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SEC Group strengthens its voice with new member

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has welcomed another organisation into membership.  The Scaffolding Association joined at the beginning of the month.  Its website is at: Over the last year SEC Group has been receiving a number of inquiries from organisations representing specialist contractors.  The interest has been triggered by SEC Group’s strong messages [...]

2018-02-09T16:18:36+00:00 9 February 2018|Articles, Press Statements|

SEC Group gets support from Federation of Small Businesses on Project Bank Accounts

Construction’s leading trade organisation, the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group, which has been lobbying for the use of project bank accounts (PBAs) for many years, is now being backed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The Federation has written to the Business Secretary, Greg Clark, urging the Government to use PBAs on public sector [...]

2018-01-23T17:12:09+00:00 23 January 2018|Articles, Press Statements|

Carillion Collapse: Time to Secure Supply Chain Payments

The Carillion collapse has vividly illustrated the lack of payment security in the UK construction industry and the devastating impact on small firms up and down the country. The estimates of supply chain losses keep going up by the minute. Some of the losses could have been avoided if measures had been in place to [...]

2018-01-19T19:03:36+00:00 19 January 2018|Articles, Newsletters|

SEC Group says 2018 should focus on the “3 Ps”

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group – representing the largest sector in the UK construction industry (by value) – is calling on the Government and industry to focus in 2018 on the following: PROCUREMENT PAYMENT PROFESSIONALISM SEC Group’s CEO, Professor Rudi Klein, explained that the industry’s only route to long-term improvements in growth and productivity [...]

2018-01-09T12:56:12+00:00 9 January 2018|Articles, Newsletters|

Upper Bann MP Mobilises Commons Support For Construction Small Firms

Upper Bann MP David Simpson has been mobilising support in the House of Commons for a measure that will help transform business practices for small firms in Northern Ireland’s construction industry. On 9 January 2018 Peter Aldous (MP for Waveney in East Anglia) will be introducing a Bill to ring-fence cash retentions.  These are monies [...]

2018-01-09T12:57:42+00:00 9 January 2018|Northern Ireland Press Releases, Press Statements|

Cash retentions in construction: Labour front bench says extent of abuse is “scandalous”

The Labour Front Bench Business Team has referred to the abuse linked to the practice of cash retentions in the construction industry as “scandalous”. Speaking on behalf of the Labour Business Team, Bill Esterson MP said he was appalled by the statistics recently released as part of the research carried out by the Department for [...]

2017-12-19T18:37:10+00:00 19 December 2017|Articles, Press Statements|

Construction industry applause for Welsh Government’s announcement on Project Bank Accounts

The announcement by Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Mark Drakeford AM, that as from 1 January 2018, project bank accounts (PBAs) will be used on building projects over £2 million (procured by Welsh Government bodies) has received praise from the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group Wales/Cymru. SEC Group Wales represents the largest sector (by value) in [...]

2017-12-07T11:49:58+00:00 7 December 2017|Articles, Newsletters, Press Statements, Wales Press Releases|