Features in June
Statements from the Chancellor
of the Exchequer aren’t always cause for celebration, but this
one has left us feeling cautiously optimistic. Chris Coxon, head
of marketing at Eurocell, takes a view.
up as the National Productivity Investment Fund
– £23bn between 2017 and 2021 – chancellor Phillip Hammond’s autumn
statement outlines investments in housing, transport, digital
communications and R&D. Within that there’s a £2.3bn housing
infrastructure fund, £1.4bn for affordable housing and £1.7m for
accelerated construction to speed up house building on public land. This
is obviously welcome because of the pressing issue of housing
If the Government can pump-prime
supply then it would be hoped eventually that the improvements in
meeting demand would reduce prices – at least at the ‘bottom’ end – and
enable the next generation of home ownership.
Lloyds' cash for Distinction
Barnsley based Distinction Doors
has secured an £11.5m finance package from Lloyds
Bank Commercial Banking. Distinction Doors is planning
to use the asset-based lending facility to help build stock
for the next generation door product range which will be
launching in 2017.
The new product range builds on the
success of the company’s current core door range by
introducing enhanced aesthetics and technical advances that
speed up the fabrication process, helping its commercial
customers to save time and money. Lloyds Bank also
the business earlier this year when it bought a £120,000 CNC
milling machine, used to create apertures for hardware and
glazing cassettes in the composite doors to a customer
With a turnover of £42m, Distinction
Doors is a leading supplier of composite doors in the UK and
employs 112 people at its Barnsley site. In 2014, the
company featured in the Sunday Times fast track 100 list.
A business 36 years in the making,
Everglade Windows has been named a finalist in the 2016 West
London Business Awards in the manufacturing and engineering
company and SME of the year categories.
“London is part of Everglade’s DNA,” said Jay Patel, sales
director at Everglade. “Our business has been based in West
began in 1980 and now we have factory premises covering
65,000 sq ft in Perivale.
London company born and bred, it’s a real honour to be a
double finalist in these awards which recognise the
achievements of companies across west London.”
the fourth year that the West London Business Awards have
been held, to celebrate business excellence in the region.
They are organised by West London Business, an organisation
which represents hundreds of companies across the world with
an interest in west London.
Kombimatec orbits Planet
Planet Partitioning, the sister division of Planet
Products Limited (PP) with a
DGS534 electronic doublemMitre
also an AMC602 machining centre.
“Kombimatec came out as the preferred
says Fraser Green, director of PP, "After shopping around
looking for the best machinery available with good
functionality and a solid support network at a reasonable
cost we were impressed by Kombimatec. The ability to
generate programmes for the CNC router from the office at
the order entry stage so that it can then be run on the CNC
simply by scanning a barcode is very impressive.”
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Rehau is congratulating
customers Sheffield Window Centre and Roseview
success at this year’s G-Awards.
Sheffield Window Centre was named
Installer of the Year, while Roseview picked up the award
for customer care initiative for its new programme of
installer training courses.
It was the fourth year in a row that a
Rehau customer has won the installer of the year title,
proof the company says that Rehau profile remains the
Rehau’s marketing and technical
director Gareth Jones says: “Both companies have been Rehau
customers for many years and both are very deserving
No surprises for Origin
Ben Brocklesby, sales and
marketing director at Origin on the autumn statement
Philip Hammond’s autumn statement had
no real surprises for us and included everything that what we
expected. Overall, it was a glass half full announcement, and those
naysayers must remember that it could have been worse.
We are thrilled that the Government is
going to provide funding to help
deliver 100,000 new homes in high demand areas, and 40,000 extra
affordable homes. This will give a major boost to our trade
partners, especially those with ambition to grow locally. We would
have hoped for a small caveat in the Statement that specified the
work must done by UK businesses, but you can’t win them all.
It was also pleasing to hear support
for UK businesses that export overseas, although we would have liked
to have seen a little more. This support will allow us to move
further afield and pitch for bigger contracts that previously seemed
The Editor writes
|I have always said that, if you want
to know how the window market is doing, look at the hardware
sector. If fabricators are making windows then they need handles
and hinges.The figures can't lie.
So one of the regular fixtures on the calendar at this time of
year is the Roto Frank international press conference. It is
tempting to think
that the main attraction for the 100 odd journalists that turn
up from across Europe, and this year China as well, is the
exotic venues they
choose – last year Vienna – which included a trip into Hungary,
previously Venice, this year Berlin. Not that you get to see
much of the
place, they keep you pretty busy.
The main attraction for me is the opportunity to find out what
the world of windows is doing.And I mean world. Roto is an
player and its reports cover just about every country in the
also tells it like it is and is prepared to tell us 100 journos
that it is unhappy with its performance; no gloss, no PR spin,
this it how it is.
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