Britain’s biggest construction companies refuse to help the beleaguered steel industry
The Charter for Sustainable British Steel, which encourages companies to use high-quality British steel wherever possible is backed by both Labour and Tory MPs but six of the biggest construction companies in the UK - Willmott Dixon, Wates, Mace, Interserve, Kier and BAM Construction - are stalling on signing up.
The majority of the construction companies involved have benefitted from lucrative tax payer-funded building contracts yet they don't seem willing to commit to buying British steel.
There’s a Save our Steel campaign to help the failing industry by helping to cut costs for steel manufacturers, block cheap Chinese imports and encouraging UK firms to buy British. This is all in light of more than 4000 jobs being lost in the steel industry over the past four months.
Each company is giving differing statements as to why they’re not signing the charter, some are keen to support the local supply-chain but can’t commit to the charter in its current form.
uPVC pipes, safety glasses and Spetz app launched
This week has seen a range of new product and service launches for the construction trade.
Vinyl Pipes has launched uPVC Column Pipes, which extend the life of pipes. Column Pipes with a power lock (patent pending) will not only to raise the safety standards but improve the efficiency of Borewell installations. This Lock system, a by-product of the in-house R&D team, is designed to bear load making the pipes stress-free, torque resistant and perfect for handling high pressure water.
Conscious that using the correct glasses could prevent 90% of jobsite injuries, Milwaukee's expanded range (pictured) features anti-scratch and fog free styles, new lens colours and magnification features, complementing its 'cut resistant' gloves.
Arriving on the UK app scene, Spetz is billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone "panicked by household flooding or electricity failure," as it unites tradespeople with consumers.
Spetz founder and CEO Yossi Nevo said urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility.
"The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free - it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads. Those start at around £6 a time, but the tradesperson can then go on to make thousands from our automated system funnelling the best and most appropriate work their way.”
Spetz is now three years old operating in Israel, Australia and is now beginning a full UK rollout, after a ‘soft’ launch.