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GGP May 2014

GGF News Eventful times for the GGF The Glass and Glazing Federation’s James Lee, reflects on what has been a busy start 10 May 2014 to the year for the GGF. concern is the lack of awareness in the industry of the implications. That’s why the GGF is going around the country to inform members of what is coming. We will also be producing a new Consumer Code of Good Practice and updated model terms and conditions (with approval from CMA – Competition and Markets Authority) to help our members cope with potentially vexatious consumers. To be fully aware of the implications, I urge every company who deals with consumers to make an effort to attend our seminars at FIT Show and find out what they need to do to cope with the new legislation.” In March, the GGF updated its membership brochure for the first time in six years. The publication, entitled “Why You Should Join the GGF”, is primarily aimed at companies looking to become GGF members but the contents may also surprise many existing members as it lists over 50 benefits ranging from expert technical support, health and safety guidance, many marketing and promotional benefits right through to extensive networking opportunities at the many (over 150) GGF members meetings. Nigel Rees, GGF group chief executive, added: “A couple of years ago we held a strategy review to not only help us re-focus on our objectives but also to review our resources and apply them to maximum effect. The review clearly established the federation exists for its members and since then, our focus and activities have fulfilled our mission statement. In 2014, we are doing more than ever before to deliver the benefits our members require and deserve. In doing so, we are maintaining our position as the industry authority and this is underlined by the fact that, in 2013, more companies joined the federation than in the previous five years. Members in the UK and abroad are realising that the GGF is not only capable of providing comprehensive support but is also informing them of what lies ahead and giving them the necessary guidance to cope with the changes affecting our industry.” With the GGF president’s reception in February, the Cut the VAT reception shortly after, Fensterbau/Frontale in March followed by the Triple Glazing Question and Counter Terror Expo in April, one could understand if the industry’s leading trade organisation feels like pausing for breath in order to reflect on an action packed few months of events. However, with many more projects, campaigns and events on the horizon, the Glass and Glazing Federation is not resting on its laurels as it continues to deliver major benefits for its membership. GGF at the FIT Show As well as being an integral part of the FIT Show seminar programme, the GGF Group will also be making a bigger splash at the UK industry’s biggest show at Telford in June. The GGF Group stand will include FENSA, GGFi, BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council) and its recently formed company GGF Training. For the second successive year, FENSA will be sponsoring the masterfitter competition and its section of the GGF Group stand will be directly opposite to the competition area. The GGF Group’s participation at the FIT Show seminar programme includes unique presentations from both GGF and FENSA. In addition, the GGF will also have an exclusive café area where GGF members can relax, enjoy refreshments and network with other GGF members. There will also be competitions and prize draws and it promises to be a great show for all connected to the GGF Group. Though the GGF’s events schedule is considerable, the federation’s campaigns to help members (and the wider industry) are also making an impact. The imminent Consumer Rights Directive and Consumer Rights Bill could have dramatic implications for the entire industry and while others, in the main, have not been overly concerned about the potential effect of these two pieces of legislation, the GGF has been working hard with government officials, GGF members, GK Strategy (the GGF’s political advisers) and other related organisations to try and ensure the glass and glazing industry does not suffer a negative impact from the new legislation. Nigel Rees commented: “With the incoming Consumer Rights Directive and Consumer Rights Bill, there are many scenarios that could seriously disadvantage our industry. Our main “there are many scenarios that could seriously damage our industry” For more information, visit: www.ggf.org.uk


GGP May 2014
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