Members and staff of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) have raised a glass to the organisation’s new president, Brian Baker of Glassolutions, at a champagne reception at the federation’s Ayres Street premises in London.
Addressing the congregation, Brian thanked his predecessor, Mark Warren of Lister Trade Frames, for his sterling work and highlighted several industry issues that are high on the GGF’s agenda going forward, notably the implementation of minimum technical competencies (MTCs) in June, which, according to Brian, ‘many companies are still unaware of’.
He also made reference to the forthcoming Consumer Rights Bill, which, in its current state, is quite ‘unfair’ on the fenestration industry, with the potential to cause havoc for window, door and conservatory companies.
With matters such as the transfer of ownership of sewers, fire resistant glazing and the Green Deal and ECO also on his radar, Brain noted that the GGF will additionally continue to push for a reduction in VAT on energy efficient property renovations and repairs, with its support of the Cut the VAT Campaign.
Urging any non-members to join the GGF and stressing the importance of participation in order for those already signed up to reap the full benefits of GGF membership, Brian said: “ I know it’s a cliché but the more you put in, the more you get out.”
Describing his appointment as ‘a great honour’, Brian added: “I appreciate the faith the board has shown in me and I hope I can make a difference for the good of the GGF, its members and the wider industry.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to invite any member who has any issue or suggestions to improve the GGF, to contact me and I’ll do my very best to help where I can.”