May’s event was kicked off by our MD Jason Roper with some good news for MPG, our very own Jordan Roper passing her exams to become a qualified Mortgage Advisor, a feat made ever more impressive in the fact she had done so while being 6 months pregnant.
First up to speak this month was Michelle Dale of UHY Hacker Young who chose VAT and Construction Services as her update topic, very relevant to all of our Developers in the room with changes to the liability coming into effect later this year.
These rule changes will have certain exceptions but will still have an impact on the zero-rated construction industry.
If you have any questions please contact Michell by email: - email@example.com.
Our second guest speaker of the day was Mark Riley who is the Commercial Manager at Connell Brothers Limited. Connells have been partners of MPG from the very beginning and have worked with many of our Members and Partners over the years.
Coming into the event with a topic of day advertised as “Asbestos – The Truth!”, Mark mixed things up by starting with an brief overview of Connell’s history before moving on to explain more of the specialist services they can provide including High Reach, Floor by Floor and Hand Separation but to name a few.
Flicking through his slides Mark showed some Manchester landmarks which Connell’s have worked on over the years with mixed emotions from the attendees. A slide showing the demolition of the famous Hacienda was met with some whispers of disappointment (no surprises there) before a photo appeared of a half demolished Main Road Football Stadium, being the former home to Manchester City you can imagine the heckling which followed!!!
Switching to a slightly more serious note with some key pieces of advise for any developers who are faced with a demolition project on a site they own, the biggest advise was to always carry out a full Refurbishment & Demolition Survey (R&D Survey) as failure to do so can be incredibly costly down the line.
Other notable things to consider are the planning permission process prior to demolition and even things which sound so simple as the disconnection of services can be more time consuming and complex than you could imagine.
For further information please contact Mark Riley: - firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner of this month’s champagne draw sponsored by Landmark Development Solutions was guest Ali Kader of Richmond Property, with the meal for two at The Albert Square Chop House going to Dean Gormley of Irwin Mitchell.
We look forward to seeing you all at our next event taking place on Thursday 6th June when we will hear from Adam Docwra, Director of New Homes at Purple Bricks.
If you are not a member but are interested to get involved with MPG please contact us today email@example.com and we would be more than happy to provide information on our membership options and upcoming vents.
We look forward to seeing you all in June!!!
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