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Ron Pye eliminating doubt of employing trades

Eliminating Doubt when Employing a Trade

Coming Soon – An Alliance to change construction Beat the Cowboy Builder are taking a brand new pioneering step in the realms of property renovation and repair. Our mission as many of you well know is to prevent poor works and to aid you the customer when you have fallen foul of shoddy workmanship or, as we all too often experience, something far, far worse. We want to eliminate the doubt when employing trades. It is our intention to give a new [...]

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cdm regulations 2015

CDM Regulations 2015 – Are You Protected?

CDM Regulations 2015 – What they mean to Service Providers. You may or may not be aware of the fact that you in offering your skill or service to a customer are automatically classed as a Service Provider. The fact that the customer is paying you for your service defines you in this category. There are certain rules and regulations that you have to legally have in place to ensure you are operating within the law. They are: The Service Providers Regulations: and [...]

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Asbestos removal firm fined £109,000

Asbestos removal firm fined £109,000

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Asbestos removal firm Angus Group Ltd fined £109,000 A Paisley-based asbestos removal company has been fined more than £100,000 for exposing workers to dangerous fibres while demolishing a former school building. A court heard Angus Group Ltd did not properly manage the removal of asbestos-containing materials from the former Ermine Infants’ School, Lincoln. The Health and Safety Executive discovered the safety breaches in 2012. Angus Group was fined £109,000 and ordered to pay £42,100 in costs. It [...]

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Contractors facing the squeeze as construction costs rise

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Construction Industry feels down side of fourth consecutive quarter of growth in activity. The construction industry has enjoyed a fourth consecutive quarter of growth for the first time in six years, but firms are continuing to face the squeeze as construction costs rise, the latest Construction Products Association (CPA) trade survey has found. The CPA survey, published today, shows that construction activity rose in Q1, with all parts of the industry reporting increased output, including [...]

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Homeowners are being urged to be on their guard from rogue traders looking to cash in on the government’s Green Deal scheme.

Homeowners cancel repair jobs due to lack of trustworthy builders

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Survey finds over 20% of homeowners are shelving or delaying plans for work on their homes because they cannot find trustworthy builders. Homeowners are not undertaking repair and maintenance work because they find it too difficult to find builders they can trust, a survey has found. The survey of over 1,500 homeowners for consumer group HomeOwners Alliance and quality certification body TrustMark found 58% of homeowners reported difficulty finding a trustworthy builder. Among those that [...]

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Hinkley Point C

Hinkley Point C in spotlight as taxpayers foot £12.4bn bill

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder The financing behind Hinkley Point C has been called into question today by an influential think tank. According to the Westminster-based think tank, CentreForum, the private financing behind the project will cost British consumers £12.4bn more over 35 years than government backed procurement. The think tank said the lack of government investment will result in Hinkley Point C needing an additional bill of at least £15 a year per UK household “for a generation, [...]

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We are Building Britain - News stories - GOV.UK

We are Building Britain – News stories – GOV.UK

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Builders across the UK celebrate the jobs and growth construction work is bringing claiming we are Building Britain. From bridges to flood defences, firms sent dozens of pictures of the schemes bringing huge benefits to the economy, with signs declaring “We are #BuildingBritain”. The photos, featuring numerous hard hats and high viz jackets, were added to a dedicated blog page highlighting the great work taking place. Infrastructure company Kier took dozens of photos of its [...]

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A scaffolder defrauded his bosses out of at least £30,000 has been jailed for 15 months for a “persistent” and “mean” fraud.

Scaffolder Gary Foley and wife defrauded bosses of Gloucestershire business

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder A scaffolder who defrauded his bosses out of at least £30,000 has been jailed for 15 months for a “persistent” and “mean” fraud. Gary Foley, 49, of Dormer Road, Cheltenham and his wife Lorraine, 46, both denied fraud and making up false invoices to cover the money they took between April 2011 and August 2012. But they were found guilty at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday. There was weeping in the public gallery as the [...]

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‘Not my fault so why should I have to pay?’ Net Contribution Clauses.

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Sarah E Philips, solicitor with Thomas Eggar LLP, mulls the virtues of net contribution clauses. In the recent case of West & West v Ian Finlay & Associates [2013] EWHC 868 (TCC) the judge considered the validity of a net contribution clause in the professional appointment of Finlay & Associates (F&A). This related to building works that Mr and Mrs West had carried out on their home. Net contribution clauses aim to ensure that [...]

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BBMV denies ‘negative spy culture’ findings of independent Crossrail report

BBMV denies ‘negative spy culture’ findings of independent Crossrail report

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder BBMV denies ‘negative spy culture’ findings of independent Crossrail report. Joint venture BBMV has challenged the findings of a leaked Crossrail report it commissioned last year of two of its Crossrail sites that claimed there was a “negative spy culture” on the sites. The draft report by independent safety consultancy MindSafety, came to light in the Observer at the weekend but was produced for BBMV more than a year ago in March 2013. It praised [...]

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