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Zink INDUSTRY NEWS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk 006 DECEMBER 2017 RCIMAG.COM Copper Stainless Plans to create an accreditation to protect and support the growth of the roofing industry were announced at the annual National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) Suppliers’ Conference on Tuesday, November 21. The certification, the result of a collaboration between the NFRC and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), aims to improve efficiency, upskill the workforce, encourage the use of new technology and attract new talent. James Talman, chief executive of the NFRC, said: “I am pleased to officially announce that the CITB has reached agreement with the NFRC to launch an accreditation scheme for the UK roofing sector. “The industry recognises that it is faced with an ageing workforce, structural challenges which limit its professionalism and lacking career paths. “Our aim is to address some of these issues and make sure roofing contractors have the support they need to operate efficiently and confidently.” Mark Noonan, industry relations director at CITB, said the accreditation was focused on engaging with existing and potential contractors to create a career learning programme which would inspire and motivate. He said: “The CITB is placing its support with the NFRC to create the sustainable demand for professional roofers in the built environment, and by doing so ensuring that employers and clients benefit from an accredited workforce. We anticipate the scheme benefits would be supported across all specialist federations, professional training providers and other relevant stakeholders.” The programme of delivery for the accreditation, which has received CITB funding, will be chaired by Jon Vanstone, chair of the Competent Person Forum and Trade Association Forum. He has worked on accreditation schemes with a number of different industries since 2003, most recently with the glazing sector. He said: “This is an incredibly exciting step forward for the roofing industry and with engagement across the board it could change the perception of a career in roofing and encourage more people into the sector. “It could also mean that we are not just actively recruiting, but we are recruiting individuals who know what they are doing. “Collaboration is key to the success of this programme and we will be looking to work together with representatives across the industry to ensure it is of value.” The accreditation will be officially launched next year, and at the official launch James Talman set a target of achieving 5,000 accredited roofers. NFRC and CITB to collaborate on new accreditation BRUFMA (British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers Association) has unveiled its new name: the Insulation Manufacturers Association. The Associations says this is a response to create clarity within the marketplace, as the new name now reflects the critical role the organisation plays in representing a key component in the built environment. The name-change takes effect immediately and reportedly reflects the position that PIR and PUR insulation manufacturers hold in providing the largest share of insulation products used in the UK market. With a growing need for ever-greater energy performance and thermal efficiency across all buildings, this share of the market is expected to keep on growing and therefore the Trade Association says it has a responsibility to ensure it is the principal point of contact for all audiences relevant to this sector with a name that reflects this responsibility. Speaking about the change of name, Simon Storer, chief executive of IMA, said: “BRUFMA as a name has served the industry extremely well over the years, especially on technical and industry matters and this of course, will not change. “However, the membership agreed that the Association now needed to build on this well-established foundation, move away from predominantly inward facing activity and extend its reach and influence to a wider and more diverse external target audience, which is not necessarily steeped in technical or industry language. “Events of this year certainly brought this need into sharp focus, as many commentators and other interested parties were unable to immediately identify which trade association spoke for which part of the industry. We also wanted to be sure that as an Association we are solely responsible for and have ownership of the messages coming from this sector. “With a name that enables everyone to understand exactly who we are and what we do, it gives the recognition that we speak for the largest part of the insulation market. We are setting out to develop and expand our policy, communications and public affairs activity, to support the Association’s technical and scientific work. “At IMA, we are very excited as we start a new chapter in the Association’s life of representing our members, including all the manufacturers of PIR and PUR in the UK and Ireland, as well as all those across the supply chain including chemical and ancillary suppliers. “There is a very important job to be done with regards to ensuring buildings in the UK meet their design specification. We have a large part to play in this and changing our name to Insulation Manufacturers Association is one step in fulfilling this longerterm objective.” Name change for BRUFMA Richard Hawes and Nicholas Edwards of Deloitte LLP were appointed joint administrators of Graceful Holdings, Lakesmere Group and Lakesmere on November 2, 2017. Since incorporation in 1993, Lakesmere’s turnover has increased by an average of 19% a year. Recent projects include Canary Wharf Crossrail station in London and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. In 2012 Lakesmere bought Northern Ireland-based McMullen Facades within hours of it having fallen into administration. This acquisition, adding specialist glazing capability and a plant in Portadown, reportedly helped fuel recent strong growth. A year ago, there was said to be no sign of impending trouble and in October this year the company was even listed in the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 list. Announcing its annual financial results, with 45% profits growth, Ted McMullen, Lakesmere managing director, reportedly said business was flourishing. Growth of the business is said to have been attributed to demand for the company’s in-house manufacturing capabilities and offsite construction solutions. The affairs, business and assets of the companies, which have around 900 employees, are now being managed by the joint administrators and 109 jobs are said to have been lost in England. Richard Hawes, Deloitte administrator, said: “Lakesmere Limited has experienced financial challenges, arising from a number of unprofitable contracts. This has resulted in Lakesmere Limited being placed into administration. Unfortunately, a number of redundancies have to be made in the UK and we are offering those affected support at this difficult time. “We are currently assessing the options available, including a potential sale of McMullen Facades, which is continuing to trade solvently.” “Unprofitable contracts” contribute to fall of Lakesmere James Talman and Jon Vanstone


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