CITB given ‘last chance’ to reform and address Scottish discontent

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to better recognise Scotland’s “high-quality” construction apprenticeships as it backed the continuation of the training body.

Published 26 September 2017

BTO calls on sector to further improve building standards compliance

Independent Scottish law firm BTO Solicitors is encouraging organisations operating in the construction sector to ensure they are maximising their compliance with building standards ahead of a special event on the topic organised by Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Published 28 August 2017

Construction activity falls to 11-month low

A slowdown in the commercial building market in July resulted in construction confidence falling to its lowest level since last August, according to the latest monthly survey of industry purchasing managers.

Published 2 August 2017

Construction SMEs bemoan soaring materials prices since EU referendum

The soaring cost of construction materials following the EU referendum has forced almost a quarter (22%) of SMEs to pass on price increases to consumers, according to research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Published 31 July 2017

Damp spring for Scottish builders as SMEs report slowdown in growth

Growth among Scottish builders slowed significantly in the second quarter of 2017 as political uncertainty and price concerns hit home, according to Federation of Master Builders in Scotland (FMB Scotland).

Published 24 July 2017

Construction trade associations publish election manifesto wish lists

Trade associations from the UK’s construction sector have put housebuilding, training and procurement reform at the forefront of their wish lists ahead of next month’s general election.

Published 9 May 2017

FMB warns over lack of skilled construction workers post-Brexit

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned that housing and infrastructure manifesto pledges will be “redundant” unless the construction sector has enough skilled workers post-Brexit.

Published 2 May 2017

Builders welcome national insurance U-turn

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said that the UK government made the right decision to row back on its plan to hike up national insurance contributions for the self-employed.

Published 16 March 2017

FMB adds its voice to the National Home Improvement Council

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the latest organisation to join the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) and add its voice to a growing membership of influential organisations which share its ambitions for raising home improvements standards and protecting UK consumers.

Published 15 February 2017

Builders hit by rising material costs amid falling pound

The depreciation of the pound is leading to an increase in material prices for 70 per cent of UK builders, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

Published 9 January 2017

Small housing developers bemoan ‘hit or miss’ approach to planning approvals

Small housing developers in Scotland perceive a very high degree of uncertainty in whether permission for small developments will be granted, new research has found.

Published 16 December 2016

Advertorial: Federation of Master Builders

75 years ago, the Federation of Master Builders was founded amidst the rubble of Blitz devastated London, with the objective of getting the voice of construction SMEs heard when it came to the huge job of rebuilding the capital. With so much of the country in need of repair however, the idea quickly caught on across the UK and before long, Master Builders could be found everywhere from Penzance to Thurso.

Published 7 October 2016

FMB warns of post-Brexit increase in material costs

Concerns over the rising costs of construction materials could be exacerbated by a weakening currency following the EU referendum result, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

Published 2 August 2016

‘Personal beliefs’ will sway builders’ EU referendum decisions, finds survey

More than 80 per cent of bosses of small construction firms will overwhelmingly base their decision to remain or leave the EU on their broader personal beliefs instead of their business interests, according to a new poll by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Published 23 May 2016

Salaries ‘soaring’ among small building firms

Small building firms are experiencing an increase in salaries as a result of the growing skills shortage, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Published 26 April 2016