Robert takes on new role at FMB

Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson

A Kirkintilloch businessman has backed a campaign to crack down on cowboy builders and bogus workmen.

Robert Wilson was recently appointed president of the Federation of Master Builders (Scotland) and has kicked-off his tenure as president by urging people to use bona fide firms who are members of recognised trade organisations.

Robert, whose painting and decorating business is based in Kirkintilloch, says the cheapest job is not always the best job and could end up costing people more money.

He said: “There are some real horror stories out there.

“I heard about a case recently when a woman had paid £120 to get two doors painted. They’d only been given one coat of paint. The person who was doing the job got the money and didn’t return to finish it off. And that’s just one example.

“I would always advise people who are getting any kind of work done on their property to use a firm that is a member of a recognised trade organisation.

“No matter how big or small a job is always get three quotes for the work, and if possible get recommendations from people who have used the firm before.

“And never pay up front. No reputable firm would ask for cash to pay for materials up front. Don’t pay until the job is done.”

Robert says other benefits from using a firm that is a member of a trade organisation such as the Federation of Master Builders (Scotland) is that they will have insurance cover should any mishaps occur while the work is being carried out.

Meanwhile, the painting and decorating firm boss is looking forward to his term as FMB (Scotland) president and believes there is a bright future for young people learning a trade in the building industry. He said: “These days a lot of youngsters leave school and go to univeristy or college, but I would like to see more considering learning a trade. It’s a fact that we are going to need more tradespeople in the years ahead.”