Features in June
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.
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
range across aluminium windows, composite entry doors and
Established in 1980,
Customade is a specialist manufacturer of high-quality
aluminium and PVC-U windows, doors and conservatory roof
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.
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.
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
areas and Phil Pinnington, director of health and safety,
will cover accidents in the industry.
“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.”
the GGF Group stand at the FIT Show, Hall 8, Stand N30.
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,
subsequently installed a host of Black Millwork products
including double hung sash windows, casement windows and
some bespoke designed doors.
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
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The Dr. at Bau
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.
year, the share of visitors from abroad was significantly
higher than it had been two
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.
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.
A FIT winner
Scoring a hat trick of
awards all within the space of a couple of months, Atlas Roof
QKS Home Improvement is on a bit of a winning streak at the moment.
Adding to its
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
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.”
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
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
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
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