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Mandelson pledges £4.5m to double apprenticeships

Some £4.5m in funding has been ring-fenced by the government specifically for apprenticeships and trainees in the engineering construction sector. 
 2 Dec 2009

Loss-hit MSS buys a slice of building services pie

Managed Support Services, formerly Worthington Nicholls, has made its first major building services acquisition by buying Redhill m&e firm Status Building Services. 
 1 Dec 2009

LUCKINSlive reaches out to building services sector

The building services industry can now access Amtech's newly-launched website LUCKINSlive.com, which it hopes will become the largest single source of information on 750,000 products. 
 30 Nov 2009

BSS Group expects challenging market throughout 2010

“I am pleased to report that revenue and earnings of the group have held up well” said Gavin Slark, group chief executive of the BSS Group, a distributor to specialist trades, which announced its interim results. 
 27 Nov 2009

Transforming Technologies' speakers announced

Mike Creamer, managing director of Business Edge, will discuss "Practical field performance analysis of acr systems" and is one of the speakers at London's Transforming Technologies conference on March 3, 2010. 
 27 Nov 2009

Paul Morrell announced as chief construction advisor

The government has appointed Paul Morrell OBE to the role of chief construction adviser. 
 24 Nov 2009

Systemair acquires Indian ventilation firm

Systemair has agreed to acquire the Indian ventilation company Ravistar for an undisclosed sum. 
 24 Nov 2009

OFT publishes findings on 103 construction firms fined £129M

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has published the findings of its investigation into 103 construction firms fined £129.2M for bid-rigging. 
 23 Nov 2009

VAT cut to 5% will save sector jobs says new report

A 5% VAT rate on repairs and maintenance to domestic property is justified by the construction jobs it would save and the improved energy efficiency it would bring to the UK housing stock, says a new report commissioned by Repairing Britain campaigners. 
 20 Nov 2009

Construction firm failures drop in Q3

Some 106 construction firms went into administration in Q3 2009, according to data issued by the Insolvency Service. 
 18 Nov 2009

Carbon monoxide week highlights prosecutions and death rate fall

It is carbon monoxide awareness week (November 16-20) and while the Health and Safety Executive highlights prosecutions in 2008/9 against those who breached gas rules, a Corgi Trust's report highlights a fall in the number of CO-related deaths. 
 18 Nov 2009

Local government suppliers exposed to postcode lottery

The average time UK councils take to pay invoices to suppliers is almost double the 10-day target the government set it one year ago, but results varies widely from region to region. 
 13 Nov 2009

Trox UK gets new MD

After 14 years as managing director of Trox UK, David Leatherbarrow has left the manufacturer and the md job has been taken up by Ludger Bökmann, head of International Business for the Trox group. 
 13 Nov 2009

Liverpool heating firm is latest buy for Heatwise boss

Liverpool-based heating specialist Booth Mechanical Services has been sold for an undisclosed seven figure sum to Heatwise boss Shaun Maclean. 
 12 Nov 2009

Dame Mavis McDonald in chief construction advisor frame

Dame Mavis McDonald's name is in the frame to take the government's chief construction advisor job. 
 11 Nov 2009

Aspen Air Conditioning launches Aspen Heat Pumps

Aspen Air Conditioning has launched Aspen Heat Pumps, a specialist division dedicated to the design, installation and maintenance of air source heat pumps. 
 11 Nov 2009

Aecom confirms new group structure

Six European businesses are now operating under the global brand Aecom and the group's new European management structure has been confirmed. 
 9 Nov 2009

Cooper announced as Armstrong UK MD

Steve Cooper has been appointed managing director for pump manufacturer Armstrong UK. 
 5 Nov 2009

Installers back supplier's ID request to stop cowboys

A poll of more than 600 installers in the UK has revealed 98% would support a policy to restrict the sale of gas safe critical products to Gas Safe registered engineers only. 
 5 Nov 2009

MD peddles to Paris helping raise £17,000 for sick kids

Frank Elkins, the managing director of BSS Industrial and Gavin Slark the CEO of the BSS group cycled 180 miles from London to Paris, raising more than £17,000 for the Rainbow Trust children's charity. 
 5 Nov 2009
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