Concern grows at construction issues in the Queen's Speech

NEW legislation regarding the implementation of building safety standards needs to be underpinned by a mandatory licensing scheme for all UK construction companies, said the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to the Queen’s speech yesterday (Monday 14 October) as part of the State Opening of Parliament ceremony.

CEA announce new recruit to the CESAR network team

THE Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has announced the appointment of Clive Harris as a consultant to help deliver the new specialist police unit to combat construction and agricultural equipment crime.

He was formerly the Agricultural Vehicle Specialist for leading insurers NFU Mutual and an insurer representative on the CESAR Review Committee which supervised the work of the successful official plant marking and registration scheme, CESAR.

Construction input needed for Brexit preparations, says FMB

CONSTRUCTION should not be overlooked by the Government in no-deal Brexit preparation says the Federation of Master Builders in response to the construction PMI data published today showing that output in September declined at second-sharpest pace since 2009.

The fall in staffing levels was the sixth in as many months and the strongest since the end of 2010.

Simply Business launches campaign to Stamp Out Tool Theft

SIMPLY Business has launched a campaign to Stamp Out Tool Theft once and for all, after research reveals one in three (37%) tradespeople have had their tools stolen, costing a combined average of £3,005 each in lost earnings (£870) and replacing stolen tools (£2,135).

Poll reveals alarming lack of fire door knowledge across trades

DESPITE reporting a growth in demand for fire safety products and devices in the last year, a new poll by online ironmongery supplier IronmongeryDirect has revealed that over half (54%) of tradespeople do not know how to check that a fire door is operating correctly and complies with regulations.

The poll also found that 84% of respondents don’t believe there is enough fire door safety information readily available to tradespeople, despite extensive media coverage about the dangers of inadequate fire protection following the Grenfell disaster in 2017.

Construction Youth Trust's DIY course helps young people build for their community

IN partnership with CLF Construction Careers, Construction Youth Trust ran a fun filled five-day DIY course at The Curve community centre in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and at Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre in Camden.

The aim of the partnership is to introduce local young people not currently in education, employment or training to construction careers through a practical project that benefits their community.

Making our homes more energy efficient will boost wellbeing, says FMB

MAKING the UK’s homes more energy efficient will reduce energy bills, tackle the scourge of fuel poverty and help address the climate crisis, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), in response to the speech by the Leader of the Liberal Democrats at its party conference.

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