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NHIC forms strategic forum

The NHIC has formed a new strategic forum to bring together many of the major organisations representing the home improvement sector. The forum will discuss key issues affecting the sector as the industry moves out of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. As well as trade associations representing home improvement companies, there will also be representation from local authority building control and companies within the sector.The first meeting was held held on Wednesday 24 June with the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) representing the glass and glazing sector.

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Plummet From Summit

Everest the window company will be given a chance to climb back from a bad base to the summit after the Restructuring Advisory team of FRP has completed a pre-pack sale to its major investor.The Joint Administrators, Partners Alastair Massey and Geoff Rowley, sold the business to secured creditor and investment company Better Capital on appointment in a pre-pack transaction, which includes existing customer contracts and the transfer of 413 jobs. It also allows a further 600 self-employed contractors to continue to be engaged by the company.


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Testing Times

Lockdown has probably proved to be the ultimate test for most relationships. For many, it has been a positive experience, reinforcing what people really like and value in their partners. For others, it has exposed divisions and deficiencies, and it’s probably no surprise that Rightmove is already reporting a 22% surge in demand for rental properties driven largely by the number of break-ups.

However, it’s not just personal relationships which have been under scrutiny. Business and commercial relationships have been tested too like never before; and winners and losers have emerged right across the supply chain amongst suppliers who were called upon to demonstrate new levels of commitment to their customers.

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Renz-Kiefel moves to Swisspacer

Andreas Geith has left warm edge spacer bar manufacturer Swisspacer to enjoy his retirement. Victoria Renz-Kiefel, former director of Strategy at Saint-Gobain High Performance Solutions has taken over.

After more than nine years at Swisspacer, Geith is handing over to the next generation. “We support Andreas Geith’s decision and thank him wholeheartedly for the excellent cooperation. For over 28 years, he advanced and developed many areas with total dedication in a range of management positions at Saint-Gobain.

Deceuninck sales forge ahead


Deceuninck has reported a sharp rise in sales as the industry moves out of lockdown. The PVC-U systems company says sales in June are already at 95% of usual volume. From 1st June, all Deceuninck fabricators were back to work. MD Rob McGlennon says: “We are pleased to say there’s been a very fast and strong recovery with Deceuninck sales nearly back to pre-lockdown levels. It’s very much business as usual.




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Warner joins exlabesa as sales chief

Kevin Warner,  has joined aluminium company exlabesa Building Systems as sales director.exlabesa already brings its range of high-end aluminium window and door products to fabricators across the UK. Warner’s responsibility will be to introduce the same quality, innovation, and easy fabrication to many more in the months and years ahead.“What’s so impressive about exlabesa Building Systems is that it manages to combine two different worlds,” says Warner. “It is a global powerhouse with all the resources and capacity for innovation”.

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Free fire boost

To support the construction and fire sector during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has removed all charges for pdf downloads of its key guidance documents from 1 June, offering free access for all to these essential educational resources. The ASFP Colour book series, the ASFP Guide to Inspecting Passive Fire Protection for Fire Risk Assessors; and the ASFP Guide to Ensuring Best Practice for Passive Fire Protection in Buildings will all now be available for free download from the ASFP website. The move is seen as key to raising awareness of passive fire protection and ensuring the safety of the built environment in these difficult times.

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