A very warm welcome was awaiting the arrival of the attendees of the President's Spring Weekend in more ways than one. Temperatures were in the high 20s and the city was basking in sun when we all took a stroll through the vibrant streets for the Welcome dinner of paella on Thursday evening. Afterwards a number either went to watch the football in one of the bars, or headed for the Rad.. more..
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on Friday 25 May 2018. It has taken four years to develop and is the most important change in data privacy legislation in two decades. GDPR is an EU-wide regulation that will replace the current data protection laws in the UK. It has been designed to provide greater protection for personal data in today’s digital world. .. more..
The Autumn Conference is returning to County Hall on 19th October 2018. Guest Speaker Sir Richard Needham has a broad experience in government and business and will give you a fascinating and unique insight into turnarounds, risk taking and maintaining innovation in the public and private sectors both in the U.K. and abroad. He was elected Member of Parliament for Chippenham in May .. more..
Don't delay in getting your discounted tickets for the Design Partnership Awards 2018. The current discount is ending at 5pm on Friday 30th March. Individual ticket price is £90 + VAT or, for the first time, you can purchase a table of 10 at £800 + VAT. Taking place in the Crystal Room at The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair on Thursday 13th September, the event commences at.. more..
At the AGM on 14th March, the new NASBuy website was launched, uniquely for NAS Members The new NASBuy website enables Members to purchase all of their lighting at discounted prices, whilst supporting the NAS. It is a professional lighting portal providing a range of lighting services, extend lighting knowledge and expertise of NAS Members whilst delivering an annual rebate to the .. more..
Not naming names, and it's not to say you are a competitive bunch, but 'ringers' were brought in from Europe to fill the spaces on the bowling teams at the first NAS social event held at All Star Lanes, Brick Lane! It was great to see some of our newest members there who experienced at first hand, the willingness the members have to enjoy themselves. For those who have been members for qu.. more..
Tickets for the NAS Design Partnership Awards, and the Autumn Conference go on sale on Monday 5th February 2018. For a limited period, all tickets are being sold at a discounted price for all of the 'Early Birds'. The Design Partnership Awards 2018 are breaking with tradition, and will be held at The May Fair, Green Park, London on Thursday 13th September over a three course seated l.. more..
At the end of 2017, it was reported in the US that fashion speciality brand Nordstrom, Inc were opening stores of just 3,000 ft instead of their usual 140,000 sq ft. Recognising that service-driven seamless experiences within the retail sector grew exponentially in 2017, putting service at the core of engagement, these new style stores have a styling suite and eight dressing rooms surro.. more..
On 15th January, entry into the Design Partnership Awards opens. A new application process makes entry easier than ever and a higher than usual amount of entries are expected if the trend of the past few years is anything to go by. Projects can be entered into one or more or more of the following categories if they fit the criteria: Retail, Lifestyle, Heritage, Product, Small pro.. more..
The NAS are delighted to announce the first sponsors of the Design Partnership Awards 2018. Graham Interior Fit-Out have been quick off the mark to scoop one of just six Award Category sponsorship packages. This sponsorship will see their name added to the title of one of the Awards, and give them tickets to the 2018 event in London, along with a number of other branding opportunities. .. more..
Robert Hudson, Director of the NAS presented the Retail Week Interior Award 2017 for Shopfitting Excellence to Cumberland Group Ltd at a Gala Dinner on Thursday 3rd November 2017 at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane. It's proved to be a successful couple of months for Cumberland Group, having also won the 'best of the best' NAS Design Partnership Award 2017 for their project at Berry Bros &.. more..
Today, the NAS announced the new line up of Judges for the 2018 Design Partnership Awards. Lead by the Chairman of the Panel, Dave Park, the NAS are delighted to keep the current judges, but to add some additional experts as follows: Dave Park – Overall Chairman –Shopfitting representative Martin Quille – NAS National President – Shopfitting representative Dr Vanessa Brady O.. more..
Congratulations to everyone who entered the Design Partnership Awards 2017 and especially to all of the winners announced on the night. Held at the newly opened Mail Rail, the opportunity to ride on the train was a popular attraction, proving there is still a small child inside most of us, as the queue for the train never really subsided! Of course, everyone had come to find out who ha.. more..
The National Association of Shopfitters & Interior Contractors (NAS) is delighted to announce the launch of its new ‘virtual only’ Smartcard. The first organisation to offer its members a virtual only Smartcard, launching in October, the new virtual SICCS card, developed by Reference Point for the CSCS Go Smart platform, will provide NAS members with a digital smartcard that is quick and e.. more..
Our panel of judges, Vanessa Brady OBE, Kaye Newman, Sarah Page, Dave Park and Jon Tollit are busy visiting projects that have been entered for this year's Design Partnership Awards...and judging by the number of entries received, which once again, has hit a record level, they have their work cut out! Ticket sales will end on 5th September, and if you haven't already bought yours, don't de.. more..
The deadline for entries to the 2017 NAS Design Partnership Awards has been extended to 5pm on Friday, 7 July 2017 Submit your entries here (/dpa/submit-entries).. more..
This Protocol is intended to assist Association Members to assess the tax and national insurance risks of engaging with self-employed subcontractors. It is a general guide to the law, current at the time of writing this report. It is not a substitute for bespoke professional advice. Members please login here (/login) to download this document.. more..
Login to our members area and go to downloads to download the PAS 82 Shopfitting Management Standard 2012 (with amendments) document Click here to login (/login).. more..
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is reminding industry to be prepared for the withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card. CSCS will stop issuing CRO cards from 31st March 2017 and all CRO cards issued since October 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017. CSCS Head of Communications Alan O’Neile said: “The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) anno.. more..
Over the years, the NAS Design Partnership Awards have been going from strength to strength, welcoming non-members for the first time to expand the already great variety of high calibre projects even further. We are aware of the importance of sharing knowledge and delivering best practice throughout, in order for the industry to continuously provide cutting-edge fit-outs. We support the collab.. more..
The government must make a “clear and unambiguous” commitment to 16-to-18 apprenticeships, after a major provider warned that funding changes will cause its starts for that age group to plummet by two thirds. The claim was made by Jon Graham, chief executive of JTL, which specialises in training for the building services engineering sector, in an exclusive article for FE Week (http://fewee.. more..
2017 is likely to be one of the most volatile years for the construction industry for some time. There are an unprecedented set of issues playing out at the moment that are likely to create different stresses and strains. For developers and investors who will be commissioning construction projects this year, it is critical that they engage with the construction sector carefully and obtain the .. more..
The government has published the revised draft Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations, which are expected to come into force on 6 April 2017. In summary, the Regulations oblige larger employees (with 250+ employees) to publish on their website, and submit to the Government, specified information about the gender pay gap in their organisation. And in a change from th.. more..
Working time rules receive plenty of media attention, especially the vexed topic of holiday pay and the limits on weekly working time. A right that receives less air time is rest breaks: employees who work for six hours or longer are entitled to take a rest break of 20 minutes. Employers who "refuse" to provide rest breaks will be in breach of the Working Time Regulations. A recent cas.. more..
Last month, the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement. The key employment announcements arising from the Statement are summarised below. Salary Sacrifice Schemes In the Statement, the Chancellor announced a reduction in the number of employee benefits that will be eligible under salary sacrifice schemes. Such schemes allow employees to sacrifice a portion of their salary in exchang.. more..
Dear Colleagues I am writing to inform you that I have accepted Adrian Belton's resignation as CEO of CITB. He will leave the organisation at the end of 2016. In the past three years, Adrian has led the development of key organisational reforms that have enabled and shaped CITB's future offer to industry. Now that a plan has been delivered to the Board, Adrian has decided the time is r.. more..
The Government has published the metrics and draft regulations for the forthcoming 'Duty to Report on Payment Practices and Performance' which will require large businesses to report their payment practices on a six-monthly basis. Regulations for large companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) to publish their payment practices and performance twice a year will take effect in Ap.. more..
Apprenticeships are changing and, as an employer of apprentices how you deliver your apprenticeship training will also change. One of the major differences is that employers now have more control in the design and delivery of their apprenticeships. This will ensure that any new apprenticeships offered are flexible enough to meet the needs of both businesses and apprentices. From .. more..
The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) is rolling out its new suite of 2016 contracts which include a number of important updates. The new 2016 suite fully incorporates recent legislative changes as well as updates to reflect current initiatives in fair payment and Building Information Modelling (BIM). The substantive changes depend on the specific contract but in general they include: Inc.. more..
Key announcements: A 20% increase in the previously published provisional funding caps across all apprenticeship Frameworks for 16 to 18 year olds, plus reintroducing additional support for people in disadvantaged areas. More time for employers to spend funds in their digital account, moving from 18 to 24 months. A commitment to allow employers to transfer digital funds to other em.. more..
In response to the Government’s announcement on additional runway capacity in the South East of England, the AOA issued the press release below. The Secretary of State for Transport will make a statement to the House of Commons later today (expected around 13.00-13.30). Sustainable Aviation have also released their response to the announcement, which you can find here (http://www.sustainab.. more..
EEF say 'major question marks' remain over the Levy Calling for a delay in the Apprenticeship Levy, EEF have raised concerns that the Levy in its current form "lacks flexibility and does not give employers control of their own funds". More here<http://www.prw.com/article/20161012/PRW/161019941/major-question-marks-remain-over-apprenticeship-levy>. London Finance Commission cal.. more..
This article was written by Tamsin Rickard, Professional Support Lawyer We have reported previously on the series of holiday pay claims that have dramatically changed the law on what workers must receive during annual leave. A key shaping factor in the change has been the decision in Lock v British Gas, both in the ECJ (http://www.kwm.com/en/uk/knowledge/insights/lock-stock-and-barrel-ecj.. more..
Training provider register launch delayed DfE has confirmed that the launch of the new apprenticeship provider register will be delayed. The original plan, to launch the register on 3 October has now been shelved to allow authorities to 'finalise the approach'. More here (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-of-apprenticeship-training-providers). Safeguards will limit lev.. more..
The latest Construction Skills Network (CSN) report forecasts that between 2016-2020, the annual construction output growth in the UK will average an increase of 2.5%. (file:///C:/Users/Dan/Downloads/SICCS%20Card%20Scheme_FINAL.docx#_ftn1) This upsurge is predicted to necessitate 230,000 new workers in the next five years which will have an impact on compulsory skills and employment require.. more..
The Government has released further information for employers about how the apprenticeship levy will work. The guidance is relevant for all employers operating in the UK, whether they will pay the apprenticeship levy or not. Key updates: 1.Funds will be accessed through a newdigital apprenticeship serviceaccount and will appear in your account monthly, which will be available f.. more..
Dear Colleagues Just a few monitoring items for you today. HMRC Issues Apprenticeship Levy Regulations Draft regulations that cover how employers will calculate, report, and pay their Apprenticeship Levy liability have been issued by HM Revenue and Customs for consultation. More here<http://www.tax-news.com/news/UK_Issues_Apprenticeship_Levy_Regulations____72305.html >. .. more..
Experience Go Construct The Go Construct website has been nominated for a Masters of Marketing Award in the user experience and design category. The website is packed with information for parents, careers advisors, educators and employers on what qualifications and skills are required to work in construction and how to get them. Go Construct will be up against Gu Puds and Guardian Holi.. more..
We are delighted to announce that the Design Partnership Awards 2016 winners brochure is now available to view. Please click here (http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk//launch.aspx?pbid=f985b1f0-e62e-468e-b6f3-580638f99e4d) to view the brochure. .. more..
Our very first Autumn conference will be packed with the NAS Autumn General meeting, plenty of informal networking as well as great food, drink and some insightful speakers, Sadiq Tania, theTenant shopfit manager of intu properties plc plus Micheal Pawlyn, Lead Architect of the Eden Project Attendees will have numerous opportunities throughout the day to network with industry stakeholders .. more..
CITB News Update Here’s the latest from us about how we’re working to better support you. Update on Flexible and Structured Funding – Latest window for applications opened 19 July The next CITB Flexible and Structured funds window will go live on 19 July and close on 15th August. To date we have awarded £13m through these funds to our stakeholders. Our Skills and Training fu.. more..
Fire door safety week - 5 step fire door check Suspect the building you're living in, working in or visiting has a faulty fire door? Don't walk by. Report it to whoever manages or owns the building. You could save a life that day. Download the 5 step fire door checklist. (/News items/5 step fire door check.jpg) .. more..
The NAS and BWF have launched a new Centre of Excellence (CoE) network of colleges and training providers to ensure the survival of quality apprenticeship training for the joinery and wood machine industry. In the wake of the government’s decision to implement an apprenticeship levy and the industry’s call for quality skills training, the CoE pilot concept could not have come at a better.. more..
NAS launches revised PAS 82 2012_A1 2016 which is free to down load from the members area. This is an amended version as it was felt that on this occasion a full revision was not required. If you are unsure of your password to access the members area please contact firstname.lastname@example.org The document is located under the Altius section once you are logged in... more..
Following the recent Council Meeting and the discussion on the above a settlement was reached with the Union Side on the 22nd June 2016 please find attached for your consideration the fundamentals are:- a) An increase in basic rates of 2.5% from Monday 25 July 2016. (Delayed from 27 June to 25 July - with no back-dating). b) An increase in basic rates of 2.75% from Monday 26 June.. more..
It’s time to enter the NAS Design Partnership Awards 2016, which will once again celebrate the success of retail, non-retail and leisure collaboration between interior designers and shopfitters and fit out contractors across the EU trading bloc. Categories include Retail, Leisure, Young Designer, and Outstanding Contribution; all projects entered should have been completed in the past.. more..
Thanks to all of our members and partners who joined us at the NAS President’s Spring Weekend (14th - 17th April). We hope you all enjoyed the relaxing weekend on Lake Como, which saw guests networking, exploring the beautiful Italian landscape, and enjoying the much-anticipated NAS Gala Dinner. We’d also like to thank our sponsor Decolan, who welcomed us with a delicious dinner and op.. more..
We’re pleased to reveal our brand new website to our members, showcasing all of the benefits NAS membership can bring to your business. Vibrant and user friendly, our new website is just the cornerstone of our continued investment in supporting shopfitters and interior contractors, and we have many more exciting developments to come, including the Design Partnership Awards 2016 (http:.. more..
HSE is undertaking its annual refurbishment inspection initiative between the 14th September and the 9th October 2015. As well as ensuring on site health and safety risks are being managed by contractors, we will be following up failures by clients and designers. Our objecives is to secure a positive behaviour change by all types of dutyholder to achieve and sustain acceptable standards of .. more..
Great News NAS House are now calling for entries to this prestigious event which this year will be held on the 24th September 2015 at Kent House Knightsbridge in conjunction with 100% DesignFurther information can be found athttp://www.shopfitters.org/dpa2015/about.. more..