Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has praised the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group for their work on behalf of construction SMEs as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary.
Mr Clark said: “I would like to congratulate the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group on its 25thAnniversary and to thank them for all the work they have done over the years in representing SMEs in the construction industry which I saw at first hand when chairing the Carillion Taskforce”
Comments from Mr Clark was just one of many accolades from leading figures in politics and industry received by SEC Group as it approaches its 25thAnniversary celebrations.
Adding his congratulations Lord Adonis, former Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission said: “The achievements of SEC Group in improving commercial practices for the majority of SMEs in the UK’s construction industry are impressive. If there is only one body in the construction industry which has made a real difference over 25 years, that body must surely be SEC Group.”
Although SEC Group was established 25 years ago, it has a 57-year lineage of representation and achievement. Today it represents the largest sector (by value) in the UK’s construction industry. Firms in the specialist engineering sector are responsible for designing and installing/assembling complex systems, structures and products as well as operating and maintaining them throughout the life-cycle of the building or structure.
A key role for SEC Group is to make policy-makers aware that the quality and sustainability of our built environment is dependent upon having a thriving and growing specialist engineering sector. For this reason the focus for SEC Group’s work has revolved around campaigning for more collaborative procurement and delivery models, and a more equitable payment system for SMEs.
Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan, SEC Group’s President, said that he was delighted with all the messages of support but added that there was still much work to be done: “The industry faces uncertain times with a business model (that Government now acknowledges) that is not fit for a modern industry embracing the latest digital and manufacturing technologies. As we have always done we will continue to provide leadership by highlighting practical and implementable solutions to help drive a more efficient and productive industry: an industry that both matches clients’ expectations and secures a profitable and viable future for all those businesses that add value to its output.”