Clearview National September 2015 - Issue 166 - Page 31

INDUSTRYNEWS CALL FOR “BEST HOME IMPROVEMENT GLAZING PROJECT” ENTRIES »»The Best Home Improvement Glazing Project award is sponsored by the GGF and with the closing deadline fast approaching, the GGF invites entries from across the spectrum of glazing modernisation projects including windows, doors, facades, structural glazing, and conservatories. Entry for the GGF award is free and more details and the application form are now available/downloadable from the NHIC website http://www.nhic. org.uk/ The straight forward entry form must be submitted with any supporting evidence by the closing date of 22nd September. The GGF award covers any glazing related project completed within the past 12 months. By entering you can take advantage of the PR opportunities around the awards and raise your profile to the broader field of home improvement. Winners will also receive a special profile on the new GGF consumer website so that thousands of homeowners can view the excellence of your work online. It’s a big opportunity for companies wanting to raise their profiles in the home improvement sector. To enter the GGF Award FREE please visit http:// www.nhic.org.uk/ Unimpressed With Chancellor’s Budget »»The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) was unimpressed with July’s budget announcements by Chancellor George Osborne. Nigel Rees GGF Group Chief Executive commented: “It is yet another budget that doesn’t have great significance for our industry. The bold plans to fund infrastructure projects with £15b may be positive for some in construction but it won’t have a huge impact on the glass and glazing industry. We would much rather have seen that kind of commitment for house building projects and energy efficiency programmes that would really attack the UK’s energy efficiency issues and the growing housing crisis. Nigel Rees continued: “On the positive side for SMEs; cutting corporation tax by 2% over the next five years, increasing the permanent level of Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) for plant and machinery and reducing SMEs National Insurance contributions are welcome announcements. “It was particularly disappointing that any plans to incentivise homeowners to increase energy efficiency in their homes were not even mentioned in this Summer Budget. The Government’s own target reductions for carbon emissions are high yet there seems to be a complete lack of intent to actually achieve them.” www.ggf.org.uk GGF alerted to scrappage scheme scam »»The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has recently been informed of a scrappage scheme scam with the fraudsters falsely claiming that the GGF offers rebates for old windows being replaced under Green Deal and ECO. Nigel Rees, GGF Group Chief Executive commented: “To make the public aware of this scam and to try and prevent homeowners being duped, we will be issuing a statement to the mainstream media, Trading Standards and Action Fraud, stating that; the GGF neither operates nor funds any such scrappage scheme. We also urge anyone who has been a victim of a scam or has experienced scam callers to report them directly to Action Fraud.” The GGF received information of the scam from two independent sources from a Trading Standards Officer at the recent Chartered Trading Standards Institute Conference in Bournemouth and from a GGF Member. The GGF urges all companies to report any frauds in the industry by callingAction Fraud UK on 0300 123 2040 to speak to an adviser or reprot an incident online via their online reporting tool http://www.actionfraud. police.uk/ Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud and crime reporting centre. It provides a central point of contact about fraud and financially motivated crime. For further information visit www.ggf.org.uk C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » S EP 2015 » 31