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Service Provider? You need us

Service Provider? You need us more than we need you…

Part 2 of a 2 part Blog. As we discussed in part 1 we have a system in place that will provide you with all the documentation you require. There is a charge for these documents. In addition to this we will enter you onto our Service Provider data base. This data base is operated by our sister company The United Kingdom Federation of Builders. [UKFB]. This company is also trademarked and this allows you to offer your services as fully [...]

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Builders are service providers and service providers must abide by the law

Service Provider? You could be breaking the law…

Are you a Service Provider? A Builder? A Trade? You could be breaking the law. This blog is specifically for tradesmen and women operating in the domestic service industry. Builders. Every person operating a service for payment needs to read this blog; this is for your own protection. What you are about to read should shock you. 94 percent of you are acting in an illegal manner by operating the way you do at this time. The first thing you have to be [...]

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Employing a Builder – The Honest Truth Part 2.

Here is a fact you may not know when employing a builder, the actions of this builder are not criminal actions they are a civil matter. You have to prove that in any court that he has acted in an unprofessional manner, that is not easy to do. You have to take this person to court and the costs of the court case will be yours if you don’t prove your case, that’s the law of the land as [...]

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The truth about employing a builder

Employing a Builder – The Honest Truth Part 1.

I think I am right when I suggest your biggest concern when employing a builder and having works done on your property is the fact that you are going to be dealing with a total stranger who you really know nothing about. Think about it, what do you really know about this person? They may come with great recommendations but unfortunately you have no idea what is going on behind the scenes in this person’s life, how solvent this [...]

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Site manager’s son fractures skull in scaffold fall

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Pellikaan (Construction) has been fined after an apprentice fractured his skull after a six metre scaffold fall during construction works of the new West Bromwich Leisure Centre. Sandwell Magistrates’ Court  heard that the 19-year-old worker was standing on a tower scaffold in the empty swimming pool, attempting to cut canvas coverings from wooden roof beams. The scaffold was too high to fit under the beams so he started to take off the handrails causing [...]

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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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Cowboy Builders given prison sentences

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Two cowboy builders who tried to con an elderly Exeter resident into having an expensive driveway laid have been given jail sentences. James Doran from Gloucester and Patrick Connors of Hertfordshire had already made another man in Plympton agree to pay six and a half thousand pounds for driveway work. The cowboy builders were thwarted when the man’s bank manager became suspicious – and the work they’d done was found to be shoddy. In the [...]

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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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Small builders raise alarm over materials price spike

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder   Small builders raise alarm over materials price spike. Small and medium-sized contractors fear the construction recovery is under threat from rising building costs and material shortages. The Federation of Master Builders latest trade survey showed rising workloads for the fourth successive quarter. But costs are spiking and materials shortages are hitting member firms. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Rising building costs and material shortages are causing serious concern in the building industry with [...]

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Crossrail managers face ‘spying and fear’ claims

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Construction unions are calling for Crossrail and its main contractors to take action after a leaked safety report revealed a “culture of spying and fear” leaving workers and crossrail managers afraid to report accidents. Construction Union UCATT is calling for an urgent meeting after a leaked independent report revealed excessive man-marking by Crossrail managers was pushing relations with contractors to the limit. The damning report was produced by consultants MindSafety for the BBMV joint venture digging [...]

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