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Skills crisis threatens specialist contractors
The number of flooring and other specialist contractors struggling to recruit skilled labour is at its highest for 14 years, according to the latest NSCC state of trade survey, following significant increases in both enquiries and orders in the first quarter of 2015. Nearly half (47%) of all specialist contractors have experienced more difficulty in recruiting skilled labour this year compared to just 2% who have found it less difficult.

Manufacturers optimistic but exports fall, says new survey
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SAFETY FOCUS PROFITS BUSINESS
A STAGGERING 40% of building sites fail to ensure basic health and safety measures are in place. This was revealed by the Health & Safety Executive recently after a month of inspections. Unacceptable conditions and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the 1,748 repair and Read more...

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Greenwashing may be waste of money, says new research

Sustainability consultant Alan Best speaks to Professor Geoff Beattie about his research on attitudes to sustainability: LAST month in CFJ I commented on the work of Professor Geoff Beattie onsustainability. I also highlighted his discoveries on our attitudes as basic human beings to the profound issues such as global warming. Professor Beattie is professor of psychology at Edge Hill University and a masters supervisor on the sustainability leadership programme at the University of Read more

 CFA COMMENT
Sustainability marches on (even if the FSP doesn’t)

ENVIRONMENTAL matters have featured quite regularly on my radar over the last few weeks and months. Some have been really good experiences and some a bit
disappointing. February saw the
launch of this year’s CFA Read more

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Wood and laminate flooring remains popular for both domestic and contract locations:  
Bona says its new improved Hard Wax Oil for wood floors offers ‘outstanding green credentials meaning contractors can offer their customers a truly sustainable solution when a hard wearing, oiled surface is required’. Read more

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