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Rainclear listened and added to their Galvanised Steel Rainwater Range

Rainclear pride themselves on offering the very best customer service and a wider choice of sizes, profiles and colours with Next Day delivery - so they have not only increased their stock ranges considerably over the past 12 months but have also, in response to requests, added a few useful accessories to the stylish and affordable Galvanised Steel Rainwater range, for example: -

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London waste expert urges builders to recycle

With around 100 million tonnes of rubbish coming from the construction sector annually, one waste removal expert is urging builders to clean up their act and go green.

Harsha Rathnakaye from London-Junk.co.uk has been collecting commercial rubbish in the capital for over nine years.

He aims to recycle over 80% of the rubbish he collects and says builders should be trying do the same.

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New market-leading online platform set to transform asset finance market

Independent financial services broker Midlands Asset Finance has today launched a new online platform which aims to simplify the process of sourcing and applying for asset finance

Asset Finance Compared is a website which compares a wide panel of funders in three easy steps to offer a competitive, instant quote at the touch of a button.

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Flexcrete’s 851 coating stands the test of time for 28 years

Chloride attack is one of the primary causes of damage on reinforced concrete structures and independent tests have confirmed that Flexcrete’s Cementitious Coating 851 provides an effective barrier to chlorides for at least 28 years.

In 1988, a 2mm thick film of Cementitious Coating 851 was applied to a concrete slice and sealed in a chloride ion diffusion cell and it is still going strong some 28 years (10,179 days) later. Ongoing tests carried out in the laboratory at the VINCI Technology Centre in Bedfordshire show that the barrier properties of 851 have not changed after a test period spanning the ongoing 28 years. 

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HoloLens - the future of construction from Trimble and Cambridge University

November saw the announcement of the release of Trimble’s SketchUp Viewer to the Windows Store, the first broadly available commercial Microsoft HoloLens application.  Trimble is using HoloLens and SketchUp Viewer to bring mixed reality to the construction industry, enabling Architecture, Engineering Construction and Operations (AECO) professionals to extend the value and investment that they have already made in 3D modeling. SketchUp Viewer on HoloLens allows people to inhabit their designs in a natural and immersive way, creating improved collaboration and a better understanding of designs in real scale. This exciting collaboration was the first application of its kind and, as it turns out, just the beginning!

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Hunt for fresh young talent as popular competitions return

Following on from its successful launch last year, the RHS are once again on a mission to find the best emerging Landscape and Plant Design talent with the RHS Young Landscape Contractor (supported by BALI) and RHS Young Planting Designer 2017 competition. 

Held at the fantastic RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in Cheshire, the popular competition will return for its second year in 2017, offering budding young talent the platform and support to display their planting and landscaping talents. 

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Is sport sponsorship a flawed strategy or a marketing masterpiece?

With all the controversy surrounding professional sports, and in particular football, why would any unrelated business want to get involved and associate their brand through sponsorship?

It’s a question that many have asked and attempted to answer, but an agreed conclusion has never really been reached and hence the debate rolls-on.

In some quarters, the risk of being caught up in high-profile scandals, or at the focal point of Journalists, TV and Radio ‘pundits’ intentionally trying to scare monger or create a perceived negative story,is just too much of a gamble. 

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Colin Butt buys Palmers Scaffolding

The UK’s oldest scaffolding contractor, Palmers Scaffolding – formed in 1880 by Edwin Palmer – has a new owner, British entrepreneur Colin Butt who runs a number of established business from his UK base at Aviation House, Aviation Park, Chester.

In a divestment process at the end of 2016 (which came into effect January 4th 2017), the leading scaffolding and access solutions brand Palmers was sold to businessman Colin Butt by previous German owners XERVON GmbH, who were looking to off-set some of their non-EU businesses, post Brexit.

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Don’t waste your time...

No matter what way you look at it, your waste is never going to be a glamorous part of your business, so definitely isn’t an area you will want to be spending time setting up, negotiating with salesmen or chasing collections.

Yet, with the festive period only just passed and cancelled schedules experienced, you’ll also recognise the inconvenience a build-up of waste could have on space and hygiene to your working environment, not forgetting the impression it may leave with your existing or potential customer base.

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Direct Corporate Clothing reports strong growth

Direct Corporate Clothing (DCC) has posted a 22 per cent increase in turnover following a number of high profile contract wins.

Birmingham-based DCC is one of the UK’s largest providers of workwear, corporate wear and personal protective equipment (PPE) with customers including Miller Homes and Travis Perkins.

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Green Roof makes a splash in Cannon Hill

A residential property in London which recently added an extension to house a swimming pool and changing rooms has made its roof space more appealing by creating a lavender and mixed herb green roof.

The project at Cannon Hill was designed and installed by Wild About Roofs, who specialise in supplying and installing an innovative range of herb and wildflower roofs. They commissioned Boningale GreenSky to provide a variety of lavender, rosemary and thyme plants for the new pool house’s flat roof. Unlike many commercial wildflower roofs, these larger plants were supplied as small pots to provide instant impact for a highly visible site. 

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