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TG20:21 to go on sale in spring

The NASC’s eagerly-anticipated eGuide scaffolding compliance software update and expansion – TG20:21 – will go on sale from March. 

TG20:21 builds on TG20:13, the NASC’s innovative, user-friendly and widely-adopted eGuide software, which enables users to produce a wide range of standard scaffolding structures, without the need for bespoke design. 

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Tackling the ‘silent pandemic’ threatening construction

Amid rising rates of suicide and mental health issues1 during the COVID-19 pandemic, many large construction firms have stepped up to boost mental health support for their employees.

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Constructionarium Ltd receives grant from Norfolk Community Foundation

Constructionarium Ltd were awarded £250 from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Small Grants Scheme in order to fund reusable mugs to promote sustainability on site and help to reduce the use of single use plastic.

"These mugs will help us to achieve our net zero carbon goals and demonstrate to visitors the importance of thinking about sustainability at every level of a project." 

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Construction SMEs have the foundations to build on in 2021

By Andrew Dixon, Commercial director specialist finance, Aldermore.

2020 was a highly challenging year for SMEs in construction and across sectors, with the Covid-19 pandemic putting the brakes on economic activity, causing significant supply chain disruption, and hitting business confidence.

But now as 2021 gets underway, the medium-term prospects look brighter even if a new national lockdown has recently been announced. The vaccination rollout provides hope that the pandemic will be brought under control. One last push through to the Spring may see the country finally turning the corner. Construction in any case is one industry that will be able to carry on working as normal to keep the economy moving.

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WEBINAR - Legal Review Series - Property and Construction

Bevan Brittan are hosting a series of webinars, focusing on key legal issues. They will take place every day from 18-22 January 2021.

In this series they will be looking back at legal developments and challenges which businesses have faced over the last 12 months, before considering lessons learned for the year ahead. The webinars are 1 hour each, with the chance to ask their expert team about each of the subjects raised.

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ASFP introduces new qualification requirements for members

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) will be introducing new membership requirements from 1 January 2021, which will make it mandatory for member companies to demonstrate that a proportion of their employees have been suitably trained and/or have achieved appropriate qualifications in Passive Fire Protection.

The new requirements are intended to further assist the Association and its members to clearly demonstrate that ASFP members are more professional than non-members and exceed the current competency expectations of the passive fire protection industry. By meeting the ASFP’s strict entry requirements, members will be able to clearly demonstrate their skills, competence and professionalism.

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Keeping workers safe: Has COVID-19 changed Health & Safety forever?

By Lesley Macleod, CEO of The Association for Project Safety, and Shachar Harari, chief business officer & head of Cardo Crew

Remember the halcyon days of 2019, where Britain’s departure from the EU and the upcoming general election was all anybody was talking about? This time last year, terms like ‘social distancing’, ‘lockdown’ and ‘self-isolation’ would have seemed completely alien to us, and somebody wearing a facemask in a supermarket would probably have warranted a second glance. Who’d have thought that 2020 would be the year when we’d have to knock elbows instead of shaking hands, or abandon going into the office altogether? 

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York Handmade enjoys 'excellent year' - despite challenges

The award-winning York Handmade Brick Company has enjoyed one of the most successful years in its 30-year history.

Based at Alne, near Easingwold, York Handmade is the leading independent brickmaker in the north of England.

Chairman David Armitage, commented: “2020 has proved to be an excellent year for us, despite all the political uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the chaos called by the global pandemic. We secured a number of lucrative contracts, especially in central London, across a number of sectors.

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Free fixings, hat and fleece with rainwater and soil orders in January

This January Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater, roofline and drainage solutions is including FREE fixings with every Gutter, Downpipe and LCC or SimpleFIT Soil Pipe order. Plus, while stocks last, on orders over £500 customers will receive a Rainclear winter hat and with orders over £1000 customers will receive a Rainclear fleece.

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Concrete specialist launches new high-performance admixtures

Oscrete Construction Products has this week announced the launch of its new range of admixtures that prolong the workability of concrete, providing improved flexibility for contractors on site.

The Optomize X-Tend range is based on new generation PCE superplasticisers that offer high consistency retention, suitable for precast, ready-mixed concrete and flowing screeds.

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NASC secures fleet resource gold

NASC members can now gain free access to a broad range of transport-related resources and discounts from Logistics UK. 

Through the NASC’s Gold Affiliate Membership of Logistics UK, formerly known as the Freight Transport Association, full members will be able to pick and choose from 35 different services offered through the website. 

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