Tuesday, 19 January 2016

A Guide to North London Markets

Markets... London's got plenty of them! For once, we're not talking about the construction market... we've moved on to more... "enjoyable" research! From foodie havens to little known vintage collectors stalls, we've rounded up a few of North London's best markets.

  • One of London's most famous markets, Camden splits into Camden Lock Market and Camden Stables Market. Both are open seven days a week with stalls selling clothes, jewellery, gifts and more. 
  • International food stalls are prevalent and many small, independent stores also trade in the surrounding area. The area caters largely to the tourist market, so expect plenty of Union Jack-heavy merchandise on the main streets. 
  • A word of warning; Camden Town Station is exit only 1pm-5pm on Sundays and at other busy times, so be prepared to walk to nearby Mornington Crescent or Chalk Farm. 
  • Open every day.
Crouch End
  • Once a month, North London Vintage Market pitches up at St Mary's Parish Hall in Crouch End/Muswell Hill
  • There's over 20 carefully hand-picked stallholders selling mid-century ceramics, vintage fabrics, retro furniture, homewares, kitchen items, clothing, books, curiosities and loads more. 
  • Open monthly - check the website for upcoming dates. 
  • Islington Farmer's Market was London's first farmer's market, and has over 30 stalls each week. Producers all come from within 100 miles of the M25, and strict rules mean that they must raise, grow or bake everything they sell themselves. 
  • There's a full list of London farmer's markets run by the same organisation here
  • Open every Sunday, 10am-2pm.
Alexandra Palace

      Wednesday, 13 January 2016

      UK Construction Market Update - December

      As final construction market data comes in, all signs point to a strong finish for 2015. The Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI registered 57.8 in December 2015, a marked increase on the 55.3 seen in November 2015, which was a 7 month low.

      This exceeded the expectations forecast by many economists of a only a slight increase in December. This suggests a strong outlook for construction activity in 2016, with firms also optimistic as improving UK economic conditions continue to boost the demand for commercial projects.

      Monday, 4 January 2016

      Changes to the CSCS Profiled Route

      The CSCS Profiled Route was introduced in 2011 and was intended for construction site managers or supervisors who have on site experience but do not hold a nationally recognised qualification in construction.

      Since 2011 over 2,000 CSCS cards have been issued via the Profiled Route with applicants only required to submit evidence of their experience for independent review to qualify for a card.

      On this basis the Profiled Route does not support industry’s desire to qualify the workforce, therefore CSCS will stop accepting new Profiled Route applications from 1st April 2016.