Building Employers Confederation, the Major Contractors Group and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association announced today that they have agreed in principle to form a Construction Confederation to represent the interests of building and civil engineering contractors.
The new Construction Confederation will represent the interests of some 5,000 companies who are responsible for over 70% of the turnover of the construction industry and who employ up to 500,000 people. Its tasks will be to provide high quality services to its members and to represent the interests of building and civil engineering contractors to Government and other decision makers, to other parts of the construction industry, to the industry's clients and to the world at large.
Its first president will be Sir Martin Laing, chairman of John Laing Plc, who was knighted in the New Year's Honours List for services to the construction industry.
Paul Shepherd, chairman of the BEC, said: "BEC has long supported the objective of a unified Construction Confederation and present and former BEC officers have worked hard over the past five years to achieve this. I am very pleased we have reached agreement on its establishment. The challenge facing us now is to put the new arrangements into place without delay and to ensure that they are effective and provide real value for members. This will be done through the provision of first-class services and through strengthened representation to the Government and other decision-makers."
Neville Simms, chairman of the Major Contractors Group, said: "I am delighted that we have now reached agreement on this important issue. One of the key aims of the MCG has been to bring about greater unity in construction industry representation, and we look forward to playing an active role at the heart of the new organisation. This is a unique opportunity for contractors to have a more united voice and to create a more efficient and cost effective structure to represent this important industry in the 21st century."
Peter Andrews, chairman of CECA, said: "We, CECA, wholeheartedly support the formation of the Construction Confederation. CECA itself is the result of the determination of civil engineering contractors nationally to have an effective forward looking organisation representing their interests to both public and private sector clients and users of our national transport and utility infrastructure. Our membership of the Construction Confederation is a clear extension of that determination."
Joint working on issues of common interest will begin immediately and work has already started on the drafting of a detailed constitution.
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SOURCE Building Employers Confederation