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The latest construction industry news that matters most to SME business leaders.

Kelly Tolhurst minister for small business

Late payers threatened with government investigationSubscription

Minister for small business Kelly Tolhurst has told MPs that Prompt Payment Code signatories who do not adhere to its terms will be investigated.

Ten charged in Lakehouse fire alarm fraud probe

Ten charged in Lakehouse fire alarm fraud probeSubscription

Ten people have been charged following a police investigation into claims of fraud by Lakehouse employees relating to fire alarm installations in Hackney.

South Eastern Electrical was working at Canary Wharf's Wood Wharf scheme

South Eastern Electrical enters administration Subscription

Exclusive: M&E subcontractor South Eastern Electrical (SEE) has entered administration, Construction News has learned.

Legal gavel

Director given 15-year ban and suspended prison termSubscription

A Midlands-based director has been handed a six-month suspended prison sentence and the maximum directorial ban of 15 years for breaking the terms of an existing disqualification.

Ray Hutchinson managing director Gilbert-Ash

Gilbert-Ash targets hotels and private schools for 2019Subscription

Gilbert-Ash has moved into the private school market and is targeting work in the hotel sector to maintain growth, according to chief executive Ray Hutchinson.

CREDIT Grimsby T_Westminster Magistrates Court close

Firm fined £80k for health and safety failingsSubscription

Westminster Magistrates’ Court has fined a construction firm and banned its managing director for breaching health and safety laws.

Dawnus blames 2017 loss on insolvent client

Dawnus blames 2017 loss on insolvent clientSubscription

Dawnus has reported a pre-tax loss of £1.4m for 2017 after it was forced to absorb losses when a client went into insolvency.

Generic administration Locked gate

Jobs lost as Stoke contractor falls into administrationSubscription

Stoke-on-Trent M&E specialist Geroge Birchall Ltd has fallen into administration with the loss of 141 jobs. 

Van Elle shareholders revolt against directors’ pay_Mark Cutler

Van Elle shareholders revolt against directors’ paySubscription

Van Elle shareholders have staged a revolt against director pay rises at the company’s annual general meeting.

Generic housing New homes housing house

Barclays and ministry launch £1bn SME homes fund Subscription

Homes England and the Ministry of Housing have teamed up with Barclays to provide £1bn of development finance for new homes across England.