marketing Hub.
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SWISSPACER is sending Christmas greetings via a direct marketing campaign with a little help from Santa’s reindeers.
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Brochures

The publication of the first dedicated Fittings for Glass catalogue from Bohle Ltd in 2012 prompted many favourable comments from customers.
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JELD-WEN, manufacturer of timber windows, doors and stairs, launches its new Winter 2014/2015 catalogue, available from 19 January 2015.
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Awards/Standards

The shortlist for this year’s BREEAM Awards has been announced.
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Barrier Components Ltd was delighted to receive a recognition award, in front of 500 people, at the recent Locinox 25 year trading celebrations in Belgium.
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Door-Stop International has won its 5th Construction Marketing Award, this year for Best Digital Campaign, in a joint entry with construction agency MRA Marketing.
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Halo fabricator YWC Group has announced successful BSI testing and accreditation for its mobility threshold Secured by Design French door.
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The UK Commission for People and Skills, the body responsible for Investors in People - the UK’s premier people management standard - has awarded Schueco UK Limited
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Training

The Government has offered no clarity on its plans for apprenticeship funding reform in today’s Autumn Statement, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
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Products

 Thermobar Warm Edge Spacer, manufactured by Thermoseal Group, is officially at the top of the list of the most thermally efficient spacer systems suitable for use with both PU/PS
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For Universal Arches, the last two years have been ones of incredible growth and the recent purchase of their premises in St Helens and plans to invest a further £250,000 during 2015, will help support this.
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With its new, more powerful motor, 18 Volt lithium battery and up to 60 Nm of torque, the Bohle Aqua Drill Power+ is the most powerful cordless wet drilling machine currently on the market.
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Composite door supplier, Solidor, continues to expand the range of options for it’s products and this includes the antique hardware range and latest Winkhaus AV2-B keyless entry system,
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To meet demands for the rustic modern interior design trend, P C Henderson, manufacturer of sliding and folding door hardware,
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The VEKA UK Group has now unveiled the industry's only BSI notified and BFRC certified window and door energy performance calculator.
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Fabricator Focus

PVC-U sliding sash window manufacturer and G-14 winner of Training and Development Initiative of the Year, Quickslide has made the switch to CENSolutions for its certification requirements.
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Truemans windows are known as much for their customer service as for the incredibly wide range of products they supply through their Northern trade counters,
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specialist bi-fold door manufacturer and supplier has ended 2014 on a high, and has a full order book going into 2015. TWR Bifolds
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Following a recent investment in state-of-the-art machinery that allows for a revolutionary manufacturing process, Lincoln-based Sternfenster has reported a 48% increase in demand for its high-end Residence 9 window.
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Trade fabricator Bison Frames is a company with strong roots in its local community. So when the opportunity arose to get behind and sponsor the up and coming local band ‘The Sherlocks’,
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Consumer tastes have evolved from white windows, with colour presenting plenty of opportunities for installers in the domestic market. But with long lead times creating supply hassles for installers many are yet to take full advantage of these opportunities. Yorkshire based trade fabricator Dempsey Dyer
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Lightweight solid roof systems for conservatories have gained substantial momentum since being introduced on the market a few years ago.
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Sliders UK has seen sales of its aluminium bi-fold door range more than triple in less than 12-months, reporting 225 per cent growth year-on-year to the end of 2014.
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TruFrame have just launched the new, energy efficient uPVC flush sash window from Liniar,
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Projects

The Window Company (Contracts) has even more to celebrate than being voted Installer of the Year in the G14 Awards – it has also been awarded a 1,000-frame contract after teaming up with Glazerite Windows Ltd and VEKA.
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Powdertech (Corby) Ltd has used its latest wood finish coating (PWF) to enhance the natural tones and textures on the glazed façade to the front and rear of the main food hall and seating area of the new Gloucester Services motorway service station on the northbound M5.
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A unique picture gallery designed by John Nash, the renowned Regency architect who re-modelled Buckingham Palace, has been saved by the installation of a new Pilkington Planar™ roof at stately home Attingham Park near Shrewsbury.
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Over 1,000 high performance aluminium windows and balcony doors from Wicona will be installed at a new luxury residential development now under construction in London's Docklands.
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Profile 22 Approved Commercial Manufacturer Emplas, and its customer Unicorn Windows have helped to revitalise Leighton Buzzard library with the supply and fit of new windows and doors.
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Doors

Earlier this month, Distinction Doors was ranked at number 93 in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list.
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Proof, if needed, of the strength of a foam-cored GRP composite door supplied by Phoenix Doors is what happened when a fire crew needed to enter a home in a hurry.
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To celebrate Marsala as Pantone Colour of the Year 2015, Decorative Door Products (DDP) by RegaLead is delighted to announce that this rich,
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Joinery and window and door installation companies were invited to the showcase for Imago super-slim wooden Lift & Slide doors now available from Sealco.
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The expanding export division at Hurst Plastics is adding even more countries to its global map, having just dispatched an order for more than 50 door panels to Thailand.
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After 25 Years of profile bending Force 8 have now turned the process into an art, and have adapted part of their composite door range to follow suit.
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“Christmas is the high point of most retailers’ years and there should be no exception for the window and door industry,” says Martin Dickie, Business Unit Director of Door-Stop.
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Distinction Doors has just been named in the top ten SME businesses in the Sheffield City Region in a list compiled by local publication The Star Business and sponsored by Barber Harrison & Platt. Chantel Roach,
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Construction

Government’s announcement that it will lower the threshold on the Builders Finance Fund to five units has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
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Green Deal

More people will get help to improve the energy efficiency of their homes through a new release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).
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Internet

Freefoam, manufacturer of a wide range of products for the building industry in Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe have announced the launch of a brand new web shop for Freefoam stockists.
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IT

Windowlink, creators of design, sales and pricing software for the window and door industry, have recently delivered a bespoke project for Abbey Windows,
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Digital specialist The Consultancy and UK composite door designer and manufacturer Solidor have successfully launched the official Sales Generator.
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The latest version of the LogiKal market leading software for the aluminium sector is now available from Business Micros Aluminium
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Charities

The staff members at Padiham Glass are not only a hard-working and dedicated bunch of people, but they’re also kind, generous and a little bit adventurous!
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GM Fundraising is delighted to announce its 2015 Spring Ball will be held at the Holiday Inn in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 18th April.
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Green Deal frustration

In this, the last issue of The Glazine for this year, we have reaction to last weeks Green Deal funding announcement from the Glass and Glazing Federation who declare themselves ‘frustrated’ at the continued low level of importance attached to the installation of energy efficient windows. You can read the full story here.

We do, however, have words of support for the governments ‘Starter Homes’ initiative from the FMB with a number of FMB house builders already pledging their support.

Elsewhere we hear of record months for Deceuninck here and Phoenix Doors here, as well as significant investment news from Avocet here.

Last but not least, it is reassuring to hear that some things don’t change, as the doyens of the glass industry turned out in record numbers for the annual Glassman’s luncheon held at Bangers in the City of London at the end of November. Words and pictures can be found here.

……and finally…….I would like to wish all readers, advertisers and contributors to The Glazine a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. We return to your screens on 6th January 2015.

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With industry standards becoming ever more stringent it is no real surprise that every change to regulations brings with it a flurry of activity as companies decide on the best way to comply. So it is somewhat surprising that was yet we have seen little discussion surrounding proposed amendments to Approved Document Q: Security.

The Document became up for consultation in September 2014, and it is something that will affect everybody supplying to new build and refurbishment works, making PAS 24 a compulsory requirement. Previously a ‘nice to have’ particularly for those using Secured by Design as a selling tool, the change to the standard will effectively level the playing field as everybody will need to comply.

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This Week's News

GGF “Frustrated” With GDHIF Changes

Following the news piece in last weeks’s Glazine on the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund the GGF is frustrated that glazing is still not high on the agenda.

The Government recently announced that more people will get help to improve the energy efficiency of their homes through a new release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).

From 9am, Wednesday 10 December, the scheme re-opened to new applications, with up to £5,600 available to households in England and Wales to help with the cost of installing energy saving measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing, boilers, cavity wall and floor insulation.

Up to £30 million in vouchers are now available and details of further releases will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next release expected in February 2015. This is part of the additional £100 million for household energy efficiency measures announced in October 2014 which is in addition to the £450 million already allocated to household energy efficiency over 2014 – 17.

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Another record month for Deceuninck and its customers

Deceuninck’s sales in October were up a record 27% compared to the same month in 2013. This is a big step on Deceuninck’s path to its top three target, set by group CEO Tom Debusschere at the FiT show 2014.

Deceuninck has recently opened a state-of-the-art 110,000 square foot warehouse, developed a series of bespoke customer marketing tools and continued to provide high standards of customer service to its fabricators and their installers. All of this is contributing to customers’ growth and therefore Deceuninck’s, according to Sales Director Rob McGlennon:

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Concern Over ECO2 Plans

The Government is extending ECO (Energy Company Obligation), introducing a new obligation period from April 2015 to March 2017, termed ‘ECO2’. The Electricity and Gas (Energy Company Obligation) Order 2014 (the ‘ECO2 Order’) sets out the requirements for ECO2. As administrator of the scheme, Ofgem will publish guidance for energy companies, and are consulting on changes to the scheme where they are exercising their discretion in administering new legislative provisions, or where they are making further improvements to their current ECO policies.

As part of the stakeholder engagement for this consultation, Ofgem is inviting expressions of interest for a number of workshops that will be run in w/c 5 January 2015 and w/c 12 January 2015. Each session will feature an introductory presentation on the full list of changes and, to maximize the success of the workshops.

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Record sales in final quarter of 2014

Phoenix Doors, part of the MASCO UK Window Group Ltd, has reported record-breaking sales of its GRP composite doors and PVC-U door panels in the final quarter of 2014. Sales in October were the highest recorded in the firm’s 21-year history.

The Cambridgeshire-based manufacturer regularly produces more than 600 composite doors per week with door panel production averaging around 1,350 per week. Demand for panels continues to hold steady, according to Haydon Statham, Sales Director of Phoenix Doors.

He comments: “November 2014 was not as high a figure as October because it was three working days shorter. But incoming orders on a daily basis were actually higher than in October.

“October 2014 has broken all records with the biggest-ever sales figures for one month in the company’s history. It’s fair to say it’s been our best run-up to Christmas and these record sales levels, naturally, have been matched by record production performance. Our employees in both composite and panel production deserve the utmost praise for their hard work in helping to make this happen.

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Record Attendance at the 2014 Glassman’s lunch

The UK Glass industry’s version of Dionysus gathered recently to enjoy the annual ritual madness that is, the Glassman’s luncheon.

This is somewhat of a misnomer these days, as the Glass God’s of Grape were joined by many ‘Glass Aphrodite’s’ to raise a glass to an industry that continues to thrive in difficult trading conditions.

A record attendance of 116, crammed into Bangers in the City of London and shared stories with industry friends, colleagues, and competitors alike.

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Small Builders Back Government’s New Homes Plan

The Government’s flagship ‘Starter Homes’ initiative launched this week by the Prime Minister has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), with a number of FMB house builders already pledging their support.
 
Brian Berry, FMB Chief Executive, said: “We back the principle of this scheme which aims to enable more new homes to be brought forward and targeted at first time buyers, who are a crucial section of the market. The Government’s recognition of the importance of boosting supply from smaller house builders has been underlined by recent announcements extending the Builders Finance Fund to smaller sites and setting a ten unit threshold on affordable housing and tariff style planning obligations. It is crucial that the Starter Home initiative will also be open to firms and sites of any size.” 

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Up-selling to drive growth in 2015

Up-selling will be a key path to growth for the fenestration industry in 2015, according to Andrew Swift, technical advisor for foam sealants supplier ISO-Chemie.

He believes that while confidence remains high within the construction market, and window companies in particular have enjoyed a good year for sales, margins have not been as high as hoped and in some quarters, remain extremely tight.

“Increasing margins would appear to be a big challenge for the fenestration industry, as well as finding new ways to up-selling as we go forward in the coming years.

“Looking ahead, the new minimum technical competency (MTC) standards should separate the professionals from the cowboys but only if the sector is policed properly - if at all. But there’s also a strong onus for installers to look to add even more value – and boost margins – through new ways of up-selling to customers.

“One way to do this is to deal with the gap around the window to wall joint, which is currently un-regulated. I fully expect this to become a focus for 2015 as more and more start to look at seriously tackling the issue.

Andrew Swift says that for the last few years the main topics in the industry have been off site construction, air tightness and energy savings but this is now changing.

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Accelerating Growth Plans With Warehouse Expansion

Avocet Hardware has signalled its intent for 2015 by doubling the capacity of the warehouse facilities at its Brighouse headquarters in West Yorkshire.

The company has added an additional 10,000 pallet spaces, which when combined with a number of important new distribution deals, and a significant investment in stock earlier this year, means next day delivery is now available across any product ordered from Avocet before 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 3.30pm on Fridays.

Avocet also anticipates an additional 20 warehouse jobs being created as a result of the expansion in 2015.

Rythm Jain Saigal, a director of Avocet Hardware, said: “We have been building the business steadily ever since we took it over in 2012 and all this hard work can now be seen coming to fruition.”
 

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GGF Marks Great Progress In Scotland

The GGF raised its profile at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh in the first week of December with three jam packed days that included a GGF exhibition, meetings with over 20 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), input at the Scottish Cross Party Group Meeting on Fuel Poverty in Traditional Buildings and an exclusive GGF Members lunch and tour in the Garden Lobby of the Parliament Buildings.

Alex Gray, Chairman of GGF Scotland commented, “It’s been an amazing week and so important for the profile of the GGF to be raised in Scotland’s political arena. Sincere thanks to Margaret McCulloch MSP and Nigel Don MSP who helped facilitate the GGF’s Exhibition and arranged the lunch and tour of The Scottish Parliament buildings for our Members.”


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