Weekly Email News – the future of the building industry

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The Cut the Carbon Partnership has launched a new e-mail alert service to help small and medium sized (SME) contractors cut through confusion surrounding low carbon policy and take advantage of the business opportunities on offer.

The free alerts will count down to impending low carbon policy and legislation such as the Green Deal, Renewable Heat Incentives and the Green Investment Bank, signposting SMEs to the skills and knowledge they need to respond.

Interested businesses can find more information on the Countdown alerts at www.cskills.org/cutcarbon.

The alerts are the latest development from the Cut the Carbon campaign, a partnership between CITB-ConstructionSkills, the National Specialist Contractors Council and the Federation of Master Builders.

Jenny Chappell at Chappell and Dix, a SME building contractor and joiner, underlines the value this sort of service will offer SMEs: “Navigating through low carbon policy and legislation can be extremely time-consuming for small businesses such as ours and it can often be difficult to know what to do when. A simple alert that not only updates us on impending low carbon requirements but importantly also tells us how we can obtain the skills and knowledge to respond will be invaluable.”

Mark Farrar, chief executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for construction, explained: “The drive for a low carbon construction industry is prompting a number of changes to policy and new legislative requirements, which can be confusing. But is also creating great opportunities for SMEs to win low-carbon work.

“We know that it can be difficult for small businesses in this challenging climate to stay up to speed – the Countdown Alert Service helps them to understand what they need to do to be compliant, when, and how to make the most of opportunities that are on offer.”

Richard Diment, director general of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “Making our members aware of the changes in policy and legislation that are likely to affect their business is something we take very seriously. Small businesses don’t just need to know about changes being introduced but also what they need to do to comply or upskill. The emphasis on low carbon construction is also likely to create more job opportunities for SMEs who are properly prepared.”