National Federation of Builders Members
Member companies have to satisfy what the NFB
believes to be the most stringent entrance criteria for any building trade
association. Companies must provide references from accountants, previous
clients, suppliers and professionals such as architects and surveyors.
All references are followed up and, if
satisfactory, applications are then put before a panel of existing
members, who are local to the potential new member, for assessment.
All member companies must be VAT registered
(if applicable) and CITB registered.
Only if the panel is satisfied with the
company's technical competence, health and safety standards and financial
probity is the company admitted into membership. The Federation also
requires member companies to adhere to a stringent Code of Conduct
governing their relationship with clients.
The NFB also encourages its members to use
a straight forward, plain English contract when undertaking projects for
homeowners and occupiers e.g. the JCTís minor works contract, which sets
down in writing whatís expected of them and the commissioning owner, such
as payment terms and agreements. This helps avoid any potential disputes.