Quinco, the successor to the troubled Year of Engineering Success (Yes) campaign, has lost the support of the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF), which has resigned from its board of trustees.
Quinco was set up this year by leading engineering bodies to co-ordinate the various initiatives to promote the profession. ‘We don’t believe Quinco is adding much to existing national activities,’ said Jeremy Miller, the EEF’s Quinco board representative.
Miller resigned from his Quinco role last week and said that next year’s £10,000 patronage fee was also up for review. The EEF, which was one of the founder patrons of Quinco, has already paid this year’s fee but half of this is going to fund its own projects. The EEF was highly critical of the inefficiency of the Yes campaign and was a reluctant signatory to Quinco.
To date Quinco has recruited 28 patrons out of a target of 50 for this year. Patrons, drawn largely from the engineering sector, pay an annual fee to support Quinco and its projects.
The new body aims to attract several hundred patrons over its five year life-span. ‘It’s not really achieved the critical mass in terms of patrons to make a useful contribution to the promotion of engineering,’ said Miller. ‘It may have a role to play as a regional body, however.’
Alex McDiarmid, Quinco’s chairman, said he was surprised and disappointed by the EEF’s decision, which came a few days after a ‘very positive’ Quinco board meeting. ‘We have not received reasons for their resignation and it is difficult to respond without knowing these in detail,’ he said. ‘The industrial patrons believe in Quinco and its aims.’
Quinco was successful in stimulating promotional activity around the country, he added. ‘A number of such groups are up and running and we shall be concentrating on getting others in place.’
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