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CN Briefing

CN Briefing

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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.

Jeff Fairburn chief executive Persimmon

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.’

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Watch out: Network Rail is bang on trendSubscription

Big flashy pound signs often take the headlines in construction – £10bn to build this, £5bn extra to tackle that.

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Austerity goes on for infrastructureSubscription

Philip Hammond’s third Budget was the sunniest he’s delivered so far, as he declared that austerity was “coming to an end” – but not that it had ended.

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Someone tell Highways England PFI just got cannedSubscription

According to the chancellor, this Budget signalled the “era of austerity coming to an end”.

Andy Mitchell chief executive Thames Tideway Tunnel

CLC needs to face uncomfortable truths Subscription

As you might have read on CN today, the new Construction Leadership Council co-chair Andy Mitchell does not think many tier ones delay or abuse payment terms.

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Rail contractors: Adapt or failSubscription

How time flies in the rail industry.

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Budget can't make Britain any promisesSubscription

Every year around Budget time, CN reporters are inundated with press-released pleas from construction trade bodies, companies and leaders.

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Could construction save the government £15bn?Subscription

Every year, re-offending criminals cost the government around £15bn.

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Real solutions to the gender shortfallSubscription

VolkerWessels UK chief finance officer Naomi Connell knows a thing or two about challenging working environments.

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Is the tender tide turning for main contractors?Subscription

The south coast boroughs of Lewes and Eastbourne may seem like unlikely sources of public procurement innovation. Yet something is stirring by the sea.

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Change is heading tier ones’ waySubscription

Some things are just inherently hard to describe. Take digital construction for example, where even industry experts have slightly different ideas of what it really means.

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Kier’s shorting is about more than BrexitSubscription

A few weeks ago Kier reported a pre-tax profit of £106m. Yet that didn’t do much to ward off the short-sellers, who are still controlling around 10.2 per cent of its stock.