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Secretary of State Message: Construction is Open

Following calls for clarity from the NFB and sector colleagues, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, has today written an open letter to the construction industry to reaffirm that construction, including supply chains, remain open for business in light of the national lockdown.

Following calls for clarity from the NFB and sector colleagues, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, has today written an open letter to the construction industry to reaffirm that construction, including supply chains, remain open for business in light of the national lockdown.

Writing in the letter, the Minister said:

 “The construction sector, which is a key part of our economy, remains open. Where it is essential to travel to your place of work to do your job, you should continue to do so. Building merchants and hardware stores will be able to stay open to support this as normal or through click-and-collect services.”

He continued: 

“During this difficult Autumn, I want to pay tribute to you and express my admiration for all the work you are doing. Whether working on large or small construction sites, in peoples’ homes across the country, in builders’ merchants, designing and project managing schemes or producing construction and mineral products, you are making an invaluable contribution in supporting the economy.”

The National Federation of Builders had been asking Government for a letter from the Minister, similar to the one issued in the spring, to provide members with absolute clarity that their business operations could continue during the national lockdown. The NFB has a range of useful guides, resources and information available in the ‘COVID-19 Library’ in the members’ area, where members will also find a copy of the Minister’s letter.

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