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Trade bodies start talks over merger

The Association of Interior Specialists and the Federation of Plastering and Drywall Contractors have begun discussions with a view to a merger.

They said that talks are at an early stage but they are looking to combine to “demonstrate leadership across the fit-out sector”.

In a joint statement, the two groups pointed to Lord Heseltine’s No stone unturned in pursuit of growth report released last month that suggested that a return to ‘lead associations’ as being more favourable as this will ensure the best possible service is delivered.

AIS president Jonathan Cherry said: “Both AIS and FPDC recognise that in order to truly represent the interests of our industry and that of our members we need to have a united voice. 

“A merger would create a more representative and effective organisation, with greater influence to address the key issues that our sector faces.’

FPDC president Angela Mansell said: “There is no better time to begin discussions which look at the possibility of a merger between AIS and FPDC, particularly in light of the recent announcements made in Lord Heseltine’s review.

“With both organisations having similar interests, a merger would bring together the best of the two companies to create a more robust organisation, better positioned to tackle industry issues going forward.”

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