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Builders bullish despite rising costs, says FMB

Small construction firms enjoyed rising workloads in the first quarter of 2017, despite growing concerns over the cost of labour and materials, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Key results from the FMB’s State of Trade Survey for... View Article

Lincolnshire Lakes development underway

Work has started to build 3,000 new homes as part of the £1.3bn Lincolnshire Lakes development west of the M181 in North Lincolnshire – that will create 5,000 jobs. The development is believed to be the largest residential led regeneration... View Article

Industry reacts to Election announcement

Construction industry bodies have reacted to the news that Theresa May plans to call a general election on 8 June. Mark Farmer, author of the government-commissioned Farmer Review of the UK’s skills shortage and CEO of Cast Consultancy, said: “Whatever... View Article

New initiative shows increasing importance of CSR

A major new survey on corporate social responsibility (CSR) is now open to electrotechnical businesses, after being launched by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA). The survey is being supported by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) – the national scheme to... View Article

Quote of the Week – 17th April 2017

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet... View Article

Westbury products sound & secure

Westbury Windows & Joinery has recently published its latest in a string of successful test results. Following on from its energy and security (PAS24) achievements in 2016 Westbury’s products have now also had acoustic assessment too. The products, including casement... View Article

Construction: sector review

Welcome to the Close Brothers Asset Finance review of the Construction sector. In this document we highlight a wide range of issues relevant to SMEs in this industry. The results are based on the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly... View Article

Residential sales still lack impetus

The UK housing market continues to lack impetus, with new buyer enquiries and agreed sales stagnant in March.  The number of properties coming on to the market also dropped further, and consequently respondents to the March 2017 RICS UK Residential... View Article

New working party to tackle indoor air pollution in homes

A new working party addressing the challenges of indoor air pollution and its negative impact on people’s health in homes has launched at the “Better homes, better air, better health” event in London. This event brought together the research and... View Article

Silva Timber Parachute Jump

Silva Timber are the experts in speciality timber products, wood finishes and fixings. Last year our Siberian Larch cladding was specified for The Robert Parfett building in Manchester, one of the newest Maggie’s Centres. The centre was designed by leading... View Article

­­­Affordable, modular, fast and flexible?

NHouse is a new flexible, modular home design being pioneered by award-winning architect Richard Hywel Evans, who is hoping to make waves in UK housebuilding with a contemporary style allied to short build times and affordability. The nHouse modular solution... View Article

Solutions take pride of place offsite

The advantages of offsite construction in mitigating the housing crisis is once again flavour of the month, says Simon Storer, chief executive of BRUFMA (the British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers’ Association). Our need to build more homes coupled with a... View Article

Are we set up to provide skills?

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, tackles the growing skills crisis in the UK Tackling the skills crisis is one of the biggest challenges facing the housebuilding industry. Ask any housebuilder – large or small – and they will... View Article

Constructive ideas for closing the gender gap

Just 12 per cent of the UK’s housebuilding workforce is female, with less than four per cent in a skilled trade role. One of the key findings of the recent NHBC Foundation report, ‘The gender and age profile of the... View Article
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