The Federation of Master Builders


Construction skills shortage gets worse

Published date: 26 January 2017

The skills shortage in the construction industry has got worse and has now spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to other key trades, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Getting through the cold weather on site

Published date: 12 January 2017

Thursday and Friday looks set to bring the first snow of 2017. With sites now back up and running from the Christmas break, if the ‘Thundersnow’ is on it’s way to your region, it’s time to think about how you can best prepare for the wintry conditions.

Getting ready to start work on your New Home site

Published date: 10 January 2017

Our top tips to ensure that your new build goes smoothly, as well as future-proofing the build for up to 10 years post-completion with a new homes structural warranty from FMB Insurance.

70% of builders report material price hikes, warns FMB

Published date: 09 January 2017

70% of UK builders have seen an increase in material prices due to the depreciation of the pound...

2% rise in house building insufficient, says FMB NI

Published date: 15 December 2016

The meagre annual rise in house building completions shows that Northern Ireland is only delivering half the number of new homes it needs to meet demand, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Northern Ireland.

How to create a perfect construction package for your clients

Published date: 02 December 2016

Your clients are likely to be investing a considerable sum of money in the work that you will be doing for them...

Chancellor right to double housing spend

Published date: 23 November 2016

Doubling capital investment on house building and relaxing the timeline for deficit reduction is the right way to boost economic growth...

House building moving in the right direction

Published date: 22 November 2016

The rise in house building completions is helping to tackle the housing crisis, but more work needs to be done if the Government is to hit its one million new homes target...

Allow councils to borrow to build homes, say FMB

Published date: 14 November 2016

Allowing local authorities to borrow to build homes could both help tackle the housing crisis and mitigate any emerging economic uncertainty...


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