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For the construction industry to flourish and achieve its undoubted potential, there are a number of critical issues with affect its business environment…

From the performance of our local councils in terms of making speedy decisions on planning applications, to the need for planning policy to have within it an economic ‘golden thread’, to issues around tax and the National Living Wage, to the need to have a competitive employment law framework in Northern Ireland, it is critical that the Executive stays on top of those issues which impact on the industry’s competitiveness in the increasingly global economy.

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Guidance on End of Red Diesel Rebate

There is now less than six months until the entitlement to use rebated red diesel is removed from most sectors, including construction. From 1 April 2022, it will be illegal to put red diesel into the tank of a vehicle or machine that is not entitled to use it, and businesses should plan to run down the fuel in their vehicles and machines and use up existing stocks in storage by this date.

Upcoming CIOB Graduation Event in Belfast

For the first time in over two years, the Chartered institute of building (CIOB) - the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership, is hosting a graduation event in Belfast on 20th November 2021 for people who have recently been awarded Chartered or Fellow Chartered membership status.


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