Small sites exemption will boost housing numbers, says FMB

The Government’s decision to exempt small sites from off-site carbon mitigation requirements will help small scale house builders build more homes, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

More apprenticeships will mean more brickies, says FMB

A shortage of bricklayers must be addressed by an increase in the number of construction apprenticeships, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Small sites exemption will help build more homes, says FMB

An exemption for small sites from the off-site elements of the zero carbon standard will allow more new homes to be built by small local builders.

House building propels SME construction sector, says FMB

House building is leading the growth in the SME construction sector but the industry has a long way to go to recover to pre-recession levels, according to the latest research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Builders Finance Fund failing to help small house builders, says FMB

The Government’s ‘Builders Finance Fund’ is not helping the small house builders it was designed to assist, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Labour’s ‘Help to Build’ could assist small house builders

The Labour Party’s proposed ‘Help to Build’ scheme, which would provide government guarantees for loans to SME house builders, has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) as a means to help more small house builders enter the housing market.

FMB sees Green Deal change as 'tinkering'

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) says changes to the Green Deal loan system the company providing funds for the programme made last week are little more than tinkering at the edges and are unlikely to boost take-up.

Builders Finance Fund 'misses small builders'

The government's new £525m Builders Finance Fund will not help Britain's smallest builders because the thresholds for applying for funding have been set too high, the FMB is claiming.

FMB hammers out two-year deal on wages with Unite

The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed to a two-year pay deal that will see standard wages rise by 2.5% this year and 3.0% in 2015.

MPs 'still not there' on procurement improvements, says FMB

A select committee report into improving the procurement process in UK local authorities does not go far enough, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is claiming.

VAT cut 'would boost economy by £15bn'

Cutting VAT on housing renovations and repairs to 5% could boost the UK economy by more than £15bn between 20-15 and 2020, an Experian report backed by 60 charities and trade associations is claiming.

Waste planning without force

Site waste management plans may no longer be compulsory, but a waste-aware industry may well still use them, says Peter Baber

The Green Deal's unhappy birthday

The Green Deal's first birthday was marked by widespread calls for reform, says Peter Baber

Changes are on the way - whatever

High profile protests by lawyers are unlikely to make much difference to the big changes going on in legal services, says Peter Baber

FMB gives Green Deal 2 out of 5

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has marked the first anniversary of the Green Deal by giving it two out of five on a “report card”, claiming that poor promotion and far too narrowly focused finance options have put both consumers and businesses off taking part.

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2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

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