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The PDA Notice Board will bring you the latest news and updates about our association and also the wider issues and concerns across our industry reported on by Head Office staff and Committee Members.

Further information can be found on all of these campaigns and initiatives on the PDA website. If you have an opinion or question on the topics discussed contact Head Office on 024 7635 3776.

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• Construction output rose by 2.6% in Q3 2013 compared to Q2, according to revised data from the Office for National Statistics. However housing repair and maintenance activity was static quarter-on-quarter.

available for your family to pay the urgent bills if you die. Safeguard your family now by joining the HMCA Life Extra Plan. The plan is a ten year term life plan which provides £5,000 in the event of death due to any cause. Special rates are available for PDA Members. Interested? Telephone: 01423 866985 email:

General Meeting All members are advised that the Financial General Meeting of the Association will take place immediately prior to the National Council Meeting on 19 March at Novotel, Fishergate, York. To approve the amendments made to the Constitution and Rules of the Association as discussed at the 2013 AGM.


• New orders were static in Q3 2013 after a strong rise in Q2. Strongest growth was seen for industrial construction new orders (+32%).

• Growth in workforce jobs in construction accelerated to 1.7% in Q3 2013 compared with Q2, taking the total to 2.07 million

• The Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) edged down to 62.1 in December from 62.6 in the previous month.

Check it out New consumer website now offers a free, independent checklist on

how to choose a quality painter and decorator, sponsored by the Painting and Decorating Association. Kate Faulkner, MD of the website explains “I set the site up as I was fed up of people not having easy access to independent information about how to carry out a property project and especially choose an expert rather than a rogue trader”. Unfortunately in Kate’s experience consumers don't always think carefully about choosing who they

National Insurance Contributions (NICs) cuts introduced in April 2014 Across the UK 1.25 million small businesses and charities will benefit from the new Employment Allowance on employer NICs to be introduced in April 2014. National Minimum Wage: Rogue businesses named and shamed! From October 2013 employers who fail to pay the NMW will be named and shamed under revamped plans to make it easier to clamp down on rogue businesses. Card transactions tracked by HMRC A new crackdown on tax evasion will make information on all credit and debit card payments to UK businesses available to HMRC for the first time. Stay Safe Online help Cyber crime and security is something which affects many small businesses. Over the last year alone 87 per cent of small businesses suffered a cyber security breach at an average cost of between £35,000 and £65,000. Visit for a wealth of information and simple things to put into practise.

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Rest and relaxation GREAT DISCOUNTS AND EXCLUSIVE OFFERS FOR YOU R&R is an exclusive offer for Marriott partners only. As a PDA member you can benefit from fantastic savings at Marriott hotels across the UK! Kick start this year by staying true to your New Year’s resolution to get fit! As a PDA member

allow into their home and ensuring the person they do choose has pride in their work and really cares about doing a great job for homeowners. Kate says "We are delighted to work alongside the Painting and Decorating Association and look forward to helping to promote the members to the public.

you can join one of Marriott’s 41 Leisure Clubs located throughout the UK with no joining fee, no contract and a discount of 15% off full peak monthly membership! Perhaps you’ve promised to lower your handicap in 2014? Marriott offers PDA members

10% discount off 7 day golf monthly membership rates at participating Marriott Hotel & Country Clubs so you can get closer to a winning golf swing! What’s more these fantastic discounts are also available to your spouse or partner plus 2 x 7 day passes to give to friends and family worth up to £210 when you join! In addition to these membership offers you can also enjoy a 25% saving or more when you

book a Friday night or two night weekend Stay for Breakfast™ break. If you’re jetting off on holiday, save on Park Here, Fly There packages which includes one night’s accommodation and up to 15 days parking at hotels strategically located at airports across the UK. Keep a look out for more new and exciting special offers throughout the year!

For terms and conditions and more information on the wide range of offers available to you call 0845 600 0072 and ask for promotional code GYX, or visit the website Don’t forget to take your ID with you when you check in!

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