Chesterfield firm calls for CE crackdown

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Franke Sissons Ltd, which has been manufacturing for more than 230 years, has headed a hard-hitting parliamentary discussion to outline the lack of surveillance for genuine CE Marking on products fitted in commercial buildings.

The company employs the majority of its staff from the Derbyshire area and says it could expand its business and create even more employment opportunities if mandatory proof of CE Marking at tender stage was instigated.

MP Toby Perkins has thrown his weight behind the campaign being lead by firm based at Carrwood Road in Chesterfield.

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association also joined forces to host a briefing session for MP’s in Westminster.

Aiming to highlight the obvious shortfalls of legislation that currently goes completely unchecked, the briefing detailed to MPs how contractors are regularly substituting unlawful and inferior products in the final fit, through either lack of knowledge in the law or in ignorance for the cheapest option.

Franke’s managing director Andy Dukelow said: “This is a problem right across the building industry not just in our sector.

“Without a CE Mark on products for bathrooms and washrooms, consumers may endure scalding injuries, product failure under load and ultimately products will fail completely, there is no back up and absolutely no guarantee.

“Those manufacturers and suppliers who have made the investment to comply, with what is actually a law not just a guideline, will continue to be undercut by non-conforming companies putting UK jobs at risk.

“I am personally deeply frustrated by the slow pace of understanding at Government level.”