THE DTI has drafted in an independent consultant in a bid to revitalise its struggling Quality Mark scheme.
The department has turned to Dan Bernard, the former managing director of DIY retailer B&Q, to come up with ideas for taking the anti-cowboy builder scheme forward.
It is understood that he is considering the options for Quality Mark and will make recommendations to construction minister Nigel Griffiths before the recess at the end of July.
The Quality Mark's launch has been halted while the report is drawn up.
Industry sources said that the scheme is being compared with the less onerous Construction Licensing Executive in Scotland.Mr Bernard is also examining the possibility of merging the Quality Mark with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's selfcertification schemes such as Fensa and Hetas, despite initial doubts from the ODPM.
The source said: 'Merging with the likes of Fensa and Hetas would give the Quality Mark the numbers it needs and would not cost too much.The Government has spent millions on the Quality Mark already.'