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Mandatory code can ‘only help industry’

The managing director of Nottingham-based building and civils group Clegg Construction has called on all construction trade bodies to adopt and help promote a new code of conduct on competition laws, saying it is the only way small companies in the industry will fully understand their legal responsibilities.

Simon Blackburn said the code, launched today by the National Federation of Builders and the UK Contractors Group, “sent a strong message to industry”. He welcomed a decision by the NFB to make the code mandatory among all its membership.

Mr Blackburn said: “The industry is fragmented and always has been. We should be hopeful that other bodies take this on as well, as the code shows a clear responsibility.

“The NFB decision to make it mandatory as a part of membership can only help industry as a whole.

“Having a code, and bodies to drive it, makes this information available to smaller businesses that don’t necessarily have the infrastructure in place to access information on legislation or draw up policies.”

Mr Blackburn said compliance measures had been introduced across Clegg Group over the past two years, in response to the OFT investigation into cover pricing.

Clegg Group was set up as a small family business in the East Midlands in 1930 and now has an annual turnover of more than £80 million.