Simon Wright MP visited the Norwich South branch of builders merchant Ridgeons, to learn about the company’s sustainable credentials.
Wright was shown round by managing director, Angela Rushforth and northern region commercial director, John Mortlock.
He said: “I was delighted to visit my local branch of Ridgeons and learn about the company’s contribution to the construction economy in the area. It was great to hear from a local company celebrating one hundred years of successful business about their plans for the future.
“I welcomed the chance to discuss the Government’s Green Deal that I’ve recently been scrutinising in committee. Merchants have a vital role to play. I’m keen to work with local councils and industry to identify ways in which they can work in partnership to help people make the most of the opportunity to improve the energy performance of their property, cut bills and save money”.
The visit was one of a number organised by the Builders Merchants Federation and was timed to coincide with legislation being taken through Parliament by Energy & Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne MP.
The BMF believes the policy relies too heavily on big corporates – and favours vertically integrated businesses that will dominate the marketplace from the outset with a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach.
BMF Policy Manager, Brett Amphlett, said: “Our message to MPs is the legislation must create a wider, deeper and longer market to allow merchants and their SME customers to participate in improving the thermal performance of homes & workplaces. If not, it is unlikely there will be a wide range of providers in the market that ministers say they want – meaning little or no scope for merchants and SME firms to participate”.