Scaffolding Association announces 100th Audited Member

The UK’s largest trade association for access and scaffolding companies has announced its 100th Audited Member. The Scaffolding Association, which recently reached an overall membership figure of 500 companies, continues to grow as more and more ambitious businesses join. Audited Membership is the highest level available, developed in line with …

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Britain’s construction training body pledges pre-Covid rates

The training body for British construction is proposing to keep rates at pre-Covid levels as it launches a wide-reaching consultation into its funding proposals. A six-week consultation into how CITB raises its Levy – the funding needed from the industry for the training body to provide its support – begins

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Scottish construction industry: committed to apprentices despite Covid-19 ​

Scotland’s construction firms have continued to demonstrate their commitment to apprenticeships despite the impact of Covid-19, according to new figures which come ahead of Scottish Apprenticeship Week (March 1-5). During the pandemic the sector still managed to recruit 70% of the previous year’s apprentices, according to data published by the

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New group sets high standards for Welsh apprentices

A new partnership is striving to ensure high standards for young people looking to join the construction industry in Wales. The Welsh Government Construction Apprenticeship Framework sees CITB lead a coalition, including representation from construction employers of all sizes, to ensure high standards are maintained. The new group strives to

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Government boost to rapid workplace testing

An online portal has been launched to make it even easier for business in the private sector to get involved and find out more about offering rapid testing in the workplace. Business that are open during lockdown can now sign up to rapid testing programmes that identify cases of Covid-19 in employees who are

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Phoenix adds to its team with drive for UK growth

Leading brickwork, scaffolding and drywall contractor, Phoenix Brickwork is expanding its UK reach with the appointment of several new team members. Well respected industry professionals Pav Bains, Jim Chandler, Wayne Addison, Neil Weston, Raj Bains and Steve Gates are joining Phoenix, with more appointments pending. Previously all had worked for Bedford

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BigChange Raises Over £75 Million from Great Hill Partners

BigChange, the leading mobile workforce management technology company for the service and transport sectors, have announced that Great Hill Partners, the growth-oriented private equity firm behind Wayfair, ZoomInfo and Reward Gateway, has invested significant capital to drive further growth and innovation. BigChange, which launched in 2013 and based in Leeds,

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20% drop in the roof covering market due to Covid-19

The effect of COVID-19 on the roofing market has been significant, with an estimated 20% decline in market value in 2020, says AMA Research’s Roofing Market Report. Since 2015, demand for roof coverings has been supported by strong growth in housebuilding and domestic RMI, along with increased output in a

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CITB chief executive recruitment campaign begins

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has begun its hunt for a new Chief Executive. Sarah Beale, CEO since 2017, exits the role this autumn after tendering her resignation towards the end of last year. The role is advertised today and has a deadline of 7 March for applications. The purpose

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2020 in a nutshell from Builders’ Conference

December is always a slow month for construction contract awards; and in 2020, the prospects were made worse by a resurgence of COVID-19 that resulted in further restrictions; and by the final completion of Brexit negotiations. What happened next from research carried out by Scaffolding Association partners, Builders’ Conference confounded all good sense and leaves Builders’

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Let’s talk about mental health in construction

In this Opinion piece, Ian Pickard discusses a topic that the construction sector needs to talk about more openly – ill mental health. I’ve been in the construction industry for over 30 years and in health and safety for 23 years. My ‘journey’ in mental health started five years ago when, at a client’s board

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2020 in a nutshell from Builders’ Conference

December is always a slow month for construction contract awards; and in 2020, the prospects were made worse by a resurgence of COVID-19 that resulted in further restrictions; and by the final completion of Brexit negotiations. What happened next from research carried out by Scaffolding Association partners, Builders’ Conference confounded all good sense and leaves Builders’

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Let’s talk about mental health in construction

In this Opinion piece, Ian Pickard discusses a topic that the construction sector needs to talk about more openly – ill mental health. I’ve been in the construction industry for over 30 years and in health and safety for 23 years. My ‘journey’ in mental health started five years ago when, at a client’s board

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Is the construction sector carrying on regardless?

The CEO of Scaffolding Association partners, Builders’ Conference, Neil Edwards analyses the results from validated research carried out by BCLive for contract awards during the second wave of Coronavirus and subsequent UK lockdown. When the first wave of the Coronavirus swept across the UK back in March this year, the UK construction sector suffered a

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