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BCSA campaign urges government action for UK businesses

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The British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) has warned the Government that the country will lose out on economic growth and hundreds of thousands of jobs if major infrastructure work is not awarded to companies manufacturing in the UK.

This is the message from the Rebuilding Britain campaign, launched by the BCSA, which calls for procurement guidelines to be put in place that prioritise best value and recognise the economic, social, environmental and quality benefits that UK firms can offer.

“Last year, the UK’s last remaining train factory bid for and lost out on a £1.4bn contract to build 1,200 carriages for Thameslink. Bombardier went on to cut 1,000 jobs and concerns still remain over the job security of the business’ remaining 1,600 UK employees,” said Sarah McCann-Bartlett, BCSA Director General.

“We need a fundamental shift in procurement guidelines to consider best value, not cost alone.”

The BCSA says that for every £1 spent on British construction, £2.84 is generated for the wider economy. Just £1bn of investment spent with UK firms could create 32,000 new jobs.

Ms McCann-Bartlett said one of the first opportunities to deliver the Rebuilding Britain campaign’s calls to actions will be on the forthcoming Mersey Gateway Bridge project.

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