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Living Wage Accreditation

Here at Sphere, we are thrilled to have received the real Living Wage Accreditation and be part of 7,000 businesses in the UK that voluntarily choose to pay their staff a wage that meets...

8th April 2021

Construction back on the rise after December dip

Construction activity is back on the rise after a stutter in output growth at the end of last year.   Construction output resumes growth after 2.6% fall at the end of 2020   New...

12th March 2021

All construction companies can now get free Covid tests

Construction companies of all sizes can now register to order free lateral flow Covid tests for their employees from the government. The tests detect positive cases in under 30 minutes and firms can find...

8th March 2021

SME contractors targeted in Covid testing drive

Construction companies employing more than 50 people are being encouraged to offer regular Covid tests for workers. The government is expanding its offer of rapid workplace testing for people who are not showing symptoms...

8th February 2021

Go-ahead for £170m Somerset A303 dualling

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has granted development consent for the £250m dualling of a 3-mile stretch of the A303 from Sparkford to Ilchester in Somerset. Highways England is now finalising the detailed design with...

1st February 2021

Construction set to grow by 14% this year

Industry forecasters are predicting construction output will rise 14% this year and 4.9% in 2022.     Experts at the Construction Products Association now believe the industry will see a ‘W’-shaped recession and recovery....

21st January 2021

Galliford Try set to return to profitability

Galliford Try expects to draw a line under its £60m loss last year and return to profitability.   Bill Hocking says big framework wins should drive future performance   In a trading statement this...

20th January 2021

“Vital construction continues” during latest lockdown

New business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has written an open letter to construction praising the work being carried out by the industry. It was one of Kwarteng’s first moves after being appointed in his new...

12th January 2021

Symptom-free construction workers to get covid tests

Construction is among the industries to be targeted with regular rapid testing for workers without coronavirus symptoms. The government is expanding its community testing scheme across the whole country. And local authorities “will be...

11th January 2021

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