Clearview Midlands April 2014 - Issue 149 - Page 86

BUSINESSNEWS BUDGET 2014: BUSINESS, BEER AND BINGO.... In his Budget speech, George Osborne said that the economy is now growing faster than predicted and expectations for growth this year and next have also been revised up by the Office for Budget Responsibilty (OBR) – to 2.7% in 2014 and 2.3% in 2015. A deficit that reached 11% of GDP in 200910 is now forecast to fallen by half to 5.5% in the coming year and will be eradicated by 2018-19. But he emphasised that “the job is not yet done, and further difficult decisions will be needed to continue reducing the deficit and debt.” The government will cap the welfare budget to control spending, ensure that employers are meeting the full costs of public service pension schemes and limit public sector pay increases. British businesses will see a boost by the government: • doubling the annual investment allowance to £500,000 until the end of 2015 • offering the best export finance in Europe • reducing energy costs, to ensure that the UK remains a competitive location for manufacturing Radical measures to help savers and pensioners were announced and the government is taking action to help families keep more of what they earn and to save for their retirement. This will be achieved by reducing taxes by increasing the level of the tax-free personal allowance further, from £10,000 to £10,500 in April 2015. The Chancellor has come under fire for some of the rather patronising measures – such as the cut in duty on beer by 1 penny a pint, freezing duty on cider and spirit, abolishing the above inflation duty escalator for wine and halving bingo duty. He also announced an increase in the maximum Tax-Free Childcare support available to £2,000 per year for each child; extending the Help to Buy equity loan scheme to March 2020 and providing £140 million of new funding to repair flood defences that have suffered damage in the recent severe flooding, as well as providing £200 million to establish a potholes challenge fund. The cost of long haul flights will be cut by abolishing the top two bands of Air Passenger Duty. What do you think? E: pat@clearview-uk.com Counter Terror Workshops The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is planning to host two unique workshops at Counter Terror Expo 2014 (London Olympia) on 29 April in the Security Solutions Theatre. The GGF workshops scheduled are “A Guide to Safety and Security Glazing” presented by John Agnew, Chairman GGF Glazing Executive and “The Value of Retrofitting Enhanced Glazing Security” presented by Ian Penfold GGF Window Film Group Chairman. The programme for the workshops is outlined below: Tuesday 29 April 2014, London Olympia Security Solutions Theatre 1300 - 1325 A Guide to Safety and Security Glazing John Agnew, Chairman GGF Glazing Executive 1330 - 1355 The Value of Retrofitting Enhanced Glazing Security Ian Penfold, Chairman GGF Window Film Group Counter Terror Expo’s Security Solutions Theatre will feature a series of interactive product launches complemented by unique presentations delivered by experts focusing on the latest industry developments. Product launches and presentations in this workshop will focus on; Perimeter 86 APR 2014 Protection, Surveillance, Glass and Glazing, Building Protection, Cyber Security, Screening & Scanning, CCTV and Access Control, all of which should be considered when assessing and improving the approach towards integrated security. Commenting on the GGF’s workshop schedule, John Agnew, Chairman of the GGF Glazing Executive commented, “I am looking forward to presenting at Counter Terror Expo. It will provide the perfect platform to underline the importance of safety and security glazing and highlight the excellence of the GGF’s work in this sector.” Ian Penfold, GGF Window Film Group Chairman added, “Many customers may already appreciate the qualities of Window Film when it comes to improving their living and working conditions but few are fully aware of the security benefits. Counter Terror Expo will be a great opportunity to explain how applying window film products can cost effectively enhance the security of existing glazing to recognised performance levels.” Steve Rice, GGF Director of Glazing commented, “The GGF recognises the importance of safety and security glazing and is pleased to be exhibiting and presenting at this key exhibition.” All those attending will receive on the day, a free copy of The Good Practice Guide to Safety and Security Glazing. G GF is on Stand No: G0. To register free visit: https://ctx2014. registerbynet.com/ www.ggf.org.uk To read more, visit www.clearview-uk.com