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CN Briefing

CN Briefing

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'Tis the season for fear and trepidationSubscription

In a normal year, the start of December is when everything begins to wind down.

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Power swings towards the specialistsSubscription

Power in contracting swings like a pendulum.

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So HS2, what does 'cost pressure' mean?Subscription

I’ll admit it: watching on as the reportedly outgoing Crossrail and HS2 chairman Sir Terry Morgan attempts to settle scores with his employers has been riveting.

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Kier's peers won't delight in its credit fearsSubscription

In October CN invited directors from some of the UK’s largest tier ones to discuss what the contractor of the future might look like.

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Offsite: The cautionary tale of mini-cabs and mobilesSubscription

“Biscuit manufacturers don’t get told to invest in flour mills” said Quintain CEO Angus Dodd, with a shrug of the shoulders.

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A refuge from the coldSubscription

Homelessness is a terrible situation for someone to find themselves in at any time.

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HS2's industry reputation is on the lineSubscription

Ask the general public about HS2 and one of the recurring themes that emerges is confusion.

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Yes, this pay gap does actually matterSubscription

“Different ethnic groups and genders do not volunteer themselves to join the construction industry in the same percentages as white males do.

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The tech era has landedSubscription

“It really feels like the industry is on the cusp of change.”

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A tragedy you can stopSubscription

“Why should we speak to you? We’ve not eaten in three days,” a worker shouts in Romanian. 

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The Tulip: the tower London doesn’t needSubscription

Architecture fans can be forgiven for thinking it’s 1 April today after plans were unveiled for a tulip-shaped tower in the City of London.

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Do you know who’s on your site?Subscription

How are skills cards checked on your site?

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Vegas stacks the techSubscription

Everything is on steroids in Las Vegas.

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Interserve must be bold – and fastSubscription

Interserve has enjoyed a few months of relative calm on the stock market following wild swings in its share price between January and May.

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Carillion's true cost only just starting to emergeSubscription

This week marks 10 months since the collapse of Carillion.

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Persimmon: Lessons from jilted JeffSubscription

Jeff Fairburn has been sacked (or ‘asked to resign’) for taking a ludicrous bonus by the company that gave him said ludicrous bonus.

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Why insolvencies and output can both be risingSubscription

And people think retailers have it bad.

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Britain had better be bullish on tradeSubscription

Try to work out how global trade escalated to the current sour state of tariffs and counter-tariffs, and you’ll find that steel was among the critical triggers.

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Fightback begins against payment double standardsSubscription

One of the problems caused by Brexit preparations during the past two years has been getting civil servants and ministers to discuss anything else.

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Mace cranks up the fit-out warSubscription

During times of crisis or upheaval, many of us will have heard or uttered something along these lines in an attempt to offer reassurance: ‘Change isn’t always a bad thing.’