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Even though the construction sector has been experiencing positive growth over the past several months, it still faces a steep challenge—rising material costs.
Following a successful Supreme Court challenge against a business rates ruling, is there now an appetite for more fundamental change to the rating system?
The HSE conducted a series of inspections in 2016 at small refurbishment sites in order to encourage construction firms to adopt and enforce robust health and safety standards.
The sector is struggling with profitability despite positive performance indicators showing projects are running to budget.
Regular health and safety inspections are recommended for any company, especially those that are often inundated with hazards, such as those in the construction industry.
Since the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences came into force in February of this year, 38 per cent of the 101 fines issued have gone to construction firms.
Beginning on 3rd October 2016, HSE inspectors will be conducting surprise inspections at construction sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.
While collecting late payments is a relatively constant problem that affects businesses across nearly every industry, it is the single largest risk to the long-term sustainability of construction firms - especially small to mid-sized enterprises.