Withdrawal of third trade body puts umbrella organisation's future in doubt

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has become the latest trade body to leave the Construction Confederation.

Following consultation with members, the NFB has announced its intention to quit the body at the end of 2009. The move follows the withdrawal of the Major Contractors Group and the National Contractors Federation, both of which have joined the newly formed UK Contractors Group.

The decision leaves the future of the Construction Confederation hanging in the balance, as it retains just two member trade bodies - the Civil Engineering Contractors Association and the Scottish Building Federation.

An NFB spokesperson said: “Following detailed consultation with our members, the National Federation of Builders has given notice of its intention to withdraw from the Construction Confederation at the end of 2009.

“The NFB remains a strong and independent trade organisation committed to providing the best possible service and benefits to its members. In a challenging economic climate we believe that this decision gives us the best possible platform for growth and we look forward to continuing to work with industry partners as well as forging new relationships during 2009.”