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09 Sep 20201 minute read

Trade bodies warn of race to the bottom

ECAtoday
Trade bodies warn of race to the bottom

Construction trade bodies including Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) have warned of a renewed ‘race to the bottom’ culture as firms resume work after the coronavirus crisis.

Suzannah Nichol, chief executive of Build UK, told Building, “The past few months have highlighted the value of working collectively and collaboratively.

“That’s not to say there won’t be bad behaviour, there always will be, but I think there will be others who are much more discerning. That’s where companies are, ‘right sizing’ - they are looking at what markets they want to be in, who they want to work for and who they want in their supply chain.”

Alasdair Reisner, chief executive of CECA, added, “It may yet be the case that the demand to bid work outstrips the available opportunities and this leads to suicide bidding by less scrupulous firms but we are hopeful that the governments investment pipeline will mitigate such effects.”