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FITA Launches Training in Scotland: First course in May

FITA Launches Training in Scotland: First course in May

FITA is delighted to announce that it has a new training venue in Scotland in conjunction with Forbo Flooring UK Ltd, with the first courses taking place in May 2018.

FITA’s Training Centre in Loughborough benefits from its central midlands location as it is easy to travel to from a significant proportion of the UK. It is however, a long way to travel from Scotland: a consideration that the FITA team have been pondering on for some time.

Scottish floorlayers are obviously as keen to train and upskill as any floorlayers south of the border and FITA have received repeated requests to provide training in Scotland. The FITA team are, therefore, very pleased to announce the launch of FITA courses at Forbo’s laying school in Kirkcaldy following extremely positive discussions with Forbo over the last 6 months.

The first course to run in Kirkcaldy will be Sheet Vinyl – Wetrooms Installation on 1-2 May 2018. This is a 2 day advanced course suitable for commercial installers.

Following this there will be a Linoleum Installation - Basic course on 3-4 May 2018. This is a basic level course which is suitable for both domestic and commercial installers.

The cost for each 2-day course is £414 + VAT.
(Both CFA and NICF members benefit from 15% discount.)

Details of future courses will be added to the FITA website as soon as new dates are released. 

The FITA team is available to take bookings over the telephone on 0115 950 6836 or click here to download a booking form.

26th March 2018
CFA welcomes new member in Kingston Upon Thames
27th March 2018
Statement from Build UK to its members

The Build UK board have made the following statement:

The collapse of Carillion earlier this year, played out in front of us, shows the outcome when a major industry sector operates with a commercial model that is not fit for purpose. We have seen up close what happens when we have a combination of lowest price, inequitable transfer of contract risk, poor payment practices and inadequate governance.  

Yet we can’t say it was unexpected or a huge surprise.  We have all known, and talked about for years, the practices and behaviours that would deliver a successful and more profitable construction business environment. So why do we all continue to perpetuate the practices that inevitably lead to business failure?

Build UK believes that the lack of trust between parties throughout the whole construction supply chain drives the way we behave and if ever there was a catalyst for change this is it and if there was a time, it is now. 

Throughout bull and bear markets the construction industry lurches from collaboration to conflict promoting inconsistent behaviours; in addition, the transactional nature of our projects and business relationships do nothing to engender long term trust. 

The Build UK Board is clear that it can, and will, provide the strong, bold and incisive leadership that the construction industry so desperately needs. Bringing together the supply chain including Clients, Contractors, Specialist Contractors and now Professional Services, institutions and others, has created the opportunity to stop talking about what is right for one party or another but to do what is right for the whole industry and we need to lead the industry accordingly.

Build UK’s priorities of Improving Business Performance, Increasing Productivity and Recruiting,Training and Retaining Talent, identify that unless we address the Commercial Model we currently operate we will never truly be able to deliver an industry that is fit for purpose.

To show that we mean business, to demonstrate that working collectively will benefit all of us and to change the way construction services are both procured and provided, our focus over the coming year will be to deliver three outcomes that will make a difference.

  • We have brought together a task force to identify the bespoke contractual clauses regularly introduced to the standard forms of contract that demand the impossible and perpetuate the inequitable transfer of risk. Together we intend to challenge the status quo 
  • We will publicly benchmark our Members on their payment performance helping clients, contractors and suppliers to make informed decisions about who they work with on their projects 
  • We will implement a roadmap to zero retentions addressing both the practice and its underlying drivers, changing payment practices for ever.

Improving our business performance and rewarding success with a sustainable level of profit will enable the industry to drive innovation, invest in future skills and apprenticeships and support the digital transformation we would all like to see. 

The prize cannot be understated but it requires both leadership and the industry to be unified and united if we are to claim it. The Build UK board, on behalf of Build UK, represents 40% of the construction sector. It is prepared to lead the charge and by all of us working together we can change the industry from one of mediocrity to one which realises its potential to be truly world class.

8th March 2018
CFA welcomes new member in Barton le Clay, Bedfordshire.

The CFA is pleased to welcome a new Contractor member.  Bellwood Interiors of Barton le Clay in Bedfordshire.

16th February 2018
CFA welcomes new member in Billericay, Essex.

The CFA are pleased to welcome a new Associate Contractor member, Roseville Projects Ltd of Billericay, Essex.

14th February 2018
Build UK update on Carillion liqidation

Following the liquidation of Carillion last month, please find below the latest update on the work that Build UK is doing to represent the industry to Government and support those directly affected.

Information for Members

  • Additional Carillion companies have now been place into liquidation and an up to date list as of 30 January can be found in Build UK and CECA’s updated factsheet
  • Companies who have not been paid for goods or services which have been supplied to the Carillion companies in liquidation should submit their claim to the Official Receiver. More information is available on the PwC website.
  • The banks have published further advice for creditors and businesses should speak to their own bank in the first instance.
  • DWP have published a range of information sheets for businesses affected by Carillion’s liquidation.
  • CITB is continuing to support the apprentices affected and we encourage members to provide apprenticeship opportunities by contacting CITB.

Leading the Industry 

  • Suzannah Nichol continues to represent the industry on the Government’s Carillion Task Force. Build UK is calling on the Government and PwC to set out continuation plans for current projects and to commit to 30-day payment terms and zero retention throughout the supply chain on all existing and future projects.
  • Build UK is working with both members and other organisations to discuss the industry’s next steps and in particular the long term sustainability of the industry’s business model. We would welcome thoughts from members and please get in touch with Laura Smith.

Gathering Information

  • Build UK continues to seek information regarding the impact of Carillion’s liquidation on specific projects and the supply chain to inform our conversations with Government as well as next steps. Please send any information confidentially to Laura Smith.
3rd February 2018
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