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Welcome to CNplus

Online editor, Myles Burke, takes you through everything you need to know about CNplus, from how to register to what’s hot on the web

This week on CNplus

The Construction Top 100, published this week, has revealed that the heads of the UK’s top 100 contractors believe things are set to get go from bad to worse, with 90 per cent predicting their business will perform worse in 2009. But despite the grim economic conditions the construction industry’s biggest players have continued to grow, with Balfour Beatty again coming out as the top contractor recording a pre-tax profit of huge 201m. You can check out all the tables, analysis and profiles in our Inside Knowledge section of CNplus.

• We have also produced a digital edition of The Construction Top 100 which you can download, email to friends and take clipping of the articles you want to keep. You can check it out in our new online section CN Digital.

The group that looks after more than half of the London Underground network is re-tendering all jobs not started on site that awarded by Metronet, with the highest-profile casualty looks set to be Costain’s 50 million of refurbish Embankment station. The company’s chief executive, Andrew Wyllie also stated this week his ambition to be a top five contractor within three years and is prepared buy to get there.

• The Government announced its 1bn housing package this week; you can see our full report and video online. Will it be enough to boost the house building market? Vote in our online poll and tell us what you think.

• We’ve launched an A-Z construction directory, which is constantly updated and easy to use. If you want to buy a listing on it, call 0207 728 4604. You can check it out here.

• We have revamped our contract leads section to bring you up-to-the minute contract leads on our regional pages. You can view them here or broken down by area on the regional news pages. If you sign up to our newsletters you can get them delivered to your inbox. Sign up for our newsletters here

• And finally, Construction News has joined the world of Facebook. For those of you who have no idea what Facebook is - it is an online directory, where you can interact and network with other members. It’s free and has taken the world by storm with over 8 million members in the UK already. To become a Facebook fan of Construction News just click here.

Wherever you see the orange mouse icon in the magazine go to CNplus for more online only detail. If you have any suggestions about features you would to see in this section, feel free to email me at myles.burke@emap.com.

Myles Burke
Online editor

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A guide to CNplus:

We wanted to build on the heritage and reputation of Construction News and give you a website that leads the field in up-to-date and authoritative news, is full of technical know-how and is genuinely useful to anyone involved in the construction business. Here’s a breakdown of the main sections:

xNews
According to independent research by ICM, we already lead all other industry magazines for quality and breadth of news. We wanted to push this on the website creating a unique regional construction news service . Updated daily they cover breaking news in those area and contract leads. The regional news pages are:

East Midlands
East of England
London
North East
xNorth West
South East
South West
West Midlands
Yorkshire

Plus
Scotland
Wales

We also have key news pages City , covering finance news and company results and Contracts , who’s winning what business.

We also wanted website to add more insight and broaden our news coverage of key sectors:

Health and Safety
Law
Sustainability
Infrastructure
Housing
Plant

These sections also feature in depth articles and leading industry comment.

Inside knowledge
There’s no shortage of reports, data, analysis, forecasts and graphs in this industry – but how do you make them relevant to your business? Every week we bring you market analysis and business forecasting; the numbers that make a difference. For subscribers only.

Doing the Job
Every week this section will focus on the most challenging projects and look at the techniques, processes and products that are driving innovation on site. Mixing expert opinion, best practice guidance, case studies and the best of the new launches, it is all about ‘doing the job’ and doing it better.

Your business
Managing a small or medium sized company can be hugely challenging – this section will give you practical support on key issues such as regulation, training, safety, law, contracting and technology.

You and your people
Technical know-how and business skills only get you some of the way, this new section is about the other great challenge – people. That means working in teams, managing staff, managing your own career and making your working life better.

New Contract Leads
Every Monday we post an expanded set of the contract leads which run in Construction News, subscribers can download the full set of contract leads days before it appears in print.

Extra Online
More information, images and comment on the stories featured in the latest issue of ConstructionNews, exclusive to CNplus readers.