Scotland decides this week on its place or otherwise in the UK and just as some might still be undecided, there has been a deluge of reports and warnings that saying yes might get those North of the Border in trouble.
The very latest targeted at the construction industry comes from Barbour ABI with the belief that over £7 billion might be lost. We have a set of authoritative figures that may or may not prove accurate.
As I mentioned last week, in all likelihood changes if and when they do occur are likely to be gradual and far removed from the increasingly dire prospects we have been hearing of late.
There are a number of examples in history where a peaceful separation has occurred without upheavals occurring. One that is close to home for Scotland was when Norway separated from Sweden in 1905 and in more recent times after the end of the Cold War, when Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
It really is a question of revisiting this territory in a year’s time, especially if independence is chosen. One has a feeling that Private Wilson in Dad’s Army may have to eat his words….or porridge oats.
And it’s goodbye to Joe Martoccia, Commercial Director of conservatory systems specialist, Ultraframe.
Although he’s not strictly leaving the industry as he’s joining the timber products business – Performance Timber Products Group as its CEO – he very quickly made himself well known to the sector. He appreciated that conservatories in the UK needed to get away from the rather unimaginative Victorian and Edwardian designs and embrace more modern appearances.
In joining Roy Wakeman, the Founder and Chair of Performance Timber Products Group, he will be part of a formidable team that has already shown it has the products that make timber a far cry from what was produced for the market 20 years ago.
Caption Roy Wakeman (pictured), Chair of Performance Timber Products Group, has done much for modernising timber products and systems for the built environment. He is now joined by Joe Martoccia as CEO.