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Flat Rate Expenses For Construction Workers

Just a reminder that, as workers within the UK’s construction industry, you should ensure that you are making full utilisation of HMRC’s flat-rate expenses scheme. Don't miss out on your full available tax relief. Tax preparation specialist David Redfern, Managing Director of DSR Tax Claims Ltd, issued this as a reminder… ...more

Christmas Drawing & Painting Competition

As it’s Christmas time we thought we would run a competition for your KIDS to enter.
The prize is a big box of LEGO to bring out the ‘builder’ in them.

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Brexit Is Already Impacting Construction Contracts

With less than five months to go until the UK officially leaves the EU, Brexit issues and concerns are now regularly featuring in construction contract negotiations. Since the result of the 2016 referendum, the potential impact of labour shortages and costs of materials have been widely discussed. As regards workforce,… ...more

New Construction Qualification To Focus On Technology

Construction services company ISG and examination board WJEC have developed a new A Level equivalent qualification for the construction industry, scheduled to be launched at the House of Commons

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Construction Output Hit a Record High in July

According to the ITV News, construction output hit a record high in July, with The UK economy bouncing back and construction output reaching a record high. On a three-month basis, the services sector grew by 0.6% on the back of a rise in retail and wholesale trading. This was really bolstered… ...more

Roles For Women In Construction

Data from the Office for National Statistics and industry surveys show that the number of women in construction has not increased significantly, despite attempts to increase female representation. Women in construction At the end of 2016, approximately 27 million people were working in the UK. The divide between men and… ...more

Mental Health in Construction

According to the Office of National Statistics male construction workers are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than other industries. More than 1,400 construction workers took their own lives between the years of 2011 and 2015. The highest of any profession in this period. Of the 1,419 people working in… ...more

Network Rail’s Footbridge Design Challenge

According to the Construction Enquirer, Network Rail has challenged both engineers and architects to radically rethink designs for rail footbridges. Network Rail says that ideas for the next generation of fully accessible footbridges should be "innovative, challenge presumptions and raise expectations for the quality of future designs."  A RIBA design… ...more

Construction Industry Under Stress, but Not Kelsey Plant Hire

According to CRL, Construction Insurance Specialists, construction output in the UK has experienced it's biggest decline since August 2012. This perhaps reinforces concerns that economic growth for the first quarter of 2018 has been slow. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics indicate a decline of 2.7% in the… ...more

Problems With The Takeuchi Digger Horn

Since we upgraded our fleet of diggers to Takeuchi, we’ve noticed that the 3 & 5 tonne machines are often being returned after hire with inoperable horns. On closer inspection we’ve found that the horn has usually been disabled by a variety of non-conventional means, i.e. fuses removed, buttons removed/destroyed… ...more