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PBC Today Editorial Board: How has construction coped with Covid-19?

In March, as we marked a year since Britain first entered lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, PBC Today’s Editorial Board gathered over Zoom to discuss the impact of a turbulent 12 months for everyone in the sector.
Housebuilders, Federation of Master Builders, housing targets

Barriers to small housebuilders need to be removed, says FMB

The government needs to do more to remove the barriers to SME housebuilders if its housing targets are to be met, says FMB.
SME construction, fmb,

Workloads for SME construction firms fall for first time in six...

Workloads for SME construction companies have fallen for the first in six years, but expectations for the future are positive, according to research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Permitted development, labour party, affordable housing,

Labour says it will scrap permitted development rule

The Labour Party has said it would scrap a government scheme that allows commercial and residential buildings to be transformed into homes without planning permission.
construction output,

Rise in construction output mustn’t create false sense of security, says...

The Government must not be complacent about the damage a ‘no deal’ Brexit would cause to the UK’s construction industry, despite new ONS figures pointing to positive signs of growth.

Builders and homeowners share concerns over increased skip and diesel prices

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) warns increased skip and diesel prices will make it more difficult for homeowners to improve their homes.
construction SMEs

Growth among construction SMEs slows, says FMB

Growth among construction SMEs slowed in most parts of the UK in the third quarter of this year, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
Co-living, micro-homes, housing crisis

Co-living and micro-homes top most popular solutions to housing crisis

New research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed that people favour building more co-living and micro-homes in urban areas as a solution to the housing crisis, while building on the greenbelt is the least favoured solution
eU net migration

Fall in EU migrant workers sounds alarm bell for UK construction

The drop in EU net migration has sounded alarm bells for the UK construction industry, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to figures published 
young people

FMB urge young people to consider construction as a career

Half of the UK’s 18-24 year olds feel pressurised into to going to university, with this age group being four times more likely to experience pressure to study for a degree than +55 year olds, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
Brick shortage

Brick shortage affecting small developers

The UK is currently experiencing a brick shortage, with many companies being forced to wait over 12 months for bricks. Not only is this slowing down development, it’s also driving up the cost of bricks massively

Construction SME sector unfazed by Brexit uncertainty

Despite Brexit woes, construction SME workloads continued to rise in Q2 2018, according to the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) State of Trade Survey
licensing scheme

Some 80% of builders & homeowners support licensing construction

Nearly 80% of builders and homeowners are urging the Government to introduce a licensing scheme for the UK construction industry to put an end to rogue traders once and for all, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
Apprenticeship Levy

Urgent review of apprenticeship levy required, says FMB

The Apprenticeship Levy is failing and the Government needs to rethink its approach, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
T level

Construction T level courses to begin in 2020

The Department for Education has confirmed that the teaching of T level courses in construction will commence in September 2020
delivery plan

FMB says delivery plan needed to address construction skills shortage

In response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s Interim report, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said the industry requires a serious delivery plan in place for post-Brexit skills and immigration policy
career in construction

Study says career in construction exceeds many university graduate roles

Research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), published ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, has identified that construction apprentices will go on to earn thousands of pounds more every year than many of their university-educated counterparts
skills shortage

FMB’s skills shortage report highlights worst ever levels

A report by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), highlighting the fact that the skills shortage of construction workers has hit its worst ever levels, is the latest sign that offsite housing volumes must be increased to help overcome the housing crisis

Carillion’s collapse could cause “domino effect” among subcontractors, FMB warns

Carillion's collapse threatens to create a "domino effect" among subcontractors employing thousands of workers, the head of the Federation of Master Builders has warned
SME builders

‘Cowboy clients’ threaten SME builders

According to research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), three quarters of SME builders say ‘cowboy clients’ are hindering their business
Construction minister

Construction minister replaced after just ten months

The construction minister Lord Prior of Brampton has left his post after just ten months in the job

FMB says CITB must reform

According to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the CITB has one last chance to fundamentally reform and start facilitating quality training among the construction industry’s smaller firms
SME developers

Investment to tackle access to finance for SME developers in Wales

According to FMB Cymru, the Welsh Government’s pledge to improve access to finance for SME developers will boost house building
Positive start to 2017 for small to medium construction companies

Positive start to 2017 for small to medium construction companies

Small to medium construction companies experienced strong growth in the first quarter of 2017 according to the Federation of Master Builders