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Treatment is better than cure, prescribed by Mick George Ltd

Projects, developments, or refurbishments, call it what you will, one thing that inherently results from such upgrades, is incurred costs. By nature, things are likely to improve, so it is an expenditure viewed more as an investment, rather than a cost.

Although, just when you think you’ve accumulated all the fees associated with said works’, the ‘bitter pill to swallow’ follows, when unwanted charges persist at the point of disposal, especially in the case of Hazardous Waste that emerge from the majority of construction based projects.

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Graduate lays the foundations for success in construction

A University of Wolverhampton graduate is laying the foundations for success in the construction industry.

Rachel Toor, 26 from Bilston in Wolverhampton, is graduating with a first class honours degree in Construction Management from the University’s Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment in September.

Rachel began her career by studying for an Apprenticeship with Walsall Housing Group where she learned the trades as a plumber and gas engineer.

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Half a century of steel manhole cover production in the UK

Despite decades of seeing other firms send their steel manhole cover production overseas, Clark-Drain has remained committed to in-house manufacturing in the UK.

The company’s origins are very much in innovation and when it formed in 1965 as Clarksteel Ltd the first product was also the UK’s first steel manhole cover. The company has since built a reputation for product quality and customer service, maintaining several customer relationships dating back to those early years.

A rebrand to Clark-Drain in 1998 reflected an increasingly broad product range using various materials. Steel manufacturing has remained strong in the business, which operates impressive production facilities such as fabrication, galvanising and powder coating at its base in Cambridgeshire.

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Safety & Access to host Networking Day at Humber Training Centre

The day features interesting and stimulating input from many speakers including a legal update from H&S legal expert Gary Lewis and leading industry stakeholders including CISRS/NASC. 

Also featured is a moving account by Paul Blanchard on how an accident can change everything. Paul Blanchard works as a motivational and behavioural safety speaker. Having been in a major accident falling from height several years ago while fixing a roof at a farm, Paul speaks on the emotional perspective of why Health and Safety is not just about ticking boxes.

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Northumberland College launches new training partnership with ORCA

Northumberland College has established a training partnership with ORCA LGS Solutions, an innovative design, manufacturing and training company that employs modern methods of construction to support government to increase housing supply both regionally and throughout the UK.

According to the Housing White Paper published by the Department for Communities and Local Government in February, which sets out the government's plans to reform the housing market and boost the supply of new homes in England, the UK requires a million new homes by 2021.

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University supports local transportation company to expand business

A Derbyshire transportation company has been awarded funding of £400,000 from the University of Derby, allowing them to expand their business and create ten new jobs.

Middlebrook Transport Ltd – a family run company in Alfreton, which has operated since 1974 – delivers steel and concrete products to those in the construction industry. The company is made up of 30 HGV trucks and more than 100 trailers, and all of their drivers are trained to a high standard to deliver the heavy loads safely across the UK.

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Unveiling the Ground Source Energy Expo 2017

Complimentary tickets to the ‘Ground Source Energy Expo 2017’, hosted by the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA), are currently up for grabs! The Expo will be taking place on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at Aston Marina, Stone, Staffordshire and is designed to educate, promote and raise awareness of the significant benefits of ground source heating and cooling. This year’s Ground Source Energy Expo is delighted to be welcoming key players in the sector including Ofgem and the Environment Agency and is sponsored by MGS and Iftech. A number of key companies in the industry will be exhibiting and on hand to answer any specific queries. GSHPA would also like to thank our main sponsors Dragon Drilling, Vailant and Teckna Group.

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Improving education by creating buildings fit for purpose

A UK population growth spurt has led to a bigger demand for school places than ever. Bob Mortimer, UK & Ireland Sales Manager of leading education flooring provider Heckmondwike, explains how good building design and specifying durable materials can future proof schools and even improve staff retention and productivity.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK population is projected to rise by 9.7 million by 2039. What impact will this increase have on education quality and provision? It is estimated that the number of primary and secondary school pupils will increase by an additional 729,000 by 2020. To cope with this influx, more than 2,000 new schools (24,000 classrooms) must be built in England during the same period.

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IGF constructs £200k funding line for construction firm Rubico

IGF, the leading commercial finance provider for SMEs, has delivered a £200k invoice finance facility for Lincolnshire-based construction and maintenance firm Rubico.

Rubico sought a new finance partner to provide an injection of working capital into the business, and began working with IGF in July 2017. The facility will allow Rubico to win larger contracts across the wider retail sector, particularly within the food and beverage industry, as well as meet its future ambitions to hire more staff and expand outside of its current premises in Stamford.

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Please mind the office design – how the right carpet can make all the difference

The third edition of the “What Workers Want” survey, a joint publication from the British Council for Offices (BCO) and Savills, found that neglecting office design can have a negative effect on employer’s well-being and performance. A total of 25% of employees surveyed would be willing to commute an extra 30 minutes to work in the perfect office. This highlights not only the opportunity for occupiers to expand their potential labour pool but shows that employee loyalty increases if businesses fit out the office to their staff requirements.

Absenteeism among the existing staff could also notably decrease when a fit for purpose office is provided, while productivity would be on the up. This notion receives support from the 2015 guidelines of The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which stress the link between employee well-being and work output. UK businesses are losing 6.9 days a year per employee due to the absenteeism trend, which could be a contributing factor to the UK’s productivity being 27, 30 and 35 percentage points lower than in France, the US and Germany in 2015. The latest Stoddart Review research has revealed that an effective workplace can improve business productivity by 3.5%, which could add up to £70 billion to the UK economy, according to economist Duncan Weldon.

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Local FD manoeuvres through South America for Charity

‘Challenge Yourself’ was the task set by Mick George Ltd to its employees, management and directors throughout the business, in an attempt to raise money for its two selected charities of the year.

One person who has certainly embraced that notion, is the companies Finance Director Jon Stump, who is seeking to defy all odds, by trekking across Costa Rica, in what will certainly be a daunting coast-to-coast expedition.

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