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There has been further turmoil at the GGF. According to an unconfirmed report, Jon Vanstone has left the Helix Group. Vanstone was appointed CEO when the GGF set up Helix to operate its commercial companies including FENSA and BFRC. Vanstone's sudden departure follows the recent resignation of GGF president Alan Burgess after just a few months in the job.


In the past year the GGF has experienced a number of unscheduled departures with Mathew Glover also quitting as president in mid-term followed by Chris Mayne the MD of FENSA and BFRC. Previously Giles Wilson, at the time managing director of the GGF, made a surprise departure after 14 years with the organisation.

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Heuck in the city

Hueck has supplied for a ground-breaking project, which has been dubbed East London’s ‘Mini Manhattan’.

London City Island, a development in Canning Town, combines commercial and residential buildings and, within a few years, will also be home to the English National Ballet and the London Film School.

Just 20 minutes from the centre of London, the development is expected to draw in young professionals and the creative elite.

The 12-acre island is funded by Irish billionaire Sean Mulryan, with buildings designed by Glen Howells Architects and construction by Ballymore Developments.

Work is rapidly progressing on the construction of the brightly coloured residential properties, which are modelled after the colourful apartment blocks typical of Manhattan or Chicago. Hueck UK has supplied its profile for most of the windows and doors installed in the 1,700 apartments.

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Mike Hill joins Brisant

Brisant Secure has expanded its team with the appointment of Mike Hill as sales director. Hill, who has over 30 years’ experience in the door and window industry, comes from Fullex Locks, and previously Archibald Kenrick & Sons, Basta Parsons, Newman Tonks plc and VBH.

Hill says: “I was very excited to be approached by Brisant, and delighted to join the team. The way the Ultion cylinder has been taken up over the last 18 months or so is remarkable, it’s made a real impact in a very short period. Its growth is now self-perpetuating; those who buy it are incredible advocates. There are some really exciting developments due too – the new security handle, Lock Lock, is just an indication of what’s to come. It’s fantastic to be associated with such a quality, fast-growing company.”

Systems group at GGF

During 2016, a number of window and door system companies joined the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF). Due to the level, quantity and quality of those members, the Federation has now fully established a new specific GGF systems house group.

The group met for its first meeting on 4th May in Birmingham and GGF members companies such as Rehau, Veka, Profine UK, Synseal, Deceuninck and ALUK were represented. The meeting was chaired by Gareth Jones, marketing and technical director - window solutions Rehau, who said: “It was good to Chair the first formal meeting of this essential group for the GGF and the industry.”
Jones was elected Chairman of the System House Group by the group’s members and the position also means a seat on the GGF board.

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Phoenix at FIT


The 2017 FIT Show was the ‘best show in 20 years’ according to Phoenix Doors, which unveiled a number of new composite door developments on a shared stand C58 with its parent company MASCO UK Window Group.

Winning the Best Stand Design Over 80m² at the FIT Show awards was the ‘icing on the cake’ that topped an incredibly successful show for the Cambridgeshire-based PVC door panel and GRP composite door manufacturer.

Speaking after three days that saw their stand ‘inundated’ with visitors, Phoenix Doors’ sales director Haydon Statham said: “Wednesday was a particularly busy day on the stand. The group’s product displays together with our Meridian Door and new County Collection door designs were inundated all day.

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FIT Show gala record

With a record over 1000-plus people in attendance the first FIT Show gala dinner at the show’s new home, the NEC, Birmingham, proved a roaring success exceeding the expectations of not only the organisers but its attendees also.

Arriving to a champagne reception, guests were spilling out of the NEC doors due to the sheer volume of numbers at this year’s event. Upon entering the main hall guests were wowed by the burlesque-themed layout and stage set up – and this was all before any performers even stepped out on to the floor.

As the food and drink started flowing so did the entertainment. For one night only Birmingham switched places with the French capital. Inviting guests to step into the alleyways of deepest, darkest Paris, it was as if the Moulin Rouge had opened its doors for the FIT Show. aThe Proceedings were hosted by TV presenter and star of SOS DIY: The Big Build, Nick Knowles.

The Editor writes
To have one president resign mid-term may be unfortunate but to have a second follow suite would tend to indicate something must be amiss.
Last year saw a number of departures from the Glass and Glazing Federation. Following a root and branch, much needed, reorganisation which saw the federation's commercial interests separated from its member services the then president, Andrew Glover
resigned. A year later another
president has seen fit to step down.
The reorganisation resulted in the formation of the Helix Group in
which were vested FENSA and BFRC along with other GGF related
companies. Soon after, Chris Mayne, the MD of FENSA and BFRC, resigned. The decision of the chief executive, Nigel Reece to retire at the end of 2016 was said to be unrelated and must be seen as coincidental.
Following Glover's departure, immediate past president Brian  Baker stepped back into the role as an interim measure. Alan Burgess was voted president elect in September and inaugurated in February of this year.
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