H&V News has launched its Time for Change campaign to improve long-established issues for the benefit of companies throughout the building services and construction sectors.
Initially focusing on changing the situation relating to retention funds within contracts, the main intention is to drive a debate in Parliament for these to be held in trust funds in the future.
An online e-petition has been set up for the campaign, which requires 100,000 signatures before a parliamentary debate can be considered.
We are asking everyone in the industry to encourage their colleagues, partners, suppliers and relevant contacts to follow the link and indicate their support.
Readers are also urged to contact their local MP to ask them to confirm their support.
Retentions are recognised as accounting for billions of pounds within the construction sector, and many businesses have reported considerable difficulties when these have been lost or payment has been delayed.
Protecting retentions by placing them in trust funds would provide more security for businesses and also improve the image of the industry in general.
This change would place the UK in line with other EU countries, including France and Germany, and nations further afield including the US and Australia.
The Time for Change campaign was conceived following a number of conversations involving independent contractors, members of the H&V News editorial advisory board and chief executives of industry associations over the past two years.
This culminated in our exclusive interview with DSL operations director Martin Burton (see page 21 of our 19 November issue).
Mr Burton highlights a number of areas where he would like to see improvements delivered, providing potential scope for the campaign in the future.
A particularly important element of the Time for Change campaign is to include organisations from all areas – ranging from main contractors to members at all levels of the supply chain – to ensure that nobody is excluded from an issue that affects the industry as a whole.
The Time for Change campaign has been timed to coincide with improving conditions within many areas of the construction sector, to assist companies in making the most of new opportunities and provide more stability.
Already we have had support from the Building & Engineering Services Association, the Specialist Engineering Contractors Association and the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors, along with many individual contractors, have already pledged their support.
Conversations are continuing with representatives from all areas, and further updates will appear in future issues of H&V News.