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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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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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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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new improved blog

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 [...]

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