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How to take on an apprentice

By |2018-10-28T11:21:44+00:00October 28th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

Taking on an apprentice can be a rewarding experience, it allows young people and adult learners to gain a qualification while developing practical, on-the-job skills. But if the process is a little foggy to you as an employer, check out this guide on where to start, how to [...]

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How Can I Improve My Van Security?

By |2018-10-28T11:15:42+00:00October 28th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

When it’s time to choose the vehicle you wish to use for your business, the best thing you can do is prioritise the security of your van above anything else. While no van is 100% secure, standards in the industry are rising fast. The ratings from collected research [...]

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Are construction and trade apprenticeships falling out of favour?

By |2018-09-26T12:15:12+00:00September 26th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

Research now shows that there are fewer and fewer construction and trade apprenticeships, despite the overall increase of available positions. Studies revealed that construction and trade positions are declining, as they currently only make up a mere 7% of apprenticeships as a whole, when in 2006, this was [...]

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Generous plumber repairs boilers of elderly and disabled for free.

By |2018-09-26T12:04:04+00:00September 26th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

James Anderson may be a name you recognise, as he was recently helped by the newspaper, ‘The Sun’. The Sun were more than happy to reward James, for being nothing more than a humble hero and a hard-working plumber in his community. Why are such titles being aimed [...]

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Van drivers could save up to £86 million on fuel by ditching junk

By |2018-09-26T12:05:59+00:00August 29th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

Recent studies have found that almost half of the van drivers in the UK could save £58,374 a year in fuel costs. In 2015 new research revealed that 1.53 million (44%) of van drivers in the UK admit that half of their cargo is unnecessary and irrelevant to [...]

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Cowboy Builders Are Costing The Economy £10 Billion

By |2018-09-26T12:06:01+00:00August 29th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

Yes, that’s right, £10 billion. This warning has been put out by the Federation of Master Builders, and is due to the fact that homeowners are putting off home improvements. And this is all down to the fear of being scammed and taken advantage of by cowboy builders [...]

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Research reveals tradespeople earn thousands more than university graduates

By |2018-08-17T14:22:28+00:00August 17th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

According to new research, construction apprentices will earn thousands of pounds more than many university graduates. The Federation of Master Builders took a look at the average salaries of UK tradespeople, and discovered that many are earning well above the average wage of uni graduates. These studies uncovered [...]

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6 things tradespeople need to know in 2018

By |2018-07-26T08:41:54+00:00July 26th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

For tradespeople, 2017 was full of ups and downs and it left many wondering what’s in store for the years ahead. So we’ve compiled a list of what’s most likely to affect tradespeople in the coming 12 months, both good and bad. 1. The construction market is narrowing. [...]

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Owning a company – why a will is more crucial than you might think

By |2018-07-16T17:07:53+00:00July 16th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

If you own all or part of a business, you should have a will. If you die and don't have a will, your shares could be sold, the business could be broken up or it could fall apart because of poor management. If you die and don't have [...]

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Construction worker crushed in horrific on-site accident

By |2018-07-05T14:07:56+00:00July 5th, 2018|Business, Checked & Vetted, Membership, Trades|

A construction worker has reportedly been crushed in a horrific accident on site this month. The tragedy occurred 2 weeks ago in Midlothian, where SCG Supplies Ltd employee Andrew Darling was killed whilst working with machinery. It was reported that at around 2pm, Mr Darling was thought to [...]

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