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Silicones – enabling the construction revolution

Have you ever wondered how tall buildings withstand extreme conditions in the heights? Amidst howling winds and the blazing sun, the dazzling 828-meter tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai (pictured) and the 632-meter tall Shanghai Tower snake their spires up towards infinity. Their existence has only been made possible in very recent years, thanks to impressive advances in modern technology.  

Beyond height, the construction sector has made several extraordinary advances in recent years. Buildings emit less greenhouse gases and have become more energy efficient. Their construction uses less resources, and they last longer, requiring less repairs. Great strides have been made in earthquake, wind and temperature resistance, making buildings today safer than ever. 

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Bridge into Construction Programme is launched

Build UK and Collab Group’s ‘Bridge into Construction’ programme has launched at Sheffield College, with the one year further education course beginning on 1 October 2017.

Research by CITB and IFF Research shows that at present at least one third of young people completing a construction further education course do not continue into employment within the industry. As part of Inspiring Construction, the industry’s recruitment campaign, the Bridge into Construction course aims to ensure that young people have the training and skills the industry needs, and employers have access to the next generation of talent.

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Gutters ready for Autumn?

Every November SPAB (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) promote ‘Maintenance Week’ to encourage us to take a look at the buildings we are responsible for and consider spending a little time and money on their care. After all, we all expect regular maintenance checks to keep our cars in good shape – so why not our homes?

Gutters protect our buildings – our most valuable assets, whether ancient or not - Gutters manage the flow of rainwater away from our roofs, walls and foundations keeping them dry and preventing costly damage/repairs.

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Midlands Asset Finance appears in Parliamentary Review

Independent financial services broker Midlands Asset Finance has appeared in the 2017 edition of the prestigious 2017 Parliamentary Review, representing the finance sector.

The Derbyshire-based firm, which helps SMEs across the UK to access the funding they need to grow, has taken the opportunity to talk about how financial technology (fintech) has changed the lending market and transformed the way people do business.

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'MPBA Theatre' to feature at UK Construction Week 2017

The MPBA have  worked with UK Construction Week to present an ‘MPBA Theatre’ along with a speaker programme the features a number of high profile people associated to the industry – the theatre has been sponsored/supported by a number of our members: Elliott, Premier Modular, Actavo Pronto Paints and non- member Velux.

During the three days the MPBA Hospitality  Area will have industry experts to discuss and give advice on various topics to include Electrical training and requirements. Product ranges - what we can provide, and how to go about it, Energy Efficiency, Building Regulations, Health & Safety, Industry Training and much more.

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FSB networking event at Custom House

Riverside Inverclyde and The Federation of Small Businesses are delighted to announce their second co-hosted networking event to be held on 27 September 2017 at Custom House in Greenock.

Join fellow business owners and entrepreneurs over tea/coffee and refreshments in a friendly, informal environment at the newly refurbished Custom House, a Grade A listed building in the heart of Greenock. This is an opportunity to see the inside of this prestigious historic building, transformed into high quality office suites in a comprehensive £4.1 million redevelopment.

The theme of this event is “All Things Digital”. The event will give you an opportunity to join FSB Connect Networking and effectively develop and grow your business through their national network of events.

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Assure 360 – 21st century health & safety tool for the construction industry

Britain’s record as one of the best in the world when it comes to health and safety is hard earned. It’s no coincidence that, according to the HSE, in the year ending March 2017 deaths in the construction industry were at an all-time low, with only 30 recorded fatalities. Maintaining an enviable H&S record requires all those involved in the construction industry to ensure innovation is at the heart of their business.

The new Assure360 app is a powerful tool that brings H&S innovation into the 21st Century by providing a complete package that will transform H&S within construction businesses, including detailed real-time auditing and recording across all areas of safety management.

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Taking the pain out of risk assessment

At last, a Risk Assessment Builder that is taking the industry by storm. THSP’s Risk Assessment Builder is now available on the open market, and is not only getting great reviews, but has already been shortlisted for two awards!

Risk Assessment will never go away. So those responsible for ensuring the safety of their colleagues will always be looking for ways to simplify their task, but at the same time want to know that what they have produced will hold up in a court of law should an accident occur.

With an easy step by step process that guides the assessor through each stage of the assessment, and intuitive selection processes, the end result is a comprehensive, accurate assessment of the task at hand.

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Mount Pleasant House soon to hit the floor

A prominent north Cambridge based office block, dating back to the 1970s is set to go under the ‘hammer’ in the near future, with local Demolition firm Mick George Ltd due to commence works this Autumn.

The 1.4acre site, comprising a 42,000sq. feet multi-let office building is being redeveloped by Howard Osborne LLP, a joint venture between Cambridge-based property company Howard Group and Osborne. 

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CISRS international training continues to spread and strengthen

Safety and Access are delighted to announce that following the stringent CISRS audits this week both of the partnership ventures for international CISRS training in Korea have successfully passed their renewal audits. 

Safety and Access have been offering scaffolding related in Korea for around 5 years and the partnership with Safety & Access (Korea) has been one of the most successful in the scheme with around 3000 people receiving training in the the oil and gas industry. 

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Bull Products to showcase latest innovation at Fire Safety North

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, is preparing to showcase a range of innovative products at Fire Safety North – an event dedicated to supporting fire and safety professionals to achieve and maintain the very highest standards of fire safety management. 

Taking place from 10-11 October at EventCity in Manchester, Bull will be exhibiting at stand FS48, and will be showcasing its recently upgraded First Responder Stations. 

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