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TrustMark chief sets out goals

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THE CHAIRMAN of the Government's new anti-cowboy builder initiative, TrustMark, has said he is determined not to repeat the mistakes of the illfated Quality Mark scheme.

Ian Livsey, who took on the role last week from acting chairman Dan Bernard, said: 'You've got to keep the standards up and make sure the industry engages with it.

'Promising a lot when you haven't got firm foundations is a mistake. TrustMark has to be seen as solid and credible.' The Government launched Quality Mark in 2001 but it struggled to attract members and was closed down at the end of last year.

Mr Livsey said work was under way for a public launch of TrustMark before the end of the year. Its board is considering applications from nine organisations, including the Federation of Master Builders, to give it a pre-launch membership of around 20,000.

The DTI has granted £2 million in funding but wants the scheme to be self-financing.