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Safety & Access Ltd announce the opening of new office in West Yorkshire

Due to continued growth in 2016, Safety & Access Ltd are proud to announce the opening of their new Strategic Business Development & NVQ Assessment office. 

With their site team and the convenience of a dedicated facility, the move enables the company to respond to the growing demands of their customers whilst pursuing new prospects in line with their strategic growth plan. 

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New Year, New Career

The working population have a few things in common at this time of year. One, they all looked forward to the festive break for various reasons, and two, they all bemoaned returning to the mundane working routine in January.

And if you were to throw a third element in to the equation, you probably wouldn’t be too far away on the assumption that many have considered a fresh start and new career in 2017. For most, a thought is what it will remain and they will find themselves in this repetitive mindset, year after year.

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Rainclear Rainwater Systems January sale

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading online retailer and stockist of metal rainwater systems would like to wish everyone a happy new year in 2017 with an extra 10% off all its rainwater systems.

Rainclear already offer to help with a take-off service from your architect drawings, ensuring you purchase all the right components at the right capacity for your home and the level of rainfall in your location. 

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Kensa unveils an evolutionary new heat pump for 2017

Kensa Heat Pumps, the UKs confirmed leading supplier of ground source heat pumps, has released details of a brand-new ‘Evo’ series, which claims to deliver significantly improved efficiencies.  

Manufactured in Cornwall, the new Evo ground source heat pump series builds upon Kensa’s eighteen years of experience designing heat pumps specifically for British properties.

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Mick George Ltd goes Environmental

It wasn’t all that long ago, Mick George Ltd was exactly that. One business, targeting a niche contracting market within the realms of the construction industry, 

But, those days now seem a distant memory. Although the overarching brand remains, the number of trading divisions representing it, is expanding with increasing frequency, challenging such statements.

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Finn Geotherm gets a warm feeling from installation for military charity

Renewable heating expert Finn Geotherm, has completed an air source heat pump installation for military charity Walking With The Wounded to deliver heating and hot water for a former Royal Engineers officer in Suffolk. 

Eric Hamilton, an ex-Royal Engineer soldier, is suffering from mesothelioma, contracted from aggregate blue asbestosis in Cyprus in 1976. Eric lives in a bungalow in Red Lodge with his daughter and full-time carer, Suzanne Wright, who is also a former servicewoman. His condition requires him to be kept warm all year around, which was proving difficult and expensive as the bungalow's oil boiler was coming to the end of its life. 

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Health in the workplace: Securing your future

Casella, the leading technology company for noise and dust monitoring features in a new programme by the CIOB in partnership with ITN productions called; ‘Masterminds of Construction’. It is currently available to view here:

The programme features key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles. In it, Casella demonstrates how their monitoring solutions are helping organisations adopt a new approach of “Treating Health like Safety” and introducing this new perspective into the workplace. 

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Flowcrete UK wins FeRFA award for high-end cattery project

Flowcrete UK took home a coveted prize at the FeRFA Best Practise Awards 2016, winning the Highly Commended Small Industrial Project category in partnership with Resin Coating Specialists.

The award, presented during a glittering ceremony held in the Woodlands Suite of the Belfry Hotel, was in recognition of a flooring project at Larton Livery, located in Frankby on the Wirral peninsula, which was building a new, high-end cattery.

Larton Livery’s owners knew that they needed a high performance flooring solution in order to maintain a clean and attractive appearance despite the multiple hygiene difficulties inherent to a cattery facility. It was also important that the floor’s colour and design would impress clients visiting the site and emphasise the high quality service that Larton Livery prides itself on delivering.

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UK SMEs find start-up process challenging

Fewer than four out of every 10 (38%) UK business owners feel that the UK actively fosters and encourages an entrepreneurial environment, according to the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey of over 900 UK SME owners and senior management across a range of sectors and regions.

When asked the question ‘do you feel the UK encourages entrepreneurs?’, 38% said ‘yes’; 42% answered ‘no’ and 20% were undecided.

“Business owners are telling us that more needs to be done to help encourage entrepreneurship in the UK,” said Neil Davies, CEO, Close Brothers Asset Finance (pictured). “This is despite the UK ranking near the top in a number of global polls that measure entrepreneurism.

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Michelmersh wins the Architect’s Choice Award for Whitty Theatre

On November 10th the Brick Development Association hosted the prestigious 40th Brick Awards ceremony which entailed a special accent of glamour for the ruby celebration that rewards exemplary brick design and construction. Michelmersh had yet another successful year, grasping the accolade of Architect’s Choice award for the Whitty Theatre designed by van Heyningen and Haward Architects.

Niamh Cronin, Project Architect at van Heyningen and Haward Architects, said: “The volume of the auditorium at the Whitty Theatre is expressed in brick both externally and internally. We looked at dozens of bricks to find the right colour and texture appropriate for the heritage setting of the School’s grade II listed house as well as a brick that would create a warm and intimate atmosphere within the theatre auditorium. As we could not find a standard brick to meet our requirements, a bespoke Luckley mix from the Freshfield Lane Synthesis range was created especially for the project. The building sits elegantly within its context, and creates a state of the art theatre for students and the local community. It has been a fantastic project to work on, and winning a brick award for the project is an honour to be proud of.”

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Hi-vis clothing should be right for the conditions, warn safety experts

Many construction employers think they are providing their project teams with the best high-visibility (hi-vis) work wear, when in fact they are putting their lives at risk this winter, says leading safety equipment specialists OnSite Support. 

“At this time of year when construction teams are working outside in low light and poor visibility conditions, they need to be wearing reflective clothing that reflects from all angles,” says safety clothing specialist Chris Wellgreen from OnSite Support. “Clothing that’s visible during the day but almost invisible in low light because it’s dirty or not marked with the proper reflective striping, is a safety hazard which puts workers’ lives at risk.”   

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