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LSTA appoints new General Manager Print E-mail

The Lead Sheet Training Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of new General Manager, Nick DuGard, who will be leading the organisation in its next phase of development.

Nick joins the organisation with a wealth of experience relevant to the construction training sector, having spent 15 years at City and Guilds as a Regional Business Manager where he was responsible for the delivery of sales revenues, business solutions and the development of a broad range of qualification products throughout the UK.

As well as an in-depth understanding of the work-based training sector, he also brings a breadth of knowledge in wider funding potential as he has worked as a business and fundraising consultant in the sports world.

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Before the winter sets in – building maintenance for heritage buildings Print E-mail

Heritage properties can be particularly susceptible to the winter weather however, careful maintenance and proactive management can help reduce the risk of property damage and injury to those that visit your property during the colder months.

As a specialist insurer, Ecclesiastical is uniquely positioned to provide some simple practical advice that can help keep your property and its visitors safe as the cold weather approaches.

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Murdoch Award winner has royal seal of approval Print E-mail

Each annual Murdoch Awards event is special to the organisers, prizewinners and sponsors alike, but this year the occasion was marked with huge sadness over the passing of Richard Murdoch last January.

At this year’s gala dinner, held at the Vineyard Hotel in Newbury where the awards were announced and presented, tributes were paid to Richard by Lead Contractors Association (LCA) secretary Ray Robertson and past chairmen Steve Hempstock and Peter Rutherford.

It is safe to say that without Richard Murdoch there would be no Lead Contractors Association, or even if it did exist, it would certainly not be in its present form. The Murdoch Awards were established in 1996 by the LCA to mark Richard’s retirement from the industry.

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VAT on Church buildings Print E-mail

"We speak to many Church leaders and treasurers about VAT," says Les Howard of vatadvice.org, "and we frequently make them smile when we explain that VAT can, in some cases, be mitigated on construction and alteration works to Church buildings. So, whether you are spending £5,000 or £5m, it is worth addressing the question of VAT.

"Although the basic rule of VAT is that most goods or services are charged at 20%, there are a number of provisions that reduce the VAT applicable for certain works to Church buildings," Les continued.

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Crossman Homes to breathe new life into Bristol’s Whitfield Tabernacle Print E-mail

Bristol's iconic Whitfield Tabernacle, one of the most at risk Grade One listed buildings in the UK, has taken a big step towards being saved thanks to a partnership between Crossman Homes and the Whitfield Tabernacle Trust.

The Kingswood building, dating back to 1741 and widely regarded as the birthplace of the Methodist movement will, under plans being put forward, be renovated and redeveloped as a community space.

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Alutec products help revive Thursford Castle Print E-mail

Marley Alutec’s Evoke eaves solutions and Evolve rainwater ranges have perfectly complemented the uniquely modern character of a stunning residential project, Thursford Castle, which incorporates the ruins of 19th century chapel.

Derelict since the 1930s, the 180-year-old chapel is now the focal point of the Great Snoring-based development, with the ruined walls forming the entrance courtyard to a single storey, contemporary-designed home.

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Grant funding for repair and conservation of war memorials Print E-mail

War Memorials Trust aims to help all war memorial custodians, whatever the nature and size of their war memorial by facilitating repair and conservation projects through grant funding and/or best conservation practice advice.

As the centenary of World War I draws to an end there is currently high demand for grants so just because a project is eligible for funding does not mean the Trust can guarantee a grant can be made. All grant applications are subject to available funding with support given to those memorials where there is greatest need. To find out more about funding read the Trust's What we fund advice or Apply now.

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Ecclesiastical urges government to reduce VAT on repairs and approved alterations to listed buildings Print E-mail

Ahead of the Autumn Budget, specialist insurer Ecclesiastical is urging the government to reduce VAT on repairs and approved alterations to listed buildings.

Ecclesiastical is supporting organisations such as the Heritage Alliance and the Listed Property Owners’ Club, which are calling for VAT to be reduced to 5% on repairs and approved alterations to listed buildings to help owners protect such an important part of the nation’s heritage.

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Call for churches to welcome the handicapped Print E-mail

Actress and comedian Sally Phillips wiped away a tear as she heard an 82-strong choir from the Notre Dame School, Cobham, sing and sign to accompany blind pianist Marilyn Baker singing "open my eyes" - a song she had written.

Sally - who appeared in the Bridget Jones films, and alongside the BBC series Miranda, and who has a son, Olly, with Down's Syndrome - called on the crowd gathered for the opening of the Christian Resources Exhibition at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey, to encourage their churches to be places where those with a disability would be welcomed to play a useful role in church life.

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Marley Alutec implement faster delivery times for popular products Print E-mail

Marley Alutec, UK leader in innovative aluminium rainwater and eaves solutions, have announced a major cut in the delivery lead times of their top selling products.

With immediate effect, the lead time for stocked Heritage Black and Anthracite Grey (RAL7016) goods will reduce to five working days, while all standard colour products will be delivered within ten working days of order.

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Lime render by Trendle Conservation restores Grade II Listed property to former glory Print E-mail

This listed property had been rendered with cement at some stage which had been causing damage to the structure over the years. Lime render was required to restore the property to its original status.

Somerset based Trendle Conservation were asked to come in and look at a gable end as the render was starting to flake on this Grade II listed property.

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Guildford Cathedral gets complete audio overhaul Print E-mail

One recent challenge for DM Music Ltd was undertaking a complete overhaul of the audio system at Guildford Cathedral. This has been part of the Cathedral’s repair work with significant proportion of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Ecclesiastical is first insurer to pledge support for new HSE strategy Print E-mail

Ecclesiastical has become the first insurer to sign up to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) initiative aimed at improving health and wellbeing in the workplace.

The specialist insurer has made its commitment to the ‘Helping Great Britain Work Well’ strategy, with a number of projects already underway to further enhance its risk management guidance for brokers and customers.

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