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Tendering for cleaning services guide

26 June 2017

The European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) has recently published a “best value” guide in conjunction with UNI Europa and supported financially by the EC. It aims to help buyers who are tendering for cleaning services to obtain best value in the cleaning sector.

Safety standards for ladders

23 June 2017

Revised design and testing requirements for ladders will apply with effect from January 2018 throughout Europe.

Government orders councils to check tower block cladding

22 June 2017

The Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has written to the chief executives of local authorities and social housing landlords, ordering them to check the safety of cladding used on tower blocks, following the tragic Grenfell Tower blaze.

Call for review of Approved Document B after Grenfell Tower tragedy

21 June 2017

A forum for fire and rescue organisations has made a new call, continuing a long-running campaign, for a review of Approved Document B (ADB) to building regulations, following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

Uncertainties about energy investment

20 June 2017

Political uncertainty and difficulties gaining boardroom approval are presenting major barriers to making energy investments, according to 200 organisations surveyed by British Gas Business at a recent Energy Live Future conference.

Road investment needed to deal with potholes

20 June 2017

The RAC and fleet organisations have called for more investment in the UK’s roads owing to a rise in breakdowns that are associated with potholes.

Grenfell Tower recovery operation

19 June 2017

The London Fire Brigade has confirmed that sadly it is not expecting to find any more survivors on the site of the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington, and the operation is now one of recovery rather than rescue.

Doubts about UK business after Brexit

19 June 2017

New research from the British Property Federation (BPF) has revealed the unwelcome news that 74% of MPs believe Brexit will adversely affect business investment in the UK, with 49% of these believing that the impact will be significant. In addition, 71% of MPs think that Brexit will adversely affect the UK’s economic growth, 59% think it will adversely impact on productivity and 56% think retail sales will suffer.

Are the asbestos regulations working?

16 June 2017

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a new research report which sets out the impacts of the implementation of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

World Green Building Week

16 June 2017

World Green Building Week 2017 will be held from 25 September until 1 October this year. It hopes to raise awareness of the aim to make all buildings net zero by 2050.