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EE Smith celebrates four decades of its apprenticeship partnership with Leicester College

Specialist interior fit-out contractor and NAS Member, EE Smith Contracts Ltd, is celebrating four decades of its apprenticeship partnership with Leicester College recruiting 15 youngsters despite Covid-19. John Richardson was among the first apprentices that EE Smith Contracts Ltd sent to the former Southfield College – which became known as Leicester College in 1999 – …

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NAS becomes a non-corporate member of TRADA

The NAS has recently become a non-corporate member of the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA). TRADA is an international membership organisation dedicated to inspiring and informing best practice design, specification and use of wood in the built environment and related fields. They provide resources and research on a wealth of topics including technical specifications, …

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Covid-19 updates: Job Support Scheme, Fines for companies preventing workers from self-isolation

Working from Home In light of Boris Johnson’s announcement on 22 September, UK office workers have been encouraged to return to working from home, much of the hospitality industry has been given a 22:00 closing time (along with other restrictions), the use of face coverings has been expanded, and last week saw the rule-of-6 being …

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Five Minutes With Gail Hounslea, Chairman of the Ladder Association and Managing Director of Ladderstore

    As part of the NAS’ Working at Height Week, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to spend (a virtual!) Five Minutes With Gail Hounslea, Chairman of the Ladder Association and Managing Director of Ladderstore. 1. How did you first come into this industry? I started a company, Ladderstore, in 2004 to …

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Supporting the move towards zero cash retentions in construction

Cash retentions – the withholding of a percentage of payment on construction work until it is completed free of defects – is intended to provide security to clients that any defects will be rectified appropriately. However they can be problematic for all parties in the supply chain, and retention bonds on larger projects are becoming …

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