Clearview South January 2014 - Issue 146 - Page 73

BUSINESSNEWS Sales grow 300% National trade fabricator Dempsey Dyer reports sales of windows with SWISSPACER grow 300% in four years. The Deceuninck fabricator based in Pontefract, Yorkshire says around 80% of its ready-glazed frames now have SWISSPACER spacer bars inside. Dempsey Dyer began using SWISSPACER in 2009 to improve thermal performance. It chose SWISSPACER over other warm edge brands because SWISSPACER’s rigid bar gives excellent structural joining and is better suited to Georgian bar and duplex windows. The company, which specialises in A rated windows, says SWISSPACER is a ‘failsafe’ for getting the best energy ratings. “With SWISSPACER, we don’t have to change anything else about the window to get the energy ratings our customers need,” says Dempsey Dyer’s Director, Peter Dyer. “We’ve always been very happy with its performance and the fact sales of SWISSPACER have grown by 300% speaks volumes!” Dempsey Dyer was established in 1977 with an emphasis on high quality, sustainable products. It provides customers with a wide product range and an extensive choice of colours. “Aesthetics are very important and we’re one of the market leaders in coloured profile,” adds Peter. “SWISSPACER works well in our windows because it’s discreet.” For Dempsey Dyer call 01977 649 641 or visit For SWISSPACER call 0845 601 1265 or visit www.swisspacer. com. Follow SWISSPACER on Twitter @ Ultimate_Spacer. FIGURES CONFIRM RECORD NUMBERS OF APPRENTICESHIPS More people than ever before are taking part in an apprenticeship, according to published figures. Nearly 870,000 people were on an apprenticeship in 2012/13 with the gold standard of higher and advanced levels attracting record levels of apprentices. The data indicates that there were over 1.5 million apprenticeship starts since 2010, half a million of these were in 2012/13. Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said: “These figures show that a record 868,700 people were in apprenticeships last year, which is up 77% on 2009/10. I am also pleased to see that there were 13,000 people in higher apprenticeships last year, which is double the previous year’s figure. ‘A record 868,700 people were in apprenticeships’ “This is good news for the economy, and good news for those getting the skills they need to prosper. I want the new norm for people leaving school or college to either go to university or choose an apprenticeship. By focusing on the quality and rigour that people and employers want from apprenticeships, this will make the vision a reality.” Higher apprenticeships introduced by this government are now at the highest level they have ever been, while the participation in advanced level apprenticeships has increased by 19% this year to nearly 380,000. The reformed apprenticeships will be employer-led and designed so they respond to the needs of industry, meaning each apprentice has the skills required by the sector. COUNCILS REWARDED FOR 550,000 MORE HOMES UNDER NEW HOMES BONUS Councils have received over £2 billion through the New Homes Bonus for helping deliver 550,000 more homes, new figures show. Housing Minister, Kris Hopkins, has published details of the latest New Homes Bonus payments being made to England’s 353 councils, in recognition of their contribution to building new homes. Official figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that housing construction has risen to its highest levels since 2007. Under the New Homes Bonus, councils have been rewarded for delivering 550,000 newly-built To read more, visit homes and conversions and brought 93,000 empty homes back into use. This total also includes over 160,000 affordable homes. Mr Hopkins said these payments are finally giving communities a reason to say yes to new sustainable development, with councils free to spend the money as they see fit to benefit the local area, including freezing Council Tax. Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said: “Councils have received over £2 billion for their part in getting Britain building, and leading to housing construction reaching its highest levels for 7 years. “And they are free to spend the money any way they like to benefit their local communities – whether that’s supporting frontline services, providing new facilities or freezing Council Tax.” JAN 2014 73