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May 20, 2021

UK Connect becomes sole 5G provider to British construction

Today, UK Connect has been officially granted ‘5G for Enterprise Branch Specialisation’ by leading wireless networking equipment brand Cradlepoint, becoming the UK’s sole construction connectivity provider to achieve this status. This means UK Connect is the only company currently permitted to install Cradlepoint systems used for the establishment of 5G networks on UK residential and

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Building a Safer Future Charter launches with first companies on way to becoming ‘Charter Champions’

The Building a Safer Future (BSF) Charter has launched its ‘Charter Champion’ company initiative to help companies drive the systemic culture change required to put building safety first. Through robust self-assessment, benchmarking and independent verification, the BSF Charter Champion company initiative will help companies identify potential issues and, in turn,

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UK construction employment rises for first time in two years

Marco Verdonkschot, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect, said:  “Over the last few months, there have been small signs of recovery for the construction industry, but the latest ONS data is the strongest indication yet that the sector is truly getting back on its feet.  “The number of employed construction workers rose by

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Norbord Europe is now part of West Fraser

David Connacher, Marketing Manager, West Fraser, answers your questions 1.    Norbord – who are/were they in a nutshell? As the UK’s number one engineered wood panel manufacturer and serving the housebuilding and construction industry with a vast array of board products for flooring, panelling and roofing, Norbord is the go-to

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AB Glass expands production capacity with six-figure investment

AB Glass, the award-winning architectural aluminium and access control specialist, has completed a significant investment that will increase its production capacity by 35% as it gears up for a boom in new work and projects. The Swansea-based company has made a six-figure investment in building a new 3,000 sq ft

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tado° Raises €38M and Announces Partnership

tado° Raises €38M and Announces Partnership

tado° has announced a new investment of €38 million (USD 46 million), raised from noventic and existing shareholders. tado° and noventic will enter a strategic partnership to develop and distribute new energy-efficient proptech solutions for the commercial housing market. The investment will also be used to drive technologies for sustainable heat generation, OEM

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Webinar Assists Firms in Sustainability Mission

Webinar Assists Firms in Sustainability Mission

Members of the powered access industry are invited to join a free online seminar webinar to explore issues around the challenges and opportunities of environmental sustainability in sector, including information about how stakeholders can make a positive change. The latest in a series of free webinars from the International Powered

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Tech Trends in the Casino Industry

Technological innovation advances every field, taking it a step further in simplifying the process with which a product is made or a service is provided. It’s progress and it’s a continuous occurrence, one that cannot be stopped. While you might think that the casino industry has it all figured out

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May 20, 2021

UK Connect becomes sole 5G provider to British construction

Today, UK Connect has been officially granted ‘5G for Enterprise Branch Specialisation’ by leading wireless networking equipment brand Cradlepoint, becoming the UK’s sole construction connectivity provider to achieve this status. This means UK Connect is the only company currently permitted to install Cradlepoint systems used for the establishment of 5G networks on UK residential and commercial construction sites. Adding to a number of similar official accreditations, it establishes the brand as Cradlepoint’s most-trusted UK installation and connectivity partner for construction projects. This recognition positions UK Connect as a key player in the rollout of 5G technology for the sector’s operations, which will enable clearer and faster on-site communication and higher quality work. Further, through UK Connect’s sole dedication to the UK construction industry, it will also be able to help foster a greater understanding of the technology’s potential amongst contractors and developers. Particularly, it will demonstrate how 5G can directly deliver greater digital adoption, leading to increased ROI from a safer, smarter and more efficient construction journey, benefiting all involved. The ‘5G for Enterprise Branch Specialisation’ is a Cradlepoint standard identifying and recognising partner organisations that possess the capability and proficiency to sell and install Cradlepoint’s 5G solutions. To achieve this prestigious and highly desired accreditation, UK Connect had to meet a host of stringent criteria, including an already established position as a Cradlepoint Premier Partner and a watertight reputation as an Active Wireless WAN Practice. UK Connect also needed to pass a number of tests to receive the specialisation certificate. This ranged from completing an in-depth programme of sales and technical courses to demonstrating proficiency in working with Cradlepoint’s 5G systems and the ability to sell them strategically, according to an outline business plan. Passing this tough, in-depth examination of capabilities affirms UK Connect’s unparalleled expertise in establishing 5G networks, nuanced to the specific needs of the construction industry. Outlining the decision to award the 5G specialisation to UK Connect, Darryl Brick, VP Partner Sales, EMEA from Cradlepoint said: “Cradlepoint’s 5G for Enterprise Branch Specialised partners have invested in the 5G transformation and offer our customers services tailored for the new 5G wireless WAN. “UK Connect is a highly skilled Cradlepoint partner and their expertise will guide our customers through the Pathway to 5G and help evolve their networks successfully. The team of dedicated sales and technical professionals at UK Connect, as well as their expertise in several key vertical markets, will help us guide customers on the journey beyond the wires.“ PJ Farr, UK Connect’s Managing Director added: “A big congratulation to the whole of the company in coming together to achieve this result. Receiving this specialisation certification is a game-changer. “It represents a major milestone in the company’s history, positioning us at the forefront of the UK’s 5G rollout and bringing its power and potential to the country’s vibrant community of housebuilders and developers. We look forward to working even closer with Cradlepoint, further demonstrating our unrivalled expertise in construction connectivity provision.”

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Building a Safer Future Charter launches with first companies on way to becoming ‘Charter Champions’

The Building a Safer Future (BSF) Charter has launched its ‘Charter Champion’ company initiative to help companies drive the systemic culture change required to put building safety first. Through robust self-assessment, benchmarking and independent verification, the BSF Charter Champion company initiative will help companies identify potential issues and, in turn, develop continuous improvement plans to advance their overall approach and performance on leadership and culture in relation to building safety. Through their participation in this process companies will be able to identify ways in which they can help to reduce their risk profile in terms of building safety. The first 12 companies, who are demonstrating real sectoral leadership, have signed up to begin the journey and engage in the robust benchmarking and independent assessment process. The organisations include BAM, Galliford Try, Kier, Mace, mhs homes, Persimmon Homes, Places for People, Salix Homes, United Living, Vistry Group, Wates and Willmott Dixon. Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent inquiry into building regulations and fire safety clearly identified failure of leadership and culture as key underlying causes of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The ‘Building a Safer Future Charter’ was initiated in response by a group of early adopters including contractors, housing associations and local authorities supported by MHCLG with a vision of having an industry committed to putting people’s safety first. The BSF Charter has been highlighted by Dame Judith Hackitt and the Industry Safety Steering Group (ISSG) as a key mechanism for leading the culture change required for industry in their report for the Secretary of State and the Minister for Building Safety published in August 2020. The BSF Charter benchmarking and verification process is now open for participation from across the construction industry. All UK organisations involved in the built environment can proactively participate and demonstrate their commitment to building safety by becoming Registered Signatories to the Charter and, if appropriate, progress to undertaking the ‘Charter Champion’ benchmarking process. This is particularly the case for Duty Holders. Lord Greenhalgh, Minister for Building Safety said: “We are taking firm action to ensure that we never repeat the mistakes of the past, with this charter representing a major step forwards in delivering much-needed culture change in the built environment industry. “I warmly welcome its introduction and commend the twelve organisations already signed up to become ‘Charter Champions’. “I would strongly encourage more to get involved, especially those who will be playing a key role in the future building safety regulatory regime.” Peter Baker, Chief Inspector of Buildings at the Health and Safety Executive, said: “Self-assessment, benchmarking and independent verification are important elements of a robust system to enable businesses to properly lead, manage and control major building safety risks. “Businesses across the industry need to start preparing now for the new building safety regime.  The ‘Charter Champions’ scheme is a valuable contribution to driving the necessary change in culture and performance across the sector to ensure that residents are safe, and feel safe, in their homes.” Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, Author, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety said: “I am delighted to see the formal launch of the Champions of the Building a Safer Future Charter. My congratulations go to Amanda Long and her team for the way in which they have built upon approaches which have been tried, tested and proved effective in other sectors to create the Charter initiative.  “I have consistently called for the built environment sector to recognise the need for culture change which can only happen when leaders in the sector stand up and are prepared to demonstrate what good looks like and to be held to account for delivery. I look forward to watching the Charter Champions group grow as others see the benefits of becoming part of this important programme which offers a real market differentiation opportunity.” Andy Mitchell CBE, Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council said: “The Construction Leadership Council welcomes the launch of the Building a Safer Future Charter and its Charter Champions initiative. This is an important step towards an industry that is committed to putting building safety first. “The promotion of cultural change and leadership in the sector is vital and those that wish to demonstrate real sectoral leadership in relation to building safety should be engaged with the Building a Safer Future Charter.” Stephen Elliott, Chair, Building a Safer Future Charter said: “The BSF Charter provides a robust, independent verification process which will drive continuous improvement in leadership and culture in relation to building safety across the industry. “We have taken learning and insights from tried and tested approaches and responses to major accident hazard safety in other sectors such as aviation and chemicals – both nationally and internationally – and contextualised these for the UK built environment sector.”  Amanda Long, Chief Executive, Building a Safer Future Charter said: “In the built environment sector, the Grenfell Tower Disaster has put building safety at the top of everyone’s agenda. From a moral, social and economic perspective it’s now imperative that we embed enduring values, attitudes and ethical behaviours at the heart of all we do. The launch of the Building a Safer Future Charter’s ‘Charter Champion’ status is an important step in driving forwards the systemic culture change in relation to major hazard safety that is required across the built-environment sector and through the entire value chain. As we progress on this critical journey we should be seeking to raise standards and build public trust. I am delighted to welcome the first 12 companies on their journey to becoming a Charter Champion.” The Building a Safer Future Charter is referenced in the publication “A Reformed Building Safety Regulatory System: Government response to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation” published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government in April 2020. The publication states that “the Government encourages duty-holders to be signatories and commit to the Building [a Safer Future] Charter” as part of a more rigorous approach to accountability. For more information about the Building a Safer Future Charter and

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UK construction employment rises for first time in two years

Marco Verdonkschot, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect, said:  “Over the last few months, there have been small signs of recovery for the construction industry, but the latest ONS data is the strongest indication yet that the sector is truly getting back on its feet.  “The number of employed construction workers rose by 15,000 between January and March to 2.155 million and this is the first time the industry has seen an increase since the equivalent period two years ago in 2019.  “This was mainly driven by a staggering 9% increase in the number of women employed in UK construction, with the number rising to 309,000.  “Accordingly, the number of unemployed construction workers fell by 10,000 over the quarter to 62,000, which is the lowest figure since May-July 2020. This is still higher than pre-Covid levels, but things are certainly going in the right direction.  “For those who are working, job security and stability seem to be improving too. Redundancies fell by over 20% to just 7,000 – the lowest amount since April-June last year – and the average number of hours worked each week increased by two to 34.3. While still down year-on-year, this is the highest average in four months.  “This uplift has led to an increase in earnings. Average weekly income for construction workers grew by £34 to £676 in March, which is the single biggest monthly increase in two years, since March 2019.  “It would be naive to say that the industry is back to normal, with many of the figures yet to return to the levels we saw before the pandemic, but the data shows that in many areas, things are looking up for UK construction, and long may that continue.”  For more information on IronmongeryDirect, visit: https://www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/ 

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Hotel La Tour Sitting at Milton Keynes’ Highest Point is Topped Out at 50 Metres by Winvic

Winvic Construction Ltd, a leading main contractor that specialises in the design and delivery of multi-sector construction and civil engineering projects, has celebrated the topping out of its first hotel project, Hotel La Tour. The luxury hotel which is located at the highest point of central Milton Keynes stands at 50 metres now the roof has been completed. The roof covering programme is now underway and the Winvic team will be moving on to the floor and ceiling curtain walling, as well as focusing on the extensive glazing on the thirteenth floor where the sky bar, restaurant and public exhibition space will be. Hotel La Tour’s Managing Director Mark Stuart and Operations Director Jane Riley were invited to site along with Will Elsigood from pHp Architects to enjoy the city and park views from the roof of the fourteenth floor. A project progress tour was also provided by Winvic’s Operations Manager Mike Quinn and Project Manager Russell Sullivan which included a visit to the recently completed show bedroom and a close look at stainless steel, mirror finish cladding which the Winvic team started to install in April. Works to the envelope and cladding will continue with the 30m high, LED-lit satin finish stainless steel circle on the eastern façade completing the impressive external design. The ‘sun’ design will be visible up the city’s Midsomer Boulevard, which was created to align with the sun on the longest day of the year. Winvic is currently fitting-out the 261 bedrooms, which has included the sailing and positioning of off-site fabricated bathroom pods. Fit-out of other facilities within the hotel will also continue, such as the 12,000 sq ft flexible conference floor that comprises adaptable meeting spaces and an external terrace that has been designed to be high load bearing. The project is expected to be handed over to Hotel La Tour in July 2022. Mark Jones, Winvic’s Head of Multi-room, commented: “We started on site just two weeks after the first 2020 lockdown was announced and despite the unprecedented challenges, our team have hit milestone after milestone on, or ahead, of schedule. I’d like to say a huge thank you to them. Reaching the highest point of any multi-room project is always worth celebrating, but this is a bit more special as it’s Winvic’s first hotel. “It’s great to be able to welcome Mark and Jane from Hotel La Tour to site to enjoy the fourteenth-floor views and also for them to get a feel for the finished scheme in the fully completed show bedroom. Mark, the city planners and the people of Milton Keynes are already impressed with how the striking, mirrored cladding is looking, so we look forward to the next programme landmark when the façade reaches 50 metres up to the top of the building and boasts the 30-metre contrasting circle, which represents the midsummer sun.” Mark Stuart, Managing Director: “It’s always a pleasure visiting Hotel La Tour and seeing how Winvic have been driving the project at pace – they’ve been doing a good job so far, operating safely and swiftly. The mirrored cladding going up is an impressive spectacle, and the show bedroom provides the quality and luxury our guests will be looking forward to. Standing 50 metres high on the now completed roof has been a momentous milestone and it won’t be long before we’re welcoming members of the public to gaze at the views while enjoying a drink at the bar.  For more information on Winvic, the company’s latest project news and job vacancies please visit www.winvic.co.uk. Join Winvic on social media – visit Twitter @WinvicLtd – and LinkedIn.  

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Norbord Europe is now part of West Fraser

David Connacher, Marketing Manager, West Fraser, answers your questions 1.    Norbord – who are/were they in a nutshell? As the UK’s number one engineered wood panel manufacturer and serving the housebuilding and construction industry with a vast array of board products for flooring, panelling and roofing, Norbord is the go-to corporate name behind the company’s popular brands for architects, merchants, specifiers, end-users and consumers alike in the UK.  2.    Who is West Fraser? West Fraser is a diversified wood products company with more than 60 facilities in Canada, the United States and Europe.  West Fraser was founded in 1955 when three brothers – Sam, Bill and Pete Ketcham – pooled their resources to buy a small planing mill in Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada From responsibly-sourced and sustainably-managed forest resources, West Fraser produces lumber, engineered wood (OSB, LVL, MDF, plywood, particleboard), and other products including pulp, newsprint, wood chips and renewable energy.  West Fraser’s products are used in construction, repair and remodelling, industrial applications, papers, tissue and box materials.  You can find out more about the company at www.westfraser.com. 3.    Why is the acquisition a good thing?  The two companies are much aligned and share many common values, including a commitment to safety, efficient manufacturing facilities, a focus on continuous improvement and teamwork, as well as manufacturing sustainable products that are essential for a low-carbon economy. Product development and efficient supply chains will also be at the crux of the new organisation due to the merging of experienced teams.  4.    So, has anything changed? Absolutely nothing has changed for our customers. The people are the same, the products are the same, the plants are the same – Norbord Europe now becomes the European arm of West Fraser following the acquisition.  And a bright future awaits. 5.    Are the contact details still the same? The telephone number, and all the mobile numbers of contacts, have not changed. The website has a new name – www.uk.westfraser.com 6.    Will the names of the brands and products change? No. The existing brands are market-leading and hugely successful. They are well known and have been part of the UK business landscape for years, if not decades. They will remain as they are the company’s stock-in-trade – literally.  SterlingOSB Zero, CaberBoard, CaberFloor and CaberWood MDF, for example, will still be readily available. 7.    Will you still be supplying the same customers/merchants?  Yes – there will be no change to our supply network. Simon Woods, European Sales, Marketing & Logistics Director, West Fraser explains, “The joining of our two companies is a very exciting move for us in Europe. To list West Fraser’s long standing core beliefs – efficiency, modern mills, responsibility and leadership in environmental performance, the active involvement of employees in the business, a commitment to safety and a relentless pursuit of excellence in everything we do – is to echo Norbord’s. There is a huge opportunity for us to grow and develop in Europe – together. We are looking forward to a bright future!” For further information call 01786 812 921 or visit www.uk.westfraser.com

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AB Glass expands production capacity with six-figure investment

AB Glass, the award-winning architectural aluminium and access control specialist, has completed a significant investment that will increase its production capacity by 35% as it gears up for a boom in new work and projects. The Swansea-based company has made a six-figure investment in building a new 3,000 sq ft storage unit that will release 35% more floor space in its production unit, enabling it to increase and to further grow its order book. The construction of a state-of-the-art five-bay storage unit has now been completed. It will allow the business to cope with an increase in demand it has experienced as lockdown measures have eased and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit has lessened. The business works with blue chip private sector clients across the UK, as well as many universities, schools and public sector bodies. In addition to its architectural aluminium services, its access control offering has also experienced a surge in demand as workplaces adjust to post-pandemic safety recommendations as staff return. It also boasts a specially trained team with the specific skills needed when working with Passivhaus developments, a type of structure designed with energy-efficiency at its heart. It worked on the first Passivhaus leisure centre in the world and is seeing growing demand for this type of building. Alan Brayley, Managing Director of AB Glass and President of Swansea Bay Business Club, said: “We are delighted to have completed a structure that means quite a lot to the business. It frees up capacity in the main production space, which we need because of demand. But we feel it is also somewhat symbolic that we have achieved this despite one of the most challenging 12 months the business has endured. “Clearly, 2020 threw some severe challenges at us but I am very proud of the resilience we showed in how we quickly adjusted our working practices and worked very hard all year to ensure we weathered the storms. In addition to expanding our premises, we also welcomed a new generation of talent to the business. We now through into 2021 in a bullish frame of mind – and with much-need extra capacity at our disposal.”

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tado° Raises €38M and Announces Partnership

tado° Raises €38M and Announces Partnership

tado° has announced a new investment of €38 million (USD 46 million), raised from noventic and existing shareholders. tado° and noventic will enter a strategic partnership to develop and distribute new energy-efficient proptech solutions for the commercial housing market. The investment will also be used to drive technologies for sustainable heat generation, OEM solutions for heating and cooling manufacturers, and for expanding into new markets. The commercial housing market is set for digitisation and consists of over 50m homes in Europe[1], which are managed by real estate companies and municipalities. The European Green Deal is putting political pressure on the sector to digitally transform and to manage its energy consumption significantly more efficiently through new technology. Real estate companies are adopting innovation faster than ever. 81% of real estate organisations plan to use new digital technologies in traditional business processes and spending on tech and software is continuously growing.[2] With its intelligent home climate management, tado° provides solutions for consumers and businesses. This includes smart thermostats for heating and air conditioning systems, mobile consumer applications, as well as SaaS products for energy utilities and heating service companies. Today tado° partners with the majority of the top 20 utilities across Europe to help transform them from being an energy commodity supplier to becoming strongly positioned as energy service providers. The commercial housing market shall become a new market segment on the company’s mission to digitise the vast majority of buildings. “The partnership with noventic will kickstart new proptech solutions for the commercial housing market and we’re thrilled to be partnering with noventic who have a wealth of experience in this sector,” says tado° CEO Toon Bouten. “As a leader in intelligent home climate management, tado° is in an excellent position to bring our energy-efficient solutions to this rapidly-transforming market.” “Against the background of the European climate targets, we want to bring together consumption data with smart consumption control to provide even better support to the professional housing industry in the implementation of their energy saving strategies in residential quarters,” says noventic Managing Director Dirk Then. noventic CFO Stephan Bause adds: “With this strategic investment, we are expanding our solution portfolio together with tado° to include a market- leading home climate control technology.” Through the partnership, tado° and noventic will offer new and better energy efficiency and digitalisation solutions to a huge new market of multi-family homes and commercial buildings. At the same time tado° will continue to drive its consumer business, and solutions business for utilities and heating service companies.

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Webinar Assists Firms in Sustainability Mission

Webinar Assists Firms in Sustainability Mission

Members of the powered access industry are invited to join a free online seminar webinar to explore issues around the challenges and opportunities of environmental sustainability in sector, including information about how stakeholders can make a positive change. The latest in a series of free webinars from the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) will be hosted on 20 May 2021, at 12:00hrs BST, and expands on one of the core objectives of the federation’s three-year plan, which includes a firm commitment to reducing the organisation’s own carbon footprint. In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the webinar also aims to assist those keen to accelerate their own plans to boost sustainability, including by adopting new technology, digitisation and engaging in online activities. Powered access has seen a sustained shift towards greener MEWPs, with electric machines becoming the preferred choice of manufacturers and rental companies alike. What else can the powered access industry do to increase sustainability? What positive steps do we have to share and principles can we learn from each other? IPAF and guest speakers will share their perspectives on these issues and how we can all make a difference in the face of climate change. Presenters include: Andy Wright, CEO, Sunbelt Rentals; Berenger Dudek, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at Haulotte; and Barrie Lindsay, Director of Engineering at JLG. The webinar is free to join thanks to sponsorship from ZTR. The webinar will be broadcast via Zoom in English, featuring simultaneous translation in Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, French, Italian and Chinese. Simultaneous translation is only available when using the Zoom desktop or mobile app. It will not be available if you watch using your web browser. A recording will be available on IPAF’s YouTube channel afterwards for anyone unable to watch live. IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organisation that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide. Members include manufacturers, rental companies, contractors and users.

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Everything You Need To Know About Starting A Construction Company

For some people, working for someone else just doesn’t fit them, and it can make for a much nicer experience to run things yourself. You have multiple choices when it comes to this in the construction industry – being a freelancer, or starting your own company. While being a freelancer is great, it doesn’t open up for expansion later on, and you won’t be able to grow as much as you would if you started your own company. That said, if you’re planning on starting up your own construction company, you have a lot more to consider on a daily basis. Connections matter With any construction company, it’s the networking that matters the most. The more people who know who you are, the more business you’re going to get. You want people to know what services you offer, and the quality you offer them at. A lot of people working in the construction industry rely on recommendations and hearsay, so making sure to leave a good impression is key whenever you’re dealing with customers. Getting yourself heard Marketing is something that’s difficult to do as a construction company, as it’s not something that people are going to need every day. You need to find ways to get your name and number out there, and you can do that in a number of ways. Many people have their own business cards, which makes it much easier for your contact information to be passed around. Convenience is important when it comes to customers, and it can land you a job over your competitors. You should also consider putting your contact information online. If you can’t afford a website, there are sites like Yelp that can help you put your name on the map, and that way customers can find out more about you when they’re looking to have work done. Health and safety concerns Construction work is often considered much more dangerous than different industries, which is why it’s important to put a heavy focus on health and safety in the workplace. If you’re going to have people working under you, you’re responsible for making sure they’re safe while they’re working. This means making sure they know what they’re doing, and how to properly operate machinery, making sure they’re not acting reckless, and that the machinery itself is safe to use. If you don’t ensure that the health and safety are up to scratch, your business can face legal consequences. If there were to be any legal issues that arise, you should also be aware that there are solicitors that can help you, and are trained in that area. Proper training Due to the nature of the work, it’s very important that you make sure both you and the people that work for you receive the proper training before they’re allowed to work on the site. You can’t have people who are untrained putting them and others at risk while they’re working. If you need the training to work with certain machinery, then make sure that your employees receive that before they come into contact with it.  Without the proper training, they themselves are a health and safety risk, and they could become injured while working. It’s up to you to make sure that they’re properly trained and the rules are enforced. 

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Tech Trends in the Casino Industry

Technological innovation advances every field, taking it a step further in simplifying the process with which a product is made or a service is provided. It’s progress and it’s a continuous occurrence, one that cannot be stopped. While you might think that the casino industry has it all figured out and they’re already making enough bank, like everyone, they are trying to implement technology and bring ease of use to the customer while maximizing profits. They’ve always been on the forefront of the economy, so they’re keeping up with the times so things stay that way. The industry’s shift into the digital sphere began back in the mid-90s. Today, online casinos are chipping away at their land-based equivalents, with annual revenues projected to reach $88 billion by 2024. When you look at the options these casinos offer, it’s easy to see why business is booming. After all, they have tons of quality games that players can choose once they register. Roulette is among the most popular categories and the Casimba roulette games are supplied by some of the world’s most reputable game providers. A pleasant gaming experience is guaranteed, but you must remember to play for entertainment purposes only. In just a couple of years, new technology will unmeasurably improve the games even the best online casino has to offer, but it will enhance their real-life versions in different ways as well. Analytics and Data Modeling While on the surface the word data doesn’t sound too exciting, there is no doubt that data is invaluable. The whole online sector is fighting over it. And with so many people playing games online, there are more than enough sources from which data can be mined. These services can track your history, when you played, how much you bet, at what time, what games do you gravitate towards and so on. Remember, they have your info, so they know your gender, age, and location, and they can build models for certain demographics. Concierge Apps This is truly a brilliant idea. You check into a casino and download their app, from then on it serves as your virtual guide and assistant. You can make dinner reservations through it, schedule a massage, or see what shows you can check out. Taking it a step further, you can even be allowed to control your room’s temperature, part the curtains, set the alarm or order room service. The casino can even provide slot games on the app, and if you’re a preferred customer, they might throw a few free spins your way. Today, these apps are the norm in some luxury residential buildings. Facial Recognition While you may think that your laptop and phone have this ability too, you have to understand that there are levels to everything.  There’s always been an eye in the sky on the casino floor, but modern advances have brought forward scanners that can identify perps before they even commit a crime. And, it’s not just their faces they can recognize, and records they can access, they can spot license plates and alert authorities as suspicious cars enter the premises. It won’t be long before they neutralize things like counterfeit-chips and card switching as well.

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