The End of the Cowboy Builder?


A recent survey found that professionals in the construction industry overwhelmingly backed the introduction of a scheme to improve the trade’s reputation and give customers peace of mind.

The survey, conducted by the Federation of Master Builders, discovered that almost eight in ten builders were in favour of further regulation within construction in order to put an end to so-called cowboy builders. The independent membership organisation put forward the idea of a licensing scheme in construction that would set minimum standards, noting that anyone can sell building services in the UK without demonstrating the competence, skill level, or professionalism.

John Knoetze, Managing Director of Knoetze Master Builders said; “Cowboy builders cause problems for the entire construction industry, their unsavoury practices can leave homeowners out of pocket and less trusting of building companies in general. It is for this reason we wanted to be vetted by the Federation of Master Builders to give our clients peace of mind before any new project is started”.