Why should Tradespeople become members of the Federation of Master Builders?Becoming a member of a professional organisation will assist a tradersperson to obtain advice in managing his business and help to defend the interest of his trade. There are many organisation around and we have a look at the Federation of Master Builders. Established in 1941, the Federation of Master Builders was formed to profit small to medium sized businesses as a trade association. The FMB is independent and was created to defend the interests of its members. With a range of business services, the FMB provides information and support to tradespeople allowing them to save time and money. There are two levels of annual membership, a basic one and a premium membership which includes a listing on the TrustMark register.
What are the rules to follow by Tradespeople?To be member, builders have to follow a strict code of practice. An FMB builder must give professional advice, must be insured and provide a detailed quote. During the work, the builder must informed his client of the progress and any arising issues. On completion of the work, an FMB builder must outline the guarantees and maintenance. A further date should also be arranged to discuss any issues.
The FMB also launched a MasterBond warranty which is a cheap third party insurance for small business.
What schemes does the Federation of Master Builders run?The FMB runs the “Building a Greener Britain campaign” to encourage the building sector to be more energy efficient. Mainly, it encourages builders, to do all they can to reduce carbon emissions and make the existing building stock greener.
As the issue of rogue traders has been very important, the FMB together with the Trading Standards have set up an organisation called Nail the Rogues to advise homeowners on how to avoid cowboy builders.
The FMB also is part of the Trustmark initiative backed by the Government in partnership with different consumer organisations. Trustmark sets standards for customer care and competency. Advice from the scheme includes how to find reputable builders and tradespeople to do repair, maintenance and improvement work and how to deal with a company over the phone to make sure you know what you are getting into, particularly the costs. If a company displays a TrustMark logo you know that the trade association or other certification organisation has been approved and checked and found it meets certain standards set by the Government.
Finally, the FMB organises training and apprenticeship in the construction industry.