BiKBBI Statement: UK General Election Result

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The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) congratulates the newly elected government and acknowledges the democratic decision of the people of the United Kingdom. This election marks a significant moment for our country, and we stand ready to support the government in addressing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

As we move forward and power transitions from blue to red, it is crucial that the new government prioritises support for SME's, particularly those in the trades. SMEs are the backbone of our economy, driving innovation, providing employment, and fostering community growth. As recent years has highlighted, the contribution of professional tradespeople is invaluable, ensuring that homes across the UK are equipped with safe and professionally installed kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

We urge the new government to work closely with trade associations like ours to address the challenges faced by tradespeople.

We call for enhanced government support for apprenticeships, which are vital for nurturing the next generation of skilled workers. The UK is amidst a skills crisis, with a significant shortfall of available competent and compliant tradespeople. By investing meaningfully in apprenticeships, we can ensure that young people have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to thrive in the trades, contributing to the overall prosperity of our economy and ensuring we have a sustainable workforce for the future. A fresh look is necessary, not only in the support of training costs, but a holistic approach on how government can support employers to fund the employment of new talent.

BiKBBI CEO Damian Walters said: "Collaboration between the government and trade associations is critical and will drive a robust framework for growth, ensuring that the voices of SMEs are heard and their needs are met. The positive impact of a thriving SME sector cannot be overstated and it is important that government listen to and work with those associations that have industry specific expertise."

We look forward to engaging with Sir Keir Starmer and his team to advance these priorities and to support the continued success of SMEs across the UK.

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