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AFI News 10/06

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The clock is counting down for entries for the 2024 UK Fencing Awards Could YOU be a Contractor of the Year? Trophies available for all sectors of fencing: Agricultural and…

AFI News 28/05

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Infrastructure Progress Review 2024 The National Infrastructure Commission has released its Infrastructure Progress Review 2024, which shows that the Government’s record on infrastructure delivery over the last 12 months has…

AFI News 20/05

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Demonstrating Competence Under the Building Safety Act, anyone appointing an individual or organisation to undertake design and construction work has a duty to ensure that they are competent. For individuals…

Mental Health Awareness Week (13 to 19 May)

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Mental Health Awareness Week (13 to 19 May) Over half of all work-related ill health is due to stress, depression or anxiety. The HSE’s Working Minds campaign aims to raise awareness of…

AFI News 13/05

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Tackling Modern Slavery Construction has been identified by the Home Office as a high‐risk sector for modern slavery due to its complex supply chains, multiple levels of sub‐contracting and high…

AFI News 07/05

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End of Industry Accreditation In line with the latest version of the CLC recommendation on Industry Card Schemes, which confirms that all cards carrying the CSCS logo for skilled occupations…

AFI News 29/04

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2024 UK Fencing Awards  – entries are open! Categories are Apprentice of the Year Agricultural and Equine Contractor of the Year Domestic Contractor of the Year Gates & Barriers Contractor…

AFI News 22/04

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April is Stress Awareness Month Use Stress Awareness Month to make it routine to prevent stress and support mental health at work, and encourage others in the construction industry too.…

AFI News 15/04

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Common Assessment Standard Latest The Cabinet Office has published Procurement Policy Note 03/24 which removes reference to PAS 91 meaning the Common Assessment Standard should now be used across the…

AFI News 08/04

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CLC Industry Card Schemes Recommendation The CLC has updated its recommendation on Industry Card Schemes following the introduction of the Building Safety Act and the increased focus on competence. The…

AFI Member Littlewood Group Open Doors report

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An Introduction to the Fencing Industry with Littlewood Group Littlewood Group want to show the next generation that there is a career in construction for everyone. On Tuesday 19th March,…

AFI News 02/04/24

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CLC Card Schemes Recommendation At its annual conference earlier this week, the CLC published an updated version of its recommendation on Industry Card Schemes following the introduction of the Building…

AFI News 25/03/24

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AFI News Government Support for SMEs Build UK Chair Julie White joined members from the Midlands at the Government’s Business Connect conference earlier this week, where the Prime Minister announced…

AFI & AFA Best Practice Day, Plumpton College

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The AFI’s Best Practice Day held at Plumpton College in East Sussex was a resounding success, bringing together professionals and students from the fencing industry for a day of learning…

ScanPole Oy

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    Scanpole Oy has bought the entire share capital of the Irish PDM Timber Treatment Ltd and agreed to buy the entire share capital of the English Calders & Grandidge Ltd both owned by…

International Women’s Day

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The fencing industry has lots of women working across all roles and we’re championing the work they do! The AFI supports equality and the industry needs more women so we…

AFI News 04/03/24

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Companies House Fees The Government has now published the increases in Companies House fees that will apply from 1 May 2024 following the introduction of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act. The…

AFI News 26/02/24

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Countdown to Open Doors 2024 Open Doors 2024 will kick off in less than a month with more than 210 events across Great Britain set to take people behind the scenes…

Stress at Work

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HSE Stress at Work The HSE are inviting you to tell them about your experiences of HSE tools and resources you have (or haven’t) heard about when it comes to…

AFI News Week commencing 19/02/24

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End of Industry Accreditation From 30 June 2024, cards carrying the CSCS logo obtained via Industry Accreditation will no longer be renewed and all such cards will expire on 31…

AFI News 12/02/24

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The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has published the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline setting out 660 projects and programmes to be delivered over the next 10 years with an estimated…

AFI News Update 09/02/24

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Recruiting the Next Generation To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, Build UK has published the results of its latest survey of members to understand current employment trends in the industry,…

AFI News Week commencing 05/02/24

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Drugs & Alcohol in the Workplace Build UK hosts roundtable meetings to bring members together to develop solutions to issues impacting the supply chain. A recent meeting, hosted by Eurofins…

AFI News 29/01/24

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Celebrate Your Apprentices! National Apprenticeship Week 2024 will run from Monday 5 ‐ Sunday 11 February to showcase the positive impact that apprentices make to communities, businesses and the wider economy. The theme…

AFI News 23 January 2024.

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Well done to the Association of Fencing Industries (AFI) and Dominique Stevenson for their unwavering dedication to establishing a robust Fencing Apprenticeship Scheme following a skills shortage. The updated apprenticeship…

UK Fencing Industry Insights Report

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Siddall & Hilton, presents its third UK Fencing Industry Insights Report. This report offers comprehensive analysis of the fencing industry’s market trends, economic indicators, and their impacts. Key findings include:…

Meet the sponsor – DHF

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The UK Fencing Awards 2023 is gaining momentum and with so many excellent entries coming in we’ll be taking you through who our sponsors are this year. We’ve got nine…

Meet the sponsor – Saferoad

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The UK Fencing Awards 2023 is gaining momentum and with so many excellent entries coming in we’ll be taking you through who our sponsors are this year. We’ve got nine…

Meet the sponsor – Blok ‘ Mesh

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The UK Fencing Awards 2023 is gaining momentum and with so many excellent entries coming in we’ll be taking you through who our sponsors are this year. We’ve got nine…

Meet the sponsor – IAE

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The UK Fencing Awards 2023 is gaining momentum and with so many excellent entries coming in we’ll be taking you through who our sponsors are this year. We’ve got nine…

Meet the sponsor – Zaun

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The UK Fencing Awards 2023 is gaining momentum and with so many excellent entries coming in we’ll be taking you through who our sponsors are this year. We’ve got nine…

Meet the sponsor – McVeigh Parker

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The UK Fencing Awards 2023 is gaining momentum and with so many excellent entries coming in we’ll be taking you through who our sponsors are this year. We’ve got nine…

Meet the sponsor – Durapost

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The UK Fencing Awards 2023 is gaining momentum and with so many excellent entries coming in we’ll be taking you through who our sponsors are this year. We’ve got nine…

Best Practice Day 2023

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Our first best practice day of the year sold out in record time and we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone on the 24th May. Held in conjunction with Tornado Wire…

UK Fencing Awards – tips for your entry!

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Are you thinking of entering the UK Fencing Awards but not sure what you need? We’ve detailed everything below and an example from one of winners last year, Littlewood Fencing,…

Meet the sponsor – AJS Training

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The UK Fencing Awards 2023 is gaining momentum and with so many excellent entries coming in we’ll be taking you through who our sponsors are this year. We’ve got nine…

Public Sector Using Common Assessment Standard

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The Government has published Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 03/23 in response to calls from Build UK and its members which enables central Government departments and wider public sector bodies to…

AFI Best Practice Day 2023

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After the success of the 2022 best practice day, the AFI is once again bringing this popular event for summer 2023. In conjunction with Tornado Wire, the free best practice…

A new standard in electric fencing

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The AFI is pleased to announce the approval for the creation of a new standard under the B201 committee. This will be the introduction of BS 1722-19: Specification, design, installation,…

The AFI continuing to help members save

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The AFI is pleased to announce that we have secured a membership only deal with UK Fuels to get 4ppl discount on diesel to help the recent increased costs of…

The UK Fencing Awards 2023

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After the resounding success of the inaugural 2022 awards, the AFI has gone one step further for 2023, enhancing the categories to reflect the wide ranging excellence within our fencing…

Wendy Anne Baker

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The Association is sad to announce the death of Wendy Baker who has been a leading light in the fencing industry for over 40 years and we send our condolences…

Changing driver behaviours

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National Highways have just released the attached guide. It is supported by a short video and the aim is to help organisations understand the barriers to developing and sustaining desired…
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The Fencing Apprenticeship

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The AFI are pleased to announce that AJS Training are now registered to provide the apprenticeship for all in the fencing industry. This means that any employees or young people…

What Is ESG and Why Is It Important?

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Environmental, social and governance have become common reporting standards for all businesses. Alex Minett, Head of Product, CHAS explores what they are and why they’re important to your business. ESG…

Wood conference agenda released

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The agenda for the wood conference has been released with less than 1 week to go! Book your tickets here Want to see the agenda for the day? Have a…

The UK Fencing Awards 2022 winners

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The UK Fencing Awards 2022 winners were announced on 13th October 2022 at the presentation day at Twickenham. All finalists were welcomed to enjoy a day together were we celebrated…

AFI at the Landscape Show

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The AFI will be at the Landscape Show at Birmingham NEC on 28th and 29th September 2022. Come and visit us on stand A5 if you are attending. Fencing is…

Automatic gates guidance

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Gate Safe have released a new edition to their portfolio of practical and easy to follow guides to assist anyone involved in the installation of gates in a commercial setting.…

The importance of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect

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As businesses look to drive progress on workplace diversity, buyers and suppliers should be prepared to evidence their competence around Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR). Alex Minett, Head of Products…

National Safe Digging week

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The Association of Fencing Industries is supporting Safe digging week www.safe-digging.co.uk to help minimise accidents within fencing. A couple of weeks ago saw a fencing accident that cause a gas…

Accessing mental health support

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As part of Mental Health Awareness Week we’re reminding all AFI members of the access they have to help and support from Perennial. The AFI has partnered with Perennial, a…

Delivering the fencing apprenticeship

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Delivering the AFI apprenticeship so that we can continue to bring in talent to the industry remains a priority for us and we understand the frustrations for members who continue…

Finding out about the Common Assessment Standard

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Common Assessment Standard – An Industry-Wide Pre-Qualification System Pre-qualification costs the construction industry up to £1 billion each year and we know AFI members have had duplication of standards in…
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Announcing the AFI Wood Conference

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With the continued apprehension over the longevity of timber in ground contact and the confusion over other offerings that are available and how they can help with the various sectors…

Net zero champions – are you one?

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Build UK is encouraging companies across the supply chain to sign up as Business Champions as part of the CLC’s CO2nstruct Zero programme to drive carbon out of the sector.…

Enter the UK Fencing Awards 2022

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The sun has been shining and lots of projects are being completed! Entries are coming in for all levels of the UK Fencing Awards, with some interesting submissions for Project…

Updated PPE Regulations: What you need to know

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From 6 April 2022, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations are being updated. CHAS explains what you need to know. The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 2022 come…

The UK Fencing Awards location announced

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Following our announcement of the fantastic sponsors of Heras, McVeigh Parker, Birkdale, Zaun and CLD Fencing Systems for the UK Fencing Awards we’re excited to reveal that the awards presentation…

Managing your van insurance

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This should not be just the cost of doing business Running vans can be an expensive business. While poor driving can obviously put your drivers and other road users at…

Common Assessment Standard Updated

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The latest version of the Common Assessment Standard has been published following extensive consultation with members and the wider industry. Version 3 includes new questions on sustainability, diversity and cyber security,…

End of Red Diesel Rebate

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AFI members are reminded that from from tomorrow (1 April), the entitlement to use rebated red diesel will be removed from most sectors, including construction, which means it will be…

Announcing the UK Fencing Awards sponsors!

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The AFI are pleased to announce that the sponsors for the 2022 UK Fencing Awards include several of the major players that supply the fencing industry across its various disciplines…

Cost of living advice

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1 in 4 respondents to the @PerennialGRBS Health & Wellbeing survey reported that their income does not cover their daily living costs. For female respondents the percentage increases to 33%,…

Living cost advice

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1 in 4 respondents to the @PerennialGRBS Health & Wellbeing survey reported that their income does not cover their daily living costs. For female respondents the percentage increases to 33%,…

Chancellor’s Spring Statement

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The Chancellor has used his Spring Statement to ‘help people and businesses deal with rising costs’ and strengthen the UK economy in the face of global uncertainty following COVID‐19 and…

The Landscape Show 2022

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The AFI will again be attending The LANDSCAPE Show this year. We’re also able to offer AFI members  10% discount on a stand! Welcoming over 250 exhibitors with a vast…
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Physical wellbeing

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Over three quarters of people are experiencing aches and pains, with back and joint pain being prevalent. 78% of respondents to the @PerennialGRBS Health & Wellbeing survey had experienced back…

CSCS Card checking

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CSCS Smart Check app The CSCS Smart Check app will be rolled out from April 2022, allowing all 2.1 million cards in the construction industry displaying the CSCS logo to…

Contract advice discount for AFI members

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Protect your business today BEB are passionate about protecting businesses with robust contracts – typically terms & conditions, sub-contractor agreements, shareholder agreements, GDPR policies, supplier agreements, and much more. We…

Mental wellbeing

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If you’re feeling stressed, you’re not alone. Results from the @PerennialGRBS Health & Wellbeing Survey showed that mental health was seen to be the biggest challenge facing our industry. At…

Light commercial vehicle safety

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The challenge Commercial vehicles travel billions of miles on our roads every year, transporting goods, trade professionals and service engineers around the country. They, and the roads they operate on,…

Build UK – Materials Update

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The CLC Product Availability Group has issued its latest statement, confirming that ‘price inflation, largely caused by a shortage of raw materials, rising energy, freight, and labour costs, is of…

APF Exhibition 2022

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The APF Exhibition is the UK’s largest forestry, woodland, arboriculture, fencing and biomass show and this year the AFI are exhibiting! The show caters not just for the forestry, woodland…

New AFI members

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The AFI has welcome more excellent members who all share the same commitment to standards and support of the fencing industry. Our new members are: Ground Screw Centre (Fence-Lok Systems)…

Living with COVID-19

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Living with COVID‐19 Update Following the lifting of the remaining coronavirus restrictions in England, Build UK has updated its COVID‐19 flowchart to reflect the latest Government guidance. Individuals who test…

Energy and support advice

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AFI partner Perennial, the charity for people working in, or retired from, the industry, is providing support for people who are worried about paying for their energy bills – for…

Six steps to happier feet in the workplace

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To coincide with National Feet Week, Alex Minett, Head of Products & Markets at CHAS looks at what employers and employees need to consider to protect feet at work. You…