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The difference between life and death – the Cygnus could save your life

Over the last few years, Bull Product’s Cygnus Wireless Alarm System has protected some of the largest construction projects across the UK including Elephant Park, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Embassy Gardens, and much more. 

A major innovation in wireless emergency fire, first aid, and intruder alarms, the Cygnus Wireless Alarm System has raised the bar in the construction industry, and is the most successful and adaptable temporary alarm system on the market.  

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Compact solutions by Mick George

While much of the media focus on China’s impending Plastic import ban is geared towards authorities, industry professionals, and recycling companies, it will inevitably have a consequence on all waste handlers further down the line, commercial and residential.

Perhaps not as far in the future as you might expect either. We’ve already seen subsidies charged for consumables such as plastic bags, and contingencies are currently being discussed to apply similar strategies for Coffee Cups and Drinks Bottles, to improve the on-going dilemma. 

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The search for Nessie heats up!

The old lifeboat station at Temple Pier in Drumnadrochit was recently given a new lease of life for the 12 strong crew of the RNLI. A new training facility and changing room were built close to the current base. 

The site needed two new boreholes which were installed by Geotechnical Exploration Services (GES) which would receive pipework for ground source heat pumps. 

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Barry Ashmore talks about ‘The long wait for payment’ on Radio 4’s ‘Money Box Live’

StreetwiseSubbie managing director, Barry Ashmore, was an invited guest on this week’s ‘Money Box Live’ on BBC Radio 4.

Following the liquidation of Carillion, the programme investigated payment problems, not only in construction, but in other sectors, including digital marketing and retail.

Interviewed by presenter Louise Cooper, Ashmore outlined the problems facing specialist contractors in construction, both in regard to getting paid and contractually too. 

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Newly formed APPG launches inquiry into workplace falls from height

The newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height, sponsored by PASMA and chaired by Glasgow Central MP, Alison Thewlis, has launched its first inquiry into the numbers of serious injuries and fatalities which occur because of a fall from height and falling objects.

The inquiry is be open for evidence submissions from interested stakeholders until March 2nd 2018. The APPG have two days in Parliament to consider evidence and will then develop a report to make recommendations on how the frequency of serious injuries and fatalities can be reduced.

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CPA awards student prize following University Engagement Programme

The Corrosion Prevention Association, one of the associations that comprise the Structural Concrete Alliance, has awarded a £1,000 prize to a student team that submitted the best project in its University Engagement Programme piloted at Coventry University. 

The winners, Dominic Nursey and Diana Ciurte, submitted their proposal on how they would investigate a real-life corrosion problem found in a civil engineering structure. In conjunction with Coventry City Council data from a site on the Coventry Ring Road, adjacent to the University was provided to the students for the project. They detailed options available to rectify the damage and arrest the issue, and a thorough evaluation of each option (based on health and safety, cost, effectiveness, carbon footprint, material selection, programme etc).

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Your business, is our business!

When businesses purchase a commercial property, whether that be an office, warehouse or retail environment, although with a certain degree of resent, it is generally accepted that at some stage longer term, faults, damage and general ‘wear and tear’ will inevitably arise. 

However, we all share the collective hope that the level to which it occurs, costs and consequences, are all retained to a minimum, especially when this is likely to impact on the daily functionality of the business’s operations and profitability. 

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Bull wins first major European project with Shell headquarters

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has secured its first major European contract with British–Dutch multinational oil and gas company, Shell. 

The company has been contracted to supply its renowned Cygnus alarm systems during the renovation of the oldest Shell building in the Netherlands. 

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Survey – Carillion sub-contractors facing huge losses

A snap poll of Carillion engineering sub-contractors shows that many companies are facing huge financial losses from the collapse of the construction giant. That’s according to new data obtained by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA.

Carillion owes around £75 million to around 80 engineering services firms, who provide vital services such as electrical, plumbing, gas, fire and security, and heating and ventilation. The overall losses are likely to be far higher, given there are thousands of businesses operating in the industry. The engineering services sector is the largest part of the construction industry by value.

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Get extra with galvanised steel guttering

Rainclear, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems, are offering customers an EXTRA 7.5% off Galvanised Steel Guttering in 6 colours with next day delivery and FREE delivery on orders over £300 net.

The extra discount, available in the month of February only, is offered on top of the current 15% discount and will be applied at the checkout regardless of the size of the order.

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Useful information for specialist contractors

With Carillion having gone into liquidation on 15 January 2018 and thousands of lives to be impacted as a result, Streetwise Subbie are already working hard to help specialist subcontractors caught up in this mess.

They have published a 6 page advice paper setting out some useful information for subcontractors who have been involved either directly or indirectly with Carillion.

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