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INDUSTRYNEWS GREAT FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE IN THE LOCKSMITHING & UPVC REPAIR INDUSTRY HUGE PROFITS | LOW START UP COSTS | FULL TRAINING CONTACT GRAHAM JONES FOR MORE INFORMATION mpl, 29 westgate end, wakefield, west yorks, wf2 9rg WEB: EMAIL: Tel: (01924) 360 444 Fax: (01924) 376 258 Ministers ignore construction lobby groups Former chief construction adviser Paul Morrell has confirmed that ministers routinely ignore reports and wish lists submitted by the industry. In an article in Management Today, Morrell said: “Before the 2010 election, I received 19 manifestos from different quarters of this sector, setting out their wish list for a new government. “To the best of my knowledge, not one of them was read by ministers, either in power or in waiting.” The former Davis Langdon partner spent three years as the Government’s construction czar before handing over the reins to Peter Hansford last month. Morrell said the construction industry has a “particular weakness” when it comes to lobbying government and he was “amazed at how badly those seeking action from government go about it”. ‘not one of them was read by ministers’ GGF Launches New Video A new promotional video from the GGF aims to highlight members’ benefits, raise brand awareness and to encourage non-member companies to join the Federation. The video consists of exclusive interviews with GGF Members and GGF Senior Staff as well as on-site footage of glass manufacturing and domestic installation. Nigel Rees, GGF Group Chief Executive commented, “The GGF has developed its communications significantly in the last few years and the promotional video is a welcome addition to communicate our message to non-members. I would like to thank all the GGF Members who helped in the production of this video. It is great to hear their honest and frank views of the Federation.” The following GGF Member companies contributed to the production of the video: • AGC Glass UK • Anglian Home Improvements • Glassolutions Saint Gobain • Independent Glass • Lister Trade Frames • Pilkington • Thomas Sanderson Ltd • Waldron Consultancy Ltd • West Yorkshire Windows The video is available at www. and on GGF’s YouTube Channel. To read more, visit FEB 2013 49