Inflation Reaches 7%

As expected, inflation in the UK continues to rise. In March, inflation rose to a 30-year high of 7%, up from 6.2% in February. Crucially, this still doesn't take into full account the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the energy price cap rise which came into force at the beginning of April. Therefore, [...]

By |2022-04-13T17:10:59+01:00April 13th, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

Markets Are Beginning To Break And It Will Affect Everything

The war in Ukraine grinds on, and with each day the humanitarian crisis grows. Millions of people are being displaced within the country and are fleeing to their neighbours in Eastern Europe. But as the war in Ukraine continues, the fallout of the conflict is now very much working its way into various markets [...]

By |2022-03-09T22:43:15+00:00March 8th, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy, Ukraine Crisis|

Inflation Rises Again

Against expectations, inflation in January rose once again, for the fourth month in a row, to 5.5% from 5.4% in December. Whilst 0.1% might not seem all that much, it was predicted that rates would either remain stable or dip slightly due to the festive period. The outlook doesn't look any better in the [...]

By |2022-02-16T14:41:19+00:00February 16th, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

Inflation Rises To 5.4% – Fenestration Has To Take Note

As predicted, inflation has risen once again. Figures out today show that inflation has risen from 5.1% in November to 5.4% in December. There are no signs that the rises will be stopping imminently. This is a near 30-year high. Rising inflation is causing a cost of living crisis which is going to affect [...]

By |2022-01-19T14:03:35+00:00January 19th, 2022|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

UK Inflation Surges To 5.1%

Another month and another inflation figure that surges past all previous estimates. UK inflation in November spiked to 5.1%, up from 4.2% in October. This blows past estimates of 4.8% and the prediction from the Bank of England that inflation in the UK would rise to 5% in Q1 of 2022. This is a [...]

By |2021-12-15T11:55:15+00:00December 15th, 2021|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

This Is Why Prices Are Rising So Much

You can feel the frustration growing. Prices in the fenestration sector have been rising sharply all year, and the New Year looks set to herald a new wave of very steep price increases across a number of different materials. The sector is frequently taking to social media to vent their frustration at the constant [...]

By |2021-12-02T17:08:42+00:00December 2nd, 2021|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

Inflation Surges To 4.2%

Data released today confirmed that the UK is undergoing a rapidly increasing squeeze on the cost of living, with inflation surging to 4.2% in the month of October compared to the same period last year. That is the highest in a decade and will put further pressure on the Bank of England to raise [...]

By |2021-11-17T16:41:26+00:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: double glazing industry, economy|

Has The Slowdown Begun?

In a press release issued by Business Pilot this week, they report that leads for new windows and doors are down 12% in October compared to the previous month. In recent months it has been noticeable that the tone of the conversation has changed. So is this the start of a more protracted decline [...]

By |2021-11-09T23:21:42+00:00November 9th, 2021|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

BMBI Reports Continued Strong Year-On-Year Growth

This is a sponsored article by The BMBI: The latest report from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) reveals that builders’ merchants’ August value sales were 23.0% higher year on year, with Timber & Joinery products once again topping the list of best-performing categories (+51.5%). Helped by one more trading day this year, eleven [...]

By |2021-10-20T11:49:41+01:00October 20th, 2021|Categories: business, economy, MRA Marketing|

UK Economy Grows 4.8% In Q2

In positive news for the UK economy on Thursday, it was announced by the ONS that UK GDP grew 4.8% in Q2 this year. This was under forecasts of 5%, but still represents a strong quarter as further lockdown restrictions eased. UK economy continues to bounce back Q2 was always going to be a [...]

By |2021-08-13T12:40:28+01:00August 13th, 2021|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

The 2020 Spending Review – What You Need To Know

On Wednesday the Chancellor Rishi Sunak gave his Spending Review for 2020. It was due to be a three-year forecast for public spending and finances, but due to the scale of the economic damage and uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the review only set out the road ahead for one year. It was also [...]

By |2020-11-27T13:33:14+00:00November 27th, 2020|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

Guest Post: Jon Vanstone’s Letter To Alok Sharma Re: Green Homes Grant Scheme

This is a guest post from Certass TA: Dear Mr Sharma, Including Glazing installations as Primary Measure for Green Homes Grant Scheme I am writing to you as Chair of Certass Trade Association, the leading representative body of thousands of local glazing installers throughout the UK. The recent announcement on 8th July has, unfortunately, [...]

By |2020-07-10T11:33:52+01:00July 10th, 2020|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

Report: UK GDP Down 15% In Q2

We're still really only at the start of this crisis. It began in late January, we're now at the end of March. Although March does feel as though it has been 1000 days long! Each day we're all hyper-sensitive to the daily updates on cases and deaths in the UK and around Europe. There [...]

By |2020-03-30T23:21:17+01:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

UK To Get 6 Chinese Built Prefabrication Home Building Factories

There is a widely used saying in this country: if you want a job doing, doing it yourself. Often used when you rely on someone or something else to get a job you want or need done. When it comes to housing, we have relied on the Government for many years to give the [...]

By |2016-12-20T23:38:08+00:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: double glazing industry, economy|

2016 Autumn Statement Review: Infrastructure And Productivity In Focus

Today was UK Chancellor Philip Hammonds's first Autumn Statement, and it was also his last. But more on that later. This was the first major economic announcement since the UK voted to leave the European Union, which made this usually mediocre yearly affair little more tasty than usual. Much of it was leaked to [...]

By |2016-11-23T22:32:30+00:00November 23rd, 2016|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|

Chancellor Plans To Reduce VAT From 20% To 17.5%

I've been away from the news for the last 24 hours or so, but even this was a surprise to me. Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to reduce VAT from 20% to 17.5%. Not this Autumn Statement though. It's most likely to happen in the Spring 2017 Budget. According to reports, he is going [...]

By |2016-11-20T23:35:23+00:00November 20th, 2016|Categories: business, double glazing industry, economy|
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