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POLICE CADETS GET BACK ON THE BEAT WITH VEKA


VEKA is to provide a meeting place for its local Police Cadets for a fourth year running.


The 20 youngsters plus four Senior Cadets will gather at the leading system supplier’s Burnley HQ each week for a year, with meetings in its Conference Room as well as practical sessions in the office car park. In return, the Cadets will again wear the company’s familiar blue diamond VEKA logo on their uniform polo shirts.


VEKA Security Team Leader, Karen Pollard, welcomed them to the site on their first visit. Youth Involvement Officer PC Julie Eyre said: “Once again, we are very grateful for VEKA’s continued support. These young people put so much effort into the course and such a facility helps them to get the most out of it.”


ENERGY BILL SHOULD BE MORE AMBITIOUS, SAYS FMB


If it is to succeed in getting householders to make their homes more efficient, the Government’s Energy Bill needs to be more ambitious, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).


The comments came after the launch of the joint ‘Demand a Better Bill’ campaign led by the FMB, WWF, Stop Climate Chaos Coalition and other organisations.


Richard Diment, Director General of the FMB said: “The fact that 42 percent of the UK’s carbon emissions come from our buildings means that the Green Deal has enormous potential to help ensure the UK meets the requirements set out in the Climate Change Act, of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.


TIME IS RUNNING OUT


“But time is running out if the Government is to succeed in its state aim to upgrade 14 million homes over the next nine years. To do this, the retrofit work would need to be completed at the rate of 1.5m homes per annum, which equates to almost 30,000 homes per week – or put another way – nearly 4274 homes every day!”


Mr Diment added: “Setting out a plan for bringing the UK’s homes up to standard is crucial if the Energy Bill is to succeed. Additional incentives will also be needed, such as a cut in VAT for energy efficient works and a reduction in council tax for retrofitted homes.


“These incentives would help ensure that the Green Deal is a success and that the Government


Richard Diment. Director General of the FMB


can achieve its stated aim to be the greenest government ever. But without a clear delivery plan and extra incentives, the Government is in danger of becoming the most greenwashed government ever,” he concluded.


CUSTOMER CARE AND SERVICE AWARD SPONSORED BY LISTER TRADE FRAMES


Lister Trade Frames based in Fenton, Stoke on Trent, has developed its successful business model over the past 34 years based around excellence in customer care and service.


As manufacturers of Elitis branded PVCu and aluminium windows, doors, conservatories and building plastics, Listers has gained an enviable nationwide reputation for quality and innovation.


The company has been a finalist and winner for six consecutive years in the national Glass and Glazing G-Awards, gaining titles such as Customer Care winner 2008, and being recognised as the glazing industry’s Manufacturer of the Year 2005 and 2010.


Photograph (Courtesy of Sentinel Newspapers) shows Listers MD Mark Warren on the Left and the Hanley Economic team receiving the customer care and service award.


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Listers also triumphed in last year’s Sentinel Business Awards for North Staffordshire and Cheshire and they were proud to sponsor the Customer Care and Service Award at the event held this year on the 29th March.


The Sentinel Business Awards, held in association


with the North Staffs Chamber of Commerce, are an annual event for companies both large and small. The awards attract businesses from across the entire spectrum of the business community and pay tribute to the corporate and individual successes within the region. The gala dinner evening was well attended by over three hundred business men and women and hosted by Television news presenter Bob Warman.


Listers chose to sponsor the Customer Care and Service Award because they recognise the importance this plays in the success of their own business. The winner of the award needed to demonstrate their commitment to continuously improving standards in customer care and be able to give examples of service exceeding customer expectations. This year’s deserving winners were the Hanley Economic Building Society.


Contact Lister Trade Frames. 01782 391900. www.listertf.co.uk


PC Julie Eyre and VEKA’s Karen Pollard (centre right) with the new Cadets, Senior Cadets and officers.


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