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Trade bodies call on chancellor to back SMEs in budget

Ahead of next week’s Budget, BESA and ECA have called on Chancellor Philip Hammond MP to take decisive action to support small and medium sized businesses in the construction and engineering industry.

The two leading engineering services trade bodies have issued a five-point plan to the Treasury, calling for the following to be prioritised in the Budget to boost productivity, jobs and growth:

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Next week's London Build Expo to mix business with fun!

London's leading construction and design show, London Build, will return to the Olympia London next week (Oct 23-24).

Since its launch four years ago, London Build has established itself as the largest construction show for London, covering all sectors within the built environment. After reaching full capacity in the Central and West halls, London Build will be moving to the Olympia’s National Hall for this year’s show.

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Building the world's tallest skyscraper in London

Leading construction companies and architects to convene to discuss building the world's tallest skyscraper in London.

With a housing crisis and a population that is set to rise to over 10 million by 2028, London has no choice but to build upwards. Indeed, there are currently over 500 skyscrapers in London's construction pipeline for the first time in history.

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Star Platforms raises its game with £2m investment in working at height equipment

Business is on the up at Bedfordshire-based Star Platforms, as the company invests £2 million in new working at height equipment to support the opening of its fifth depot. 

Founded in 2014, Star Platforms helps businesses work safely at height by providing them with a range of powered access equipment, including scissor lifts, cherry pickers and low-level platforms. Following the success of its branches in Luton, Leicestershire, Berkshire and Kent, the firm has recently opened a fifth depot in Thetford, enabling it to serve all parts of Anglia. 

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Trucks: the drive to support the housing surge

Moreton Cullimore, Managing Director of 90-year old haulage and aggregates company The Cullimore Group, shares his thoughts on the key role trucks play in the construction industry and on the housing surge, as well as the growing difficulties the transport industry is facing.

The UK’s affordable housing supply is sparse while the demand is continuously growing. With the UK government promising to build 300,000 new homes every year until 2020, the construction industry is set to see a huge increase in the demand for materials.

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Mick George Ltd achieve Sunday Times Top Track 250 status

Ahead of the official announcement that is scheduled this weekend, we can reveal that local construction specialist, Mick George Ltd has been included within the 14th annual Grant Thornton ‘Sunday Times Top Track 250’ for the very first time.

Compiled by Fast Track, a leading research and events company, the table ranks Britain’s private mid-market growth companies with the biggest sales. 

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Collab Group hold event for national roll out of Bridge into Construction programme

Collab Group recently held a national rollout event for its innovative Bridge into Construction programme. The event was held at Birmingham Metropolitan College on 9th October 2018. The event was attended by almost 70 delegates who joined to celebrate the success of the programme to date and look forward to the full national roll out of the programme in this new academic year. 

11 colleges are involved in the national roll out with 69 learners currently enrolled onto the programme. The ambition is for over 150 learners to complete the programme over the course of the current academic year with an ambition for 1,000 learners to complete the programme over the next five years. 

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Soil mixing provides engineered solution for housing project

Soil stabilisation and ground remediation specialist Deep Soil Mixing Ltd is for the first time using soil mixing solutions for foundations as an alternative to piling on a high quality housing project in St Mary's Bay, Kent.

The company's soil stabilisation techniques are being used for the first time across the whole site area under residential dwellings to prevent extreme settlements from variable ground. These works are shaving more than a year off the programme for a conventional 'Surcharge' solution as well as providing improved stability behind coastal defences for client Compass Builders Ltd.

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Lyndon Scaffolding reach over 100,000 SMART Inspector App inspections

The country’s largest independent and highly respected scaffolding firm – Lyndon Scaffolding Plc – has now carried out more than 100,000 scaffold inspections using SMART Scaffolder’s award-winning SMART Inspector app.

The firm have been using SMART Inspector since February 2017 and their scaffold inspectors have now carried out more than 100,000 weekly scaffold inspections on sites across the country, from remote Scottish glens, like Orchy Viaduct in Oban, to the heart of the capital, on iconic jobs like Coal Drops Yard at King’s Cross, and everywhere in between.

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Mick George Environmental offer school asbestos collection for a ‘good gauze’

Local construction business Mick George Ltd has announced a special ‘collection’ scheme that will see the ‘environmental’ specialists visit education providers throughout the counties of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire to remove Bunsen burner gauze mats. 

Recently, the Department for Education (DfE) instructed schools to remove all Bunsen burner gauze mats after highlighting that the equipment may contain dangerous asbestos that could cause harm to staff and pupils.

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Work at Height specialists Heightsafe Systems to exhibit at London Build

Heightsafe Systems, one of the UK’s leading Work at Height specialists, will be attending London Build at Olympia London on the 23rd and 24th of October to showcase their wide range of products and services to over 20,000+ attendees.

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