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Midlands broker scoops prestigious finance award

Independent financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance (MAF), is celebrating after scooping the Top Hard Assets Broker award at the 2017 Leasing World Awards.

With the award aimed at the hard asset market, which includes yellow plant and construction equipment, the East Midlands-based firm picked up the accolade after being nominated and then selected as the winners by a group of judges. 

Director of MAF, Dave Chapman, was also invited to be a part of the industry expert panel earlier in the day as part of the Leasing World Pro-Summit Conference to share his thoughts on financial technology (fintech) and their online platform, Asset Finance Compared, which delivers a Decision in Principle in 60 seconds.

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New branding, website & literature marks exciting future for Heckmondwike

Heckmondwike, the UK’s leading fibre bonded carpet manufacturer, is entering an exciting new era with new branding, new shade cards, a new brochure and a re-designed website.

With a powerful new strapline - ‘Heckmondwike – Makers of Fibre Bonded Carpets’ - the company is demonstrating its unique heritage, celebrating 50 years of fibre bonded carpet manufacture for the education, commercial and health sectors.

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LAR celebrates 20th anniversary with company rebrand

LAR Ltd, a leading abatement specialist is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a refreshed company brand identity. Having maintained a consistent brand image for the past 20 years, LAR decided that it was time for a refresh to support its core attributes of being award-winning, high-quality, trusted and professional.

LAR’s brand colours remain the same, but the company has refreshed its logo and marketing materials and has also increased its online presence, including launching a new website and social media pages. 

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buildingSMART openBIM Professional Certification Programme

Man and Machine supports the development of the buildingSMART Professional Certification programme and will provide buildingSMART approved training through its established BIM Ready courses.

buildingSMART Professional Certification is an international initiative that has been developed by chapters in Europe, Asia and the Americas and is expected to be adopted across the globe. As a recognized leader in the development of openBIM standards, buildingSMART will bring clarity and consensus in the definition and application of openBIM principles and provide a global benchmark for openBIM training and competency assessment.

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Midlands Asset Finance expands further north with appointment of new senior BDM

Independent financial services broker Midlands Asset Finance (MAF) has bolstered its presence in Manchester and the north east of England by appointing a new Senior Business Development Manager in the region. 

Andy Keal has joined the firm on the back of a long and successful career in the property sector with Yorkshire Bank, National Australia Bank and the Bank of Ireland. He has been tasked with growing MAF’s client base in Manchester and the north east. 

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Why Earned Value contributes to success of major construction firms

The growth in the number of major contractors adopting Earned Value for major projects is expanding beyond the remit of public sector bodies, according to Donna Butchart, MD of Prōject (EU). Ltd

However being able to establish an earned value matrix is both tricky and complex, and being able to adapt existing systems for construction organisations is key, particularly when monitoring earned value throughout the life of the project.

There is an increasing trend for public sector contracts to require suppliers to monitor not just the costs and schedules, but also value add, through Earned Value Management. Earned Value management is seen as the best practice methodology, and as a result is being adopted by construction organisations involved with complex client projects.

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HBA: Help to Buy is a symbol of failed housing policy

On 1 October, as the Conservative Party Conference kicked off in Manchester, the Government announced an extension of Help to Buy for new build homes with an extra £10 billion of funding over five years.

The House Builders Association (HBA) – the house building division of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) – believes that extending Help to Buy will not help to solve the most acute housing crisis in over seven decades.

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FIS votes no to continuing the CITB levy

FIS, the construction trade body representing the finishes and interiors sector and a CITB consensus federation, has voted to reject the CITB’s levy proposals. 

Leading trade organisation FIS represents specialist contractors and manufacturers involved in the installation and fit-out of interior systems, facades, ceilings, drywall, partitions and finishes. 

FIS has been canvassing its members at a series of regional and special interest group meetings which culminated in a poll of members during September. FIS members voted by 60 per cent to 40 per cent to reject the CITB levy proposal. Turnout was 13 per cent. 

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Structural Concrete Alliance announces 2017 award shortlist

The Structural Concrete Alliance has shortlisted three projects for the 2017 Structural Concrete Alliance Award for Repair and Refurbishment, with the winner to be announced by former BBC Breakfast Host, Bill Turnbull, at the Concrete Society Awards Dinner to be held at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London on 16th November. 

The winners were chosen from entries received from members of the three trade associations which make up the Structural Concrete Alliance: the Concrete Repair Association (CRA); Corrosion Prevention Association (CPA); and the Sprayed Concrete Association (SCA).  

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5 reasons to install a wireless alarm system

There are thousands of construction site fires every year, endangering lives, delaying projects, and costing around £400m, according to Zurich Insurance. 

So, what is the best way to ensure your site complies to industry codes of practice, UK and EU laws and the requirements of your insurance company?

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Fast tracking future home builders in London

New approach puts the boot into closing the home building skills gap through 2-6 week training course

A new pilot scheme is set to make inroads into closing the home building skills gap in the region by fast tracking qualified construction college leavers into their specialist job area and getting them prepared for the world of work. In doing so, it will reduce the risk of them falling away from the sector or unemployment. Participants have now all completed their training and are being matched with employers.

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