James and David attend Event with FMB and License to Build Excellence

James Darker, Operations Director and David Barnes, Business Development Executive, were honoured to attend the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Summer Reception in the House of Lords this week (10 June 2019).

Brian Berry, Chief Executive, FMB, Liz Peace, Chair of the Construction Licensing Task Force, James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Baroness Maddock and John Healey, Shadow Housing Minister at FMB's Summer Reception.


Peer Baroness Maddock hosted the event, which saw the announcement of the Construction Licensing Task Force by Liz Peace CBE (former British Property Federation boss) which will develop a licensing scheme for construction to drive up quality and standards in the industry.

The Task Force launch was attended by a number of MPs, Peers, leading industry stakeholders, journalists and FMB members. The guest speakers were The Rt Hon James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing and the Shadow Housing Minister, John Healey MP; the FMB’s Chief Executive Brain Berry welcomed attendees and gave the opening remarks.

All the speakers were in agreement that this was a welcome and timely campaign, but one which signalled the beginning of a long journey of raising construction standards. A licencing scheme would drive up quality across the whole industry, and to this end the Task Force was welcomed by a wide range of stakeholders, including builders who wish to address the negative stereotypes of their industry and work, and consumer groups for whom a mandatory licencing scheme would offer much greater consumer protection.

The Gateville Group directors welcomed this news and believe all works carried out by the Group will be fully compliant with the standards to be set by in the Task Force, having already reached high levels of accreditation including TrustMark, CHAS and Constructionline Gold.

James Darker, Operations Director at Gateville Group commented “A great event attended by government policy makers and industry key people, so it was great to raise Gateville’s profile further by detailing the work we carry out including our FRA as there was a large amount of the evening dedicated to improving what we do to make properties fire compliant.”

David Barnes, Business Development Executive at Gateville Group added “The overriding message from John Healey (MP) and James Brokenshire (MP) was that in order for the housing shortage to be dealt with, SMEs would be encouraged to build more houses to fill the gap.”

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