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6th August 2020
 
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Green Homes Grant to Create Substantial New Demand For Doors – Emplas

 

Emplas has said the Green Homes Grant has the potential to create ‘substantial’ new demand for door replacements.

The Government ‘fleshed out the bones’ of the scheme announced by Rishi Sunak in the Summer Statement [8/7/20] in a new document, Green Homes Voucher Scheme Available Measures published on 4/8/20.

While according to Emplas, offering only limited opportunities on window replacements, the trade specialist has highlighted the opportunities that the scheme appears to offer for door replacements.

 
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Little For Glazing In Green Grant Scheme

 

The Government has released more details of the Green Homes Grant Scheme almost one month after it was announced by the Chancellor.  The announcement adversely affected many home improvement companies as consumers cancelled or postponed orders until the launch of the scheme, which is set for September and will be available in England only, with an estimated 600k homes benefiting.

In the detail, the glazing element is relatively low priority with only those upgrading from single glazing to double or triple glazing or if installing secondary glazing, being able to claim funding under the scheme.

 
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British Homeowners Spend £13,000 On Added Extras For Their Homes

 

New research has found that British homeowners are willing to spend an average of £13,000 on special features, such as outside seating areas and kitchen islands, to improve their properties.

The survey, commissioned by Origin,  manufacturer of aluminium doors and windows, found that the most sought-after added extra amongst homeowners is an abundance of natural light, with 54 percent prioritising this. This is followed by storage (53 percent) and en-suite bathrooms (52 percent).

 
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New Head For Roto Western Europe

 

Roto Western Europe has a new divisional leader. Francesc Gimeno has been appointed to the role of Director of the Western Europe economic region on top of his current responsibilities for Southern Europe formed by France, Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal and Africa.

Meanwhile, his predecessor Mike Piqeur has moved within the Roto Group to become managing director of weatherseal specialists DEVENTER.

A member of Roto management for over 10 years, Francesc is a Spanish native and fluent in French, English and Italian. He will continue to be based in Barcelona.

 
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The New FENSA Training Academy: NVQ Up To Level 7 With No Classrooms, No Exams

 

In a positive response to the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions imposed to curb the disease, FENSA has re-launched its FENSA Training Academy in partnership with industry training experts Total Support Training. The scheme, which provides pathways to NVQ qualifications from Level 1 through to Level 7 in a variety of skills, in addition to a number of short courses covering a variety of glazing related subjects, is now available fully online, with no requirement to attend classes or examinations.

The training experts behind the scheme will conduct remote assessments carried out by evidence submission via email. Participants are asked to respond to the task emails by answering questions, taking pictures and submitting documents in their own time as well as phone assessments with assessors to discuss the tasks as and when needed.

 
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Shaun McAllister Appointed To Drive Sales For Pricepoint

 

Shaun McAllister has joined industry software company MP Logic to head up the sales and marketing of pricepoint, their new remote selling tool for installers.

Shaun who has previously held senior roles at Anglian, Everest and the GGF is ideally placed to understand the challenges facing installers, especially in the aftermath of the Covid-19 outbreak, and the obstacles it has put in the way of their traditional way of doing business.

Speaking about his appointment Shaun commented “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to head up sales and marketing for this brand-new software suite from one of the Fenestration industry’s most respected developers”.

 
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New ASSA ABLOY White Paper Explains Why Fabricators Should Care About Inclusive Design

 

ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland has published a free new white paper detailing the true cost of buildings not complying with the guidelines governing inclusive design. With systems that incorporate inclusive door opening solutions offering greater sales opportunities for fabricators, those in the industry can find out more by downloading the white paper from www.assaabloyopeningsolutions.co.uk/inclusivedesign

When talking about inclusive design, many people immediately think of those with a disability or specific, specialist requirements. While inclusive design encompasses the needs of these people, its key objective is to make a site inclusive for all, no matter what.

 
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Deceuninck’s July Sales Reach Another Record High

 

Deceuninck sales have continued to rise this summer. Following strong growth before the lockdown, and a ‘spectacular’ recovery in June, sales in July were up a record-breaking 31.9% year-on-year, 20.9% ahead of our pre-Covid budget.

The PVC-U window systems company says all Deceuninck fabricators have seen strong demand since lockdown, with the proportion of sales that are colour also jumping from 60% to around 70% of total sales over the past few months.

 
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Searches For Fly Screens On The Up

 

Searches for fly screens have reached a 3 year high, according to the latest from Google Trends and this upturn is converting to more sales for installers of aïr Screens. Proving popular for homeowners who are installing wide-span doors in their homes, aïr Screens are dual-purpose and stop flies and other insects entering the home on summer days, as well as acting as a privacy screen and sunshade.

Jay Patel, aïr brand ambassador, explains: “It’s no surprise to learn that searches are up for fly screen products, as we have seen a significant upturn in trade enquiries for our aïr Screens. With the combination of people spending more time at home and the warm weather we had during lockdown, many homeowners have realised the downside to having bi-fold and lift & slide doors wide open – the bugs!

 
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Unleash Your Digital Potential With Endurance

 

Endurance Doors have just published a 24-page brochure for their Installer Partners that details a wide range of online marketing packages in conjunction with ICAAL, their digital marketing partners.

These marketing packages have been carefully put together to allow Installer Partners to excel online and to harness many of the tools that makes Endurance Doors a standout composite door brand, in the eyes of the consumer. These include a bespoke quoting engine, Door Designer and CRM system, along with a forward-thinking chat bot, virtual appointment booking page and even the facility to have the latest customer reviews updated directly to a website.

 
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Clarification On Green Homes Grant Is Here; Now Let’s Get The Window And Door Market Moving Again

Clarification has finally been achieved on the Government’s Green Homes Grant Scheme today – providing the green light for the window and door market to get back moving again.

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High Demand To End Of The Year But Tougher Start To 2021 – Industry Roundtable

The industry will continue to see high levels of demand through to the end of the year but should brace itself for tougher trading conditions at the start of 2021, according to commentators.

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“…We All Need To Work Together With Honesty And Integrity” – A Letter To The Media

We are clearly in unprecedented times. However, the glass and glazing industry appears to be facing untold challenges when it comes to the supply of products.

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Signature Windows Goes Premium With Dekko Window Systems

Signature Windows has joined forces with trade fabricator Dekko Window Systems.

The Teignmouth-based installer has become the latest firm to offer

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New Heritage Handles From Mila

Mila has launched its own range of Heritage espag handles, combining elegant styling with intelligent design and security features.

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Norseal Is A Cut Above

Door seal specialist Norseal says it has become the first company in Europe to develop a custom-made drop seal cutting machine. The machine will cut any drop seal to the exact size required,

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People

Glazerite Announces New MD And Restructure As Part Of Long-Term Plans For Growth

Leading trade fabricator, The Glazerite UK Group Ltd, has announced a board-level restructure as part of its ambitious plans for growth.  The move includes the appointment of Robert Brearley as Group Managing Director,

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Obituary – Keith Vast

It is with great sadness that profine UK announces the passing away of Keith Vast at his home on Wednesday 29th July, following a prolonged period of ill health.

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Training & Development

Apprenticeships Key To Sustainable Growth – Emplas

Emplas has committed to the appointment of eight new apprenticeships before the end of this year as part of its sustainable growth strategy.

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Marketing

A Hub Of Support From Epwin Window Systems

Epwin Window Systems’ marketing portal, Brand Hub 360, offers a comprehensive range of marketing assets to support its growing customer base. The range of marketing tools has recently been extended to help further support

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Apps

Double-Glazing Pricing App Available To Installers For Free

The company behind a ‘revolutionary’ double glazing pricing app is giving all installers a free two-month trial of the software.

As installers look to kickstart business after the Covid-19 lockdown,

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On-Site

State Of The Art Hospital Benefits From P C Henderson’s Sirocco System

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has been specified for a state of the art hospital build in Breda, Holland.

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Awards

RoSPA Health And Safety Award For The Window Company (Contracts)

Commercial installer, The Window Company (Contracts), is celebrating after landing a coveted RoSPA 2020 Health and Safety Award.

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