Clearview National February 2018 - Issue 195 - Page 4

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS FROMTHEEDITOR So much has been written about the collapse of construction and services giant Carillion, it’s hard to know where to start. It’s fair to say there has been no bigger business story in construction for the past 30 years. » » THE GROUP – WHICH WENT INTO liquidation in January – employed 20,000 people in the UK alone and what has gone under-reported are the voices of the workers and SMEs affected. I’ve been looking at the stories of some of these workers - often low-paid sub-contractors - who are feeling the serious knock-on effects predicted by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). One worker who was told to go home from a site in the north east said: “It’s shocking. Everyone has bills to pay and we don’t know what’s going on.” Another, desperately worried about his pension, remarked that Carillion bosses earned in months what it took him 25 years to earn. The witch hunts and political wrangling started as soon as Carillion collapsed. Mainstream media is playing the blame game, slamming everyone from New Labour, outsourcing and Private Finance Initiatives to former Carillion chief executive Richard Howson. In my view, it’s urgent now to assist those suppliers and workers directly affected. There is action - UK banks are offering overdraft extensions and payment holidays to small firms, trade bodies are setting up support plans, and laid-off workers are being picked up by other private sector companies. I’ll be interested to see what the government now brings to the table. Turn to page 12 for more. Elsewhere, there is more encouraging news. A new ‘National Home Improvement Week’ has launched (see page 6) and is backed by some very big companies. It’s on from March 12-18, just ahead of the key Easter sales period. The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show has also expanded and takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 22- 25 March. Its organisers reveal that 33,000 people have signed up to the Right to Build register since October 2017. This indicates a bold shift away from reliance on big companies and corporations F&fFRW2vFRG'Vǒ( DG&VB( fǒ6WFr&Vg&W6rv26f"( GW&RЦg&VFǒW6~( g&FRvFƖfRG'W7G2vRFRG'W7G2&VƖWfRVR&RfVBWvFƗfrf7B67&WFRW7FFW2vFWB&FRbw&72BvVB&R6PFFvR6VB7&VFR&R6W2f"GW&RW Wr'VBFWfVVG2BVfRFRVf&VB&WGFW"7FFRFvRfVBBआVVVFF B +bT"# +4T%dRrT2ФdN( 25DDbDRT"2$4dB6~( 2( 7FFbFRV.( 6WFFv6V6VB#r2&6f"#FRV@2rff6ǒFfBFPGW7G'( 2&W7BvVB7FF2+ +Urd"#TE$U0&R&VrfFVB7&70Gv7FF6FVv&W3( &W6FVF( B( 6W&6( v7BFR7GVdB6pvB'VVF#6r&v6W'2fR&W7FV@FFRGW7G'( 2VFW66Цf"FR( 7FFbFRV.( 6WFF'rBVfGW&RBvFFRVwW&GvGFW"6WFF#p&V6Vfr&RF#VG&W0BfFW2WFR0F6FVBF&Rv#2f'&6F'2B7FW'2fRF6v66RFV"&W7Bv&g&f6FW2B&W7G&FW0F&VvF66W'fF&W2B&ЦfBF'2VG&W26&RFPfGvGFW"'7Fr7GW&Pb7FFFdE6pBWFƗ6rVFW"FR6Fpf"46W&6"5&W6FVFFFVFgFR&VWfB6FVv'66VB'6'@FW67&FbFR&V7BdB6rWfVBF&V7F"6RvW7B6C( FRd@6r2&WB6VV'&FpFRw&VBv&FB2&VpFRF&VvWBW"GW7G'B( 7FFbFRV.( 2W"vb6v66rF2vRvW&RfW'vVVB'FP7V66W72b7BV.( 26WFFBvFVBFFF0Ff&FvƖvBFRTvFrBF"GW7G'@G2fW'&W7BFRW6FVV@7BV"v27&VF&R@vRWV7BBF&RWfV&P7V66W76gVfW"FRWBfWpF2( Ь96ƖFR'FW&VBvF&&0&6FV7G2vFR#rd@6r7FFbFRV FFRf"F27&7ƖvBfV@'VFrfVGW&r 96ƖF^( 067F6FVB֖6ƖFpF"vF#6vBƖW2f"#FR6WFFv6VFR6W&60vV2&W6FVF&V7G2FR6WFF2VpBv'VVFVRV6FVG&W2v&R6v66V@FR'&BWrdB6pvV'6FRvFRvW 6VV7FVBf"&F6FVv&W2'dB6~( 2ff6VFvrVFRWbGW7G'WW'G2Fǒ&W2v&Pv&FVBFFRvW'2&F6FVv&W2vFFR6Fǐ6W&6B6Fǐ&W6FVFvW'2fvFr@WBFFRRFRfW&( 7FFbFRV.( 7&vখV66FVv'vVBvW2FV&Ɩ2fFRfW&vW'2v&PV6VBBFR#dB6pvFW"Bw6FRFPW"bfrFR( 7FFbFRV.( vW'2v&V6VfRG&BGvvB7FBvb7FVvFFW"gVFW&2B6FF26&RfVBFRdB6pvV'6FRBwwrfG6r6VE