CDM Regs – What does this mean for trades business owners?

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 were brought about to improve overall Health & Safety within the construction industry. Prior to the 2015 review of the regs, there was often confusion as to who was responsible for site safety leading to an unacceptable level of incidents and accidents occurring.

The new regs brought about significant change to resolve this and now a Principle Contractor (PC) is appointed for every construction job who must control safety for all site activities. Despite the glamorous name, the role of PC could very easily be assigned to any trade on-site meaning that you could be appointed as the PC or the responsible person.

The other significant change to the new regs includes a broader approach to the type of activity that is enforceable under the new regs. ANY construction activity from the simplest of tasks such as installing electrics or plumbing at domestic premises now falls under the CDM umbrella meaning that someone will have to take on the role as PC.

The rules for notifying the authorities of construction work have also altered significantly.

If you are any tradesperson working in any construction-related sector then you need to be aware of how the new CDM regs affect your work plans. Don’t get caught out, contact us for more detailed support.

Crab Insight – April 2022


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Welcome to Crimson Crab’s April Insight:

Financial checklist

Welcome to the April edition of Crab Insight

Whether it’s bringing it in or paying it out, looking after the money is the highest priority for most businesses. This is why they’ll have in place people, systems and processes to ensure that they are (and remain) solvent.

But for busy people in smaller companies who don’t have access to big-company levels of expertise and support, getting a handle on all of the things that might present a financial risk – while not wasting time on the things that don’t – can be tricky.

And it’s because it’s time consuming and sometimes difficult to understand what matters and what doesn’t – particularly if the law’s involved – that we’ve developed our self-assessment financial checklist.

Completing this checklist will let you’ll know if there any gaps in your financial controls and whether you need to take action to close them. It’s quick and easy to use and available now on our website. There’s no need to register and we don’t make or keep any record of your results. They’re for your own use.

Thriving businesses concentrate on the things that matter. Our checklist will help them do that.


Top tip: Knowing where you are now will make reaching your business destination so much easier to achieve.


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Crab Insight – March 2022

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Welcome to the March edition of Crab Insight

As successful business people know, building a brand is more than logos and straplines. It’s about a company’s ethos and values; backing up customer commitments; and going the extra mile.

Fitting strongly into what makes a brand work is using straight-forward language in all your documentation. Your clients need to know that their contract with you is fair and honest; how to exercise their rights; and how to go about putting things right if they go wrong.


Claudia Crab’s March Focus

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“Customers need to know what it is they’re buying and the terms on which it’s being sold.”

“All things being equal, people will do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like, and trust.” – Bob Burg, author, Endless Referrals. 

Using Plain English – in things like terms and conditions, warranties, privacy notices, or how to complain – isn’t just a nice to have, it makes great business sense too.

A brilliant starting point for checking how straight-forward it is to do business with your company is to get a member of your family or a friend to read the documentation that you give to customers. If the people who already know and like what you do can’t understand what’s there, the chances are that your clients won’t either.



Top tip: Providing your clients with all the right information, in an easily digestible form, will make it more straightforward for them to do business with you.


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Who is responsible for what in my business?

Who is responsible for what in my business

To understand who is responsible for what within your business, it’s important to know about the key roles in action.

We’re talking about the four primary functions of a business: Human Resources, Finance, Marketing and Production.

Each of these areas is separate from one another so it’s crucial to demonstrate an understanding of their differences and who is responsible for the delivery in these departments.

For some companies, particularly those that are small enterprises, the responsibility for these key areas may lie with one person, such as the business owner.

However, for medium to large enterprises, there may be a team of people responsible for key day-to-day functions, with someone being the overall head for the business’s activity.

But whatever the size of a company, there will always be someone responsible and held to account for an element of an organisation; it’s the basic principle behind managing and leading a business.

If a company fails to operate on sound managerial practice and ethical principles, which are supported by a framework of applicable policies and strategies, it will struggle to achieve results and develop.

By having a clear understanding of who is responsible for what within your business – which is supported by documentation – your business operations are likely to be consistently seamless.

It takes time to list all the different responsibilities within a business and to agree on who is responsible for what, but there are numerous benefits in recording this.

Why is it important to know your responsibilities?

The running of your business will depend on your team’s understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

When someone understands their duties, they have a greater ability to complete and deliver on their assigned tasks efficiently.

Knowing your responsibilities won’t only prevent any duplication in work, but it will allow you to focus on your key areas as you will have peace of mind that someone is focusing on another important element of business.

Why is it important to manage responsibilities effectively?

Managing the responsibilities across areas of your business – and delegating tasks to people – all come with solid and stable governance.

Governance refers to the structures and processes that are designed to ensure people are held accountable for the work they are expected to complete.

With governance, transparency and empowerment are more paramount. This is essential when it comes to establishing who is responsible for what.

By understanding where the responsibilities lie within your business, and by following the processes to ensure everyone is clear on their role and expectation, you are demonstrating a commitment to operate in such a way that is focused on developing the company.

For more about how to identify who is responsible for what within your organisation, and for support on the policies, processes, and procedures around this, get in touch today.

So what are the two things that small business owners miss out on at this time of year?

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1 A Christmas lunch?

2 Planning next year?

Why not join us and tick both things off the seasonal to-do-list?

✓ When: Friday 16th December 2016 11 to 4 o’clock

✓ Where: Denvilles House, 33 Emsworth Road, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 2SN

Just £37 per person

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What’s on the menu and more…

Merry Christmas

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