BWF Blog

Expecting the expected – Chancellor plays it safe in wake of OBR Brexit forecasts
23 November 2016 - With the EU Referendum fallout overshadowing all else and most of the key announcements having surfaced previously, today’s Autumn Statement policy announcements were neither politically divisive nor surprising and maybe that was for the best. Read more...BWF Blog
A cautious welcome for apprenticeship funding changes - but more detail needed!
25 October 2016 - BWF Membership & Training Director, Dave Campbell, gives a cautious welcome for apprenticeship funding changes released by the government, but more detail needed for the devolved nations and government must keep to its timeline to ensure both employers and providers get the funding they are owed. Read more...BWF Blog
Accoya modified wood: what does it do and how does it work?
18 October 2016 - British Woodworking Federation Woodworking Project of the Year sponsors Accsys tell us about Accoya modified wood: where it began, what it is and how projects have benefitted from using it. Read more...BWF Blog
Wood Products Manufacturing Qualification - A Call to action
6 October 2016 - You will hopefully be aware that the Government has announced a Levy on employers in the UK whom have a wage bill of £3m and above, which will be charged at 0.5% of that figure (full details here). It will be introduced in April 2017, and will be taken through your payroll by HMRC. Accompanying this is a complete overhaul of Apprentice Frameworks that will have a profound impact on our sector. Read more...BWF Blog
BWF Awards shortlist 2016: Case study Jotham Williams (Barr Joinery)
29 September 2016 - "I have had the chance to work on great projects and produce commissions designed but top-flight London designers. Everyone at Barr Joinery has been helpful and positive. I look forward to coming to work every day and am always excited about the next commission." Read more...BWF Blog
BWF Awards 2016 Shortlist Case Study: Jamie Jarrett (John Weaver Contractors)
29 September 2016 - "I’ve watched from a young age what you can create from wood and the skill that goes into carpentry, and I’ve wanted to secure a successful career with a local building contractors." Read more...BWF Blog
BWF Awards 2016 Shortlist Case study: Imogen Davies (Law and Lewis Joinery)
29 September 2016 - "I am so honoured to be nominated for this award by Law and Lewis, who have shown faith in my abilities and pushed me to do more challenging projects as I have advanced through my apprenticeship" Read more...BWF Blog
BWF Awards shortlist 2016 Case Study: Leitz Tooling UK Ltd
27 September 2016 - The Leitz ThermoTech Stormproof & Flush Casement window system, shortlisted for the BWF Process Efficiency Award 2016 Read more...BWF Blog
BWF Awards shortlist 2016 Case Study: Two Twenty Stairs
27 September 2016 - In April 2014, Two Twenty Stairs gained vacant possession of its brownfield 1.75-acre site located in a key strategic position between the M1 and M6. Their plan was to move from their old factory into purpose built premises more than twice the size; they had successfully doubled their business through the recession so needed the capacity. Read more...BWF Blog
BWF Awards Shortlist 2016 Case Study: Greg Kasowicz (Gowercroft Limited)
26 September 2016 - "I feel very at home in my current role, where I oversee production planning and purchasing. Both of these areas provide the opportunity for major process improvements and are critical to the overall success of the business. Learning Unlimited have been able to adjust my apprenticeship along the way to ensure that my learning is relevant to the job role and my long term aspirations." Read more...BWF Blog
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