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  • Spare a thought for the dinosaurs

    StreetwiseSubbie's comment 8 March, 2019 2:45 pm

    I couldn't agree more with the anonymous comment about having to "regularly contend with arrogance (from men and women), particularly around payment terms, and an appalling lack of skills (managerial and technical) in the industry, at both the coalface and the office."

    And I share her view that the Construction Industry is most definitely guilty of a lack of investment in training.

  • Beware the Ides of March

    StreetwiseSubbie's comment 4 March, 2019 11:42 am

    Forgive me for paraphrasing Churchill but here goes;

    “For a company to try to borrow itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”

    Enough said!

  • Interserve results: 6 things we learned

    StreetwiseSubbie's comment 1 March, 2019 11:16 am

    Forgive me for paraphrasing Churchill but here goes;

    “For a company to try to borrow itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”

    Enough said!

  • Interserve: Rescue plan offers 'turning point'

    StreetwiseSubbie's comment 1 March, 2019 10:38 am

    Forgive me for paraphrasing Churchill but here goes;

    “For a company to try to borrow itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”

    Enough said!

  • Mace boss: Name and shame late-paying clients

    StreetwiseSubbie's comment 7 February, 2019 6:58 pm

    It's all very well Mark reynolds complaining about Client's not paying the tier 1's but that is a matter for the Tier 1's to manage. The fact of the matter is that they don't! Instead they simply pass that pain down their supply chain.

    The truth of the matter is that Specialist Contractors in the UK continue to be bullied on a daily basis and still no-one appears to care. Our Government tells us we have a ‘first class’ construction industry here in the UK but I’m sorry, I don’t agree. If we did we wouldn’t have a huge skills shortage, an ageing workforce or problems recruiting the brightest talent into the industry. Nor would we allow the widespread use of onerous terms and conditions, and accept the unrealistic apportion of risk in the supply chain.

    The majority of our Specialist Contractors are relatively small businesses. For them, payment abuse in all its forms can mean the difference between survival and failure.

    The situation is desperate. We have let literally thousands of firms with real expertise go bust over the last few years. If we don’t act the situation will only get worse.

    The Specialist contractors know only too well that telling their workforce they’re going to have to wait another week for their wages, or asking their suppliers to give them another month to pay isn't an option, because the fact is that the lads will walk and their suppliers will put them on stop!

    So come on Mr Reynolds, lead by example and demonstrate that Mace pay their supply chain properly and on time irrespective of whether or not Mace are getting paid on time.


  • Put up or shut up time on fair payment

    StreetwiseSubbie's comment 17 August, 2018 10:07 am

    Carillions demise not only drew criticism for their director’s; “recklessness hubris and greed”, it has also cost you, me and every other taxpayer our share of the £50 million paid to Carillion’s liquidators! Not to mention the increased cost of a whole raft of taxpayer funded projects.

    What does all this say about our fragile economy, or a government that continues to let work to the big players despite their precarious financial position?

    Yet month-after-month, year-after-year, the worthies trot out the same mantra, that everything is fine; “construction is a world class business; the pride of Britain”.

    But now some of the worthies are bickering; “the leaders are serious about changing the way they do business” cries one, “not so, that’s the ultimate insult cries another”. Whilst the most learned of worthies repeats his stale old calls to “ban retentions.”

    And no point expecting the elected worthies to step in and actually do something useful. They are far too busy bickering over wreaths and burkas and making an almighty mess of things.

    Payment abuse is destroying the UK construction industry, and over 95% of respondents to our last survey think that neither the Trade Associations nor the government are doing enough to solve the problem. So, the time has come for Specialist Contractors to take a stand and to:

    • drop their ‘victim’ mentality
    • refuse to work for poor or negative margins
    • believe in themselves as the backbone of the industry
    • say “No” to the Contractor’s onerous terms
    • stand together as never before at grass roots level
    • demand a better fairer and sustainable future
    • read “The Streetwise Subbie” at https://bit.ly/2Ozw5MT

    Let’s stop bickering and work together to find a way to solve the contractual, payment and a myriad of other problems that are destroying the industry one firm at a time. I want to hear to hear from everyone (worthy or otherwise) who wants to get behind a campaign for effective action to fix the problem once and for all.

    For more information or to add your voice call StreetwiseSubbie.com Ltd on 01773 712116 or email info@streetwisesubbie.com

  • Carillion's top scaffolder: PFIs, payment and what comes next

    StreetwiseSubbie's comment 9 February, 2018 8:38 am

    "Carillion’s collapse should be a wake-up call for the industry to assess fundamental problems with contractual practices and adversarial supply chain relationships" says Mr Lynch above.

    We say he is absolutely right and enough's enough, let's all work together for real truth and real change. So, please;

    • Support our call for a Public Inquiry into construction at; https://goo.gl/qk6osw

    • Share this message across all social media using #enoughsenough and #buildfair4all

  • Carillion FD says supply chain let contractor down

    StreetwiseSubbie's comment 7 February, 2018 9:41 am

    Carillion has impacted over 400,000 lives!

    That's 40,000 employees worldwide x (1 partner + 1.5 children) = 100k

    30,000 businesses x say 4 people x (1 partner + 1.8 children) = 336k

    The actual number may never be known, but whatever it is, it's a national disgrace!

    This Can Happen Again -

    There is no doubt that more businesses will fail. We are calling for a Public Inquiry, into Construction hear why on BBC Radio Derby; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05thptr at 1:43 in.

    Please join 1,229 others who are supporting our call for a Public Inquiry at; https://goo.gl/qk6osw

  • Carillion inquiry exposes damning risk and reward appetite

    StreetwiseSubbie's comment 7 February, 2018 9:40 am

    Carillion has impacted over 400,000 lives!

    That's 40,000 employees worldwide x (1 partner + 1.5 children) = 100k

    30,000 businesses x say 4 people x (1 partner + 1.8 children) = 336k

    The actual number may never be known, but whatever it is, it's a national disgrace!

    This Can Happen Again -

    There is no doubt that more businesses will fail. We are calling for a Public Inquiry, into Construction hear why on BBC Radio Derby; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05thptr at 1:43 in.

    Please join 1,229 others who are supporting our call for a Public Inquiry at; https://goo.gl/qk6osw

  • Carillion's doomed turnaround plan reveals £1.25bn loss

    StreetwiseSubbie's comment 7 February, 2018 9:32 am

    Carillion has impacted over 400,000 lives!

    That's 40,000 employees worldwide x (1 partner + 1.5 children) = 100k

    30,000 businesses x say 4 people x (1 partner + 1.8 children) = 336k

    The actual number may never be known, but whatever it is, it's a national disgrace!

    This Can Happen Again -

    There is no doubt that more businesses will fail. We are calling for a Public Inquiry, into Construction hear why on BBC Radio Derby; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05thptr at 1:43 in.

    Please join 1,229 others who are supporting our call for a Public Inquiry at; https://goo.gl/qk6osw

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