Cowboys building a bad reputation

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Construction industry trade body the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) is calling on consumers not to fuel unfair competition after a survey found almost half its members are struggling to compete with “cash-in-hand” cowboys.

Its latest member survey found that unfair competition from rogue traders is now having a negative impact on the business of more than two in five small to medium-sized Scottish building firms.

And more than half of respondents said they had been pressurised by customers to “lose the VAT” in the past year.

SBF boss Vaughan Hart said warned that not only were such practices illegal, consumers may find themselves ripped off by rogue operators as well.