Support from Heating and Ventilating Contractor Association brings single trade association a step closer

The move towards a single trade association for mechanical and electrical companies gained momentum yesterday as the Heating and Ventilating Contractors Association gave its full support.

However the Electrical Contractors Association is yet to make a decision and will discuss the results of its consultation at its council on 23 April.

It said consultation showed a “healthy and positive response” but members were concerned about preserving the “electrical identity and interests” of the body.

Of all respondents, 57% were in favour of developing a single organisation and 8% asked for more information.

ECA chief executive officer David Pollock said: "This has been a very important survey. We had a good response and a majority of respondents supported going to the next stage in developing a model for a single organisation. It is now for ECA Council to determine the way forward. We will continue to ensure that our members are involved in each stage of the consultative process."

The two bodies launched consultations last September.

The results from the HVCA consultation on convergence:

The outcome of the survey – which was undertaken by independent research consultancy Metra Martech Ltd – has revealed that 81% of HVCA respondents (representing 20% of the membership) believe that convergence would be broadly beneficial, while 84% support the formation of a joint ECA/HVCA convergence group.