Do you comply with the Modern Slavery Act?

Do you comply with the Modern Slavery Act?

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 became law on 26 March 2015, with a ‘supply chain clause’ being added to the bills to force businesses to make public their efforts to stop the use of slave labour by its suppliers.

Since 29 October 2015, the Transparency in Supply Chain Provisions requires businesses to publish an annual statement if they have an annual turnover above £36 million. The statement must confirm the steps taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in the business or in any supply chain.

On 21 March 2016, the Home Office held a Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) event where an independent civil society modern slavery register, the TISC Report, was announced in order to provide a publicly searchable, accessible registry for companies to share their statements.

What are the legal obligations under the act?

The Modern Slavery Act makes it a criminal offence for a person or organisation to engage in any form of ‘modern slavery’ practices. It requires larger organisations (with an aggregate annual turnover not less than £36m) to publish an annual statement detailing the steps they have taken to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place.

The Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement (the SHT statement) must cover the organisation itself – including parts of the business not based in the UK – and also its entire supply chain. The SHT Statement should be approved by the organisation’s board of directors and signed by a director (or equivalent). A link to the SHT statement should be published in a prominent place on the organisation’s website.

Visit the FIS Modern Slavery Toolkit here 


#iBuiltThis2017 Winners Announced at UK Construction Week

#iBuiltThis2017 Winners Announced at UK Construction Week

On Tuesday 10 October, the winners of the #iBuiltThis2017 competition were announced by Architect and TV Presenter, George Clarke. The Awards were presented during an invitation-only event at the annual industry showcase UK Construction Week at the NEC near Birmingham.

FIS President Steve Coley addressed the audience with an overview of the campaign, thanking the sponsors and partners for supporting the competition. He then handed over to George Clarke, who talked passionately about his involvement with construction and the challenges that we face.

The first award, for the 13 Years and Under category, was sponsored by Building Heroes. Its founder and CEO, Brendan Williams, came onto the stage to accept the award on behalf of the winner, Kendrick Long. Using a mixture of gardening materials, his mum’s chopsticks and Lego bricks, Kendrick created his project ‘New three little pigs’ in a story format.

Sponsored by the Home Builders Federation, the category for 14-18 Years was won by Emily Ash for her project ‘Wall and Cavity Synoptic Testing’. She represents the Brookland College Building Department and also the next generation of bricklayers. Jenny Herdman collected the award on Emily’s behalf.

The category 19 Years and Over was sponsored by Silver Trowel, with representative Colin Teagle coming on stage to present the winner, Carwyn Jones, with his award. Carwyn’s project ‘The Dragon’s Eye’ allows the occupants to enjoy a stunning view of the Welsh landscape.

A Judges’ Award for Excellence was won by Frankie Bicker for his lime and fibrous plastering restoration at the Royal Academy of Arts. As the sponsor of the Award, Lydia Sharples from Nevill Long collected the prize on his behalf.

More #iBuiltThis2017 photos can be found on our Facebook page. If you would like to enter next year’s competition, please email Amanda Scott, Project Manager for FIS Skills: 


London Build 2017

London Build 2017

FIS will be exhibiting at this year’s London Build which takes place on 25-26 October at London Olympia. FIS chief executive David Frise will be speaking at the training workshop on Wednesday 25 October, his session is titled ‘Time to focus on the building as a product’. Joe Cilia, FIS technical manager, will present the session ‘Standards and why they matter’ on Thursday 26 October.

As an event partner, we have secured a 15% discount for our members who wish to book a stand at the two-day exhibition. Simply follow this link to register your details.

Alternatively, register for your free ticket here to visit the Interior and Fit-Out Zone, Skills and Apprenticeship Hub and Digital Demo Hub. With a variety of Summits to attend including Off-Site and Fire Safety, you are guaranteed an informative day.

Don’t forget to come along to Stand P22 to meet a representative of FIS!


Scottish Awards 2017 – Winners Announced

Scottish Awards 2017 – Winners Announced

On Friday 6 October 2017, FIS held its second Scottish Awards Lunch at the Principal George Hotel in Edinburgh. Over 100 members and guests attended the event to hear the winners announced. FIS President Steve Coley opened proceedings by raising a toast to the awards, with the compliments of Forza Doors. Guest speaker and compere Bill Copeland provided the entertainment, ensuring a fantastic time was had by all.

In the Interior Fit-Out category, sponsored by CCF, the Silver Award went to Worksmart Contracts Ltd for its project at Ellis Whittam in Glasgow. The Gold Award went to Veitchi Interiors for the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, also in Glasgow.

The Suspended Ceilings category was sponsored by Nevill Long, with the Silver Award going Brian Hendry Interiors Ltd for its contract at The Control Room, Hunterston B Power Station in West Kilbride. Gold Award went to D V McColl Ltd for its installation at Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock Campus.

In the Plasterwork category, there was just a Gold Award which went to David Fisher & Sons (Edin) Ltd for Botanic Cottage in Edinburgh.

The partitioning category was sponsored by Ocula Systems and Jason Hemingway presented the Gold Award to Worksmart Contracts Ltd for its project at GHA Kingsway Court in Glasgow.

In the Judges’ Award category, sponsored by Minster, the Silver Award was awarded to Veitchi Interiors Ltd for its project at Haddington Place new student accommodation in Edinburgh. The Gold Award winner was Worksmart Contracts Ltd for its contract at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr.

The Apprentice of the Year category was sponsored by Komfort Partitioning. Jim Smith announced that Kieran Tarleton of Roskel Contracts was Runner-Up, with the Winner being Jordan McKay of Brian Hendry Interiors.

Our nominated Charity was Hansel and prizes for the Charity Draw were donated by Brian Hendry Interiors, Scotwood Interiors and Veitchi Interiors. Generous attendees helped to raise £1,552 which was presented to Hansel’s fundraising assistant, Claudia.


From all the team here at FIS, we would like to say congratulations to all winners. Visit our Facebook page to see all the photos from the Scottish Awards Lunch and our Storify page for the event’s Tweets.

The website image gallery can be found here.


Meet the #iBuiltThis2017 Finalists

Meet the #iBuiltThis2017 Finalists

The #iBuiltThis2017 competition closed for entries last week, allowing the website to switch to voting mode. Many votes were cast for all entries across the three age categories over the four-day period, which ended at 11.59pm on Sunday 1 October.

The UK public identified their favourite images, providing three clear finalists for each of the categories to go forward to the judging stage.

Our Judging Panel comprises:

  • Amanda Clack, RICS President
  • Mark Famer, CEO of Cast Consultancy
  • Brendan Williams, Founder and CEO of Building Heroes
  • Steve Coley, FIS President
  • Steve Neilson, Managing Director of Worksmart Contracts Ltd
  • Wyn Prichard, Director of Construction Skills and Business Strategy, NPTC Group
  • Jack Parsons, CEO of

The Judges now have the task of deciding the winner from each of the below categories:

13 Years and Under

  1. Kendrick Long for his project New Three Little Pigs
  2. Evie Van Rensburg for her project My Dinky Fan
  3. Thomas Horner for his project My Scaffold Bed Bunks

14-18 Years

  1. Emily Ash for her project Wall and Cavity Synoptic Testing
  2. Amer Saeed Cheema for his project My Dream House Build
  3. Joseph Horner for his project Whole House Renovation

19 Years and Over

  1. Carwyn Jones for his project The Dragons Eye
  2. Luke Neville for his project The Great Wall Build
  3. James Horner for his project An Epic Shed


We are delighted that George Clarke, Architect and host of Channel 4’s ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’ will announce the three winners live at UK Construction Week 2017 on Tuesday 10 October. To obtain your free tickets to attend the event at the Surface and Materials Show main stage between 4:45 – 5:45 pm, click on this link.

Thank you to all those who entered #iBuiltThis2017 and congratulations to the nine finalists. We look forward to hearing the winners announced!


Encon/Nevill Long to host spray plaster event

Encon/Nevill Long to host spray plaster event

Encon/Nevill Long is hosting a Spray Readymixed Finishing breakfast event, with Knauf, on Thursday 19 October at its West London branch. FIS members are invited to attend free of charge.

Two live demonstrations of the Knauf Airless Finish will take place at 8 am and 10.30 am. Each session will include:

• Full demonstration of Knauf Airless Finish, showing how fast, clean and efficient the system is
• An opportunity to use the spray machine and see the benefits of a premixed finish
• Free breakfast for everyone who attends
• Machine set-up and finishing, with experts on-hand to offer advice on spray machines

The event will take place at Encon/Nevill Long West London, Units 6, 7 & 8 The Griffin Centre, Staines Road, Feltham, Middlesex TW14 0HS

To register your interest, please email with your details, and which session you would like to attend.