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NFB welcomes new national chair Nick Sangwin   14th June 2019

Nick Sangwin became national chair of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) on Thursday, 13 June 2019 at the NFB’s annual general meeting (AGM), which was followed by a celebratory gala dinner. 

He begins a 12-month term in the post taking over from NFB chair Neil Walters, commercial director of Orbit Homes.

He begins a 12-month term in the post taking over from NFB Chair Neil Walters, commercial director of Orbit Homes.

Nick Sangwin said: “The industry is changing, as it always is. This time, there is a very real sense that the balance of power is shifting away from the 1%. One of the most gratifying aspects of that change is that the NFB is there, pushing. Whether it is on prompt payment, contract risk, access to contracts, we are there. This change, however, is coming. Most of the industry is behind the change. The Government wants the change to happen. The only ones who are stalling are those who benefit from things staying the same. The patience for poor payers is running thin. The patience for poor payers with weak balance sheets that use their supply chain as a cheap source of finance is wearing thinner. People are more openly talking about which companies are on shaky financial ground and are not worth the risk. This is the type of cultural change that will be lasting because legislation can only go so far.

“During my time in post, I will build on the good work the outgoing national chair, Neil Walters, has done on highlighting prompt payment with a refreshing robustness and honesty that took many by surprise. Payment delays have an effect on cash flow, investment in training, recruitment and businesses as well as mental health. It also makes the industry less attractive to the young and to potential career switchers who, secure in a job, will have to try hard to justify moving to an industry with a reputation for poor payment. Secondly, we are about to launch the NFB Major Contractors Group. Given the number of large contractors in the NFB’s membership, this is causing many to look at the NFB differently. It will give us an opportunity to show that there is a better way of paying, of building supply chains and of giving back to our communities.” 

The National Federation of Builders would like to thank the sponsors of the AGM and gala dinner: B&CE, CITB, Crosby Associates, MKM Builders Merchants, Northern Region Association, Tradepoint and Yorkshire Builders Federation.  

 

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