Following a fundraising drive, staff at the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), have raised £2,340 in aid of emergency support for the people of Ukraine.

The funds will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

The FMB, the largest trade body in the UK construction sector, representing small and medium sized building firms, and campaigning for quality in construction, also recognises the work of the Ukrainian League of Masters, an NGO providing high level training for 16,000 specialists in the construction industry.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Colleagues at the FMB have been deeply affected by the horrific consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They wanted to do their bit to support those whose homes have been damaged, and who have been displaced by the conflict.”

Berry concluded: “Small builders in the UK are feeling the knock-on consequences of the war which has become another factor in ever rising prices for essential building materials. While the FMB is giving a voice to builders here and helping them to communicate the impacts of inflation with their clients, we also felt strongly that we wanted to do something to help rebuild Ukraine as well.”

Notes to editors

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the largest trade association in the UK construction industry representing thousands of firms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit making, lobbying for members’ interests at both the national and local level.

The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members, providing a range of modern and relevant business building services to help them succeed. The FMB is committed to raising quality in the construction industry and offers a free Find a Builder service to consumers.