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GGP February 2017

8 NEWS NORDIC WIN: December’s FIT Show Installation of the Year winner is South West based aluminium specialist, Nordic Installations. With ‘stiff competition’ from Sherborne Windows and Vista Panels, which were both voted as runners up, it was this photograph of the installation (above) that sealed the deal for Nordic. As well as winning a FIT Show goodie bag and a pair of tickets to the show’s gala dinner on 24 May, Nordic has also been added to the shortlist of monthly winners for the opportunity to be crowned ‘Installation of the Year winner’ at the show. If you’d like to enter the competition, photographic entries can be submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #FITInstallation, including a short description of the installation and product used. New home for monkeys 55% ‘preparing to spend more on home improvement’ A recent survey claims that ‘Donald Trump’s surprise election and the UK voting to leave the EU has not yet completely dampened the general public’s willingness to spend on home improvements’. Leads2trade asked 100 consumers several questions about their plans to spend on home improvements in 2017 and more than half (55%) of them said they are preparing to spend more money improving their home. The recipients reportedly represented a cross-section of people from across the UK and were surveyed by Leads2trade’s in-house research centre. The data pool was a mix of ages, genders and locations. According to the survey, 55% of consumers said they were ‘very’ likely to spend on home improvements in 2017. When asked what their primary way of finding a home improvement company was, 70% said the internet; while 22% said ‘word of mouth’. When asked to rate the reputation of the glass and glazing industry, 64% of homeowners surveyed took a ‘positive’ view; with 18% rating the industry’s reputation as ‘negative’ and another 18% saying they were ‘unsure’. Regarding the state of the economy, more than half (52%) of those surveyed said they feel confident about the UK’s economic performance next year. Brexit has had an impact though, with 80% of those surveyed saying they believe it may still affect consumer confidence in the short term. However, 46% of those polled said that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will be a ‘positive’ in the long-term. Andy Royle, managing director of Leads2trade, commented: “Our comprehensive report gives the industry a good indicator of what consumers are thinking. “The fact that over half of those polled said they are looking to spend more money on home improvements is good news for our members. It was also encouraging to see that despite 2016 being a turbulent year, consumer confidence is stabilising.” Brexit: architects’ confidence ‘holds up’ for year ahead Aluminium building systems supplier, Hueck UK, has commissioned a survey of more than 14,000 architects to gauge their expectations for the year ahead. When questioned, just over half (52%) of architects said they see Brexit as a ‘challenge’ for their sector, with 12% viewing it as an ‘opportunity’ and 28% stating it was ‘both an opportunity and a challenge’. When asked what the biggest challenge they will face in 2017 will be, 52% of architects said rising costs of materials; 16% said retaining free movement of skills and services; 12% said finding skilled professionals to employ and 4% said changes to UK building laws and regulations. When asked how they thought the UK architectural sector will perform in 2017, compared to 2016, 52% said it will fare worse; 24% said it would perform better and another 24% said it would be ‘business as usual’. Despite warnings of a dip in construction output, when asked if they expected to see an increase in projects in the geographical area they cover, 56% of those surveyed said ‘yes’. Drilling down into the types of projects they expect to see, 52% of those questioned said ‘residential’; 24% said ‘commercial’ and 16% said private sector. When respondents were asked how confident they are regarding the future, 28% said ‘very confident’, 44% said ‘somewhat confident’ and 28% said they were ‘not very confident at all’. Leon Friend, director at Hueck, said: “What the survey shows us is that although there are some concerns, the economy and confidence is generally holding up. Obviously, Article 50 hasn’t been triggered yet but the findings of our survey chime with the recent economic growth forecasts from the Bank of England, which have been revised upwards.” Pilkington UK is helping to build a new home for rescued pet marmosets at The Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall. There are approximately 5,000 primates kept as pets in the UK, including marmosets, which often suffer from ‘physiological and psychological problems’, resulting from inadequate care. Wild Futures, the primate conservation and welfare charity that runs The Monkey Sanctuary, is combating this by raising £70,000 to build a new complex of spacious indoor and outdoor enclosures. Pilkington has donated insulating glass units incorporating Pilkington OptiView Protect. According to Pilkington, this anti-reflective laminated glass will enable carers and visitors to observe the monkeys as well as offering enhanced safety, security and durability properties. www.ggpmag.com February 2017


GGP February 2017
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