double glazing industry

Aluminium Is Best Placed For Growth In Fenestration

There is no doubt that we're headed into much tougher times. I cannot remember an economic outlook being so unstable. When it comes to the economy, instability and uncertainty aren't exactly remedies for what ails it. However, where there are problems there are also opportunities, and within fenestration one of the major opportunities right [...]

By |2022-10-12T00:06:41+01:00October 12th, 2022|Categories: aluminium, double glazing industry|

We’ll Likely Never See 0% VAT For Windows

Back in March of this year, then-Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that energy-saving measures such as insulation and heat pumps would have their VAT lowered to 0%. They were already at the lower rate of 5%, but would now enjoy zero VAT rates in a bid to encourage homeowners to upgrade their homes. Windows were [...]

By |2022-10-05T17:21:42+01:00October 5th, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry|

How The Fenestration Sector Can Navigate What Is Coming

Whether you want to hear it or not, the next 12-18 months are going to be a very rough ride. The boom is firmly behind us, and the only question now is how long and how deep the coming recession will be. It’s time to party like it’s 2008. A situation like no other [...]

By |2022-10-04T10:37:08+01:00October 4th, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry, economy|

FENEX Live Podcasts Are Back!

FENEX is happy to announce the return of the popular Friday night live stream podcasts! The original fenestration sector podcast, created back at the start of the pandemic as a way to connect with the industry during lockdown, will be coming back on a regular basis via the FENEX YouTube and Facebook channels. A [...]

By |2022-09-27T16:18:56+01:00September 27th, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry|

Safestyle Announces 2022 Interim Results

In the continuation of earnings season in the fenestration sector, Safestyle UK is the latest to present its H1 2022 results. On the face of it, things looks fairly positive, but a bit of digging into the results shows that headwinds are beginning to be felt, as they are across the entire sector. This [...]

By |2022-09-22T16:04:22+01:00September 22nd, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry|

Smart Ready® Director Giovanni Laporta: Warts And All Interview – Part 2

Last week I published the first in a two-part special interview with Smart Ready® Director Giovanni Laporta. It gave us an insight into the man himself, his background, how he found his way into the fenestration sector and his own personal motivations. In part 2, we take a wider view of the industry in [...]

By |2022-09-21T15:12:23+01:00September 21st, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry, technology|

Smart Ready® Director Giovanni Laporta: Warts And All Interview – Part 1

A few weeks ago I posed a series of questions to Smart Ready® founder Giovanni Laporta to get his take on himself, the industry, the past and the future. This is the first part of a two-part interview which I think gives an insight into his thought process, his opinions on the industry, as [...]

By |2022-09-15T16:50:58+01:00September 15th, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry, technology|

Expect A Rise In Fenestration Companies Going Bust

We’re about to go through a hell of a hangover from the last two years. With unbridled success in 2020 and 2021, juiced thanks to Government-funded stimuli such as furlough and grants for businesses, we will not be able to escape the after-effects. The war in Ukraine has certainly not helped global economics, putting [...]

By |2022-09-13T23:39:58+01:00September 13th, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

Epwin Group Acquires Poly-Pure Ltd

In the latest move within the PVC recycling space to indicate that there is a serious race on now for dominance in the UK in this market, Epwin Group has announced that they have acquired Poly-Pure Ltd in a £15m deal. Here is the statement that they have provided to the markets this morning: [...]

By |2022-09-12T13:46:54+01:00September 12th, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry|

Glass Could Be About To Get Even More Expensive

Just as other parts of the fenestration supply chain begin to bed in some stability, we are still seeing volatile conditions in the glass part of our market, with multiple warnings that the cost of glass is going to rise further in the coming months. Inflation looks like it’s here to stay for a [...]

By |2022-09-07T22:28:39+01:00September 7th, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry, Glass|

Open Letter: Roy Frost, MD Listers, Reaction To The Raising Of The Energy Price Cap

OPEN LETTER: On Friday [26/8/22] we learnt that we were all going to be a little less well off. Ofgem confirmed that the raising of the energy price cap will push average household energy bills to £3,549. To put that into context that’s around an 80% increase on what we were paying in April [...]

By |2022-08-26T16:38:30+01:00August 26th, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

Inflation Breaks Double-Digits And Hits 10.1%

In more grim news for the UK economy, data out of the ONS today showed that inflation in July reached 10.1%, once again exceeding forecasts. A couple of weeks ago the Bank of England published some dire forecasts for the UK economy, but even those may now look underdone on the back of the [...]

By |2022-08-18T00:11:53+01:00August 18th, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

High Quality Customer Service Is Going To Be Vital In This Downturn

Gone now are the days when we all fell over work and it didn’t matter how we came about it. 2020 and 2021 were unique years that we’re unlikely to see again for a very long time. Demand was so high that nothing else really mattered. Installers were tripping over sales, they were firing [...]

By |2022-08-16T23:41:26+01:00August 16th, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry|

These Are The Products Helping Us Beat The Downturn

A dip, a downturn, a recession or a slump, call it what you will, but where we are now is very much not where we were 12 months ago. At the end of last year, it was clear circumstances were changing. So, at our own installations business, we made the decision to commit to [...]

By |2022-08-11T23:12:12+01:00August 11th, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry|

Sentry Doors Acquires E & S W Knowles

Press release: Sentry Doors Limited (Sentry) is pleased to announce its acquisition of E. & S. W. Knowles & Company Limited (Knowles), accelerating its growth and creating the UK’s leader in timber fire safety and security doorsets. Established in 1923, E. & S. W. Knowles manufactures specialist timber internal doorsets with fire-rated, acoustic and [...]

By |2022-08-10T22:06:54+01:00August 10th, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry|

Fenestration Faces Uphill Battle Against Predicted Major Downturn

As the saying goes, the bigger the boom, the bigger the bust. 2020 and 2021 were major boom years for the fenestration sector, as the public invested their spare cash into their homes. Now, as rampant inflation spirals out of control, and a cost of living crisis hobbles consumer spending, our industry faces perhaps [...]

By |2022-08-08T23:12:19+01:00August 8th, 2022|Categories: double glazing industry|
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