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When the ‘Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’ by Dame Judith Hackitt was published it prompted much debate amongst the media, general public and industry alike, Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification considers the long-term repercussions of the recommendations and calls for more to be done from a technical perspective.

Andy Lowe, director of building control at Bureau Veritas, says: “The publication of the Hackitt Review comes as we approach the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire and alongside the commencement of the public inquiry into the tragedy; the scenes from which have displayed that the pain of all those affected has not dampened. For many, the Hackitt Review did not deliver what they had hoped and sparked somewhat of a public outcry due to the unexpected conclusion not to impose an outright ban on combustible cladding. Instead, the recommendations of the review focused on the need for a new regulator and a series of proposals to make high-rise flats safer to live in...

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Thomas joins Hoppe


Hoppe (UK) has appointed Rob Thomas as business development manager for the Midlands.

With over 30 years in the door and architectural ironmongery industry, Thomas has extensive experience in dealing with steel, timber and aluminium door sets. Starting in 1988 with architectural ironmongers Parker, Winder and Achurch, he has worked for a wide range of door manufacturers and door hardware suppliers.

Thomas also completed his Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) diploma and is currently working towards becoming a Registered Architectural Ironmonger (RegAI).

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Beware the consultant

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has appointmented  Maruf Ahmad as the group project manager for all commercial companies within the group.

In 2010, Ahmad graduated from Queen Mary University of London with adegree in information communications technology in the business environment, then started his first role as a project support officer at Lloyd's Register and developed his project management skills extensively.

On taking up his new role Ahmad says: “It seems like a really exciting time to be here, as there is a lot of positive change happening within the business...


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FIT Show shortlist

The FIT Show has been being shortlisted for two Association of Event Organisers  (AEO) awards. The event is finalist in both the Best UK Trade Show (more than 8000sqm) and Marketing Campaign of the Year - Trade categories for the awards.

The event's shortlisting follows the team’s success at the Exhibition News Awards, where the show took home the ‘Best Trade Show Marketing Campaign’ award in March.

The FIT Show has developed strongly since its inception in 2013, outgrowing its original home at Telford Exhibition Centre and relocating to the NEC in 2017 - this move and the overall upscaling of the event played a prominent role in the 2017 marketing campaign.

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Rapierstar hits £100,000 day


Door and window fastener specialist Rapierstar has passed another major milestone on its path to record growth, by exceeding more than £100,000 of dispatches in a single day for the first time.

David Furness, group managing director says: “When you consider the tiny unit price of a screw, £100,000 worth of screws is a huge volume to sell and dispatch in just one day. It’s a milestone we’ve reached ahead of our target and reflects what we are seeing in the market, with fabricators seeking to improve efficiency with a supply chain they can depend on.

“Our £100,000 record was broken with lots of normal customer orders, individually picked and dispatched from our central warehouse...


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GM Fundraising has announced that the headline sponsor of From Russia With Hope - its next cycling challenge in June 2019 – will be Brisant Secure.


“As one of our industry’s most high-profile brands, we are absolutely thrilled that Brisant Secure has agreed to be the headline sponsor of From Russia With Hope,” says Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising. “Brisant Secure takes security to a new level with its full range of top performance, premium quality security hardware, including the Ultion lock and Lock Lock handle solutions. Being associated with and supported by such a fabulous brand is key to the success of all our fundraising events, but in particular the cycling challenges. There is a lot of work and cost involved in organising these events and I know that Nick, Steve and the team will be a great help in us reaching our goals for the event. The team always covers their personal costs but having the commitment of Brisant as headline sponsor means that every penny raised in support of this challenge will go directly to the children and families at Hope House Children’s Hospices, our nominated charity.”


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The Editor writes
'Reports' 'Enquiries' 'Royal Commissions' – the British way of talking about what happened. Sometimes, undoubtedly, a useful tool to make the public think that a government wants the truth uncovered, perpetrators brought to
book and, in the extreme, actually cares about the matter under enquiry.
A big problem, often, is the distance from an event to an enquiry. The enquiry into the events of 'bloody Sunday' – 30th January 1972 – was not set up until 1998. (A previous tribunal, headed by Lord Widgery, reported 11 weeks after the event and was widely criticised as a 'whitewash'.) At least the distance between the GrenfellTower fire and Dame Judith Hackitt's review of building regulations, which Grenfell triggered, is very much shorter.Whether it suits everybody or tells us much is another matter.
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