ONS forced to admit blunders over wrong construction order figures

An apology was forced to be made by Government number crunchers after it was made clear that there were significant errors in the construction order figures.

The construction orders were officially stated to have risen by 0.2% in the last 3 months in comparison with the first quarter of the year, but in actual fact there was an 8.5% drop in new orders, something ONS chiefs have only just uncovered.

The amended figures now show that new construction orders are at the lowest they have been since third quarter of 1980. Among other errors amended was the 11% rise in year-on-year quarterly comparisons, which is actually a 0.3% contraction. Despite the amendments the ONS have said that there is no affect on the UK’s headline GDP figures.

Full story: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2012/09/28/bungling-ons-admits-error-in-construction-orders/

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Have You Got Enthusiasm And Passion?

Two of the things that seem to be sadly lacking in the construction and engineering industries at the moment are enthusiasm and passion.

The way a person approaches his or her work is just as important as the skills they bring to the job. It’s far more productive in the long term to give someone with the right attitude a chance rather than appointing someone with all the skills, but has a negative approach. There is absolutely no room for negativity within your business.

Actively look for people who really care about what they do and who are passionate and enthusiastic. They take ownership and responsibility for whatever they do and are proud of their achievements. Look after the people who demonstrate commitment and do everything possible to retain them and keep them motivated.

It’s also vital that this approach comes from the top. It’s impossible to have a driven team if the leader has a negative or downbeat attitude.

Enthusiasm is infectious. I am absolutely passionate about what we do here at StreetwiseSubbie. I love what we do for our clients and I am proud of the people we have working with us. And let’s face it – if it’s possible to get enthusiastic about Specialist Sub-Contracting at the moment, then it’s possible to get enthusiastic about almost anything.

And that’s my point. Whatever you do, try to be the best in the world at it. If you don’t love what you do, you might want to think about doing something else. Life’s simply too short to waste it doing something that doesn’t make you happy.

Alternatively you might just want to change your approach to business and try some new techniques. We can’t guarantee to make you happy but we can help you with all your business problems.

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You Must Find Out About Who You Are Intending To Work For!

As many of you who follow this blog or are in our LinkedIn Group will already know, in addition to being MD of StreetwiseSubbie.com Ltd, I am still very active on commercial and contractual matters as Ashmore Consulting.

One of the very first things I do when clients call me with a problem, is to ask who they are working for. Very often, it turns out they don’t actually know!

That might sound ridiculous, but it is true in the sense that they might have a name, but they don’t know whether or not it is a limited company or even exactly which company it is. Sometimes, as happened today the poor guy who rang had no idea that he was actually working for a German company, and had little chance of recovering what he was owed.

Now that guy was at the labour only end of the scale, but I have seen the problem manifest itself in regard to contracts worth hundreds of thousands of pounds!

So where am I going with all of this? Our LinkedIn Group is a great place to start “finding out”, but I would encourage you to subscribe to a credit reference agency such as Top Service. They are experts in construction and that’s why StreetwiseSubbie have teamed up with them to offer you a discount on their service. You can find out more at Check Out Top Service.

So, please, please, please, find out about who you are intending to work for, before it’s too late!

And if the contract contains a “we don’t pay if the Employer is insolvent” clause then you also need to know that the Employer is good for the money, or get that clause struck out.

I have just been reviewing ISG’s terms for a client, and here’s what their terms say; 

“…if the Employer is insolvent…ISG shall not be obliged to make any further payment to the Sub-Contractor of any amount which is due or may become due to the Sub-Contractor unless ISG has received payment in respect thereof from the Employer and then only to the extent such receipt relates to the Works”

Check out the Employer or kick out the clause!

Failing to check could cost you your business…