Everbuild backs Repairing Britain

Published:  04 September, 2009

YORKSHIRE: Everbuild Building Products is backing the Repairing Britain campaign to secure 250 000 construction jobs at risk from the recession.

Repairing Britain is designed to boost the UK economy by stimulating the construction industry and encouraging the public and local authorities to take an interest in the maintenance of their homes and community buildings.

The campaign says up to half a million jobs could be lost in the current downturn, but 250 000 could be saved by increasing refurbishment and improvement projects that create many more jobs than new build schemes, require skilled tradesmen and are more sustainable.

During the next two years, a quarter of a million new homes could be created by refurbishing just 20% of the buildings currently lying empty and in disrepair in the UK.

Leeds-based Everbuild serves the construction, building maintenance, plumbing and DIY sectors with a range of more than 200 specialist products.  With a turnover of £47m and employing in excess of 200 people, the company has rapidly become a leading supplier to builders merchants and construction industry distributors.  

As part of its support for Repairing Britain, Everbuild will encourage its staff, suppliers and customers to sign the campaign's petition on the Downing Street website. The petition requests a reduction in VAT on property repair work to 5%, which will provide a much needed stimulus to the economy and the maintenance and repair sector.

David Seymour, managing director of Everbuild Building Products, said: "There has been an increase in sales of our products in the repair and maintenance market as contractors are focusing their businesses on that sector.  It is an area that needs to be encouraged as there are a considerable number of empty properties that could be refurbished into new homes.  It would address housing issues and bolster the construction industry and its supply chain."

Garvis Snook, who is spearheading the campaign and is also Chief Executive of property repair and maintenance specialist, Rok, said: "This country requires 240 000 new homes every year and there are only 60 000 being built, we need to look at the existing building stock for these homes and utilising the skills of expert trades people to bring them back into use.

"Everbuild is part of a supply chain, which has its finger on the pulse of the industry and sees the logic of concentrating on property repair and maintenance to secure jobs in the construction sector and improve the quality and availability of UK's buildings."

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