Fix Radio Features

All the latest stories from across the Construction sector.

 

Heating engineers must embrace new skills warns expert

Posted: Wednesday, September 15th, 2021  

The environmental crisis means that the UK’s 130,000 Gas Safe Registered engineers must move away from gas boilers and embrace emerging skills and technologies 

 


 

Start-up businesses join Clive Holland Show

Posted: Wednesday, September 15th, 2021  

Ray Taylor, Ross Dickinson and Steve Roberts all appeared on the Clive Holland Show to talk about their entrepreneurial journey 

 


 

DIY SOS puts shout out for joiners and plumbers for Hull project

Posted: Monday, September 13th, 2021  

DIY SOS is looking for joiners and plumbers to create an adventure campsite for St Michael's Youth Project just outside Hull. The project will feature as a special Children in Need episode of the popular programme. 

 


 

Are you tired but wired? You need to talk to somebody

Posted: Friday, September 10th, 2021  

The scale and depth of the mental health crisis in the construction industry is scary, and it is getting bigger. It is estimated that two people in the sector commit suicide every working day in the UK and Ireland. It is way past time we all start to work on a solution 

 


 

One in four gas appliances are unsafe warns Gas Safe Register

Posted: Friday, September 10th, 2021  

With Gas Safety Week kicking off in September, there is still work to be done to raise awareness about safety issues. 

 


 

Mates In Mind Launch Survey For Mental Health in Construction

Posted: Friday, September 10th, 2021  

With mental health being such a huge issue across the country but specifically in construction, mental health charity Mates In Mind have launched a survey to find out some more information… 

 


 

Man Paralysed from Waist Down Explains Incredible Trade Journey

Posted: Thursday, September 9th, 2021  

John Poulter was training for Britain’s strongest man when he was badly injured by a forklift driver – but fails to accept defeat and is now a widely respected tradesman, despite his injuries.  

 


 

Stop stressing and get organised: four important business lessons for all tradespeople

Posted: Tuesday, September 7th, 2021  

Long hours, endless paperwork and few holidays mean lots of stress and little relief for many small businesses and sole tradespeople. But by getting on top of your finances, using technology to streamline your operations, and hiring good people you'll put your business on a solid footing.  

 


 

Select campaigns to end retention payments

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2021  

Select is calling for an end to retention payments. According to the trade association, the system favours clients and tier one contractors and unfairly penalises small and medium sized businesses. 

 


 

Expert slams ‘shocking’ van security

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2021  

According to Jeff Scott, director of Sussex Installations van security is a low priority for manufacturers, despite vans making up the three most stolen vehicles in the UK in 2019-2020.
 

 


 

CITB policy director defends apprenticeship strategy track record

Posted: Friday, August 27th, 2021  

In the last two years CITB has increased the level of grants for apprentices, and worked closely with apprentices, colleges and employers to improve the pipeline of people entering the industry. However, as the public rebuke from Build UK shows, the training board still has some way to go before it restores confidence among key stakeholders. 

 


 

'Buyers beware' of new housing stock warn housing experts

Posted: Friday, August 27th, 2021  

Intense pressure from developers is resulting in shoddy workmanship and low-quality housing. Problems range from poorly installed doors, faulty ducting, out of tolerance walls and floors, no insulation, missing fire cavity barriers and fake weep-beds. 

 


 

London thieves snatch £17.5 million worth of tools in 2020

Posted: Thursday, August 26th, 2021  

Crime stats from the Metropolitan Police show that GBP£17.5 million worth of tools were taken last year. Although the figure was an improvement on the 2019 total, crooks still managed to swipe an average of £57,000 worth of tools every day in 2020. 

 


 

23 steps to securing your van

Posted: Thursday, August 26th, 2021  

The top three stolen vehicles in the UK between 2019 and 2020 were all vans. Given the poor level of standard security on most models, tradespeople cannot assume their van (and livelihood) is secure just because they double-locked the doors. Sussex Installations highlights some of the most important points to consider when it comes to locking up your van for the night. 

 


 

Less talk and more action: it's time for the industry to get moving on climate change

Posted: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021  

The latest IPCC report left little room for doubt – humans are driving ‘unprecedented’ climate change. With the built environment responsible for an estimated 43% of emissions, it's time for the construction sector to push through rapid change to reduce its carbon footprint. 

 


 

Everybody needs to get onboard to solve the skills deficit

Posted: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021  

It is no secret the construction sector is facing a skills crisis - between May and July vacancies in the industry hit a 20 year high. As the industry's traditional talent pool is drained by a rush to get into university, there is an urgent need to fix the apprenticeship system and make the sector more appealing to the next generation. 

 


 

9 tips to cope with the materials shortage

Posted: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021  

The materials shortage is expected to last until the end of the year. According to the ONS, the lack of materials and skilled staff is putting the brakes on construction output. Given trying times are ahead, we've compiled nine tips to cope with ongoing material shortages. 

 


 

Tool theft won’t stop until it is made harder and carries serious punishment

Posted: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021  

Eight out of ten builders have had their tools nicked. According to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) tool thieves cost an average builder GBP£10,000 and six working days over the course of their career. But despite all this cost and misery, nothing is being done.  

 


 

‘No Jab, No Job’ the Pimlico Plumbers Debate

Posted: Monday, January 25th, 2021  

Pimlico Plumbers are set to introduce a ‘No Jab, No Job’ policy for employees, with reference to the COVID-19 vaccine. 

 


 

ROCKWOOL launches Green Homes Grant companion app

Posted: Monday, January 25th, 2021  

ROCKWOOL Green Homes Grant app supports homeowners with energy efficiency scheme. 

 


 

Research raises concerns for government’s environmental targets in the Construction Sector

Posted: Monday, January 25th, 2021  

Uponor’s recent Whitepaper has revealed that many industry professionals believe there needs to be big changes in the construction industry, in order to meet the government’s net-zero environmental targets by 2050.  

 


 

Construction Community: Tarmac launches the Blue Circle 'One of the Family' Podcast

Posted: Monday, January 25th, 2021  

Tarmac Cement have launched their ‘One of the Family’ Podcast this month, aimed to support struggling Tradespeople and Construction workers.  

 


 

Protrade launches eco-friendly foil pack in mission to champion a greener future for the Construction Trade

Posted: Thursday, January 21st, 2021  

Protrade launches eco-friendly foil pack in mission to champion a greener future for the construction trade.  

 


 

Mark Vitow LTD launch new Easy-Install Wetroom Kit

Posted: Thursday, January 14th, 2021  

Mark Vitow LTD launch new Easy-Install Wetroom Kit, one of the most innovative and flexible products of its kind. 

 


 

NHBC releases new 2021 standards for UK housebuilders

Posted: Wednesday, January 13th, 2021  

NHBC, the UK’s leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes releases the 2021 edition of its technical Standards. 

 


 

24% of Tradespeople Believe Their Business Won't Survive Lockdown

Posted: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021  

In a recent survey by Rhino Trade Insurance, it had been revealed that 24% of over 300 self-employed tradespeople were not confident their business could survive another lockdown.  

 


 

CICV Forum and CSIC to launch new Be Covid Smart digital learning toolkit

Posted: Monday, January 11th, 2021  

The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has teamed up with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) to create a new and innovate ‘Be Covid Smart Digital Learning Toolkit’.  

 


 

Grant UK publishes new heat pump brochure

Posted: Wednesday, January 6th, 2021  

The new Grant Aerona³ Air Source Heat Pump range brochure is released. 

 


 

Stopcocks Women Plumbers Discovery Sessions

Posted: Monday, January 4th, 2021  

Stopcocks Female Plumbers run frequent Discovery sessions, which are an informal opportunity to hear more about the organisation.  

 


 

Is The Heating Industry Failing?

Posted: Tuesday, December 1st, 2020  

Research from The Heating Hub suggests training and upskill failings in the Heating Industry.