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Planning Portal and Federation of Master Builders sign partnership agreement

by on June 12, 2018

The Planning Portal and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) are pleased to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, signalling their intent to work more closely together for the benefit of their joint customers and members.

The Planning Portal has been promoting FMB’s ‘Find a Builder’ service since 2016.  This service, which includes over 8,000 vetted local builders, has been popular with the Planning Portal’s 500,000 users; especially consumers using the website to plan a wide range of home improvement and building projects.

Following the success of this partnership, the two organisations are now seeking to broaden their relationship in other areas of mutual interest.

Sarah Chilcott, Managing Director of the Planning Portal, had this to say: “We’re delighted to have signed this Memorandum of Understanding with the FMB, welcoming them into our group of strategic partners; all of whom share with us similar aims, values and ethics.  We firmly believe that working in partnership with like-minded organisations results in better outcomes for our customers. We are therefore very much looking forward to working with FMB more closely in the future to provide even more value to the Planning Portal’s consumer and B2B users.”

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), said: “Working more closely with the Planning Portal will benefit builders and consumers alike as it will help consumers better understand the often complex planning and building system. With more than 8,000 vetted Master Builders our members are best placed to help consumers deliver the building projects they desire. This new initiative with the Planning Portal is an important step to assist this process.”

Jamie Hughes
Marketing Executive 

About the Planning Portal

The Planning Portal was launched in 2002 with the aim to simplify the planning and building control sector for all those involved. The Planning Portal provides trusted, accurate and authoritative content to help industry professionals and consumers successfully navigate the planning and building system. Owned by PortalPlanQuest, it is a joint venture between the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and TerraQuest Ltd.

The Planning Portal successfully processes around 90 per cent of all planning applications throughout England and Wales, approximately 2,000 daily. The service continues to diversify and extend its offering, ensuring that it meets the changing needs of both the industry and consumers.

About the Federation of Master Builders

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the largest trade association in the UK construction industry representing thousands of firms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit making, lobbying for members’ interests at both the national and local level. Master Builders are independently inspected and vetted on joining and can provide a warranty with every job. The FMB is committed to raising quality in the construction industry and offers a free service to consumers called ‘Find a Builder’. Please visit

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