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Minister's presence at NSCC event signals government support

The NSCC AGM took place in London yesterday and featured a presentation from Mark Prisk MP, Minister for Business and Enterprise.

He stated that construction was a crucial engine of economic growth, with the sector providing work for more than three million people in 300,000 firms and generating eight per cent of GDP, adding the Government was working to create the right environment for businesses to grow by slashing red tape and creating a more competitive tax regime.

“One of the most important issues for construction lies in the world-wide shift to a low carbon economy and built environment that needs to happen in the years ahead. UK firms have huge expertise in this area and we can offer that knowledge to other countries as they grapple with the challenges of the modern built environment - particularly the need to design sustainable, low-carbon communities for the future,” said Mr Prisk.

The event also saw Paul Morrell OBE, the government’s chief construction adviser, in attendance.

NSCC President David Jones, elected at the AGM, said: “It was an honour for NSCC and its members to be joined by both the minister and the chief construction adviser at its flagship event.

“This clearly demonstrates the high level of support that the supply chain has within Government and we will continue to work with Mark, Paul and their colleagues within Government to address the issues facing the industry and the wider UK economy over the coming year.”

The NSCC Annual Lunch was included within the event, attracting over 175 guests to the champagne reception and three-course lunch.