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Quality Mark successor to be launched in March

THE GOVERNMENT is planning to unveil its succsessor to the failed Quality Mark sceheme next March.

DTI consultant Dan Bernard told Construction News the 'Quality Scheme' would be launched subject to approval from construction minister Nigel Griffiths and support from trade associations.

Industry bodies have until December to commit formally to the scheme, which aims to be simpler and less expensive for tradesmen by not forcing them into providing a compulsory warranty.

It is understood that the target is for 25,000 firms to join the scheme to give it the critical mass of members lacked by the Quality Mark. Just 585 firms are in the Quality Mark, which

585 firms are in the Quality Mark, which will be wound down in December.

Mr Bernard said: 'I genuinely believe we have got momentum between bodies who have been previously squabbling amongst themselves, with a couple of major Government departments on board. It could be a great chance for the industry to create a simpler picture.'