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GGP December 2014

News No IBG provider – no CPS 10 December 2014 Anglian wins London contract FENSA has reported that the majority of its registered businesses have embraced mandatory insurance backed guarantees (IBGs). The system, set up by FENSA and its approved insurance providers, allows automatic notification of installations from FENSA to the insurance company, automatic issuing of the IBG policies direct from the insurance company to the homeowner and billing direct from the insurance company to the installer. This system is said to be ‘working well’. However, according to FENSA, there is a ‘stubborn minority’ of installers that have yet to provide FENSA with details of their chosen IBG provider and therefore currently cannot self-certify. The consequences for these installers are said to be stark, says FENSA. If an installer does not issue (or pay for) an IBG policy for each job notified then that company will be expelled from FENSA. Such installers will also not be able to register with another glazing competent persons scheme, as they would be ‘in breach of FENSA rules’. “There is no hiding place for installers ducking out of IBGs,” said FENSA managing director, Chris Mayne. “Because the system is computerised we can immediately see which installers do not have an IBG supplier in place. They will be expelled from FENSA.” FENSA rules state: “To provide each customer (other than a Local Authority or Housing Association) with an insurance backed guarantee policy (conforming to requirements laid down from time to time by FENSA) to provide cover to the customer should the registered business, for whatever reason, cease to trade.” Mayne added: “We have a duty to those FENSA registered businesses that are playing by the rules. We cannot allow those installers that break or ignore the scheme rules to carry on as usual.” Anglian Building Products has started work on two new contracts to replace windows and doors on properties belonging to the London borough of Hillingdon. The two contracts, reportedly valued at £1 million, were awarded to Anglian via a mini-competition on the LHC PVC-U window framework. Work has started on a mix of flats, maisonettes, houses and bungalows across the borough and is targeted to be completed by the end of 2014. The products being installed include the Anglian White Knight 70mm PVC-U windows and French doors. Nigel Wardle, Anglian operations director, said: “Exceptional organisation is the key to working in the London area and on a group of properties of different styles.” “The London borough of Hillingdon has a long history of procuring windows through the LHC framework and I’m pleased that Anglian is able to provide the best value solutions on these latest projects,” said John Skivington, LHC director. CPA celebrates £1m milestone A merry Christmas with GM Fundraising GM Fundraising is delighted to announce the launch of its first ever Christmas cards, designed by the children of Hope House Children’s Hospices, in order to raise funds directly for them. “The festive season will soon be upon us and for those traditional ones amongst us, who still like to give Christmas cards, it is satisfying to know that you are also doing your bit for charity,” explained Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising. “We have worked directly with the children at Hope House in order to create two very special, unique designs and we hope everyone will support us in our mission to sell as many as possible across the industry and further afield. Every penny raised from every pack sale will go directly to Hope House, so rest assured - whatever you spend with us, they get. “Each pack contains 20 cards, 10 each of the two designs and are on sale for £20 a pack. Packs can be purchased directly from the GM Fundraising website www.gmfundraising.co.uk/cards or from any of the GM Fundraising team. We are also able to personalise these cards, with a special message or company logo as required, for just an additional £20 charge when ordering 60 or more. For more information, visit the GM Fundraising website at www.gmfundraising.co.uk. The Consumer Protection Association (CPA) is celebrating a milestone that it says has once again underlined its commitment to helping raise standards in the industry. The organisation, which was first established 21 years ago, has revealed that it has now issued over one million combined Insurance Backed Guarantees (IBGs) and Deposit Protection Schemes to homeowners. The CPA says that it was ensuring its members provided IBG’s that protected consumers long before it became a mandatory requirement. Jeremy Brett, director, commented: “When we first achieved the one million combined policies number it really hit home how hard the whole team has worked and how long we’ve been providing IBGs and other forms of protection and advice to installers and homeowners. “Each IBG and scheme has a story behind it and we’re proud to have not only protected this many homeowners but also allowed installers to win more business.” He added: “Adding value is a buzz word now but we’ve been doing it for over 20 years. Whether it is marketing support, our reputation, quarterly reports, sales training guides or supporting installers to understand the latest industry legislation – IBGs have always been about a whole package that helps our members stand out from the competition and not just focus on price.”


GGP December 2014
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