Peter Johnson, chairman of Vivalda Group, thinks the months of COVID-19 will be a defining period for many suppliers and contractors in the industry.
In 2019, The Institute of Roofing (IoR) appointed a new chief executive, Stuart Hicks. During its November AGM, he outlined ambitious plans for growth, which also coincides with the Institute’s 40th anniversary this year. Now we’ve entered the new year, Stuart explains his plans for the future and what the IoR does for the UK roofing industry.
It is well reported that the UK construction industry is facing a looming workforce crisis with not enough young talent coming into the sector to bridge the widening gap. However, there's support available to both encourage youngsters to apply for an apprenticeship and to help businesses in their search for ‘new blood’. Here, Richard Kendrick, marketing manager for SIG Roofing, discusses how to get more ‘youth on the roof’.
William Burgoyne, head of training and technical sales representative at Quality Building Materials (QBM), has spearheaded the training of over 200 roofing operatives and apprentices across Ireland since 2018 and is now delivering training courses as part of the company’s commitment to upskilling future generations in the roofing sector.
Turning unloved and little-used flat roof spaces into beautifully finished paved areas or lush green roofs is a speciality that Wallbarn has built its reputation upon. The business, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is a leader in both areas, but jokes that it is the really successful company that many people are unaware of. RCI spoke with Julian Thurbin, director at Wallbarn to find out more.
Bob Richardson, head of technical at the NFRC, explains what sub-contractors installing industrial roofs should consider when taking design responsibilities.