Alongside our Investors In People accreditation, being a Property Care Association member is our most valued and important accreditation. This is why it has a dedicated page on our web site.
The PCA is a ‘trade organisation’ originally formed by members of the industry very many years ago. It was called the BWPDA because it roots were in the damp proofing and timber treatment industry. Nowadays specialists like us are often multiskilled and do many things. In addition to damp proofing and dry rot treatment. The BWPDA adapted to this and is now known as the PCA. This reflects the incredibly wide skill set of some of the members. The members number over 400 organisations, companies and individuals, which include highly skilled independent surveyors as well as contractors like us. Together the PCA membership represent well over £100M of work in the property care sector. Members employ thousands of staff and contribute substantially to commerce in every city in the UK.
So it’s a trade ‘club’ then? No – Gaining membership is not about paying a fee and filling in a form. The PCA has a proud heritage going back over 80 years. That reputation is built on deep technical expertise, sound ethical business practice and support for best practice in the industry. In order to gain membership contractors need to meet the PCA’s stringent entry requirements. These are not about restricting membership for commercial reasons. In fact the PCA is always seeking new members. Our MD Bryan Hindle has mentored other non-members in order to help them attain membership of the PCA. This is because the PCA are about improving standards for consumers and for the general sustainability of the wider industry.
Entry is by application, which always includes a detailed on-site inspection. References are followed up, checks on financial probity and of course, technical qualifications must be great. There is absolutely no point in any specialist contractor attempting to join PCA, if they are not happy to invest in training for their surveyors and operatives.
Once applicants have demonstrated they are up to the required standard, they can join and display the PCA logo. This is something we did many years ago.
The PCA logo stands for expertise, ethical contracting and promotion of best practice. As a property care association member we are amongst the cream of the preservation industry and this is why many banks, local authorities, architects, surveyors and facilities managers look for it, when choosing a specialist damp proofing or timber treatment contractor.
All PCA members must reach and maintain the required standard. However, there will always be some who think that they can rest on their laurels and achieving membership is ‘job done’. Not us though. As our MD Bryan Hindle says “Once you are a member of a respected group, there’s only one thing to do and that’s be in the really elite section at the top of that organisation”. This is why we benchmark ourselves against the best PCA members in the UK. The PCA awards are part of that benchmarking program:
Each year at the PCA annual general meeting and conference, awards are given to those members who have excelled in a selection of categories. These are judged by an independent panel of built environment professionals. We were the Property Care Association member contractor of the year 2014 – we won the PCA ‘Training and staff development’ award in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and have been commended for this category twice in the past too. Our very own general manager Katrina Jackson was joint winner of PCA ‘Employee of the year 2014’ and in fact we have been recognised in the awards six times in the last seven years – a record amongst PCA members.
Every year, some of our employees attend PCA headquarters for additional specialist training and continuing professional development (CPD). The PCA run short courses, which are designed to provide the very latest information and methodology in the various trades and specialities we trade in. In the past few years many of our staff have attended diverse additional classes including condensation masterclass, residential ventilation masterclass, structural waterproofing, damp and timber courses, timber microscopy identification classes, business management and customer service too. We have also arranged for PCA staff to attend our own site and complete bespoke training for our technicians. Placed alongside our extensive in-house training program, along with visits to experts in thermography, post-flood building drying and domestic ventilation systems, we keep ourselves at the pinnacle of expertise in the industry.
So – if you are looking for a Property Care Association member in Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford, Harrogate or across Yorkshire, why not choose one of the very best PCA members there is?
Call us in Leeds 0113 265 2752
Call us in Sheffield 0114 224 5121
York – 01904 566 577
Wakefield – 01924 582 450
across Yorkshire call our free customer service line 0800 591 541 or contact us