Georgina Bisby

Georgina Bisby
Georgina Bisby is a journalist and editor with extensive experience covering construction and industrial news and technology, including a particular focus on health and safety, energy and environmental issues.

Redland recognises roofing’s top ten

Redland Apprentice

Somerset’s Joe Stradling has won the prestigious title of Redland Apprentice of the Year against stiff competition as one of ten of the country’s best roofing apprentices. In a West Country double, Cornishman Tom Knight was awarded Highly Commended, a category created to acknowledge how close he was to the top award. Joe, who works West Country Tiling in Frome, …

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Four month wait for good builders, new research reveals

Carillion's SME

Home owners should book in their builder at least four months before their project begins or risk working with a cowboy, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed. The research also shows that many consumers don’t ask their builders for essentials such as a contract or references when embarking upon a major piece of building work. …

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Safeguard’s Dryrod damp-proofing rods gain WTA approval

Dryrod damp-proofing

Dryrod damp-proofing rods from Safeguard Europe – the UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – have been accredited by the German WTA organisation for creating remedial damp-proof courses (DPCs) against capillary absorption in masonry, otherwise known in the UK as rising damp. The WTA, which translates into English as the Scientific and Technical Work Group for Building Conservation and …

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Bricklayer turned tax agent jailed for £1.5m tax scam

bricklayer Jeffrey Bakewell

A self-appointed Essex tax adviser, who instructed his clients on how to fraudulently claim £1.5m in tax repayments, has been jailed for five years. Former bricklayer Jeffrey Bakewell (69), of Cedar Avenue, Wickford, set himself up as a tax adviser and an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs revealed he kept around £300,000 from his clients’ false claims. Bakewell’s clients …

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App to help builders resolve disputes with ‘cowboy customers’

cowboy customers

You worked overtime for the new customer who was keen to have it finished on time, and sent your invoice promptly. Now you’re working on your next job, and need payment for the last one. The weeks tick by and no payment arrives. You call, text and email – nothing. Then you send a strongly worded letter, and the response …

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Makita expands 10.8v range

Makita HR166D 10.8v BL

Makita is expanding its popular 10.8v range of power tools which couples machine power performance with compact physical size – useful for those working in confined spaces or for prolonged periods of use where a full size machine would prove cumbersome. Additions include the new Makita HR166D 10.8v BL rotary hammer drill, which features Makita Brushless motor technology, has the …

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Makita improves M-class dust extractor

Makita VC4210M

Makita has introduced a new version of its 447M M-Class extractor – the Makita VC4210M which is designed to improve dust extraction at an affordable price. The updated design has moved the motor, control module and main filter higher up into the upper body housing which increases the tank working capacity. This enables a 30 litre disposable bag to be …

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UK Government urged to end health and safety deregulation following Grenfell Tower blaze

health and safety deregulation

The UK Government has been urged to scrap its approach to deregulation of health and safety legislation in the light of the Grenfell Tower blaze. In an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, over 70 leading organisations and figures from the UK’s safety and health profession have jointly called for a political sea change in attitude towards health and …

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Day in the life: Tim Bryant (CCF’s Trade Superhero)

tim bryant

Skill Builder’s ‘Day in the life’ feature takes a look at a typical day in the life of different tradespeople. Here we talk to Tim Bryant of T Byrant Builders Ltd, who was the winner of insulation and interior building products distributor CCF’s Trade Superhero competition winning a trip to New York City in May 2017. Tim was crowned victorious …

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Builders ‘bringing home the bacon’ at free demo day

The South East may have been enjoying a heatwave, but builders visiting DW Nye on Monday 19th June were getting ready for winter by finding out about the latest products on offer including a new waterproofing system that can be applied to roofs in as low as -5 degrees celcius. In the first of a series of demo days being …

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