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Snipef Diary SNIPEF Diary Spring 2017 Fiona Hodgson, SNIPEF CEO Telephone Providers Meeting - Edinburgh, 12 January SNIPEF is introducing a new telephone system which will be effective Spring 2017 to improve communication and ensure members calls can be answered quickly and efficiently. Office Bearers Meeting - Edinburgh, 13 January Meeting with the SNIPEF President and other Office Bearers to review the activities undertaken 2016. We discuss the challenges and opportunities facing SNIPEF in 2017 and how we can continue to ensure that members’ needs are addressed. Watersafe – London, 16 January SNIPEF is a partner of Watersafe, an online directory of approved plumbing businesses and a national brand covering seven approved contractors’ schemes across the UK, of which SNIPEF represents Scotland and Northern Ireland Water. The Board comprises representatives from each of the Approved Contractor Schemes who meet to discuss among other things how to promote to the public the benefits of using Approved Contractors and ensure quality is maintained within the industry. Scottish Parliament – Edinburgh, 17 January Meeting with Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing to discuss the Approved Certifier of Construction Scheme and ways in which the scheme could be expanded and improved. We also discussed concerns SNIPEF has in respect of the promotion by Local Councils of Trusted Trader type schemes and how we would like to see Trade Association members being given equal promotion. British Automatic Fire Sprinklers Association (BAFSA) – Edinburgh, 20 January Meeting with BAFSA to discuss qualifications which could be undertaken by qualified plumbers to enable them to install and test fire sprinklers. This is an area which we have received several enquiries from member firms. Pensions Minister – London, 25 January Meeting with Pensions Minister, Richard Harrington MP to discuss the issues faced by many of our members and to ensure that these are considered and included within the Government Green Paper. This was followed by a meeting in Westminster with Pete Wishart MP and Deidre Brock MP to update them on progress. Scottish Water – Glasgow, 26 January Meeting with Scottish Water to discuss the current Approved Contractor Scheme and how SNIPEF can work with Scottish Water to promote and grow the scheme. Wolseley – Edinburgh, 1 February Jason Reid, Regional Sales Manager Scotland and Northern Ireland came to the SNIPEF offices to discuss ways in which SNIPEF and Wolseley could work together for the benefit of our members. Building Standards Division (BSD) – Edinburgh, 15 February Meeting with representatives of BSD to discuss the current Approved Certifier of Construction Scheme and how it can be expanded and improved in light of recent experiences and changes which BSD would like to introduce. Skills Agenda – York, 20 February APHC, BPEC and SNIPEF have formed a partnership to establish the Plumbing and Heating Skills Partnership (PHSP). This new Skills Partnership will cover the whole of the UK and be led by employers from the plumbing and heating industry; the PHSP will take responsibility for the skills needs of the industry as from 1 April 2017 following the closure of SummitSkills. Project Bank Account Seminar – Edinburgh, 22 February Seminar on Project Bank Accounts held in the SELECT offices by SEC Group and SBCC. This was an excellent seminar with presentations from Scottish Government, RBS, a client who had been through the process of setting up a PBA, SBCC from a contract perspective and Rudi Klein, CEO of Specialist Engineering Contractors Group (SEC). Copies of the presentation can be found on the SNIPEF website. SEC has been instrumental to the introduction by the Scottish Government that Scottish Government bodies must include Project Bank Accounts in tender documents for contracts commencing procurement procedures from 31 October 2016. Specialist Engineering Group (Scotland) – Edinburgh, 23 February The SEC Group is a group of six Trade Associations (SNIPEF, SELECT, BESA, BCSA, ECA, and LEIA) comprising over 60,000 firms and a workforce of more than 300,000. It accounts for the largest single component (by value) of construction output. Being 26 Spring 2017


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