The Glazine has been talking to Andrew Scott, managing director of Insight Data, about the new Market Report published by the company this week.
“The Report follows research carried out with over 15,000 fabricators and installers in the UK, and it shows the number of companies has increased for the first time in five years and now stands at 15,137.
PVC-U fabricators have continued to decline but as a result of this, and a general upturn in the market, volume per fabricator has increased. It is interesting that 283 PVC-U fabricators now also manufacture aluminium windows and doors.
One of the major trends to emerge is the increase in general builders offering home improvement products such as windows and doors. This has increased dramatically to over 20,000 across the UK and many of these builders already have relationships with homeowners and are winning contracts under the radar.
The Report makes essential reading for anyone with an interest in the industry and is available free of charge. It is also accompanied by an Infographic that gives a summary of the industry in graphical form.”
Following the Glass and Glazing Federation’s letter to the Chancellor ahead of his Autumn Statement this December, the GGF joined a broad coalition of campaigners in another letter to George Osborne, requesting that the Treasury cuts VAT on housing renovation and repair work.
Nigel Rees GGF Group Chief Executive commented, “Companies and households across the UK would significantly benefit from the VAT on housing renovation and repair work being reduced from the 20% VAT rate to a 5% rate of VAT. It makes sense for all concerned as it would improve energy efficiency in properties and would grow the economy during these tough times.”
Mark Warren, GGF President and Managing Director of Lister Trade Frames also signed the letter to the Chancellor. Mark added, “At present, the extra 20% VAT on top of the price of the products and installation is affecting the homeowners buying decision. As a consequence, this affects jobs, businesses and of course the energy efficiency in the current building stock – something the Government is trying to improve with schemes such as Green Deal. Cutting the VAT can only encourage more people to commission refurbishment work and at the same time improve the energy efficiency of their homes.”
The BPF Vinyls Group has launched a new pocket sized leaflet providing 12 good reasons why PVC is hard to beat as a resource and cost efficient material. Many studies have confirmed the significant benefits of PVC and these are handily summarised in this concise document.
British Plastics Federation (BPF) is the UK trade association for the plastics industry – representing the whole supply chain including polymer producers, distributors, additives suppliers, machinery manufacturers, processors and recyclers.
Is Cheap False Economy ?
The general feedback, which we are hearing at the moment throughout the industry, is that there has been several false starts to the new year. There appears to be plenty of activity regarding enquiries, which is promising for the coming months as the economy starts to show signs of confidence.
We at Interframe have found that as other suppliers have reduced costs by using cheaper fittings, dropping good practices and reduced customer support, their customer, you the installer, have suffered due to lack of referrals. Recommendations have always been the cheapest form of advertising, I.E free, your last customer has already put you on a pedestal to the next potential, hopefully making closing the deal easier. Well run businesses need to be able to rely upon the quality, reliability and backup of their fabricator to fulfil their customer’s expectations, ultimately leaving you confident that the product installed will provide many years of reliable service.
It would appear that the market place is becoming polarised, in which there are the companies that cater to the budget end of the market and then those that have pitched themselves within the quality sector at competitive prices. I am proud to say that at Interframe we fall into the later category. Still to this day we supply our first ever customer, some 25 years on. Now that’s a recommendation !
Not only do we strive for continued improvement in terms of quality and service, we are also continuously looking at new and innovative products. If you read these articles on a regular basis, I’m sure you will have noticed several additions recently to our bespoke manufactured range. Just to recap, Fully reversible windows, three bi-fold door systems including aluminium, a vast choice of Rehau coloured profiles, as well as SBD/7950 availability on the majority of our products, just to name a few.
If you feel that you as the installer have become a victim of your suppliers cutbacks, please do not hesitate to contact us.