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Home Improvement Partnership

Barbour ABI launches Home Improvement Partnership with NHIC and FMB

Barbour ABI has teamed up with the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to form the Home Improvement Partnership.
mandatory licensing

Small builders call for mandatory licensing for building firms

Results from the most recent State of Trade Survey from the Federation of Master Builders showed that 86% of respondents are calling for mandatory licensing for building firms.
ban cowboy builders

Call for mandatory licensing to ban cowboy builders

A Private Member’s Bill is calling for the mandatory licensing of construction companies to outlaw cowboy builders.
Materials and skills shortages

Materials and skills shortages threatens construction’s recovery

The construction industry is struggling to recover due to increasing material costs and skills shortages, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
building job shortages

89% of builders face job delays as shortages continue

Local builders have reported delays to jobs due to materials and skills shortage, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
pay rise for construction workers

FMB & Unite agree 1.5% pay rise for construction workers

The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed to a 1.5% pay rise for construction workers which will come into effect in June 2021.

2 in 3 builders say VAT policy will lead to cashflow...

The Government must scrap new tax policy ‘reverse charge VAT’ to show they are listening to builders and protecting jobs, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Building industry

Forging a stronger building industry

At the end of 2020, Federation of Master Builders members elected Jan Etchells as the organisation’s new national president, the first woman to take on the role. Here, Jan sets out the priorities for her two-year term at this challenging time for the SME building industry.
planning system, SME housebuilders

One in three housebuilders want ‘broken planning system’ fixed

One in three housebuilders want the ‘broken’ planning system fixed to boost construction activity, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to the government’s consultation on the Planning White Paper.

1 in 2 builders report surge in summer workloads, says FMB

Builders report a busy summer thanks to strong levels of consumer demand for repair and maintenance works, according to a new survey by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Jan Etchells

FMB elects first female national president

Members of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) have elected Jan Etchells as their new national president at their annual general meeting, held virtually on 18 September.
New deal

New deal: Boris Johnson pledges to ‘build build build’

Prime minister Boris Johnson will today (30 June) announce a ‘New Deal’ to ‘build, build, build’ putting jobs and infrastructure at the heart of the government’s economic growth strategy.
Construction apprenticeships,

Construction apprenticeships will ‘turbocharge’ economy, says FMB

Construction apprenticeships are needed to help Britain get back on its feet, urges the Federation of Master Builders’ ‘Trading Up’ report.
cowboy builders,

Experts back calls for licensing to end ‘cowboy builders’

Experts within the UK construction industry have urged the government to take action against cowboy builders by consulting an industry-wide licensing/certification scheme.
support packages

FMB urges chancellor to cover dividend payments in support packages

The Federation of Master Builders has called on the chancellor to provide greater support for those running small businesses who fall between the gap in schemes to support employees and the self-employed.
construction work,

Only emergency and critical construction work should continue, says FMB

Only emergency construction work should be allowed to continue order to protect the health and of construction workers, argues the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, construction workers,

Self-employed construction workers to get £80% of average monthly profit

UK’s self-employed construction workers will get a grant of 80% of their average monthly trading profit over the last three years up to £2,500, the chancellor has announced.
small builders,

Small builders need urgent support from Government, says FMB

Small builders need urgent support from the government to avoid industry-wide job losses and insolvencies, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
planning system,

Good design and placemaking at the heart of planning reforms

The government has revealed plans to put good design and place-making at the heart of a reformed planning system.
immigration system,

New points-based immigration system will ‘hamper UK construction’

Home secretary Priti Patel has announced the launch of a new points-based immigration system which will give priority to 'highly skilled' workers.
Construction industry,

What the construction industry needs from Boris

In the wake of Boris Johnson’s election win, Ibrahim Imam, founder of PlanRadar, looks at five things the new prime minister needs to deliver for the construction industry.
rate of VAT, construction,

VAT must be cut for construction sector to recover, says FMB

The chancellor should prioritise cutting the rate of VAT on home improvement works and invest in the construction industry to maintain the sector’s recovery, urges the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Housebuilding, build more homes,, FMB

Housebuilding must be a priority, 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).
House builders' survey 2019, self and custom build

Self and custom build work important for SMEs, report reveals

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) House Builders’ Survey 2019 has highlighted the importance of the self and custom build sector as a source of work for its members.
demand for new homes, small housebuilders

Demand for new homes falls to lowest level since 2013, says...

According to latest figures from Federation of Masters Builders’ (FMB), the consumer demand for new homes has fallen by 8% to its lowest level since 2013.
infrastructure revolution, Sajid Javid,

Sajid Javid pledges £600m ‘infrastructure revolution’

Chancellor Sajid Javid has unveiled more than £600m of new infrastructure spending, as he commits to an ‘infrastructure revolution’ over the next 12 months.

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