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National Minimum Wage and apprentice rates increase
7 October 2016 - The National Minimum Wage rates and apprenticeship rates changed on 1st October 2016. The current rates are as follows. Read more...Latest News
Breakthrough timber legality move promoted
19 September 2016 - First FLEGT-licensed timber and wood products are set to be delivered by Indonesia to the EU this year in what is regarded as a key development in Europe’s efforts against illegal timber. Read more...Latest News
Business Rates Revaluation 2017: Register with the Valuations Office Agency or risk paying an incorrect amount
19 September 2016 - Business rates are being revalued. This is your chance to let the VOA know if the information that they hold about your property is incorrect.Business rates bills will be calculated using the new rateable values from 1 April 2017. Read more...Latest News
Government’s Industrial Strategy under scrutiny as BIS Committee launches inquiry
8 September 2016 - The Committee will consider what the Government means by industrial strategy and questions how interventionist in the free market it should be. It is inviting written submissions, sent via the Committee's website by 27th September. Read more...Latest News
Opportunities to offer placements or undertake training with the National Heritage Training Group
8 September 2016 - The Bursary Scheme give trainees across England the opportunity to work alongside a team of specialist craftspeople on historic buildings, focusing on developing skills in conservation and restoration. Read more...Latest News
HSE woodworking inspections to target occupational health improvements
7 September 2016 - HSE is continuing its proactive inspection programme, with many more woodworking premises set to be inspected before the end of September. Read more...Latest News
Help British joinery ‘make a success’ out of Brexit
26 August 2016 - The new Prime Minister Theresa May has made clear that “Brexit means Brexit” and BWF needs to present a clear position to Government and policymakers based of the views of the membership. Read more...Latest News
Apprenticeship Funding Reform: funding bands for new Standards and existing Frameworks
25 August 2016 - Government has announced further details on the implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy (government levy, not CITB) and the reform of apprenticeships and apprenticeship funding. The announcement brings mixed news for joinery. Read more...Latest News
Joinery industry circumspect over Brexit consequences but BWF member sales performances continue to increase
12 August 2016 - The BWF’s Joinery State of Trade Survey Q2 2016 indicated that sales performances for BWF members remain healthy but the joinery industry remains circumspect over the long term outlook and manufacturing investment opportunities in the wake of the Brexit decision. Read more...Latest News
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