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  • Luke Smith, Principal Energy Specialist at the National Energy Foundation

    A data drive for energy efficiency

    Energy Efficiency24/05/16

    Luke Smith, Principal Energy Specialist at the National Energy Foundation details how by using well-honed data, Suffolk County Council is able to effectively target domestic energy efficiency programmes and campaigns…   Suffolk County Council has an amb[...]


    Lack of skilled workers pushes pay higher

    HR & Skills24/05/16

    A new report has revealed the shortage of skilled workers is pushing pay in the building trade higher… A new report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has revealed a lack of skilled workers has seen wages rise. According to the report,[...]

  • health and safety

    Window fitter contractor fined for safety failings

    Health & Safety24/05/16

    A window fitting contractor and project principal contractor have been prosecuted after a worker fell installing glazed units… GTF Frames Limited (GTF) and Parsons and Joyce Contractors Limited (P&J) have been prosecuted after 54-year-old Darren Shepherd[...]

  • eu vote

    Small construction firms will vote on EU based on personal beliefs

    Planning & Development23/05/16

    A new poll has revealed that more than 80 per cent of small construction firm bosses will base their vote in the referendum on their own beliefs, rather than business interests… A new poll carried out by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed m[...]

  • construction contract

    Anderson Construction wins £2m worth of contracts

    Planning & Development23/05/16

    Aberdeen-based building firm Anderson Construction has revealed it has £2m worth of new contracts on its books… Anderson Construction has won £2m worth of construction contracts in the north-east. The Aberdeen-based firm said this figure includes a range o[...]


    A new tariff for sentencing health and safety offences

    Health & Safety23/05/16

    Construction businesses in the UK need to be reminded of our sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences says Mark Wilson, Regulatory and Commercial Crime Lawyer and Partner at Richard Nelson LLP…   The news is full of stories regarding health [...]

  • construction machinery

    UK construction machine exports and imports see slowdown

    Plant, Equipment & Supplies23/05/16

    Imports and exports of construction machinery in the UK have declined over the past few years, it has emerged… According to the UK’s Construction Equipment Association (CEA), the import and export of construction equipment has seen a decline for the past f[...]


    Gladman denied planning appeal for 120 homes in Herefordshire

    Planning & Development20/05/16

    Developer Gladman has been denied planning permission to construct 120 new homes in Bromyard, Herefordshire… A planning inspector has thrown out a planning appeal to build some 120 new homes in Bromyard, Herefordshire. The decision comes after a four-day pla[...]


    Developers cast doubt on starter homes delivery

    Planning & Development20/05/16

    Developers have cast doubt on the ability to deliver the government’s target of 200,000 starter homes by 2020… Last week, the government finally passed the Housing and Planning Bill into legislation. One of the areas it covered is starter homes, which have[...]


    Firm fined for using equipment without training

    Health & Safety20/05/16

    A pipe manufacturing firm has been fined £200,000 for using vibrating tools without receiving the necessary training… Asset International Limited has been fined after seven cases of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) were bro[...]

  • merger

    Construction union UCATT will merge with Unite

    HR & Skills19/05/16

    Members of construction union UCATT have voted to merge with larger union Unite… UCATT, the union of Construction, Allied, Trades & Technicians, is set to merge with larger union Unite following a vote from its membership. The union, which was formed in [...]

  • David Kieft

    New president for the Electrical Contractors’ Association

    HR & Skills19/05/16

    The Electrical Contractors’ Association has appointed a new president… Building services engineer businessman David Kieft has stepped into the role of president of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), it has emerged. The ECA, which represents b[...]

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