Firms were crossing their fingers ahead of a Housing Executive (NIHE) board meeting today amid ongoing contract delays.
A hold-up in the Housing Executive’s procurement process has meant question marks have been hovering over contracts which were supposed to be awarded last month.
They relate to the NIHE plan to make sure its homes are double-glazed by 2015,
When the Housing Executive board meeting takes place this morning in Belfast, it is hoped progress will be made.
Ken Taylor, managing director of Superseal in Castledawson, which would be a likely supplier to anyone working on the NIHE contracts, said they have to consider redundancies due to lack of work.
“We don’t want to do that but we have no choice,” he said in a statement. “We want the board to take a firm grasp of the matter and find a way to release work.”
A spokesman for such firms estimated up to 110 jobs could be put at risk by further contract delays.
The NIHE said: “The board is eager to resolve matters relating to the double glazing contracts quickly and is mindful of its obligation to tenants and the impact the delay has on the local economy.”