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The real cost of poor health and safety on site

Poor health and safety on site can have a massive impact on a business, not only can it damage a site and cost thousands of pounds but it can severely injure workers. 

According to HSE, construction remains a high-risk industry and accounts for a high percentage of fatal and major injuries. In fact, millions of working days are lost due to work-related illness and injury. 

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Rainclear offer choice of 6 colours for steel gutters and downpipes

Galvanised Steel is a great product for gutters and downpipes with stylish looks that are long-lasting -  the colour will not fade or crack. The Infinity Galvanised Steel roofline system comes with a ‘robust’ colour coating in a choice of 5 Colours, Plain Galvanised or Copper - all held in stock at Rainclear Systems for next day delivery.

The demand for steel guttering has never been higher with homeowners and self builders looking for this stylish, high quality rainwater solution at a price tag that is closer to premium uPVC than either heritage Cast Iron or Aluminium.  

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Portobello development gets extensive external brick makeover

Plastic Surgeon, the UK’s leading specialist surface repair firm, has used its skills to enhance the external brickwork of a newly developed retirement living complex in Portobello, Edinburgh. 

The project, Jameson Gate, has been recently developed by McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder. 

Catering for retirement living, the development is aimed at those who are aged over 60 and, as well as providing facilities such as a sunroom and roof terrace, features 20 one-bedroomed apartments and 22 two-bedroomed apartments. Described as ‘luxurious and stylish’, the building is built to a high specification incorporating quality design. 

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Specialist contractors under threat from poor payment practices

The businesses of Specialist Contractors working in the construction industry are at considerable risk from main contractors who use underhand and unscrupulous tactics to increase profits by not paying them for work properly carried out.

A recent survey carried out in conjunction with StreetwiseSubbie.com Limited found that up to 93% of Specialist Contractors experience disputes regularly or occasionally. Often these lead to serious financial problems, or even threat of closure, through payments being withheld for spurious reasons.

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Firm expands its presence in Yorkshire with appointment of ‘big-hitter’

Financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance (MAF), has bolstered its presence in Yorkshire by appointing a new Senior Business Development Manager in the region.

Craig Bennett has joined the firm and will be looking to grow MAF’s commercial and corporate client base in Yorkshire as part of the firm’s ongoing strategy.

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Warwick University Sports Hub

The excavators are in motion on the new £36million Sports and Wellbeing Facility at Warwick University, with Mick George Ltd completing Earthworks services on behalf of Principal Contractor Wilmott Dixon Construction.

The latter of which is becoming somewhat of an ever-present around the Universities Campuses, having recently completed the award-winning Oculus Building’ which also forms part of the University’s estate regeneration plans that were submitted within the 2007 masterplan for future developments of the Campus.

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FWB features in prestigious Parliamentary Review

FWB is proud to announce that it has been selected to appear in the 2016/17 edition of The Parliamentary Review. 

With its September release now a key fixture in the political calendar, the main aim of The Parliamentary Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sectors. It also discusses how industry leaders have responded to challenges in the political and economic environment over the past year, with political commentary written by BBC presenter Andrew Neil.

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Collab Group selected to support Tarmac’s apprenticeship ambitions

The Collab Group of Colleges is excited to announce a partnership with Tarmac to develop and deliver an apprenticeship skills programme that will, in time, set the benchmark for the wider construction industry. 

The partnership will see Collab Group colleges support Tarmac’s apprenticeship training needs across multiple service areas, including: housing, civil engineering, aggregates, logistics, aviation, water, energy, rail, commercial, education, defence, ports and utilities.

Tarmac, the UK’s leading construction materials and manufacturing business, and its 7,200 employees, have been at the forefront of many notable infrastructure projects, garnering a reputation as a leader within the construction industry. They have evidenced a strong commitment to foster the next generation of talent, encapsulated best in their membership of the 5% Club: an initiative designed to increase the number of young people in the workforce. 

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Mick George Ltd team with BBC for a great cause

DIY SOS: The Big Build is the BBC’s flagship home renovation programme, which has been running for 18 years, and attracts up to 5 million viewers per episode. The concept of the award-winning show is to take on extremely Big Builds’ across the country, to help transform the lives of truly deserving families.

The latest selection for a makeover’ is most certainly a justified choice, and comes in the form of avid Cambridge United FC supporter, Simon Dobbin and his family home in Mildenhall, that is set to go under the hammer during November.

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Are we really altogether now?

By Barry J Ashmore, Streetwisesubbie.com

If ever there was a time for clear and unambiguous leadership in the construction industry it’s now.

Recent tragic events have very publicly highlighted what happens when we get construction wrong, but what we don’t see is all the things that are wrong with construction in the UK but are hidden away under the surface.

No amount of hard work on a building’s decoration will overcome problems lurking under the surface. If the foundations are defective no amount of papering over the cracks will resolve the real problems.

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Winners shortlisted once again for Sustainability and Resource Awards

The annual Sustainability and Resource Awards held by the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) is firmly in sight, with the ceremony set to take place in early November at the Grosvenor Square Marriot hotel, London.

These long-standing and well-respected awards are given for outstanding achievement in the sustainability, resource and waste industry, judged by experts in the sector.

An eagerly awaited event for all within the sector, especially for those who have been included on the shortlist for one of the prestigious awards, which were subsequently announced this week. One company that has managed to make the grade once again, is our very own Mick George Ltd, who has for the second consecutive year been included.

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