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Warning after suspected rogue traders hit Thetford area of Norfolk

Warning after suspected rogue traders hit Thetford area of Norfolk | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Police are urging residents in the Thetford area to remain vigilant after a suspected rogue trader incident.
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Informational purposes only people :)

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Site manager’s son fractures skull in scaffold fall

Site manager’s son fractures skull in scaffold fall | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Pellikaan (Construction) has been fined after an apprentice fractured his skull falling more than six metres from a scaffold during construction of the new West Bromwich Leisure Centre.
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Hinkley Point in spotlight as taxpayers foot £12.4bn bill

Hinkley Point in spotlight as taxpayers foot £12.4bn bill | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
The financing behind Hinkley Point C has been called into question today by an influential think tank.
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Consultants face skills shortage

Consultants face skills shortage | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Three quarters of consultants predict skills shortages over the next year
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The merry go round that we all know is set to continue then... people leaving the industry and never coming back..?

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Construction starts on £450m Mersey Gateway

Construction starts on £450m Mersey Gateway | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
The official start of construction work on the £450m Mersey Gateway project was marked with a ground-breaking ceremony today.
The Merseylink Consortium is overseeing work on building access roads across the saltmarshes on both sides of the river.
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Ruptured gas pipe lands council in court

Ruptured gas pipe lands council in court | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Fife Council has been fined £24,000 for safety failings after workers ruptured an underground gas pipe.
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Healt and Safety is to be followed by us all... including our local councils.

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Serial cowboy builder jailed for five-and-a-half years

Serial cowboy builder jailed for five-and-a-half years | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A Hampshire builder has been sent to prison for five-and-a-half years after admitting ten offences of fraud and fraudulent trading.
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Shocking story. Fully deserved in our opinion.

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Scaffolder Gary Foley and who swindled bosses of Gloucestershire business ... - South West Business

Scaffolder Gary Foley and who swindled bosses of Gloucestershire business ... - South West Business | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
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A scaffolder who cheated his bosses out of at least £30,000 has been jailed for 15 months for a “persistent” and “mean” fraud.
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Fraud comes in many guises.

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Queen's stonemason went bust due to 'accountancy errors'

Queen's stonemason went bust due to 'accountancy errors' | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Administrator also highlights “cash flow pressures” as key problem for Cathedral Works Organisation
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Maybe he ran out of materials..? There is a shortage after all.

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BBMV denies 'negative spy culture' findings of independent Crossrail report

BBMV denies 'negative spy culture' findings of independent Crossrail report | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Joint venture BBMV has challenged the findings of a leaked safety report it commissioned last year of two of its Crossrail sites that claimed there was a “negative spy culture” on the sites.
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Small builders raise alarm over materials price spike

Small builders raise alarm over materials price spike | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Small and medium-sized contractors fear the construction recovery is under threat from rising building costs and material shortages .
The Federation of Master Builders latest trade survey showed rising workloads for the fourth successive quarter.
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Crossrail managers face ‘spying and fear’ claims

Crossrail managers face ‘spying and fear’ claims | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Construction unions are calling for Crossrail and its main contractors to take action after a leaked safety report revealed a “culture of spying and fear” leaving workers afraid to report accidents.
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First off-site social housing framework launched

First off-site social housing framework launched | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Public sector procurement consortium LHC is on the hunt for firms involved in the design, manufacture, supply and erection of offsite building systems for social housing.
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LHC aims to launch later this year a New Homes framework of key off-site homes suppliers for housing association and council clients.

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Homeowners cancel repair jobs due to lack of trusted builders

Homeowners cancel repair jobs due to lack of trusted builders | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Survey finds over 20% of homeowners are shelving or delaying plans for work on their homes because they cannot find trustworthy builders
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Trade Recommendation Sites - Good or Bad Thing? - UKFB™ Blog

Trade Recommendation Sites - Good or Bad Thing? - UKFB™ Blog | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it

Trade recommendation sites and services, are they a good or bad thing?


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Great Blog peice from our friends over at UKFB. A question that really need ans


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TRADES & CLIENTS - Please take a moment to read & share our latest blog post. We need your thoughts.

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Police appeal for help in tracing rogue traders’ van - Bath Mercury

Police appeal for help in tracing rogue traders’ van - Bath Mercury | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Police are appealing for information to trace a white Ford Transit scaffolding van after an elderly man in Bath was charged nearly £7000 for roofing work.
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Oh dear, we don't condone trade bashing, but its alledged people like this that are continuing to give our industry a bad name.

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We are Building Britain - News stories - GOV.UK

We are Building Britain - News stories - GOV.UK | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Builders across the UK celebrate the jobs and growth construction work is bringing.
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We are all building Britain!

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Contractor killed on repair job at Lincolnshire cement works

Contractor killed on repair job at Lincolnshire cement works | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A worker has died at a cement works in North Lincolnshire.
Police said the unnamed German contractor was in his 30s and died in an incident yesterday morning at the Cemex factory in South Ferriby.
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**Official Notification** - 'Trade Bashing' Beat The Cowboy Builder

**Official Notification** - 'Trade Bashing' Beat The Cowboy Builder | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Beat the cowboy Builder does not and will not condone trade bashing or any such similar exercise. We believe we have the finest trades in the world.
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Please read, scoop, and share!! :)

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'Animal Auschwitz' farmer now jailed for 'scamming' pensioners - Get Bucks

'Animal Auschwitz' farmer now jailed for 'scamming' pensioners - Get Bucks | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
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He also targeted Mr Margerum, of Swindon, Wilts, saying he had heard he had been the victim of cowboy builders.
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Once a fraudster...


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'Not my fault so why should I have to pay?'

'Not my fault so why should I have to pay?' | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Sarah E Philips, solicitor with Thomas Eggar LLP, mulls the virtues of net contribution clauses.
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Something many of us will have very strong feelings about.

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Cowboy Builders given prison sentences

Two cowboy builders who tried to con an elderly Exeter resident into having an expensive driveway laid have been given jail sentences.
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An all too familiar story that we hear every day.

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SME housebuilders wait for bricks as materials shortage fears grow

SME housebuilders wait for bricks as materials shortage fears grow | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Small housebuilders are being forced to wait for bricks as large housebuilders are prioritised for deliveries, according to the Federation of Master Builders.
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Energy bosses warn of further Green Deal job losses

Energy bosses warn of further Green Deal job losses | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Energy leaders highlight boiler replacement industry as sector that might see cuts due to uncertainty about the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme
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