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GGP February 2017

EDITOR’S COMMENT Whether you view him as an unhinged maniac who’s managed to con his way into the most powerful job on the planet, or someone who should be heralded as the saviour of the free world, there’s no denying that The Donald is stealing all the headlines at the moment. If you can bring yourself to be impartial for long enough to digest his daily dealings without getting worked up about them – something that I admit is not an easy ask, considering how effortlessly he manages to polarise opinions – then it really is fascinating to watch. But then, I suppose you could say the same about a 50 megaton mushroom cloud, as long as you’re standing far enough away from it. And while I’m reasonably confident that (fingers crossed) Trump will never treat us to any radioactive after effects, it would seem we are much less immune to his rhetoric or policies, the shockwaves of which spread out around the globe in about as much time as it takes to bash out a barely literate 140 character rant on Twitter. In fact, such is the power of Trump and his smartphone, that one particular Tweet reportedly managed to wipe $1.2billion off Toyota’s share price recently. In less than five minutes. But what has all this got to do with the fenestration industry you ask? Well, as with the result of the Brexit referendum – which would appear to have been much less cataclysmic than first expected, I hasten to add – we are once again lead to believe that the Trump presidency will somehow have a negative effect on the great British consumer. In other words, he makes the public so jittery that no-one feels like spending money on windows, doors and conservatories. Fortunately, this does not seem to be the case, at least according to a recent survey by lead generator, Leads2Trade, which revealed that 52% of consumers felt very confident about the UK’s long term economy, and that 55% were ‘very’ likely to spend on home improvements in 2017. So we can all rest easy. Right? In other Trump themed, window related news, GGP’s regular columnist, Danny Williams, has uncovered an interesting story from a US based trade magazine this month. According to a report originally published in September 2010, Trump, who at the time was just a regular billionaire businessman, placed a large order for windows for one of his projects. Nothing unusual about that of course, until you learn that he chose to ignore all the US based manufacturers and bought them in from China instead. A minor oversight, no doubt. Or, most likely, it’s just another case of this ‘fake news’ that’s doing the rounds at the moment... Editor Is your supplier letting you down ? 3 from only £350 £ A Aluminium FROM 10Lead Time Bi-Fold Doors Tel: 01642 610798 Fax: 01642 671026 www.madefortrade.co per leaf GET A PRICE COMPARISON TODAY *Offer applicable to new customers on your first set of doors only. Based on a like for like quote. Offer ends on the 30th January 2017 DISCOUNT*15% IN FEBRUARY Quote turnaround within 2 hrs Up to 1200mm sash widths Stock colours : White, Black, Grey, Grey on White Working Days


GGP February 2017
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