Latest news from the Construction Alliance Latest 4 news items from our members, plus the latest Construction Alliance blog Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:35:31 +0100 en-gb NFB: Withholding subcontractor payments is unethical Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Members of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) consistently report that public sector clients, including central government, do not pay on time. As regional contractors and SMEs, a large proportion of projects these members fulfil are subcontracted via larger construction companies. Some main contractors impose 120-day payment terms, with £10.5 billion withheld in retention payments and around £22 billion in annual SME turnover is paid late. CECA: Sir John Armitt “ideally placed” to lead National Infrastructure Commission Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Marie-Claude Hemming, Director of External Affairs for the CECA comments on Heathrow expansion plans Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Commenting on the consultation on Heathrow’s expansion published today, Director of External Affairs for the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Marie-Claude Hemming said: Action to support Carillion workers and suppliers Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Representatives of the UK’s construction industry have called for a combined response from the sector and Government to protect Carillion’s staff and suppliers. and from the Construction Alliance Blog: "Don't sideline SMEs on skills" says NFB national chair Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100 In the Autumn Statement 2015, Chancellor George Osborne announced the introduction of an apprenticeship levy on businesses with salary bills in excess of 3 million.