23 October 2015

Build UK Holds Successful First Meetings of Members

Build UK members met for the first time on 21 October and unanimously agreed a number of policy proposals to move forward on key industry issues including pre-qualification and payment.

Both the Trade Association and Contractor Forums, which took place at the impressive {10-11} Carlton House Terrace in Westminster with the support of key partner SIG, were well attended by Build UK’s 27 Contractor and 40 Trade Association members. There were positive discussions on the priority issues identified in the Build UK Action Plan:

• The image of construction
• The industry’s skills needs
• Effective pre-qualification
• Health and safety performance
• Fair payment practices.

The Forums demonstrated the extent to which Build UK has hit the ground running since its launch on 1 September, reviewing the outcomes of the first Leadership Group meetings, the response to the Government’s plans for an Apprenticeship Levy, and initial discussions with Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) to bring together the range of initiatives on vehicle safety and vulnerable road users.

Members fully supported the following outcomes on pre-qualification and payment which were developed by the relevant Leadership Groups:

• Developing the Build UK proposal on pre-qualification to provide a system that offers assurance on supply chain competence whilst being simple and efficient to operate.
• Confirming Build UK’s support for the principles of the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter.
• Consulting with BIS on the new statutory reporting requirements on payment practices and benchmarking the performance of its members. 
• Exploring current and potential business models for payment within construction.

Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE said:

We have had productive meetings on a number of our priority issues and are already seeing the benefits of getting the whole contracting supply chain around the table.  In a busy first six weeks, we have made some real, tangible progress on long-standing issues and I am delighted that Build UK members are fully supporting the work that we are doing.

In bringing the contracting supply chain together through the Forums, Build UK is developing and implementing best practice and industry-wide solutions to improve productivity, deliver growth and make the industry fit for purpose.