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In the two months following the introduction of GDPR, 44% of businesses in the trades sector have failed to wipe the memory off redundant IT equipment before disposal according to IT service managers Probrand. The company rackons that despite GDPR legislation having come into effect over four months ago, the majority of UK businesses in the trades sector are now risking penalties by failing to adhere to some of the rules.


According to a survey of 1,002 UK workers in full or part-time employment, carried out by, a large proportion (44%) of businesses in the trades sector failed to wipe the data from IT equipment they disposed of in the two months following GDPR. The workers surveyed were from a wide range of trades including construction, plumbing and carpentry.

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GDPR risk is being ignored
PVC pioneer Lauman dies at 89


Heinrich Laumann, the founder of Veka, has died aged 89.  Dave Jones, Veka MD,  says that the window industry has lost one of the most distinguished entrepreneurs of the last 50 years.

Jone says: “I was moved to hear of the passing of our founder Heinrich Laumann; a real gentleman, a family man and a true pioneer of our industry. His business vision shaped the industry on an international scale. His core value was putting people first and this will be his lasting legacy at Veka subsidiaries across the globe.”

Lauman was 40 years old when he took over at Vekaplast, based in the German city of Sendenhorst. He started out with a team of just eight people, and over the next 49 years the company became a global leader in PVC-U evolving into an internationally renowned business that now employs around 5600 people in 35 countries.

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Certass champions


Certass is asking window companies to get together and champion local installers who are the connection between the industry and the consumer.

Jason Clemmit, managing director at Certass says: “This year, there has been a lot of bad industry press where skills and competency are concerned. Whilst we do have issues with a growing skills gap and an ageing workforce, we need to champion the local installers. They have proven, competent installation skills and are using them to deliver impressive installations to consumers.

“At Certass, we believe in real, sensible certification to ensure these great standards are delivered to homeowners. That’s done through our installer certification schemes and the Certass skills card.



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New GGF training schemes


GGF has launched its new quality mark training programme for installers. Twelve trainees attended the first course, to hone their skills and focus on the core output of the training: how to deliver quality installations with exemplary customer service. At the same time the federation launched its first training courses for surveyors.

The scheme are the first part of the GGF’s 'focus on quality'. Members who send installers and surveyors on the courses can progress to achieve the 'GGF Quality Installer Award' and 'GGF Quality Surveyor Award'. This also involves an on-site inspection and submission of a portfolio of two jobs.


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Scottish regional sales for GEZE


GEZE UK has strengthened its automatic door systems team with the recent appointment of John Clark, who joins as area sales manager, covering Scotland. Supporting GEZE UK’s planned growth north of the border, Clark will focus on developing customer relationships, analysing and proposing technical solutions from the company’s automatic door range and providing first-level contact for incoming enquiries.

With a strong track record in automatic door sales, including experience working for Gilgen Door Systems, DSS Automatic Doors and Record UK, John joins GEZE UK's team in Scotland at a pivotal time of change.


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VBH shortlisted


VBH (GB) has been shortlisted for Best Mid-Range Budget Campaign at the Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs). The awards are the only ones that recognise excellence in marketing within construction.

Over the last 12 months, VBH has worked with MRA Marketing to create and drive a strategic PR campaign to position VBH as a thought-leader in a saturated market and build awareness and sales of greenteQ - VBH’s own branded suite of hardware.
The programme has not only given VBH a voice in a crowded market, with PR coverage up by 620%, sales are also up 7% year-on-year. Improved awareness of greenteQ is also generating sign-ups for Q-secure, VBH’s multi-brand guarantee that covers VBH’s greenteQ range and tested products from selected 3rd party brands.


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The Editor writes
Well, a happy Christmas, though probably not if you are a member of
parliament.Yesterday I read that the prime minister is threatening detention for all the MPs who vote against her deal with the EU. (Due tomorrow as I write.) The Grinch is cancelling Christmas and they can stay in and keep voting until they get it right. It is a pity she won't give us the same opportunity. Of course if she did there is a  chance that we might change our mind and she will have her chums in the European Research Group up in arms not to mention Farage fuming and starting new political parties.
There seems to be a general assumption that the whole country has moved to the far right – not my impression – along with all of the politicians. Also not true. A few, perhaps very few, members of the Conservative Party have shown their true xenophobic colours and insist that we should have nothing
to do with Johnny Foreigner.
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