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LEADING PROFESSIONAL POWER TOOL MANUFACTURER, DEWALT, GIVES SUPPORT TO REPAIRING BRITAIN CAMPAIGN

DEWALT, one of the world’s leading manufacturer’s of professional power tools and accessories, has given its support to Repairing Britain, the campaign to secure 250,000 jobs in the construction sector at risk during the recession.

Repairing Britain is designed to boost the UK economy by stimulating the construction industry and encouraging the public and local authorities to take an interest in the maintenance of their homes and community buildings.

The campaign says up to half a million jobs could be lost in the current downturn. However, it is highlighting that refurbishment and improvement projects create many more jobs than new build schemes, require skilled tradesmen and are more sustainable.

Repairing Britain has devised a Five Point Plan that the public can follow to support the industry, their local community and the economy:

1. Look around your community for disused buildings and those in poor repair; tell your council about them; organise a pressure group to get them fixed
2. Ask your council to agree to use local builders for refurbishment contracts and schemes under £10,000
3. Encourage local business owners to keep their buildings in good condition and energy efficient
4. Look at your own home to see what you can do to make it more energy efficient, or what maintenance jobs can be done now to prevent problems in future
5. And finally, sign the Downing Street e-petition for a reduction in VAT on repair work to 5 percent

The petition, which is on the Downing Street website, http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/repairingbritain/, requests a reduction in VAT on property repair work to 5 percent, which will provide a much needed stimulus.

DEWALT is long established as a leading supplier of high performance power tools and accessories to the global construction industry and is renowned for the powerful, durable and reliable qualities of its range.

Richard Mallinson, DEWALT Group Marketing Manager, said: “As a leading professional power tool manufacturer, the strength of the residential and commercial construction sectors is a key driver within our business. DEWALT, therefore, recognises and support the positive steps that the 'Repairing Britain' campaign is taking to help the look and feel of local communities and to protect and create jobs within the construction industry.”

Garvis Snook, who is spearheading Repairing Britain and is also Chief Executive of property repair and maintenance specialist, Rok plc, said: “DEWALT is a globally-renowned name in the construction sector and a respected commentator on the issues affecting the industry. They are part of a supply chain that requires an active construction sector, which can be achieved if the plans set out by Repairing Britain are followed.”

Email: rok@redleafpr.com


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