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Strategic Forum reduces subscription fees by half

Members' contributions halved as Strategic Forum seeks the support of industry bodies and unions

THE STRATEGIC Forum has halved its subscription fees to win full backing from industry umbrella bodies and unions.

Industry sources say the forum's member organisations are now paying £5,000 each instead of the £10,000 originally hoped for.

Some bodies, such as the Construction Confederation, have previously baulked at paying £10,000 to take part in the forum.

One senior industry figure said: 'Frankly it's appalling that we can't get some of the key stakeholders in the industry to pay more than £5,000. It doesn't send much of a message out.'

A Construction Confederation spokesman said: 'We are happy with the strategic direction of the forum and we have paid a £5,000 subscription.We didn't want to see the forum forming unnecessary layers of bureaucracy.'

Graham Watts, chief executive of the Construction Industry Council, said: 'This has come about through a change in the structure of the forum, which we have been working on for some months.

'The CIC was formerly carrying out all the administration for the forum, and the fees were in effect going to us.

'Now Constructing Excellence, which is DTI-funded, is sharing half of the workload.The amount of work we can do has not changed but happily we have been able to reduce the subscription.'

The forum is also considering a draft report from consultant Lodestar on the way forward for its planned communications strategy to get the message on best practice principles down the supply chain.

Industry sources say Lodestar has warned that the exercise would be expensive and it is understood to have suggested three options: increasing the subscription, expanding the membership, or instituting a form of sponsorship to provide financial backing.

One insider said: 'Any increase in the membership fee wouldn't go down well, nor would having more bodies involved, because they want to keep it focused.

'Sponsorship is an option but it might have to come from outside the industry. If a sponsor came from the products sector, for example, it could compromise what the forum has to say on that particular subject.'