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July 11, 2017

Case 396 – Cafe refuses to sell untoasted fruit bread

Issue Supermarket cafe refused to sell customer a packet of fruit bread for health and safety reasons as he didn’t want it toasted before taking it home. Panel opinion There is nothing in health and safety at work legislation that prevents the sale of fruit bread nor should there have

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LafargeHolcim chairman to step down

©Reuters Wolfgant Reitzle LafargeHolcim on Monday announced that its chairman was stepping down in May, less than a year after the Swiss-French cement group was formed through a contentious €41bn merger. Wolfgang Reitzle’s decision not to stand for re-election at May’s annual meeting is the latest upset for LafargeHolcim, which

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Worker suffers serious burns after clothing catches fire

A foundry based in Batley has been fined after a worker suffered serious burns when his clothing caught fire. Bradford Crown Court heard how an employee of Batley Foundry Limited was undertaking work involving the use of isopropanol and a paint-like solution. The bucket containing the solution caught fire which

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Construction to open its doors for nationwide event

CITB and Build UK are joining forces for a week of exclusive, behind-the-scenes events at some of the UK’s best building sites.  Open Doors gives access to dozens of construction projects to inspire people to choose a career in construction and take the next steps to progress into the industry.

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University of Sheffield Teamed up With Sheffield City Council

The University of Sheffield has teamed up with Sheffield City Council in order to carry out some redevelopment work at the University’s City Centre Campus. The Sheffield City Region Investment Fund will be supplying £2.9 million if investment to the project with the rest supplied by the University. The project

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How to Seek Investment Overseas When You’re Expanding your Business

If you’re considering overseas expansion, you’re doubtless wondering how you’re going to pay for it. Securing investment from Venture Capitalists (VCs) will certainly support your business from a financial perspective, but with so much rejection and endless rounds of ‘grillings’ from potential investors, is it worth it? Well, it entirely

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July 11, 2017

Case 396 – Cafe refuses to sell untoasted fruit bread

Issue Supermarket cafe refused to sell customer a packet of fruit bread for health and safety reasons as he didn’t want it toasted before taking it home. Panel opinion There is nothing in health and safety at work legislation that prevents the sale of fruit bread nor should there have been a food labelling issue here. It is a pity that a “health and safety” excuse was used to refuse such a simple request. This appears to be a case of poor staff training resulting in a very disappointed customer. Source link

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LafargeHolcim chairman to step down

©Reuters Wolfgant Reitzle LafargeHolcim on Monday announced that its chairman was stepping down in May, less than a year after the Swiss-French cement group was formed through a contentious €41bn merger. Wolfgang Reitzle’s decision not to stand for re-election at May’s annual meeting is the latest upset for LafargeHolcim, which has seen its shares fall 48 per cent since last July, when the transaction was completed. More On this topic IN Construction LafargeHolcim’s results so far have disappointed amid weak economic conditions and overcapacity in its key markets. Before the group announced Mr Reitzle’s departure late on Monday, shares in LafargeHolcim had fallen 7 per cent from last week’s close after news he would stand for election to become chairman of the supervisory board of Linde, the German industrial and medical gases company where he was previously chief executive. Although a newcomer to the cement business, Mr Reitzle was closely involved in the protracted negotiations that led to Switzerland’s Holcim combining with Lafarge of France. The talks were punctuated by management culture clashes and regulatory hurdles. Mr Reitzle was instrumental in saving the deal when it nearly collapsed in March last year. Changes to the transaction meant Lafarge agreed that Bruno Lafont, its chief executive, would not lead the combined group but instead become co-chairman with Mr Reitzle. Eric Olsen, from Lafarge, was appointed the group’s chief executive. LafargeHolcim said on Monday it regretted Mr Reitzle’s departure but offered no explanation beyond saying he wished “to pursue other business activities that will require his fullest attention”. Mr Reitzle said in the same statement: “I am satisfied that LafargeHolcim is now fully on track with realising the benefits of the combined businesses.” The company’s shares closed down 8 per cent on Monday at SFr35.9. Mr Reitzle is due to be replaced as LafargeHolcim chairman by Beat Hess, currently vice-chairman, who joined Holcim in 2010. Mr Reitzle, 66, is among Germany’s best known businessmen, and some LafargeHolcim insiders suggested he was keen to return to Linde after two years of “gardening leave”. He was credited with Linde’s turnround when he became chief executive in 2003 after stints at Ford and BMW. He is chairman of the supervisory board at Continental, the German tyremaker. Mr Reitzle’s resignation comes after the Financial Times reported on Friday that a collateral call had resulted in Filaret Galchev, LafargeHolcim’s third largest shareholder, liquidating his stake in the company after its share price fall. Additional reporting by Michael Stothard in Paris Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2016. You may share using our article tools. Please don’t cut articles from FT.com and redistribute by email or post to the web. Source link

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Worker suffers serious burns after clothing catches fire

A foundry based in Batley has been fined after a worker suffered serious burns when his clothing caught fire. Bradford Crown Court heard how an employee of Batley Foundry Limited was undertaking work involving the use of isopropanol and a paint-like solution. The bucket containing the solution caught fire which then set light to his clothes, causing serious burns. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 5 August 2014 found that the company failed to provide adequate training, work equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE). Batley Foundry Limited, of Warwick Road, Batley, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9000. Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector John Boyle said: “A worker was left with serious injuries as a result of this incident. Had the company taken a number of simple measures prior to the work activity taking place – such as the provision of suitable work equipment, training and personal protective equipment – then it may well have been avoided.” More information on the safe storage, handling and use of flammable liquids can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/fireandexplosion/ Notes to Editors: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk     Journalists should approach HSE press office with any queries on regional press releases. Source link

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Construction to open its doors for nationwide event

CITB and Build UK are joining forces for a week of exclusive, behind-the-scenes events at some of the UK’s best building sites.  Open Doors gives access to dozens of construction projects to inspire people to choose a career in construction and take the next steps to progress into the industry. From future architects, bricklayers and civil engineers to potential front-of-house sales managers, visitors of all ages and skill sets can get on site at Open Doors events between Monday 13 and Saturday 18 June. Projects that will be opening their doors include London’s Design Museum, a Proton Beam Therapy Centre in Manchester, a children’s hospital in Edinburgh and a state-of-the-art school and sports facility in south Wales. People interested in getting on site can book at opendoors.construction.    Once on site, visitors will find out exactly what it takes to create the iconic buildings of the future. They will then be encouraged to find out more about construction at the industry’s careers website – Go Construct. Suzannah Nichol, Build UK Chief Executive, said: “The construction industry is in a war for talent so we are delighted to be running Open Doors in partnership with CITB.  It’s an exciting chance for anyone seeking a future career, a new challenge, or a change of direction to see first-hand what construction has to offer.  We look forward to welcoming people of all ages onto our member sites in June.” Lorraine Gregory, CITB Partnerships Manager, said: “Open Doors is an excellent way of inspiring people to consider a career in construction. And it’s a key part of how CITB is supporting the construction industry through Go Construct.  “Over 230,000 new construction jobs will be created across Britain by 2020 and this is a great way to showcase some of them. Potential new entrants will get an exclusive opportunity to see first-hand what it’s like to work in the industry and what a rewarding career construction can be.” To find out more about Open Doors 2016 and book a visit a site, please go to: www.opendoors.construction. Source link

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Shortlist for the World Architecture Festival Has Been Revealed

The shortlist for the World Architecture Festival has been revealed. The Festival will be celebrating their tenth year this year and has seen a record amount of entries for the awards, 924, which is up 18% on the submissions from 2016. The Festival will be held this year in Berlin in November and will showcase a variety of projects that have been submitted from all over the world. Due to the increase in residential submission that have been made this year there has been a new Villa category introduced. Also included in the submissions are innovative designs such as floating Student accommodation that has been designed for Copenhagen, and a futuristic pharmacy submitted from Japan. The Festival allows for the smaller architectural firms to compete against the bigger firms in the world’s largest architectural awards scheme. The shortlist that has been announced includes 434 entries and the UK has the most representation of architectural firms in the awards programme. The entries that have made it onto the shortlist have to present their design in a live judging session that will take place at the World Architecture festival between the 15th and the 17th November. The winners of each category will then go forward in order to compete for Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year and Landscape of the Year. The presentations will take place in front of over 100 international judges, with the so called Super Jury deciding on the 18 category winners. This Super Jurty will be headed by Robert Ivy, the former editor of Architectural Record and CEO of the American Institute of Architects. Also involved in the judging will be Nathalie de Vries who is the Director and Co-founder of the Dutch practice MVRDV, Ian Ritchie, founder of Ian Ritchie Architects in London and Christoph Ingenhoven the founder of the German Architectural practice Ingenhoven Architects.

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Fire Safety is the Main Focus of Those Involved in Construction and Property Management

With the horrific news in recent weeks of the Grenfell fire in London, fire safety is the main focus of those involved in construction, property management and those working in local and national government. One week after the tragedy took place FIREX International took place at London’s Excel. The event takes place for professionals in all areas of the industry to come together and discuss where the sector is and what needs to happen in order to make sure that people and property are better protected against fire. As part of the event, GGF exhibited in order to increase their profile and concepts such as fire resistant glazing. The exhibition also showed the work that has been undertaken by the Fire Resistant Glazing Group of GGF that looked to educate, guide and showcase the importance of fire resistant glazed systems for those in attendance for the broader safety sector. Across the three day FIREX International event, GGF showed their online video, “Fire Resistant Glazing – Getting it Right vs. Getting It Wrong”. The video is still available to access online and features a visual depiction of Fire Resistant Glazing, demonstrating why they should be used as well as why it should be installed correctly. The event took place from the 19th to the 21st of June, and Richard Kells, the Technical Officer for GGF and the Secretary of the Fire Resistant Glazing Group was available throughout the event in order to answer any questions about the performance of their fire resistant glazing systems. With the events at Grenfell, it is even more important to hold the FIREX International took place, especially for the GGF, as their presence at the event helped further raise the profile of fire resistant glazing options for the main figures in the fire safety sector. GGF also had information about their Beft Practice in the Specification and Use of Fire Resistant Glazed Systems at the enet which is also available online.

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University of Sheffield Teamed up With Sheffield City Council

The University of Sheffield has teamed up with Sheffield City Council in order to carry out some redevelopment work at the University’s City Centre Campus. The Sheffield City Region Investment Fund will be supplying £2.9 million if investment to the project with the rest supplied by the University. The project has been valued at around £8 million and will transform the University of Sheffield’s City Campus as well as improve the City Centre. The construction work on the site is being carried out in order to make the City Center Campus safer as well as nicer in terms of appearance. The work being carried out will see safe green spaces introduced to the campus as well as Guardrails installed to further improve pedestrian and cyclist safety on the campus. There will be better pedestrian crossings added to Upper Hanover Street and Wester Bank as well as more cycle routes introduced in the area. By improving the facilities on the campus and the area surrounding it, it is hoped that more people will be encouraged to visit the cafes nearby, Weston Park and the new safe green spaces. The redevelopment is also supposed to encourage others in Sheffield to utilise the facilities on the University’s campus. Alpha Rail has been contracted to this development in order to supply guardrails for the new and existing pedestrian walkways and cycle paths. Alpha Rail were contracted to the site by North Midland Construction. The rails have been installed on uneven terrain on the site, so specific measurement were required in order to provide the correct sections for the construction work. There will also me more trees and shrubs planted on the site in order to improve the green spaces on site. There has also been some architectural artwork installed on location to make the campus more appealing and to provide a point of interest at the location.

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Glass and Glazing Federation Issued a Statement to BBC Radio Surrey

The Glass and Glazing Federation, or GGF has issued a statement to BBC Radio Surrey after news was released of the recent conviction of Zenith Staybrite. The GGF have issued the statement as a response for comment after the double glazing company was found guilty of using illegal high-pressure sales tactics and falsely claiming offers were limited. After the guilty verdict the company has been ordered to pay fines and costs of £330,000. In the statement released by the GGF, Zenith Staybrite were condoned. It was emphasised that the company was not a GGF member and it is a knock to the entire Glazing Industry to hear about the malpractice that has been carried out by Zenith. The news of the illegal high pressure sales tactics has been called disappointing by the GGF and the Federation hope that the company will take drastic steps to change their approach to sales, if they have not already done so. The conviction of Zenith Staybrite has highlighted the importance of the GGF Consumer Code of Practice that has been approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. The Code is known for being the only approved Code of Conduct in the glass and glazing industry. All of the members of the GGF must adhere to the Code of Practice put forward by the Federation. As part of the Code of Practice, GGF members must not engage in any high pressure selling techniques and is also explicit in saying that companies must not offer inflated prices for goods and services above those depicted on the company’s price list and should not offer “special one day offers” that are untrue. As part of the compliance to the GGF Code of Practice, only genuine discounts that have been agreed by the company can be applied to a sale.

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How to Seek Investment Overseas When You’re Expanding your Business

If you’re considering overseas expansion, you’re doubtless wondering how you’re going to pay for it. Securing investment from Venture Capitalists (VCs) will certainly support your business from a financial perspective, but with so much rejection and endless rounds of ‘grillings’ from potential investors, is it worth it? Well, it entirely depends on your business, the level of control you want to share or retain, the market you currently operate in (and hope to operate in), and the nuances of the location you want to expand to. So, it’s impossible to say with any confidence whether or not you should pursue investment to support your expansion. But, the short and generalised answer is yes – securing capital is a giant leap in the right direction for a business that’s serious about international growth. Investment will mitigate against the risk your business faces from a financial perspective: by having the support of investors as you expand, you’ll have access to capital, resources and contacts to make the process smoother, decreasing the likelihood that your expansion will be a failure. However, from the outset, it’s worth mentioning that it’s probably a good idea to seek investment overseas from the country you’re expanding your business into. For example, if you’re considering expansion to the US (an example we’ll use from this point onwards), it makes sense to seek investment from US investors. This is because you’ll have an easier time to convincing an investor to reach into their pocket if you’re going to be operating on their turf. And, you’ll also find you’ll increase your likelihood of securing investment if you present your plan in a way that correlates with the businesses practices and regulations your US investor is already familiar with. However, if you’re operating in a global market, you could operate a ‘shotgun fundraising approach’ instead. This involves contacting investors from all over the world, potentially ‘opening up’ opportunities for international expansion elsewhere beyond the location you may have initially set your sights on. But, whether you resolve to secure investment from a VC in the country you’re expanding to, or investment from elsewhere in the world, it will pay to know a few tips for making the process a little easier. Get boots on the ground: Investors are going to be more receptive to your proposition if you’ve started making significant inroads to exploring their market, so demonstrate you’re doing your research by getting employees in your chosen location. You won’t necessarily need to do anything as risky as setting up a subsidiary to do this, as you can instead work with companies that specialise in hiring US employees in your chosen state on your business’s behalf. Hiring employees is likely to get traction with US investors as they’ll see that you have ‘boots on the ground’. Look for venture capitalists with a proven track record: There are a number of investors you might want to approach, but only a handful of them will have a proven track record of investment in your industry or market. Similarly, an even smaller number will have a proven track record of transatlantic investments, so continue narrowing your search on this basis (bearing in mind that this small pool of investors is likely to make only a handful of investments over a period of time) before delivering your best pitch. Seek investment from VCs you share commonalities with: A UK business may have luck attracting foreign investment from a US VC due to the fact they share similar languages, business cultures and corporate structures, so don’t under-utilise the power of drawing on commonalities. Pitch your company’s best assets: Are you a mature company and therefore require a less hands-on approach insofar as involvement is concerned from a VC? If so, you might be suitable for a long-distance financial relationship, and make yourself a better option from an investment perspective.

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MPower to Present at Healthcare Estates Management Conference at University of Salford

Leading provider of uninterruptible power supplies, MPower UPS, has announced managing director Michael Brooks, will present at the Healthcare Estates Management Conference to be held at The University of Salford, Manchester on 25 July 2017.  The conference which is aimed at estate managers in the NHS aims to explore projects driving efficiencyhow efficiencies can help save costs and improve clinical outcomes within the healthcare industry. “Eliminating the risks of computer and equipment downtime is essential for those working in critical environments such as the NHS,” confirms Michael Brooks, managing director of MPower UPS.  “Uninterruptible power supplies which provide continuous power availability, fault-tolerance and remove single points of failure are necessary to ensure availability.  However, energy efficiency also needs to be considered carefully, as this impacts on the overall cost of system implementation. “Therefore, in the presentation: The truth About UPS Energy Efficiency – The Real Cost to the NHS, as well as examining the need for power supply continuity, I will evaluate; optimum system design, efficiency and de-risking in addition to exploring total cost of ownership including ongoing maintenance costs.  Delegates will gain an insight into selecting the right system for the job, discovering the importance of the correct ancillary infrastructure and learn about optimising energy efficiency to control costs.” Michael Brooks has worked in the UPS industry for more than 30 years and in 2005 founded MPower UPS Ltd.  The Company is now a leading international provider of comprehensive, high quality and reliable uninterruptible power solutions to a diverse client base including healthcare environments, government departments and the NHS. MPower’s head office is in Alton, Hampshire and at the end of 2016 it opened a second office in Stoke to help service its growing client base in the Midlands and the North. As well as presenting at the conference, MPower will have an exhibition stand plus experienced staff on-hand to discuss the efficient use of UPS systems within the NHS. For further information please see: www.mpowerups.co.uk

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