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Drop retentions now

Sir,

In your Agenda (‘Retentions under fire’, September 6), one main contractor you interviewed still feels the need to withhold retentions – despite not having this onerous situation being placed on his firm.
Sir,

In your Agenda (‘Retentions under fire’, September 6), one main contractor you interviewed still feels the need to withhold retentions – despite not having this onerous situation being placed on his firm.

I wonder whether the fear is the remote possibility of a job poorly done or the loss of -return on capital employed.

Those specialist contractors that are willing to work for main contractors want repeat business, so it’s in their interests to do it right first time.

If main contractors want good subcontractors, they need to use specialists from trade associations.

Simon Forrester
Chief executive
Association of Interior Specialists
Solihull, West Midlands