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APEER DOORS GET SMART WITH YALE CONEXIS

Apeer is now offering Yale’s highly impressive Conexis keyless smart door lock as an option across the full range of the company’s composite residential doors, complementing the high security performance of its doors with the convenience of app-based control and dispensing with conventional keys. It is simple and intuitive to operate by anyone familiar with a smartphone.

Yale Conexis offers the freedom to control access through the door remotely or directly without keys, unlocking and locking doors using app enabled smart phones, key cards, tags or phone tags (sold separately).

 
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Facial recognition app launches to help construction businesses tackle the challenge of modern slavery

With demand outstripping supply in the construction industry, the pressure on recruiters and sub-contractors to employ workers from outside of the UK is greater than ever, meaning that right to work checks have to be more stringent to combat modern slavery.

Credas is a new app which has been created to help those who manage construction recruitment to save time and money and provide peace of mind that their employees and sub-contractors are verified to work in the UK.

The Cardiff-based company uses real-time facial recognition technology to quickly process and verify over 4000 types ID to help construction companies to recruit ethically.

Since the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in 2015, all companies with an annual turnover of more than £36m must issue a Transparency Statement, detailing what they have done to ensure modern slavery is not present in their business or supply chain.

Earlier this year, a Government report estimated that there are between 10,000 and 13,000 modern slaves in the UK*, and in a 2015 research report by the European Union, construction was second on the list of economic sectors in the EU most prone to labour exploitation.**

 
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Introducing A Dynamic New Event For The Flat Glass Industry At The NEC

The FIT Show team organises a brand new event for processors, specifiers and buyers of flat glass in all its forms

Following increasing demand indicated by visitors to the FIT Show, the organisers have announced the launch of Visit Glass, which will take place alongside the FIT Show in May 2019 at the NEC.

Responding to a massive 40% of the 10,000 visitors to the 2017 FIT Show who declared their interest in seeing glass products and glass-related processing equipment and technology at the event, Visit Glass will become the first UK exhibition and forum dedicated to the manufacture, processing and application of flat...

 
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Stainless Steel sales continues to rise!

Leading hardware supplier the Trojan Group are once again witnessing a steady rise in sales for their Stainless Steel hardware range as winter approaches. This comes as no surprise to the company who has lead the market for some years with their impressive Stainless Steel door furniture range all backed with a 25 year anti corrosion guarantee.

Tony Chadwick, Trojan Group Managing Director, explains, “Hardware finish failure is something that’s constantly on installer’s agendas because it’s increasingly a problem. Quite simply, zinc or aluminium based plated or painted products will...

 
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Small construction firms crying out for lifelines

Responding to the fall in the Construction Purchasing Mangers’ Index (PMI) to 48.1 in September, the first drop below the 50.0 no-change threshold in 13 months, Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman, said:

“Policy-makers have serious questions to answer about the decline in construction output highlighted by today’s PMI. Our latest research shows that changes to tax reliefs, levies and employer obligations have caused costs for small firms in the construction sector to rise at a faster rate than in any other industry. These policy-linked costs have increased by 34 per cent for construction firms compared to a cumulative CPI figure of 7.7 per cent for the five years to 2016.

“Being a labour-intensive industry, changes to minimum wage rates, pension auto-enrolment and increasing employer National Insurance Contributions have all had their part to play. We’ve heard those in power talk for years about the need to tackle the housing crisis. Yet they’ve simultaneously heaped additional costs on the very business owners who can help increase our supply of homes.

“Confidence among small construction firms has plummeted over the last year.

 
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Composite Doors
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Distinction’s Design Boutique adds value to customer businesses

Marketing support is a vital part of any trade partnership these days and Distinction Doors’ offering is the perfect example of what a good package looks like. For Bethaney Larkman, Distinction’s Marketing Manager, one of the elements customers value the most is the company’s Design Boutique. “It’s our in-house graphic design service that helps our customers produce bespoke marketing materials to support their sales processes,” Bethaney explains. “As the industry’s biggest supplier of composite doors, we have a responsibility to ensure our customers are equipped with the support they need to make the most of our door’s market-leading credentials. Our...

 
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Industry support rolls in for dhf initiative, ‘Gate Safety Week’

dhf (Door & Hardware Federation) initiative, ‘Gate Safety Week’, which started yesterday has received an unprecedented level of support from leading UK organisations. The campaign, which started in 2014 and is now in its fourth year, is an all-year round crusade and culminates in a week of activity from 9th – 15th October, with the objective to raise awareness about the dangers of unsafe gates, as well as how to spot a potentially dangerous gate and report it. This year’s campaign has focused on automated gate safety within the school environment.

‘Gate Safety Week’ traditionally climaxes with a flurry of activity industry-wide,...

 
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Morley strengthens its commitment to customers

Morley Glass & Glazing has this month unveiled its new and updated website, allowing the business to step up its commitment to customer support and reinforce its reputation as a company that puts its customers’ needs first.

The latest addition to the business’s enhanced support, the website www.morleyglass.co.uk includes a ‘members area’ with access to a number of new training videos. The videos will enhance the company’s service offer by giving its customers instant access to guidance whenever it is required.

In line with the company’s commitment to raising standards in the industry, improving customer service and ensuring end-user satisfaction, Morley already delivers training programmes for the installation of motorised integral blinds across the UK. Last year, its two service engineers celebrated the completion of their 500th programme.

As well as this, Morley Glass has invested in a new customer website, which integral blinds retailers can use to help consumers make an informed choice. Found at www.directintegralblinds.co.uk

 
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Fire Door Safety Week
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7 Deadly Sins - Common faults lead to fire door failure in less than five minutes

A fire door test which replicates the seven most common defects spotted in social housing flats and apartments shows just how quickly those doors will fail if incorrectly specified and installed.

As part of Fire Door Safety Week (25 September – 1 October), the BWF-Certifire Scheme has released a dramatic video of a fire door burn test.

The video compares two almost identical fire doors with the same fire rating – FD30, meaning the door...

 
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Post Brexit Economy
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Labour must work with business on its plan for post-Brexit economy, says FMB

Labour will need to work with businesses large and small to deliver its vision of a strong economy, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the Labour Party Conference today.

Brian Berry, FMB Chief Executive said: “Jeremy Corbyn’s focus today on the importance of investing in training and upskilling is welcome. Our industry desperately needs more of the construction apprentices Mr Corbyn mentioned in his speech to be the skilled workers of tomorrow. Our members, thousands of small businesses across the UK, are united in wanting to see many more young people being...

 
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This is the CITB’s last chance, says FMB

The CITB has one last chance to fundamentally reform and start facilitating quality training en masse among the construction industry’s smaller firms, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The FMB has today announced its qualified support for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) as part of the consensus process, submitting its official letter to the CITB’s Chief Executive Sarah Beale.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “FMB members are divided regarding the future of CITB – some want to see it continue and others want to see it abolished but all agree that it is not currently working for the industry’s smaller firms. Yes, the FMB has decided to give its support for the continuation of the levy but we do not want this support to be interpreted as support for the status quo. The CITB is broken and we must all pitch in to ensure we fix it. The stakes couldn’t be higher because unless we get this right, the construction skills crisis will continue to worsen and the Government will be unable to meet its ambitious house building...

 
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Construction News
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Partner Construction builds triple growth

A COUNTY DURHAM-based housebuilder has posted an “unprecedented level” of growth, with profits nearly trebling over the past year.

Partner Construction’s pre-tax profits were £1.7m during March 2016-17 – an increase of 190% compared to £600,000 during the previous year.

The Spennymoor headquartered firm employs around 45 staff and also has an office in Derby.

It has completed approximately 1,500 houses at 82 sites across England since being established in 2011, partnering with some major Blue Chip contractors in the industry.

Now with 15 live sites in locations from Oxford and Essex to Darlington, Partner has laid the foundations for continued growth.

 
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Recruitment
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Building futures: Daniel Owen Ltd is bucking the trend for construction employment

A RECRUITMENT company is celebrating a 67% boost in candidates since opening its Taunton office just one year ago.

Business is booming for the small team at Daniel Owen Ltd, who are certainly bucking the nationwide trend for recruiting construction workers.

Despite a post-recession slump in the industry and the uncertainties of trading due to Brexit, the Somerset company, which specialises in recruiting people in the blue-collar labouring trades, has seen a monthly revenue increase of 88.5% since last October.

Success storey: construction recruitment team Daniel Owen Ltd (from left): Joe Fenn, Ellie Wilson, Gemma Phillips (Manager) and James Legg

Construction employment is...

 
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TPG are celebrating 50 years

TPG – The Parkside Group Limited would like to take this opportunity to thank all their architectural, contractor and fabricator clients as they celebrate their 50th year and welcome in their Golden anniversary. As an independent, privately owned British company, The Parkside Group Limited shares it’s remarkable history and here highlights its ambitious strategy for the future.

In 1967, London, a joinery business was founded with a start-up loan of a mere £300. This small enterprise has now grown into The Parkside Group Limited which includes the market leading brands of Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, Axim Architectural Hardware and Alu-Timber.

Hardwired within the DNA of a business that has survived and thrived for over 50 years is customer service. To put this longevity in perspective, when The Parkside Group Limited was founded, NASA had not yet taken a giant leap for mankind and landed on the moon. Since 1967 The Parkside Group Limited has worked through great recessions, 3-day weeks and the Black Monday crash, whilst always maintaining its unique customer service ethos; working with customers to supply innovative solutions that make their businesses profitable.

The Parkside Group Limited actively seeks to supply solutions and market leading delivery, that provides the market with cost efficiencies which stand the test of time.

 
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Sustainable Building
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Commission releases first EU-wide tool for sustainable building performance reporting

The European Commission today launched the pilot phase of ‘Level(s)’, a new EU- framework for sustainable buildings, which will help transform the building sector. It is the first tool of this kind that has been developed for use across the whole of Europe.

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella said: “Level(s) can help us develop an environment built sustainably across Europe and support our transition to the circular economy. We are releasing this framework for the sector during World Green Building Week...

 
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GAP takes big strides forward following acquisition

Following GAP’s announcement in August of the acquisition of SIG Building Plastics & Windows, the company has been working non-stop to welcome all their new team members and customers on board.

No sooner had the ink dried on the dotted line that the GAP Directors were hitting the road visiting all 66 new depots and team members, from Inverness to Isle of Wight and everywhere in-between.

The team at GAP prides itself on ensuring all staff feel part of the family and the information gained will help shape the integration strategy.

Simon Bird, GAP’s Joint Founder commented: “We’ve been hugely impressed so...

 
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SMARTGLASS ANNOUNCE #FRIDAYFLYER INITIATIVE

SMARTGLASS®, the UK’s most respected and broadest range of conservatory glass, have just launched a #FridayFlyer initiative, which promises a free upgrade to a pre-midday delivery on a Friday.

This new initiative is part of a promotion that will last until 20th October for orders, with the last delivery on 27th October, 2017 just before British Summer Time concludes. This will be great news for installation teams and companies looking to fully glaze a conservatory on a Friday, before the weekend.

The offering is also another perfect indication of how Clayton Glass, the company behind the important SMARTGLASS® brand, looks at ever better ways in which to engage with their customer network and it is thanks to their unique logistics arrangements that this campaign can be fully achieved. For the last two years, the company has also been voted IGU Manufacturer of the Year at the National Fenestration Awards.

The #FridayFlyer initiative is applicable to all paid for deliveries for any mainland UK postcodes and across the whole SMARTGLASS® range, including the market leading Ultra 86 product, which provides for the best...

 
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G Awards Finalist
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VPS Property Solutions gains the double in The Glass Awards shortlist

The Glazing and Locks division of property specialist, VPS, has made the finalists rostrum in two categories in the 2017 G-Awards, the most competitive and prestigious awards in the glass industry.

VPS Property Solutions, now incorporating Evander Glazing and Locks, have been shortlisted in both the Customer Care Initiative and Commercial Project of the Year categories.

Backed by the leading organisations and corporate giants in the sector, such as Pilkingtons, the G-Awards celebrates glazing excellence, from glass fabrication through to installation...

 
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HURST BRINGS SECURITY HOME

As National Home Security Month approaches, leading composite door manufacturer Hurst Plastics is urging installers to seize the chance to talk to homeowners about door security.

Now in its fifth year, National Home Security Month runs throughout the whole of October and aims to increase awareness about the importance of home security in protecting people and their belongings.

Mark Atkinson, Sales Director at Hurst Plastics, says: “National Home Security Month is gaining wider media coverage every year and it’s an ideal opportunity for our installers highlight the essential role of high quality door security.

“With more than 75% of intruders...

 
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Construction industry take the next step to improve workforce mental health and wellbeing as Mates in Mind is made fully available

Today marks the next important step in the UK construction sector’s efforts to improve the health and mental wellbeing of its workforce as it welcomes the full roll out of the Mates in Mind initiative.

Mates in Mind has led in the creation of a flexible and joined up approach that is tailored to the needs of individual construction companies as they seek to tackle poor mental health whilst also nurturing positive mental wellbeing amongst their workforce. The programme is being delivered to the UK construction industry in support of the Health in Construction Leadership Group and in partnership with a number of industry representatives and mental health charities. Key to its success is breaking the silence and stigma that can surround mental health in society in general and the construction sector in particular by promoting a culture of positive wellbeing.

According to Health and Safety Executive figures, 18 per cent of reported work-related illnesses in the UK construction industry are the result of mental health problems, such as stress, depression or anxiety – accounting for 400k working days lost each year*. Furthermore, industry data reports that 55 per cent of construction workers had experienced mental...

 
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Security isn’t just skin deep

The market leading composite door leaf and glazing systems from Distinction Doors are major components when part of a door set and have a proven ability to achieve PAS24:2016, the industry’s enhanced security standard and a prerequisite in attaining third party certification to Secured by Design – a police initiative to protect against unlawful intrusion. This also demonstrates compliance to Document Q of the building Regulations.

Dave Walker, Technical Director at Distinction Doors, comments: “We are very proud of our door’s credentials and its ability to meet the most demanding technical requirements. What is particularly important to us is that Distinction Doors meets all these performance standards because of the overall quality and innovation in our doors.”

Dave explains: “For example, a demanding PAS 24: 2016 test element gives composite doors three minutes to survive an attack by UKAS laboratory...

 
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Free online training on fire doors launched for the door industry

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and in support of this year’s Fire Door Safety Week (25 September – 1 October 2017), a new free online training tool has been launched to boost the basic understanding of fire doors needed by those with responsibilities for fire safety.

The course has been developed by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS), Europes first competency framework for fire door inspectors. It is delivered virtually through an online interactive learning portal and is open to anyone who is responsible for specifying, selling, installing or maintaining fire doors and their components.

The service builds on the highly popular half-day ‘Bite...

 
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dhf warns of potential legal consequences following manslaughter case

dhf (Door & Hardware Federation) is stressing the possible legal consequences of failing to ensure the safety of gates following the conviction of a gate engineer for causing the death of Jill Lunn in April 2013. On Wednesday, Robert Churchyard was found guilty of her manslaughter by gross negligence and warned that he faces gaol. Mr Churchyard, 52, who was employed at the time by Automated Garage Doors and Gates Ltd, denied her manslaughter but was convicted by a jury at Norwich Crown Court after one hour and 15 minutes of deliberation.

The court heard that tragedy occurred when 56-year-old Ms Lunn had pulled into the drive, with her grandchild in the car, and tried to close the automated gate using the remote control. When it would not work she tried to shut the gate manually and it had fallen directly on top of her, crushing her to death. Described by the court as a ‘wholly preventable tragedy’, the gate, which weighed around a third of a tonne, was installed in March 2013, but without any stopping devices to prevent it falling if it was operated manually. Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, stated that Ms Lunn’s death could have easily been prevented by means of a simple stopping device either to the gate or to the track upon which the gate ran.

 
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DEVELOPMENT DEMOCRATISED: HOMEGROWN IS UK’S FIRST RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM FOR EVERYDAY INVESTORS

  • New platform Homegrown opens up residential development to everyday investors, and empowers them to help get Britain building
  • Clients can access quality, pre-vetted projects alongside institutional investors, targeting average net returns of 15%pa
  • Minimum investment of £500 per project, typically maturing in around two years — and a transparent, flat fee structure

London, 7 September 2017 -- Today saw the official launch of Homegrown, the UK’s first residential property investment platform focusing solely on the construction of new homes.

FCA-authorised, Homegrown enables retail investors to access quality residential...

 
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Age Friendly Housing
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RESIDENTIAL REVOLUTION NEEDED FOR ENGLAND’S AGEING POPULATION, SAYS LGA

The number of specialist homes for older people will need to increase by 400,000 units in less than 20 years as a result of our ageing population, new analysis by the Local Government Association reveals today.

With one in five of the overall population in England set to be over 65 in a decade, a “residential revolution” is needed to provide more homes that support our ageing population, the LGA set outs today.

Only 0.6 per cent of over 65s live in specialised accommodation, with a form of care support such as 24/7 on-site staff. This is 10 times less than in more developed retirement housing markets such as the USA or Australia.

 
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Consort converts hospitality budget into charitable change

Consort Ltd is making a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged people in and around its home town of Nottingham by reassigning money previously budgeted for corporate hospitality.

The fabricator, which has long manufactured PVC-U window systems from the UK’s leading supplier VEKA Group has supported charities such as Emmanuel House – a centre for homeless people – and Fists up for Frankie; a campaign that funds treatment for neuroblastoma (an aggressive form of childhood cancer).

Jeff Dunn, Sales and Marketing Director for Consort explained: “Changes in the law introduced in 2010 left many companies questioning what forms of expenditure would subsequently be considered ‘corporate hospitality’ and what would be seen as ‘bribery’. We chose to avoid any such confusion and instead donate our hospitality budget back into the community that has contributed so much to our success since the company was established in 1950.”

 
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Home Builders Survey
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Lack of land and lending is blocking new homes, FMB research reveals

A lack of available small sites and a lack of finance top the list of barriers to SME house builders increasing their delivery of new homes, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB).

Key results from the FMB’s House Builders’ Survey 2017, the only annual snapshot of SME house builders, include:

  • Over half of small house builders (54%) say accessing finance is a major barrier to their ability to build more homes (up from 50% in 2016);
  • A lack of available and viable land is the most commonly cited barrier (62%) to increasing output and 54% believe that...
 
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