Pro Installer January 2014 - Issue 10 ISSUE 10 | JANUARY 2014 FREE 7 » 04 Getting animated » 10 Venetian video guide » 14 Know your MTCs » 27 WIN a Multi-Tool Kit » 40 Exciting times UNDERWHELMED BY AUTUMN STATEMENT The GGF welcomed some of the announcements in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement but were concerned that several key issues were not being fully addressed to help GGF Members and the wider industry. In conjunction with political engagement firm GK Strategy’s analysis, the positives identified were: • Petrol taxes to stay frozen - a planned rise of 2p per litre for next year is to be cancelled ‘£1bn in loans will boost housing developments’ • Business rates in England to be capped at 2% rather than linked to RPI inflation, with some retail premises in England to get a discount. Businesses moving into vacant high-street properties will have their rates cut by 50% • Energy efficiency grants linked to stamp duty • Private landlords’ support to improve the energy efficiency of their premises • An additional 20,000 apprenticeships are to be funded over the next two years • The abolition of employers’ National Insurance Contributions for under 21s will mean it will be cheaper to employ young people • The initiatives to increase house building as the Government hopes £1bn in loans will boost housing developments in Manchester and Leeds, among other sites » Continues on page 02 Assure your customers you’re fully certified A cost-effective route to compliance that works for installers. Great for you and your business! Innovative tie bar solutions - Make a feature of it. Page 24. Let’s finish the job. Page 42. What more could you need? Assure Windows and Doors Farrington Rd, Burnley, Lancs, BB11 5DB. Tel: 01282 473170 e: 7634