Post-Brexit migration recommendations ‘would cripple construction’

New plans set out by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) for a post-Brexit immigration policy would cripple the construction industry, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Published 19 September 2018

Urgent review of Apprenticeship Levy required to reverse decline in apprenticeships, says FMB

The 28 per cent fall in construction apprenticeship starts between August 2017 and March 2018 compared with the same period the previous academic year suggests the Government needs to look again at the way the Apprenticeship Levy is working, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Published 15 June 2018

Alarm bells over construction output fall, says FMB

The Beast from the East, rising costs and Brexit are to blame for the sharp drop in construction output, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the April 2018 construction output figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Published 12 June 2018

Scottish ministers to consider lessons from Hackitt review into fire safety

A review into UK building regulations in the wake of last year’s Grenfell Tower fire has highlighted the benefit of the pre-emptive system in Scotland, though ministers have vowed to ensure its recommendations are considered north of the Border.

Published 18 May 2018

Carillion’s Board to blame for ‘rotten corporate culture’ that led firm’s failure, say MPs

MPs have launched a scathing attack on directors at collapsed construction giant Carillion who they believe should face disqualification for being too busy “stuffing their mouths with gold” to worry about employees.

Published 16 May 2018

Scottish builders bounce back but material price concerns remain

Scottish construction firms enjoyed strong growth in the first three months of this year despite record numbers of builders reporting rising material prices, according to a new report.

Published 2 May 2018

SME building firms bemoan ‘rocketing’ material prices

Rising material prices are squeezing margins at more than half of the UK’s small building firms with the same percentage having to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to new research.

Published 20 April 2018

Warning signs for construction as weather hits output figures

Snowy weather, rising costs and uncertainty relating to Brexit are to blame for a sharp drop in construction output, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

Published 4 April 2018

Sector ‘cautiously welcomes’ Chancellor’s call for late payment evidence

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement of a new consultation on late payment has given a cautious welcome by the construction sector.

Published 15 March 2018

Consumer fears over cowboy builders ‘costing UK economy £10bn’

The UK economy is missing out on £10 billion each year because homeowners decide against commissioning building work out of fear of a cowboy builder, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Published 12 February 2018

Scottish SME builders suffer sharp fall in confidence and workloads

Confidence and workloads for small builders in Scotland took a sharp downward turn towards the end of 2017 amid continuing skills shortages in the sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders in Scotland (FMB Scotland).

Published 23 January 2018

Banks show support for SMEs affected by Carillion insolvency

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on banks to show leniency to the thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Carillion’s supply chain.

Published 18 January 2018

‘Procurement lessons must be learned’ after Carillion demise

Trade bodies and unions have called on both the UK and Scottish governments to ensure that appropriate lessons are learned for future decisions on the procurement of large scale construction projects following the collapse on the UK’s second biggest construction firm.

Published 15 January 2018

Major trade bodies warn against Brexit ‘cliff edge’ for EU construction workers

The construction sector has come together to warn the UK government of the dangers of the industry facing a ‘cliff edge’ regarding access to EU workers.

Published 29 November 2017

‘Cowboy clients’ taking toll on construction SMEs

Clients that delay or withhold payment without good reason or make completely unreasonable demands are a serious problem for three quarters of small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms, a study by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has found.

Published 6 November 2017