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Post Brexit, does the UK face a shortage of skilled people?

So we voted to leave the European Union on June 23rd, and many people tell us a bright future awaits.

Eurosceptics like Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, or even Nigel Farage can’t sort the skills shortage, or even begin to address it, they have other things to do, so if there is a shortage of skilled people, we are leaving Europe, what do we do and who do we look to for help?

Hundreds of thousands of people have come here to work in construction but what will happen when we finally shut the door on EU workers and employers who need, for example, insulation installers, cannot look to the EU, there’s a lack of people here in the UK to do it, so what does the employer do?

Where will these skilled people come from?

Will we still be able to recruit from Europe to stem a shortage of a particular trade, such as bricklayers, or would employers be looking to the commonwealth, as they did in the sixties?

We go through a few scenarios here and find out what is happening, why it has happened, and what may happen when we finally exit the European Union? Read More

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Why you should keep your chimney in good condition

Despite your fireplace being largely forgotten about during the summer, just like my own family, you will all welcome a healthy hearth come winter time.

Today we are going to tell you a few tips how to clean and maintain your chimney, how to spot problems with it, both internally and externally, and offer a few “best practice” tips on keeping your chimney healthy and happy all year round. Read More

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SALE! 30% off house painting and wall coatings


Get massive savings on having your house painted this year, from the UK’s best known nationwide wall coating and rendering company!

Too late in the year to get the house painted? NO! Why wait until next summer when you have your home made to look spectacular with very little outlay, and a guarantee that you won’t have to have the property decorated externally for the next TWENTY YEARS! Read More

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Getting the best out of your Victorian house

The Victorian era heralded great changes throughout not only our own country, but also in the then British Empire, much of which can be seen today in our streets in the form of industrial buildings, churches, bridges and of course, houses.

The Victorians knew how to build stuff to last, and if you live in a Victorian home, there are some things you need to think about to keep it in tip-top condition and to get the most out of living in a piece of history. Read More

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5 of the best, expensive, high-end home improvements!

Feeling generous? Deep pockets? Money to burn? Have you won the lottery?

If you are flash with cash and are looking to add some pizzazz to your property, let’s be honest, the sky is the limit, but we took 5 random, but expensive, home improvements that you can buy if you have the dough.

From a crystal encrusted bath tub to Versace toilet brush holder, take a look and see what you could buy if and when you win the lottery! We can dream, can’t we? Read More

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Would “yew” believe it! Sweden invents see-through wood

Sweden. The land of Abba, Volvo’s, crime drama’s, flat-packed furniture and unnecessary nudity, are set to amaze the world again, or at least, chemists at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (“KTH”), are set to amaze people, with a new and very cool invention.

Transparent wood!

Scientists and chemists working in Stockholm have turned humble balsa wood into a translucent sheet, effectively a brand new material, that despite being at least twice the strength of Perspex, is able to be used just like wooden sheets, paving the way for new technologies in construction methods for the future. Read More