Friday, 26 March 2010

A Boost for Housebuilders!

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) has declared this week’s stamp duty announcement to be a “huge boost” to the house building industry.

First time buyers are crucial to the housing market, and raising the stamp duty threshold to £250k will enable more to save the high deposits currently being demanded by mortgage lenders.

The HBF recently identified a looming housing shortfall of approaching a million homes, and urged MPs to address the barriers to building new homes.  Part of the package of measures announced this week is a requirement for Local Authorities to identify more land for development, which is one such barrier.

According to the HBF, increasing housing delivery will benefit every area of the country and;

- Create hundreds of thousands of jobs
- Provide enough homes for our population
- Remove millions from poor quality living conditions
- Stimulate the economy.  £1 spent generates nearly £3 in economic activity

Read more on the HBF Website

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

It's Official...We Made the List!

iCreate has just received some news we've been waiting for - we were successful in our bid to win a place on the Technical Consultancy Framework Agreement for the Department for the Economy and Transport (DE&T) of the Welsh Assembly Government! This means we are officially an 'approved supplier' for the Assembly's property team, for the provision of 3D Modelling and Artistic Concept consultancy, throughout north, south and mid-Wales. Having recently received our ISO 9001 and 14001 certification, we believe all the hard work (and please excuse the platitude but…) going the extra mile, has paid off! Considering all the recent work we have been doing in conjunction with developers for the public sector, we are pleased to now be recognised on the official suppliers list. This is just the first step of course and it is now important to maintain our high standards and to consistently justify our selection in our high quality visuals. We now look forward to continuing to work closely with the Welsh Assembly to bring their vision for the future of Wales, to life!