Build UK has strengthened its representation of the contracting supply chain with its second new Trade Association Member in as many months. The Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers (ALLMI), which has joined Build UK from February 2016, represents manufacturers, fleet owners, service companies, suppliers, site operators and other individuals and organisations engaged in the lorry loader industry.

With approximately 90% of the UK’s manufacturers in membership and its fleet owner members operating up to 80% of all new cranes purchased within the UK, ALLMI is the authority on all issues involving the design, manufacture, application and use of lorry loaders. ALLMI is committed to ensuring that it is involved in the formulation of any legislation and policy which affects the industry and promoting the safe use of lorry loaders, including compliance with training requirements.

The addition of ALLMI gives even further weight to the voice of the contracting supply chain and will help us to make progress on the key industry issues identified in the Build UK Action Plan. Since the New Year, Build UK has worked with the Construction Leadership Council to update the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter in a clear demonstration of how progress can be made when the contracting supply chain has the opportunity to discuss issues affecting their business. We have also secured agreement to update PAS 91, the recognised standard for pre-qualification questionnaires, which will assist in the development of a solution to the current bureaucratic and repetitive process of pre-qualification.

Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE said:

“I am delighted to see Build UK going from strength to strength in its first six months. By continuing to increase our representation of the contracting supply chain, we are in an even stronger position to tackle the long-standing issues affecting our industry and drive growth in the UK economy.”

ALLMI Chief Executive Tom Wakefield said:

“We are pleased to have joined Build UK to establish an even stronger link between our respective organisations. ALLMI shares with Build UK the same objective of improving the industry and raising standards and we look forward to working together on the key issues such as safety which matter to our members.”

Build UK is looking forward to welcoming ALLMI, the rest of its members and guests from across the industry to its first major event on Wednesday 2 March. The champagne reception, which will be held at the top of “The Cheesegrater”, one of the most iconic recent construction projects, will celebrate the initial achievements of Build UK and demonstrate the potential of a successfully united and productive construction sector.