IN response to the onset of the recession, Rok went back to its roots as a local builder and concentrated on the work that doesn't go away when times get tough. It is the sort of work at which Rok excels since it has invested in recruiting and training people from the local area.
This determination to deliver as many of its services using its own, directly employed tradespeople has given Rok the unique advantage of being able to operate from a network of offices nationally but using locally based technicians.
Back in May, Rok launched a campaign aimed at persuading the Government to change the way it taxed building activities in order to save jobs. Rok’s Repairing Britain Campaign has won the support of local businesses such as the leading name in heating technology, Myson and D-Line, the cable and pipe trunking specialist. The campaign calls for a VAT cut on repairs and maintenance because at the moment it is charged at the full rate while new build work is exempt.
Refurbishing existing properties uses many more people and skills than new-build projects and an increase in this activity prompted by a tax cut could go a long way to saving some of the 350,000 jobs it has been calculated could be lost in construction during this
The campaign also points to the advantages for the environment if more was done to tidy up, improve and reuse older buildings.
:: To learn more about the campaign or sign Rok’s petition visit: www.rokgroup.com