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On 6 March 2021, the glass industry and the GGF sadly lost a popular and respected character. Stephen Byers passed away peacefully from pneumonia aged 79, with wife and business partner Karen Byers by his side.
Stephen, with Karen, will forever be known as the pioneers of the ‘non-stick’, easy clean glass industry. The inseparable couple had to fight hard and challenge the industry and transform perceptions and attitudes towards the protection and maintenance of glass surfaces. Stephen was a visionary with their high quality ClearShield glass surface technology that over the years many have attempted to imitate, or even pass off.
Born in Texas in 1941, Stephen graduated from Missouri University with an MBA and degree in Chemistry. He then worked for multinational chemical companies and in 1977 moved to the UK for a two year assignment. In that time, Stephen met Karen and decided to remain in England. They married in 1981 in Denmark, Karen’s home country.
In that same year, Stephen investigated the concept of ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass and subsequently acquired rights to new potential technology for the protection of various surfaces. Extensive research and improvements followed, and the new technology was branded ‘ClearShield’.
ClearShield was initially tested extensively on glass in the marine environment to prove it was easier to clean and keep clean. Stephen remarked, “If ClearShield works on glass in the harsh marine environment, it’s going to work in any environment!”. After successful small scale marine trials, ClearShield was ready to be launched commercially.
However, selling the concept to the glass industry would be a mammoth task; they displayed staunch determination and unwavering dedication to raising awareness on the corrosion of glass, and most importantly how it may be avoided or corrected. And their efforts paid off.
Consequently, Stephen and Karen single-handedly created a new and global industry for the protection of glass surfaces, now firmly accepted by the whole of the glass and construction industry. ClearShield led the couple to develop a unique, fully-integrated system to renovate, protect and maintain glass: the ClearShield System® (later rebranded the ClearShield Eco-System®).
In 1985, they treated their first cruise ship, the QE2. This was a prestigious project indeed, and would pave the way for treatment to other cruises liners: to date, ClearShield has been applied to over 60 cruise liners.
In 1986, Stephen and Karen helped a certain Richard Branson break the world record for the fastest transatlantic surface crossing. Richard’s powerboat, Virgin Atlantic Challenger II, had her exterior glass treated with ClearShield, making it resistant to the harsh sea spray and optimise visibility. This saved the crew precious time from having to stop and clean the glass.
With awareness of ClearShield increasing, Stephen and Karen formed Ritec International Limited in 1987. That same year, ClearShield won the Prince of Wales Industry Award for Industrial Innovation & Production. Those of you of a certain age may recall HRH Prince Charles throw a bucket of mud against a large piece of glass half-treated with ClearShield on the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World programme, the mud effortlessly running off the protected side. Even at trade shows, visitors will spy Ritec’s ‘mud dome’ demonstration units and say they remember seeing the technology demonstrated on said programme; certainly ClearShield has made a lasting impression to some!
Ritec were – and continue to be – members of the GGF (Glass & Glazing Federation). Over the last 30 years, Stephen worked relentlessly with the GGF to begin development of some industry standards, and to make health & safety and ethics driving factors in the growth of this new industry. He held various positions, including Chairman of the London Region from 2006-10 as well as being a founder Chairman of the GGF Modified Glass Group in 2013. For 10 years, Stephen also served on the GGF Marketing and Communications Committee and was on the GGF Glazing Executive for 7 years.
Stephen and Karen’s achievements were recognised in 2019 by the GGF when they received an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, a fantastic honour.
From humble beginnings, Stephen and Karen’s technology is today used in more than 70 countries on commercial and residential buildings as well as on ships and other transport vehicles, and in many other applications. ClearShield has also won several international awards on the way. However, what is less known is that they introduced crucial innovations such as a ground-breaking system for the protection of glass and ceramic electrical insulators with their VoltShield System™, as used by the National Grid.
But it is not just his business achievements Stephen will be remembered for. His determination, positivity, kindness and graciousness will never be forgotten. Stephen Byers, you will be sorely missed.
Welcome to the spring issue of GLASSi.
Firstly, I express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Stephen Byers, who sadly passed away a few weeks ago. I knew Stephen very well and shared many GGF meetings and social occasions with both Stephen and his wife Karen. In this issue of GLASSi, we pay full tribute to Stephen, who was a very popular and respected GGF Member for over three decades. He will be sorely missed.
As we enter the new season, we sincerely hope that the UK is on the road to recovery from the huge disruption and restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the last 12 months, the future has at times looked very bleak for business and society as a whole. The future though is now looking a lot brighter with the Government’s roadmap to recovery, the easing of restrictions combined with the success of the Government vaccination programme. This is as result of the rates of infection, cases and fatalities decreasing.
As the situation has evolved the GGF has worked closely with Governments, local authority partnerships and health and safety experts to ensure you receive the latest information and guidance. We will continue to work with all the relevant bodies to ensure you and your staff are protected with the most up to date and best possible guidance.
Though there is much optimism, there is still no room for complacency and we should all continue to follow the guidance, protect the NHS and save lives.
Since the last edition of GLASSi, the transition period for the UK to leave the EU ended on 31st December 2020.
With the UK no longer being part of the EU, there have been and still are difficulties for companies who import and export. Members have reported problems with administration at customs, delays in transportation, price increases in haulage generally and containers specifically. In addition, the industry has also seen a change to the regulations around CE Marking and the UK has now introduced a new UKCA Marking system which all companies will have to adhere to if their products fall within scope of the Construction Products Regulation. The GGF Technical Team are working with MHCLG (Government Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) and our fellow Trade Associations in making representations on behalf of members to try and make this process as straightforward as possible for companies who place products (within scope) on the market.
In this issue of GLASSi, David Borland, GGF Senior Technical Officer has produced an update on the current status regarding CE Marking and UKCA Marking.
The Government recently announced that the Green Homes Grant Scheme launched last September has been cancelled. Since the launch of the scheme (which did not consult with huge parts of the construction and glass & glazing sector in advance of its launch), the GGF raised concerns to Government over the restrictive PAS 2030 accreditation gateway to becoming an approved installer to carry out measures and also the glazing element of the scheme which only allowed for single glazing to be replaced as a secondary measure. The GGF also made representations to Government that Competent Person Schemes should be used as an alternative or complimentary to PAS2030.
Though this scheme hasn’t worked for our industry, the GGF is continuing talks with Government over future schemes that will hopefully have more emphasis on glazing.
GGF Products and Services
In the first quarter of 2021, the GGF team have been extremely productive to increase and improve your benefits.
On the health and safety side, we have launched the new Health and Safety Webinar Programme which is freely available for all Members to attend. The next webinar is on “Managing Mental Health during COVID-19” and is on April 6th. You can book your place at this webinar here.
The GGF Digital Marketing Toolkit was launched recently and includes free access to 12 video webinars accompanied by PDF presentation files for free download. The digital marketing toolkit has a content value of over £1k, so I encourage all Members to take full advantage to grow their online audience, customers and business using digital technology.
Also on the marketing and PR front, the GGF is continuing its consumer campaign Stay Safe with MyGlazing.com following the success of the campaign in 2020 when over 200k consumers looking for advice through the pandemic visited the MyGlazing.com website for advice. The campaign was also publicised in over 100 consumer publications reaching millions of homeowners.
The GGF Technical team in that last 12 months has published 42 new technical publications and is continuing up review and update a further 26 as part of the ongoing technical documentation review process. In addition, the Team organised two exclusive Technical Forums in February and it was great to see over 100 GGF Members attend via video link, “The Ban on Laminated Glass in Facades and Balconies Forum” and then just a few days later attend the “Forum on the Government’s Future Homes Consultation” which will impact the Building Regulations approved documents L (energy efficiency) and F (ventilation).
In the first few months of the year we have already seen an increase in Members meetings and particularly in the Regional meetings, Window Film Group and Heritage Window Group. With Member engagement increasing via video meetings, we are looking at returning to face to face meetings once the lockdown restrictions allow such gatherings. We will of course keep you updated on when this will happen and rest assured we will also be continuing with the video conferencing as well as face to face meetings, to enable all Members to engage regardless of distance and time.
An up to date list of GGF Members Meetings for 2021 can be see here. Please feel free to contact the assigned GGF Secretary if you want to find out more about our meetings and/or if you wish to attend any of the Members Regional or Technical meetings.
Finally, I was delighted to see all parts of the GGF membership represented at the Chairperson’s Forum (held on 18th March). With 33 Chairs/Representatives at the Forum it was an exceptional attendance and many of the points raised by Members have been fully taken on board and will be address by the GGF Board and Staff. A full report of this meeting will be issued to all who attended to cascade to all Members.
We look forward to working on your behalf to help your business through these trying times.
The GGF was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Stephen Byers, co-developer of the ClearShield System® and co-founder and managing director of Ritec International Limited. Stephen passed away peacefully on 6 March 2021 aged 79, as a result of pneumonia.
Stephen and his wife and business partner Karen are well-known figures in the glass industry both in the UK and internationally and Ritec has been in the GGF Membership since 1987.
Over the last 30 years, Stephen was very involved in the GGF and held various positions including Chairman of the London Region from 2006-2010 as well as being a founder Chairman of the GGF Modified Glass Group in 2013. Stephen also served for 10 years on the GGF Marketing and Communications Committee and was on the GGF Glazing Executive for 7 years.
Stephen and Karen’s achievements were deservedly recognised, when they received the GGF award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” at GGF Members’ Day 2019 at Hilton Kensington Olympia.
Stephen’s relentless work with the GGF began with his input into the development of several industry standards, and to make health & safety and ethics driving factors in the growth of his emerging sector. Though a tenacious businessman, Stephen was also an extremely sociable person, attending many GGF and industry events in the UK and abroad.
On hearing the sad news, John Agnew, GGF Managing Director commented, “I have shared many meetings and enjoyable social events with Stephen and Karen over many years. It is a very sad loss for the industry and the GGF. My heartfelt sympathies go to Karen and the immediate family at this time.”
Peter Stuttard, GGF Head of Membership said, “Stephen was a true gentleman and stalwart of the GGF Membership. He was a popular and productive Chairman of the GGF London Region. He will be sorely missed and my sincere condolences to Karen and her family and friends.”
James Lee, GGF Director of External Affairs worked with Stephen on the GGF Marketing and Communications Committee and also at exhibitions and events. On receiving the news, James said, “I was very sad to hear of Stephen’s passing. We worked together on numerous marketing and PR projects and I will fondly remember the many social occasions when I enjoyed his and Karen’s company. Stephen was a unique and popular personality in our industry who will be sadly missed. My thoughts are with Karen and her family at this difficult time.”
Pioneering the Industry
Stephen and Karen were an inseparable team for over 40 years ago and they challenged the glass industry to transform perceptions and attitudes towards the protection and maintenance of glass surfaces. They displayed staunch determination and admirable dedication to raising awareness on the corrosion of glass, and most importantly how it may be avoided or corrected. And their efforts paid off.
Stephen and Karen single-handedly created a new and global industry for the protection of glass surfaces now firmly and permanently accepted by the whole of the glass and construction industry. Their award-winning ClearShield System® (later rebranded the ClearShield Eco-System®) for the renovation, protection and maintenance of glass, pioneered and still continues to be a leader in ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface technology.
Today their technology is used in more than 70 countries on commercial and residential buildings as well as on ships and other transport vehicles, and in many other applications. But also lesser known, Stephen and Karen introduced crucial innovations such as a ground-breaking system for the protection of glass and ceramic electrical insulators with their VoltShield System™.
Karen Byers commented, “I feel privileged to have enjoyed such a wonderful life with Stephen and to have shared the excitements and challenges of creating amazing innovations with him. I am determined more than ever to keep Ritec International running smoothly, feeling great strength to ensure its prosperity so that Stephen’s legacy may live on for many years to come”.
Karen and the rest of the Ritec team would like to provide reassurance that the company’s activities will carry on uninterrupted in honour of Stephen.
For those who wish to send a message of condolence, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GGF is urging all companies and workers in the sector to make sure they not only stay safe but also work safe during the latest lockdown.
John Agnew, GGF Managing Director commented, “The latest lockdown restrictions will dramatically affect many sectors, and it is welcomed that the UK and Irish Governments are trying to keep pillars of the economy going and that includes manufacturing, construction and home improvement. Though this is positive for our sector, it is crucial that all companies and their employees adhere to the safe guidance available and take every practical and reasonable step to ensure that everyone stays safe in the workplace.”
In May, the GGF issued Safe Guides for installers and consumers as well as publishing the Site Operating Procedures for construction sites as well as manufacturing safe guidance. As the second wave rises, this guidance is still available for free download to all companies in the industry.
To read a GGF breakdown of the latest guidance by country, please click here
Here’s the links to the Safe guidance documents for the Glass, Glazing and Fenestration sectors.
Construction Leadership Council
The GGF is pleased to announce the appointment of James MacPherson as Health, Safety and Environment Manager.
With a diverse and extensive background in the management of Health, Safety and Environment, James is a graduate member of IOSH (Institution of Occupation Safety and Health). During his 8 plus years’ experience in varying industries including manufacturing, distribution, healthcare and housing, James has gained a fresh perspective on safety, focused on delivering value for the people and the business.
James’ considerable experience extends to high risk fire management, explosive atmospheres, workplace transport, as well as being an accredited trainer. His wealth of skills and education will undoubtedly benefit the diversity of the GGF Memberships and prove instrumental in the GGF’s operations.
A recent recruit of the IOSH Future Leaders Steering Committee and hosting his Health, Safety and Wellbeing podcast and YouTube Channel, “Rebranding Safety”, one of the first UK Health and Safety podcasts with the main aim to communicate guidance in a simple and entertaining way and to challenge the perception of Health and Safety. The podcast has grown fast over the last two years featuring interviews with some of the biggest leaders in the various industries.
On the new appointment, John Agnew, GGF Managing Director commented, “With his experienced varied background and skill set, I believe James drive the development of the Health, Safety and Environmental guidance we offer our Members. I am delighted that James has joined the Federation and I am sure he will bring a huge amount to this very important role within the GGF.”
James’ remit will include working on consolidating the expertise within the GGF Health and Safety Committee, growing the subscription to GLASS Charter, developing the GGF’s library of Health and Safety publications and working in partnership with HSE (Health and Safety Executive) on industry issues.
On his new position, James commented “I am really excited to be starting at GGF. Initially, we have some immediate challenges and I look forward to working with our internal teams and our members to get us all back to work in the “new normal. Going forward, I am eager to build strong relationships to help make Health, Safety and Environment key areas of the GGF’s operations and activities.”
With so much information out there regarding COVID-19 the GGF is pleased to list a quick guide to the Guidance documents now available to help companies in the glass, glazing and fenestration industries.
To access any of the Guides listed below simply scroll over and click to open the PDF documents.
Construction Leadership Council
Following yesterday’s Spring Budget announcement from Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the GGF welcomed the commitment to invest in housing, fire safety and skills. However, the GGF was disappointed with the exclusion of measures to encourage consumers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. As expected the most prominent topic in the budget was the stimulus package to counteract the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), however, this Budget marks a significant shift in attitude to spending from the Government and represents the largest boost to public investment in several decades. This was underlined by the Office for Budget Responsibility, the independent body advising Government on economic forecasting, who suggested that today’s Budget is the sharpest increase in spending in almost three decades.
The Government is clearly high in confidence – having won a sizeable majority in December and securing the UK’s exit from the EU the following month – and the new Chancellor exuded this, hammering home the Prime Minister’s “getting it done” catchphrase at every opportunity. Mr Sunak’s bold announcements will set the stage for the next five years of government, and vast increases in spending across infrastructure, research development, healthcare and housing will be intended to stave off fears of an economic slowdown as Britain begins life outside the EU.
The Budget announcements relevant to the Glass and Glazing sector.
- Overall investment – ‘Temporary, Timely and Targeted’ measures to support the economy and public services to address the impact of coronavirus, with a total of £7bn of measures for business and an initial £5bn for the NHS
- NHS Emergency Response fund – Initial £5bn investment in NHS services with additional funding if necessary (the Chancellor pledged that “whatever extra resources our NHS needs to respond to coronavirus, it will get”
- Statutory Sick Pay – a COVID-19 Bill will temporarily allow Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to be paid from the first day of sickness absence, rather than the fourth day, for people who have COVID-19 or have to self-isolate, and SSP will cover individuals who are unable to work because they have been advised to self-isolate or are people caring for those with COVID-19 symptoms. People who are advised to self-isolate will be able to obtain sick note via NHS111 which they can use as evidence for absence from work
- Benefits – Easier access to benefits from day one for all those not eligible for sick pay
- ESA – Employment and Support Allowance will be payable for people directly affected by COVID-19 or self-isolating, rather than the eighth day
- Universal Credit – Universal Credit claimants can access advance payments when affected by COVID-19 or self-isolating without having to attend a jobcentre and the requirements of the minimum income floor in Universal Credit will be temporarily
- Hardship fund – £500m discretionary hardship fund for local authorities
- SMEs – All businesses with less than 250 employees will have sick pay covered by the government, costing up to £2bn
- Business interruption loan scheme – Loans for small business to cope with falls in demand, backed up by government guarantees to banks
- Business rates – Business rates abolished for 1 year in the leisure and hospitality sector
- Grant – £3,000 cash grant for small business
- Research – £30m for the NIHR to enable further rapid research into COVD-19
- Public Health – Additional £10m for DHSC to enable Public Health England to carry out diagnostic testing and surveillance
Infrastructure and Housing
- House building – The Government will provide an extra £9.5 billion for the Affordable Homes Programme
- Fire Safety – £20 million for Fire and Rescue Services to increase inspection and enforcement capability and build a strategic response to the Grenfell Public Inquiry’s findings.
- Transport – An estimated £640 billion of gross capital investment will be provided for roads, railways, communications, schools, hospitals and power networks across the UK by 2025 – a real-terms uplift of £175 billion. Specific announcements included £27 billion for the strategic roads, a new £2.5 billion pothole fund to fill 50 million potholes by 2025, and the go-ahead for the A303 dual carriageway project
- National Infrastructure Strategy – The Government will publish details of its strategy later this spring
- National Skills Fund – The new adult skills improvement scheme will receive £2.5 billion in funding
Research & Development
- R&D investment – Increase public R&D investment to £22 billion per year by 2024-25, taking public spending on R&D to 0.8% of GDP, much of which will go to universities across the country
- ARPA – Establishing new R&D investment agency to focus on high-risk, high-reward research, modelled on the US ARPA
- R&D tax credits – Increase the rate of R&D tax credits and consult on widening the definition of qualifying expenditure to include data and cloud computing
Local Government and Devolution
- Devolution White Paper – the Government will outline further plans during the summer, setting out how it intends to meet its ambition for full devolution across England
- Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – Governments will receive a £640m, £260m and £210m respective budget increase
It was also announced that Government will establish a new campus in the north of England with 750 new jobs, focused on economic decision making, including teams from HM Treasury, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
On the Budget announcements, John Agnew GGF Managing Director commented, “We are pleased to see the Government’s significant commitment to investment in some of the most crucial areas of our industry. The support for those affected by the COVID-19 virus is essential but in the long term, the substantial investment for fire safety, housing and skills is most welcome.”
The only disappointing element in this budget for the glass and glazing industry was the absence of clear and long term incentive scheme to drive consumers to make their homes more energy-efficient.
John Agnew added, “The Government has signed up to zero carbon by 2050 and to achieve those targets there has to be strong consumer incentives for them to improve their homes by installing energy-efficient measures. The GGF will continue to work closely with Government department to highlight this issue.”
Following the recent announcement of the date and venue for this year’s President’s Reception, new GGF President Mark Austin is looking forward to what promises to be a memorable and enjoyable event.
With just over three weeks until the big event, Mark Austin commented, “I look forward to making meeting my fellow Members and making my inaugural speech to bring in the start of a new decade and a new era for the GGF.”
The President’s Reception takes place on 4th February at The Landmark Hotel, Marylebone, London and starts at 3.30pm with the President’s speech starting at 4.15pm. All GGF Members are invited to this free event which is part of the Members’ benefits package.
The President’s Reception is a time for Members to meet up and to take advantage of the networking opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere over a few drinks. The event also gives Members the opportunity to hear first-hand the GGF’s plans for the future from both the President and the incoming GGF Managing Director, John Agnew.
The venue for the Reception is one of London’s most stunning hotels. In the heart of fashionable Marylebone, this deluxe hotel has a stunning glass-roofed 8-story atrium with towering palm trees and is easy for public transport with Marylebone Underground and Mainline Train Station just 50 yards away.
The President’s Reception in The Empire Room:
3.30pm: Drinks and canapés served
4.15pm: The President’s Speech
4.30pm: Managing Director’s Presentation by John Agnew
4.45pm: Special Presentation
6.30pm: Event closes
As part of your Member benefits, you are invited to attend this free GGF event which will also be attended by GGF staff, suppliers and the trade media.
You can book online in minutes by using our online booking form by clicking here https://www.ggf.org.uk/the-presidents-reception-2020-book-your-place/
Or email email@example.com
Read more about GGF President Mark Austin https://www.ggf.org.uk/about-the-ggf/meet-the-team/
Importing and Exporting post-Brexit
When the UK leaves the EU, there will be tax and customs changes that could affect you if you are an importer or exporter of glass, glazing or fenestration products, parts or machinery.
If you are an exporter or importer the situation will depend on how the UK leaves the EU. Here are some scenarios drawn up by GGF political experts GK Strategy.
Scenario 1: “No deal”
If the UK were to leave the EU with no deal, the current free movement of goods between the UK and EU would cease and trade would be governed by World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
If you are an exporter of goods to the EU and the UK leaves the EU without a deal, then it is advised that you:
- Get an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number starting with GB to continue exporting goods. Instructions for this can be found on the government’s portal.
- Check your importer has an EU EORI number.
- Decide who will make the export declarations (you can hire someone to deal with customs for you, or you can do it yourself.)
- Decide if you want to export your goods using transit (you may be able to use the Common Transit Convention (CTC) to simplify how your goods pass through customs and when your importer pays customs duties.
- Check the rate of tax and duty for your goods (your importer will need to pay tax and duty on your goods after Brexit. This will depend on the classification of the goods.)
- Check what else you may need to do for the type of goods you want to export (you may for example need to apply for an export licence)
- Find out if any changes in VAT will affect you.
- Decide who will transport your goods outside the UK (you can hire someone to transport your goods, or you can do it yourself.)
The above is just some advice for exporters should the UK leave the EU without a deal.
If you are an importer of goods from the EU and the UK leaves the EU without a deal, then it is advised that you:
- Get an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number starting with GB to continue importing goods.
- Decide who will make the import declarations (you can hire someone to deal with customs for you, or you can do it yourself.)
- Apply to make importing easier (You can apply to use ‘transitional simplified procedures’ to reduce the amount of information you need to give at the border.
- Set up a duty deferment account if you import regularly (create a duty deferment account if you want to be able to make one payment of customs duties a month instead of paying for individual shipments. Note: You must set one up if you plan to use transitional simplified procedures.
- Check the rate of tax and duty for your goods (You’ll need to pay customs duties and VAT on all imports.)
- Check what else you may need to do for the type of goods you want to export (you may for example need to apply for an export licence)
Scenario 2: UK leaves the EU with an agreement
If the UK leaves the European Union with an agreement, trading conditions would remain unchanged until the end of the transition period. The transition period is currently set to end on 31st December 2020 but could be extended, depending on further negotiations. If no agreement can be reached by the end of the transition period, there remains a chance that the UK could leave without a deal when this ends.
Future Relationship (effective from end of Transition Period)
During the transition period, the UK and EU will negotiate a future trading relationship. The Government intends to negotiate a “free-trade agreement” with the EU, which may imply changes to regulations that increase requirements for border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
If no agreement is reached before the end of the transition period, the Irish Protocol will come into effect. This will affect GGF members importing and exporting goods to and from Northern Ireland and into the Republic of Ireland.
Irish Protocol (effective from end of Transition Period)
Goods arriving to Northern Ireland from Great Britain
If the Withdrawal Agreement is passed, businesses moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Irish ports may be required to pay customs duties. Duties will be paid on goods considered to be “at risk” of being transferred to the EU. If your business can prove that goods on which customs duties have been paid are not exported to the EU, you will be compensated by UK customs. The Government has yet to clarify how this would be implemented.
Goods arriving in Northern Ireland from outside of European Union
If you import goods into Northern Ireland from outside of the EU (from the Republic of Ireland for example), these would be subject to UK tariffs if they are destined to Northern Ireland. If goods are “at risk” of being transferred to the EU, they will be subject to EU tariffs.
Goods arriving in Great Britain from Northern Ireland
If you are moving goods from Northern Ireland to the rest of the United Kingdom, you will need to submit “exit summary declaration” forms under the new proposals.
The GGF will ensure all the latest developments for importers and exporters will appear here on this page of the GGF Brexit Hub.
The GGF is finalising the plans for the UK Pavilion at Fensterbau Frontale 2020 which takes place in Nuremberg on 18-20 March 2020.
This is the world’s leading window and door show with over 100,000 trade visitors, many of which are looking to either sell into the UK or buy from British companies.
The UK Pavilion has been going since 2014 and has doubled in size each year making it the main destination for all UK companies visiting Fensterbau Frontale.
The GGF will confirm the space required for 2020 in the next few weeks and asks all interested companies to confirm their place to co-exhibit in the UK Pavilion as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Please see below the details of the package on offer:
- Exhibition space hire (8sqm)
- Full stand build, walls, exclusive pods, lighting, flooring etc.
- Stand Furniture (usually tall table with high stools)
- Mounted 46” screen/monitor
- Brand logo(s) on workstation/display area
- Brand logo on shared back wall graphics
- Power sockets at display area/workstation
- Free WiFi
- Free public transport to and from the exhibition
- Print catalogue entry
- Online exhibitor profiles on the Fensterbau website and the GGF website
- Free exhibitor passes (usually 2 per co-exhibitor with a discount on extra passes)
- Free invitations to the British Reception (an exclusive drinks party on the 3rd day of the event)
- Shared interpreters/hostess service (on the stand throughout the show)
- Shared storage area with coat hooks, shelves, refrigerator, kitchen facilities etc.
- Coffee, tea, cold drinks, snacks, buffet available throughout the exhibition for exhibitors and clients/visitors
- Shared large lounge area with meeting tables
- PR coverage (regularly reaching approx. 20,000 people in the industry over a period of 6 months)
- Social media coverage for 6 months in the build-up to the event
- Brand, logo and description on the GGF’s digital platforms – GGF.org.uk / GLASSi (GGF’s magazine) and Members’ First the GGF Newsletter
In addition, the Glass and Glazing Federation will handle all the organisation, administration, logistics and graphics design with mutual agreement from all co-exhibitors.
To book your place at this major international trade fair, please contact James Lee, GGF Director of External Affairs via email firstname.lastname@example.org or for an informal chat about the show please call James on 020 7939 9101.
Please note that bookings for spaces on the UK Pavilion at Fensterbau close on 19th September 2019.
To find out more about Fensterbau 2020 please visit: https://www.frontale.de/en
New GGF guide for safe handling, transportation and site storage of glass.
The GGF is pleased to announce the launch of the newly revised Code of Practice for the Safe Handling, Transportation and Site Storage of glass.
The revision was instigated following concerns raised at the increasing number of incidents where improper handling of glass resulted in deaths or serious injuries.
The guide was reviewed by a panel of safety experts drawn from the GGF, Council for Aluminium in Building and representatives from major contractors/building companies. This panel concluded that the effectiveness of safety controls can be enhanced by good communication, something sadly missing in a number of serious incidents.
The revised guide makes clear what systems, equipment and training that must be in place but in addition puts significant emphasis on the importance of good communication between supplier and customer with the addition of checklists that should be used both at contract award time and dispatch.
Speaking about the new Code of Practice, Phil Pinnington, Director of Health and Safety said, “I’m grateful to those who have been part of the review. It’s important to remember glass processors are only one part of the supply chain. For this code to be effective we plan to also promote it, and the high standards of our members, to principal contractors. They have the power to be an integral player in improving standards up when handling such a potentially dangerous materials and reducing the frequency of incidents. ”
You can view or download a copy of the new Code of Practice here:
A printed copy of the Code will be sent to all Members and will also be available from the GGF’s stand F40 (Hall 20) at FIT Show 2019 in Birmingham NEC 21-23 May.
Here’s our round up of some of the best stories from this week’s trade media:
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Construction Suppliers Brexit Expectations
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Housebuilding on the Up
Glass Brings New Light to Church Renovation
Top Reasons Consumers Change Windows
GGF Consumer Code of Practice
GGF Consumer Code of Practice
Laminated Glass Safety and Security
Laminated Glass Safety and Security
GGF Guidance Document Update on the Workplace
GGF Guidance Document Update on the Workplace
Code of Practice – Use of Glass Handling, Storage, Transport
Code of Practice – Use of Glass Handling, Storage, Transport
The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce its support for the upcoming Security & Counter Terror Expo at Olympia London this March
Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX) is the UK’s leading national security event and takes place this year at Olympia London from 6th-7th March.
GGF Technical staff and representatives from the GGF Window Film Group will be on hand at SCTX 2018 to offer advice and discuss all matters glass and glazing, especially in relation to security and safety such as the use of window film and lamination in bomb containment and ballistic reduction.
The first 10 visitors on the GGF stand on each day of SCTX 2018 will be able to pick up a free copy of the GGF Safety and Security Glazing Good Practice Guide. This comprehensive publication, valued at £150, covers the use of safety and security glass and glazing in buildings including not just windows, doors and curtain walling, but also interiors such as shower enclosures and elevator enclosures.
Security & Counter Terror Expo is a world-class showcase of the capabilities, strategies and intelligence to keep nations, infrastructure, business and people safe with more than 10,000 professionals from Government, Private Sector, Critical National Infrastructure, Military, Law Enforcement, Transport Security, Border Security, Security Services, Major Events and Emergency Services.
Come and visit the GGF at SCTX 2018 – we’ll be at Stand F1.
The GGF has negotiated a special discount for GGF Members wishing to exhibit at SCTX 2018. If you are interested, please contact Joseph Smith at Clarion Events on Joseph.Smith@clarionevents.com or +44 20 7384 7749.
If you have a comment to make or any information relating to this article please contact the GGF
The GGF has partnered with Total Support Training to offer a developing range of training opportunities to help improve the specialist skills and knowledge of those working in the fenestration industry. All GGF Training courses are open to all companies and individuals in the industry but GGF Members receive preferential discounted rates. (If you are not yet a GGF Member you can apply to join here. Fees start from just £330 per year)
Regardless of your experience, GGF Training understands the constant changes affecting the sector and the shifting skills of operatives as roles change and develop. That’s why we have partnered with Total Support Training who have the experience and resources to truly deliver the solutions for your training needs.
Successful completion of GGF Training courses will not only help you gain know-how but also provide the training qualifications and GGF Training certification. In addition, you can also train for other qualifications to help gain a CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme). This scheme verifies that all workers on CSCS regulated construction sites have the necessary training and qualifications for the work they are doing as well as providing these individuals with a form of identification on site.
GGF Training with Total Support Training now offer short courses, NVQ courses and bespoke training. GGF Training plans to add more courses and qualifications and welcome suggestions from Members. In addition if you are a GGF Member and are interested in becoming a trainer then please email email@example.com
Find out about courses, qualifications and training bookings here
Or for an informal discussion on GGF Training courses please contact our team:
Telephone: 020 3026 4165
GGF Training Index
NEW for 2021: Sales and Compliance Course
Carrying out a Risk Assessment
Health and Safety Awareness
Introduction to Fenestration Surveying
Introduction to PPE & Safe Working practice
Level 1 Construction Health and Safety (for Labouring CSCS card)
Level 1 Window and Door Installation (5 day course with practical)
Safe Working at Heights
Asbestos Awareness (Refresher)
Basic Fenestration Installation (Refresher)
Basic Fenestration Surveying (Refresher)
Correct use of Glazing packers in uPVC & Aluminium
Health and Safety Awareness (Refresher)
Manual Handling (Refresher)
Safe Site Work
Safe Working at Heights (Refresher)
Transportation and Racking
Understanding Building Regulations (Refresher)
Writing a Risk Assessment (Refresher)
Level 1 Construction Health and Safety (inc. Test & CSCS card)
Level 1 Window and Door Installation (5-day course with practical)
NVQ in Associated Industrial Services Occupations (Construction) Level 2
NVQ in Cladding (Construction) Level 2
NVQ in Curtain Wall Installation Level 2
NVQ in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations Level 2
NVQ in Domestic Fascia, Soffit and Bargeboard Installation Level 2
NVQ in Fabrication of Glass Supporting Structures Level 2
NVQ in Fenestration Installation Level 2
NVQ in Glass Processing Level 2
NVQ in Glass Related Occupations (Construction) Level 2
NVQ in Glazing Level 2
NVQ in Installation of Photovoltaic Panels Level 2
NVQ in Plastering (Construction) Level 2
NVQ in Trowel Occupations (Construction) Level 2â€‹
NVQ in Wood Occupations (Construction) Level 2
NVQ in Cladding Occupations (Construction) Level 3
NVQ in Combined Surveying and Installation of Windows and Doors or Conservatories Level 3
NVQ in Decorative Finishing – Painting And Decorating Level 3
NVQ in Fabrication of Glass Supporting Structures Level 3
NVQ in Fenestration Installation Level 3
NVQ in Fenestration Surveying Level 3
NVQ in Glass Processing Level 3
NVQ in Glazing Level 3
NVQ in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) Level 3
NVQ in Plastering (Construction) Level 3
NVQ in Trowel Occupations (Construction) Level 3
NVQ in Wood Occupations (Construction) Level 3
NVQ in Construction Site Supervision Level 4
NVQ in Occupational Leadership in a Glass or Glass Related Working Environment Level 4
NVQ in Construction Site Management (Construction) Level 6
NVQ in Construction Senior Management Level 7
NVQ in Fenestration Installation Level 2 (Competency Update)
NVQ in Fenestration Installation Level 3 (Competency Update)
NVQ in Fenestration Surveying Level 3 (Competency Update)
NVQ in Fenestration Surveying and Installation Level 3 (Competency Update)
The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is delighted to support Materials 2017, a new conference and exhibition focused entirely on the cutting-edge of material solutions for architecture, construction, and design, to be held on the 25th and 26th of April 2017 at the ILEC Centre, London.
The GGF will be exhibiting at the show as well as moderating a specialist technical seminar. In addition, the Federation will promote the show to GGF Members and the wider glass and glazing industry.
James Lee, GGF Director of Marketing and Communications, commented, “We are pleased to be involved with this new trade show as it aims its focus on solutions that construction professionals need when considering using glass and glazing materials.”
Steve Rice, GGF Director of Technical Affairs, added, “It is important for the GGF to have presence and contribute to shows of this kind. Glass is one of the most used materials in the construction industry and we will offer our technical expertise and information throughout the show to visitors, exhibitors and to the construction media.”
Materials 2017 will gather leading construction professionals into one central venue, easily accessible via car or public transport. This will be a unique opportunity for architects, specifiers, and developers to meet face-to-face, engage in social conversation, and expand business relationships with top materials manufacturers.
A wide range of products – from ceramics, cement, stone, brick, and timber to glass, concrete, metal, and smart materials – will be featured, looking not only at their use in creating striking designs but also their potential functionalities beyond their common purposes within building structures, envelope, façades and finishes.
Seminar speakers from a number of the industry’s biggest actors have been confirmed to include names from Aecom, Arup, Tata Steel, and Saint-Gobain. The three conference areas at Materials 2017 provide huge potential for knowledge-sharing in a highly tailored and intimate environment.
The event will have a session focused on glass with a leading consultant and manufacturer presenting, and Russell Day of the Glass and Glazing Federation as moderator.
15:00 on 25th April
- Russell Day Deputy Director of Technical Affairs – Glass & Glazing Federation
- Tim Macfarlane Managing Director – Glass Light and Special Structures
- Bruce Nicol Senior Business Development – Dow Corning
Materials 2017 is completely free to attend for delegates and competitive prices are available for sponsor and exhibitor packages. For more information visit www.materials2017.co.uk
The guest speakers presenting will cover the economy, the political landscape, digital marketing, and architectural glazing, this year’s event promises to be a very special day for all connected to the GGF.
Guest Speakers line up
Declan Curry – international business journalist, public speaker and broadcaster
In a career spanning over 20 years, Declan is most renowned for fronting the BBC’s Business Breakfast and On the Money programmes.
Bruce Nicol – Business Development Director, Dow Corning
Operating for the global leaders in silicone technology, Bruce is responsible for raising awareness of the possibilities of High Performance Facade innovation and technologies to the architectural and engineering communities.
Graham Hansell – CIM Digital Marketing Course Director and MD, Sitelynx Ltd
A vastly experienced Digital Marketing Strategist, Consultant and Trainer, Graham runs all the Chartered Institute of Marketing training courses on digital marketing specializing in search engine optimization/marketing.
Ethan Spibey – Political analyst and adviser, GK Strategy
Working in the Political Strategy and Intelligence division of GK Strategy (Public Affairs Agency of the Year 2015-16), Ethan is instrumental in helping the GGF understand and engage with key policy makers, ministers and government departments.
A New Format
Following discussions with the GGF Marketing Communications Committee, the Federation has decided to slightly change the format of Members’ Day to ensure you have more networking time and debating time at the Chairmen’s Forum. Please see below the itinerary for the day.
- 10.30: Registration/coffee reception/networking
- 11.30: Welcome
- 11.35: GGF Overview (direction, strategy and benefits)
- 12.00: GGF AGM
- 12.15: Two-course lunch
- 13.30: Keynote Presentations
- 14.50: Chairman’s Forum (Key topics debated with GGF Chairmen and Delegates)
- 15.25: Closing remarks
- 15.30: Networking drinks
The People in Glass (PIGs) Birmingham Event is sponsored by the GGF and is one mile away from the venue at the Pitcher and Piano (B1 2HP). This event starts at 17.00 and all Members are welcome to join us for free drinks.
Though it is a busy agenda, all delegates will enjoy longer networking opportunities at the registration/drink reception and at the two-course (cabaret style) lunch followed by the keynote presentations and the Chairmen’s Forum. It promises to be a day of top class presentations with healthy debate on key industry issues and the opportunity to network with other Members in a unique central UK venue with easy public transport links and with over 120 free car parking spaces.
The GGF is pulling out all the stops to make this Members’ Day a very special occasion and all Members of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) are invited FREE.
Members can book their FREE place for Members’ Day in the following ways;
- By logging into the Members only area of the GGF website and following the instructions in Newswire.
- By email: to the marketing department – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a non-GGF Member and would like to attend please contact the GGF Marketing Department email@example.com
The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Pinnington as Health & Safety and Facilities Manager.
With over 18 years’ experience working within the charity, energy and transport sectors, Phil has a been successful in developing and implementing Health and Safety strategies within diverse organisations to nurture positive perspectives on Health and Safety
In addition to his experience, Phil holds qualifications from NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), British Safety Council, IOSH (Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, and BSI (British Standards Institute).
On Phil’s appointment Giles Willson, GGF Managing Director commented “I am delighted that Phil has joined the Federation as our new Health, Safety and Facilities Manager. With his solid experience, qualifications and skills, I am sure he will bring a huge amount to this very important role within the GGF.”
Phil’s remit will include working on consolidating the expertise within the GGF Health and Safety Committee, growing the subscription to GLASS Charter, developing the GGF’s library of Health and Safety publications and working in partnership with HSE (Health and Safety Executive) on industry issues.
On his new position, Phil commented “I am excited to have joined the GGF and look forward to combining my practical approach to health and safety and broad experience to support GGF Members.”