Industry reaction to Construction 2025

In July, Construction News shared the reaction to the new industrial strategy – Construction 2025 – from across the industry.

The construction industry has hailed the new industrial strategy for encompassing, and seeking to take action on, issues affecting all parts of the supply chain.


The National Federation of Builders hailed proposals to cut construction delivery times by up to 50 per cent and the development of the fair payment charter.


Julia Evans, chief executive of the NFB, said: “What we have in the industrial strategy is a strong signal that broadcasts the long-term value that co-ordinated efforts between government and industry can bring, while addressing issues that many firms face on a daily basis.


“For the construction industry to grow sustainably and make a long-term contribution to growth, the entire supply chain has to thrive and that will only happen when industry concerns, such as access to finance and payment practices, are adequately addressed. This strategy contains a clear roadmap to that end.”


Liz Male, chairman of TrustMark and a member of the new Construction Leadership Council, said: “The industrial strategy categorically states Government’s commitment to TrustMark. It is also rightful recognition of the forward-thinking industry bodies and consumer groups who created the scheme and have remained committed to promoting its Government-endorsed standards.


“We will work together to improve the image of tradesmen among the general public, because it matters. The domestic RMI sector is economically very significant, accounting for £27 billion spend per year, so we need a sector where increasing levels of work are commissioned with increasing levels of trust and confidence.


“It’s the bit of construction that ouches our day-to-day lives in a very intimate way because it’s about our homes. Customers’ experiences of this part of construction – good or bad – also have a huge bearing on their image of the wider industry, and this affects our ability to attract and retain talent in the industry.”


FMB chief executive Brian Berry said: “For too long the image of the building industry has been blighted by the unscrupulous practices of those operating in the informal economy. Today’s announcement to expand the TrustMark scheme for tradespeople and to introduce new standards is a welcome step to help drive out the rogue traders.


“The challenge going forward both for government and the building industry as a whole will be to ensure that consumers are made aware of the benefits of only using TrustMark-accredited tradespeople.”


Geoff Cooper, chief executive of Travis Perkins and chairman of the Construction Products Association, said: “An industrial strategy is a great opportunity both for our sector and our country, and we’ve been calling for this kind of partnership for quite some time.


“This is the start of something new for the construction sector, and it’s a chance to take concerted, co-ordinated action to boost growth and create jobs. We have to get behind it and make it work”.


Jack Pringle, chairman of the Construction Industry Council said: “At last, a construction industry strategy led by government in partnership with the industry. The most important part of this is the vision of a modern, attractive, digital, integrated industry that gives clients better, faster, cheaper and greener products – and the route map to achieve this”.


Dr Diana Montgomery, chief executive of the Construction Products Association, said: “The government is to be commended for working with industry and setting out a clear, yet achievable, action plan for improvements across the supply chain. This strategy is not an end but a beginning.


“Our construction products manufacturers and suppliers – which contribute nearly 40 per cent of the overall construction output every year – look forward to helping deliver the strategy in partnership with government and the wider industry.”


Civil Engineering Contractors Association director of external affairs Alasdair Reisner said: “Construction 2025 could be a genuine game changer for the construction sector if its recommendations are implemented in full.


“CECA believes that Construction 2025 sets out the necessary strategic vision to transform the construction sector over the coming years, and looks forward to working with government, our members, and industry stakeholders to ensuring this vision is implemented in full.”


Strategic Forum for Construction chairman Bill Bolsover CBE said: “Over the past six months we have seen genuine partnership working between industry and government to produce today’s strategy. Construction 2025 has the full support of the Strategic Forum for Construction.


“However this must not be a document that sits on a shelf. There is a real opportunity to change our industry and we must grasp it. As the lead body representing all parts of the industry, the forum is uniquely placed to fulfil this role.”


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