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PCA Weekly News - 30th July 2022

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • Introducing our new website
  • Comparison Tests put Diagnostic System 'On-Top'!
  • Highlights from the Recent Conference
  • Invasive weeds hitting the headlines
  • Update on the Upcoming Conference Programme
  • Next LIVE Webinar - Invasive Weed Management: are we winning?
  • HSE Advice - Use of ladders
  • New Apprenticeship Dates Available
  • The PCA is recruiting!

Introducing our new website

On Wednesday evening this week, we quietly rolled out the launch our new website!

This new, improved and massively expanded online presence is the first stage (of several launches to come) that we hope helps to expand the PCA's presence and voice online while also improving the user experience and knowledge offered to the many homeowners and professionals that regularly come to the website for expertise. 

To view the new website, simply click on the button below. 

View the new website >>

Comparison Tests put Diagnostic System 'On-Top'!

With new laws being considered that make landlords more accountable for the condition of their rented accommodation, it probably comes as no surprise to many of our PCA members about the rise in interest in the Property Care Associations ‘Condensation & Mould Diagnostics’ kit.

However, what was a nice surprise recently was the comparison tests by Wolverhampton University that has put the PCA's Diagnostic Kit 'on top' as best product.

To find out more about the tests, check out our CEO's blog...


Highlights from the Recent Conference

Our THANKS again to all our members who helped to make the first conference we have had in 3 years a wonderful success.  

We now have some video highlights from the day that features some of our members and some international guests that we hope you might enjoy. Simply click on the button below to view.

We hope to see many of you again for the '2022 Property Care Conference' in September.

View the video >>

Invasive weeds hitting the headlines

Has anyone else noticed lately that Invasive weeds seem to be a popular theme in various national news outlets recently? The last three weeks has seen an explosion in articles on invasive weed subjects by the Mail, Express, Guardian, Telegraph and Sun.

On one level this is ‘good news’ but we note that all these articles are typically full of inaccuracies and some are quite misleading.  We don’t recommend our members refer to Japanese knotweed as a ‘Triffid’!!  Perhaps we have to accept that it will always be thus.  If these articles generate enquiries we have the perfect platform to set the record straight and promote high standards of management.  If you see any articles you think are of interest, please send them in!

To view some of the articles in question, click on the links within the text above.

Update on the Upcoming Conference Programme

For the upcoming ‘2022 International Property Care Conference’ on 22nd September, we now have a draft programme on the website for members to view.  The finalised programme will be published soon.

This year, the structure of the conference is a 'little different' compared to previous years. It is however, packed with learning & knowledge and we hope you can join us as we bring together leading professionals on topics that look towards building adaptation, better preservation while embracing new means to access and survey buildings and property.  

We are anticipating the event to be busy. To find out more and to book your place, contact Sue Uttridge on 01480 400001 / or click on the button below.

Find out more >>

Next LIVE Webinar - Invasive Weed Management

Are we winning the battle against non-native invasive plants such as Japanese knotweed? What have we learned and what do we still not know … and … what role will new legislation play to help better control invasive weeds? 

To find out the answers and more, we hope you can come and join us between 9-10am on 25th August 2022 for our next live webinar broadcast...

Find out more >>

HSE Advice - Use of ladders

The latest annual workplace fatality statistics show that falls when working at height remain the most common kind of workplace fatality across all industries.

Off the back of the recent stats, HSE has updated its guidance on the safe use of ladders at work that we thought might be useful for our members.  It includes

•    more detail on competency, and what that means for ladder users and those managing ladder use on site
•    key safety advice for using telescopic ladders
•    practical tips for using combination and multi-purpose ladders
•    good practice for securing ladders

To find out more, click on the button.

Find out more >>

New Apprenticeship Dates Available

We are pleased to announce new dates at the end of August for the 'Structural Waterproofing Apprenticeship'. Your Association continues to invest and adapt in the Apprenticeship Programme and we have recently redeveloped the content to improve the quality of our training and to improve the 'valuable' onsite experience.

With a growing skills shortage in our industry, there has never been a more important time to invest in your staff. And what's more, members can take advantage of the Skills & Training Fund through CITB too.

For more information on the Apprenticeship Programme and to secure a place for the Structural Waterproofing Apprenticeship starting on 30th August, get in touch with Jade on or call 01480 400000

Find out more >>

The PCA is recruiting!

The success and continued growth of the Property Care Association and the decision of our Technical Manager for Invasive Weeds, to phase in his retirement, means we are now looking for an enthusiastic and energetic candidate to strengthen our technical team. Could this be you? To find out more about what the role entails, click on the button below. Alternatively, contact Sue on 400000.

Click for more info >>

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