Builders and homeowners are working hard to adapt to home improvement in the ‘new normal’ circumstances, and new guidance published today by Trustmark helps provide further clarity. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is backing the ‘Work Safe. Safe Work’ campaign, developed by TrustMark with the Department for Business (BEIS), and endorsed by the Construction Leadership Council.
Ensuring ongoing and clear communication between a builder and their client is a core part of being an FMB member. Now it’s more important than ever to plan ahead and know what your responsibilities are. The new guidance provides clear and simple information to this end, and compliments existing guidance for builders and homeowners published by the FMB.
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “We completed a survey in late May that found that 50% of Master Builders’ clients were concerned about having tradespeople working in their home due to the coronavirus. It’s important that we learn to manage the risk of the virus and adapt to these ‘new normal’ circumstances. To this end, I strongly support the new guidance published today and the ‘Work Safe. Safe Work’ campaign that aims to communicate clearly and simply what’s expected of all parties and boost consumer confidence. This builds on previous guidance published by the FMB.”
Berry concluded: “The FMB is calling on the Government to support the recovery of the repair and maintenance sector through a national energy efficiency retrofit strategy that will upgrade and improve the nation’s homes, support balanced economic growth, and save jobs. This will only be possible if we are all comfortable inviting builders back into our homes.”
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.