UK Contractors Group

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UK Contractors Group (UKCG)
Type Limited Company
Industry Construction
Founded 2008
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people James Wates CBE (Chairman), Stephen Ratcliffe (Director)
Employees 4

The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) is the primary association for construction contractors operating in the UK. Established in January 2009, it succeeded the Major Contractors Group and the National Contractors Federation which had until that point represented the views of the leading UK contractors.

About the UKCG[edit]

The UKCG represents over 30 leading contractors operating in the UK on constructions specific issues. Between them, UKCG members account for £33 billion of construction turnover which is a third of UK construction total output.

UKCG's mission is to promote the UK construction industry and to support its members in delivering excellence by encouraging contractors to work together with their clients and supply chains to promote change and best practice. From the UKCG website:

"to work on its members' behalf to promote common interests on sector specific contracting issues. It will represent those interests in dialogue with Government and regulatory bodies and facilitate networking and the exchange of information and ideas. It will also endeavour to work closely with the CBI to ensure that the construction industry's voice is fully represented in its work on more general business issues...."[1]

It is one of two organisations that represents the views of contractors on the Strategic Forum for Construction, along with the Construction Alliance.

UKCG also works closely with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Construction Council[2] to ensure that contractors' interests are properly reflected in the wider business agenda.

Activities and Campaigns[edit]

UKCG commissioned the business consultants LEK to produce an independent report[3] on the contribution construction makes to the UK economy. This report was updated in May 2012. The report, "Construction in the UK economy: The Benefits of Investment",[4] showed that spending on construction significantly benefitted the UK economy and claimed that construction was the best sector to stimulate employment.

UKCG published in 2011 further research showing the contribution construction was making to the English regions, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.[5] The research, undertaken by the economic consultancy Cebr and Glenigan showed the pattern of construction activity to be variable across the UK.

This campaign was followed by "Creating Britain's Future"[6] launched in the Autumn of 2012, aiming to build on the industry's successful delivery of the London Olympics infrastructure by showing that the UK construction industry was: (1) important to the UK economy, (2) a driver of growth, (3) delivering excellent products, and (4) helping change lives.

In November 2012, UKCG and CITB ran The Open Doors Weekend[7] - an initiative for contractors to invite the public to visit sites and to see what they entail in terms of technical aspects, employment/career opportunities and community involvement in order to promote and position the industry positively. The partner organisations are UKCG, CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building), Considerate Constructors Scheme and Construction News.

Key Industry Standards[edit]

The UKCG has been involved in the establishment of Industry Standards, including:

  • Health and Safety Charter and a supply chain charter[8]
  • Health and Safety training standard for directors, supervisors and operatives[9]
  • Competition law Code of Conduct[10]
  • Anti-bribery Code of Conduct[11]
  • Statement on the procurement of materials[12]


The UKCG has three categories of membership: Contractor (full), Affiliate and Associate Members.

Its Full members include Balfour Beatty, BAM Construct, Bouygues, Carillion, Clugston Group, Galliford Try, Interserve, Kier Group, Lend Lease Group, and Skanska.

The Affiliate members include the Electrical Contractors' Association, the Building and Engineering Services Association, the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation and the National Federation of Demolition Contractors) represent specialist contractors.

The Associate members are B&CE, Cogitamus, Deloitte, Glenigan, Madano, Pinsent Masons and Reynolds Porter Chamberlain


  1. ^ UKCG website home page Accessed 10 August 2010
  2. ^ CBI Construction Council
  3. ^ UKCG pledges to fight against spending cuts
  4. ^ Making the Economic Case for Construction
  5. ^ Construction in the UK economy: The Benefits of Investment
  6. ^ Creating Britain's Future campaign gets off to flying start
  7. ^ Open Doors Weekend
  8. ^ Health and Safety Charter
  9. ^ Health and Safety Training for directors
  10. ^ Competition law Code of Conduct
  11. ^ Anti-bribery Code of Conduct
  12. ^ Statement on the procurement of materials

External links[edit]

UKCG website Scottish Contractors Group website Open Doors Weekend website