Blog: Growing support for British manufacture

As Leeds manufacturer, Pland Stainless, signs up for another years membership of the ‘Made in Britain’ initiative, Steve Duree, Managing Director shares a positive view on the future of British Manufacturing. There is no doubt that growth in the ‘Made... View Article

Construction product manufacturers pessimistic of growth

The CPA’s State of Trade Survey for 2017 Q2 reveals that UK construction product manufacturers experienced growth in sales and activity for the 17th consecutive quarter, but higher input costs and rising uncertainty has dampened manufacturers’ views for the near-term... View Article

Transform your home for under £5,000

Michael Holmes, property expert and spokesperson for The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show (1-2 July 2017, Sandown Park, Surrey, surrey.homebuildingshow.co.uk) shares his secrets on how to transform your home for under £5,000. Cosmetic makeover A property that is rundown, full of... View Article

Industry reacts to party manifestos

Industry bodies react to the party manifestos ahead of the general election on 8 June. In response to the Conservative Party’s manifesto, former Government housing adviser and chief executive of The Housing & Finance Institute Natalie Elphicke said: “The Conservative Party’s housing pledges – launched... View Article

Industry reacts to Election announcement

Construction industry bodies have reacted to the news that Theresa May plans to call a general election on 8 June. Mark Farmer, author of the government-commissioned Farmer Review of the UK’s skills shortage and CEO of Cast Consultancy, said: “Whatever... View Article

Aluminium veteran shares a lifetime of experience

Wayne Maycock is a well-known figure in the industry, which he has worked in for the past 30 years. Following a life-changing accident, the UK Commercial Sales Manager at aluminium systems company Reynaers is raising money for a new prosthetic... View Article

Three things Theresa May’s industrial strategy was missing

Government’s latest attempt at an ‘industrial strategy’ looks good on paper but still lacks some fundamentals needed to turn the UK into Singapore without the sunshine. This is the view of Michele Wietscher, Director of Newview Windows and Conservatories –... View Article

The impact of public rights of way on development

Footpaths, bridleways and byways traditionally traverse golden fields and green lanes, providing short cuts and leisure walks for local residents and countryside visitors. Yet these recreational routes are public rights of way, a type of public highway recorded on mapping by... View Article

Our housing dilemma – time to start building

By Darren Evans, Managing Director, Darren Evans Assessments The scale of our housing problem is immense with a great chasm between demand and supply, escalating prices across the UK to levels way beyond what a first time buyer can ever... View Article

Public Sector Spending Remains Significant for Shaylor Group

National principal contractor Shaylor Group has announced a consistent stream of new public sector funded projects nationwide. The company, currently delivering £60m of publicly funded schemes in a forward order book of £200m, has credited the progression of the Government’s... View Article

Construction skills shortage gets worse, warns FMB

The skills shortage in the construction industry has got worse and has now spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to other key trades, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB’s State of Trade Survey... View Article

Elmhurst Energy welcomes publication of the Bonfield Report

Energy performance measurement specialists Elmhurst Energy has welcomed the publication of the long-awaited “Each Home Matters” report by Peter Bonfield, but has expressed disappointment at some omissions. Despite having the scope of reviewing ‘Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for... View Article