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Coronavirus at The Walled Garden

Latest COVID-19 news and updates from SELECT

The SELECT offices are now closed, with all staff working from home. However, this will not affect our services and we will continue to offer essential help and guidance to Members. We are still dealing with all calls made to our main switchboard – 0131 445 557 – and you can continue to use our main email address – … Continued

Chancellor announces measures

Cautious welcome for new self-employment measures

SELECT has given a cautious welcome to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s measures to provide financial support to the self-employed – but insists more clarity is still needed. Alan Wilson, Managing Director, said: “SELECT welcomes the measures that have been announced, which we believe will provide much-needed help and reassurance, both for our Members and other construction … Continued

SBCC's Lisa Cattenach

Lisa: Sector must pull together ‘ethically and fairly’

The Chair of The Scottish Building Contracts Committee (SBCC) has urged the construction sector to forget its differences and work together to overcome the potentially devastating impact of coronavirus. Lisa Cattanach says it’s vital for the industry to show a united front over looming contractual and supply chain issues – and insisted that all affected … Continued

Clarity guidelines

CICV Forum issues clear guidance on working practices

The newly-established Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has taken immediate action to provide clarity for the sector in Scotland. The group – which was co-created by SELECT and represents most professional construction bodies in Scotland – took action following advice from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon earlier this week that all building sites with the exception of any hospital work should … Continued

Statement from Fiona Harper about working uncertainty

SELECT Director of Employment and Skills Fiona Harper has issued the following statement about the ongoing uncertainty around construction working practices. Fiona, who is also The Secretary of the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB), said: “Members will be aware of the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday 23 March regarding the now enforceable … Continued

masks needed

Face mask appeal from NHS

The NHS has asked SELECT Members and the wider industry for help in tracking down stocks of FFP3 face masks to help it combat the current coronavirus pandemic. NHS Procurement are looking to establish whether anyone has stocks of the masks and if they would be prepared to set them aside for the NHS. They are also looking to establish sources for … Continued

commerical helpline

Additional commercial support offered to Members

SELECT has extended the range of coronavirus guidance to Members, with an additional commercial support service for those concerned about legal and contractual issues. Put together in conjunction with a number of industry experts, the service involves an initial consultation which is free for all Members up to 20 minutes. Assistance will cover the following issues: Delays in the … Continued

CICV Forum

SELECT plays a key part in new Forum calling for urgent action

SELECT is playing a leading role in a new forum of respected construction bodies who have suggested a number of simple actions that the Scottish Government could introduce immediately to help with cashflow and protect jobs against the “crippling” background of coronavirus. The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum – which represents the majority of contractor business in … Continued

Help is at hand with the EIC

EIC offers financial and emotional support during crisis

The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) is offering financial relief and mental health support to any electrical contractors who have concerns about the impact of coronavirus. The charity is adapting its support service to help industry members through the pandemic, with a range of practical support services. Financial assistance on offer from the EIC includes: Small … Continued


Members urged to give their views as retentions consultation extended

SELECT has urged Members to have their say in an industry-wide consultation on cash retentions after the deadline was extended due to the coronavirus crisis. Managing Director Alan Wilson said that every Member business should make their views known to the Scottish Government discussion before it closes on the new date of 13 May. He said: “This … Continued