More needs to be done to include SMEs in Green Deal, says FMB
The Government needs to do more to help SMEs get involved with environmental initiative The Green Deal, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Research from the federation showed that just over a quarter (27%) of small to medium-sized (SME) construction firms are planning to get involved in the Green Deal.
The FMB suggests that because not enough has been done to create demand among householders for Green Deal work, SME’s risked losing out. It also stated that the large costs involved in offering Green Deal finance directly to homeowners may prove an insurmountable barrier for many large companies.
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, commented: "Trusted local trades are ready and willing to help homeowners fit energy-saving measures such as double-glazing and insulation. However, many have expressed frustration that it is not easy for smaller firms to get involved in Green Deal work, and that there hasn’t been a marketing campaign to explain to householders what the Green Deal is all about.
"People want to use their local builder to have energy-efficient improvement work carried out, because they know them and have used them before. But the scheme has been designed so large numbers of small firms are excluded because of the significant costs involved in offering Green Deal finance directly to homeowners. Instead local firms will have to find a large finance provider to work with, rather than getting started on work which would boost the economy and help home-owners save money on their fuel bills."
Berry added: "We welcome the Green Deal launch today, because in principle it is good for the environment and great for the economy, but without more support, training and publicity the Government risks this policy becoming a damp squib."