Rogue Trader Gets Prison for Roofing Rip Off

A LANCASTER ROGUE TRADER is starting a 10-month prison sentence after charging a Garstang pensioner £25,000 for £300 worth of roofing work. George Kenneth Howard Austin, 37, of Lymm Avenue in Lancaster was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment at Preston Crown Court on 13 March. After previously admitting offences before Lancaster magistrates in 2022, the

Forterra Makes Material Contribution to Net Zero Future

NORTHAMPTON based building products manufacturer Forterra has teamed up with textiles disposal company Avena to develop a workwear recycling programme across its UK sites. The new programme is part of Forterra’s mission to achieve net zero business practices. Following a trial at the company’s Kings Dyke site, the programme has been rolled out to all

British Safety Council Certificates Not Accepted for Labourer Cards, Warns CSCS

THE CONSTRUCTION SKILLS CERTIFICATION SCHEME (CSCS) is reminding card applicants it does not accept Level 1 Awards in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment issued by the British Safety Council (BSC) dated before February 2017. The reminder comes after CSCS recently identified a number of fraudulent certificate claims associated with BSC certificates from applicants applying

Marley Alutec Provides Bespoke Guttering Solution for Traditional Scottish Home

MARLEY ALUTEC has supplied a guttering, fascia and soffit solution for Howiesonhall, a private house in Crossford, Scotland. The aluminium Evolve Deepflow guttering and Tudor downpipes mimic the appearance of cast iron ensuring the property maintains its traditional aesthetic. Furthermore, bespoke radiused sections overcame several curved roofing sections – avoiding any installation issues. Unfortunately for

SSQ’s Sustainability Commitment Sees it Included in BRE’s Green Book

THE COMMITTMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY of natural slate supplier, SSQ has been included in BRE’s authoritative Green Book of sustainable construction suppliers. SSQ’s Environmental Product Declaration was found to be in accordance with the requirements of EN 15804:2012+A1:2013 and the BRE Global Scheme Document SD207. As a result, the company and its celebrated Riverstone phyllite has

Guidance on Avoiding Contact with Power Lines Published

NEW GUIDANCE outlining ways to reduce risks when using Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) in the vicinity of power lines has been published by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). The guidance, launched as part of the IPAF’s ‘High Voltage!’ global safety campaign, aims to help reduce electrocution and electric shock incidents. The new document

Solar Careers Guide Launched

LAUNCHING A NEW GUIDE to solar careers, Solar Energy UK says, “Interested in the solar energy industry? Turn your curiosity into a bright career!” In the new guide Be Part of a Brighter Future, the many career pathways available in the solar energy industry are outlined – from designing panels to coding for smart home controls,

Return To Growth Forecast Next Year

TODAY’S BUDGET was announced by the Chancellor of Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt. The Chancellor said the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts a return to growth next year. After a 0.2% contraction to the economy this year, growth is forecast at a rate of 1.8% in 2024; 2.5% in 2025; 2.1% in 2026 and 1.9% in

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