Clearview National December 2015 - Issue 169 - Page 83

BUSINESSNEWS FOUR NEW MEMBERS »»The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) welcomed four companies into Membership at the Joint Conservatory Association and Window and Door Group Meeting at Solihull on 29th October. The new Members are: AluK www.aluk.co.uk Rodda and Hocking www.conservatoriesincornwall.com Regalead www.regalead.co.uk Profine UK www.profine-group.com Brian McDonald, Commercial Manager at Profine UK, commented: “We are pleased to join the GGF as it is the voice of the glass and glazing industry in the UK. The Profine Group look forward to working with the organisation to the benefit of the fenestration industry.” The GGF’s Director of Home Improvement, Brian Smith, extended a warm welcome to the new Members, commenting: “More and more companies are joining the GGF because of our experience, credibility and unrivalled technical expertise, and we are delighted to welcome AluK, Rodda and Hocking, Regalead and Profine UK into Membership.” If you are interested in joining the industry’s leading trade body, why not contact the GGF and find out how being a Member could benefit your business. Visit http:// www.ggf.org.uk/join FSB reacts to GDP growth of 0.5% »»Commenting the announcement at the end of October that UK GDP grew by 0.5% in the third quarter of 2015, John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Business growth remains positive, although the slight slowdown is reflected in recent research showing confidence among FSB members is cooling. The cautious tone is being driven in part by uncertainty around the stability of the global economy. Closer to home, many small businesses are wondering how they will absorb changes to tax treatment on dividends, increases in some of their staff wages through the National Living Wage and the cost of pensions auto-enrolment on top of already high business rates bills. “In this climate of moderate growth, the Bank of England has provided some certainty with interest rates remaining stable for an extended period at 0.5%. Many small Revised T&C’s The GGF has updated the Model Terms and Conditions of Contract previously released in May taking into regard the recent Consumer Rights Act 2015. »»The GGF has updated the Model Terms and Conditions of Contract taking into account the requirements of the EU ADR Directive 2015. These are available to Members to download free of charge form the Members section of the GGF website. For non-GGF members, these are available to purchase on the GGF Shop: http://shop.ggfmembers.com/ model-contracts/, along with the existing Guidance on implementation of the EU Consumer Rights Directive, which explains the details of the Consumer Contracts Regulations implemented in 2014. The GGF will shortly be publishing an article on the main changes brought about by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 which affect the glazing industry. If you are interested in becoming a GGF Member, contact the Federation and find out how you could benefit your business. Visit http://www.ggf.org.uk/join businesses will be heartened by signals from The Bank of England governor Mark Carney suggesting rates will continue along this course for the remainder of the year.” www.fsb.org.uk/contacts C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » dec 2015 » 83