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July 5, 2021

Colne welcomes new homes with renewable energy

Work has started on an affordable housing development which will see every home powered by renewable energy. The 79 homes, which are being built on an empty site off Harrison Drive in Colne, will take advantage of the latest in green technologies for their power and heating.   The development,

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Prime Residential Site Comes to the Market

Prime Residential Site Comes to the Market

FHP Property Consultants have been instructed to sell a residential site of 1.5 acres fronting Melton Road in Edwalton which has an outline planning consent for nine large houses. “Many people will know this site as ‘the Xmas tree site’ on Melton Road, as many have bought their Christmas trees

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Benefits of Adding an Apartment to Your Property Portfolio

Benefits of Adding an Apartment to Your Property Portfolio

For investors looking to add another property to their portfolio this year, there are plenty of options to weigh up as the market remains buoyant, with one Nottingham riverside development offering an exclusive incentive to those looking to reserve a waterfront apartment by the end of July. The developers behind

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Electronics Wholesalers and B2B eCommerce

Working in B2B electronics wholesale can be challenging, especially for wholesalers. Yet, it is a growing market. For instance, in 2019 the retail consumer electronics market expanded to $1 trillion. For the same period, the wholesale electronics market was valued at $301 billion. There are many opportunities in this space

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Top 5 First-time Homeowner Lessons

Owning your own home feels like a dream come true, right? However, once the novelty factor fades away and reality kicks in, you may find that you’ve got a little more than you bargained for. It’s not always the case, especially if you’ve owned a home before, but it can

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The Importance of Career Counselling in the Construction Industry

The construction industry is a sector where there’s huge demand and the growth is only going to continue to rise in the coming years. For this reason, employability is essential and many schools, colleges and global businesses are developing a range of initiatives to encourage people to either train for

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

July 5, 2021

Stonebond Properties acquires 9.8 acres to deliver 202 homes at Linmere development in Houghton Regis

Housing developer Stonebond Properties, in partnership with housing association Settle, has completed the purchase of a 9.8-acre site on a new 650-acre urban village development next to Houghton Regis in Bedfordshire. The site will provide 202 homes, with 70% of them being delivered as additional affordable homes, a mixed tenure parcel combining 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom properties, including 86 shared ownership and 56 for affordable rent. Start on site is due in Spring 2022 with completion expected in Autumn 2025.   Residents will benefit from the area’s proximity to one of the many green spaces for which Linmere will be known – the Ouzel linear park, a wildlife haven and walking area. The plot is the fourth parcel to be sold in phase one of the new Linmere development, which is being created over the next 15 years by the Houghton Regis Management Company (HRMC), a consortium comprising master planners Lands Improvement, Aviva Investors, and the Diocese of St Albans. Bellway Homes and Barratt Homes are already building around 600 units between them.  The first homes are due for occupation in Autumn 2021.  Linmere development director Nigel Reid said: “We are delighted that Stonebond will be joining us as the third developer at Linmere. The investment by Stonebond Properties in the development and the new homes they will create with their partners means the Linmere community will continue to grow in a hugely positive way.” Richard Cherry, co-chairman at Stonebond added: “Linmere is a great example of how beneficial partnerships can be in creating new destinations and we’re delighted to have acquired the fourth parcel with settle.  We look forward to playing our part in delivering much needed affordable new homes to the neighbourhood, and to seeing the project evolve.”  Gavin Cansfield, chief executive at settle said “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Stonebond on this development. Our purpose at settle is to help people who are struggling to find a place to live and to help our residents live comfortably in their homes. Linmere is a fantastic site and we are really pleased to be providing over 140 affordable homes in what promises to be a great community setting.”  Around 90 acres of the Linmere site will be green space – a combination of parkland, wildlife corridors, allotments, sports pitches, play areas and walking routes linking the new village with surrounding countryside and rural settlements.  As well as delivering up to 5,150 homes over the next 15 years Linmere will see the creation of two brand new state of the art primary schools and an extension to Houghton Regis’ existing Thornfield Primary school, due to open this September. A ten-form secondary school will open in September 2022. Phase two of the development, currently under way, includes the village’s focal point, The Farmstead, a hub not only for the villagers but for residents from the surrounding area. The centre, due to open in December, will consist of a café, retail outlets, and will have rooms available for hire for community events. That phase will also see the completion of a 24,500 sq ft Lidl store on 2.11 acres, due to open later this year. Lidl is also building a one million sq ft regional distribution centre on 58 acres, the largest in the UK, due for completion in 2023, which will create 1,000 new jobs. Linmere’s ethos is to create a place where wellbeing is prioritised and outdoor living is a way of life.  Once completed, the overall development will contribute more than £36m towards local education, transport, open space, and leisure facilities. The project has already provided a substantial financial contribution to deliver the A5-M1 Link Road, which has been open since 2017 and will bring benefits to the wider area including helping to relieve traffic congestion in the nearby town centres. For further information, please visit www.linmere.com 

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Dougall Baillie Associates’ expansion triggers recruitment and training drive to help it fulfil new contracts

Dougall Baillie Associates (DBA), the East Kilbride-based independent engineering consultancy, is seeking to hire six new recruits to help it fulfil a series of recently won contracts. The 40-strong East Kilbride firm, which has emerged strongly from the pandemic with a clutch of high-profile new business, wants to hire a Principal Structural Engineer, a Senior Transportation Engineer, a Senior Civil Engineer and an Engineer with experience in, residential infrastructure, plus a graduate engineer and a graduate apprentice. Fergus Adams, Managing Director of DBA, said: “All of these positions are as a result of recent contract wins which is a real positive given the impact of the pandemic. “We know the market is competitive and we are keen to stress the benefits of working here, notably the option of our hybrid – home office model. Further details of the roles can be found on our website. “In addition, we have a well-established Training Agreement in place, certified by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The quality of the experience available means that we have a near 100% success rate at the Chartered Professional Review. “We are delighted to be presenting a further three Engineers for the Chartered Professional Review this year. We are keen to continue to “grow our own” talent as well as recruiting externally”. Scott MacPhail, DBA director and Ambassador for the University of Strathclyde Graduate Apprenticeship programme, said: “We have a strong track record of internal promotions, with a number of colleagues who joined us straight from school progressing to roles as senior engineers and technicians, and we are keen to get that message out to parents, teachers and lecturers”. One such example is Kieran Duffy who initially joined DBA three years ago as a trainee technician and only a two years of his Graduate Apprenticeship to run. As part of his study course Kieran, who secured an HNC at Glasgow Kelvin College and currently attends day release classes in civil engineering at the University of Strathclyde, won the coveted title Apprentice of the Year at the 2020 Lanarkshire Business Awards. He said: “DBA is a great company to work in, and a great place to learn and earn at the same time. I was impressed by the number of colleagues who started here and have gone down the same route as me, so they know what it is like to cope with working and studying at the same time.” Another DBA colleague, Megan McGaw, is at the same stage as Kieran, and is currently completing her second year at the University of Strathclyde. She said: “Opportunities for motivated people are always available at DBA and I am delighted to be in a position where I can directly link my work as a paid trainee technician with the material I have been studying at University.” While residential homes work now comprises some 70% of the DBA portfolio, the company is enjoying regrowth in Transportation Engineering following the Covid crisis, with a recent commission for the COP26 conference amongst the high-profile projects. The company has also been involved in a number of business and leisure proposals which would see vacant city centre sites redeveloped.

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Colne welcomes new homes with renewable energy

Work has started on an affordable housing development which will see every home powered by renewable energy. The 79 homes, which are being built on an empty site off Harrison Drive in Colne, will take advantage of the latest in green technologies for their power and heating.   The development, which will comprise 43 two-bedroom homes, 28 three-bedroom homes and eight four-bedroom homes, is the first project of a new partnership called PEARL Together Ltd. which sees Pendle Council, Barnfield Construction, who are also the main contractor on the site, and Together Housing Group joining forces to offer more housing for affordable rent in Pendle. Each home will be fully electric. Solar tiles and a battery store will allow electricity from solar power to be used throughout the day. The homes will be heated by ground source heat pumps. These pumps use pipes to extract natural heat from underground. This system will provide the homes with hot water and heating. Combined, these measures will help lower the homes’ carbon footprint as well as residents’ energy bills.   The development will be known as Jim Smart Way after a Together Housing resident who was a passionate supporter of his local community in Colne. Jim passed away in 2018 and naming this development after him is a fitting tribute to his legacy.   Kevin Ruth, Deputy Chief Executive of Together Housing Group, said; “It’s great to see this development underway with our partners Pendle Council and Barnfield Construction. As in many of our operating areas, rising house prices are making it difficult for local people to find suitable accommodation in their home area. These homes for affordable rent will give local people looking to stay in their area another option.   “I’m also really pleased that these homes will have renewable energy systems which will lower the development’s total carbon emissions. Contributing to the UK’s drive to low carbon homes as part of action to address climate change is one of our key aims in our new corporate plan.” Councillor Nadeem Ahmed, Leader of Pendle Council and a PEARL board member said; “PEARL has expanded its joint venture to partner with Together Housing, offering a great quality of life for a wide range of people thanks to a mix of housing for sale and affordable housing.   “We are proud to work together to bring this new development of affordable, eco-friendly housing to Pendle. This is part of our commitment to working collaboratively in Pendle to tackle global warming and the effects of climate change.”   Tim Webber, Chairman and Managing Director of the Barnfield Group and PEARL board member commented; “We’re delighted to be bringing forward this eco-friendly and much needed affordable housing development in Colne, with our partners.  Being contractors and developers who are based in Nelson, we are very passionate about regenerating Pendle. The team on site are doing a fantastic job and we’re looking forward to delivering another quality housing development in the town.”   The development has been made possible thanks to £3.5m Homes England Strategic Partnership funding. Together Housing was announced as one of the government housing agency’s strategic partners in January 2019, receiving £53 million to help deliver 1,152 additional new homes by 2025. Installation of the renewable energy systems has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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Prime Residential Site Comes to the Market

Prime Residential Site Comes to the Market

FHP Property Consultants have been instructed to sell a residential site of 1.5 acres fronting Melton Road in Edwalton which has an outline planning consent for nine large houses. “Many people will know this site as ‘the Xmas tree site’ on Melton Road, as many have bought their Christmas trees from the site over the years,” said David Hargreaves joint founder of FHP who is handling the sale. In addition to the 0.9-acre field, there is a four-bed bungalow which sits on a further 0.6-acre site. “The site has outline planning consent for nine executive homes of 2,500 sq. ft, which, with sales prices of up to £450 per sq. ft in the area, should attract prices of £1 million to £1.2 million each. Adjacent to the site, FHP Living have sold four properties for £1 million each,” added Jules Hunt of FHP Living. The residential site sits across the road from the site where Guy Phoenix developed two ultra-luxury homes at prices of £4 million and £7 million. Hargreaves confirmed that offers in the region of £3 million are required for the site, with very strong early interest. Although the planning consent is for nine houses, the site could suit three very large homes, an apartment scheme, or a care home or ‘later living’ development.

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Benefits of Adding an Apartment to Your Property Portfolio

Benefits of Adding an Apartment to Your Property Portfolio

For investors looking to add another property to their portfolio this year, there are plenty of options to weigh up as the market remains buoyant, with one Nottingham riverside development offering an exclusive incentive to those looking to reserve a waterfront apartment by the end of July. The developers behind The Waterside Apartments in Nottingham, Monk Estates and Harmony Bridge, are offering buyers who reserve a property by the end of July and complete before the end of September, the chance to have their full stamp duty tax paid in full. The stamp duty holiday was introduced by the chancellor in 2020 to give the property market a boost. After extending the deadline, it is now due to end in June 2021 for properties up the value of £500,000. If investors proceed with sales at The Waterside they would not be able to benefit from the normal stamp duty holiday due to the time taken to complete a sale, therefore the developers have announced that if buyers reserve by the end of July then stamp duty will be paid in full for anyone to complete by end of September. This will not include the 3% premium for being an investor, but property investors looking to secure a quick sale with no chain can take advantage of the stamp duty offer – and invest in a modern, sleek city apartment to their portfolio with views across the River Trent. Situated on Pavilion Road, with enviable vistas across West Bridgford, Nottingham city and the river, the 121-home Waterside Apartments boast a central location, close proximity to independent shops, bars and restaurants, and is in walking distance of the city centre with its historic spots such as Nottingham Castle, the Lace Market and Old Market Square. Sam Monk, director at Monk Estates, said: “Investors looking to purchase their next property can benefit from diversifying their portfolio with the addition of an apartment – they are a reliable investment, holding value and maintaining appeal to residents looking for both short and long-term lets. “Apartments in a great location, with waterside views surrounded by convenient and desirable amenities and attractions, will likely increase in value too, making them an excellent investment for the long term. Appealing to a wide demographic including young professionals, couples, students and commuters wishing to benefit from the lifestyle that living in an apartment affords them, it will be easy to secure both short and long term letting arrangements with tenants looking to move into a centrally located home. “Over recent years, Nottingham has seen an influx in people relocating from major cities, including London. This shift has only increased following lockdown, as many are keen to leave the capital and its high overhead prices behind, looking for cheaper desirable locations, as the trend towards remote and flexible working continues. “Many local experts including the chief executive of Invest in Nottingham put the influx of people from the capital down to the city’s attractive affordable house prices and lower cost of living, solidifying Nottingham on the map as a desirable place to invest in property, offering quality living spaces for those looking to rent. “Apartments are also lower maintenance compared with a traditional house, so landlords have less worry when it comes to the upkeep and preservation of their property. The Waterside Apartments offers investors a unique opportunity to purchase waterfront apartments that hold tremendous appeal to tenants – stunning views and close proximity to Nottingham’s landmarks, amenities and major employers make it a highly attractive place to live. Anyone looking to invest in an apartment here can take advantage of having their stamp duty paid in full, if they reserve a property by the end of the July.” 14 two-bed apartments remain available to purchase, priced from £285,000 to £395,000. Visitors are welcome to view the three-bed show penthouse – complete with a panoramic roof terrace overlooking the River Trent, open plan island kitchen and bathroom with floor to ceiling windows. All homes have been finished to the finest quality using high specification fixtures and fittings, with onsite parking and vibrant communal spaces including a reception concierge.

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Electronics Wholesalers and B2B eCommerce

Working in B2B electronics wholesale can be challenging, especially for wholesalers. Yet, it is a growing market. For instance, in 2019 the retail consumer electronics market expanded to $1 trillion. For the same period, the wholesale electronics market was valued at $301 billion. There are many opportunities in this space if electronics wholesalers can address obstacles around evolving customer demand, unpredictable supply chains, tight margins, and short product life cycles. Let’s discuss the consumer electronics market Undoubtedly, many electronics wholesalers and consumer electronics retailers are facing the swift transition from in-store to online sales. Therefore, many are migrating towards a complete digital transformation. In the digital age, it is crucial to adopt B2B eCommerce. Electronics wholesalers who have already digitized their sales channels are seeing a revenue growth of five times that of their competitors. What is holding other organizations back? Keep reading to learn more: Slower adoption Management may be comfortable with their current internal systems and have the mindset of “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” In some cases, electronics wholesalers still rely on Excel to manage their inventory and act as a protocol for a customer relationship management (CRM) system. It’s difficult to imagine how Excel can scale to meet fluctuating customer demands. As new products hit the market, the sales team may start pounding the phones, reading scripts and taking orders. Perhaps, the marketing team sends out email campaigns to take orders from customer inboxes. Is this reaching customers where they are, on their mobile phones playing with apps? Invariably, it’s challenging to maintain an ERP and WMS with complex pricing and product variation come into play. Further, creating an eCommerce site requires another investment, and the hope it will integrate with the existing tech stack. Nonetheless, when prices fall and overhead costs rise simultaneously, capital investments are placed on the backburner. Concerning external forces, many vendor-based eCommerce solutions are frequently refurbished B2C platforms that cannot handle the complex set of systems needed for a B2B outfit. Don’t use a B2C platform for a B2B business Unfortunately, many electronics wholesalers make the mistake of thinking a B2C eCommerce site has enough features to address the needs of their B2B customers. Well, they don’t. We’ll clarify below. 1. For starters, B2B sales can be a complex process. For instance, a B2B electronics wholesaler may manage 500 or more orders from varying brands simultaneously In addition, products housed under those 500 brands may include thousands of SKUs. Also, B2B customers may have varying pricing agreements and buy from specific product lines. One customer may purchase electronic games and toys while another wants electronic office equipment. Therefore, a B2C eCommerce platform designed to show the same products at the same price would not work for this shopping environment. 2. Next, there is the quoting process to consider. Most B2C eCommerce solutions do not offer quoting features and instead are quite static concerning pricing. Instead, electronics wholesalers need the option of digitizing the pricing request and availability process. Otherwise, they can’t benefit from automation and will have to continue processing quotes manually. In that case, what’s the point of eCommerce? 3. Frequently, B2B customers are companies. These companies often buy in bulk and require approvals before making purchases. They may make purchases at specific times of year. They may also have their preferred set of eProcurement tactics. Also, they might need more complex shipping options such as sending their products to different warehouses. As a result, B2C eCommerce solutions are equipped to manage unique B2B customer needs. 4. Now, think of net terms. A B2C eCommerce solution may only take payments in the form of standard credit cards or perhaps PayPal and crypto. Nonetheless, B2B clients often use net terms and even credit. A B2C eCommerce platform isn’t designed to accommodate net terms. Thus, electronics wholesalers would have to determine a workaround and go offline to provide purchasing options on terms. How to select the right B2B electronics wholesalers eCommerce solution Unquestionably, B2B electronics wholesalers deserve a customizable B2B eCommerce platform designed for how they do business. It should be scalable, flexible, and secure. What features should come with it? Check this list we’ve compiled: Personalized catalogs As an electronics wholesaler, you probably sell a wide variety of products from numerous brands. However, it’s critical to have the ability to personalize products and prices for each company. Moreover, it’s essential to offer a self-service customer portal with the pricing structure that has already been negotiated. Also, you should be able to customize cross-sell and upsell campaigns. For new visitors, all products should display at their MSRP pricing. Customer-based permissions and workflows Since B2B customers are often companies, the shopping process should align with their purchasing preferences. Choose a B2B eCommerce solution that enables end-users to determine approvals, permissions, and workflows. Thus, you make purchasing from your site easy. RFQ automation The primary reason for digital transformation is to reap the benefits of automation so employees can use their time more strategically. Thus, an automated RFQ workflow is a must for an electronics wholesaler’s eCommerce site. Further, integration with a robust pricing engine facilitates automated quotations. As a result, you can respond more rapidly to RFQs and RFPs. Another powerful feature is quoting workflow customization. Agile checkout processes The checkout process should be personalized for the client and customizable. Therefore, it’s crucial to select a platform with rich API’s that make reordering convenient. In addition, it should provide workflows with one-page checkouts. Remember, it’s about implementing a solution that makes sense for your customers. Forward-thinking electronics wholesalers have found success with B2B eCommerce There are electronics wholesalers who carry close to 1,000 brands and serve thousands of clients. Thus, organizations like these need B2B eCommerce platforms that can rapidly onboard new customers and automate marketing. To illustrate, customers can upload their CSV forms, use one-step order forms, or opt for the traditional shopping cart process. For accurate product information, it takes a PIM integration. It also helps to integrate

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Top 5 First-time Homeowner Lessons

Owning your own home feels like a dream come true, right? However, once the novelty factor fades away and reality kicks in, you may find that you’ve got a little more than you bargained for. It’s not always the case, especially if you’ve owned a home before, but it can be quite a reality check for first-time homeowners. So, if you plan to buy a house in the near future or you’ve already bought one and it starts to feel a bit overwhelming, here are a few lessons from fellow homeowners to keep in mind. Use a Reliable & Open-Minded Realtor The right realtor can help you discover the house you’ve been dreaming of and he/she may get the right price for you. Moreover, they will know how to make the experience of looking for and then buying a house pleasant and fun. On the other hand, a realtor who is only interested in selling for the maximum profit may invest less in your overall experience. They will still get you a nice property, but they may not bother showing you the downsides or the issues of the neighborhood. This puts a lot of pressure on you, the customer, to do research and check if everything is right. Lastly, keep in mind that paper processing takes a lot of time (depending on the number of institutions involved). Additionally, mistakes happen all the time when the processing is done manually or via outdated software. Therefore, it’s best to look for a broker who uses specialized real estate transaction management software (like Paperless Pipeline) in order to keep accurate track of their customers. This way, the mistakes will be reduced to a minimum, and when they do happen, it’s easy to identify and correct them. Don’t Rush It From the burning desire of owning your own home to the arrival of a new baby in your family, there are lots of factors that may cause you to rush the decision. However, if you plan on living in the new house for the foreseeable future, it’s best to take your time (if possible). Instead, focus on researching the neighborhood and consider any development plans in the area. Also, think about your needs five to ten years from now – will you be happy you chose this location then? A good price and a good-looking property may have you eager to pull the trigger on the purchasing process, but before you do, make sure to run an in-depth analysis of the house and the neighborhood. In real estate, just like in life, if things seem too good to be true, the reality may be a bit different than what you can see on the surface. Inspect the Property Yourself Of course, you will have an authorized home inspector who will inspect the property and assess the overall value of the house. However, they won’t see the property in the same way you do. So, before agreeing with the price, run your own inspection and check for things that don’t fit your standards. When you find them (and you will) run an analysis to understand the costs and see if you can get the owner to lower the price. While it’s true that it may not work, it’s still a method to assess the costs you’ll have to support after buying the property. Don’t Invest Too Much from the Start Unless you have a generous budget, it’s best to tame down your desire to invest in things for your new home. We know, it’s hard to stop yourself from buying those trendy outdoor furniture pieces, but it’s best to restrain yourself until you’re done with the repairs and replacements. Also, once the house is ready to move in, you will have to buy furniture, appliances, and all sorts of other items before you can even start thinking about the garden. Quick tip: try to buy used furniture items, tools, and anything else you don’t need new. You’ll save a lot of money and the chances to find interesting pieces are quite high. Learn to Prioritize You’ll quickly learn that home improvement projects never stop. If today you want to make space for a fitness area tomorrow you may start to think the kitchen needs remodeling (and so on). Not to mention that there will always be something to repair and do around the house. However, you need to learn to prioritize the things that must be done now or in the near future from the things you’d like to do but are not necessary. This way, you’ll save your budget and get things done in time.  Wrap Up At the end of the day, having your own home is a lot of work but it can also be a lot of fun, especially when the entire family participates in a project. So, take things slow and enjoy the time spent in your sanctuary!

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How To Choose The Right Equipment For Your Manufacturing Business

In running a manufacturing business, choosing the right equipment is key to success and helps you stay ahead of the competition in the market you belong in. However, most types of manufacturing equipment are said to be expensive, so it only makes sense to be careful when making your buying decisions to avoid any inconvenience or problems in the end. Luckily, there are many ways to select the right manufacturing equipment and these include the following: 1. Check The Production Output One of the things to consider when choosing the right equipment for your manufacturing business is the production output. Consider the equipment’s performance against the cost and figure out the utilities it needs. For example, there might be some machines that are nice to have, but then there’s going to be others that are basically a necessity and no other way around it, such as lifting equipment. At the end of the day, it’s all about what’s going to help the most with productivity. Evaluate if the equipment can offer maximum production output without high utility consumption or usage. You’d want to purchase the equipment that boosts your manufacturing activities and rate of production, not the utility cost and overhead. To ensure good production output and quality, try to use some workholding devices. These are used to allow any equipment to work at its fullest potential while consistently and efficiently producing quality results. 2. Evaluate The Power Requirement And Consumption Another factor to keep in mind when choosing manufacturing equipment is its power consumption. It’s said that this is because you can save more by investing in equipment that utilizes the domestic phase. Remember that it’s expensive and time-consuming to arrange your commercial power needs from the Electricity Board in your area. Therefore, it’s imperative to consider the power requirement and consumption of your preferred equipment. 3. Determine Whether To Avail New Or Used Equipment If you’re just getting started in the manufacturing industry, you might want to invest in used items for your business because it’s cheaper than the new ones. Choosing old equipment is also believed to be one of the best ways to lessen your capital investment. Since most used manufacturing equipment is usually cheaper than the price of new ones, your company is more likely to save on costs. But you must be careful when purchasing used equipment as not all of them are still in good condition. Some options are defective, and if you’re not careful enough during the buying process, you may end up wasting some money on useless equipment.  However, if you have the budget and you’re willing to spend as much as you can on the equipment you need for your manufacturing business, you can choose new ones. One of the benefits of considering newly made machinery is that it allows you to meet your changing business needs. Also, most new models of manufacturing equipment are designed with advanced technology and other components. So, investing in new equipment allows your business to be more responsive as your business needs change and enables you to be more agile as well to gain a competitive edge against rivals. Consequently, you can get the most out of your manufacturing equipment to enhance your production output and get the job done as quickly as possible. 4. Go Over The Warranty Period Before you finalize your purchasing decision, check the equipment’s warranty period. Make sure to check it in detail. For example, know what parts that have a warranty and determine the ones that don’t have. Moreover, check your supplier’s service fee structure when the warranty period ends since you’ll have to pay for the equipment’s service each time you encounter problems along the way. 5. Ensure Durability Equipment for manufacturing businesses is said to be expensive. That’s the reason why you should settle with those that are durable and can last a long time without any hiccups. You may get the most out of your investment by having durable manufacturing tools and machinery. When choosing the right equipment for your manufacturing business, always seek help from experts who can assist you in determining the machine that would serve your business’ purposes well. Generally, durability is more likely guaranteed if the manufacturing materials come from reliable service providers like Alroys Sheet Metal and Fabrication services. So, choose providers with trusted quality and decades of experience.  6. Look At The Equipment’s Space Requirement The space required by your chosen equipment for your manufacturing business must always be determined. Having an extra area in your workplace is needed for operational activities once the installation is completed. It means that you must determine the equipment’s space requirement before you place an order to your chosen company. If possible, check whether or not it’s possible to get the required space for the equipment from your supplier first before coming up with a decision. 7. Keep The Cost In Mind Whether you’re running a big or small manufacturing business, it’s always important to keep the cost in mind. Check your budget to avoid your company buying expensive equipment pieces that’ll hurt the business’ finances. Ensure that you remember to factor in all related costs such as the price to ship any heavy equipment.  Also, try to visit various suppliers to consider the varying prices for the same equipment. After your search, settle for the supplier that offers the best deal at a competitive price. 8. Know The Equipment’s Required Manpower Engagement Every type of manufacturing equipment requires different manpower engagement. With this in mind, you should know the number of people needed to operate the machine for you’ll be needing to allocate the necessary human resource that’ll care for the equipment. Cost factors are essential to determine your company’s long-term success. So, it’s crucial to figure out the amount of money that you’re going to pay for every piece of equipment’s production. For instance, semi-automatic equipment requires dedicated manpower compared to fully automatic ones. If you want to lessen manpower utilization

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The Importance of Career Counselling in the Construction Industry

The construction industry is a sector where there’s huge demand and the growth is only going to continue to rise in the coming years. For this reason, employability is essential and many schools, colleges and global businesses are developing a range of initiatives to encourage people to either train for this industry or to retain employees already in the sector. Career counselling is one way of achieving this, helping people to manage the stresses of the job, achieve a fulfilling career and gain practical advice when they face challenges.  What does career counselling offer? Life coaches and career counsellors are trained to use specialist techniques to help you with all aspects of your personal or professional life, from building your confidence at work to improving your work-life balance and helping you to forge better relationships with your colleagues.  Whether you’re new to the workforce and trying to navigate job applications with minimal experience or you’re an established professional with many years of work experience, speaking to a trained counsellor can help you feel less bewildered by the industry and more supported when making decisions about your career. Just as you can gain clarity and overcome roadblocks in your personal life through counselling, a career counsellor can help you break down your larger goals into manageable steps and adopt strategies to tackle any problems you might face.  Understand your options There are many roles you can take on within the construction industry, and it can make developing your career difficult if you’re unsure which trajectory to take. When you seek out career coaching with a professional, you’re able to discuss the various options available to you to help you come to the best decision based on your experience, skill set and interests. With your coach, you’ll be able to understand which influencing factors might be swaying your decision and whether you need additional education or training to pursue your career goals. The need to gain qualifications or practical work experience can be a daunting prospect for some, so having a clear outline of what’s required can help minimise the worry and stress around this.  Determine your strengths and weaknesses Speaking to a career counsellor or life coach can help you determine what your strengths and weaknesses are, and this is essential in developing a career that is rewarding and utilises your skills to the best of your abilities. Even if your career is on the right track, there are likely to be areas where you want or need to improve, and speaking to a counsellor can help you identify these areas and help you learn how to improve. The right counsellor will help to broaden your perspective and build confidence, so you can strategize more effectively and achieve your career goals faster.  Better mental health and balance Mental health issues are highly prevalent in the construction industry, with many widespread concerns such as anxiety, substance abuse and depression. It’s only recently that this topic has begun to gain momentum with less stigma. As a male-dominated industry, along with the stressors and rigours of the sector, mental health problems are common. In fact, 40% of absences within this industry are due to poor mental health. This is one area of the industry that career counselling can help alleviate and reduce, from helping workers build self-confidence to perform better at work to learning how to deal with stress, improving the ability to manage teams more efficiently and helping employees to find balance between their professional and personal lives.  Final thoughts The construction industry is an area that many countries around the world are investing more money into in order to encourage people to join the sector and to help fill the huge quantity of vacancies that the construction industry has. Over the coming years, this demand is only going to increase and the industry will continue to grow.  But for those considering a career change, those currently in training for a construction role or professionals already in the industry, speaking to a career counsellor about their role, whether current or prospective, can be enormously beneficial. It’s always helpful to discuss issues you’re facing, but in talking to a professional who has experience in handling such topics, you can gain an objective perspective and additional knowledge to help you make the right choices. 

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