Welsh construction industry set to grow at ‘triple’ the UK average


The Welsh construction industry is set to grow at nearly triple the UK average annual growth rate, creating over 27,000 jobs in the next five years.

That’s according to the latest industry forecast by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), which predicts an average annual growth rate in output of 7.1% for Wales, compared with 2.5% for the rest of the UK, between 2016 and 2020.

The annual forecast predicts infrastructure projects will substantially drive growth in Wales in the next five years. Developments include Wylfa Newydd, University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s waterside campus in Swansea and a number of major road projects across the country.

Commercial projects such as the Circuit of Wales, BBC Wales’ new head offices in Cardiff and a steady increase in repair and maintenance of existing buildings are also said to be driving growth.

The figures show a strong outlook for the Welsh construction industry, driven by a number of infrastructure projects that have already started or are in the pipeline. All types of training, and especially apprenticeships, will be vital to delivering this pipeline of work.


Source: ITV News





Skipper has a generous range of products to improve Health & Safety in many aspects of the Construction Industry.


Skipper post & base system

A fantastic alternative to a cone



The Skipper post & base system is the amazing system for the successful Skipper product line. Its great versatility allows it to be used on both hard and soft ground, indoors and outdoors.

The unique, interchangeable base allows the post to be sunk into the ground with a spike or attached to its sturdy base for use on hard surfaces. Simply pour water or sand into the base for strength and stability.It is the fast, effective way to cordon off hazardous or restricted areas.


Skipper has a collection of other products that can be added to the Post & Base to create a Safety Management Solution:


  • Skipper Unit with 9m (30ft) of retractable barrier tape (available in 6 colours & 4 tape colours)
  • Spike Base so that the post can be sunk into soft ground or grass
  • A4 Sign Holder allows you to easily display warnings, promotional messages and directions (which is attached on top of the Skipper unit)
  • Rechargeable Safety Light is a multifunctional LED warning light that is fully rechargeable (which is placed on top of the Skipper unit)
  • Recycle Bin for multi-purpose waste and recycling use (which can be attached with our Post & Base Collar)
  • Safety Dispenser for easy access to safety equipment such as ear buds and safety goggles (which can be attached with our Post & Base Collar)



The post is available in: Orange, Red, Silver, Green , Yellow & Blue




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Does your company comply with waste regulations?


Make sure you’re aware and complying with the EU Waste Framework Directive

Regulations for public and private waste collectors now require the separate collection of paper, plastic, metals & glass for recycling.

What does this mean for your business?

Businesses are advised to work with their waste contractors to ensure that dry recyclable waste produced by your business (paper, plastic, metal and glass) is collected separately from other waste (such as food).

If your business does not already separate waste into recyclables and non recyclables, the first step would to begin this process with immediate effect.

The Regulations aim to improve the quantity and quality of recycling across the UK and it is hoped this provision will reduce contamination of recycled material and make better use of natural resources.

The Environment Agency has published information on the regulations which you can view here.

Get the solution from Skipper

Our recycle bin is a perfect solution to these waste management regulations. It works both as a free standing solution, or can be attached to walls, windows or shelves with a variety of attachments that look great in any work environment.

How the Skipper recycle bin can be used




The top 6 reasons to choose a Skipper recycle bin

  1. It’s fantastically priced: The Skipper recycle bin is priced much more affordably than its competitors
  2. It’s versatile: It can attach to a large variety of surfaces, as opposed to other bins which tend to have a single purpose or fitting
  3. An all-plastic construction  makes it much lighter to manoeuvre and transport.
  4. It’s robust: The tough plastic is extremely robust, and does not contain any rust-collecting hinges or fittings
  5. Snap-fit lids keep smells in
  6. No mess: A unique construction allows the sack to pull downwards, rather than up through the lid (which can cause spillages/accidents).




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XS…..ively Beneficial to your Business




XS Unit


On-site safety at your convenience

Health & Safety has become increasingly more important than ever. One major factor is being able to cordon off an area to prevent accidents from happening. This is vital in the following industries/sectors:

  • Mining Operations
  • Petrol Forecourts
  • Roadworks & Local Authorities
  • Construction Sites
  • Car Parks and Retail
  • Events & Queue Management

However, this can be more difficult indoors due to space for the following sectors:

  • Warehousing
  • Factories
  • Residential Housing
  • Cleaning/Janitorial
  • Facilities Management
  • Hospitals & Care
  • Sports, Leisure & Schools


Introducing Skipper’s XS range

XS Residential

XS Unit







The Skipper XS unit has all the great versatility of the standard Skipper unit, but is for use without cones or posts. It has the same 9 metres of retractable tape, as well as new connector points for affixing to its own unique range of accessories including:


The suction pad holder/receiver is designed for use with the Skipper XS unit (although it can be used as a standard tape receiver).  The suction pad can either hold the Skipper XS unit in place, or be used to receive the tape end clip.

Suction Pad






Suction Pad-2








The cord and magnetic receiver is designed for use with the Skipper XS (although it can be used as a standard tape receiver). As well as being able to attach to magnetic surfaces, it can also be tied to pillars using the provided ‘tourniquet’ cord. Once in place the receiver can then either hold the Skipper XS unit in place or be used to receive the tape end clip.cord_1














The clamp holder/receiver is used to attach the Skipper XS unit and/or tape end to angular surfaces such as door frames, work surfaces and racking. It can be clamped in place and tightened by turning the screw.   The clamp holder/receiver can be positioned either horizontally or vertically depending on the desired application.











There are 4 tape colour options:

  • Red & White
  • Yellow & Black
  • Green & White
  • Blue & White



Get in touch today

We can advise you on which Skipper products could help your business comply with Health & Safety standards while looking professional and saving you money.

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Dismissing Waste Management is Rubbish!



Disposing of waste in an environmentally-friendly manner is crucial to your business.


We’re very excited to announce that our new range of waste & safety management products are now available.

Find out more from our website, or the promotional brochure

Skipper’s patent protected waste & safety management products provide a flexible and effective solution, with a wealth of fixing and display options. Being compatible with existing Skipper products makes the waste & safety management range intuitive for people already familiar with Skipper, as well as newcomers.


The range includes recycle bins for multi-purpose waste & recycling use, a safety dispenser which provides easy access to safety equipment such as earplugs and safety glasses, and a hand sanitiser bracket which will hold any dispenser up to a diameter of 75mm.

It is a flexible, fully modular waste management system that can be used individually anywhere or combined with Skipper™ posts and accessories to make a bespoke waste solutionbin_1

These plastic waste bins are available in a range of different colours each supplied with a selection of labels to help you create your own colour-coded recycling systemdisp_2

What makes Skipper’s Waste Management range better than others on the market?

  • Fantastically priced (much lower price than our competitors)
  • Versatile – It can attach to a large variety of surfaces such as:
    • Glass or tiled wall – with our Skipper Suction Cup
    • Skippers Post and base system – with an additional post & base collar
    • Post or Rail – with Skippers Cord Strap Clip
    • Interior or exterior wall – with Skippers Wall Clip
  • Plastic rather than metal making it much lighter to manoeuvre and transport.
  • Robust – very tough plastic material
  • Secure lids keep smells out
  • The system allows the sack to pull downwards rather than up through the lid (which can cause spillages/accidents).


Zero Waste Scotland


Scotland is serious about making the transition to a circular economy, with a national strategy later this year. Working with others, ZWS (Zero Waste Scotland) has been at the forefront of identifying and researching opportunities and putting plans in place to turn the theory into practice. They are helping forward-thinking businesses, ranging from start-ups with innovative ideas to helping well-established businesses adapt their business models or expand their services.


They are also focusing on how the public can engage with different ways of using and reusing things. They recently ran a social media campaign called #MakeThingsLast which tried to get people thinking about new ways to repair, reuse and remanufacture items in everyday use.


Many progressive companies are already heading this way, marrying a combination of expertise, from behaviour change specialists that help companies reduce waste to supply chain and logistics capabilities that help with asset management, and materials and markets knowledge to ensure the maximum value can be extracted from items that are no longer needed.


The University of Edinburgh has refocused its approach to resource use. With the Zero Waste Scotland regulations acting as a catalyst for change, waste management company Biffa’s Edinburgh team has been working with staff and students to integrate zero waste and circular economy thinking across the vast university estate.


Four main questions drive the University’s resource management programme:

  • Do we need to buy it?

The University hosts a reuse portal enabling furniture, IT equipment and books to be redistributed to those who need it.

  1. Do we need the packaging?

The University has been working with its suppliers to cut the amount of packaging and to set up take-back schemes.

  1. Can it be recycled?

When a recyclable material reaches the waste stream, Biffa sorts and recycles it to keep it ‘in the loop’.

  1. Can we avoid landfill?

Waste materials that cannot be recycled are converted into fuel to generate renewable energy.


Source: Materials Recycling World, Volume 204, Issue 18


You must deal responsibly with any waste your business produces in England. This is known as your duty of care’. www.gov.uk

Business waste includes any waste that comes from:

  • any commercial activity – including any you run from your home
  • construction
  • demolition
  • industry
  • agriculture


Get in touch today

Our Skipper team can advise you on which products could help your business comply with Waste Management Guidelines while looking professional and saving you money.

Call us: 0844 412 7757

Email: sales@skippertm.co.uk

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