News | July 2018

Kee-klamps – Some of the Key Components in our Safe Access Solutions

31st July 2018

Here at Safety Fabrications, we take safety seriously – after all, we’re a leading manufacturer of safe access equipment for a range of industry sectors in Britain.  We manufacture a comprehensive variety of fall protection and access products, which include steps, stairs and walkways.  This has led to the use of a large number of tube and fittings in our products and we’ve come to the conclusion that the Kee-klamp range is the most versatile and highest quality on today’s market.  As such, we’re an approved Kee-klamp distributor and our stock contains a range of both tube and fittings.

Construction - Keeping it in the Family

30th July 2018

Most of us who work in the construction industry here in the UK will be aware that sector depends heavily on small to medium enterprise (SMEs) – in fact, more than 99% of all UK businesses are classed as SMEs, employing more than 12 million people and taking a vital role in growing the UK economy.  A recent survey reveals that British construction relies on more than 900,000 family firms, employing 1.4 million people, representing almost 70% of private sector employment.  What’s more, despite the gloomy economic outlook as we face Brexit, these companies are growing with their turnover incr

Self Employed Construction Contractors and IR35

26th July 2018

If you’re a self-employed contractor in the construction industry, you need to be aware that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) recently announced a new crackdown which focuses mainly on the 15% of the UK workforce who identify as self-employed, whether as a sole trader, contractor or freelancer.  This means that all self-employed workers need to ensure that their taxes are in good order to prevent HMRC investigation and subsequent action. 

Construction Projects – Taking the Waste Away

25th July 2018

Here at Safety Fabrications we like to keep our fingers on the pulse of what’s going on within the construction industry as a whole so that we can keep our readers up to date with all new developments within our sector.  As the UK construction industry (and Britain as a whole) strives to improve our ethical stance towards the environment in order to help achieve the government’s sustainability targets, the spotlight often falls on the need to recycle and reuse. 

Keeping Construction Company Vehicles on the Road in the Summer

24th July 2018

If you’re a construction company owner, whether your business is large or small, chances are that you use a works van for transport of tools, equipment and machinery to get to the jobs you do.  The recent heatwave has caused all manner of problems for workers in the UK, especially those who work outdoors in the glaring heat of the sun, as do so many of us in the construction industry.

Business Benefits of Staff Training in the Construction Industry

23rd July 2018

With the construction industry here in the UK facing a burgeoning skills shortage that’s predicted to get worse over the coming years, construction company owners often find it challenging to hire a workforce that has the skills and knowledge necessary to complete projects.  A career in construction has not seemed an attractive option for school leavers in the past few decades and skills that were once taken for granted are becoming a rarity in some areas.  As the ageing workforce has moved into retirement, finding replacements from a dwindling pool of qualified workers could lead to busine

Putting the Pride into the Construction Industry

19th July 2018

We’ve said it before and we’re going to say it again!  The 21st Century construction industry here in the UK needs to be more inclusive in order to attract enough young recruits.  More than two years ago we reported on a Stonewall conference titled building an Inclusive Environment, in which senior figures in construction discussed problems faced by lesbian, gay and transgender employees in our sector.  At that time it was revealed that a worrying 80% of gay men and women in some parts of our

Join the List of Builders Qualified to Work on Places of Worship in the UK

18th July 2018

Last year we took a look at Heritage Construction here in the UK – it’s certainly a great business model for construction companies that want to specialise and stand out from the crowd.  There is plenty of work available as we strive to maintain and repair our millions of traditional buildings (constructed before 1919) in the UK.  However, training in traditional skills is vital for undertaking heritage work of this type in order to be considered for repair and maintenance work on the 20% of UK pro

Great Things come in Small Packages – Good News for SME Construction Companies

17th July 2018

Some great news for small to medium construction companies here in the UK – apparently, consumers are twice as likely to feel “very satisfied” with the quality of their new home if it was built by a small and medium sized house builder, according to new research carried out by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).  When researching satisfaction rates among those who have bought a new home in the past five years, twice as many people (36%) revealed that they are very satisfied with the quality of their new build home when purchased from a SME house builder.  That’s compared with those who

Contractor Liability Insurance Explained for Construction SMEs

16th July 2018

Last week we brought our readers some important news on insurance, with a leading insurance broker advocating that insurance price comparison websites should be stopped from offering quotes to small construction companies.  With comparison websites a popular method of finding all types of insurance nowadays, Managing Director of Construction Insure, Mark Herbert claims that independent contractors are being tempted into buying cheap insurance deals which may not cover all of the work they