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Builders fined for Cheshire mansion bodge

See on – Beat The Cowboy Builder Two builders fined £72,000 last week after three workers were injured when a floor collapsed during construction of a mansion in Cheshire. One of the men was struck by a falling concrete beam and has been unable to return to work following the incident on 11th November 2011. Belmont Homes (Cheshire) Ltd and Sale-based Waymac Ltd were both prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found that work at the [...]


Pay scandal: CITB campaigns on female construction workers pay.

See on – United Kingdom Federation of Builders The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is looking to take on a more active campaigning role and it is targeting the issue of female construction workers pay. Data released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that, on average, women in construction are paid 12% less than their male counterparts in the same role. Among construction and building trades supervisors, the differential is as high as 33%. The CITB hopes to roll [...]


Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police crack down on rogue traders

See on – Beat The Cowboy Builder Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police have teamed up for Operation Liberal. This week is National Operation Rogue Trader week which combines enforcement action with advice to residents on how to protect themselves. Rogue traders and pushy doorstep sellers con vulnerable people by overcharging, charging for unnecessary work, damaging property deliberately, leaving work unfinished and intimidating behaviour in order to extort money (e.g. taking a customer to an ATM for payment). This multi-agency approach saw [...]


Exclusive: Builders use red-tape reforms to duck deals on affordable homes

See on – Cowboy Builders Exclusive: Builders use red-tape reforms to duck deals on affordable homes. Developers are using a new law intended to cut bureaucracy and kick-start the economy to challenge their obligation to contribute to the building of affordable new homes. Figures seen by The Independent show that the Planning Inspectorate is considering 10 appeals lodged by house builders which aim to cut or eliminate planning restrictions by claiming they would make schemes unviable. It comes amid a rebellion by [...]


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See on – Cowboy Builders Beat The Cowboy Builder’s mission to assist anyone who intends to carry out any new build, alteration, renovation, small works or extension to their property. Our expertly written guide gives you 20 specific management points that prevent any Cowboy Builder or Confidence Trickster from accessing your project. Beat The Cowboy Builder – The Guide is the ULTIMATE in Building Management Protection. The Guide is a 28 page, 19,500 word compendium of 40 years Construction Project Management [...]

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Welcome To our New Improved Blog!

On our New Improved Blog we will be discussing the latest issues concerning Cowboy Builders, Confidence Tricksters and Rogue Traders. We will also aim to answer all your questions regarding these issues. You may have questions/opinions about our posts so please leave comments and we encourage you to become actively involved. If you are familiar with our new website, you will be aware that we have been fighting to eradicate Cowboy Builders for some time now. We are the original and [...]