'Brexit election must address housing crisis,' says FMB

THE urgent need to build more homes for everyone should be a key priority for all the political parties during the General Election campaign, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The FMB is calling on all the political parties to make house building a national infrastructure priority, along with 11 other key policy areas in its ‘Programme for Government’ published today. 

The programme calls for the political parties to commit to the following:

Housing

  • Make house building a national infrastructure priority and build 1.5 million new homes 
  • Free up more public land for housing and break it up into small plots for small builders
  • Invest in local authority planning departments to speed up the planning process 

Skills 

  • Promote vocational education and invest in Further Education 
  • Reform the UK Apprenticeship Levy so it works better for small companies
  • Introduce a fair and balanced post-Brexit immigration system 

Quality 

  • Licence all UK construction companies
  • Introduce mandatory warranties for building control-approved work
  • Create a new ‘General Builder’ qualification 

Net Zero Carbon

  • Create a National Retrofit Strategy 
  • Invest in upskilling builders to build and upgrade homes fit for the future
  • Cut VAT on home improvement work to 5% 

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “In this Brexit election the main political parties mustn’t lose sight of the big issues facing the UK such as the current housing crisis. We are still not building enough new homes, and this has led to an affordability crisis and over-crowding. This election is an opportunity for all parties to publish ambitious plans to turn this situation around. Small builders stand ready to help the new Government not only to build more new homes but also make our existing homes more energy efficient.

“Small building companies will also be instrumental in helping the future government tackle other major challenges facing the UK, from helping to tackle the climate crisis to helping to building the hospitals and schools of the future. Our Programme for Government gives 12 clear policies for each of the political parties to adopt to support SME builders. Politicians must not only give the country the gift of resolving Brexit this Christmas, but also a vision for the future of our built environment.”

www.fmb.org.uk

Scotland is a growing territory for Morris Site Machinery

MORRIS Site Machinery, a fifth-generation family run business, is hailing Scotland as one of its best performing territories for sales of its robust site machinery products with sales continuing to grow.

With manufacturing and service depots in Wolverhampton, Lincolnshire, Aylesford and Stirling, the innovative business exports to 25 countries worldwide and has announced that Scotland is a top performing UK territory.

The leading site machinery business has been renowned in Scotland for over 30 years where its range of generators, lighting towers, pumps and pressure washers have been powering sites and events across the whole of Scotland.

Heading up Scottish Sales is Stirlingshire man Kenny McKay who runs the dedicated Sales and Service Centre at Springkerse Industrial Estate in Stirling, working closely with fellow Scot, UK Sales and Service Director Richard Denholm. The dynamic duo have been working together for five years, originally at its Perth depot before the company opened its purpose-built premises in Stirling in 2014, allowing for stronger business links and accessibility to Glasgow and Edinburgh. The move from Perth added 130% additional space for the business, meaning the depot could hold more stock which is now available for next day delivery.

Kenny’s focus on servicing is paramount with Service Engineer Andrew Coles taking huge pride in providing the kind of service which has seen consistent growth – often defying tough market conditions.

A qualified engineer in his own right, Kenny explains why he believes the products and service hit the mark for the demanding Scottish hirer of site equipment: “Having an in-depth understanding of exactly how every one of our machines works definitely hits the spot. There’s no time for white noise here and I can come from the customer’s perspective on the technical advantages of our range and their applications. I find it makes all the difference and has helped me get close to my customers, understand their business and its needs which in turn means I meet their demands with the right product for the right application.”

He continued: “The brand names we offer like Denyo, ArcGen, Hilta and SMC mean something to Scottish hire businesses. We have a wide customer base from tool and plant hire to airports and construction companies who build wind farms, so it is important we have the breadth and quality of product required for this diversity.

“I have many customers who rely on our rugged machinery to withstand some pretty rough temperatures and terrains. They have to know that the quality and robust build of machines will perform under these conditions. Some of our latest lighting towers in the SMC range like the TL90 evolve and are particularly going down well and, with so many eco models now available like our SMC TL55 Battery and TL60 Solar, we are able to ensure we are supporting customers’ green and clean ambitions too.”

Richard Denholm commented: “We feel we are in tune with our regional markets and we know that Scottish business demands a bespoke and trusted service at its heart. That is why we invested and established our base here and why it is growing. As an engineer by trade myself, what you see here at Morris Site Machinery is what you get. Robust, fit for purpose products which deliver great value for customers year after year. Add to that the unique ‘Kenny factor’ and it’s a winning formula. Anyone who knows Kenny will corroborate that fact!”

Both Richard and Kenny were recently crowned as Morris Stars in the parent family Company Awards ceremony to mark its 150th year of successful trading. A measure of how they are viewed by colleagues and customers alike.

www.morrismachinery.co.uk

100% British Made tools from HTL Group at ADIPEC 2019

ONCE again HTL Group is exhibiting at ADIPEC, the premier oil and gas event in Abu Dhabi. Located in the National Exhibition Center from the 11 to the 14 November, the HTL team will be showcasing their 100% British Made, ever-increasing product range of controlled bolting tools and equipment.

Today, the Middle East is where we have seen major investments with some of the world’s largest companies, like the Royal Dutch Shell and BP having important trading relationships in the region. It’s well documented that the Middle East has high levels of oil reserves accounting for 40% of the world's known oil. This makes the area globally dominating in the oil and gas industry.

The UK is one of the most open economies for exporting its goods and services with the Middle East region being one of the most important markets of today, therefore, it’s important for industries in the UK, connected to the oil and gas sector, to engage and network with trading partners.

Acknowledging this importance, HTL Group remains prominent in the industry by showcasing and networking at events regularly, with ADIPEC being an integral part of this activity. Located on the UK Pavilion in Hall 8, the HTL team are back for the third year running, providing live demonstrations of the brand-new asset management software iCalibrate 2.0 and showcasing their OEM range of controlled bolting premium tools. Included with this equipment is the Working at Height Product Range that provides customers with ultimate operator safety, preventing dropped objects, increasing efficiency and durability with tools such as the DSX Hydraulic Torque Wrench.

ADIPEC provides a platform for companies just like HTL Group, offering a chance to engage with other likeminded companies as well as sharing innovative industry knowledge. Most importantly to HTL, it’s gaining potential partnerships within the region and building a customer base that aims to improve their controlled bolting processes with innovatively manufactured torque wrenches and tensioners. 

For further information, visit HTL on Stand 8432, Hall 8 at ADIPEC or contact us before the event to arrange a meeting.

www.htlgroup.com/contact

 

Personal and professional safety engages delegates at Hire 2019 Conference

HIRE 2019 has been hailed a resounding success after HAE EHA’s annual conference brought together industry stakeholders and influencers for the best programme yet of speaker presentations and exhibitor stands and demonstrations.

The overriding themes of safety and career development were outlined in the opening addresses by HAE EHA Chair Brian Sherlock and commercial manager Paul Gaze alongside Scott Ball of HireTrain, and a full and fascinating programme followed.

First up was Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, a British computing, mathematics and language genius who founded Stemettes in 2013, a social enterprise promoting women in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers. Her uplifting presentation focused on the challenges of enticing women into these traditionally male areas of employment, explaining how STEM roles are “incredibly creative” and all about problem solving.

Mark Noonan of CITB then followed with a complementary examination of how Pathways to Hire is expected to also encourage more new starters into what is being positioned as a dynamic and appealing career path; and Dr Léa Cléret of Leadership Trust continued with how to hang onto valued team members through a sustained programme of leadership and inclusive behaviours. Frank Elkins, COO of Travis Perkins, rounded off the morning with a thought-provoking presentation on measures being taken to tackle dumper and digger safety.

The afternoon was kicked off by Chris Lucas of HSE who explained the link between inadequate welfare facilities and construction worker ill health, and steps being taken to address the issues. Chief economist of Barbour-ABI and AMA Research, Tom Hall, gave a fascinating insight into the state of the UK’s economy as well as that of the construction sector; followed by Det Supt Neil Austin of West Mercia Police, who had the audience gripped with his overview of ATM theft and the work of the National Intelligence Unit for Serious and Organised Acquisitive Crime.

Finally, with mental health taking centre stage in many nationwide forums at the moment, there was a timely and thought-provoking addition to the debates from Brian Parker of AFI Uplift and Paul Gaze of HAE EHA, on creating and updating mental health policies in the workplace and the ideal model for such policies.

HAE EHA chief executive officer Graham Arundell commented: “This was without doubt the most varied and engaging line-up of speakers we have ever had at our annual conference, and it was also gratifying to see many of our members exhibiting alongside the highly informative presentations. HAE EHA is making great strides with several proactive partners to really support and grow the Hire sector, to develop new opportunities and evolve as necessary to continue making a crucial contribution to the UK economy. Hire 2019 underlined these objectives and could not have been more closely allied to the theme of collaboration, innovation and inspiration.”

www.hae.org.uk

Toe Guard: comfort and safety for wearers, great value for employers

PART of the Hultafors Group UK’s portfolio of premium-branded workwear, tools, protective wear and safety footwear, the Toe Guard range of shoes and boots delivers great value safety footwear for all kinds of working environments and weather conditions.

With a RRP that starts at only £31.45 plus VAT a pair, this footwear is one of the fastest growing brands in Scandinavia where demands for safety, quality and value keep their shoes and boots one step ahead of the competition.

With a variety of shoes and boots available in the range, every product has in-built hi-tech designs that deliver S3-certified comfort and safety that includes robust fiberglass toecaps, shock absorption, flexible puncture resistant composite plates, ESD protection, oil resistant friction soles and water resistance.

"The Toe Guard product family compliments our portfolio of premium brands perfectly," said Peter Dumigan, the Hultafors Group UK managing director.

"It combines top-specification safety footwear technology with exceptional value for money – an ideal solution for H&S managers, PPE buyers and specifiers."

To get more information on Toe Guard range of Safety Footwear, check out the website at www.toeguard.com or call the Hultafors Group UK Helpline on 01484 854788

The ultimate choices in work trousers from Snickers Workwear

NEW styles, new designs and Snickers Workwear’s most advanced work trousers yet – with 4-way stretch.

September saw the next generation of work trouser choices from the premier brand of working clothes for professional tradesmen and women. There’s the Flexiwork 2.0 trousers, designed for craftsmen who want nothing but the best. These high-spec trousers are made of durable 4-way stretch fabric that offers a new level of comfort and freedom of movement.

Then there’s the ‘loose-fit’ AllroundWork stretch trousers with a classic Snickers Workwear look and feel plus the new FlexiWork Denim Work Trousers where workwear meets streetwear in these slim-fitting work trousers made of washed stretch denim.

Also take a look at the new regular-fit RUFFWork Canvas+ heavy duty trousers. But the ladies will definitely have a close eye on the ALLroundWork womens stretch trousers, specially designed and shaped to fit the female anatomy with a narrower waist for optimal comfort and freedom of movement.

All in all, probably the best possible additions to the Snickers Work Trouser range with something to suit everyone, whoever you are, wherever you’re working and whatever you’re doing on site.

Getting information on the Snickers’ new Comfort garments is easy. You can call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk or email [email protected]

Hellberg Safety – SECURE Active - active listening headsets

HELLBERG Safety specialist PPE products include highly advanced hearing protection products, face protection and communication solutions for personal wellbeing on site.

The SECURE ACTIVE headsets enable workers to communicate safely with colleagues, hear signals and other important information while protected from hazardous noise. The built-in, level-dependent microphones provide perfect directional hearing with an electronic protection system that limits all sounds through the speakers to a safe sound level.

The replaceable headband and ear cushions allow for regular replacement for a long lasting and high performing product. For optimal safety, communication radios and other sound sources can be connected via the external audio input.

The Hellberg Safety PPE range features the latest advanced technologies, modern design, comfort and quality together with great performance to appeals to all types of professional users in high-risk work environments.

For more information on the Hellberg Safety product range, call the Hultafors Group UK Helpline on 01484 854788 or checkout the website www.hellbergsafety.com

Hultafors new range of ‘snap-off’ knives

PRECISION, quality and long-lasting sharpness are the hallmarks of these superb new products.

Hultafors Tools has launched a new range of ‘snap-off’ knives for professional craftsmen and women.

With 13 different knives and four long-lasting precision blades, these all-round, ergonomic knives are designed and built to suit a wide range of jobs on site. From industrial and warehouse applications to specialist work on site – from like cutting boxes open and shaping plasterboard, to trimming flooring and paring cables.

Symmetrically designed so that the blades can turned over, they’re adaptable for both left- and right-hand use so that left-handed craftsmen and women can adapt the knife rather than their own usage.

What’s more, the blades are available in three widths of 9, 18, and 25mm, with different blends of sharpness and long life built in to suit regular hard work on site.

Getting more information on the Hultafors Tools product range easy. You call the Helpline on 01484 854788 or check out www.hultafors.co.uk and download a digital catalogue.

 

Norton Clipper Power Float minimises lifetime costs for hire merchants

NORTON Clipper has launched its all new CT901 HP power float, offering high durability and versatility, in order to help hire merchants to minimise their costs for the lifetime of the power float.

A contractor’s job can vary from day-to-day, and ensuring that the right tools are available for the right job can take time – and cost. But when it comes to flooring, whatever the scale of a job, all concrete floors must be smoothed and finished before use.

In commercial settings with surface areas larger than 5,000 square feet, heavy duty, ride-on machinery is required to make the job as quick and painless as possible. But for the smaller, residential floors that make up the bulk of many contractor’s work, this can be overkill, with contractors preferring light weight, walk-behind machinery.

Now, with Norton Clipper’s latest product innovation, contractors no longer have to choose between the two. The CT901 HP four blade walk behind power float is specifically designed for professional contractors that work on finishing wet concrete floors in both residential and commercial buildings.

The diversity of the CT901 HP is particularly popular with contractors that don’t want to continuously hire both walk-behind and ride-on floats for every different scale of job. With plenty of excitement around the launch, Norton Clipper’s new power float is predicted to boost sales for hire merchants and stockists in this latter half of 2019.

‘Floats like a butterfly, finishes like a pro’, the CT901 HP power float is the durable heavyweight of choice among contractors, delivering ‘knockout’ smooth concrete. With a wide range of features, including hydraulic pitch control for the blades, the power float gives the operator a greater level of control than mechanical pitch systems and helps to achieve a perfect surface finish – making it a favourable purchase for contractors and a great core product for hire merchants.

As with all Norton Clipper products, this machine is manufactured using only the highest quality components and to rigorous standards of assembly. This ensures that the CT901 HP benefits from a long life and minimal requirement for maintenance, keeping product lifetime costs for both customers and merchants low.

Norton Clipper prioritises operator safety as well as great performance. By adding the robust steel frame and safety guard rings on the CT901 HP, any accidental contact between the user and the blades is prevented. The rings have been configured to guarantee the best possible visibility of the concrete surface at all times, while the mechanical blades also have a pitch control function to help improve overall accuracy. These features give the operator more control over the work to produce the ultimate smooth concrete finish.

With the CT901 HP, great performance comes as standard, but with the inclusion of the Deadman’s Handle, operator safety is also assured. The mechanism ensures that one of the operator’s hands must be on the handle at all times for the machine to function; if the operator releases his/her hand, the CT901 HP stops immediately.

Unveiled at the Bauma 2019 trade fair in April, the power float received a great reaction from both contractors and merchants, with the launch predicting sales to soar right through to 2020.


For further details and support on the CT901 HP power float, please contact Stacey Booth, Saint-Gobain Abrasives UK Marketing Manager on 07525 672 897 or email [email protected].

Morris Site Machinery's solar celebrations

ECO-conscious Morris Site Machinery is celebrating a hat trick for its SMC Solar Lighting Tower range with orders, awards and a production milestone.

At the Speedy Expo Supplier Awards, held at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 30 October, the SMC eco mobile lighting towers were crowned as brilliant sustainable lighting solutions in the prestigious Innovation Awards.

The company also celebrated a sizeable order from Speedy Hire, and at the same time the 100th new generation solar tower came off the production line confirming the company’s status as the first and still leading solar tower manufacturer in the UK.

The SMC TL55 Solar is impressing the industry as demand grows for a truly sustainable and low maintenance tower light. With both battery and mains supply, it has zero noise, emissions and offers flexible options for all site applications. It also has capacity to run indefinitely.

UK Sales Director Richard Denholm said: “What a week in this key lighting season for us! This kind of recognition and feedback drives us forward, inspiring our designers to continue to innovate so we bring to market practical and economical lighting products for a cleaner, greener future. Solar power does not release any harmful emissions or pollutants and is leading the renewable charge.

“This latest order from Speedy, the UK’s leading provider of tools and equipment hire and services, underlines the growing environmental awareness in the sectors we serve.”

Morris Site Machinery has refined its solar lighting offer since producing its first model, a fast road tow mobile lighting tower powered from four solar panels supplying power to lead acid batteries.

Improvements include 140 watt solar panels, higher output LEDs providing 31,200 lumens, PIR (Passive Infrared) sensors allowing the lights to only operate when required and LED dimming down to 10% of the power consumption extending the operating time.

A compact new model, the SMC TL60 Solar, has also been developed with solar panels that easily fold into transport mode allowing 30 units to fit on a Euro trailer.

www.morrismachinery.co.uk

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