Contractors groups agree merger

Trade bodies NSCC and UKCG have confirmed their intention to merge to give contractors a stronger voice.

Suzannah Nichol
Above: Suzannah Nichol

The National Specialist Contractors’ Council (NSCC) and the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) had been in discussions about the possible merger. They have now reported overwhelming support from members of both organisations to join up the contracting supply chain. The first meeting of a new strategy board has taken place.

NSCC president Kevin Louch said: “I believe that by sitting around the same table we will be able to have honest conversations about how projects can be delivered more effectively and there is the definite prospect of addressing major industry issues such as pre-qualification, skills and of course payment.”

UKCG chairman of James Wates said: “This is a huge step forward for the supply chain and, whilst there are some undeniable anxieties about how the new organisation will function, all our discussions to date have been extremely positive.”

NSCC and UKCG will formally vote on the merger next month and the new organisation, which will be led by current NSCC chief executive Suzannah Nichol, will be operational from 1 September 2015.