Clearview National March 2018 - Issue 196 - Page 19

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS GGF CONCERNS AFTER CARILLION COLLAPSE Following the collapse of Carillion in January, Phil Pluck, GGF Group Chief Executive raises his concerns. » » “AS THE ASSESSMENT OF the true damage continues following the collapse of Carillion, it does raise some fundamental issues in terms of protecting both smaller companies caught up in the collapsing supply chains and the jobs that may be lost as a result. The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has sympathy with local government and other bodies tasked with delivering major build projects on ever decreasing Government funding. This creates a race to the bottom in terms of procurement practice in that more and more major contracts are awarded based on the lowest price. This is a poor, short term approach which causes companies throughout the supply chain to operate at almost impossible margins. The companies that the GGF represents operate to the highest standards of manufacture, supply and installation. As a result of short term procurement practices and Government’s fixation with cost savings, a clear risk has been built into major construction projects. GGF Members aim to be - and many are - the best in the world in their given sector and collectively the membership represents over 30,000 jobs in the UK alone. A cost cutting approach to the awarding of contracts puts at risk build quality, safety and jobs. In doing so, no legal protection is afforded to those in the supply chain that are now the victims of the Carillion Collapse. This in turn could result in further company failures and consequent losses of jobs and talent. A knee-jerk reaction comprised of Government rescue packages to selected companies is of no reassurance to GGF Member companies and does not allow them to plan for long term sustainability. A lasting negative effect on Government tax revenue would be the result. I urge the Government to assess the long term damage that short term cost savings creates and to take heed that Carillion may not be the last company to collapse as a result. There are other major supply chains also operating at near impossible margins.” OCTOBER The Members-only “Guide to the Planning Requirements and their effect on the Replacement of Windows and Doors in England” is launched. In January 2018, Shaun McAllister starts as GGF Managing Director responsible for all the activities and operations of the Federation. NOVEMBER Greg O’Donoghue of Just Windows and Doors, receives the GGF Lifetime Achievement Award at the G17 Awards, held at Park Lane Hilton in London. SEPTEMBER DECEMBER GGF Members Day attracts 115 guests to Glaziers Hall in London. The event features three presentations and Members enjoy a 40th Anniversary Party. The GGF’s consumer website, reaches over 200k unique users – a 100% increase on 2016. For the year ahead the GGF is planning an extensive events programme including hosting the UK Pavilion at Fensterbau Frontale in Nuremburg and partnering The Build Show at Birmingham NEC in October. As well as promoting the industry’s highest standards, the GGF will continue to be at the forefront of the major political and technical issues facing the industry to ensure all connected to the GGF and its subsidiary companies cope with the challenges ahead. M A R 2018 » 19