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Anti-cowboy body looks to triple size

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THE GOVERNMENT'S new anti-cowboy TrustMark scheme is hoping for 25,000 members by April next year.

The scheme, launched this week by construction minister Alun Michael, currently has 5,000 members from 10 trade associations including the Federation of Master Builders and the Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association.

TrustMark chairman Ian Livsey said: 'We are looking to treble our membership over the next three to four months with the plan of having 25,000 on board by April 2007.' The scheme has been launched as a successor to the ill-fated Quality Mark initiative. This was closed down at the end of 2004 with just a handful of member firms.

The DTI is backing the new scheme with public funds until April 2007. TrustMark is based on independent inspections organised by approved trade associations with a £10 upfront fee for members.

Mr Livsey added: 'After April 2007 we are self-financing on around £250,000 a year, so I want to keep the bureaucracy down to the minimum. We will be targeting the local press and we also want to get companies who aren't members of trade associations involved as well.'