We have joined the 5% club

January 2016

This year we have joined The 5% Club, which promotes the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the workforce. Faced with the shortage of skilled workers in the industry we want to support our commitment to developing young people within the industry, alongside our own initiatives with the Forster Skills Academy and our investment in young people in-house. […]

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New apprentices join Forster

December 2015

We were joined by Margo Williamson, Strategic Director at Angus Council, to welcome six new apprentices to our Skills Academy in Brechin. The apprentices have begun their first year of the newly created Modern Apprenticeship (NVQ) qualification in roofing, designed specifically for new-build housing. Maureen Douglas, our Group HR Director said: “To address the shortage of suitably […]

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Discussing the future of renewables in Scotland at Scotland Build 2015

November 2015

Next week we will be in Glasgow for Scotland Build 2015 – a free to attend construction expo at the SECC.  At the expo our Chairman John, will be speaking as part of a panel, discussing “Building to enable Scotland’s renewable energy ambitions” alongside Ian Cuthbert of the Energy Saving Trust, Sepi Golzari-Munro from EG3 and Ken Ross OBE from Ross Development & […]

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Our integrated solar approach recognised at roofing awards

November 2015

We are delighted to have picked up the ‘Solar’ award at the National Federation Roofing Contractor’s (NFRC) annual Scottish Roofing Contractor of the Year Awards, for integrated roofing and solar works at Bellway Homes’, Cowdenbeath development. Our project was recognised by the judges for its pioneering approach to integrating traditional roof tiling with in-roof solar Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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What do DECC changes mean for Scottish businesses?

October 2015

Our Chairman, John Forster, talks about how Scottish businesses will be affected by the proposed DECC changes to the Feed-in Tariff: In only a few short months the solar industry has gone from being the rising star of the renewables revolution to a sector under incredible pressure. Following the UK government’s Department of Energy and […]

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DECC review of the Feed-in Tariff scheme

August 2015

Our Chairman, John Forster, comments on the proposed DECC changes to the Feed-in Tariff: On Thursday 27th August 2015, DECC announced plans to drastically cut subsidies through the Feed-in Tariff scheme which will have damaging effects on the solar industry. However in Scotland there remains strong support politically and commercially and there is still hope […]

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Solar Independence Plan

August 2015

Solar power has seen spectacular growth in Britain and around the world over the last five years. It now provides 1.5% of the UK’s electricity, supporting over 30,000 jobs across the country (including the supply chain). Prices have tumbled rapidly, allowing the Government to cut subsidies by about two-thirds during the lifetime of the last […]

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Cronan Farm gets a solar boost

July 2015

On Friday 3rd July, we welcomed, Murdo Fraser MSP to Cronan Farm, in Perthshire to visit one of our largest solar installations and speak to our team about the benefits for agricultural businesses. Murdo Fraser MSP said, “The solar industry provides a fantastic source of clean, low cost energy that farms like this can benefit from. […]

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