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Wickes CEO: East European builders created 'do it for me' culture

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Britain has benefited from Eastern European immigration because it has made home improvements cheaper, according to the boss of the UK’s leading construction supplies company. John Carter, chief executive of Travis Perkins, the £5.6bn a year building and plumbing supplies business which owns the Wickes chain, said the influx of skilled workmen from the former Soviet bloc introduced competition to the market. He said it had created a “Do it for me” culture that ended the era of “Do it yourself”.

20 April 2015
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