With rising energy costs affecting many construction companies, coming into a challenging winter is a concern for many SMEs.

There is a real need for the NI Executive to act and to support our industry. The lack of a working Executive is crippling confidence and the lack of a clear budget stifling any pipeline of projects.

At recent meetings with the Departments of Finance and Economy attended by FMBNI, the harsh reality of what our industry and FMB members are facing was stressed.

It is of some good news then with the announcement that the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in Westminster have published details of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme for Northern Irish firms.

What this could mean for you

We appreciate that not all members can benefit from this, but many with premises used for business will hopefully qualify for some assistance.

This scheme will provide energy bill relief for non-domestic customers in Northern Ireland. Discounts will be applied to energy usage initially between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023. The discount is automatic. If you get a message asking for your bank details, this could be a scam. You can report messages you think are suspicious to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

For details on eligibility, the amount your bill will be reduced by and how the scheme will operate please consult the information provided on the UK government website.

Share your feedback

On a local level we will continue to champion the need to prioritise the Construction Sector which contributes some 10% of NI’s GDP.

Your regional Director Gavin McGuire is here to voice your concerns to those relevant bodies. For any issue you want to discuss in confidence you can contact Gavin at: [email protected].

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Gavin McGuire

Gavin McGuire

Director, FMB Northern Ireland, Federation of Master Builders