Buying HouseActual Q4 workloads for the North East, North West and West Midlands were better than predicted in Q3, and these regions continue to forecast significant growth in the first quarter of 2004 and beyond. Employment trends provide a further indicator that a downturn has not yet begun. Similarly, there is little change in the numbers reporting difficulty in obtaining skilled labour during the last quarter; this rose by just one percentage point to 71%. In some areas of the country the forecast for the next quarter is similarly weak, but others are forecasting growth. We will need to see the outcome of the next quarter before we can draw any firm conclusions on the market as a whole. Interbuild – at the Birmingham NEC from 25 to 29 April 2004 – is the largest and most important exhibition for the UK construction industry.

It’s the one show that no one wants to miss because it has everything under one roof. Interbuild 2004 has something new this year – something specifically aimed at meeting the needs of smaller building firms who make up the vast majority of the UK building industry.

This new feature is the ‘Builders’ Information Zone’ a joint initiative between the Federation of Master Builders and Interbuild. The BIZ will offer information, advice, services, competitions and refreshments for small and medium sized builders, all brought together in one special zone.

It’s a unique forum for advice, information and know-how at the heart of a uniquely well-attended exhibition. Always looking for ways to improve the services that they offer to members, property valuation adelaide FMB Insurance Services have extended their opening hours for a trial period. From 1st February to 30th April 2004 the office will be open on Saturday’s from 9am to 12.30pm and weekdays from 8am to 6pm. At FMB Insurance Services we are constantly looking at ways to improve our service and feedback from FMB members is important.

The need to explore an extension to our office hours has been identified and we have responded to this. Opening on a Saturday offers more flexibility and allows businesses, that do not have the time during the week, to contact our offices at a time that may be more convenient to them. The settlement makes significant changes to skill rates and to daily fare and travel allowances. BATJIC has also agreed the phasing out of the three sickness and injury waiting days, over a two year period, subject to no adverse effects on attendance.