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SELECT joins the fun as SEC Group celebrates its 25th anniversary in style at the House of Commons

SELECT joined organisations from across the UK to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group.

The milestone was marked with a reception in the Strangers’ Dining Room at the

House of Commons, London, on Tuesday 27 November.

Over the last 25 years, SEC Group has played an important role in providing a strong lobbying voice for the specialist engineering sector, particularly in the critical area of contractual issues.

Comprising the industry’s premier trade associations, members of SEC Group represent the largest sector of UK construction in terms of value.

Speaking at the event, the Group’s Chairman, Trevor Hursthouse OBE, looked to the future of the industry, calling for the creation of a statutory authority to regulate industry practice.

He said: “In the last two years, there has been an outpouring of reports on construction – most generated by Grenfell and Carillion – which have all come to similar conclusions. Past evidence suggests that these are unlikely to lead to improvement.

“What is now required is a properly resourced regulatory authority for construction that steers the industry in the direction of best practice delivery.”

Alan Wilson, Acting Managing Director, SELECT, said: “SELECT is proud to be a part of SEC Group. It is crucial for our sector to continue to have its own representative body to campaign for improvement and solutions in the industry.

“SEC Group continues to play a key role in providing high-level and coordinated representation to policy makers about the interests of the industry today and in the future.”

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, said: “Over the years, SEC Group has grown significantly and the businesses it represents now account for 35 per cent of the construction output across the UK.

“In particular, I welcome the commitment members have made to career and training opportunities for young people through the expansion of the apprenticeship programme.”

Read more about the SEC Group and its invaluable work at www.secgroup.org.uk

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