Pro Installer February 2014 - Issue 11 ISSUE 11 | FEBRUARY 2014 FREE » 10 Super smooth cylinders » 20 Students ‘too clever’ » 40 MTC cards for installers » 43 The marketing advantage SPONSORING CUT THE VAT RESEARCH Campaign keeps up the pressure. The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) in conjunction with the Cut the Vat Campaign Coalition is sponsoring research company Experian, to further examine the economic, environmental and social impact of a reduction in VAT on housing renovation and repair work. Upon completion of the research, a new report will be launched at a Cut the Vat Campaign Reception on Monday 3rd March 2014 at the Terrace of the House of Commons to an audience of MPs, Ministers and Government officials from relevant departments as well as media representatives. The Cut the VAT Campaign Coalition is an alliance of more than 60 charities, trade associations and business groups ‘This reduction would create jobs, cut the cost of living & stimulate the economy’ including the Glass and Glazing Federation, the Federation of Master Builders and the Home Owners’ Alliance. This broad coalition continues to make a strong case for a reduction in VAT to 5% on housing renovation and repair and the new research will re-examine the evidence with a particular focus on the economic benefits over the period of the next Parliament. Experian last looked at this proposal in 2011 when VAT was increased from 17.5% to 20%. At that time their research demonstrated that a targeted reduction in VAT to 5% on housing renovation and repair would provide a total economic stimulus of more than £20 billion by 2020. » Continues on page 02 stop working! The FENSA MTC Card Personalised with your name and photo Prove you can do the job YOUR NAME HERE Something ‘truly amazing’ is about to happen. Installers… SOMETHING Page 08. You need to apply now:** Don’t just say you can do it – prove you can with the FENSA MTC Card imagine if the UK’s largest manufacturer of composite doors decided to enter the trade market? What if they decided to open doors for you, The Installer and drive sales of their doors to your door. Would you want to get in on the secret? The Next AMAZING IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN Installation. Page 27. Get in on the industry’s best kept secret! You are just a click away… or If you’re not compliant with MTC* by June 2014 that’s what you will have to do. But not if you have the FENSA MTC Card – which is open to everyone in the industry. This is the easy way to satisfy MTC either through relevant industry experience or qualifications. *Minimum Technical Competencies have been extended to the glazing industry by government effective from June 2014. They are mandatory. **All installers and surveyors registered with any glazing Competent Person Scheme (CPS) must also be MTC compliant. 2539 ProInstaller_FENSA_horz_Oct_issue_4press.indd 1 The FENSA MTC Card Scheme is managed and administered by GGF Training Ltd, a sister company to FENSA. 12 8 11 10 9 6 5 10 9 4 8 3 2 7 6 Countdown to MTC Compliance 15/08/2013 11:30