RIDGWAY – Back to Full Strength!Posted Thursday August 6th 2020
At RIDGWAY, we are back to full strength with all employees back working and fleet utilisation strong as the construction industry gets into full swing.
We remained open during lockdown supplying plant hire for construction sites and other essential services throughout the UK with a reduced staff and are pleased to have everyone back as we have seen demand for both our PLANT HIRE and USED PLANT SALES grow throughout July.
With the industry still gaining ground lost to the lockdown, construction activity in July grew at its fastest rate for nearly five years and looks to grow even more with new changes to planning announced by Government today.
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Reform of Planning System Announced by the Government
Robert Jenrick, the Housing Secretary, revealed today, a complete overhaul of the country’s planning system to deliver much needed homes across the UK. New developments will be built quicker by ensuring local housing plans are developed and agreed in 30 months – down from the current 7 years.
Brian Berry, Chief Executive, FMB, says: “Local, small builders are ready and waiting to play their part in delivering the homes, jobs, and growth we need if we are to ‘build, build, build’ our way to recovery”.
Boost for Construction
The changes will be a major boost to the construction industry and allow house builders and the supply chains to play a vital role in Britain’s recovery and growth helping support jobs and training opportunities for apprentices.
This is welcome news to businesses as they continue to recover across the UK. After an uncertain few months, many companies are beginning to feel more confident as industry resumes.
Builders’ merchant group Travis Perkins have stated levels of trading almost back to 2019 levels and has seen business continue to recover well with good demand.
Construction Continues to Operate Safely
“The response from the construction industry has been excellent. The Construction Leadership Council quickly produced clear and detailed guidance on how the industry could operate safely which has been regularly updated and is complemented by more bespoke guidance from other trade bodies. Combined with the Government’s guidance for the construction sector and advice from the HSE the industry has a thorough framework for operating in a way that is COVID Secure.” says Ian McKinnon, Managing Director, CHAS
Nationwide Plant Hire & Contract Hire
The whole team at RIDGWAY are ready and waiting for your call to arrange the safe delivery of plant machinery to sites nationwide!
Get in touch now to discuss how we can help with your plant hire, haulage & sales requirements
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We will be monitoring advice given by the UK Government and will update our services accordingly.
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