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'Quality Mark plan could hit our members'


INDUSTRY trade associations are worried plans to revamp the anti-cowboy Quality Mark initiative could hit finances and hamper their members.

The Department for Trade and Industry is providing a £1 million start-up fund for the new 'Quality Schemes', but consultant Dan Bernard's report makes it clear funds for promotion of the scheme will come from trade association marketing budgets and consumer body support.

And there is serious concern among trade associations about the DTI's efforts to accommodate non-members of trade associations into the new scheme.

An insider at one association said: 'This is still very much a live issue for us and several trade bodies are worried about it.Nonmembers could be gaining a commercial advantage by being part of a scheme that we are helping to run.'