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The jury's out...!

15-Aug-2017

The jury's out...!

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..

NAS Annual Report & Directory 2017

16-Jun-2017

NAS Annual Report & Directory 2017

The NAS Annual Report & Directory 2017 is now available to view in the members area... more..

NAS Talk Spring 2017

25-Apr-2017

NAS Talk Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 edition of NAS talk is now available to read. Click below to read it. View it here (http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&pubid=f985b1f0-e62e-468e-b6f3-580638f99e4d).. more..

The deadline for entries to the 2017 NAS DPA has been extended

04-Apr-2017

The deadline for entries to the 2017 NAS DPA has been extended

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..

Self-employment Protocol available in the members area

27-Mar-2017

Self-employment Protocol available in the members area

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..

NAS Members can now download a free copy of the PAS 82 Shopfitting Management Standard 2012 (with amendments)

10-Mar-2017

NAS Members can now download a free copy of the PAS 82 Shopfitting Management Standard 2012 (with amendments)

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..

Notice Agenda Papers now available

28-Feb-2017

Notice Agenda Papers now available

Notice Agenda and Papers for the 97th Annual General Meeting of the National Association of Shopfitters is now available in the members area. Click here (/login) to login and view... more..

CSCS to stop issuing CRO cards from 31 st March 2017

20-Jan-2017

CSCS to stop issuing CRO cards from 31 st March 2017

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..

NOW is the time to think about your entry for the 2017 DPA

16-Jan-2017

NOW is the time to think about your entry for the 2017 DPA

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..

Funding reform will see 16-18 apprenticeships ‘drop by two thirds’

06-Jan-2017

Funding reform will see 16-18 apprenticeships ‘drop by two thirds’

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 Construction Outlook: An Early Temperature Check

05-Jan-2017

2017 Construction Outlook: An Early Temperature Check

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..

Gender Pay Gap Reporting arrives early - but questions remain

21-Dec-2016

Gender Pay Gap Reporting arrives early - but questions remain

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..

Rest breaks and the long hours culture: what must employers do?

21-Dec-2016

Rest breaks and the long hours culture: what must employers do?

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..

Employment aspects of the Autumn Statement

19-Dec-2016

Employment aspects of the Autumn Statement

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..

Message from James Wates - Chairman of CITB

16-Dec-2016

Message from James Wates - Chairman of CITB

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..

Duty to Report Metrics Published

16-Dec-2016

Duty to Report Metrics Published

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..

New Apprenticeship Funding: What Does it Mean for Employers?

07-Dec-2016

New Apprenticeship Funding: What Does it Mean for Employers?

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..

JCT Launches New Edition of its Contracts

02-Dec-2016

JCT Launches New Edition of its Contracts

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..

Chancellors Autumn Statement

29-Nov-2016

Chancellors Autumn Statement

Download the Chancellors Autumn 2016 statement. The IMF predicts the UK’s economy will be fastest growing developed economy in world this year

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CIJC Holidays until 2018

23-Nov-2016

CIJC Holidays until 2018

This download gives guidance on the programme of Public/Bank holidays and annual holidays, which apply in England,Wales and Scotland until the New Year 2018.

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NAS House Christmas Shutdown

16-Nov-2016

NAS House Christmas Shutdown

NAS House will close for the festive period from 5pm on December 23rd and will re-open again on Monday 9th January 2017 at 9am. Emails and phone calls will be answered during this period.. more..

Apprenticeship Levy Update

28-Oct-2016

Apprenticeship Levy Update

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..

UK RUNWAY CAPACITY DECISION WELCOMED BY SUSTAINABLE AVIATION

25-Oct-2016

UK RUNWAY CAPACITY DECISION WELCOMED BY SUSTAINABLE AVIATION

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..

Apprenticeship Levy Update - 14 October 2016

14-Oct-2016

Apprenticeship Levy Update - 14 October 2016

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..

Commission and holiday pay: Court of Appeal uphold EAT decision

13-Oct-2016

Commission and holiday pay: Court of Appeal uphold EAT decision

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..

Apprenticeship Levy Update

07-Oct-2016

Apprenticeship Levy Update

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..

Quality is on the cards - NAS re-launches ‘Shopfitting and Interior Contractor Competency Scheme’

06-Oct-2016

Quality is on the cards - NAS re-launches ‘Shopfitting and Interior Contractor Competency Scheme’

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%.[1] (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 an employer-guidance update and here are the 6 key things you need to know

03-Oct-2016

The government has released an employer-guidance update and here are the 6 key things you need to know

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..

Apprenticeship Levy Update - 30 September 2016

30-Sep-2016

Apprenticeship Levy Update - 30 September 2016

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..

CITB News and Mid-year review

30-Sep-2016

CITB News and Mid-year review

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..

Design Partnership Awards 2016 winners brochure

22-Sep-2016

Design Partnership Awards 2016 winners brochure

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..

Announcing the first ever NAS Autumn Conference

15-Sep-2016

Announcing the first ever NAS Autumn Conference

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

05-Aug-2016

CITB News Update

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

01-Aug-2016

Fire door safety week - 5 step fire door check

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..

Revolutionise Apprenticeship Training: The NAS (National Association of Shopfitters) in collaboration with the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Launches Centre of Excellence Network

18-Jul-2016

Revolutionise Apprenticeship Training: The NAS (National Association of Shopfitters) in collaboration with the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Launches Centre of Excellence Network

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

05-Jul-2016

NAS launches revised PAS 82 2012_A1 2016

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 saraw@shopfitters.org The document is located under the Altius section once you are logged in... more..

CIJC and Unions reach agreement on Pay and Conditions

29-Jun-2016

CIJC and Unions reach agreement on Pay and Conditions

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..

Time to enter the Design Partnership Awards

10-May-2016

Time to enter the Design Partnership Awards

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..

NAS President’s Spring Weekend

10-May-2016

NAS President’s Spring Weekend

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..

A new look website

10-May-2016

A new look website

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..

Health and Safety Executive Refurbishment Inspection Initiative 2015

03-May-2016

Health and Safety Executive Refurbishment Inspection Initiative 2015

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 objec􀀋ives is to secure a positive behaviour change by all types of dutyholder to achieve and sustain acceptable standards of .. more..

CIJC Holiday entitlement 2016

03-May-2016

CIJC Holiday entitlement 2016

This briefing gives guidance on the programme of Public/Bank holidays and annual holidays, which apply in England, Wales and Scotland until the New Year 2017. Please download for more info

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NAS Design Partnership Awards 2015

11-Apr-2015

NAS Design Partnership Awards 2015

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..