Building the workforce of the future

Editorial by MD John Sayers Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced that some of the UK’s leading businesses have signed up to deliver new and improved apprenticeships. This is welcome news and will hopefully lead to a refocus on young people and their part in the future of the British economy. At the risk of...... Read more

Backing North East talent

Editorial by MD John Sayers We were proud to be a gold sponsor of the recent North East Procurement Awards, held at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum. The award ceremony was a celebration of five years of success in supporting and working to improve local communities whilst also a chance for all involved to raise money for...... Read more

The cost of going green…

The shops are beginning to fill with a mixture of pumpkins and advent calendars, lists are being prepared by young and old and the ‘big’ coat has been brought out storage, it can all only mean one thing…winter is coming, and with it the annual headache of rising energy costs. With two of the major...... Read more

Making energy while the sun shines

Editorial by MD John Sayers In my previous post I touched upon the government’s target to have 4 million homes in the UK powered by sunlight by 2020. In order to achieve this target the ‘Feed-In Tariffs’ (FITs) scheme was launched in 2010 and currently around 2,000 Solar Photovoltaic Systems are being installed every week....... Read more

The future’s green

Green buildings, i.e. those which use water, energy or building materials in as efficient a way as possible, are continuing to prove a popular style for building, maintaining and remodelling property in the UK, as well as the wider global community. For instance, in Australia scientists are currently trialling a carbon capture system that turns...... Read more

Beware the (Skills) Gap!

Editorial by FM Mike Wade One of the biggest looming problems in the construction sector was laid bare last week with the CITB’s warning – within the construction industry over 406,000 of the UK’s employed and 182,800 self-employed workers from a total workforce of nearly 3 million, are from the “granddaddy” generation aged 55 or...... Read more