THE SUCCESSOR to the Government's anti-cowboy builder Quality Mark scheme is close to reaching membership targets for its March launch.
Trade associations including the National Federation of Roofing Contractors and the Heating and Ventilating Contractors Association are prepared to sign up to the deal, as well as electrical body NICEIC.
It is understood that the organisations already on board would give the Quality Scheme a membership at launch of around 20,000 - just short of DTI consultant Dan Bernard's 25,000 target.
But other associations still have reservations about the scheme including the National Federation of Builders and the Federation of Master Builders.The Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering has rejected the proposals completely.
Mr Bernard is pushing trade associations to sign up to the scheme by Christmas ahead of the launch in March.
One source close to the working group said: 'The meetings are coming thick and fast - the timetable is very hectic between now and Christmas. It is taking up a lot of time and there is a fair bit of political pressure to get it sorted.'