Chris Hopkins, managing director of Brighouse based Ploughcroft, has been speakinga about the Chancellor’s budget live on BBC 2 this afternoon.
Chris was invited by the BBC 2 to be part of a panel of business leaders giving their reactions to the announcements made today by Chancellor George Osborne.
Chris told the BBC that the last four years had been “horrendous” for the construction industry but that he was optimistic the Help to Buy scheme announced by the Chancellor today were a headline of the Budget and would kick-start growth in the building industry.
He said: “The 20% help with mortgages is a good idea. If all goes to plan construction companies who have been sitting on land banks will be able to start building again and hopefully the banks will see it as a trajectory for growth which they can support.”
Chris also spoke about the Green Deal, a Government scheme introduced in January which enables home owners to have energy efficient home improvement measures, such as insulation and new heating systems, installed with no upfront costs.
Chris said he was disappointed that the Chancellor had not spoken more about the Green Deal in his Budget: “We’ve got to cut carbon emissions in the UK by 80% by the year 2050, so there is a lot of work to do by many industries, including those in construction activity, across the whole of the country,” he said.
Chris is committed to ‘green’ and environmental issues which led him to complete an intensive City and Guilds course to enable him to become a Green Deal assessor.
He has previously said: “I believe the Green Deal is a massive opportunity for the British public to upgrade their homes and benefit from cheaper fuel bills. In Britain we have some of the least efficient buildings in the world, meaning home owners here often pay a high price for inefficient housing which is draughty, poorly insulated and leaks heat.”
Under the scheme households in England and Wales who use the Green Deal to make energy saving home improvements will also qualify for hundreds of pounds of cash back from the Green Deal Cashback Scheme. The more work households decide to have done, the more cash they could receive and packages could be worth over £1,000.
The Green Deal aims to help bring buildings up to date by helping to fund energy efficiency
improvements to homes, community spaces and businesses without having to front up the
cash! Instead repayments are made through the savings made on energy bills and can be
paid back over 20-25 years.
There are 45 different types of improvements currently available under the Green Deal,
helping people warm up their homes and pay for some or all of the improvements over time
through their electricity bill.
Ploughcroft is based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, and serves customers across Yorkshire,
Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Their team has over 20 years’ building and roofing
experience and is committed to ‘green’ and environmental issues – as well as becoming a
Green Deal assessor Chris Hopkins was chosen by the Government to represent all UK
SME businesses on the Green Construction Board.