The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) - is the UK's largest trade association in the building industry, with national offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, supported by additional regional offices.
Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized building firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit-making, lobbying continuously for members' interests at both national and local levels.
The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for building firms right across the UK. The FMB also offers practical advice and support to the general public on choosing and working with the right builder.
SNIPEF (Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation) - is the trade association for plumbing and heating businesses based in Scotland and Northern Ireland. SNIPEF has just over 750 member firms employing over 3500 plumbers and 700 plumbing apprentices.
SNIPEF was established in 1923. Since its establishment SNIPEF has been providing professional and practical assistance to plumbing and heating businesses in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) - is the principal truly Scottish trade association within the construction industry in Scotland.
Its primary role is to provide services to its membership across a number of areas including employment affairs, legal and contractual, industrial relations, building standards, health and safety and provision of training and industry economics. SBF's membership consists of large national, international, residential and commercial builders and civil contractors, as well as smaller local subcontractors, suppliers and professional industry advisers
The Federation of Small Businesses - is a UK business organisation, representing small and medium sized businesses, helping to promote and further the interests of the small business sector.
TrustMark is a quality mark which operates a framework under which 31 Scheme Operators work in the RMI (repair, maintenance and improvement) sector, including trade associations, local government trading standards teams, and independent Scheme Operators. These schemes are approved to carry the TrustMark logo and recruit reputable and trustworthy tradesmen. This enables the TrustMark Scheme Operators to promote improved RMI sector standards, and tackle related issues such as better enforcement. All of these Scheme Operators are audited annually by TrustMark, to ensure processes, standards and complaint procedures are being maintained.
Founded in 1965, Sovereign has long been acknowledged as the respected name in the field of chemical products for the building and construction industry. The company is the acknowledged leader in chemical damp-coursing and timber treatment, throughout the UK. Sovereign Protection Scheme Guarantees are offered by remedial contractors who have been vetted by Sovereign. Only when we are satisfied that they are capable of carrying out work to a consistently high standard do we allow contractors to apply to become Sovereign Approved Contractors. Regular site visits ensure that standards of workmanship and customer care are maintained.
Constructionline is a Government run scheme. Each month thousands of contractors and consultants apply for work with public and private sector organisations. In order to be awarded the relevant contract, the companies and individuals applying must meet health and safety standards.
WaterSafe is a dedicated online search facility bringing together thousands of qualified contractors employed by plumbing businesses from the seven existing Approved Contractors' Schemes across the UK. Our aim is to help customers to find the nearest qualified plumbing and heating professionals in their area and promote water safety in the home and for businesses.
NHBC is the UK's leading standard-setting body and provider of warranty and insurance for new homes. Its role is to work with the house-building industry to raise the standards of new homes and to provide consumer protection for homebuyers.