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MPs question Government over cash retentions

SNP MP Stuart C. McDonald has urged the Government to reveal how they are going to deal with cash retentions, an issue affecting the livelihood of small firms in the construction industry. The Member for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East yesterday (27/06/2017) questioned the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy: “What the Government’s policy [...]

2017-07-07T15:43:58+00:00 29 June 2017|Articles, Press Statements|

Manifesto for the Built Environment supply chain

A future Government and Parliament should commit to three-points for a world-leading UK specialist engineering supply chain in the built environment: Bring legislation to protect all retention monies in a ring-fenced account, as first step towards zero retentions by 2025, and prioritise review of the ‘Construction Act’. From 2021 all publicly-funded built environment work over [...]

2017-05-05T17:13:04+00:00 2 May 2017|Articles, Press Statements|

Our response to the industrial strategy 2017 consultation

The Specialist Engineering Contractors' (SEC) Group submitted their response to the Government's Green Paper on the industrial strategy in April 2017. Our response concentrates on actions that can create and maintain a healthy supply chain, ensuring the growth of firms in the specialist engineering sector and facilitating a fertile environment for innovation, support for skills [...]

2017-04-21T14:56:49+00:00 21 April 2017|Articles, Press Statements|

Over £1bn cash retentions held from UK top construction companies: SMEs mainly at risk

An analysis of the accounts of the UK’s top 12 construction companies has revealed that the 9 which published separate figures for retentions are owed more than £800m, indicating that the 12 together are owed over £1 billion of cash retentions.  The analysis was carried out for leading construction representative body, the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ [...]

2017-02-16T17:47:47+00:00 16 February 2017|Articles, Press Statements|

SEC Group responds to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

[one_full last="yes" spacing="yes" center_content="no" hide_on_mobile="no" background_color="" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" background_position="left top" hover_type="none" link="" border_position="all" border_size="0px" border_color="" border_style="solid" padding="" margin_top="" margin_bottom="" animation_type="0" animation_direction="down" animation_speed="0.1" animation_offset="" class="" id=""][/one_full] WELCOME FROM CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FOR AUTUMN STATEMENT The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group  – representing the largest sector of UK construction (by value) – has welcomed the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. [...]

2016-12-06T16:13:28+00:00 23 November 2016|Press Statements|

Leading Construction Body Calls on PM to Activate Productivity Action Plan

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has written to the Prime Minister seeking confirmation that construction is within the remit of the new Economic and Industrial Strategy Cabinet Committee. SEC Group – which represents the construction industry’s engineering sector – has also asked the Prime Minister to consider targeted and measureable action plans to raise [...]

2016-08-22T14:49:39+00:00 15 August 2016|Press Statements|

Spotlight on Local Authority Construction Procurement Practices

A recent survey has provided an invaluable insight into some aspects of construction procurement by almost 200 English councils.  The survey was carried out by the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group which represents the largest sector in UK construction (by value).  The key results are as follows: Significant progress has been made in standardising the [...]

2016-08-22T14:49:57+00:00 4 July 2016|Press Statements|

Support from Industry for Government’s New Construction Strategy

The publication today of the Government’s Construction Strategy 2016 -20 has attracted immediate support from the construction industry. The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group – representing the largest sector in the industry by value – has praised the government for sticking to the key tenets of the previous Strategy, launched by the Cabinet Office in [...]

2016-08-22T14:48:13+00:00 23 March 2016|Press Statements|

Engineering Contractors Call For Radical Overhaul Of Infrastructure Procurement

A leading construction industry trade body has called for a radical overhaul of infrastructure procurement to deliver the 15% p.a. savings demanded by the Treasury. The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has submitted a 13 - point action plan for inclusion in the implementation plan for reducing infrastructure costs. The 13 actions are each allocated [...]

2016-08-22T14:50:03+00:00 21 February 2011|Press Statements|

OBE for SEC Group Chairman in New Year Honours

Trevor Hursthouse, chairman of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Mr Hursthouse, who has been employed in construction and building services engineering for over 40 years, has been a member of the board of SEC Group since its inception in 1993, and [...]

2016-08-22T14:50:01+00:00 7 January 2011|Press Statements|