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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has insisted there was “light at the end of the tunnel” for Britain after one of his closest allies sounded a dire warning over the dangers facing the economy.

Speaking at the Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham, Mr Clegg admitted that the country faced a “long hard road” amid the Eurozone crisis and stalling global growth.

But his comments were considerably more optimistic than those of Business Secretary Vince Cable – who had earlier highlighted the risks of a new credit crunch or Japan-style lost decade of stagnation.

In a round of broadcast

interviews at the Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham, Mr Clegg said Mr Cable had been “telling it as he sees it, which is that this is a very uncertain time economically.”

“My own view is that we can and will get through this and there is of course light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

AFTERSHOCKS “But it is a long hard road to

get there, because we have this great heart attack at the core of our economy in 2008 and it is still sending out aftershocks.”

The party leader stressed that Britain’s fate was closely tied to the fortunes of the EU, saying: “I think it is very difficult to stare into a crystal ball and be certain about the future.”

Mr Clegg robustly defended the

coalition’s deficit reduction measures, but said ministers had to be more “articulate” about actions they were taking to stimulate growth.

“We need people to feel more confident and confidence is something which you can recognise when you see it but can disappear quite quickly,” he said.

“That’s why the Government

is giving tax cuts to millions of people on low and middle incomes, that’s why we are giving support to manufacturers.”

‘We need people to feel more confident.’


The Clearview team are all very saddened to hear of the death of Derek Bonnard after a short illness. Many touching tributes have been paid to Derek, which are testament to his popularity and to the deep respect and real affection he engendered across so many people in the industry.

We share the sorrow so many people feel at his loss, and offer our condolences to his devoted wife, family and friends.

He will be greatly missed by all who came into contact with him personally and professionally, and the industry has lost a lively, wise, kind and charming gentleman who was always a consummate professional, a fount of knowledge and a great mentor to many.

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REHAU has further enhanced the service it offers to members of its Authorised Partners scheme with the launch of a new and improved version of the scheme website.

The new website at www. makes it easier than ever for members of the scheme to personalise their individual profile pages and gives them access to valuable information and advice on sales, marketing and training.

Members simply log in and can then update their profile page quickly and easily and add new elements such as a feature installation or customer testimonials.

REHAU is in fact encouraging as many customers as possible to add these two valuable features to their pages before the end of November by running a prize draw to win an iPad. Scheme members can also use the new website to access the latest product news from REHAU or to use the online thermal calculator.

There is comprehensive

information about how to benefit from REHAU’s marketing and database support services and new, downloadable advice sheets on internet marketing, PR, and building websites.

The Authorised Partner scheme

logos and the complete suite of new consumer literature can also be downloaded and there are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the scheme available at the click of a mouse.

Sheila Normington, REHAU’s

Authorised Partner Scheme Coordinator, said: “We are continually improving the website so

“Our sales team will be visiting all

of our Authorised Partners over the coming months to demonstrate the new site and to encourage members to make the most of the benefits it offers.”

“They will also be carrying out the

annual Authorised Partners audit to hear feedback from members and to ensure that the values and rules of the scheme are being upheld.” ‘The new website at makes it easier than ever for members of the scheme to personalise their individual profile pages.’

“Members of our Authorised

Partner Forum have also told us how much they value REHAU’s expertise in sales and marketing so we have also added lots of useful information in an easily digestible format.”

that it meets the developing needs of our members as the scheme grows and develops.”

“We have seen the importance of the customer profile pages because they are what homeowners first encounter when they carry out a postcode search on the website to find installers in their local area. Now, with more than 3000 of these postcode searches being carried out per month, we want every scheme member to make their page the very best advertisement for their business so we have made it as easy as possible for them to do so.”

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