Apprenticeship Levy Incentive or Deterrent?

Published by Marketing on September 21, 2016 at 1:23 PM


Regular readers will be aware of my commitment to training generally, and Apprenticeships in particular. It is an issue that particularly affects the Construction Industry which has a well recognised skills shortage issue. I have in past columns reflected that proactive training strategies can form a key element of attracting...

An integrated supply chain – where does the contractor sit?

Published by Marketing on November 11, 2016 at 12:08 PM


So a few months after the Brexit vote, the UK economy continues to defy the naysayers within the Westminster/City bubbles. Whilst the devaluation of sterling will ultimately bring inflationary pressures to bear, Mr and Mrs Average Briton quietly go about their business as usual, with no discernable deterioration in consumer...

Tony Burke, Smoke and Mirrors - or a Serious Policy Review

Published by Marketing on January 5, 2017 at 10:39 AM


Following my last column which discussed – amongst other topics - the often ‘hit and miss’ nature of communication within the supply chain, I would like to extend the observation a little further, hopefully you will agree this is not too tenuous....

Tony Burke | The Benefits of Partnering

Published by Marketing on April 7, 2017 at 9:38 AM


The benefits of partnering – who gains most?...

Avonside Inaugural Apprentice of the Year - Jamie Barry, First to Receive Name on Plaque

Published by Marketing on May 25, 2017 at 2:05 PM


Avonside are proud to announce that Jamie Barry was recently awarded Apprentice of the year 2016 by Avonside’s Managing Director Tony Burke. With this, comes a trophy to recognise his achievement, Jamie’s name on the official Apprentice of the Year plaque and a £250 voucher of his choice....

Tony Burke - Isn't it great to be busy!

Published by Marketing on October 12, 2017 at 10:56 AM


Caution is required as we, as an industry, focus upon meeting the demands of our housebuilding clients as they attempt to deliver the increased numbers that society and government targets require from them....

Tony Burke - Increased Labour Costs or Increased Training Costs – Either Way Increased Costs

Published by Marketing on November 30, 2017 at 4:34 PM


As many of you will no doubt have read in national press and media - the government, earlier this year announced support for the housebuilding and local authority’s sectors to construct more homes. With the demand for housebuilding projects increasing and the structural demographic demand increasing for us to construct...