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Construction skills scheme extended after first year success

An innovative scheme to attract more talent into the built environment sector is being extended after a successful first year. 

Last year Gateshead College teamed up with a powerful partnership of architects, designers, contractors and engineering specialists to launch PlanBEE in a bid to tackle an industry skills shortage. 

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Ultimate Finance reaches £14m milestone in construction funding

Ultimate Finance Group, a leading independent provider of finance to UK business, has now provided £14m of funding to SMEs through its Construction Finance product. This represents year-on-year growth of 75%, as of April 2017. In total, Ultimate Finance Group’s overall lending to SMEs is now £132 million, as it continues its commitment to invest in business growth in the UK. 

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Aecor/Safety & Access set the standards with Overseas CISRS scaffolding training

Safety & Access Ltd are delighted to announce that after a further CISRS independent audit that the certified training centre in Kathmandu, Nepal has renewed its approval to deliver scaffold related training. 

After a fantastic response from clients in the Middle East, Safety & Access are extremely proud to report that they have delivered training resulting in over 300 successful CISRS card holders and have extended the centre to accommodate 24 trainees at any one time and are have additionally gained accreditation to deliver the CISRS Advanced Scaffold Inspection Course. 

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The Hadleigh Timber Group have acquired Timbmet

Meyer Timber Ltd are pleased to announce that the Hadleigh Timber Group have acquired Timbmet.

Founded in 1942, Timbmet is a leading supplier and processor of a range of hardwood and special products, having won the coveted ‘TTJ Timber Trade Trader of the Year Award 2016’. It will join Meyer, Panelco and Premium within the Hadleigh Timber Group.

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Mick George Ltd celebrate their new website with a £5,000 giveaway

With such hectic lifestyles, rarely do we get a spare moment, but when we do, we’re all guilty of reaching for our phone, tablet or laptop and subconsciously browsing the net to make sporadic purchases.

Which subsequently validates why online sales in the UK are now valued in excess of £114bn per annum. Kind of ironic, when you consider that many of us also share in common, the continuous disgruntlement at the lack of disposable income which we possess. 

Read more: Mick George Ltd celebrate their new website with a £5,000 giveaway

Ground-breaking ceremony for new student village

A group of VIPs officially marked the start of construction work on a new student village in a ground-breaking ceremony at the University of Sussex yesterday (Wednesday 17 May 2017).

Professor Michael Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University, and David Swarbrick, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty, were joined by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Pete West, and Maureen Chowen, the High Sheriff of East Sussex, at the site at Falmer.

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Groundhog day set to stay at Mobile Mini following further investment

Mobile Mini, a leading hirer of portable site accommodation and secure storage containers, with its global operations based in Arizona, USA and UK headquarters at Stockton-on-Tees, has made a further £1m investment into its range of industry-leading, energy-efficient, mobile welfare units. 

The company, which has 16 branches nationwide, from Glasgow to Southampton, has continued to strengthen its partnership with South Wales-based Genquip Groundhog, and will see the size of its fleet of Groundhog GP360 Fusion units increase by 50% in the first half of 2017.

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Student builders breeze through skills contest

Two Sunderland College students have been crowned the best brickies in a regional skills challenge.

Construction students Jordan King and Stephen Urwin won first and second place in the North East Inter-Colleges Bricklaying Competition, held at New College Durham.

The contest involved students from four colleges who were tasked with a complex bricklaying challenge which had to be completed in five hours.

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Construction super campus phoenix rises from the ashes in The Smoke

The University of Wolverhampton celebrated its investment of £100 million in a construction super campus at a prestigious event at the House of Lords in London.

The investment is part of the University’s ‘Our Vision – Your Opportunity’ £250 million ambitious project to invest in world class education and training in support of economic growth in the region. The regeneration of the former Springfield Brewery in Wolverhampton has brought together businesses and the education sector with the aim of creating jobs and providing technical and professional experts required by the industry.

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Bull Products to exhibit at FIREX International 2017

Bull Products, a manufacturer of fire protection equipment, is preparing to showcase a range of innovative products at FIREX International – an annual event that connects the global fire and security markets.

Taking place from 20-22 June at Excel London, Bull will be exhibiting at stand F80, and will be showcasing its Cygnus Wireless Alarm System – a major innovation in wireless emergency fire alarms for construction sites. 

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New dolly lightens the load thanks to Olympia Tools

Moving heavy and bulky items is set to a get a whole ‘load' easier thanks to Olympia Tools. 

In line with its commitment to offering products which help to simplify and expedite common trade and DIY tasks, the leading distributor of hand tools and workwear has extended its already comprehensive range with a new transport dolly.

Read more: New dolly lightens the load thanks to Olympia Tools