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VELUX to unveil new products at first ever installer conference

Free training to help installers upskill and succeedin the digital economy to be offered Leading roof window manufacturer,VELUX®, is inviting tradespeople to attend their first ever Installer Conference in London on 13 November.The event will give industry professionals, business partners and[...]

Mates in Mind highlights mental health statistics as a stark warning to employers of the cost to workers and businesses if workplace mental health is not properly understood.

Following the release of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual figures for Great Britain, the Managing Director of Mates in Mind urges employers to ensure that they are investing in their people rather than paying lip service to addressing mental health. This comes as the HSE reports the[...]


The UK’s lack of knowledge on heating systems highlights dangers ahead of  upcoming Gas Safety Week and winter months    [London, UK] – Worcester Bosch, the leading boiler manufacturer in the UK, today reveals the lack of regular maintenance and servicing by much of the nation with[...]

The Construction VAT reverse charge – what is it actually about?

You have probably heard about VAT changing for the construction industry later this year, but some of the information about those changes can be very complex for non-tax-experts. This article aims to give you a high-level and simplified explanation of the changes, to help you understand the basics[...]


                          The Nationwide search has been narrowed down to the top 10 plumbers across the country £15,000 worth of prizes to be won alongside prestigious title The UK Plumber of the Year 2019 competition (@UKPOTY), launched by JT, Bristan and Wolseley, has revealed


In its tenth year, Screwfix is proud to announce that its Britain’s Top Tradesperson competition is now open, and builders can put themselves forward for the top prize. The annual competition by Screwfix, aims to celebrate the outstanding work and professionalism of UK tradespeople, resulting in[...]

Concrete gardening

Gareth Davies, Technical Advisor at Tarmac’s Cement Business: The garden industry is expected to rise by 22% to reach £7 billion by 2021, partly due to the growing trend to use the garden for leisure and outdoor living (Mintel, 2018). Therefore, it seems that now, more than ever, a good dose of[...]

Getting back on track: a business manifesto for the new Prime Minister

For three years Brexit has dominated UK national life. This needs to change. This document is a practical business manifesto for 2019/20. It is designed to give the new Prime Minister a working guide to the actions that will help get the UK economy back on track, informed by the 190,000 firms the[...]

Mates in Mind confirmed as headline charity for first ever ‘Regatta London’

Mates in Mind is delighted to be announced as one of the three headline charities for Regatta London, the first ever mass- participation paddle sports event taking place on the iconic River Thames on 29 September 2019. The event is open to anyone with an interest in rowing, stand up paddle[...]

Kingspan Klargester Supporting Builders Merchants Ahead of Septic Tank Regulation Changes 2020

The news that homeowners will have to upgrade or replace any septic tanks that discharge directly into a water course from 1 January 2020 has caused quite a shockwave, as well as confusion, in the market. The change is being applied under the General Binding Rules (and only in England) but it seems[...]


The CBI has responded to a speech by Theresa May setting out a timetable for her departure as UK Prime Minister. Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said: “The Prime Minister could not have worked harder to deliver a Brexit deal that protects the economy. She leaves office with the respect[...]

Global Game-Changing Invention, HERU, to go to Technical Trials

March 5th 2019 – A revolutionary UK energy solution, which heats your hot water with everything from nappies to plastics, Pringles container and  coffee cups to food, has gone out to trial this March. Hailed by the BBC as potentially ‘The Next Dyson’, the HERU takes household items,[...]

5 office fit-out firms to pay £7 million fine for breaking competition law

Five companies – Fourfront, Loop, Coriolis, ThirdWay and Oakley – have agreed to pay fines totalling over £7 million after admitting being involved in cartel behaviour. Following a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation, each company has admitted to breaking competition[...]

More than 12,500 new homes registered in January, reports NHBC

The UK’s housebuilders and developers registered 12,677 new homes at the start of the year – an increase of 9% compared to January 2018. 8,931 were registered in the private sector (9,214 in 2018), with 3,746 in the affordable sector (2,469 in 2018). For the rolling quarter, between November[...]

Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit

What all drivers from the UK may need to do to drive in the EU and EEA when the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019. Requirements for all UK drivers when driving abroad from 29 March 2019 From 28 March 2019, drivers from the UK may need a different international driving permit (IDP) to drive[...]


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