The Isle of Man Employers’ Federation has recently developed a range of ‘advice sheets’ aimed at assisting both customers and contractors to better understand the relationships in a building project, and, where possible, avoid some of the common problems often encountered.
The Manx Accredited Construction Contractors Scheme (MAACS) was established by the Isle of Man Employers’ Federation in 2009 to provide a list of local contractors that meet a range of criteria in terms of good standards of performance. These include qualified craftsmen, appropriate insurances, and industry references. The Scheme has an annual renewal requiring continued satisfactory performance.
The Scheme is administered by the Federation and managed by a Board comprising members from the construction industry and Government, including the Office of Fair Trading. Government recognises the standards applied within the Scheme to the extent that it requires contractors working on public sector funded projects to be members of the Scheme.
It was always the intention of the Board that the Scheme be strongly focussed on providing support to both private clients and customers undertaking building work, and assisting contractors to improve the quality of their service.
Chairman of the MACCS Board, Seymour Corkill, commented:
‘Even the smallest of domestic building projects can be a traumatic experience for a householder, and the relationship with the builder can be fraught with problems and misunderstanding. At the inception of the MACCS regime it was considered crucial that the Scheme both assist private clients in understanding how to successfully undertake building work, and manage the way in which contractors perform for their clients. There already exists within the MACCS administration, free professional advice to both parties, and we hope that the publication of the new advice sheets will further assist all concerned.’
The first two of these advice sheets are aimed at the private client and entitled:
- Advice to Domestic Clients on Building Projects;
- Why Should I Use a MACCS Builder?
Copies of the advice sheets are available from:
The Isle of Man Employers’ Federation
23A, The Village Walk,