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31st August 2020

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GGF Reaction To UKCA Extension


The GGF has reacted to the news of the Government extension of the transition period for the end of recognition of the CE mark in Great Britain has been extended until 1st January 2023.

MHCLG (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) on Tuesday 24th August updated its Guidance providing practical information for placing construction products on the GB market.

The Government announcement stated; “Businesses must prepare for the end of recognition of the CE mark in GB and affix the UK marking using a UK-recognised ‘approved body’. Our intention is to end recognition of the CE mark by 1 January 2023. Current rules will remain in place until legislation is laid to end recognition of the CE mark.


ORiGINAL, Brought To You By DoorCo


DoorCo announces the release of ORiGINAL, the evolved foam-filled composite door range. Following the GRiPCORE and FLiP launches early this year, which delivered the company’s latest innovations with strong new identities, the composite door manufacturer has applied the same process to their foam-filled core door, positioning it as an inclusive introduction to the world of DoorCo.

“Our foam-filled core composite door is one of the best on the market and the foundation of our business,” says Dan Sullivan, DoorCo MD. “With all the new innovations coming into play, the foam-filled core composite door could be seen as an “entry level” solution, but the reality is it’s highly engineered and sets the benchmark in the market when it comes to quality and thermal performance. It’s an inclusive introduction to the world of DoorCo and is deserving of its own place in the DoorCo house of brands with a unique identity that suits its class. And what better choice than ORiGINAL.



FENSA Appoints New Board Member


FENSA has announced the appointment of Phil Slinger, Chief Executive of Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) to the FENSA Board.

On Phil Slinger’s appointment to the FENSA Board, GGF President and FENSA Chairman, Tony Smith commented, “It’s great to have Phil and CAB on the FENSA Board. It’s a dynamic and diverse Board with one broad aim, to make things better for our industry.”

The FENSA Board now has representation from all the trade bodies representing the framing materials in the industry. CAB joins the British Woodworking Federation, Steel Window Association and British Plastics Federation on the Board of the government-authorised scheme that monitors building regulation compliance for replacement windows and doors.


Almark Ltd And REHAU Celebrate A 20-Year Partnership


A North-East installer has marked the 20th anniversary of its long-standing partnership with polymer supplier REHAU by redoubling its commitment to providing high-quality solutions for the booming residential self-build market.

Stockton-on-Tees-based Almark Ltd. (Almark) have specialised in the fitting of premium windows, doors, conservatories and orangeries since the company was established in 2001. The company’s commitment to providing first-class installations was apparent even then, according to Managing Director Mark Brudenell.

“Almark was founded in response to the shoddy installations I was seeing when coming into new projects,” he explains. “I’d see these low-quality fittings and just thought to myself – I can do better.


Frame Fast UK Promotes Nigel Leivers To Managing Director


Nigel Leivers has been appointed Managing Director at Frame Fast UK after 18 years with Derby’s leading trade manufacturer, stating that the secret of his success is listening carefully to customers and expanding to meet their needs.

“Our company is where it is today due to a combination of hard work, dedication, close customer relationships and a great team, and I am so proud that I can continue this journey in my new position as Managing Director,” says Nigel.


Conservation Living In Lyme Park With R9


Nestled away in the Peak District, adjacent to Lyme Park National Trust, sits the latest installation from The Residence Collection. The project showcases the outstanding heritage credentials of R9 as a true timber alternative window and door system.

Lyme Park is a large country estate managed by the National Trust with the mansion house designated as a Grade I listed building. This project that was carried out by Alexander Windows, sits in the local conservation area, one of 109 in the Peak District National Park. The Residence Collection has a long and esteemed history working with local authorities on such conservation projects.


profine’s Exhibition Fit-ting For 2022


profine UK and their revered KÖMMERLING brand of high performance PVCu window and door systems, are backing the decision by organisers to move the FIT Show back to 10-12th May 2022 after consultation with exhibitors.

profine Group are also fully committed to Fensterbau 2022 which will take place from 29th March to 1stApril in Nuremberg, where organisers will again look to be welcoming over 110,00 visitors to the show. Following from this, the expectation is that the FIT Show will be an overwhelming success, after successful vaccination programmes both in the UK and overseas, along with the settling down in product supply and pricing pressures that are currently affecting the domestic sector.


Instagram Inspiration From Endurance


Louise Sugars is the latest Instagram influencer to endorse Endurance Doors on her inspirational page @myhomegarden36 where she states that ‘I love interior design and all things home.’

It’s an Instagram page packed with ideas and interior design influences for the modern home, where she’s benefitted from a new Pentland style door in Raven Black with chrome hardware from Endurance Doors. She’s already enhanced the front of her home with a matching Ring doorbell, along with a contrasting white rose featured wreath, as shown on her post from the 9th August 2021 which has already enjoyed 1,480 likes.


A New Ring Door Knocker From Coastal


Coastal’s new DKB200 Ring Door Knocker from their BLU Hardware Range is manufactured from high-quality 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel giving it the best corrosion resistance possible. Whether you’re fitting the DKB200 to a door on a property near the coast, or a door made from acidic timber such as oak or Accoya®, you can rest assured you’re fitting the best door knocker to withstand the elements and give perfect peace of mind for many years to come.

Available in 5 popular finishes, the DKB200 Ring Door Knocker comes with plenty of choice, so you can choose a finish to suit any entrance door, whatever the door colour is. The design is classic but the finishes are a mix of contemporary and traditional, adding elegance and style to your front door.


Tradeglaze Tigers’ Roarsome Effort To Help Raise Funds For The NHS


As part of its commitment to providing help throughout the wider community, Lincoln-based double glazing fabricator Tradeglaze (Lincoln) Ltd has proudly taken part as the Gold Sponsor of this year’s Camperfest ’21 fundraiser for the NHS. Organised by Camper UK, the UK’s premier motorhome dealer, the event took place over the weekend of 13 – 15 August at the Camper UK Leisure Park in Swinethorpe nr Lincoln.

The ‘Tradeglaze Tigers’ team consisted of six Tradeglaze team members who competed in the event’s ‘We’re a Knockout’ inflatable challenges. Disciplines included running over inflatable slides, group jumping in sacks, diving through foam and building an inflatable cannon, to name just a few of the tricky tasks the teams had to complete. Despite intense efforts Tradeglaze Tigers didn’t take home the trophy on this occasion;


Trade News

Leka Systems Partners With Checkatrade

Leka Systems has just announced a partnership with Checktrade giving Leka installers access to an exclusive Checkatrade membership discount. Leka Systems’ Managing Director, Rhys Hoddinott, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing this partnership because it will enable our installers to secure even more jobs with the UK’s number one trade directory.


AT Precision Experiences Record Summer As Sales Soar Despite Market Disruptions

Aluminium bi-fold hardware supplier AT Precision has experienced a record few months, after taking on several new customers over the summer.
This follows the company’s impressive increase in sales of 342% since opening its doors in February last year.


Architectural Glass Production Powered By Hydrogen

Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG group, has successfully manufactured architectural glass at its St Helens facility using hydrogen power in a world-first trial, claims the company.



Energy-Saving Thermocill Appoints Two Directors Ahead Of Launch

An energy-saving business has appointed two senior directors before the launch of its ‘game-changing’ ancillary heating product.
Thermocill Limited, which has developed an innovative eco-friendly device enabling a room to heat up quicker at the same time as saving on energy bills, has recently recruited Chris Sweeney as sales director. In addition,


New Group Head Of IT Appointed To Drive Conservatory Outlet’s Digital Transformation

Manufacturer of high-quality windows, doors, home extensions and conservatory products has kick-started a major digital transformation project with the appointment of a new Group Head of IT.


Online Magazine

FIT Show

Fentrade Aluminium Signs Up To FIT 2022

Aluminium trade fabricator Fentrade has signed up to the FIT Show, which runs from 10th – 12th May, 2022.  Chris Reeks, Director of Fentrade, said: “We recognise the FIT Show as the highlight of the exhibition calendar for the UK fenestration industry and the first opportunity for important face-to-face exhibiting, which is why we chose to sign up to the show.”



One Step Ahead With Onsite 7 Management Software

Onsite 7, the installer-friendly cloud-based job management software delivers end-to-end information that puts businesses in control of every installation. Rhys Hoddinott, CEO at Onsite 7, explains: “There are several pieces of information that the software delivers that are critically important for installation companies, but the job review section is particularly effective.



Carl F Groupco Releases Roto Window Gearing Guide

Outward opening window hardware has always been a staple range for hardware distributor Carl F Groupco, who offer fittings to suit most window styles. Supporting this, a new guide for outward opening window hardware has been produced which highlights product options from established manufacturer partner, Roto.



Haffner Supporting Local Community Sport

Haffner has been the club sponsor for its local football team, Stone Old Alleynians, for a number of years. In addition to the sponsorship, the company has recently funded two significant initiatives. Dave Thomas, Managing Director at Haffner, said: “We’re proud to be based in Stone and to be able to support our local community in this way.”


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