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Mick George Ltd, inspiring the nation

The London Stock Exchange Group has today published the sixth annual edition of their 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report, which identifies the UK’s fastest growing businesses.

Focused on recognising Britain’s small and medium-sized businesses, from dynamic start-ups to established family firms, the release features companies from a range of sectors and regions, acknowledging the entrepreneurial drive witnessed across the UK at present.  

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CRA launches new Emerging Talent Award

The Concrete Repair Association (CRA), one of the organisations which make up the Structural Concrete Alliance, has launched a new Emerging Talent Award to recognise the achievements of new entrants to the concrete repair industry. The award aims to provide essential support and encouragement to assist further career progression for a new generation of repair and refurbishment specialists.

Offering a cash prize of £2,000 to the winner, the award seeks to reward individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to a business or project in the sphere of concrete repair and refurbishment.  Its goal is to encourage continued personal development, while bringing new talent into the Association and promoting greater participation in its activities. 

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Rail Tales – Capita to host Women in Health and Safety event

Capita is hosting a free-to-attend event with breakfast and networking. 

The event, called Rail Tales, will take place on Wednesday 17 July from 08.30 – 10.30 at Capita, 65 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7NQ.

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Oak Processionary Moth threatens UK oak trees - Boningale cease importation

Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) outbreaks in the UK pose a serious threat to our oak trees. Boningale are ceasing importation of oak trees effective immediately, and will only be sourcing UK oak stock. 

OPM is already established in greater London and some surrounding areas. Defra have noted that the UK Plant Health Service are taking steps to eradicate recent findings of OPM in Hampshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. These steps may include surveillance, tracing and destruction of the caterpillars and infested trees. 

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3 Education celebrates 10 year milestone and over 8,000 trained

Leading working at height training providers, 3 Education, has reached a business milestone – 10 years independent trading, with more than 8,000 individuals trained.

The 3 Education brand is run by work at height training industry guru, Rob Harris, 54, who’s been at the forefront of safety training – particularly in man safe safety nets, stair towers and temporary edge protection – for more than 25 years. 

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SMART Inspector’s new defects report highlights top scaffold fails

With slips, trips & falls still the number one cause of accidents & injuries on scaffolds, a new reporting system with SMART Scaffolder’s mobile inspection app has for the first time ever revealed the top trends for failures – helping employers to avoid work at height incidents.   

SMART Scaffolder’s award-winning SMART Inspector mobile app has now been used to improve the safety and efficiency of more than 365,000 weekly scaffold inspections. The latest release includes a new report in the desktop web console giving managers a view of the most common failures which can be filtered to show them by site, by customers and even across the entire business.

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Specification - the key to effective cost management

Avoiding under-specification on UK driveways is key to achieving cost objectives in construction. Consider for example, drainage where manhole covers with inappropriate load-bearing capacities are sometimes causing installations to be revisited by developers to make repairs, costing several hundred pounds a time.

In certain trafficking, the long term effects of undervaluing loading requirements can be easily avoided by installing a B125 (12.5T loading classification) cover as a minimum. For example, the kerb weight of a 4x4 commonly varies between 1.6 and 2.5 tonnes, depending on the model, exerting a load, when turning and braking through any one wheel of 6-10 tonnes! This is because, in extreme cases, dynamic loads apply up to 3 or 4 times the static mass of the vehicle, through a single wheel!  This thought process, also benefits scenarios where infrequent traffic – skip loaders, removal vans, waste collection lorries, etc., needs access to driveways, footpaths and grass verges. Again in this instance B125 loading class should be specified as a minimum.

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SnapIT Express – the swifter-to-fit modern aluminium system

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading specialist metal rainwater system stockist and online retailer introduce ‘SnapIT Express’, a modern aluminium rainwater system with innovative ‘snap together and inject silicone’ system that saves mess, waste and time.

Aluminium gutters are generally known for being a modern, natural product which is fully recyclable, but non-corrosive that offers a lightweight, strong and durable solution, with very little maintenance required.

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Oak Furniture Land extension in Swindon

Work to extend the existing Oak Furniture Land distribution centre located at South Marston’s Industrial Park, Swindon is due to get underway imminently with Mick George Ltd contracted to complete Earthworks for the first time for Glencar Construction Ltd.

The retail giant moved to the 302,000sq.ft DC2 warehouse in 2012 to streamline storage and distribution logistics, but now the current facility owners who took control of the premises in 2014 have decided to expand the warehouse operations.

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Construction courses go the distance

The University of Wolverhampton will be building its construction portfolio by offering two distance learning courses from September 2019.

The School of Architecture and Built Environment will be offering two online Master’s programmes in Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Integrated Construction by Distance Learning and Construction Project Management by Distance Learning.

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NHBC names UK’s best housebuilders

NHBC, the UK’s leading new home warranty and insurance provider has announced the winners in the first round of its flagship competition dedicated to recognising site managers who achieve the highest standards in house building.

Nearly 450 UK site managers have won a Quality Award in the first round of NHBC Pride in the Job Awards 2019, representing the top 3% of the sixteen thousand site managers entered. Being selected as one of the UK’s top site managers is testament to their commitment to delivering quality homes for residents.

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