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A forum for your questions

Do you have questions about business and need expert advice? Construction News has teamed up with Business Link to offer readers the chance to benefit from free expert guidance.
Whether you have questions on regulation compliance, cutting carbon emissions or health and safety, this new forum connects you with experts, offers practical advice and highlights the services and support resources available to you.
Business Link is the free national business advice service available to help all UK businesses. It exists to help anyone thinking of starting a business; growing a business or that needs help dealing with problems, challenges and opportunities. As an impartial organisation, Business Link is dedicated to helping new and existing businesses innovate, improve and grow.
This new reader advice feature gives you the chance to put questions to the expert and understand the issues affecting others in the construction industry.

The demands on construction companies are changing dramatically, in terms of employing staff and the regulations for refurbishing and new build, particularly regarding the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of the buildings.

Waste also continues to be a big area of concern in the industry. The introduction of site waste management plans is gathering pace too, which will affect more and more construction companies over the next few years.

If you would like to submit a question for a future issue of the paper, e-mail emma.crates@emap.com.

David Ripley is business development manager in charge of advisory services at Business Link Sussex