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Construction industry unites to demand delay to VAT changes

The Government must delay the implementation of damaging VAT changes in the construction industry, demands a coalition of the major trade bodies in the sector, in a letter to the Chancellor published this morning. The letter calls on the Chancellor to push back the implementation of reverse charge VAT, due on 1st October, by at least

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How safe is your ‘O’ Licence?

Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell talks to David Williams about why a breakdown in trust between fleet operator and traffic commissioner could severely disrupt your ability to do business. There’s one key word that crops up repeatedly in Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell’s lexicon; ‘trust’. It appears to be the glue in what she clearly regards as

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SMART Inspector’s New Defects Report Highlights Top Scaffold Fails

With slips, trips & falls still the number one cause of accidents & injuries on scaffolds, a new reporting system with SMART Scaffolder’s mobile inspection app has for the first time ever revealed the top trends for failures – helping employers to avoid work at height incidents.   SMART Scaffolder’s award-winning SMART Inspector mobile app has

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5% Club: Developing the Apprentice Beyond their Apprenticeship

On Tuesday 23 July in Sheffield the 5% Club will hold their next quarterly member event, to run alongside the Invictus UK Trials.  They will be showcasing how businesses can develop apprentices beyond their apprenticeship, developing resilience and skills for life (outward bound courses, WorldSkills, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award) plus how they can support young

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Delay disruptive VAT changes to avoid construction chaos, warns FMB

The Government has not properly prepared the construction industry for major VAT changes coming in October and needs to delay their implementation to avoid chaos, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in a letter to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury.  New data published by the FMB shows that:• Over two-thirds of construction SMEs (69%)

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