A new group tasked with looking at how to deliver business models that enable SMEs and micro businesses to get involved in delivering the energy efficiency measures available under the Green Deal has met for the first time on Wednesday.
The “Roundtable on SME-led Green Deal models” is being co-convened by the Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Honorary President of the National Home Improvement Council and includes membership from a number of Trade Bodies representing small companies and trades people, including the Federation of Master Builders, Electrical Contractors Association and the Glass and Glazing Federation.*
Launching the new roundtable, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “The Green Deal will be a massive opportunity for businesses of all sizes and one of my personal priorities is to see smaller businesses - such as local builders, plumbers and roofers - get a big slice of the action too.”
The panel will provide recommendations to DECC Ministers on how SME-led business models can be delivered, the best means to communicate the Green Deal to SME Trades and how this can be done to tie in with wider communications activites to promote the Green Deal.
The panel’s next meeting takes place in July.
*Full panel membership:
- National Home Improvement Council (NHIC)
- Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
- National Federation of Builders (NFB)
- National Specialist Contractors’ Council (NSCC)/Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group (SEC)
- British Chambers of Commerce
- Federation of Small Businesses
- National Federation of Roofing Contractors
- Glass and Glazing Federation
- Building and Engineering Services Association (formally HVCA)
- Electrical Contractors Association (ECA)
- Painting and Decorating Association
- PB Energy Solutions
- Heating and Hot water Industry Council
- Builders Merchants Federation (BMF)
- Prince’s Trust