Trade association formed by merging UKCG and NSCC will launch in September

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Suzannah Nichol, chief executive of new contracting trade association Build UK, has set out her agenda for the body, which will launch in September.

Build UK will be formed by merging the UK Contractors’ Group (UKCG) and National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC), and was rubber stamped by the members of each respective organisation last week.

The joint body will represent 28 of the industry’s largest main contractors and former members of UKCG, and 40 trade associations and former members of NSCC, representing over 11,500 specialist contractors.

Nichol told Building that Build UK will focus on the issues of fair payment, health and safety, pre-qualification and training and skills, as well as looking at the industry’s image and how it can change to attract new people to it.

Nichol said: “This isn’t just another trade association. This is actually quite a substantial step forward from the contractor supply chain to recognise that it is better together.”

Nichol added that she was determined to make sure it is “effective” and does not duplicate work done by other organisations: “We are looking to collaborate where there is somebody else operating in a certain space, and create a shared target rather than everybody doing everything”.

She added: “There are active working groups in a whole range of issues across construction and one of the things we want to do is try and link these up effectively so everybody is doing the right things rather than lots of people doing the same things.”

Skills minister Nick Boles welcomed the launch of Build UK: “For businesses and government an investment in construction is an investment in improving UK productivity. The creation of Build UK is a very welcome development and places them in an influential position to continue improving performance across the sector.”

Joint chairmen of Build UK, Kevin Louch and James Wates, said in a joint statement: “Our discussions in the run up to the merger have clearly shown that we share a common position on the majority of issues such as image, skills, health and safety, and procurement.

“Both government and our clients have been waiting for a joined up approach from the industry and, as a single organisation for the contracting supply chain, we will pack a powerful punch and have a real chance to make some big changes.”