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A leading aluminium windows manufacturer has created a new business development team as it targets rapid growth in the private and public property sectors. Joe Blythe-Richards, Charlie Skipp and Josh Dewstow have been appointed by Performance Window Fabrications (PWF) to help deliver its vision for future expansion, which will include the creation of further jobs at the Birmingham-based manufacturer. The three recruits have been appointed in business development roles by the fenestration group, which recently launched two new divisions – Fire Windows Direct and Glass Roof Direct. Business development manager Joe joins from Wren Kitchens where he was a salesman and kitchen designer. Charlie, also appointed business development manager, worked for four years at WHS Plastics where he was a sales leader. Sales and estimation manager Josh has extensive experience in the fenestration sector. Alex Sutherland, managing director of PWF, said: “As lockdown lifted we were determined to hit the ground running and we are excited at the potential for rapid growth across the aluminium windows sector.

“We are delighted to welcome Joe, Charlie and Josh. It’s a relatively young team but they all have valuable experience, combined with the energy and enthusiasm to drive the business forward on a regional and national basis.” He added: “These are exciting times for the Performance Window Farbrications group of companies and we have a clear vision for our future growth. Our strategy is to become the supplier of choice for aluminium doors, windows and curtain walling in the whole of the UK. Our growth will involve further investment in the latest fenestration technology and in our highly experienced team.” Based in Aston, Birmingham, PWF comes under the umbrella of Six-Twenty Group. It recently launched Fire Windows Direct, targeting the fire rated windows and doors sector, and Glass Roof Direct. Glass Roof Direct supplies thermal flat rooflight windows. It has a range of three top quality products – fixed, ventilation and access - all manufactured to the highest industry standards at its Birmingham factory. Visit www.glassroofdirect.co.uk. Fire Windows Direct is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of aluminium fire rated windows, doors and curtain walling. In partnership with a range of customers, from architects and construction contractors, to property developers and fabricators, we have delivered tailor-made glazing solutions for all market sectors. Visit www.firewindowsdirect.co.uk.

GLAZING CONTRACTORS NEEDED FOR £490M SOCIAL HOUSING REPAIRS AND VOIDS DPS Procurement for Housing (PfH) is searching for SME glazing contractors across the UK to deliver responsive repairs and voids works to social landlords such as fixing windows and doors, replacing single and double glazing, wired glass, impact resistant (Part K) glazing and curtain walling in communal blocks. Glazing contractors are needed for an initial term of five years and will deliver the work through a new dynamic purchasing system (DPS). Procurement services provider, PfH which has over 900 members, including housing associations and local authorities, has designed the DPS to help housing providers clear their backlog of routine repairs (estimated to be 2.6 million jobs) and procure repairs flexibly in the future. New glazing contractors can join the DPS at any time, unlike a framework. The total value of the reactive repairs and voids work to be procured via the DPS is estimated at £490million. Other categories of the DPS include electrical, heating and plumbing, fullservice delivery of responsive repairs and voids, general repairs and specialist works such as roofing. For each category, contractors will be required to either supplement a social landlord’s inhouse direct labour organisation or to fully manage an outsourced repairs and voids service, which may include call handling, repairs diagnostics and work scheduling. The DPS helps small, local contractors by streamlining the tender process. Once suppliers have passed the DPS selection procedure, they can quickly bid for any opportunities by submitting a tender. There is no need for them to go through the selection stage again and again for each contract opportunity. Steve Malone, managing director at Procurement for Housing said: “Social landlords are dealing with an unprecedented backlog of routine repairs jobs plus the pressure of social distancing on maintenance jobs. We hope this DPS will help the sector to overcome some of these problems whilst also supporting SME contractors who can quickly register and bid without having to go through a time-consuming tender process.”

New recruits in the frame at Performance Window Fabrications (from left) Charlie Skipp, Joe Blythe-Richards and Josh Dewstow


PfH’s DPS for Responsive Works & Voids will run for five years with the option to extend for another five years. To apply for inclusion visit: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/ procurementforhousing/aspx/Home

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