Clearview North October 2013 - Issue 143 - Page 20

industrynews BEATING COMPOSITE ON COST FOR MERTHYR CARE HOME Synseal’s Legend70 profile helped PVC-U beat composite to a 100-frame contract for a new-build care home at Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales. The main contractor and local authority were originally looking to use composite for the window and door frames at the home in Treharris, as Sean Mullins, director of fabricator/installer BWM Ltd explained: “But when I showed them the Legend profile and the cost saving over composite, they went for it straight away. It had the right kind of specification and the grey on white was just the look they wanted and of course, we were able to give a much better price.” BWM, based in nearby Pontypridd, has been working with Legend for about 15 years. Commercial contracts now account for over two thirds of its business and while Legend is designed specifically for the commercial market, Sean explained that the company finds it equally suitable for all of its work: “We are able to use the same system for all our PVC-U. It does the job, whether it’s commercial or domestic, and that keeps things simple at the factory.” ‘It had the right kind of specification’ BRITISH ECONOMY IS TURNING A CORNER The British economy is turning a corner but many risks remain Chancellor George Osborne has said in a keynote speech on the economy. The Chancellor pointed to evidence showing that the government’s economic plan is working, but said that, “these are still the early stages of recovery. “The last few months have decisively ended [the] controversy” about fiscal policy, he said. He added that heeding calls to abandon the government’s economic plan in order to spend and borrow more would have undermined the recovery and “would be disastrous” now. The Chancellor explained in the speech a detailed analysis of recent data to explain why, although many risks still remain, the emerging recovery is broad based and sustainable. He add that many of the risks the UK faces are international, but that the UK must remain vigilant to any domestic risks that could emerge and avoid the mistakes of the past. This includes using the government’s new regulatory system to spot imbalances as they emerge, staying the course with the deficit reduction plan and following through with far-reaching economic and structural reforms. The Chancellor said: “Our economic plan is the only sustainable way to raise living standards. “Low mortgage rates. A £10,000 Personal Allowance. Fuel duty frozen. And soon tax free childcare. These make huge, positive impacts on the cost of living. And none of this would be possible if we had abandoned our tough spending plans.” GLAZING BUSINESSES SEE VALUE IN SKILLS SAYS NEW TRAINING PROVIDER The Government’s continuing support of Apprenticeships and commitment to vocational skills is having a positive effect 20 OCT 2013 at the sharp end of the glazing industry, according to national independent training provider, 4GE Academy. In its first nine months of operation, Essex-based 4GE Academy has seen a significant uplift in the number of installation businesses undertaking some form of skills development for their personnel. Run by a team that possesses over 50 years of experience within the glass and glazing sector, 4GE Academy has so far registered more than 200 candidates on vocational qualifications, in a drive to boost workforce recognition and showcase the sector as a desirable career choice. According to Neil Robinson, Director, 4GE Academy, who has spent over 30 years in the glass industry, there is a growing acknowledgement that training, rather than being seen as a cost to the business, represents a sound future investment: “More than ever before, a company’s fitting credentials are under scrutiny and that means a workforce must have the right skills. We are starting to see a culture shift where there is increasing engagement in the training agenda.” www.4geacademy.com To read more, visit www.clearview-uk.com