Sunday, February 24, 2013

Lack of new blood in the construction industry of the North

I WAS written before about the current state of the construction industry, especially in our region, and the lasting impact it would go forward. Last week, the Universities & Colleges Accepting Service (UCAS) released figures showing that the number of students applying to study architecture courses in universities has decreased significantly compared to this time in last year. In the past month, with only 26,821 applications for architecture courses, a decrease of 12% from a year ago. Of course, the figure for building and planning fell by 22% and 14% respectively in the order, with only four groups of subjects studied faring poorly. There are several reasons behind the declining numbers, increasing student fees and the poor state of the labor market on the two key factors. Practice in our industry, such as architecture, can take up to seven years and requires a substantial financial commitment and time of the students. This, along with poor job prospects expected by the number of industry bodies, meaning more hindered students entering our industry. It seems that students are forced to be a little more prudent with their level of choice, with children choosing courses that do not cost more and have better job prospects at the end. To encourage growth and to move forward, we, as an industry need to do more to encourage young people to create the future. Our industry will be one of the forefront of change and innovation, and to do this, we need creativity and attitude of young people today. Our Generation for Change (G4C) forum, for example, is all about identifying new arrivals in construction and encourage them to collaborate, develop and promote best practices to improve the much needed growth in this sector it. The annual Construction Skills Network report, carried out by CITB-ConstructionSkills in partnership with a number of construction employers from across the UK, a recent five-year forecasts to calculate the industry suggest that we should start to see the some growth in 2013. Weather Forecasts like this should be published, children shows that the industry is in a more settled by the time they graduate.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

£ 74 million Newcastle University building is nearing completion

Kevin Conroy, director of SA Newcastle, said: "The students who come to study with us in Newcastle really are guests in their time here. "What we want is to give them a building designed to fully meet their needs. "The new building is not appropriate and will also provide what we consider some of the best student accommodation in the city so that they can live and study on campus at one of the best students education in the country. " Construction of the new building began in August 2010 and has helped to boost the local economy. The building contractor Balfour Beatty has employed more than 2,000 workers in the construction of new equipment, 1,560 of whom are from the Newcastle area. Kevin Alden, director of the project, said: "Balfour Beatty is very proud to have the opportunity to play their part in creating new educational world class equipment along with high quality, to student accommodation in the city center. " The architect who designed the building, FaulknerBrown, based in Killingworth and partnerships in SA since its inception in 2007, 102 jobs will be created, with about 40 additional appointments are expected as the new building opens.

Friday, February 15, 2013

More appeals loans UK managed

Nearly 40% of appeals are launched when the bank refused to provide loans or business loans proved successful. The appeals process is initiated by the British Bankers' Association (BBA) banking task force in April last year and has so far dealt with the 2177 appeal. With this, 39.5% of the cases are approved, then the business can receive funding they requested, according to a report by Professor Russel Griggs BBA. Business Forum of Private senior policy adviser Alex Jackson said: "The fact that nearly 40% of the appeal of the loan really recovered it clear that the bank will not measure some small business loan risk accurately the first place, and that must change. "The report is right to recognition of over-centralized banking system that relies too heavily on automated risk criteria and data from the company's credit ratings, many of them appear to use very different factors to assess the credit worthiness of the company. We need more real bank managers to understand the benefits of individual business loans and make decisions accordingly. "More competition between the major banks are required, as well as the rules allow alternative loans less reliant on automated systems risk more effectively compete in the SME finance market is dominated by large banks, including both standard standardizing credit rating. ' He said that the 2177 appeal was "very likely just the tip of the iceberg" of the happy owners of businesses felt they had rejected Ben unreasonable.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Neil Warwick - The question was asked

IT is always important to ask the right questions. Never been more relevant than the Leveson inquiry. Prime Minister looks to the current investigation going on, to answer questions about his relationship with News International, Rebekah Brooks and others. The irony is not lost to the Prime Minister today is to give evidence to an inquiry that he instigated. As always the question revolves around the element of fame or notoriety of the story - riding in Brooks, a dinner party Sunday with editor and TV presenter. In the spirit of Tony Blair's fairness based on equal treatment with a lot of focus on the fact that he is godfather to Rupert Murdoch's son. Almost as beyond the limits of the question to oversee the appointment of Jeremy Hunt BSkyB merger discussions lifted and all the focus on whether he was biased against the merger at the time of appointment. However, a more important question is why it is necessary to put the minister in a position to oversee the merger when the competition laws now meant to be removed from political influence. With Orwellian name change in various government departments, the major players are now the chief executive of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Secretary of State for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. While the name change is largely the same position, role changes, even subtle. Under the new law the decision makers and the chief executive of the Competition Commission can act as an appeal body that appeals to Competition Tribunal has a managerial role. There was meant to be no government interference. As is often technically under the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, the minister was not designed to interfere with a merger clearance decision. Comments made by the Secretary of State has now made it clear she BSkyB role in merger analysis. However, since he had a role in any case it would not be easy to make it clear? As an aside, when the minister can intervene in the merger clearance in the "soft" as Secretary of State? Answer - Lord Mandelson. :: Neil Warwick, partner at Dickinson Dees.