Clearview Midlands July 2013 - Issue 140 - Page 66

BUSINESSNEWS Helping construction site managers meet new CE mark regulations A campaign to help construction site managers be aware of the new legal requirements relating to CE marked external doorsets has been launched by the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF). The DHF, which represents all the leading UK industrial and commercial door makers, has produced a guide which spells out the legal CE marking obligations for suppliers, of which on-site managers need to be aware. It can be downloaded from http://www. dhfonline.org.uk/downloads/pub208.pdf A CE marked external doorset must be a complete doorset product package, from a single source, and comprise door, frame, hardware, glass and seals. The single source may take responsibility for assembly and installation on site of the complete CE marked doorset package and must provide a formal Declaration of Performance for the product. The new DHF CE marked external doorset guide for construction site management advises on-site personnel on how they can be sure they are receiving correctly CE marked doorsets that meet the performance requirements of their project. The DHF is also planning an on-site poster campaign to make all construction site personnel aware of the important changes in CE marking legislation. On-site construction personnel can also download other guides from the DHF website www.dhfonline.org.uk that give more information and technical guidance about CE marking of external doorsets. For more information, visit www.dhfonline.org.uk Consumers best protected by written contracts Written contracts for building work is the best option for consumers wanting to protect themselves from unscrupulous tradesmen, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to the publication of the Draft Consumer Rights Bill. Brian Berry, the Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The Government is right to want to increase protection for consumers against rogue traders and to ensure they are better informed about their rights. However, the idea that consume rs will be willing and able to record verbal agreements on their iPhones is misplaced. The best way for consumers wanting to protect themselves when commissioning home improvement or repair work is to insist on a written contract. This simple requirement will weed out the cowboys from the professional builders.” Berry continued: “Without a written contract or any kind of paperwork, the enforcement of consumer rights is almost impossible if something goes wrong on a home renovation or repair project. Consumers should always draw up a written contract with their builder and agree a payment plan to suit both parties in advance of work starting. Template contracts written in plain English can be downloaded by anyone for free from the Federation of Master Builders’ website.” Berry concluded: “If the Government really wants to tackle rogue traders, it should cut the rate of VAT on all housing renovation or repair work. This will help reduce the number of firms who are offering a cheap deal that comes without a proper contract.” www.nailtherogues.org.uk UK Export Finance support to British exporters at 12-year high British businesses received £4.3 billion worth of support from the government through UK Export Finance (UKEF) in 2012-13, up from £2.3 billion in the previous year, and the highest in 12 years. UK industries have benefited from export credit guarantees and insurance on transactions ranging from as little as £4,000 to as much as £2 billion. This support has enabled UK companies to export to 58 countries across the world, from Abu Dhabi to Vietnam, illustrating the UK’s strength as a global exporter. UKEF is the UK’s export credit agency. Its £4.3 billion of support for exports is the highest since 2000-01. Support has been provided for companies of all sizes, from the very smallest micro-firms to large corporations. This includes thousands of SMEs who have benefited indirectly through the supply chains of large customers supported by UKEF. Minister for Trade, Lord Green, said: “UKEF plays an important role in helping boost Britain’s exports and is contributing to the healing and rebalancing of the economy. “It’s particularly pleasing to see more SMEs taking advantage of the services and products UKEF offers, and I am sure the new network of regional export finance advisers will help more SMEs seize opportunities to export next year. Acting Chief Executive, David Havelock, said: “Exporting is key to the UK’s economic recovery and I am delighted we have had a record year helping an ever increasing number of companies win business in diverse sectors and overseas markets.” 66 JUL 2013 To read more, visit www.clearview-uk.com