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Posted: 11 Oct. 2008,21:52 QUOTE

Cash is king ! Long live the king (with VAT of course)

Thats the bankers (cockney rhyming slang) sorted out then.

Lets hope that now we are shareholders in our banking system our kids will not have the opportunity to borrow/lend/lease/expect/want all that has been offered far too easily in the last decade or so.


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Posted: 11 Oct. 2008,23:28 QUOTE

Yes,to correct myself i of course wasnt advocating that contractors should avoid their tax liabilities,just that if they have accumulated some wealth over the years,that they should pay attention to in what form it is deposited.

we dont know how this will all pan out (i'm sure the advocates of the new world order do) but why trust others to look after our hard won gains in this current climate ?
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Posted: 12 Oct. 2008,08:08 QUOTE

I am lucky enough to have a wife who spends enough to keep us from having any savings. she invests heavily in....shoes, hand bags, cosmetics etc:  :(

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Posted: 12 Oct. 2008,09:30 QUOTE

Quote (seanandruby @ 12 Oct. 2008,08:08)
I am lucky enough to have a wife who spends enough to keep us from having any savings. she invests heavily in....shoes, hand bags, cosmetics etc: :(

welcome to my world sean :)
i find it vaguely irritating and amusing in equal measure that the meejuh that for the last 10 year has been telling us to spend spend spend ,is now full of stuff like " how to beat the crunch" "ten easy ways to swap your house for a packet of cheese and onion crisps" and " 5 sunday dinners from roadkill and weeds"
as my mrs says "they run with the hare,but come back with the hound"
LLL :;):


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Posted: 21 Nov. 2008,22:58 QUOTE

no respite in sight down these parts.
a lot of good lads are signing on round here now for the first time in 17 years or ever

i still cannot fathom why we, the british public bailed the banks out,and now they are turfing people out of homes they have been paying for, for  years and years

its happening to a m8 right now,18 years he has had the house but he just got knocked for 20 K. main contractor went bust

now the very same bank that we gave billions of quid to has given him 2 months to pay or he's out

summat not right here ???
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Posted: 22 Nov. 2008,08:58 QUOTE

Bloody hell, poor lad, I hope things work out for him, especially at this time of year.

Next year is going to be very tough; we suffered very badly in the early 90's, lost a damn sight more than 20k. This time round we are much smaller and should be able to ride out a storm.

There is a new housing development nearby - they've sited the sales portakabin and landscaped the surrounding area and that's it, no building or infrastructure works going on - the sales dolly sits in the office all day long with no-one going into see her and buy off-plan. Must be some long old days for her. Best thing is, she drives a shiny black Range Rover Sport! Talk about sending out the wrong signals eh??


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Posted: 22 Nov. 2008,09:09 QUOTE

its going to get a lot worse. when it happened to me the last time around i bought a caravan cheap moved onto an all year round site . i was there for two years paying 50 a week, saved a few quid then back on the ladder. happiest two years ever. all i had were the clothes  i stood up in, a car and tools. im not saying it would be that easy for everyone but don't lose heart, keep busy, cut back on spending. dont worry about material things you can always get it again.  :)

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Posted: 22 Nov. 2008,17:25 QUOTE

you come into the world naked and you go out the same way, i feel for this fella though he has been working on 1.5 million pound flats in central London,which wont shift,the 20 k was all his extras over 18 months work which was agreed to be paid at the end.

no doubt the developer will still be driving round in his porsche cayenne :angry:

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Posted: 23 Nov. 2008,12:22 QUOTE

Shortly to be taken away by men with a tow truck.....(I used to do that job!!!!

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Posted: 23 Nov. 2008,17:55 QUOTE

Quote (acechadwick @ 23 Nov. 2008,11:22)
Shortly to be taken away by men with a tow truck.....(I used to do that job!!!!

Bet you were popular some days!!!  :angry:

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Posted: 19 Feb. 2010,20:22 QUOTE

it all seems to have ground to a juddering halt agin
we have work for a couple of months but the general consensus amongst my peers is that there is nothing happening around these parts
london seems to be the only place with work happening
and by "work" I dont mean working for 12.50 an hour for one of the multinationals
I mean work for individual clients ,people like us

how is it in your neck of the woods?
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Posted: 19 Feb. 2010,22:01 QUOTE

well boyos of to norfolk pasport in hand the cookie crew are on the road again long hibernation lots of good jobs coming in just nneed to win them website works well for me shows what they can have if they leave the cowboys alone :D  :;):

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Posted: 19 Feb. 2010,22:53 QUOTE

few things lined up but kicking myself didn;t put board up on job on busy road because of dodgy brickwork being built on my footings, called in today and said they had had 4 enquires. guy has asked the builder to change the brickies said he's not having one of them back on site.

see what the better weather brings....

missed a job and a kinda mate got it, hes laying indjun stone on 10-1 sharp sand bed 30mm deep bed on 100mm mot for a driveway guys got a 110 county i see trouble ahead...


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Posted: 19 Feb. 2010,23:36 QUOTE

You should tell your kinda mate that he's a sorta ar#ehole Giles. As for work I'm getting it super tight hand to mouth stuff almost although I have no debt or HP to pull me under doing allsorts of shitty work and phone is very quiet. Just need to get though the next 4-5 weeks.

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Posted: 20 Feb. 2010,01:40 QUOTE

I have around 4 to 5 weeks of work booked in and have had a few enquires in last week or two. Hopefully I will get some more and turn them into work.

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Posted: 20 Feb. 2010,11:55 QUOTE

Well ive just started work again after 6 months laid off so things are looking up.

Just hope it lasts!


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Posted: 20 Feb. 2010,19:26 QUOTE

paid off another couple of boys on Thursday, things ain't good.

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Posted: 22 Feb. 2010,00:12 QUOTE

It *is* picking up again - trust me! I can tell by the number of emails that have come in over the past week and the increased number of site visitors.

Be patient, compadres. Sunny days are just around the corner!  :D


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Posted: 15 May 2010,07:23 QUOTE

Upside i'm off to terminal 2, should be 2/3 years work there for me. Downside had my rate chopped yet again. That's 3 times in a year. Beats the other option though.... redundancy.

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Posted: 15 May 2010,08:46 QUOTE

Kicked off really well once we got rid of the ice and have priced more jobs than ever before but very few of them are coming back.  
A lot of people seem to have no concept of how much things are going to cost and the rogues out there certainly dont help.  Priced a full back garden at 13,000 complete with full spec for all works.  Customer came back and said they are getting it done for 5000!!! There words "no they havent provided a spec but we dont think the end product will be that different".  Gutted to loose the job but ill be very interested to keep an eye on the job as it progresses - see if any 'fixing work comes out of it.
Only a couple of weeks work booked in at the minute which is a bit concerning this time of year.
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