North West News and Events

  • New Housing Secretary must focus on quality over quantity says NFRC

    by Catherine Oxley | Sep 16, 2021
    Commenting on the announcement that Michael Gove has been appointed as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Chief Executive of NFRC James Talman said:

    The new Secretary of State must ensure that the government’s target to build 300,000 homes a year is not achieved at the expense of quality. With the construction industry currently facing unprecedented material and labour shortages, there is a danger that a blind focus on numbers could lead to unintended consequences.

    He added:

    Instead, the Secretary of State should work with the construction supply chain to guarantee that those building our homes are competent to do so and ensure that these homes are being built to a safe standard and have high levels of energy efficiency.

    He concluded:

    The Secretary of State has previously pledged his support to the RoofCERT programme to recognise competency in roofing, and we trust that this acknowledgement will be reinforced in his new position. We stand ready to work with the Secretary of State.
  • UK Roofing Awards 2021 Shortlist Announced

    by Unknown | Sep 13, 2021

    Following a thorough judging process, the shortlisted projects for the UK Roofing Awards 2021 have now been finalised.

    The Roofing Awards will be taking place as a live event on 5 November 2021 at The Intercontinental London—The O2. The awards will be the first live Roofing Awards since 2019 after the 2020 Awards event was unable to go ahead due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    The winners of the 2020 UK Roofing Awards will also be showcased at the 2021 event through a dedicated short film produced by the broadcast television producer Dave Packham.

    Tables for the event can be booked at https://www.nfrc.co.uk/uk-roofing-awards/attend

    The Industry Choice Award, Sponsored by Radmat Building Products, will allow the industry to have its say on their favourite project through an open vote and will be opened shortly.

    NFRC would like to thank headline sponsors Radmat Building Products as well as the following sponsors for making the awards possible: SIG Roofing, BMI, Axter Waterproofing Systems, Chandlers Roofing Supplies, Cromar Building Products, CUPA PIZARRAS, EJOT, Fakro, GRO, Marley, Metal Solutions, QANW, Recticel Insulation, Siderise, Sika, TN International and W J Horrods.

    The shortlist for the 2021 Awards is as follows:

    Bituminous Hot Applied Liquid Waterproofing: Sponsored by Axter

    Campbell Wharf, Campbell Park—NRA Roofing & Flooring Services Ltd
    Old Library Site, Slough—Malone Roofing (Newbury) Ltd.
    Vega Controls, Ashdown Business Park—ICS ltd
    Wessex Hotel—Roofsmiths LLP

    Cold Applied Liquid Waterproofing: Sponsored by TN International

    Chesil Cliff House—Western Flat Roofing Co
    Hatfield Tunnel—Itech Roofworks Ltd
    San Remo Towers Block E—Roofsmiths LLP
    Sutton Court Road—Weatherwell Roofing Limited

    Fully Supported Metal: Sponsored by Metal Solutions

    City Chambers, Glasgow—City Building (Glasgow) LLP
    Cliff Tops—Roles Broderick Roofing Ltd
    LGBT+ Centre, Manchester—Longworth Building Services Limited
    The Pavilion Isle Of Wight—Roles Broderick Roofing Ltd

    Green Roofing: Sponsored by GRO

    Ashraya—Sky Garden Ltd
    Leeds Skelton Lake Motorway Services—ABG Geosynthetics & Cawston Specialist Roofing Ltd
    The Centre for Agricultural and Biosciences International (CABI)—Malone Roofing
    Williamsgate Water Treatment Works—BriggsAmasco

    Heritage

    Craig house—Southwest Roofing Services
    Little Sodbury Manor—Ellis & Co
    Old Westbury Mansion House—Claude N Smith Ltd
    Sospan—Greenough & Sons Roofing

    Mastic Asphalt: Sponsored by WJ Horrods

    Pacific Court—Sussex Asphalte Ltd
    St Anthonys, Oxford—SPV Group
    Swaylands House—Infallible Systems Ltd
    Worthing Dome Cinema—Sussex Asphalte Ltd

    Multi-Discipline Large Scale (over £250k): Sponsored by Chandlers Roofing Supplies

    Places Leisure, Camberley—Progressive Systems Ltd
    Gibside SEN school—Barclay Roofing
    SCCC Cwmbran Critical Care Facility—Central Roofing South Wales
    Woolwich Creative District—UK Roofing Specialist Ltd

    Rainscreen: Sponsored by Siderise

    Bournemouth University Gateway Building—T A Colbourne Projects Limited
    Gillingham—SPV Group
    Marshall Street, London—Longworth Building Services Limited
    Southborough Hub—Industrial Construction (Sussex) Limited

    Reinforced Bitumen Membranes: Sponsored by Sika

    Church of the English Martyrs—Premier Roofing & Construction
    Gusford Primary School—CWG Group
    Natural History Museum at Tring—Premier Roofing Systems
    Wythenshawe Forum—LRL Roofing Solutions

    Roof Slating: Sponsored by Cupa Pizarras

    Leeds Town Hall—Harwood Roofing Contractors Limited
    Old Radnor—Rowlands Roofing
    Private House, Anglesey—Greenough & Sons Roofing Contractors Ltd
    The Marine Hotel, Troon—Southwest Roofing Services

    Roof Tiling: Sponsored by Marley

    Manor Farmhouse—Clarke Roofing Southern Ltd
    Pendyke—Richard Soan Roofing Services
    Seafield House—Emerton Roofing (Western) Limited
    The Gables—N T Sweeting Roofing Contractors Ltd

    Sheeting and Cladding: Sponsored by EJOT

    BenRiach Distillery—Ronald G Graham Roofing and Building Ltd
    Durrington High School—Industrial Construction (Sussex) Limited
    Old Wallpaper Factory—BRC Industrial Roofing (Midlands) Ltd
    Thales Air Defence, Belfast—David Jameson Roofing Services Ltd

    Single Ply Roofing: Sponsored by Recticel Insulation

    OCL Facades Ltd New Head Office—Contour Roofing (Essex) Limited
    St Johns Hill—DF Roofing Ltd
    St Mary's Episcopal Church, Port Glasgow—Ashton Building Systems (Scotland) Ltd
    The Warren—Invictus Roofing Ltd

    Small Scale Project <£25k: Sponsored by FAKRO

    Castle Road—M&J Group (Construction & Roofing) Limited
    The Cheese Barge, Paddington Basin—Roles Broderick Roofing Limited
    Village Hall Turret—Emerton Roofing (Western) Limited
    Writtle Junior School's Learning Pod—Mells Roofing

  • New route to accreditation for experienced roofers piloted by RoofCERT

    by Unknown | Aug 02, 2021

    A new route to RoofCERT accreditation for experienced roofing operatives working in the roof tiling discipline has shown early signs of success through initial piloting. 
    The Experienced Worker Route (EWR) has been developed by RoofCERT to support the industry in recognising the competency of operatives with more than five years’ experience, as well as helping them to obtain a blue CSCS skills card. 
    The initial pilots, involving a comprehensive one-day practical assessment, took place in June and July at the Centre of Roofing Excellence (CoRE) in Hereford to prove the concept of the route. Selected operatives from McDonnell-Price Roofing Contractors went through the pilot assessments as part of RoofCERT’s homebuilding pilot with Redrow Homes.

    The assessments which tested the operatives core competencies in the roof tiling discipline were supervised by Mr Andy Rowlands a qualified tutor and assessor, and overseen by the NFRC Technical and Training Team. Prior to the assessment, candidates were required to have completed a profiling process and a professional discussion with an independent assessor. After each pilot, the process was analysed and refined by the NFRC Technical and Training team. 

    Experienced workers undertaking RoofCERT assessment

    Those candidates that did not pass the assessment received one-to-one feedback as well as a report upon completion. RoofCERT plans to use the data gathered from the pilots, and the knowledge testing process, to develop Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and short duration courses where evidence suggests upskilling is required. 

    The RoofCERT Experienced Worker Route has been developed in line with the National Occupational Standard (NOS) for roof tiling and has received approval from CITB’s Standard Setting Body (SSB) and Quality Assurance Department. As a result, it has been accepted by CSCS as an equivalent to a vocational achievement for the purposes of accessing a blue skills card. This comes ahead of the removal of the current CSCS Industry Accreditation card in 2024.

    RoofCERT has initial funding from CITB to accredit 100 people through this route, and any operatives or roofing contractors looking to take one of these places are encouraged to contact the RoofCERT team. RoofCERT plans to work with industry partners to develop similar routes for other roofing disciplines in the future and look at sourcing funding and grants to support the route. 

    Commenting on the early signs of success from the pilots, Richard Miller, RoofCERT’s Head of Quality and Compliance, said:

    “We know that a large proportion of roofing operatives are very experienced but do not have a formal vocational qualification. That is why we have developed the Experienced Worker Route to give these skilled roofers an alternative way to achieve RoofCERT accreditation and prove continued competency through a revalidation process. Crucially, the route will allow these operatives to obtain a blue skilled CSCS card.

    He added:

    “We are pleased with the results of these initial pilot assessments, which provided crucial data and feedback to help us to refine and improve the route before scaling it up across the industry and developing it across other disciplines. We will continue with a number of further pilots to help us further fine-tune this route to ensure it is robust and meets the future needs of the industry.

    He concluded: 

    “These early pilots would not have been possible without the support and generosity of a few key individuals and organisations. I would like to thank, in particular, Andy Rowlands and the CoRE training centre, Alastair Blant at McDonnell Price, for providing operatives for the assessments, the operatives themselves for demonstrating professionalism throughout the process, as well as Marley, Hambleside Danelaw and Burtons Roofing Supplies for providing materials.”


  • UK Roofing Awards 2021 deadline for entries extended by a week

    by Unknown | Jul 23, 2021

     In recognition of the extremely busy time the industry is going through, the deadline for entering a project into the UK Roofing Awards 2021 has been extended by a week to 6 August 2021.

    The criteria to enter an award is for the completion date of the project to have been between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020, but the judges have now clarified that projects whose completion was impacted by the pandemic will still be eligible, so as long as most of the work was undertaken in 2020.

    Projects can be entered if they were completed by a roofing contractor who is a member of one of the following bodies:

    Manufacturers, architects, and specifiers can also submit projects, but they must ensure the contractor is a member of one of the above specified bodies.

    UK Roofing Awards entries

    Entries can be made online at: https://nfrc.awardsplatform.com/

    Commenting on the announcement, NFRC Head of Technical and Training Bob Richardson, who oversees the awards, said:

    We are going through an unprecedented period as an industry. We know how busy roofing contractors are currently, as well as all the additional pressures that are being faced at the moment, from material shortages to price rises to workers having to self-isolate due to being ‘pinged’. That is why we have taken the decision to give extra time for contractors to enter for an award.

    “Nominating a project has never been more straightforward with our new online awards platform—so if you haven’t entered yet, why not make the most of this extra time to enter?  With categories covering virtually all roofing disciplines, there is something in there for everyone.

    I would like to reiterate my thanks to all of the UK Roofing Awards 2021 sponsors who have made these awards possible—Radmat, BMI, SIG Roofing, QANW, Axter, GRO, Horrods, Chandlers, Sika, CUPA PIZARRAS, Marley, EJOT, Recticel Insulation, Fakro, Cromar, Metal Solutions, TN International and Siderise.”

  • Check for swift nests before starting work on a roof this summer urge NFRC

    by Unknown | Jul 09, 2021

    As part of ‘Swift Awareness Week’ (3 – 11 July 2021), NFRC is urging its members to keep an eye out for swift nests before starting work on a roof, to help reverse the decline seen in recent years in the swift population.

    NFRC is working proactively with the RSPB to try to raise awareness amongst the roofing industry and encouraging the installation of swift boxes.

    Swifts evolved 60 million years ago, yet in the last 20 years, their numbers have almost halved, due mostly to the loss of nesting sites, often unintentionally as a result of roof renovations.

    Swifts migrate from Africa to the UK each year to breed, usually starting to nest in May and remaining until August. Therefore, now is the time for roofing contractors to be checking if there are any swifts nesting on the site they are working on and ensure these are protected.

    NFRC and RSPB are advising roofing contractors to:

    • Check if there are swift nests where you are working using https://www.swiftmapper.org.uk/
    • If you do discover a swift nest on the site, discuss delaying the project with your client to undertake the work outside of swift nesting season (May to August).
    • Outside of swift nesting season, if you discover a swift nest, try to protect this as swifts tend to come back to the same nest sites year on year. There are lots of examples where with careful design, roofing work has taken place whilst maintaining entrance points for swifts.
    • If there is no way of preserving the nest, so as long it is outside of nesting season, swift nest boxes and bricks can be installed to replace nesting sites.
    • Consider installing swift boxes as an additional service for your clients – these will become in higher demand as more and more Local Authorities introduce biodiversity targets and the UK government introduces Biodiversity Net Gain into planning legislation.
    • Listen to the NFRC RoofTop podcast with RSPB on protecting swifts https://nfrcrooftop.podbean.com/e/episode-8-ft-katie-oneill-from-rspb/

    Commenting on the partnership with RSPB NFRC Safety, Health and Environment Officer Gary Walpole said:

    The decline in the swift population over the last 20 years is shocking—but it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little bit of forward planning, education and collaboration, we as an industry can play our part to help reserve this trend

    Swifts are the sight of summer, so now is the time to be on the lookout for any nests. I am encouraging members, between now and the end of August, to check the swift mapper website, before starting on any new refurbishment job.

    Not only can roofing contractors help stop the decline, but can actually encourage more swfits to nest here by offering to install swift boxes as an additional service or improve the biodiversity of buildings for decades to come.

    Katie O'Neill, RSPB Scotland Edinburgh Swift City Project Officer said:

    Protecting and enhancing the populations of swifts is vital, achievable and a positive example of how humans and animals can occupy the one space without excluding each other. With thanks to ScottishPower Foundation, we are spreading awareness of the swift and finding long term solutions to halt population decline.

    It’s been wonderful to work with people across different sectors and NFRC have been fantastic and responsive in the work of conserving the swift species across the whole of the UK. We look forward to hearing about and sharing inspiring case studies from roofers implementing the above swift friendly actions.

  • NFRC London and Southern Counties Regional Manager Vacancy

    by Unknown | May 26, 2021
    WE ARE HIRING!
     
    NFRC Ltd is currently looking for experienced candidates to fill the position of:
     
    REGIONAL MANAGER
     
    Based from home to cover the London and Southern Counties region of the UK, the Regional Manager is responsible for the direction and control of all commercial and operational aspects of the Region.  You will be accountable for ensuring efficient delivery and service by providing the highest level of customer satisfaction to both members and stakeholders, whilst achieving membership growth and maintaining financial stability. 


    REQUIRED SKILLS:

    • Minimum 5 years experience in a similar role in the membership section (construction related) and/or direct experience of a Regional/Area Sales Manager position or Business Development Manager role within the roofing or construction sectors.
    • Dynamic and confident with excellent organisational, negotiation and presentation skills.
    • Familiar with the challenges contractors and suppliers/manufacturers face in the sector.
    • Experience of CRM / data management processes
    REMUNERATION:
     
    Package includes an attractive salary (£40-45k plus London weighting), discretionary performance related bonus, contributary pension scheme, employee assistance programme and other key benefits.
     
    APPLICATION PROCESS:
     
    Applicants should forward their CV with a covering letter stating their salary expectations to Carol Ray, Head of Member Services.
     
    NFRC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. 
     
    APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 23 July 2021 (may be sooner dependent on volume of applications)
     
    DIRECT APPLICATIONS ONLY – AGENCY APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
     
  • NFRC Midlands Regional Manager Vacancy

    by Unknown | May 26, 2021
    WE ARE HIRING!
     
    NFRC Ltd is currently looking for experienced candidates to fill the position of:
     
    REGIONAL MANAGER
     
    Based from home to cover the Midlands region of the UK, the Regional Manager is responsible for the direction and control of all commercial and operational aspects of the Region.  You will be accountable for ensuring efficient delivery and service by providing the highest level of customer satisfaction to both members and stakeholders, whilst achieving membership growth and maintaining financial stability. 


    REQUIRED SKILLS:

    • Minimum 5 years experience in a similar role in the membership section (construction related) and/or direct experience of a Regional/Area Sales Manager position or Business Development Manager role within the roofing or construction sectors.
    • Dynamic and confident with excellent organisational, negotiation and presentation skills.
    • Familiar with the challenges contractors and suppliers/manufacturers face in the sector.
    • Experience of CRM / data management processes
    REMUNERATION:
     
    Package includes an attractive salary, discretionary performance related bonus, contributary pension scheme, employee assistance programme and other key benefits.
     
    APPLICATION PROCESS:
     
    Applicants should forward their CV with a covering letter stating their salary expectations to Carol Ray, Head of Member Services.
     
    NFRC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. 
     
    APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 30 June 21 (may be sooner dependent on volume of applications)
     
    DIRECT APPLICATIONS ONLY – AGENCY APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
     
  • Roofing industry reports a positive start to 2021 but skill shortages cause headache for contractors

    by Unknown | May 05, 2021

    State of the Roofing Industry - Q1 2021 key indicators

    Roofing contractors reported a significant growth in workloads during the first quarter of 2021 but were hampered by recruitment difficulties and continued material shortages and price rises, according to the Q1 State of the Roofing Industry survey produced by Glenigan for NFRC.

    Over half of roofing contractors surveyed reported a rise in workloads (51 per cent) in the first three months of the year, with only 11 per cent reporting a decline. This trend is set to continue, with a balance of 35 per cent of firms reporting a rise in enquiries and a balance of 47 per cent expecting growth over the next year.

    Growing workloads meant that a net balance of 8 per cent of firms grew their direct headcount on the previous quarter, and 17 per cent took on more sub-contractors. However, over half (56 per cent) of contractors reported recruitment difficulties. Roles that were hardest to fill included roof slaters and tilers (39 per cent), felters (33 per cent), and specialist slaters (29 per cent) and tilers (22 per cent).

    Material shortages also exacerbated over the quarter, with over two thirds (68 per cent) reporting a deterioration. In particular, concrete roof tiles remained the top shortage area closely followed by timber battens, insulation, slate, and clay tiles. Shortages, as well as the rising prices of raw materials, has meant 89 per cent of respondents reported price inflation.

    The survey also found:

    • All sectors of the roofing industry saw growth in Q1 2021, with the domestic repair, maintenance and improvement and new build residential sectors showing the strongest growth;
    • Northern roofing contractors, those in London, and the Southern Counties and those who operate nationwide saw the sharpest rise in workloads. Scotland and Wales both saw falls in those reporting rising workloads, following a busy end to 2020;
    • Government spending on public sector construction projects is expected to drive positive workloads for roofing contractors over the next year, with 70 per cent of contractors in this sector predicting growth over the next twelve months—far above any other sector;
    • Payment continues to be slow—whilst 62 per cent of roofing firms have contractual payment terms of 30 days or less, only 42 per cent were paid within that period, on average.

    Commenting on the report, NFRC Chief Executive James Talman said:

    The roofing industry continued to perform well in the first quarter of this year, with roofers reporting that workloads, enquiries and employment were all up. The residential sector is doing particularly well, driven by the strong new build housing market, and homeowners continuing to spend their extra disposable income on upgrading and replacing their roofs

    However, there are simply not enough roofers to deliver the amount of demand we are seeing. One in every two roofing contractors are currently struggling to find skilled operatives. This is exacerbating the other challenges roofing contractors are also facing, such as finding materials and managing their cashflow.

    “If the government want our industry to help put roofs on 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s, retrofit 27 million properties and build brand new schools, hospitals and prisons, then it needs to work with us to help to train, develop and upskill the next generation of roofers.”

    Commenting on the survey findings, Glenigan’s Economics Director Allan Wilen said:

    “The construction recovery strengthened further during the first quarter, with roofing contractors reporting rising workloads. Repair, maintenance and improvement work and new house construction have been the best performing areas. Roofing contractors anticipate that the recovery in workload will be sustained over the next twelve months as the UK economy is unlocked, with new enquiries pointing to a broad-based rise in activity. However, shortages of skilled labour and materials will be a potential brake on the pace of the recovery.”

  • NFRC launches new app to digitalise health and safety passport

    by Unknown | Apr 22, 2021

    NFRC has launched a brand-new app focused on health and safety for NFRC members and their operatives. The app fully digitalises the popular ‘Health & Safety Passport’, which previously had been a printed booklet that operatives could carry with them on site. This will mean operatives will now have access to all the health and safety information they need from their smartphone.

    iPhone 12 Pro NFRC Members app

    As part of the launch, the passport’s content has been fully updated to include recent changes in legislation and guidance and new sections giving advice and information on mental health and Covid-19. The app is future-proofed to allow NFRC to remotely update information as and when it is required, so operatives always have the latest information when they open the app.

    As a Member Benefit, the app will only be available for NFRC Members and their operatives, and any roofing operatives who have not received their log-in details are encouraged to contact the NFRC Helpdesk.

    Commenting on the launch of the app, NFRC Head of Technical and Training, Bob Richardson said:

    “This app provides an important day-to-day reminder for operatives, even when there is no phone signal, on the safe working practices that must be considered an essential part of all site working. It contains a wealth of information, from working at height to fire safety to Covid-safe guidelines, complimenting site-specific health and safety documentation.

    The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of being agile and getting critical information and updates out to the industry quickly. Through this innovative new app, we will be able to update the health and safety passport in real-time, rather than reprinting and distributing thousands of booklets every time health and safety legislation changes. Contractors can therefore be assured that the information their operatives have is the most up-to-date.

    We hope that this is just the beginning and if the app proves popular, we will be able to expand the content to include other NFRC technical guidance and in time other areas of NFRC activity

    NFRC Members and their operatives can download the app by clicking the following links:

    iOS: https://apple.co/2Qf7cN7

    Android: https://bit.ly/3gwuAQS

  • NFRC member accident rate 13 times lower than national average new data shows

    by Unknown | Mar 31, 2021

    NFRC’s Annual Accident Statistics for 2019/20 show that members of the federation reported 73 accidents in the 2019/20 financial year, out of 23,300 employees and labour-only subcontractors.

    This equates to an accident rate of 0.317%—13 times lower than the national average. NFRC members also reported zero fatalities for the fifth year in the row.

    NFRC Accident Statistics Report 2021

    The top five accidents reported by NFRC members mirrored the most common accidents across construction as reported by the HSE:

      1. Slips, trips, or falls on the same level (26)
      2. Falls from height (18)
      3. Injured whilst handling, lifting or carrying a load (14)
      4. Hit by a moving object-flying or falling (3)
      5. Contact with moving machinery (3)

    The most cited reason for slips and trips, was that scaffold platforms and work areas were obstructed with materials and waste.

    Commenting on the statistics, NFRC Head of Technical and Training, Bob Richardson said:

    These statistics are a testament to the hard work our members have put into implementing healthy and safe working practices—in a year when they have also faced a global pandemic. The numbers speak for themselves, and this should give clients, homeowners, and specifiers confidence that when they use an NFRC member, they will do the job safely.

    He added:

    However, we should not rest on our laurels, and 73 accidents is still 73 too many. We must aim for zero-harm as an industry—to do this we need look to improve operatives risk perception, promote understanding of health and safety, and raise awareness of consequences.

    He concluded:

    The most common accidents mirror construction as a whole, which indicates we’re not inventing new ways to injure ourselves, but just repeating the same mistakes and violations. The most cited accident reported being slips, trips and falls. If contractors take simple measures such as keeping storage and work areas tidy, having a system in place to manage waste, and making sure everyone knows what they have to do, we can hope that 2022’s figures come back even lower ”

  • Government must learn lessons from failed Green Homes Grant Scheme says NFRC

    by Unknown | Mar 29, 2021

    Commenting on the announcement that the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme (GHGVS) will come to an end on Wednesday 31st March and will no longer be extended, NFRC CEO James Talman said:

    Sadly, the news that the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme is not being continued, whilst disappointing, does not come as a surprise. Despite warnings from industry, the Scheme did not work for the businesses that were expected to deliver it. The system was far too bureaucratic, costly, and time-consuming and, as such, was out of reach for the vast majority of roofing contractors. This meant that instead of it boosting order books, it actually led to some roofers losing work, and for others delaying projects.

    However, a long-term retrofit plan is still needed for the millions of homes in the UK that need upgrading to meet the UK’s net-zero targets, and the government must now provide this to give businesses and homeowners certainty. The roofing industry will be critical to this strategy, with a quarter of all heat loss from a home being through the roof. The government must learn lessons from the failed Green Homes Grant Scheme and fully consult with industry to find a scheme that works for all.

  • RoofCERT Sales Manager Vacancy

    by Unknown | Mar 08, 2021
    WE ARE HIRING!
     
    NFRC Ltd is currently looking for experienced candidates to fill the position of:
     
    RoofCERT Sales Manager.
     
    Hours: Full time - Monday to Friday (35 hours per week) 
    Contract: Permanent 
    Salary: c.£45K per annum (depending on experience) plus commission 
    Reports to: Project Manager 
    Direct reports: None
    Location: Working from home, with frequent travel in London and across the UK  

    About NFRC and RoofCERT 
    NFRC is the largest and most influential roofing trade association in the UK, promoting quality contractors and quality products and ensuring that its members are at the forefront of all roofing developments.
    Managed by NFRC, RoofCERT is the UK’s only national roofing accreditation scheme that gives clients and homeowners the confidence that the people working on their roofs can do the job properly. NFRC, with support from across the industry, helps existing operatives enter the scheme to demonstrate their technical knowledge and essential skills, enabling them to establish a lifelong career path and prove their competence to employers and clients.
    About the role. 
    RoofCERT are looking for a high-performing Sales Manager to help NFRC to meet their accreditation scheme customer growth targets. You will be responsible for maximising the sales potential, developing sales plans and justifying those plans to the Project Manager and RoofCERT Management Board.

    Working closely with internal and external stakeholders, you will help NFRC to meet their accreditation scheme customer growth targets and working with roofing companies and contractors to ensure that operatives are successfully onboarded onto the RoofCERT accreditation scheme. A key part of this role is to ensure you build and promote long lasting customer relationships and ongoingly manage our partnership development. 

    Who we are looking for. 
    To succeed in this role, you will have previous experience as a successful sales representative or sales manager, and will have consistently met or exceeded your targets. Ideally your experience will have been with another certification body in construction or another industry recognised scheme. You will have experience of designing and implementing strategic sales plans and have a proven track record of partnership development. As a motivated self-starter, you will be an excellent communicator, and be able to influence at all levels of the organisation. Networking and people skills are essential. Previous experience in a membership or accreditation environment and use of a CRM system are advantageous. 

    Please only apply for the role If you have a clean driving license and are willing and able to travel frequently as required in London and throughout the UK. 

    How to apply.
    If you feel excited by this opportunity, click here to apply where you will then be directed to complete an online application. To be considered for the role, you will need to submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 outlining your suitability for the role according to the person specification. 

    Virtual interviews via TEAMS will be held on a rolling basis; the advert will be closed early if we receive a high volume of applications or an appointment is made prior to the closing date. We advise interested applicants to apply sooner rather than later!

    NFRC is committed to equal opportunities and values diversity in its workforce.

    Benefits 
    • Competitive salary + commission
    • Flexible working
    • Pension scheme 
    • 25 days holiday per annum
    • Car allowance

    Applications will be treated with strict confidentiality. 

    Application closing date: 1st April 2021
    No agencies please.

    You may have experience of: sales assistant, sales representative, sales manager, training, targets, strategy, business planning, customer service, business development
     
  • NFRC Regional Manager Vacancy

    by Unknown | Jan 25, 2021
    WE ARE HIRING!
     
    NFRC Ltd is currently looking for experienced candidates to fill the position of:
     
    REGIONAL MANAGER
     
    Based from home to cover the North West region of the UK and Northern Ireland, the Regional Manager is responsible for the direction and control of all commercial and operational aspects of the Regions.  You will be accountable for ensuring efficient delivery and service by providing the highest level of customer satisfaction to both members and stakeholders, whilst achieving membership growth and maintaining financial stability. 
     
    REQUIRED SKILLS:
     
    • Minimum 5 years experience in a similar role in the membership section (construction related) and/or direct experience of a Regional/Area Sales Manager position or Business Development Manager role within the roofing or construction sectors.
    • Dynamic and confident with excellent organisational, negotiation and presentation skills.
    • Familiar with the challenges contractors and suppliers/manufacturers face in the sector.
    • Experience of CRM / data management processes
    REMUNERATION:
     
    Package includes an attractive salary, discretionary performance related bonus, contributary pension scheme, employee assistance programme and other key benefits.
     
    APPLICATION PROCESS:
     
    Applicants should forward their CV with a covering letter stating their salary expectations to Tanya Cooper.
     
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  • Government support for construction must not be undermined by chaos at ports says NFRC

    by Unknown | Dec 10, 2020

    Commenting on today’s official ONS construction statistics, which showed the industry growing for the sixth month in a row in October, NFRC CEO, James Talman, said:

    "The government’s support for construction has been most welcome and has clearly born fruit, as seen in today’s data, but it must not be undermined by the supply chain being unable to deliver due to a lack of government preparation for a no-deal Brexit. While the construction industry has performed well over the last few months, there could be chaos at our ports in January if the government doesn’t put the right mechanisms in now, for a no-trade deal scenario. This could have knock-on impacts on the whole supply chain, prolonging already extended lead times on certain products, that we have seen in 2020 due to Covid-19, such as timber.

    He added:

    "We know that our manufacturing members’ supplies are already being turned away from some ports and this is even before the end of the transition period. We have serious concerns that a lack of preparation on the part of the government could have a major impact on industry being able to bring in products and raw materials critical to UK infrastructure and housebuilding. There is also much uncertainty in the market around any future tariffs making it very difficult for businesses to plan for the year ahead.

    He concluded:

    It is looking unlikely at this stage whether we will reach a deal with the EU. Government should therefore ramp up its support for industry to prepare for this scenario. The Prime Minister should also now seek to extend the transitional arrangements on the movement of goods and defer the possible implementation of any tariffs.”

  • Industry veteran and former NFRC President, Neville Harris, has died aged 89

    by Unknown | Nov 27, 2020

    Longstanding supporter and former president of NFRC, Neville Harris has died at the age of 89.

    Born on 23rd March 1931, Neville joined roofing firm Broadbents & Stephens in 1947 straight after leaving school. He subsequently was called up for National Service in Malta and Egypt. Upon his return he rejoined Broadbents, eventually becoming a Director and worked in that position until his retirement in 1996. He continued to work for Broadbents in various capacities until 2001.

    For most of his working life, Neville volunteered his time and energy to support the roofing industry and NFRC in particular. He sat on the NFRC Midlands Committee for over 40 years, serving as both its Chairman and Treasurer at various times, eventually becoming NFRC president in 1996. Following this, he continued to remain very engaged with NFRC, sitting on various technical committees, as a trustee on the Charitable Trust, and internationally through the IFD.

    His family wanted to express their appreciation for all the messages of support they have received and have asked for any donations to be given to the Alzheimer’s Society.

    President of NFRC, Kevin M Taylor, who knew Neville well, shared the following comment:

    Neville was cherished by so many in the industry and will be sorely missed. He truly was the embodiment of everything the NFRC stands for. He was a man of integrity and was a true gentleman.”  

    He added:

    “The number of messages the NFRC Midlands Committee has received is a testament to the sheer amount of time and effort Neville committed to our sector and to NFRC in particular. Neville truly did devote his life to NFRC, giving over 40 years of service, active regionally, nationally and internationally - and he, along with a few others, helped shape the NFRC we know and love today.”

  • NFRC launches investigation following CMA lead cartel finding

    by Unknown | Nov 04, 2020

    The UK’s largest roofing trade association, NFRC, will today launch a formal investigation into two Supplier Members, Associated Lead Mills Ltd (ALM) and BLM British Lead. The move follows the announcement from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) today (4th November 2020) that both firms had entered into anti-competitive arrangements.

    A third NFRC Supplier Member, Calder Industrial Materials Ltd, had been previously implicated in this case; however, today the CMA clarified that there were no grounds for action in respect of this firm. Therefore, this Member will not be subject to NFRC’s investigation.

    Commenting on the announcement, NFRC Chief Executive, James Talman, said:

    NFRC stands for roofing excellence and in no way tolerates anti-competitive practices amongst its membership. Now the CMA has made its final judgement, and all the evidence is available to us, we will refer this case to our Risk Committee to consider the behaviour of the two members involved, in light of our Code of Practice.

    He added:

    The CMA has given a clear message that construction is very much in the spotlight and any firms who are found to undertake anti-competitive arrangements run the risk of large fines. We hope to work with the CMA to ensure the roofing industry is fully aware of competition law and understands the consequences of non-compliance.”

  • Roofers are very busy but many still waiting to be paid, says NFRC

    by Unknown | Oct 29, 2020

    The vast majority of roofing contractors (91 per cent) reported being either ‘busy’ or ‘very busy’ in a recent survey by the UK’s largest roofing trade body, NFRC. However, a significant number of roofers (23 per cent) reported concerns around payment, with one contractor reporting to have waited four months to be paid by a particular public sector client.

    The survey also found the following:

    • Roofers are mostly back to pre-Covid capacity—Just under half (49 per cent) of contractors reported operating at 100 per cent of their pre-lockdown capacity with a further two-fifths (40 per cent) operating at over three-quarters of their capacity.
    • Covid-safe practices are no longer exceptional—with most (90 per cent) roofing contractors having no issues implementing Covid-safe guidelines on site.
    • Accessing materials remains a major concern—Over half (55 per cent) of contractors reported material shortages. These were mostly in concrete roof tiles and timber, but also in membranes, felt, insulation and slate.
    • Future enquiries look positive—Nearly all (94 per cent) contractors were receiving the same number (67 per cent) or more (27 per cent) new enquiries than this time last year.

    Commenting on the survey results, NFRC Chief Executive, James Talman said:

    This survey confirms what we have all been hearingroofing contractors are generally busier than ever. A combination of pent-up demand in the summer, combined with government stimulation packages, and people working from home wanting home-upgrades, has meant demand has not been a problem for roofers.

    He added:

    However, it is shocking that so many roofers are still waiting to be paid, with some reporting waiting on thousands of pounds from their clients. We all know that times are tough for some firms, but that is no reason not to pay for your supply chain. I was particularly concerned to see public sector clients listed as being the worst culprits when they should be leading the way.

    He concluded:

    Unsurprisingly to those in the industry, concrete roof tiles and timber were listed as the top material shortage areas. This seems to be due to the incredible amount of demand we have seen in the last quarter combined with the lag seen in production, following lockdown earlier this year. We have been working closely with manufacturers on this issue and will continue to monitor this situation.”

  • Chancellor missed a trick not broadening the scope of Green Homes Grant says NFRC

    by Unknown | Oct 29, 2020

    Commenting on the government’s Spending Review 2020, NFRC’s Chief Executive, James Talman, commented saying:

    It is very welcome that a further £320 million of funding has been committed to the Green Homes Grant for the next year, but the government has missed a trick by not extending this to have a broader scope. We do not see why the Scheme could not be extended to include solar PV, for example, which could play a big contribution in helping the UK reach its net-zero target.

    He added:

    We were also pleased to see the National Infrastructure Strategy announced, committing to £27 billion more capital spending over the next year, alongside a new National Infrastructure Bank. The government should follow this strategy up as soon as possible with a detailed pipeline of work, and engage with the supply chain in good time.

    He concluded:

    The Treasury is giving with one hand to the industry and taking with the other—by going ahead with Reverse Charge VAT next March. We have members who will lose hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash flow when this policy is introduced, and this will have a detrimental impact on the very companies the government expect to deliver on their infrastructure investments. The Chancellor should urgently rethink this policy.

  • Green Homes Grant extension a welcome relief for industry says NFRC

    by Unknown | Oct 29, 2020

    Following the announcement this morning (18th November, 2020) that the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme will be extended by a year, the Chief Executive of NFRC, James Talman commented saying:

     "The decision to extend the Green Homes Grant by a further year is a welcome relief for the industry. The previous timescale was completely unrealistic when many firms needed time to get the relevant accreditations, and most contractors and suppliers were already operating at full capacity. The government should now set out its future intentions on retrofit, beyond the next year, to give longer-term certainty to the market.”

  • Chancellor gives lifeline to construction but focus should now turn to future investment says NFRC

    by Unknown | Jul 08, 2020
    HM Government Plan for Jobs

     

    Commenting on the Chancellor’s ‘Plan for Jobs’, NFRC Chief Executive James Talman commented saying:

    The Chancellor’s commitment to protect, support and create jobs is very welcome. His support package on job retention and apprenticeships will act as a lifeline for contractors and manufacturers across the roofing industry.”

    He added

    I applaud his recognition for the value of the UK construction industry, in particular, and he has demonstrated this in his support for the new Construction Talent Retention Scheme. We hope this important new scheme will mean specialist contractors including roofers will be retained in the sector should there be a significant downturn, and we avoid the deluge of lost skills seen in previous recessions

    We tentatively support the Green Homes Grant, but the devil will be in the detail. All those undertaking retrofit should be sufficiently trained and accredited to avoid the mistakes of previous schemes. The government should use existing programmes such as CompetentRoofer and RoofCERT to identify quality roofers for roof associated works. We do feel that an opportunity was missed to not include low carbon energy construction solutions such as solar, too

    He concluded:

    While the government can support job creation in the short-term, in the long-term, jobs ultimately come from private investment. The Chancellor should now turn to taking a longer-term view of how to give commercial clients the confidence to invest. One place to start would be to reform our archaic capital allowance system on buildings and structures


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