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RCI June 2014

EDITOR’S COMMENT 2014 RCIMAG.COM JUNE 2014 05 There’s plenty to smile about... If you are a roofer and reading this magazine, the chances are you are doing it with a smile on your face. And this isn’t just because of all the interesting articles and comment we bring you… but a recent survey has found that roofers are the happiest members of any trade. The research was commissioned by specialist construction insurer ECIC and came up with some positive responses for roofers; over a third of roofers surveyed saw their amount of work go up in 2013, and 43% reported feeling very confident about their business prospects for 2014. With the issues around skill shortages and attracting school leavers to our sector, it was also encouraging to hear that a massive 89% of respondents would actively encourage a younger person to join the roofing sector. As we have said here before, you can make of surveys what you will, and despite the research only being taken from a small pool of 200 respondents from across all trades, at RCI we feel it’s still very encouraging to hear. In fact, it reaffirms what we have seen from roofing contractors we have spent time with over the years; they work hard, they enjoy their work and take pride in providing solutions for clients. This was again highlighted at the recent Roofing Awards 2014, where over 700 industry professionals took time out of their busy schedules to celebrate excellence and best practice from within our industry. The Awards were fiercely contested with fantastic shortlists in all roofing disciplines again shining a light on the high level of expertise and workmanship within our market. We have a rundown of the day and Award winners on p.16 in this issue. As we head towards a general election the headline-grabbing announcements will come thick and fast, but let’s hope the government’s recently announced plans to develop a series of policies to tackle late payment have some real substance to them. Business secretary Vince Cable has stated that the government will develop a “robust” payment reporting framework, strengthen the Prompt Payment Code and give ministers new powers to tackle late payment. Large companies will also be required to publish information regarding their payment practices. This all sounds positive but unfortunately no time frame has been given for the changes to be implemented and it is very debatable whether these changes go far enough to affect what is now a culture within construction. If this issue can ever be resolved fully, that will really be something for all of construction to smile about (see p.06 for responses to this announcement). Matt Downs, editor 76 John Brash Western Red Cedar Shingles were used on the roof of the large curved building completed at BAE Systems, Samlesbury Aerodrome, near Blackburn. Read our article on saving time and reducing wastage on p.76 COMING SOON Ricoh Arena, Coventry To the roofing, cladding & insulation industry 29th - 30th of October 2014 www.rcishow.co.uk 2014 SHOW sponsored by SHOW sponsored by


RCI June 2014
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