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The GGF Board has made significant changes to the structure of the group. The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and its group of subsidiary companies are to be reorganised


This is seen as a major decision for the board which views the move as a positive step for the federation, the GGF staff and members. The board is confident that this will provide great benefit for the GGF and its membership and allow both the GGF and the new group to function and prosper in existing and potential new markets. 

A GGF board spokesman says: The restructure was undertaken in order to allow the subsidiary companies to flourish and grow, and also to bring positive benefits to the trade federation activities."

Jon Vanstone becomes group chief executive of the new group with immediate effect. Until this appointment Jon Vanstone held several positions including managing director of Borough IT, non-executive director of Trustmark, and non-executive director of the Trade Association  Forum.  He previously held the position of director with th Glazing Ombudsman and Fensa.

Subsequently GGF president Mathew Glover resigned from the position.

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Hanson joins Kawneer

Aluminium systems manufacturer

Kawneer UK has announced the appointment of Mark Hanson as marketing manager with additional responsibility for the development of products and services for the low-rise residential sector.

Mark Hanson comes with a wealth of experience within the industry, having spent more than 20 years at Ultraframe where he was instrumental in growing, developing and promoting a range of aluminium-based conservatory and roof glazing products in the residential sector.

Hanson says: “I am excited to start a new challenge within Kawneer and look forward to working with the team to further develop their already extensive product and service suite. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected and forward-thinking company.                                                       

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A year in Jack's new home

Jack Aluminium is celebrating one year in its new distribution centre in Coventry. “It’s been a superb move,” says Jeff Pearson, sales director at Jack Aluminium. “We have quadrupled the space and added more room for our expert specification and technical support team.”

The 10,000 sq ft distribution centre and HQ is perfectly located in the centre of the country. The move has given Jack Aluminium space to expand. The commercial aluminium systems company, best known for the no-compromise, highly energy efficient and high security TD68 Jack Door, holds more stock for faster turnaround which is great news for customers.

“Demand for Jack Door continues to grow,” says Pearson.

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Visitors to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s ‘Housing 2016’ conference and seminar were able to hear the benefits of installing sound insulating PVC-U windows with the new Quiet-Mark approved CMS Silent-Therm window demonstration pod at the CMS Window Systems stand (E16), as well as learning about the company’s latest fuel poverty alleviation solutions.

The window, door and curtain walling designer, fabricator and installer, which already offers a range of PVC-U, aluminium and timber hybrid products offering up to zero carbon, 0.8 U-value thermal performance, claims to be the first in the UK to have secured Quiet-Mark approval for a whole window. This standard provides independent assurance that a product helps reduce the annoyance of unwanted noise and CMS joins the likes of John Lewis, Virgin, Dyson and Samsung in having products certified.

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Eurocell - Shelforce partners

Shelforce, a long standing Birmingham based manufacturer of PVC-U doors and double glazed windows, with a predominately disabled workforce, has announced a new supply partnership with Eurocell. Eurocell is a £175m listed company that manufactures PVC profiles as well as having over 145 trade counter branches selling building products to the construction industry.

“Shelforce is a natural partner for Eurocell with its extensive knowledge and expertise of working within the education, new build and social housing sectors, all sectors that we are focusing in on for growth” says Eurocell’s head of business development Paul Colman.

"This partnership will see Eurocell as Shelforce’s new supply partner, supplying components and materials for its Modus and Eurologik systems, two of the UK’s most energy efficient window ranges, together with its range of composite residential doors to Shelforce."

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Charity Ride


Elliot Parfitt, the son of Sally and Mike Parfitt, who run Shepton Mallet's Crusader Windows, is all geared up to cycle 100 miles in the name of a charity very close to his heart. Crusader is a long-standing fabricator and installer of Veka window systems.

Elliot, who works at the family-run company is taking part in the Prudential RideLondon event which will see professional and amateur cyclists participate in a 100-mile challenge on specially closed roads around London and Surrey.


Having lived with a genetic condition called Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) from birth, he is riding to raise funds and awareness for the Tuberous Sclerosis Association, an organisation that has provided invaluable support for him and his family.

Parfitt says: “TSC can affect different people in different ways and can cause growths on the brain, heart, eyes, kidneys, lungs and on the skin. For me, it started with severe fits as a baby, which thankfully haven't returned since treatment at seven months old.
“TSC has affected me in a number of ways but I don’t let it rule my life. I aim to complete the 100 miles in the best time possible. I want to raise money and support for the Tuberous Sclerosis Association (TSA) to thank them for being there for me and my family.”

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The Editor writes
So now it is official: the Green Deal was a bust.A highly critical report by the Public Finance Committee (PAC) says that 'failures highlighted by the design and implementation of household energy efficiency schemes put public money at risk and must not be repeated’.
The scheme was set up by the coalition and was presented as its 'flagship' policy designed to improve energy efficiency in our leaky old homes. Along with the Energy Efficiency Obligation (ECO) it was supposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions improve the energy efficiency of 'harder to treat' homes and, it was hoped, reduce fuel poverty.
We said at the outset that it seemed like one of those good ideas you cook up in the pub on a Friday night after work. But in the cold light of Monday morning, you realise it was stupid and go back to concentrating on the day job.
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