Macmillan Cancer Support is uniting with nine companies from the construction, electrical and home improvement sector for its ‘Just Say the Word’ male cancer campaign. Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, CEF, ISG plc, Mace, Selco Builders Warehouse, telent Technology Services, Topps Tiles, Travis Perkins and Wolseley have joined forces with the charity to raise awareness of the impact of cancer on men and encourage those who need it to access support

Western Business Exhibitions, organiser of The Health & Safety Event, has announced the winners of the inaugural Safety and Health Excellence (SHE) Awards. The ceremony, sponsored by 3M, was hosted by Rory Bremner the VOX, Birmingham and saw an attendance of over 420 professionals from the safety, fire safety, security and facilities industries.

Main contractors who do not pay their supplier promptly are to be banned from bidding for public sector contracts, the government says.

The measure is among a package of proposed measures to help smaller businesses win public sector and government contracts.

Industrial companies are taking Industrie 4.0 concepts from the drawing board to the production floor to bring new value to their operations. Rockwell Automation will demonstrate how it can help companies accelerate this digital transformation and use Industrial IoT technologies to be even more competitive at Hannover Messe 2018, April 23-27 in Hannover, Germany.

The EURIS Task Force has noted with interest the publication this week of the Exiting the European Union Committee’s third report on its overarching inquiry into the Article 50 negotiations.  Of particular interest to EURIS members are the 15 key tests by which the committee says any deal agreed by October 2018 must be judged.

ABB and Tigo collaborate to provide worldwide leading inverter and optimiser solution

The new interoperability brings cost-effective module-level monitoring, safety and optimisation features to PV customers worldwide.

Building Tech Live will be the most important event in the integrated building technologies sector this October, at the NEC Birmingham. Taking place on 9-11 October 2018, Building Tech Live joins the Build Show, Timber Expo, Civils Expo, Energy 2018, HVAC 2018 and the Surface & Materials Show to make up the UK’s largest event for the built environment, UK Construction Week.

A co-ordinated protest by 150 tradespeople in Plymouth  on 18 March with further action planned, has highlighted the increasing problem of theft of tools from vans.  Responding to the action, ECIC, a specialist insurer for the contracting sector is urging contractors to use every tool in the box to defy the thieves and keep their business on track.

In a tribute, Dr James Baldwin, senior scientific editor at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said: “Stephen Hawking’s impact is difficult to overstate.  As the world’s most famous physicist – perhaps even scientist – he was instrumental in inspiring a generation to take up his subject.  He wrote, arguably, the first ‘serious’ popular book on fundamental physics, which brought these ideas to a global audience in a way not seen before.

In the wake of the Carillion collapse an industry coalition of over 60 construction and maintenance trade bodies now back the ‘Aldous Bill;’ proposing cash retentions owed to the supply chain be held in trust.

By far the largest industry coalition ever formed on the issue of late and unfair payment, amid growing support and clear industry appetite for reform, there is also growing political support from MPs and Lords.

BSRIA’s Building Better Homes Faster 2 event took place on Friday 12 January 2018. Key messages included: culture, challenges and clarity (3Cs). 

Tassos Kougionis, principal consultant for residential (BSRIA Chair) Kougionis discussed current housing construction challenges and opportunities. Main areas of focus included increased delivery, quality and the robustness of the supply chain. 

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