News May - 2011

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17/05/11 - EFIA General Secretary Retires

After 29 years as the General Secretary of EFIA and some 56 years in the fencing industry, Robert [Bob] Jennings retired at the end of May.  more info

17/05/11 - Further Evidence Confirms Construction Growth, But Poor Prospects Ahead

The latest Construction Trade Survey published today, which brings together information from contractors, product manufacturers, specialists and civil engineers, provides further evidence that construction grew in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the weather-affected final quarter of last year.  more info

17/05/11 - Construction Recovers From Tough Winter

A year-on-year decline in the underlying value of project starts during the three months to April 2011 masks an increase in new work from the moribund levels experienced over the turn of the year.  more info

17/05/11 - Companies Fined For Unsafe Excavation Work

A Kent based property company and its groundwork subcontractor have been prosecuted for unsafe excavation work.  more info

12/05/11 - UCATT Welcomes HMRC False Self Employment Crackdown

Construction union UCATT have welcomed confirmation that the HMRC will be tackling false self-employment as part of their crackdown on employment agencies.  more info

12/05/11 - CITB-ConstructionSkills Sole Authority For English Apprenticeships

CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, has been awarded the Issuing Authority for English Apprenticeship Frameworks for occupations in construction.  more info

06/05/11 - Building Trade Slows UK Economy

The faltering construction industry is hindering the UK's economy recovery. Gross Domestic Product, (GDP) only grew modestly at the start of the year, hindered by a further sharp drop in construction - but making it likely that the Bank of England will keep interest rates at record lows for some months.  more info