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Master builders join NHIC

 
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The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the latest organisation to join the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) and add its voice to a growing membership of influential organisations which share the NHIC’s ambitions for raising standards and protecting consumers when it comes to home improvements in the UK.

 

The FMB will work closely alongside companies, trade associations and accreditation providers such as British Gas, Which? Trusted Trader and NAPIT for building services.

With raising standards and protecting consumers, at the forefront of many people’s minds, the FMB is bringing its own influence and links to SME builders and will play a key part in NHIC’s data gathering, information sharing and sector engagement strategies.

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Anna Scothern
Polyframe acquires Customade

 

Polyframe Group has announced that it has  acquired and merged with Customade Group. The deal was supported by further investment from Cairngorm Capital Partners. With revenues in excess of £100m, the enlarged group, will trade as Customade and now has a complete and comprehensive product range across aluminium windows, composite entry doors and PVC-U products.

Established in 1980, Customade is a specialist manufacturer of high-quality aluminium and PVC-U windows, doors and conservatory roof products. Best known for its proprietary and market-leading REAL, Atlas and Fineline aluminium brands, the company operates from 100,000sq ft, state-of-the-art facilities near Gloucester, employing 320 people. In 2016 it achieved turnover in excess of £35m.

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GGF Fit Show seminars

The GGF has confirmed that it will be presenting on three key topics at The FIT Show 2017 at the NEC in May.

Topics will cover a range of subjects - Brian Smith, director of home improvement will discuss resolving disputes, technical officer Russell Day will speak on glazing in conservation areas and Phil Pinnington, director of health and safety, will cover accidents in the industry.

James Lee, director of marketing and communications,says “The GGF is pleased to provide three expert speakers covering highly relevant topics at this years’ FIT Show. We are once again happy to support the seminar programme at the glass and glazing industry’s largest UK trade show.” Visit the GGF Group stand at the FIT Show, Hall 8, Stand N30.

   

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Black Millwork refurbishment

 

Black Millwork has supplied a range of its windows and external doors to an extensive refurbishment project in Foxton Mews, Richmond Hill, bringing a dilapidated building back to life.

Beginning in February 2016 and being completed earlier this year, the project consists of two houses and four offices. The 6,000sq ft building, located at the heart of Richmond Hill had started to show its age and was in disrepair. The task of restoring the property to its former glory was handed to Harepath LLP, who subsequently installed a host of Black Millwork products including double hung sash windows, casement windows and some bespoke designed doors.

Chris Ackley, member at Harepath LLP says: “This renovation project represented a significant challenge to all involved. The buildings featured several unusual window and door units, which although unique, provided inadequate protection against the elements. Therefore, the challenge for us was to boost performance standards whilst retaining the property’s distinctive character.”

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The Dr. at Bau

 

For Dr. Hahn, this year’s BAU in Munich was among the best of the past years. At the door hinge manufacturer’s stand, the number and quality of the visitors, mainly those from the Middle East, was extremely positive.
This year, the share of visitors from abroad was significantly higher than it had been two years ago. We were able to make a lot of new connections and take interesting enquiries back to Mönchengladbach for processing, mainly regarding our Inductio system”, said Eckhard Meyer, sales and marketing rirector at Dr. Hahn.
The demand for door hinges made in Germany remains unweakened. We want to offer our partners the best possible service with genuine added value – be it retailers or processors. This includes supporting the establishment of proprietary online shops with comprehensive product information and equipping processing software with production-relevant data sets. We have made that our task for 2017”, he says.

                              

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A FIT winner

 

Scoring a hat trick of awards all within the space of a couple of months, Atlas Roof Solutions approved installer QKS Home Improvement is on a bit of a winning streak at the moment. Adding to its national installation of the year award and National Houzz Service award the Lincolnshire-based company has now come out on top in January’s FIT Show Installation of the Year competition.

Following up Nordic Installations’ win in December for its bespoke new build in Dunsford, Devon, QKS were up against some tough competition with excellent installations submitted by companies such as The Window Company, DWL Windows, McDermott Windows and even Atlas Roof Solutions – a company they work very closely with.
It was the well exposed images with the product shown clearly that caught my attention,” said CAB’s Adrian Toon, the competition’s judge. “They also supplied a great range of pictures. With the vertical elements of the installation being vertical within the image, this also helps with the appeal in the eyes of the viewer.”

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Comment
The Editor writes
So, it seems the deed is done and article 50 will be triggered. In all probability next month. Even politicians who voted to remain in the EU in the referendum supported the bill to trigger the article. Afraid, no doubt of being accused of 'thwarting the will of the British people’.
Given that only slightly more than half of us voted to leave that seems to me a bit rich, effectively disenfranchising almost half of the voting population. “You voted for the wrong side, you are wrong, you don't count,” seems to be the message.
One can imagine the furore if it had gone the other way by the same
difference. I have no doubt that the second referendum campaign would be under way already.
This is the problem with politicians that have never worked. Not in commerce, not in manufacturing, not even in finance or banking or the law.The whole thing spins on the politics not the practical.
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