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The National Home Improvement Council today launched its industry-led manifesto outlining five key areas it feels the next UK Government should focus on alongside negotiating Britain’s departure from the European Union.

The National Home Improvement Council wants all political parties to clearly establish in their manifestos how they would work with industry to overcome some of the fundamental challenges currently faced by the country, including not only the need to build more quality energy efficient homes, but also how to improve the quality of our existing housing stock.

Anna Scothern, executive director of the NHIC says "Great Britain is one of the richest countries in the world, yet 4.5 million families still live in fuel poverty. The National Home Improvement Council believes that no individual or family should have to make ‘heat or eat’ choices each winter. 27% of the UK’s CO2 emissions come from our existing 26 million homes and while demand for housing continues to rise with new house building failing year-on-year to meet the established government target of 1 million new homes by 2020, refurbishment, repair and maintenance must be an essential part of the new Government’s overall housing strategy.”

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Master fitter finalists announced

Through a process that included

interviews, site visits and a great deal of deliberation amongst some of the UK’s most experienced assessors, six finalists have been chosen to compete for the honour of winning this year’s Master Fitter Challenge, sponsored by FENSA.  

This year’s finalists are: David Keates and Jonathon Mountford of DK Windows Stoke on Trent; David Shaw and Nathan Daw, Shaw Home Improvements Wisbech; Steve Claxton and Rob Jones, The Window Company Chelmsford; Mark West and Mark Hardy representing Sherborne Windows Farnborough; Dale Harrison and Colin Stubbs, West Yorkshire Windows; and Richard Dombrowski of CG Maintenance, Newport.

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Kenrick anniversary

Staff at   West Bromwich-based hardware supplier Kenrick toasted to the 230-year anniversary of company founder Archibald Kenrick establishingthe company in his hometown of West Bromwich. Archibald Kenrick entered his very first business partnership and acquired his first shop in 1787. This year, the company also honours 190 years since Archibald’s son, Archibald Junior, joined the rapidly growing business. The company became ‘Archibald Kenrick & Son’ - a name it is still known by today.

Steve Jones, managing director at Kenrick, saiys “This is a really special year for our business as we celebrate a staggering 230 years since our founder went in to partnership with the buckle-maker Thomas Bolton... 

Hurst at 20 up 40

Hurst Plastics’ 20th year in business has seen production of its composite fire doors rise by more than 40% and sales of composite doors within the trade and commercial markets grow by 10% and 20% respectively. The latest year-end figures from Hurst Plastics follow a period of major investment in resources, plant and machinery across all areas of the business to enable the firm to keep pace with its future growth strategy.

Mark Atkinson, sales director at Hurst Plastics, says: “We are very pleased with our performance over the last 12 months, particularly in composite doors and composite fire doors which have both delivered impressive growth...

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Qualplas 30 years in business


Qualplas, the St Helens-based PVC-U window fabricator and long-standing customer of The Veka UK Group celebrates three decades of business this year. The milestone will be marked with a wide range of activities and customer giveaways throughout the year.

Since the very beginning, Qualplas has been dedicated to providing top quality products and unbeatable customer service to all of its trade, retail and commercial clients. This commitment was cemented when the young company chose The Veka UK Group as its number one supplier of PVC-U profile just one year into trading, before later also joining Network Veka, which has quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction at its core.

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Glazerite installers scoop awards

Glazerite installers have beaten all previous records, at the annual Network Veka Awards taking a five out of seven national trophies including overall winner.

Top of them all, scooping its 15th national Network Veka award as member of the year, as well as the £1.5million-plus category, was Aberdeen-based Thistle Windows and Conservatories, followed by NV founder member Goliath Homeworld of Cannock in the £1m-1.5m category, Shane Howells of Ledbury in the £750k-£1m and MG Window Systems of Northampton in £500k-£750k.

Glazerite UK Group  also saw another 15 of its installer partners listed as finalists in the national categories, including six in the two, smaller turnover, categories where it did not have a winner, and over half (12 out of 23) of the total new entries and re-entries into the organisation’s elite 100% Club.

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The Editor writes
When I first came into the industry as assistant editor of Flat Glass International the material of choice for replacement windows was aluminium. Within three years – by 1986 – the new fangled PVC-U from Germany was all over everything and as far as domestic replacements were concerned aluminium was yesterday's window.
You could understand it from the consumer's point of view. Aluminium in those days came in either au naturel 'mill finish', which
quickly tarnished to a dull grey, or you might be offered an anodised
finish which still left you with obviously metal windows. Not that there is anything wrong with that in the right situation: Crittal made a name for itself with steel windows through the fifties and it was a feature of a style of architecture. I had a house with Crittal windows once. But suddenly we were talking about 'double glazing' and that was a whole new concept.
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