During the pandemic there has been some issues with the availability of products to meet demand. This has been due to manufacturers requiring to cease operations during the pandemic and more recently delays at ports. In the main, Members have managed to source plumbing and heating supplies without too much difficulty. However, we do not yet know the implications of Brexit on tariffs and exchange rates and COVID may continue to have implications for the supply chain for some time.
SNIPEF has met with John Newcomb, Chair of the Product Availability Group (PAG) which was set up earlier this year to work with merchants, manufacturers and housebuilders to identify where there were already or anticipated to be supply shortages and to attempt to resolve them.
There are currently 3 categories of product: electrical appliances, timber and roofing materials where issues with supply have been identified. At this point in time there appears to be no availability issues on core plumbing and heating problems with the exception of some imported sanitaryware.
PAG is recommending that those working in the sector and construction as a whole should forward plan and secure stock with merchants.
SNIPEF will maintain regular dialogue with PAG and we are asking that where Members do experience issues in obtaining products or where there are significant price increased, that they contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you know what actions your business needs to take from 1 January to ensure legal compliance around data protection and intellectual property? See Point 9 in the Brexit Checklist for what you need to do to comply.
Plans for a Scottish replacement for European Structural Funds after EU exit have been published.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take.
There will be changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland when the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into effect on 1 January 2021.
To help with this, you can sign up for the free Trader Support Service. This service will guide you through changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and how you bring goods into Northern Ireland from outside the UK. The service can also complete declarations on your behalf.
When the Northern Ireland Protocol comes into effect on 1 January 2021, the Customs Declaration Service will be used for declarations on the movements of goods to or from Northern Ireland, including goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
The UK Government has prepared a UK Transition Toolkit which groups key messages and downloadable assets by business sector (and includes general business messaging). This is intended to support business advisors when engaging with businesses around readiness activities.
With Brexit looming, the UK Government has created a Brexit Readiness List to equip you with any upcoming changes which may affect your business, family and personal circumstances. All you have to do is answer a few questions to get a personalised list of actions.
Click here for your personalised list.
The Construction Leadership Council also has a useful dedicated news page for Brexit updates. View it here.