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More Maths but no careers advice means the Budget just doesn’t add up
16 March 2016 - The BWF has responded to today's Budget Announcement from the Chancellor, noting that although tax breaks were likely to benefit the woodworking sector, there was little in the budget to support the next generation of apprenticeships or sustainable product manufacturers. Read more...Latest News
Construction Output Falls in January but New Orders Point to Growth in 2016
11 March 2016 - ONS figures published today show that construction output in January fell by 0.2% and by 0.8% compared with one year earlier Read more...Latest News
HSE review of the Control of Asbestos Regulations
10 March 2016 - HSE are seeking the views of tradespeople who, during the course of their work may encounter asbestos-containing materials. Read more...Latest News
Law on tax-allowable expenses changes from 6 April 2016
10 March 2016 - From 6 April 2016 the law changes and tax-allowable expenses will no longer be taxable at all. But is it all that simple? Read more...Latest News
Warning ahead of April’s National Living Wage as 92 companies named and shamed for underpaying staff
10 March 2016 - The latest public list of underpayers includes joinery businesses as well as hairdressing, social care, hospitality and security services. Read more...Latest News
New inquiry a chance to tell government what you think about Apprenticeships
1 March 2016 - The Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy has launched an inquiry on apprenticeships. With the Apprenticeship Levy on its way and a major shake-up of training provisions expected, this is another good opportunity for members to have their say on a highly important subject. Read more...Latest News
Labour availability and costs a major constraint for UK joinery manufacturers but sales expectations remain encouraging
25 February 2016 - The BWF Joinery State of Trade Survey Q4 2015 indicates that sales expectations for the year ahead remains optimistic but labour availability and the cost of appropriately skilled labour is still a burden for the joinery sector. Read more...Latest News
Manufacturer gets huge fine after accident causes worker to have two digits amputated
17 February 2016 - Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard that the cutting block provided was not suitable for use in manual mode. Read more...Latest News
Businesses that trade online required to link to Online Dispute Resolution website
11 February 2016 - From Monday 15 February, all businesses which trade online will need to provide a link to the Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) website. Read more...Latest News
Dangerous installation work leads to £36k fine for window manufacturer
10 February 2016 - HSE investigated after a member of the public provided photos of workers leaning out of window openings eight metres above the ground and video showing the workers dropping part of a window just missed a nearby pedestrian. Read more...Latest News
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