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26th January 2021
 
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GGF Issues Revised Guidance On In House Selling During Lockdown In England

 

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has issued revised guidance for Home Improvement companies and sub-contractors operating in England during the current National Lockdown, following confirmation from Government officials of a new interpretation of the guidance for in-house selling during the pandemic.

The general Guidance on the subject of sales, published on the Government’s website, as detailed below remains the same and is unlikely to change for the next few weeks.

“Door-to-door sales should not take place, and sales activities should be conducted remotely (such as by phone, online, or mail).”

 
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Dear Gerald – Change To The COVID-19 Guidance As Regards Sales Within The Home

 

Dear Gerald,

Yesterday evening (Wednesday 20 January), following numerous discussions with Government departments, we had confirmation on an amendment to the position around selling in the home.

This amendment confirms that sales appointments may take place in the home, as long as they are undertaken in a COVID-secure way.

Sales appointments should still take place remotely if possible, but this is not mandatory. If an installer receives a request for a quote from a homeowner,

 
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YouGov Survey Reveals Parents’ Fenestration Industry Insights

 

GQA, GGF and FENSA Give Their Assessment

Hot on the heels of news that the Universities Minister believes the education system is too geared to directing young people onto courses that do nothing to prepare them for later life, a YouGov survey* commissioned by GQA Qualifications has revealed that parents tend to agree. The nationwide survey of just over 1,000 parents with school-age children has brought to light some fascinating insights into their current attitudes towards university attendance, vocational training, careers and qualifications, alongside their wider perception of the fenestration industry.

Over 60% of respondents agreed that for decades we have been recruiting too many young people onto university courses that do nothing to improve their life chances or help with their career goals.

 
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Dear Gerald

 

Dear Gerald

Open, but at what cost?

In the simplest terms, our business is measuring an aperture, ordering a window or door and fitting it. Add on selling it and getting paid to the beginning and the end of that, and you’ve got most of the picture. Over more than a decade, we’ve honed every single one of those elements and become one of the most efficient commercial installation businesses in the industry.

But Covid is currently putting paid to all of that. Like every business working at the sharp end of this industry, it is affecting every single stage of our operation and, despite sustained demand, our margins are under intense pressure. We’re determined to stay open, but at what cost?

 
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Builders’ Merchants’ Sales Grow 9% Despite Second Lockdown

 

The latest Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) report shows that value sales to builders by Britain’s builders’ merchants in November saw their largest year-on-year increase since March 2019, despite stricter Covid-19 restrictions being in place for most of the month. With builders heeding the Government’s directive to keep construction sites open, total sales were 9.0% higher than in November 2019.

Year-on-year growth was driven primarily by four main product categories: Landscaping was up 29.3% compared to November 2019, while Timber & Joinery Products also reported substantial value sales growth at 16.3%. Sales of Heavy Building Materials (+8.7%) and Ironmongery (+2.4%) were also above last November’s level.

 
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Classic Ridge Slims Down for 2021

 

Ultraframe has announced a new Slimline Ridge which is available now on its Classic conservatory roof system. The new ridge – which is ideal for modern conservatory designs – is thermally broken and available in either PVC or aluminium externally. The new Slimline Ridge is available on fixed 25° Georgians and double-ended 25° Georgians.

Explaining more, Ultraframe Marketing Director, Alex Hewitt, said: “We’re proud to announce a number of product innovations that are available on Classic now, including the new Slimline Ridge. The ridge has a stunning minimalist, modern look and instead of the usual round Classic radius end, it features a neat lantern-style ridge end.

 
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Design For The New Normal

 

With the new normal and remote selling, the industry and the way we do things has changed dramatically over the last twelve months. More and more services are moving online to keep up with the changes, and companies have to adapt to this new situation to survive.

Force 8 has always had a strong digital presence and it has now been reinforced with the addition of an extensive range of glazing cassettes to their unique Door Designer. Launched in 2018, the company says the Force 8 Door Designer is the only online design system that includes arched frames; ‘an important element missing from every other system’. Homeowners have the ability to design their own door from the comfort of their armchair and then view it digitally in their own home, whether it’s a standard or arched frame.

 
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Business As Usual After Brexit Says Apeer

 

Apeer, which manufacturers Apeer composite doors and Lumi windows and doors at its Ballymena, Northern Ireland factory, says that despite coverage in the national press advising that the suppliers of fresh goods, especially, are facing difficulties in delivering produce to Irish retailers and caterers, deliveries of the firm’s Apeer doors and lumi windows to the UK mainland, are unaffected by Britain’s final exit from the European Union.

Asa McGillian, Apeer’s Managing Director, says that whilst there are minor changes to administrative details in transporting doors and windows to its customers in England, Scotland and Wales, they have had no effect on its UK customers: “We have had plenty of time to think about and prepare for any changes that Brexit might make,”

 
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Contract Award Values Reach £57 Billion For 2020 – A 5% Fall On 2019

 

The value of all construction contract awards in 2020 was £57.0 billion. Despite the challenges 2020 brought, this represents a slight decrease of 4.7% on 2019. Contract award values held steady in 2020, but the number of contract awards declined by just under 16%.

The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, highlights levels of construction contract values awarded across Great Britain.

Certain sectors in 2020 experienced strong growth whilst others felt the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The infrastructure sector contract awards in 2020 were valued at £14.5 billion, an increase of 40% on 2019.

 
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Freefoam: Let’s Celebrate A Year Of Transformation

 

Freefoam has announced the launch of a photographic competition.

2020 was a transformative year. When homeowners took stock of their surroundings and chose to use their time, and money, to make improvements to their home.  And with many working at home, space has never been more important.

Freefoam says it would like to celebrate and acknowledge the vision and ambition of its Installers and Homeowners. To do this the company has announced a photo competition, to find the best Transformations using Freefoam fascia, soffit or cladding. With a huge variety of projects happening across the UK,

 
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Economical Thermal Break For Aluminium Systems

 

Ensinger is starting the new year with an expanded, easy-to-use insulbar catalogue. With this, the plastic specialist is offering system manufacturers of windows, doors and façades a wealth of validated insulating profiles and finishing options for thermally optimising their products. Virtually all common solutions for aluminium systems can thereby be implemented quickly and without any costs for customised tools.

“In order to meet a wide variety of technical, climate-related and ecological requirements, the standard programme comprises numerous materials and profile geometries in insulation depths of up to 54 mm”, explains Matthias Rink,

 
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U70 Partners With Yale To Offer Superior Security

 

Yale has strengthened its relationship with trade fabricator U70, after developing a new Encloser window lock as part of the launch of U70’s Kommerling C76 window system.

Martin Killick, Managing Director for U70, said: “We have been using a range of Yale products, including window and door locks, friction hinges and cylinders, for over a decade and have complete faith in the brand and the quality of its products.

“As we expand our range, we’re dedicated to ensuring that our uPVC window systems have superior security credentials. As such, we are thrilled that Yale have developed a new 26mm backset Encloser window lock specially tailored to the requirements of the Kommerling C76 window system.”

 
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Freefoam “The Obvious Choice” For The Plastik Place

 

Roofline, rainwater and cladding specialist the Plastik Place was set up in June 2020 with a trade counter in central Liverpool. Its founders, Phil Naylor and Kris Robinson had used Freefoam for over 20 years during their time at CFS Cladding & Fascias and SIG. When it came to setting up their own business, Freefoam was “the obvious choice”.

Phil Naylor explains: “We didn’t hesitate in choosing Freefoam as a supplier for the Plastik Place, as we’d worked with them in previous companies and our customers love Freefoam products. Freefoam gives us everything we need: a full product range and the right support and service. The team is great and our area sales manager is always on hand to help.

 
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Spectus Flush Tilt & Turn Windows Specified For New Build Social House Development

 

300 Spectus Flush Tilt & Turn Windows were specified in the development of 22 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom flats in Cricket Hill Road, Sheffield. Formerly the site of a social club, the site was secured for a development of a social housing apartment block.

The development required 300 windows, all with demanding specifications due to the hilltop location. The contract for the work was awarded to Spectus Approved Window Contractor Jade Windows, thanks to their exceptional track record of working on previous projects with the development’s main contractor.

 
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Yale Appoints New Marketing Executive

 

Yale has appointed Lucy Hume as Marketing Executive, assuming responsibilities for day-to-day communications as part of the brand’s marketing team.

A recent first-class graduate in Business and Marketing from Birmingham City University, Lucy also brings previous marketing experience at a graphic and web design company to the role.

Commenting on her appointment, Lucy, said: “I am honoured and excited to have been given the opportunity to start my career at such a globally recognised brand as Yale, which has amazing heritage and is still at the forefront of the lock industry today.

 
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Job Vacancies

Experienced Aluminium Profile Cutter - Arkay Windows

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Experienced Aluminium Window & Door Fabricator - Arkay Windows

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Windows & Doors Order Processor - Abcell

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Trade News

Garnalex Launches Sheerline Prestige

Garnalex has launched Sheerline Prestige, its most versatile and thermally efficient aluminium window and door system. Featuring a full depth Eurogroove, Prestige lets fabricators use their existing PVC-U hardware to streamline manufacturing, and is set to help redefine installer expectations in 2021.

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Surge In Job Opportunities Welcomed By GQA

GQA welcomes news of a surge in job opportunities for glaziers, window fabricators and installers. Reported at www.fenews.co.uk, it is understood that total job posts in these categories were up by just over 111% between June and September.

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FENSA Survey Reveals Attitudes Of UK’s Leading Installers

As part of a commitment to measure business levels, opinions, and prospects from the front line, FENSA has completed a survey amongst more than 6200 Approved Installers, located throughout England and Wales. Carried out in November and December 2020,

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ODL Europe Invests For Further Growth

ODL Europe has just announced two large scale investments in its business that will support its ambitious growth strategy in 2021 and beyond. Nathan Barr, Managing Director of ODL Europe, said: “As a business, we focus on being a valuable partner for our customers. The investments we are making now will enhance our ability to do this.”

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New ISO-Chemie Factory Investment Boost For UK Operations

ISO-Chemie, a leading foam sealant tape specialist, is investing in its international infrastructure to accommodate expansion and growth plans this year.

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Product News

Get Smart With Q-Smart

Hardware expert VBH has added the Q-Smart electronic smart handle to its range of premium quality window and door hardware and furniture.
It’s a keyless product which gives the homeowner 3 methods of gaining access. The first is a proximity fob that communicates with a reader built into the handle unit;

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Internet

Mila’s Website Updated For Lockdown 3

Mila has redesigned its website to help all those customers who are now working remotely again as a result of the latest government restrictions.
The main changes are to the navigation of the site, which now uses the same drop-down menus as the High Street’s leading retailers,

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People

Double Decade Service Celebration At Carl F Groupco

Carl F Groupco’s Regional Sales Team Leader Nathalie McKee and Purchasing Manager Lisa Davy have both celebrated ten years’ service for the hardware distributor. Nathalie and Lisa are the latest in a lengthy list of long servers for Carl F Groupco. During 2020,

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Kömmerling’s New Technical Director And Team

Andrew Charlesworth has been promoted to technical director for profine UK and KÖMMERLING, having been with the business since July 2014. More recently, he has added to his department to further help support customers and to implement a new five-year product management plan for the business.

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Obituary – Des Turnbull

Hardware specialist VBH have announced the sad news that Des Turnbull, until recently the Area Sales Manager for the Northern Counties, passed away in hospital on the morning of Saturday 16th January.
“Des was an integral part of the VBH team for the best part of 2 decades before retiring last February.

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Brochures

Mercury Glazing Supplies Introduces Their New Retail Brochure

Mercury Glazing Supplies has just published a new retail brochure to help promote their sash windows into the consumer. Steve Cross, Director at Mercury, said “Our latest high-end consumer brochure showcases our range of quality sash windows to help inspire homeowners.

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Endurance Publish New Customer Charter And Welcome Pack

With customer care at the top end of the agenda for Endurance Doors, the pioneering solid and secure composite door manufacturer has just published a new Customer Charter and Welcome Pack.
With some of the UK’s most trusted brands such as John Lewis adopting a culture of delivering a truly wonderful customer experience,

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On-Site

Senior Frames Nottingham’s Waterside Views

Senior Architectural Systems has provided a high-performance fenestration package for a stunning new residential development in Nottingham.
The Waterside Apartments scheme, aptly named owing to its prominent location on the banks of the River Trent,

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UK Glass Manufacturer Helps Bring The Outdoors In At Canadian Lakeside Retreat

Lake Huron House sees local “cabin country” architecture completely reimagined to create a modern family retreat on the banks of one of North America’s five Great Lakes.
Taking a contemporary architectural approach, the residence maximises its breath-taking lakeside views,

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