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Constructionline from a subbie's view


Sir, I AGREE with the letter from S D Scott (Construction News, May 11) about the amount of duplication involved in completing application forms to be included in tender lists.

What makes matters worse is that most clients ask for references.

I always feel guilty about taking advantage of a good client who gives us work by using his name for a reference and involving him in additional form filling.

However, while I am in favour of end-user clients using Constructionline, I have doubts about the recent development of allowing main contractors access to select subcontractors. Most main contractors do not have a laborious qualification system.

In a recent Constructionline newsletter, Nick Raynsford, Minister for Construction, wrote: 'Allowing main contractors access to the database to select their own subcontractors will encourage partnering in the supply chain and ensure the benefits of consistent and streamlined procurement are spread throughout.'

Being at the opposite end of the chain gives me a completely different view. Most contractors already have more than enough subcontractors if they are interested in partnering.

It's my belief that main contractors will use Constructionline to widen their search for cheaper subcontract prices.

Scott Ritchie Albion Fencing London Road Glasgow