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Doing the right thing

Doing the right thing

When Rehau launched its co-extruded PVC-U window and door profile at the start of this year, we were quick to see the potential.

Part of the established Rehau TOTAL70 range, this is a new profile which wraps virgin material around a recycled core. It is a more sustainable alternative to traditional PVC-U profiles, but without any compromise on finish, colour, performance or durability.

While we are not seeing any great clamour for eco-friendly PVC-U windows from many of our clients as yet – their main focus is on how we collect and recycle the PVC-U windows we remove – we do think that it’s important for us to have this product in our range so that we can help to drive demand.

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£10K Donation to Moat Foundation from the Window Company (Contracts)

£10K Donation to Moat Foundation from the Window Company (Contracts)

A giant cheque for £10,000 was presented by the team from The Window Company (Contracts) to Moat recently to support the latest project being undertaken by its charitable arm, Moat Foundation.

The donation is an integral part of the pledge made by The Window Company (Contracts) when it was appointed to Moat’s window and door replacement framework in the autumn of 2017 to support the housing provider’s social value activities.

Alongside this, the specialist commercial installer is also providing work placements and supporting community events to benefit Moat residents within the wider region covered by the framework, which includes Essex, London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

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Nominated for a Glazing Oscar

Nominated for a Glazing Oscar

I’m thrilled to announce that we have been nominated in the Installer of the Year category at this year’s G-Awards – the Oscars of the glass and glazing industry.

This is the fifth time we’ve been nominated in this category and we have twice been winners – back in 2014 and 2015, so we’ve definitely got our fingers crossed that we can make it a hat trick this time around.

Winning an award like this is obviously great for our marketing and publicity, but the boost it gives to every single member of the amazing team here to be recognised as the best of the best by colleagues in our own industry really can’t be underestimated.

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First ever Gold Award for Health and Safety

First ever Gold Award for Health and Safety

The Window Company (Contracts) has become the first company ever to achieve a Gold rating in the GGF’s GLASS (Goal Less Accidents Safer Sites) Charter Merit Scheme, taking a giant leap into the health and safety record books.

Described as ‘the pinnacle of good Health and Safety management’, Gold is awarded only to companies who can demonstrate that a health and safety culture is embedded right across their business and that the very highest standards are adhered to at every level.

The team from the Chelmsford based commercial window and door installer has upgraded from the GLASS Charter Level Silver 3 which it received last year, having completed the final piece in the jigsaw which was to eliminate the need for its fitters to climb onto the roofs of their vans to remove ladders.

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The Window Company (Contracts) expands again

The Window Company (Contracts) expands again

The Window Company (Contracts) has appointed a new Order Processor to ensure that it delivers a seamless service to Basildon Council, where it has recently won the window and door replacement contract.

Natalie Bell will be dedicating most of her time to this single contract, processing and inputting orders from the company’s range of specialist window, door and glazing suppliers.

With more than 10 years’ experience in the window industry, Natalie brings with her significant industry and technical knowledge and will be assisting with everything from building control queries to estimating and pricing.

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500th installation by The Window Company (Contracts) on Moat Housing project G18s

500th installation by The Window Company (Contracts) on Moat Housing project G18s

Direct working delivering value for money for Moat: Just 20 weeks into its window and door replacement framework for Moat, The Window Company (Contracts) completed its 500th installation – and presented chocolates and flowers to the lucky customer.

The specialist commercial installer is working on Moat properties throughout Essex, London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex as part of the current programme, and is delighting residents, with average KPI scores on the project running at 9.9/10.

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New Texting Initiative From The Window Company (Contracts)

New Texting Initiative From The Window Company (Contracts)

The Window Company (Contracts) has introduced a new texting reminder service to ensure residents don’t miss out on important appointments scheduled during their window or door replacement programme.

The award winning social housing specialist, working on projects across London and the South East, phones and then sends out letters to residents to confirm when they can expect their new windows and doors to be fitted but, up until now, has only phoned to arrange appointments for surveys and snagging repairs.

Analysis has shown that these are the appointments which are most likely to be missed so The Window

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The Glazing Summit – hit or miss?

The Glazing Summit – hit or miss?

22nd May was the date of the industry’s very first Glazing Summit, hosted by Purplex and Insight Data up in Solihull.

Once again, I attended with both my The Window Company (Contracts) and GGF hats on, and I would have to say, from both perspectives, I was very impressed.

With no FIT Show happening this year, it was a really positive move to give the industry a forum to meet and debate the key issues affecting us all, and there were certainly enough senior level people attending to indicate that many shared my view.

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Fensterbau – a first time view

Fensterbau – a first time view

I visited Fensterbau for the first time this year and I can honestly say it lived up to all the hype.

The size and scale of the event were way beyond anything I’ve seen at a construction exhibition in the UK, and the quality and quantity of what was on display meant it was impossible to see everything even in the three days that I was there.

It’s difficult then to pick out just a few highlights, but I would say that the Rehau stand was particularly impressive with the most advanced smart window display I’ve yet seen.

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What’s in store for 2018?

What’s in store for 2018?

It’s that time of year again when the trade magazines ask some of the leading figures in the industry for their thoughts on the year ahead. I’ve already submitted my comments to Glass & Glazing Products magazine for their January issue and I’ll be interested to read the thoughts of others.

With so much uncertainty in the economy at the moment, thanks largely to Brexit of course and the fact that we have a minority government, my comments centre around how difficult it is going to be for SMEs like us to make any major decisions.

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