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The trouble with trade recommendation websites

Trade Recommendation Websites – Discuss

Trade Recommendation Websites – The Elephant in the Room A difficult post but it’s time the debate was started Today we are starting a series of blog posts that tell the true story of our Service Industry with a focus on Trade Recommendation Websites. Our service industry is in our opinion, at this time, not operating to the best of its skill & ability. That is not a criticism of our highly skilled trades in any way. It is a reflection of [...]

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Beat the Cowboy Builder Change the Game

Time to Change the Game

Changing the Construction Game. Beat the Cowboy Builder is changing. As times and events change one has to adapt and respond accordingly. This applies to companies as well. Time to Change the Game. We have noted, particularly in the last year, an upsurge in the activities of Cowboy Builder, Rogue Traders & Con-men. They are increasingly active and it is apparent that the problem is getting worse. To counteract this menace we are planning major changes in our future operations. Additionally, we have [...]

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use our free service provider recommendation service in 2016

Happy New Year 2016 – Need a Service Provider?

Happy New Year 2016 – All the very best Well folks, clichéd as it may be, another year has passed it’s now the NEW YEAR. Beat the Cowboy Builder would like to wish each and every one of you a happy and prosperous 2016. I expect a lot of you are planning to have all sorts of works carried out on your property throughout this year, you will no doubt have the same dilemma as last year. WHO do you get [...]

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Housing boom begins to slow

Housing boom begins to slow

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Latest figures from the RICS show the housing boom flattening, particularly in London. More stringent lending conditions are starting to have a dampening effect on the housing market according to the latest monthly survey of estate agents by the RICS. It said demand for new homes in May in London fell for the first time since June 2012, and the supply of new homes nationally contracted for the fifth consecutive month. In addition it said [...]

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Jail for skip hire men

Jail for skip hire men

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Two men who ran a skip hire operation without an environmental permit have been sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for a year. Both men pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to running a skip hire business trading as McGowan’s Skip Hire at Gravenhurst Road, Silsoe, Bedfordshire. This week Mark Christopher Blench, aged 42, of Hollybush Road, Luton, and  Kevin Peter McWilliams, aged 32, of Cornel Close were given suspended sentences for the [...]

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Jail for 79-year-old construction plant theft kingpin

Jail for 79-year-old construction plant theft kingpin

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder A 79-year-old-man at the heart of a family racket in construction plant theft has become the final member of the group to be jailed. Ali Ghasemi of Harrow Weald Park, Harrow was was sentenced to three years and four months in prison at Southwark Crown Court for his part in the plant theft ring dating back to 2008. He was assisted by four members of the Sayed family, who he is not related to – [...]

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Growth in new home registrations starts to slow

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Latest figures from the NHBC for April show new home registrations slipping down into around 3-4%, compared with last years totals. A year ago the same monthly figures were soaring around 30% compared to 2012 as the industry started to shift out of the doldrums. But the latest figures suggest the rapid growth in new home registrations is subsiding to a more “sustainable” level. But this falls short of the growth hoped for by Government. In [...]

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HMRC to turn spotlight on umbrella companies

Cheshire builder jailed for tax fraud

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder A 49-year-old Wilmslow man has been jailed for tax fraud after pocketing nearly £115,000 of tax that he deducted from subcontractors instead of paying to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Peter Jones from Central Place, Station Road, Wilmslow was registered under HMRC’s Construction Industry Scheme as PJD Cheshire Builders, employing subcontractors for work carried out on renovations and property development. When he de-registered, HMRC’s investigations revealed that he had continued to employ subcontractors for [...]

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Fresh clash over blacklisting compensation scheme

Government ‘unlikely’ to bar construction blacklist companies

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Minister says construction blacklist companies that do not pay compensation ‘unlikely’ to be barred from bidding for public work The government has said it is “unlikely” that construction firms linked to blacklisting can be barred from bidding for public work in the future if they do not pay compensation to blacklisted workers. In the government’s response to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee’s report on blacklisting in the construction industry, employment minister Jenny Willot all [...]

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