If an organisation is a member of a trade association and has recognised qualifications and a reasonable track record, there’s every chance they would meet the criteria of the Quality Mark without difficulty. In removing all the potential problems and obstacles, we are also demonstrating it is a means by which reputable contractors can demonstrate competency and the fact that they are not cowboys.
There has been a slow take up but that wasn’t unexpected. This illustrates quite a culture change in the industry and it won’t happen overnight. An estimated 50 contractors have now been through the process and are likely to receive their Quality Mark accreditation in the very near future.
A handful of trade associations are now supporting the scheme: including the Electrical Contractors Association, Heating and Ventilating Contractors Association, National Federation of Roofing Contractors; Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors and the Glass and Glazing Federation.
The FMB has not publicly backed the scheme, but is encouraging members to join. In addition, a number of major insurance companies are joining. Aon – one of the largest insurance service providers – is now running a scheme to conveyancing lawyers certificate all of its approved contractors in the pilot regions, which runs into many hundreds of contractors. What that does, Mr Walker believes, is to send a clear message to contractors who carry out insurance work that in future insurers will be looking for Quality Marked contractors for their list of approved tradesmen.