3rd November 2009 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New start–up construction companies that have been trading for less than one year now have the opportunity to join the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the largest trade association in the UK building industry. The FMB has launched a new affiliate membership category for those companies that have been trading for less than twelve months which offers them the same level of support and benefits as full members.
Richard Diment, Director General of the FMB said:
“The recession has meant that many builders have been laid off and many of these have decided to go it alone and set up their own company. These builders are often highly skilled tradesmen but have no experience of running a business. Affiliate membership of the FMB is designed to support them during the first year of business which is often the most difficult period when 80 percent of businesses fail. Affiliate membership will give new firms access to all the FMB services and benefits that full members enjoy including our help lines, insurance discounts, training and complaints resolution service. The FMB is committed to improving standards in the construction sector and our new affiliate membership category will help ensure that new building firms have the business skills and help to hand to get them get through the first year.”
Gerry Breslin, National Sales Manager at the FMB added:
“Any building company that has been trading for less than 12 months can become an affiliate member by visiting the Join page or calling us on 08000 965 765. By joining the FMB a new building firm is declaring that they want to run an efficient business which is committed to quality workmanship. The company will need to submit references through their annual membership then at the end of the membership these references will be reviewed to ensure the member meets the standards expected of an FMB member before being allowed to apply for full FMB membership.”
“Companies that join as affiliate members are proclaiming to customers - ‘we are a new company that is committed to standards and improving our business.’ This is a noble ideal for any business and the FMB is keen to support construction businesses so that they can grow in experience and live up to the high standards they and their clients expect.”