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Meet the team that brings you Modern Builder Magazine
Marytn Boyd

Marytn Boyd

Partner, UB Media, Publisher of Modern Builder Magazine

With an Art & Design background from the University of Ulster, plus over 25 years of Retail, Trade and Advertising Sales experience to the Retail & Construction Trade, Martyn has proven track record within this industry, of which, over 16 years, is with publishing trade publications.

Jasen Upritchard

Jasen Upritchard

Partner, UB Media Business Development

With over 35 years experience in the construction industry as a Refrigeration, Air conditioning , Heating and Cooling design, Sales and installation Engineer, I share my wealth of Industry knowledge through Modern Builder,Plumber M&E magazine with our readers,advertisers and critics. Building Better Together

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Craig Kennedy

IT & Software Development

Craig has over 20 years in the IT and Telecoms industry spanning everything from web design and programming to the planning and implementation of large scale CRM / MRP / ERP Solutions

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New housing agency to boost housebuilding

A new national housing agency – Homes England – has been launched. A new national housing agency – Homes England – has today (11 January 2018) been launched by Housing Secretary Sajid Javid as one of the key steps towards delivering the homes the country needs. As the successor to the Homes and Communities Agency, Homes More Info »

Government’s vision for a greener future launched

Today the government has published its 25 Year Environment Plan. Photo credit: Defra A pledge to eliminate avoidable waste, introduce new safeguards for wildlife and connect more children with nature are among the ambitious plans for a greener future outlined by Prime Minister Theresa May and Environment Secretary Michael Gove today. In a major speech today, More Info »

Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant opens for applications

Landowners, farmers and foresters can now apply for up to £6,800 per hectare to create new woodland on their property. Photo credit: Natural England From  (Tuesday 2 January 2018), applicants can apply for the Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant – a scheme to help landowners reap the environmental and financial benefits of woodland creation. The grant is open More Info »

£200 million funding boost for England’s roads

Funding will help fix potholes and improve the condition of roads.  £46 million to help repair potholes. Road users will benefit from an investment of almost £200 million to help improve the condition of local roads up and down the country, Transport Minister Jesse Norman announced in York today (December 14 2017). This funding will go More Info »

Sustainable fishing nets quota increases for UK fishermen

Today the UK government achieved agreements supporting UK fishermen and sustainable fishing at the annual EU talks on fishing quotas. Fishermen across the country are set for a boost as the UK government’s commitment to sustainable fishing secured significant quota increases for key stocks at this year’s annual negotiations. This included an increase in quotas of More Info »

Landmark for English Channel electricity link project

IFA2 project is the first interconnector to have received all necessary consents in the UK. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has issued a comprehensive decision for the IFA2 (Interconnexion France-Angleterre) project under the TEN-E Regulations, after it attained all of the required statutory consents in UK consenting regime. The IFA2 interconnector is a 1,000mw high voltage More Info »

Company fined £80,000 for polluting brook with hazardous chemical

Environment Agency investigation launched after hydrochloric acid enters watercourse killing 199 fish in 2015 Over 600 litres of a solution containing hydrochloric acid, caustic soda and water entered Shelf Brook Firth Rixson Metals Limited has been ordered to pay a fine of £80,000 after pleading guilty to polluting a watercourse in Glossop. The Environment Agency prosecuted More Info »


CBI Northern Ireland has responded to news of a breakthrough in Brexit talks and to negotiations moving on to the next phase. Commenting on the Brexit breakthrough, CBI NI Director Angela McGowan said: “Businesses in Northern Ireland will welcome news of today’s breakthrough and to negotiations moving on to the all-important second phase. “While it’s More Info »


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