Self-employed builder makes bid for Carillion contracts

A SELF-EMPLOYED builder who owns his own lorry has bid for Carillion’s prison, hospital, school and Ministry of Defence contracts.

Roy Hobbs, of Hobbs Construction in Macclesfield, whose slogan ‘We never leave a job unfinished’ is familiar to anyone who has seen it on his lorry, has told the government he is ready to pick up where Carillion has left off.

He said: “We’ll have to agree a schedule. I can’t build a hospital in Liverpool and HS2 simultaneously. I’ve only got five lads, counting the apprentices, and Jordan doesn’t always turn up.

“What I’d say is give us a go, we’ll build a prison or whatever, and if you like it then we’ll take on the other jobs. My wife could do school dinners. Kids mainly want crisps.”

Home secretary Amber Rudd said: “To give a self-employed builder, no matter what its pedigree, millions in vital government contracts would be irresponsible, idiotic and doomed to certain failure.

“But if the alternative is the public sector, then I’m afraid we have no choice.”