NFRC RoofTop Podcast
Episode 8 ft Katie O’Neill from RSPB

Episode 8 ft Katie O’Neill from RSPB

March 29, 2021

Did you know that the UK saw a 53 per cent decline in the swift population between 1995 and 2016? Swifts tend to nest in gaps high-up on homes and in other buildings, and when these buildings are refurbished, these swifts have nowhere to nest. The good news is we are working with the RSPB to help do our bit to reverse the decline, by helping to raising awareness amongst the roofing industry, and encourage the installation of swift nest boxes.

In this episode of NFRC’s podcast, RoofTop, we interview Katie O’Neil, from RSPB’s Scotland’s Edinburgh Swift City Project, to discuss what more roofers can do to help. We also talk through some of the winning projects from the UK Roofing Awards 2020 and discuss NFRC’s Accident Statistics.

Episode 7 Reverse Charge VAT Special

Episode 7 Reverse Charge VAT Special

February 11, 2021

The way VAT is collected in the construction industry is going to radically change on 1st March 2021. On this ‘tax special’ episode we interview NFRC’s tax partner Liz Bridge from the Joint Taxation Committee all about the changes. Liz talks us through everything you need to know about Reverse Charge VAT, what you need to do prepare and where you can find more information.

Episode 6 ft Fergus Harradence

Episode 6 ft Fergus Harradence

January 28, 2021

In this episode, we interview the Deputy Director for Construction at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Fergus Harradence about the UK government’s new ‘Construction Playbook’. The is the government’s blueprint of how it intends to procure public sector construction projects going forward – from schools, to hospitals to prisons – this playbook will cover it. Find out in this podcast what this will mean for specialists and suppliers, and what to do to prepare. Also in this episode we discuss working in windy conditions and what precautions need to be taken, based on NFRC latest guidance note. We also go through the latest roofing news including the latest on the UK Roofing Awards, an leading industry figure who has received an MBE in the New Years Honours, and the continued problem of lead theft.

Episode 5 ft Ulrich Marx

Episode 5 ft Ulrich Marx

December 22, 2020

In this bumper Christmas special, NFRC CEO James Talman interviews the CEO of the German Roofing Contractors Association (ZDVH). James discusses with Ulrich the professional reputation roofing has in Germany and what the UK can learn from Germany in this regard. They also review 2020 from both a UK and German perspective and look ahead to 2021.

Episode 4 ft Maria Coulter

Episode 4 ft Maria Coulter

November 30, 2020
In the latest episode of RoofTop—the only dedicated roofing podcast in the UK—we interview ‘construction coach’ and mentor, Maria Coulter. Maria is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor who works with SMEs and micro-businesses to help them to maximise their profits and stand out from their competition.
Episode 3 ft Richard Miller

Episode 3 ft Richard Miller

October 29, 2020

In this episode, we discuss safe winter working during the pandemic, which regions of the UK are construction 'hotspots' upcoming changes to the way the self-employed are taxed, as well as a the fire risk of ‘CLASP’ school building and the NFRC’s recent guidance on this.

We also interview the NFRC's Head of Qualifications and Standards, Richard Miller, who started out his career 'on the tools' as a felt roofer. He talks to us about how he got involved in the sector and his progression into the world of skills, qualifications and standards. We then discuss RoofCERT and its importance for the industry, especially in light of future building safety changes on the horizon.

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Episode 2 ft Prof Noble Francis

Episode 2 ft Prof Noble Francis

September 29, 2020

We interview the esteemed Professor Noble Francis, Economic Director at the Construction Products Association (CPA). Noble talks us through the most recent Construction Scenarios published by the CPA, and what this could mean for the roofing industry. Do listen and share with your colleagues.

Episode 1 ft James Talman

Episode 1 ft James Talman

August 27, 2020

News and information about the UK roofing industry from NFRC plus interview with NFRC CEO James Talman on the industry including how it has coped with the Covid-19 outbreak and his ambitions for the future.

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