Clearview National September 2017 - Issue 190 - Page 22

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS CLEARVIEW PVCu BECOMES FIRST SCOTTISH TRADING STANDARD APPROVED COMPANY Double glazing business, Clearview PVCu, has become the first window installer in Scotland to achieve the new TrustMark Trading Standards Approved accreditation. » » TRUSTMARK, THE ONLY Government-endorsed ‘find a tradesperson’ scheme in the UK. Prior to achieving this high accolade, Clearview PVCu applied to becom e TrustMark registered and successfully completed the Intelligence Checks and DBS Checks. By passing these safeguards, the business was then accredited with Trading Standards Approved status. With no official schemes in Scotland to govern the glass and glazing industry, it was more important than ever for Clearview PVCu to have the TrustMark ‘Trading Standards Approved’ logo so potential customers would know that they are employing a reputable, reliable firm that has not only been vetted by a TrustMark Scheme Operator, the Glass and Glazing Federation, but also checked directly by Trading Standards. Founded 15 years ago, Lawrence Muirhead, business owner, believes that: “in our competitive market it is essential that we provide top quality products and service for our customers. We pride ourselves on great products, fantastic prices and skilled installations so it is really valuable to have top level endorsements from the industry experts as it reflects our expertise and gives us further credibility. “Our customers will gain confidence and peace of mind knowing that our firm has been approved to use the Trading Standards Approved badge and we have all the right checks in place. We are extremely proud to have attained the Trading Standards Approved status as it gives us greater exposure and our customers greater choice.” Simon Ayers, Chief Executive of TrustMark adds “Clearview PVCu is displaying exemplary behaviour of which both consumers and competitors will take note. Firms not only need to find means of differentiating themselves, but also demonstrating that they are delivering the very best standards in the business, with a clean track record. Our job is to protect both consumers and our firms from being the victims of rogue traders or undeserved stereotypes respectively, and this scheme highlights a way of making better informed decisions”. To find out how you can join visit https://www.trustmark. org.uk/trading-standards or emailtradingstandards@ trustmark.org.uk or telephone 0333 555 0352 22 » SE P 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M Are your fixings and fasteners legal, warranted and specified? » » RAPIERSTAR IS highlighting the importance of selecting appropriate screws, to ensure window and door manufacturers can confidently stand behind their own extended guarantees. As part of its 25-year anniversary, the UK’s leading specialist fastener and fixing designer and distributor is highlighting the benefits of using recommended, certified fasteners, which have been tested and approved to support customers’ investment in quality profile and hardware. In conjunction with major profile extruders and hardware manufacturers, Rapierstar has developed a range of unique ‘Recommended Fixing Manuals’ (RFMs) for all the major profile systems, to optimise manufacturers’ and installers’ screw usage, efficiencies and cost savings, but above all to ensure CE Mark compliance and exceed industry security standards. Rapierstar offers fastener and fixing ‘Health Checks’ as a free advice service to provide insight into cost savings, technical specifications and problem solving, helping customers achieve peace of mind that the correct fasteners are utilised in the right way. David Furness, Rapierstar Group Managing Director, said: “It’s vital to ensure commercial screws meet the legal requirements of the Construction Products Regulation, whether it is for aluminium, PVC or timber installations. Fabricators should automatically check that their fixings are tested, approved and recommended by their profile extruder and hardware manufacturer. “Our RFMs do more than indicate correct fastener types in usage and their efficiencies. They can even allow fabricators to cascade their profile suppliers testing and certification.” For aluminium window production, installers should look for the BS EN 4873 standard. Only austenitic stainless steel screws are recommended for aluminium window & door production (including drill points) to prevent bi-metallic corrosion and avoid remedial call-outs. For PVC window production, the trade should seek compliance to BS EN 7412, as recommended by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) best practice guide and British Plastics Federation (BPF) fastener guidelines. David Furness concluded: “Our job is to continue to be the expert customer adviser for all specialist screws for the trade, to remove the compliance headache for yet another aspect of production and installation that our customers must consider. “Rapierstar’s tri-thread hallmark is stamped into each of our screw heads, so our customers are confident their project is supported by tried, tested and certified, market leading fixings that backs up their own guarantees.” http://www.rapierstar.com/ info-point/rfm-downloads