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Anglian Building Products have been voted Contractor of the Year by residents at Arches Housing.

Arches Housing used LHC’s new OJEU compliant, pre-tendered framework

arrangement for PVC-U Windows and Doors, (U8) with Anglian Building Products appointed to carry out the necessary works to maintain Decent Homes Standards beyond 2010.

The scheduled programme of works – phase 2 – took just 10 weeks to complete right from initial surveying and manufacture to finished installation, with a total of 63 homes benefiting from replacement windows.

Arches Housing then received nominations from residents who voted that Anglian Building Products deserved credit for the quality of work and professional attitude of their staff, who worked through sleet and snow to complete the programme.

Andrew Dobby of Arches Housing said: “This is only the second time that

we have asked residents to vote for their Contractor of the Year, suggesting an organisation that they feel deserves a special mention.

“We would like to congratulate Anglian on winning. Feedback showed that residents were greatly impressed with the level of care taken to ensure minimal

impact occurred to their everyday lives. Anglian Building Products completed a very good job in difficult circumstances.”

Throughout the programme, Anglian Building Products worked closely with

Arches Housing to ensure that disruption to residents was minimised and that everyone was kept fully informed of the plans and progress.

Paul Bichener, Operational Director of Anglian Building Products added:

“Anglian is committed to ensuring residents are engaged with throughout the works. We really focus on getting things right first time and monitor ourselves through regular resident satisfaction surveys to ensure the service provided is of the highest quality at all times.”

Following the success of the works programme, Arches Housing has continued to work with Anglian Building Products, via the LHC OJEU compliant, pre-tendered framework arrangement for PVC-U Windows and Doors plus associated services.

Clive Feeney, LHC Business Development Manager concluded: “Anglian Building Products has demonstrated how the quality of the products and supplier companies LHC select is uncompromising, both from a technical and practical on-site perspective.”


Business Secretary Vince Cable last month announced a package of sweeping reforms that he said aim to free business from the burden of red tape.


• A public audit of almost 22,000 statutory instruments currently on the statute books

• A moratorium to exempt businesses with fewer than 10 employees and genuine start-ups from new domestic regulation, for three years

• Repeating the regulations extending the right to request flexible working to parents of 17 year olds for all businesses (from 6th April 2011)

• Not extending the right to request time off to train, for firms with fewer than 250 employees

Mr Cable said: “It’s not right that businesses should have to deal with years

of Government intervention by abiding by arcane rules. That’s why I am asking them to help us take a comprehensive look at the stock of regulation and tell us how rules and regulations affect them.

“This is the first time such a radical look at the statute book has been taken and

we’re giving you the chance to play your part. I’d encourage all businesses, large and small, to grab it with both hands.”


Hepworth Framework, one of the region’s premier manufacturers and installers of commercial aluminium windows and doors, curtain walling, shop front facades and glazing systems opened its doors for a week of visits from its current and future customers and our suppliers. The purpose of the week was to allow people to gain a better understanding of Hepworth Framework’s capabilities and build better business relationships.

Over five days visitors came from across the UK to view Hepworth

Framework’s two purpose built factories in Huddersfield. Main contractors, architects and trade customers were able to see first-hand the state of the art fabrication facilities and fully automated, German engineered, machinery.

Visitors were also able to meet each of Hepworth Framework’s team whose

extensive knowledge and experience provide customers with on-demand technical advice from the pre-contract stage through to project completion.

One visitor was Jamie Thompson, technical consultant at Hueck who are currently completing a contract with Hepworth Framework.

Jamie said: “Working with managing director Richard Steckles I know how

competent the company Hepworth Framework is. Our relationship is good; Richard asks the right questions, he knows what he is doing and just gets on with it under his own initiative. Hepworth Framework puts time and care into their work and I look forward to working with them again on another project.”

A number of companies were unable to attend during the open week but

have arranged later visits. Richard Steckles, managing director of Hepworth Framework said: “We

arranged for each visit to be on a one-to-one basis and tailored to suit the visiting company. After viewing around our facilities we spent time with each company looking at the ways we can look to mutually work together in these challenging economic times. We have several leads to follow up and look forward to working with new suppliers and customers in the future.”

Visits to Hepworth Framework can be arranged by telephoning 01484 650000 or emailing

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