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    Open letter from Ryan Johnson, Managing Director, Emplas

    Covid-19 has changed the way we live and work on many levels. This includes highlighting and reinforcing, something which has long underpinned our own working culture - the importance of transparency.  We have written to...

    Are apprenticeships working?

    From: David Thornton, Chairman, The Window Company (Contracts) The skills shortage might have slipped down the agenda a bit over recent months while the industry has been tackling what is understandably the more pressing issue...

    Anthony C Jones FIAM FInstSMM, Chairman, National Federation of Glaziers

    I share with you in these challenging times the following advice given to our members which will be useful for the glazing industry generally: As manufacturing times extend this is becoming an important issue. Covid 19...

    The prefect storm: be patient

    From: Richard Gyde, Managing Director, Mila It was six months ago that I first wrote to the press to sound an early warning about the storm brewing in the freight market (http://www.the-glazine.com/?p=1445). Booming demand in the...

    “Why does the market need to be re-educated to accept longer lead times”

    From: Martin Nettleton, Managing Director, Euroglaze I may be a lone voice, but, having spent so many years building Euroglaze into one of the most efficient fabricators in the UK, I’m struggling to understand why...

    From: Gary Morton, Boing Boing Group

    Once, there was a real stigma attached to going bankrupt – and as a society, it’s good we’ve become a little more compassionate. Sometimes, businesses fail through no direct fault of the people that own...

    The sincerest form of flattery?

    From: Guy Hubble, RegaLead Ltd They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but what value does copycatting bring to the glazing market? I ask because we’ve recently noticed an increase in the number...

    ‘A perfect storm brewing’

    From: Richard Gyde, Managing Director, Mila Even without the Coronavirus pandemic, this is peak season when it comes to importing freight from Asia. Black Friday, Thanksgiving and Christmas combine to drive huge spikes in demand,...

    A sign of things to come for UK construction

    From: Jade Greenhow, Director of Operations, Insight Data John Lewis is planning to diversify into house building. They predict that this will account for 40% of their future profits. We think this a sign of things to...

    From: Giovanni Laporta, inventor and innovator of Smart Ready®

    It’s fantastic to see more and more fabricators and installers beginning to promote their Smart offering as they realise its potential as our industry’s next big opportunity. But in light of some recent trademark...