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Editor’s Comment MATT DOWNS EDITORIAL DIRECTOR MATTDOWNS@MEDIA-NOW.CO.UK COVER PIC: COURTESY OF REDLAND Welcome to the launch issue of Total Contractor, an exciting, new, monthly magazine exclusively for contractors who operate in the roofing, cladding and insulation markets. In what has been a turbulent couple of years for these markets and the wider construction sector in general, now, more than ever, it’s important to not only debate the issues, share opinions and take note of the seemingly constant updates to regulations and technology – which of course we will do in the pages of Total Contractor – but also shine a light on the quality work and impressive projects which contractors carry out every day. Whether they are small residential roof refurbs, or large commercial developments, Total Contractor will focus on the role of the contractor and their work in completing these projects. Above: Truro-based roofer Tom Knight, who was Highly Commended in Redland’s Apprentice of the Year competition 2017, pictured working on site FOLLOW US @TOTCONTRACTORUK SIGN UP FOR YOUR WEEKLY E-BLAST AT WWW.TOTAL-CONTRACTOR.CO.UK Everyone likes a bit of advice from time to time – not that we always take it onboard! – but at Total Contractor we’ll be bringing you regular top tips for best practice both in the office and on site. In this issue, for example, we take a look at what contractors need to consider if they’re thinking of adding a drone to their tool-kit – and there’s a lot more to it than you might think! (p.14); we also hear how smartphone use on site might be more dangerous than you think (p.18); plus, we take a look at some of the options contractors can take to reduce their van insurance costs (p.78). So read on for all this and so much more including how the new dry-fix Standard BS 6812 might impact you (p.20); plus we hear one contractor’s strong views on the growing gulf between justified and unjustified material price rises (p.82). NEW A PRIC C£C£OMP£GET £AY£DA£O£T£D£ARISO £PA ON £T Matt LOW PRICE Advertising Publishing Director: Andy Dunn: DD: 01892 732 047 Mob: 07963 330777 Email: Registered office: 1 Forstal Road, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7AU Commercial Manager: Jake Roxborough DD: 01892 732 047 Mob: 07956 133314 Email: The content of Total Contractor magazine (and website) does not necessarily reflect the views of the editor or publishers and are the views of its contributors and advertisers. The digital edition may include hyperlinks to third-party content, advertising, or websites, provided for the sake of convenience and interest. The publishers accept no legal responsibility for loss arising from information in this publication and do not endorse any advertising or products available from external sources. No part of this publication may be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system without the written consent of the publishers. All rights reserved. NOW FROM ONL LY £3 Y 45 * per leaf Including delive ery Supported by: ORDER 10 TO DELIVERY FROM A FAST W T D im a o me yrking s Lead * Be choose Made for Tr rade G CE Email: bif Call: 01642 610799 Aluminium Bi-F old Doors Fax: 01642 671026 * Per leaf price is unglazed and may vary depending on size and spec cification of the door. L ead time is based on a standard colour. MARCH 2018 TC 3

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