Following the General Election, the new Government must remember that housing is not built and homes are not improved without the involvement of builders, plumbers and timber merchants.
That is the message from JT Dove, the North East’s independent builders’ merchant, which has operated for nearly 150 years and has units in Alnwick and Berwick, among other locations.
Managing director, Steve Robinson, has stressed the role, value and importance of merchants in creating local jobs and growth.
He has explained how the company is investing in its 17-strong branch network and has an apprenticeship programme.
He also raised several key issues facing the construction industry including housing demand and supply, vocational training and skills (especially apprentices), and the consequences of the vote to leave the European Union.
Mr Robinson is also regional chairman of the Builders Merchants’ Federation that represents the interests of merchants and manufacturers with a combined annual worth of £24.6billion.
He said: “We are keen to show that builders’ merchants create meaningful jobs, at all levels. Apprentices are central to this and we want to see the next Government doing more to redress the parity of esteem between academic and vocational training.”
Mr Robinson shared his views with Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Parliamentary candidate for Berwick, who recently visited JT Dove’s Berwick unit.
She said: “I was delighted to visit JT Dove and learn of their contribution to not only rural Northumberland’s prosperity, but also the wider North Eastern economy. I pay tribute to branch manager, Eddie Burness, and his team.”