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Ex-NFB chair's firm fails

A business run by the former chair of the National Federation of Builders has failed only weeks after she accepted an OBE.

Alison Perry, who was NFB chair for 2011/12, gained the honour last month for services to the construction industry in awards to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

She was managing director of Bootle-based Triangle Builders, which entered into entered into creditors’ voluntary liquidation on 28 June, only days after her NFB term of office ended.

Triangle’s phone number was unobtainable today and its website no longer functioning.

The NFB said Triangle Builders had had a major public contract withdrawn and “with lending no longer available, faced the dilemma being experienced by thousands of companies in the current climate, which is to try and continue to trade in the knowledge that future funds are becoming ever more elusive”.

Ms Perry said: “Thousands more SME building companies are struggling under the weight of collapsed public spending on construction, fiscal policy that has choked the housebuilding market and costly regulation.”

She added: “If the banks can refuse to lend to a responsible business like mine, then my concern is for the thousands of business out there having the same problems and having to contemplate the same difficult decision that I did.”

There has been media criticism on Merseyside of her recent acceptance of the honour, but she said: “I accepted the OBE because it symbolises my pledge to build on my work championing the sector – that is what SMEs need and they need a strong advocate to do it.”

Ms Perry met prime minister David Cameron at a procurement function during her term of office and advised him that the advent of frameworks and high turnover requirements were effectively squeezing small firms out of public work.

NFB chief executive Julia Evans said: “It is disappointing to see the focus on Alison’s own business, when she has done a great deal to highlight the problems faced by all sizes of company within the construction sector.”

Ms Perry would remain active in the NFB “campaigning to improve the trading environment for construction”, Ms Evans added.


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