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Posted: 8th July
By: rlf

July 2018

Without doubt there is nothing more important on a construction project than the safety of those working on site, followed by the health and safety requirements of the users of the building when it is completed.  To a certain extent, the regulations that came into play in 2015 changed the face of health and safety, all for the better.

A major part of RLF’s business now, which we are proud of, is providing Healt...

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Posted: 7th February
By: rlf

February 2018 – Managing Partner Comments

Frameworks should play a very important part in most Consultants’ businesses.  For those of us who work in the public sector approximately 70% of construction spend is now through these vehicles.  In the private sector many large corporate bodies have framework arrangements in place and more are following suit.

Frameworks have some downsides, but these are generally far outweighed by positive attributes.  The...

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Posted: 15th September
By: rlf

September 2017

There has undoubtedly been a boom in the private rented sector (PRS) over recent years and virtually all predictions say that it will continue for the foreseeable future. In fact, forecasts are indicating that it will likely grow by at least 20% over the next five years!

The housing crisis, aligned with various political, economic and social drivers, are behind this surge. Affordability and availability of housing...

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Posted: 3rd January
By: rlf

January 2017

Happy New Year!!

2016 brought us Brexit and Trump – now who foresaw that a year ago!!  So, can we really crystal ball gaze and predict what 2017 will bring?  Well, perhaps not, but I for one am relatively optimistic for the year ahead in our industry.  Whilst some sectors have slowed down and there are no doubt some challenges to face, nothing is that drastic.  In fact, a number of sectors are very buoyant a...

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Posted: 22nd September
By: rlf

September 2016

The burning issue in the industry just now is, without doubt, the impact of Brexit. Whilst there are early warning signs of a slowdown in some sectors, with projects being held or, in some cases cancelled, I truly believe that at this juncture no one really knows what the true impact will be. I imagine that by next March/April we will have a clearer understanding of the economy and will be in a better place to give i...

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Posted: 2nd May
By: rlf

May 2016

I do not think I can go into print just now without mentioning the feat of the wonderful Leicester City Football Club. Winning the Premiership is without doubt one of, if not the best, sporting achievements in my lifetime. The biggest thing I have taken from this remarkable accomplishment is that you do not have to be the biggest or the richest to be the best.  What it has proven is that good leadership, uncompromis...

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