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Foundations to grow on
The ethos at the Fenestration News is one of communicating the news and views from around the industry. There is always a sales bias, after all the trade media is essentially a tool for growing sales. To that end the focus has always been towards... »
First Again! a reflection
Getting close, the middle of the year, mid summer's day, the longest day! All signs to remind us for the most part that we should be on our way to achieve at least 50% of our targets for the year as a whole. Already we can see the winner... »
In the real world at risk category
The revelation that so-called advertising cookies (tracking software) were digging deeper into the website viewers personal and private details than would be reasonable, not for the website owners benefit but the tracking companies commercial gain... »
Effective, efficient and highly profitable
In essence if a company does as it says, they win friends, the get recommendations and accolades heaped on them and get paid – you could say that is the purist form of a USP (unique selling point). There is of course a however, as nowadays... »
Does it make sense
It is said the human race has moved from being hunter gatherers into farmers, but is one so different from the other, isn’t it just the natural human instinct to protect what you have. Human nature still sees us hunt down the next opportunity to ... »
Targeting for results – 50 million and still counting.
Marketing, who is the target? Obviously the Trade Media by its very existence is a marketing tool as much as it is the purveyor of Industry News. That opens up the question is the published item - for now, today, this month or a long ter... »
Can everyone be right and wrong at the same time
There is a phrase ‘may you live in interesting times’ that in our society extolls the wish, blessing if you like, that your life will not be boring. Then in another society it is said to be a curse, a sarcastic way of saying that may you never fi... »
Keeping you safe
The internet has become one of those indispensable tools. Great for information, fabulous for instant communications and a priority for business generation, so a must have for everyone. To that you have to add the phrase net-neutrality or from an... »
Book early for Christmas
That perennial phrase to devalue an event has turned up once more on notice boards outside establishments up and down the country. That’s marketing…? This winter will be one of the coldest, hardest ones we have seen in 50 years ac... »
You could say - it’s one of those weeks. There are many interpretations for the headlines in the main stream media and many would suggest that it doesn’t affect me or my business so does not interest me. That misses the essence of human nature a... »
Impartial and independent advice
Tuesday the 1st September was the day that the wonderfully named Glaziers Hall on the South Bank played host to the 2015 Glass and Glazing Federation’s Members Day. It’s not the original venue more a modern day reincarnation that’s main attribute... »
Just because you can…
Following our last item it has been suggested that I should follow up with actual marketing sales ideas that can be used to cause growth. There’s the rub, if I offer up the best and most rewarding campaigns I am aware of and they are then copied,... »
The caring sharing market place - does empathy work
Marketing, marketing and marketing, as always the greater bulk of the fenestration industry gets it. A quick trawl through the latest media releases shows that the supply chain has upped its game, more and more are making it possible for the fron... »
Peace and tranquillity
What’s the phrase, ‘may you live interesting times’. How you interpret that depends on your expectations in life. The government has just announced their emergency budget, which being pragmatic is probably the one we should have had after the pr... »
Missed in the last week
Guy Hubble, Joint Managing Director of RegaLead using an amusing metaphor from YouTube to remind us for the most part you get what you pay for. Too often we forget the sages of old, in the eighteenth century John Ruskin came up with the q... »
I don’t want to be churlish….
To a degree the trade media is exactly that, media promoting a trade and as such it is a marketing tool, meaning it’s a way for business to gain recognition and the awareness needed to be the first thought on people’s minds when a buying need aris... »
Marketing, is it still needed?
Such an emotive and inspiring word, Wikipedia has the definition as ‘communicating the value of a product, service or brand to customers, for the purpose of promoting or selling that product, service, or brand.’ - A good summary. Over the... »
Cost or benefit?
You now have a new government, a new regime in control of your lives and with that comes more new promises. Just as with the previous election 5 years ago the big promise for business from the Conservatives was, elect us and we will reduce red ta... »
Products and innovations from every quarter
At times it does appear as if everyone is wired to the same network. Not a physical network, more a telepathic one. Having just been to the launch of Synseal’s impressive innovative Celsius solid roof, up pops Mark Warren with a tweet (@MarkWarren3... »
When is Cheryl's birthday?
Confused? How about ‘42’ then, more confusing and seeing how it is dominating the headlines at this moment in time is democracy. You could go on to correlate the above to the situation of an industry supposedly agreeing that beautifully c... »
Absence of growth in the seven years since 2007 is unprecedented in the post-war period.
The ONS (Office of National Statistics) shows that British worker productivity fell by 0.2pc in the last 3 months of the year. The ONS went further by adding “the absence of productivity growth in the seven years since 2007 is unprecedented in th... »
Choose your words carefully
This week’s roundup could of course be dominated by speeches in the Palace of Westminster by those that wish to keep their jobs. The tradition at this time in the cycle is for the main theme to be reported in the media as The Chancellor’s ‘giveaw... »
Thought for the day - Keeping ahead for some is about delaying the inevitable
Keeping ahead for some is about delaying the inevitable and looking for the easy option. Good business isn’t difficult it’s just darn hard work. In business parlance there are those that manage and those that fire-fight. There are lesson... »
Getting noticed, is about being part of 'it', getting continued recognition takes a little more.
Contradicting yourself before you get going is a bad way to hold attention, especially when the nitty-gritty, the help and the real point is the last part of the commentary. Sometimes, however, you just have to go with the flow. As a busi... »
Numbers, big numbers, and more numbers - how do you start to comprehend them?
Once you get passed the fact that the figures, stats and the maths behind our daily life can be made to mean anything the presenter wants them to be, from time to time we encounter numbers that are significant but are not always straight forward t... »
The battle of the minds
Another week, another rush of concepts and thoughts - this time they come from Emplas and Deceuninck and are seemingly at opposite ends of the spectrum. Nothing like a brisk walk to clear the mind, Mike Crewdson (Emplas) fresh from his Coa... »
So where to now
July and you could say 2014 is nearly all behind us, with just the planned topping up for the rest of the year in the bag. So it’s on to 2015 then. That might seem tongue-in-cheek, but think about it. The plan to date has in all probabi... »
Competition, what competition?
What’s interesting about life here at the Fenestration News is you get to meet and talk to lots of nice and enthusiastic people involved in the industry. In recent years it seems a bit strange in that there is more interaction between competitors... »
Marketing for growth or survival
Marketing, one of those tools that we all use in one form or another, we need it in work, in business and just to get on in life. It’s a tool for setting the scene to sell something. We like to think we get it right all of the time. It m... »
Purplex offers a warning on internet scams.
The internet is a perplexing medium, getting it right is a full time occupation. There are tools, aids and even what is called analytics all suggesting there is a definitive answer. That’s the cloaks and mirrors bit, they have an approximation a... »
It certainly feels that these first few weeks of 2014 have become one of those fast moving periods where the fenestration industry hasn’t stopped to even catch its breath. The year has been anything but ‘a slow to start’ it is as if most have cat... »
Are you protected or is it just an illusion ?
Listers remind how most of us take the keyboard and screen in front of us for granted and neglect the basics at our peril. A simple lapse of procedure or policy could result in the loss of more than you bargained for. Think about it, the ... »
Having impact on the greater majority of Conservatory Installations
The GGF needs your help to strengthen its arm. Under the seemingly obscure heading of ‘Sewerage and Drainage’ a bill has gone through parliament that impacts on the greater majority of conservatory installations. Government, in wanting to hold ... »
At the pre-Christmas GGF Media briefing, the work the GGF have been doing for the benefit of the whole of the Fenestration Industry in 2013 was outlined. Fire Safety Campaign – this campaign was mounted on the back of the Fire Resistant Gl... »
Did they really mean to say that!
There is so much of interest going on in and around the Fenestration Industry it’s becoming increasingly more complex to keep highlighting and pointing to those much-needed snippets that in turn keep everything buzzing and pushing forward. p... »
A Lopsided World
Strange times we live in. ‘Buyer beware’, or as they say elsewhere Caveat emptor, was and should still be how the world of trading operates. However, in the usual knee jerk upon knee jerk trend of we are helping and protecting you (please vote f... »
Those little gems that often get overlooked
October, how did we get here so fast? So much has happened up to now this year that there is a feeling that something important has passed by unnoticed. To date there have been some bright and extraordinary concepts that against the odds... »
Holding back growth
Everywhere in the last week there has a concerted effort from Government to get the good news out. As always there is plenty of it around, with growth in most quarters being reported as being ahead of the previous year. Make everyone feel good a... »
How many are taken in by false advertising?
As history has shown each generation gets to live ‘in interesting times’. For most of us now it’s the one of communication and the use of media. With that comes some conditioning of expectations. Is what is being said a story to sell an idea, i... »
When you look for the next big thing, or trend, with a view to carve out that new direction, are you a follower or a leader? With the media nowadays it appears if you shout loud enough and long enough you can seemingly bully your way to t... »
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FiT quotes and reflections - Updated 23/04, 12:00
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How do you measure up?
We can’t get away from it; everything we do asks us to be measured somehow. In our own way we all like to achieve, create or produce something. Even just judging things for our own consumption it inevitably leads on to either comparing it to the... »
First with the Industry News
The Fenestration News is first with the Industry News, so logically the day after Budget Day there is a thirst for our readers to be kept informed of how these pronouncements will affect their business going forward. Whatever your hopes, a... »
It happened a long time before the main event
February already, what happened there then? Some of us are still trying to get everything we had planned for 20-12 in order. Nevertheless, with coming up to 10% of 2013 already behind us the picture for what is in front is all quite clear. Ecob... »
It should have been, it’s the consumer, stupid
You have to love this Industry, rumours, speculations and just straight forward gossip is everywhere. Although most that is sloshing around appears to have been generated by those of us that have nothing better to-do. The hot topic at the moment ... »
The future is being lost
In these pages I often infer that going forward the Fenestration Industry might not be as healthy as it could be, or put it another way it is missing some of its dynamic drive. This has nothing to do with the state of the economy or magic ... »
I'm going - FiT Show
Tuesday the 13th saw another big leap for the FiT Show. Been there done that was the previous experience, even exasperation with Trade Exhibitions. The feeling, if not the attitude, was do we need to go, especially as the more productive alternat... »
Red tape and bureaucracy, who's it for
I have to admit by what we are being convinced as being today's standards in business I would be considered very 'left field'. We have Political Groupings that are forever telling us that they will boost trade, the countries well-being and the qua... »
CE marking- GGF FAQ's
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Is there an imperative for change?
In some ways this week it could be said we have contributions of contradictory thoughts while at the same time all are correct. Nick Dutton points to the demise of those that forgot to change while Chris Ball highlights change, for change sake. ... »
Where the Green Deal gets a bit wacky
It would appear everyone is back from their 'hols' and the mumbling has been restarted by those that don't seem to have a proper job. No real issue with that, if it's possible to make money by riding on the backs of those that really do create th... »
Keep your friends close
Keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer - we have all heard that before. In the letter to the editor from Colin St John and in a recent contribution by Chris Ball I am reminded of this thinking. While understanding the inten... »
GGF and Cash-in-Hand
This week the GGF has felt the need to respond to the comments of David Gauke MP, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, who said - style="font-style: “Getting a discount with your plumber by paying cash in hand is something that... »
Assessment of the green deal to date
The GGF have issued a statement on their assessment of the green deal to date. It is an important read and is well worth anyone in the fenestration industry familiarising themselves with the trend being dictated by Government as it is an indicato... »
Being number 1
What does it really mean - to be first, biggest, best. The England football team is out there somewhere in Euroland trying to show they are great Europeans. The Olympics are just around the corner where we will see lots of in iduals coming for... »
Consolidation, consolidation, consolidation.
Market growth by acquisition is generally anti the market place, just look at the banking industry. This type of consolidation reduces choice and, by default, sets out to polarise a market. 'You either buy from me or him, by our criteria or you ... »
Is your Company breaking the law?
It may or may not surprise, but it turns out that those mostly likely to flout regulations are the big names, the high profile companies, the ones that like to be at the heart of the industries regulatory structure. Is it because they see themsel... »
Hen's and the 'Conservatory Tax'
The Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF) has briefed us on their recent GGF Forum and their ongoing pursuits on behalf of the industry. There is undoubtedly a lot going on with new legislation and the fulfilment of Political dreams, yet even in what ... »
Spinning a negative
The Fenestration Industry has seemed a little bit quiet of late. The main reason for this appears to be that the usual chattering sector has actually had their heads down and working. Then as always something comes along and turns that t... »
The 'bacon sandwich' question.
After a deep and meaningful philosophical conversation with Matthew Glover( FiT Show, RCG & Conservatory Outlet) it was possible to arrive at the conclusion that if everyone on this planet became 'Vegan' it could lead to a reduction of 65% of th... »
Success or failure
Prompted by the demise of AC Yule and Avocet along with the recent consolidation in the industry, I get asked what, from our slightly detached perspective, do we see as the cause of the failure by some and the tremendous success of others. ... »
Epwin & Latium, time to shake the tree.
This week(17/01/2012) arrived with the announcement that Jim Rawson and Brian Kennedy have merged the Epwin Group with Latium, into a new vehicle called Epwin Holdings. When consolidation of this magnitude happens, while it is good and sen... »
A Happy new Year to all!
2012, just like every other year the soothsayers will be out predicting this, predicting that. I expect as with previous years they will be invariably wrong , so best not to jump on that bandwagon. That is not to dismiss the challenges a... »
Bad news from the ONS(Office for National Statistics)
Retail Sales - November 2011 ul li Headline: Value of retail sales in November 2011 showed an increase of 4.6 per cent compared with November 2010. /li li Headline: Sales volumes in November 2011 increased by 0.7 per cent compared... »
In order to cut costs on its debts, they had to file for bankruptcy
I have just read in the NYTimes of a company where the CEO was proclaiming that, in order to cut costs on its debts, they had to file for bankruptcy. The cynic in me asks is this to honestly save cost or is to preserve the status-quo of poor mana... »
Defining the customer, for profit
Growth, growth and more growth, a simple mantra for success that when it also encompasses profit, profit and more profit, it causes some organisations to stand head and shoulders above their counterparts. Historically in the Fenestration ... »
An industry under pressure
It would not have escaped people's attention that the government has reduced the feed-in tariffs for renewable energy projects. To some there is shock horror, they need government money to survive. To others it is just a reflection of the succes... »
How's your Internet based activity?
In 2010 a survey show there are now 51,442,100, or 82.5%, of the population classified as broadband users in the UK. At the same time BT predicts by 2013 90% of UK homes will be wired for high speed fibre optic broadband. From that it is... »
Could it be the future is still just around the corner?
Last week Business Micros hosted a press briefing for the industry's media Editors at the inspiring venue of Bletchley Park. It was hard not to be impressed and inspired by the history of the location and as such being able to relate to th... »
Thought of the day.
Arbitration; a place to go when you stop talking to your partners. Meaning, if you don't manage your environment effectively, or are dishonest, or simple can't be bothered to face your responsibilities, you can pass the buck to someone seemingly... »
Squeezing the consumer out of the market ?
The last 12 months without doubt have seen a decline in the active participants in the Fenestration Industry, for some after many years it was time to retire, for others they just needed a new direction to keep the spark alive, then of course we... »
How is everyone doing?
From the ‘industry’ chattering classes it would be easy to suppose there is a lot of angst, if not despair, as to the state of the industry. Yet that’s the point, those of us that get to talk about it also need the headline to capture the reader... »
The order goes as it always does to whoever makes it easiest for the customer to buy
This week we hear Tesco has joined the Fenestration Industry, selling doors, conservatories and windows. At first it looked as if they were going for an internet based solution to developing the business, but on a closer look it is just a... »
Business is up, business is down
A new week and more consumer reports, business is up, business is down. The headline never quite indicates the true picture and report writers are very rarely right, otherwise they would be the first to tell us. For the retail sector, s... »
Murder on the mind.
We see it on a daily basis in the Fenestration Industry as much as in any other industry - those gaining business from competitors by seemingly being able to offer something the others don’t have. A ject we give the appearance of always ‘bangi... »
90% of the industry would rather let business pass them by
Just as with most organisations that use the internet to communicate with its audience we generally like to get a feel as to the where, what and why’s of visitor trends. What is becoming clear is that website use is becoming similar to software ... »
The world is going down the drain in a hand cart
Read or listen to the Headlines put out by the mainstream media and quite reasonably you would get the impression the world is going down the drain in a hand cart. That is of course the danger of just ‘scanning’ which in itself is the consequence... »
How was the Chancellor’s Budget for you?
Each year around this time we wait in anticipation expecting some great pronouncement from those that tax our lives, each year we feel relieved when there are no real surprises. What’s forgotten is that all the big shocks were announced in the Au... »
More than one conversation going on here
Last time out we commented on a view expressed by REHAU’s Wolfgang Gormer relating to pricing in the UK for windows and doors. This has since been followed up by letters from Joe Skinner, Commercial Director Deceuninck Ltd and Tony Pickup, Founde... »
Our In-Box has an interesting item from REHAU’s Wolfgang Gormer on pricing in the UK for windows and doors. This item has also been picked up by our friends over at the Renegade Conservatory Guy blog in a running conversation at ( a href="http://... »
What are exhibitions for?
Should you go… What are exhibitions for? I suppose in a way the clue is in the title, an opportunity to exhibit. Why would you want to exhibit anything? This is where the Fenestration Industry in recent times has corrupted the proposition. ... »
Knocking others, knocking the industry
In conversation with various industry players of late some unusual thinking has been thrown up. Some of the periphery and those within the supply chain organisations are talking in terms of tough times, as are just a handful of front end companie... »
Next big marketing tool for the industry..?
Last Thursday saw the DGCOS hold an event to outline what could turn out to be the next big marketing tool for the industry, a genuine replacement for the momentum generated by WER’s since the GGF killed that project off. The theme behind ... »
Making something cheaper - doesn’t always mean the use of poorer quality materials
Last time around, we lead off with a couple of John Ruskin quotes, effectively highlighting what is meant by price as opposed to cost to the consumer. Having since read a ‘twitter posting’ from the guys at Roseville I am reminded that in some wa... »
Buying cheap - who can really be said to be the victim?
Our in-box this week has 3 contributions with a similar thread and in their own way express quotations that every Salesman learns in training – style="font-style: 'It is unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little. W... »
Yes it is flawed, very flawed
Just when it was thought that the Industry had moved on, well it has for most, some still feel aggrieved by the clumsy if not unrealistic handling of the Doc L situation from some quarters. Last week we received a letter from Daniel Williams, MD ... »
Confused, wasn't that the point
Is Edgetech’s Andy Jones just flirting with Swisspacer’s Kathryn Dalgleish or is there a serious point being made? Is there an actual discussion going on, or are events outside of their control nullifying their efforts? In a normal free t... »
So nearly had it all…
It was hoped this week we could leave the ject of WER’s in Doc L well alone, but as our inbox shows some believe companies are not treating it with the urgency they think it needs. When the idea of a Windows Energy Rating was set up and... »
The possibility of always achieving growth.
The emergency budget has been and gone, and life goes on. All there is to show so far is a little tinkering here and there, and the hope that maybe perhaps these changes can reduce the long term debt that weighs heavily on all of us. What should... »
Glasslam files Federal Trade Commission complaint against Edgetech
Forward The report below is just as much at home in the UK as it is in the USA, and is a warning that one man’s level playing field is another’s coercive monopoly. A body or group trying to leverage a trading advan e without a st... »
Who says the industry has a bad reputation?
If you are expecting to learn something, gain greater insight or find support on how the industry should go forward together, you have come to the wrong place. We love ironies, have conversations that you will either understand or just not get, a... »
Is energy saving still the bedrock of the industry?
Once again Andy Jones of Edgetech has opened the door for comment. This of course could be seen by some as a distraction on our part from the message he was hoping to get across. The message is that the Energy Saving Trust (EST) has upped ... »
Increasing costs - by redefining/ending Self Employment via CIS
There is a campaign to get the industry motivated behind a petition that objects to the proposed changes to the definition of ‘Self employment’ in the construction industry. Why should anyone care? Ultimately it is about how the cost bas... »
Are you heading for a break?
Some will be thinking, that’s it folks, I’m off, I need a break – thank goodness it’s Christmas. We have moved into a virtual silly season, the high streets are packed with people trying to buy things that will make others happy. Superm... »
In our inbox John Ogilvie, MD of Network VEKA, laments the lost opportunity in the Chancellor’s pre-budget statement to fully embrace what can be done to highlight the government’s true intensions when it comes to CO2 emissions. All that Alistair... »
Going green to eliminate pink.
The Profine Group last week invited the industries media to a press event to launch their ‘Lead-free Initiative’, which is being rolled out across the industry in 2010. This turns out to be a ‘Green’ event that was highlighted by ‘Pink’. ... »
The majority of window companies ignore new business
One of the interesting topics from the ‘around the table’ network sessions at the recent ‘glasstalk’ get-together, was the contradictions in how the industry communicates with potential customers. The contradictions start with the anticip... »
glasstalk - the event the industry has been waiting for?
As a follow up to the earlier glasstalk networking event, Andrew & Matthew Glover along with Paul Godwin and Jon Twigge have done it again, they managed to get the good and the great from the industry together under one roof once more. glasstalk ... »
GGF/BFRC objects to the views of the Fenestration News
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GGF is looking to charge 3 times for the one service.
The Glass & Glazing Federation and its isions have laid the seeds for it to be able to charge the Window Industry Consumer, not once, or even twice, but three times for the privilege of allowing them to act in an environmentally responsible ... »
PVC window frames not up to the job?
The debate on the use of PVC window framing in conservation areas goes on. Without knowing more than what is said in the media ourselves, it seems clear that a lot of the ‘anti’ pro onists have their own agendas of self promotion, more than an... »
How the industry presents its self to the consumer - we have had as response from Andy Jones of Edgetech.
Following our recent item that questioned how the industry presents its self to the consumer, we have had a response from Andy Jones of Edgetech. Andy Jones, quite reasonably, wanted to make his point in defence of what he saw as us having... »
Is it right to make fun of what some see as a very serious reflection of how their business operates?
In recent months there has been a discussion raging through the letter pages of most of the Trade Media on the ject of the technology that holds glass apart - the humble spacer, more particularly what those involved are calling ‘warm edge techn... »
Current market position
The state of play, are we seeing ‘green shoots’, the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ or are things as bad as the pundits predicted. These are all phrases being used to raise awareness of one train of thought or another. The best explana... »
The push is on
The push is on, in recognising that markets have changed and a new approach is required it is clear that a few companies have seen the future and are forging ahead. While some seem to be rushing around like headless chickens, looking to t... »
Who is misleading who?
A recent news release has reminded me why the public have a less that favourable view of this industry. This scepticism seems to come, in some instances, from the extraordinary claims made about products that are never fulfilled. Even more, thes... »
Does anyone know what is fact or fiction anymore?
We see the main stream media bombarding us daily with one sensation-seeking headline after another. Which is fair enough in a way, it’s their job, their priority is to sell their TV channel or newspaper, and not to inform as often perceived. ... »
Does anyone know what is fact or fiction anymore?
We see the main stream media bombarding us daily with one sensation-seeking headline after another. Which is fair enough in a way, it’s their job, their priority is to sell their TV channel or newspaper, and not to inform as often perceived. ... »
Glass Companies fined
The European Commission on Wednesday fined companies controlling the Continent’s auto glass market a record 1.4 billion euros for price-fixing over five years. This is the second time for two of the companies. The action comes a week afte... »
What does it mean to be really ‘Green’?
There has been criticism from the authorities of late regarding some of the wild claims made under the pretence of wishing to be seen to be green. It is clear that most of these claims are not intended to mislead. They seem to come about from a s... »
What do we get from the Industry Exhibitions
There has been some agonising of the dilemmas faced by trade exhibitions in the UK in recent years. Initially the thought was that the world had moved on, other methods of communications were getting to the market quicker and more effectively. Y... »
A look at the importance of sales.
There seems to be a desire within the industry to take a fresh look at the importance of sales. All of course sparked off by the feeling that development of new business in the coming months is going to be at a premium. The big question ... »
Which part of the News do you find most interesting?
Which part of the News do you find most interesting? In a lot of cases it’s a question of whether you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. This means one camp will be successful and achieve fulfilment while the other half has some... »
Re-new your energy
03/07/08 In the last week we have seen what might be a turning point to the UK’s position on renewable energy. The UK’s Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has made an announcement under direction from Brussels, that to comply with EU law the U... »
Growth or decline?
We are just a month into 2008 and according to rumour every single company involved in the window industry has gone bust and is in great difficulty all at the same time. So everyone has packed up and moved on. Is no one selling windows anymore the... »
Why does no one go bust anymore?
Another day and even more information at our disposal, does this create overload, or feed the tools of our trade? Is education about teaching how to learn, or is it about indoctrinating someone into a specific mind set? The Markets are i... »
Nigel Rees of the Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF) has been lobbying the Government on behalf of the industry he represents. Whether you believe in the theories of global warming or not, no one can dispute the sheer waste of resources that we all... »
Integrity in the supply chain
For years there has been a perception that the way some of the Installer Companies work lacks integrity. This perception comes from the idea being that the Installer Companies deliberately set out to deceive the customer. Nothing could be... »
Do your products measure up!
Over the years being locked out of your home has been a bit of a challenge, do you attempt a break-in yourself? Break a pane of glass – too noisy, can be messy and then there is a time lag in getting a replacement. Fortunately some windows allo... »
A Happy New Year to all.
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