Mixed response to Migration Advisory Committee immigration report

Recommendations for a new single skills-based immigration system have been welcomed by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) but condemned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Published 29 January 2020

VAT cut needed to build on construction recovery

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has urged the Chancellor to use the upcoming Budget to slash the rate of VAT on repair and maintenance work and to invest in the construction sector in order to maintain the industry’s recovery.

Published 13 January 2020

Building sector responds to General Election result

Trade bodies from across the construction sector have been reacting to the Conservatives winning an overall majority after yesterday’s UK General Election.

Published 13 December 2019

Wet November contributes to further fall in construction activity

UK construction companies recorded another drop in business activity during November; however the pace of decline moderated to its slowest since July.

Published 3 December 2019

MCK picks up Master Builder prize for outstanding coastal renovation

Montrose building firm MCK Construction Ltd has been presented with a new Isuzu D-Max Utah Pick Up after beating hundreds of builders across the UK to scoop the overall Master Builder Award in the prestigious Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) 2019 Master Builder Awards

Published 28 October 2019

FMB: Tool theft affects eight in ten builders

More than three-quarters of Britain’s builders have been victims of tool theft, with some having lost more than £20,000 worth of tools in the past ten years, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Published 24 October 2019

Construction employers call for ‘breathing space’ on post-Brexit visas

The UK government has been urged to relax its planned visa restrictions following the UK’s departure from the EU in favour of a flexible migration system for construction workers.

Published 3 October 2019

UK construction sector ‘firmly stuck in a downturn’

Building activity has fallen at the second-fastest rate since April 2009, new figures have revealed.

Published 2 October 2019

Montrose firm crowned UK’s overall Master Builder

Montrose building firm MCK Construction Ltd has beaten hundreds of builders across the UK to scoop the overall Master Builder award in the prestigious Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) Master Builder Awards 2019.

Published 25 September 2019

Builders welcome delay to VAT change as victory for common sense

The UK Government is to delay the introduction of VAT Reverse Charging for construction companies by a year after a coalition of trade bodies and organisations highlighted its potentially damaging consequences.

Published 9 September 2019

Output contracts for fourth consecutive month as new orders fall at fastest pace for a decade

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on the UK Government to bring an end to the threat of ‘no deal’ after new data found that construction output has contracted for the fourth month in a row and new orders fell at the fastest pace for over ten years.

Published 3 September 2019

Accountants urge government to delay VAT Domestic Reverse Charge

An audit, tax and consulting firm has joined the call for the UK Government to delay its proposed implementation of the VAT Domestic Reverse Charge due to the apparent lack of preparedness from within the industry.

Published 30 August 2019

Construction bodies lobby Treasury over reverse VAT charges

Fifteen UK construction bodies have written to the UK Government to share serious concerns regarding the implementation of reverse VAT charges and have called for a delay in implementing the new rules.

Published 9 August 2019

UK construction output declines for third consecutive month

Output in the UK construction sector declined for the third month running in July as lower volumes of work were recorded across all three broad categories of activity.

Published 2 August 2019

Scottish builders outperform rest of UK as wider sector prepares for downturn

Scotland’s SME construction sector appeared to buck the trend in the second quarter of this year as the wider UK industry reorganised its workforce in preparation for a potential downturn.

Published 31 July 2019