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FM Update


Urgent reform requested after Carillion fallout


The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) – two leading trade associations representing engineering


services


contractors, have joined forces in an industry delegation with Peter Aldous MP to petition Number 10 for urgent reform to payment practices in the aftermath of the Carillion collapse. The organisations, which represent


some 4,000 businesses with a combined annual turnover of almost £10 billion together cover a broad range of engi- neering, design, installation and facilities management activity, including electrical, heating, plumbing, energy management, micro-generation, ductwork, ventilation, fire and security, and wireless systems. Following the Carillion collapse,


industry support for urgent reform to payment practices has reached unprecedented levels. Coordinated by BESA, ECA and SEC Group a petition on fair payment and retentions, representing over 355,000 businesses, was delivered yesterday to Prime Minister Theresa May by Peter Aldous MP and a delegation of


The Bill is supported


by over 120 MPs and 76 industry trade bodies, representing over 355,000 companies and many self- employed professionals. Cross-party


support


for reform includes Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, DUP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party. Support has also been given from across


industry leaders including FSB National Chair Mike Cherry, FMB Chief Executive Brian Berry, Director General of the Institute of Directors Stephen Martin, ECA CEO Steve Bratt and BESA CEO David Frise. Supporters of the Aldous Bill and the petition on fair payments also gathered outside the gates of Number 10, including business owners directly affected by the collapse of Carillion in January. The petition urges the Government


to back reform of payment practices and retentions and comes just days before the second reading of the ‘Aldous Bill’ (Friday 27 April), which proposes cash retentions be held in trust accounts, to protect the supply chain.


the construction supply chain, including house building, roofing, scaffolding, electrical, heating, plumbing, interiors and demolition. Peter Aldous MP commented: “This


is an unprecedented opportunity to improve the industry for the better, level the playing field for SMEs and protect thousands and thousands of jobs. Construction is an essential underpinning of our lives and work, and we need to support the industry and especially SMEs to ensure future growth and prosperity. The industry loses around £1 million for each working day, mostly from SMEs. There have been proposals to stop the abuse of retentions before, but this time there is the largest coalition on fair payments ever.”


NHBC receives ‘gold’ international Health & Safety award


NHBC has been awarded gold in the esteemed Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health and Safety awards. The UK’s leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes has received the award just a year after receiving silver status. The RoSPA awards scheme, which


is the longest-running industry awards scheme in the country, is judged by some of the industry’s most influential experts and trade unions and recognises outstanding achievement in health and safety practices. Simon Mantle, Group Health and


Safety Policy Manager, said: “The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards is the most


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respected awards scheme in the industry and to be named a gold award winner openly reinforces that the wellbeing of our employees is a top priority. “A lot of hard work has gone into the entry submission so I’m thrilled that


NHBC can now be counted amongst some of the world’s biggest brands as a leader when it comes to health and safety practices. We’re looking forward to the opportunities being a RoSPA gold award winner will open up to us.” Julia Small, RoSPA’s Head of Qualifications, Awards and Events, added: “The awards allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.” Simon will attend the RoSPA Health


and Safety awards ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 5 July, where he will collect the award on behalf of the business.


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