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There Is No Place For Hard Sell In A Modern Fenestration Industry

There Is No Place For Hard Sell In A Modern Fenestration Industry

In the 8 years I have worked in this dynamic industry, I have seen it go through some changes. I joined when the industry embarked on a journey to try and improve it's image. I joi ...

More Sexy Doors

More Sexy Doors

I don't care what the doubters say, doors can be sexy! Since my last post showing some of the bespoke doors we have done, we have sold and fitted a bunch more. So, not much reading ...

Review: March 2014

Review: March 2014

This review comes two weeks late. The reason is simply because I forgot! I have been so busy with all my various projects, it slipped my mind and I forgot to write. Still, better l ...

Spraying The Future

Spraying The Future

If there is a niche that has exploded in recent years, it is colour. Who would have thought that in just a few years, our industry would have transformed from a dreary, boring old ...

Guest Post: Triple Glazing – Fact Or Fiction?

Guest Post: Triple Glazing – Fact Or Fiction?

So, last week's Triple Glazing Question debate really got people talking. Further doubt was cast over the viability of the product. However, a good friend of mine based in Scotland ...

A Format That Works

A Format That Works

The Triple Glazing Question event seemed to go down very well. An event organised in a relatively short space of time compared to other industry events, and one which was very well ...

Triple Glazing Question: Review

Triple Glazing Question: Review

I promise I am going to try and keep this review as concise as possible. A lot was said throughout the day, and if I include every little detail, this post will take about a day to ...

Climate Change…Wait, Don’t Click Off! This Is Important…

At the start of this week, the UN published a rather damning report about the world's climate. It warns that without immediate and massive action, the world is going to suffer from more and more extreme weather events. Events that are going to cause mass damage to the planet, and worse, death. And these effects are not limited to outside these shores. Their report warned that Britain faced wetter winters, h ...

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Unprecedented Floods Mean Misery For Thousands

It seems hard to believe that we're still talking about the floods in the south of the UK in the second week in February, but talk about it we are. We have all seen for ourselves on television and the internet the absolutely devastating pictures of flooding in the south of the UK. The new areas of concern are now pretty much every town and village that are on the banks of the river Thames. Villages down the ...

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Storm Proofing A Home

They said we were in for some exceptional weather in the coming days, and they weren't far off. Over the past few days we have all seen some truly astounding pictures of the power of the sea and the weather. Hundreds more homes have been flooded again in the past few days and the nation's coastline has been battered time after time. One of the worst hit areas has been Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast. You can ...

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Power Companies Fail

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years break. I know I did. But as we enter a new year and a fresh start, it is worth sparing a thought for the thousands and thousands of people who had their Christmas and New Years ruined by some truly awful weather. It has been a long time since the UK has suffered from repeated beatings from the weather like this. One after another after another, storms and h ...

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Working With The Weather

We had some pretty wild weather today. And for some, "wild" is an understatement. As we head into the depths of Winter we had a very strong storm move down from the north bringing heavy rain, snow and extremely strong winds gusting over 100mph. Not only that, storm surges threatened the whole of the east coast of the country. Unfortunately, one man died in his HGV in Scotland after it overturned - highlight ...

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A Long Cold Winter Ahead…Possibly

Among the many sad little interests I have, weather is one of them. I was wandering about online the other day in search of Winter forecasts, trying to find out what this coming Winter might bring. Now the news is both good and bad, depending on your opinion of Winter. If you like the snow and cold, then you might be in for a treat. Of what I have seen, the chances are that we are going to have another long ...

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Surviving The Storm

Well it looks like we all seemed to survive the storm everyone has been talking about. In all seriousness, we hardly got anything up here in West Yorkshire. Yes it was a bit bleak and dreary this morning, but nothing other than a typical Autumn day. No wind either. But I know that further south there has been far more to worry about. Hundreds of trees have come down, falling on power lines, as well as some ...

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There’s A Storm Brewing

As if you haven't heard already, there's a stonking big storm about to batter the southern half of the UK tonight and Monday morning. It is coming at a rather inconvenient time. Rush Hour The storm is due to hit the country just as everyone gets in their cars to go to work. Monday mornings are bad enough but add flash flooded roads, the odd overturned lorry and fallen trees, then rush hour is going to be a ...

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Too Hot To Work?

The other day, Sales and Marketing Director at Ultraframe @JoeMartoccia asked me if I thought it was too hot for business, as some of his retailers were suggesting. At first I didn't know if I was being asked if it was too hot to work, or if the hot weather was putting people off...so I gave two answers! My first answer was that no, it wasn't too hot to work. Yes it's pretty steamy out there. Most places in ...

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Summer Finally Arrives!

This is not a joke! Britain has finally got some summer to cheer about! The last few days have been glorious. It has been nice to not arrive in the office with a dozen layers on and a massive overcoat! We've even turned the heating off in the office. It feels like it's been on forever! Weather is a very important thing when it comes to business in Britain. It affects our shopping habits as much as the finan ...

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Devastating Tornado Ravages Oklahoma

When it comes to massive weather events, I have always given them a special mention on here. I know it's nothing to do with our industry, but at times of massive destruction, I feel that is has to commented on. For those of you who were up late last night, and for everyone else waking up this morning, Oklahoma has been hit by an enormous tornado which has caused huge devastation and destruction. The tornado ...

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Spring-Back?

As confirmed by FENSA last week, the first quarter of this year saw a fairly significant drop in new window and door installations. Almost all of it certainly due to the poor weather. Yes there will be a few that bucked that trend, but on a national scale, Q1 was bloody hard work! However, I am happy to comment on what seems to be a pretty brisk pick up since the start of April. Since the start of April, an ...

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FENSA Confirms Poor Start To The Year

Well, it's not as if we needed any confirmation because I think we all knew this anyway, but @FenNews announced earlier today that the latest FENSA figures show a pretty poor first quarter of 2013. In their report, which can be found here: http://www.fenestration-news.com/news/newsItem.aspx?id=11480 FENSA explains that residential window and door installations in the first quarter of this year were down 5.4 ...

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Poor Weather Causing Harm

I don't think I need to inform anyone about how bad the weather has been so far this year. I don't think I can remember a sustained period of sunny, warmish weather. It's been dank and dull since the start of the year and I think it's fair to say that it has been having an impact on the way our industry has performed so far this year. I'm now fully expecting plenty of comments saying how busy they are. Let ...

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End Of The Cold Snap

I always find it funny when the news calls cold weather a 'snap'. A snap indicated that something is short lived. We've had this cold snowy weather for over a fortnight. I don't think a fortnight in anyone's book is a snap. But there we are. After another big dump of snow on Friday evening and Saturday morning, the thaw has set in with milder, sunnier weather replacing it. I think everyone will be glad to s ...

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Snow Day!

As you would expect, much of the talk today has been about the weather. Snow has brought much the UK to a standstill over the last few days, with anywhere north of the home counties getting a good dose of the white stuff last night and this morning. It has made getting into work difficult. Whilst I do admire the dedication by some to get into the office, I do sometimes question why. Lets face it, in this we ...

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