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Tilbury Port earthworks by Mick George Ltd

In Spring last year, plans were formulated for a major expansion at the Port of Tilbury, that will contribute towards the port’s growth strategy.

The site is already one of the largest in the UK, providing distribution and handling services, for a wide range of cargoes, specialising in paper and forest products, containers, construction and building materials, as well as grain and bulk commodities. 

Its strategic location makes it the natural point of distribution, with 18 million people living within 75 miles of the site.

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Newly formed APPG launches inquiry into workplace falls from height

The newly formed APPG for Working at Height, chaired by Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewliss and supported by PASMA, launched its first inquiry into the numbers of serious injuries and fatalities which occur as a result of a fall from height.

Over 30 industry stakeholders attended the launch on the 12th December, and along with MPs Kevin Foster and Alison Thewliss, took part in a wide ranging discussion about the key issues and the scope for the inquiry. 

The inquiry will be open for evidence submissions from interested stakeholders until February 6th 2018. The APPG will consider evidence and develop a report and recommendations on how the frequency of serious injuries and fatalities can be reduced.

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SME owners in construction sector to miss festive celebrations due to work demands

Almost a quarter (23%) of UK small business owners in the construction sector will miss Christmas celebrations this year due to business and work load commitments, according to new research from Ultimate Finance that is shining a spotlight on the personal strains that British SMEs are under.

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Skating on thin ice

A 20 year wait to build a new ice rink on the edge of Cambridge is finally over.

The scheme on the Newmarket Road, Park and Ride site owned by Marshall Group Properties, has been able to progress, courtesy of a £1.85million loan to Cambridge Leisure and Ice Centre (CLIC) from the South Cambridgeshire District Council.

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Firm expands coverage by appointment of experienced senior relationship manager

Financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance (MAF), has bolstered its presence in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire by appointing a new Senior Relationship Manager in the regions.

John Horne has joined the firm and will be responsible for developing new customer relationships and building upon existing ones to arrange asset finance funding.

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University scoops award for professional practice course

The University of Wolverhampton has scooped an award for its innovative approach to providing courses tailored specifically for business.

The Architecture and Built Environment team won an award in the Quality Initiative category at EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C (HPC) first Excellence Awards held in Bridgwater, Somerset, recently. EDF Energy is building the first new nuclear power station in the UK. 

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Mick George Ltd provide solid foundations for A14 improvements

The A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme recently marked its first anniversary. Great progress has been made to date, along the 21-mile route of this 1.5 billion Highways England scheme. 

The A14 Integrated Delivery Team (IDT) which comprises three joint ventures, between Costain-Skanska, Balfour Beatty-Carillion and Atkins-CH2M Design, is working on behalf of Highways England to deliver ‘much more than a road’. The work will ‘relieve congestion, reduce accidents, connect communities and decrease journey times’, with the new road on-course to open by the end of 2020. 

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Bull protects one of Europe’s tallest skylines

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has secured a major contract to protect one of Europe’s tallest residential buildings – South Quay Plaza in Canary Wharf. 

At 68 storeys, South Quay Plaza is set within 2.6 acres and will comprise of over 900 homes, ground floor retail across two landmark buildings, a dockside promenade, and a park.

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Mount Pleasant House demolition

A prominent north Cambridge based office block, dating back to the 1970s is currently undergoing demolition from local firm Mick George Ltd.

The 1.4acre site, comprising a 42,000sq. feet multi-let office building is being redeveloped by Howard Osborne LLP, a joint venture between Cambridge-based property company Howard Group and Osborne. 

Bought for £10.66m from the Universities Seuperannuation Scheme (USS), the iconic octagonal-towered building that forms one of the main gateways into the city centre, will be redeveloped into modern, purpose built accommodation for St. Edmunds College.

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Heritage, Quality and Expertise - Rainclear care about the detail

Rainclear specialise in metal guttering and love to see a refurbishment or conservation project. They find these are some of the most satisfying projects, because they know they are preserving the heritage of our architectural past and keeping the important trade skill alive for generations to come.

This Summer they were approached by a contractor working on a wonderful refurbishment project on a Dorset property. No ordinary property, but a Queen Anne style, Grade I, listed manor house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty requiring, in addition to substantial renovation, specially designed rainwater heads (hoppers) to match architect drawings.

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The first rule of Trade Club...

Historically, a Mick George ‘Credit Account’ meant that savings and credit terms could be achieved on the business’s core services, most notably Skip Hire, Concrete and Aggregate orders, as well as Commercial Waste and Contracting services. 

But that is all about to change, with tradesmen’ up and down the country set to benefit.

Having launched its online platform last year, originally permitting tradesmen’ to order materials at convenience without the need for interrupting there working-day, the business has dramatically improved the offering, appealing to a much wider trade audience.

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