Progress in Scotland

ggfThe Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) raised its profile at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh in the first week of December, with three jam packed days that included a GGF exhibition, meetings with more than 20 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), input at the Scottish Cross Party Group meeting on Fuel Poverty in Traditional Buildings and an exclusive GGF members lunch and tour in the Garden Lobby of the Parliament Buildings.

Alex Gray, chairman of GGF Scotland commented: “It’s been an amazing week and so important for the profile of the GGF to be raised in Scotland’s political arena.

,Sincere thanks to Margaret McCulloch MSP and Nigel Don MSP who helped facilitate the GGF’s exhibition and arranged the lunch and tour of The Scottish Parliament buildings for our members.”

Nigel Don MSP added: “It was good to see an industry authority like the GGF exhibit at the Scottish Parliament. They made an excellent job of explaining why we must make buildings more energy efficient; it not only saves money but also helps reduce fuel poverty.”

Two of the highlights of the week included GGF representatives meeting former First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond MSP and Richard Lyle MSP mentioning the GGF and the Federation’s ‘Cut the VAT’ campaign in his speech in The Meeting of Parliament.

Mr Lyle stated: “At an event before I came to the Chamber, I had a discussion with representatives from the Glass and Glazing Federation. Those representatives informed me that the UK government is charging 20% VAT, instead of 5% VAT, on replacement windows. That is another example of where we could improve matters and help to address fuel poverty, if we were minded to do so and if the UK government would do so.”

James Lee, head of Group marketing and communications, commented: “This has been an outstanding week for the GGF at the Scottish Parliament. We have made direct contact and held good discussions with over 20 MSPs, who have taken a genuine interest in the GGF, our campaigns and our industry.”

In addition to the events at The Scottish Parliament, GGF Scotland also held two exclusive members’ events in Edinburgh, including a debate on the issues of glazing in traditional buildings.

To find out more about GGF Scotland or if you would like to attend the next meeting, please contact the GGF or call 020 7939 9101

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