Last month, the minister for implementation Oliver Dowden announced that if construction firms fail to pay suppliers promptly in future, they could be banned from winning government contracts.
Theresa May’s removal of the local authority borrowing cap during this year’s party conference was a cause for concern among property developers.
Credit insurance claims in the construction sector are at an all-time high.
The future roles of main contractors and subcontractors is an interesting question, one I will be discussing at the CN Summit alongside other experts, and one I have been debating in my role on the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).
The housing secretary’s recent announcement of a £1bn Housing Delivery Fund to develop homes for rent or sale is a welcome move that will help SMEs overcome a common barrier to their growth.
UK construction appears to be in a downward spiral of underperformance and increasingly poor health.
The accusations this month that collapsed subcontractor Vaughan Engineering had been using Carillion’s liquidation as a ‘smokescreen’ to hide its own poor payment record will not surprise many in the industry.
Sites across the UK are complicit in the exploitation of undocumented workers – most of them from overseas. CN has spent six months investigating the industry’s hidden black market – and why prosecutions are so rare
A recent case has highlighted an emerging problem: bogus or fraudulently obtained skills cards are being used by workers to access sites. Binyamin Ali investigates the true scale of the problem – and how the industry is fighting back.