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Bricks and Mortar

It seems ages since we had a buoyant housing market, but the latest forecasts indicate that we could see growth in private housing. If this actually does come to pass, both the big national house-builders and the smaller individual builders could be expected to profit (not before time you might say!).

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Wowing with technical know-how

Keeping abreast of industry innovations can be a daunting task for merchants, not least in peak periods, such as the run up to Christmas, when finding the time to brush up on the latest trends can be a tricky task indeed. But plenty of suppliers now use social media, apps and other software to share…

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“More for Less” Equals Masonry!

Despite the recent brave words from the beleaguered timber frame industry the beginning of the end may well now be in sight as the Government sets out its plans to deliver "More for Less" and the housing industry returns to putting the customer first and building what the market wants.

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The aspiration and delivery gap

In his biggest reshuffle since becoming Prime Minister, David Cameron fired the starting gun for the general election by sacking or moving at least six Cabinet members to make way for a series of fresh replacements, who will be promoted on Tuesday.

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Stealing a march

It seems our news page is full of fraud at the moment - stories about employees committing fraud towards their employers, that is. Maybe it's the time of year, maybe it's the credit crunch hitting home.

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Jobs’ worth?

The job losses by the end of the year could be as high as half a million in two years according to estimates that CPA chairman Adrian Barden used in his Autumn Lunch speech yesterday.

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Don’t forget about us!

After the initial euphoria and excitement which I'm afraid I always get when I see someone I know on the telly, it struck me that the BBC TV programme in which PTS md Alan Ball appeared promoting the Boiler Scrappage Scheme fell prey to the blindness that seems to hit just about every part of…

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