Our Sell Out Conference Will Urge Cameron To Stop The Carnage and Save The Industry!

ImageFirstly may I say thank you so much for the overwhelming response we have had regarding our conference, which has had to have a last minute venue change due to the demand! We have almost 100 delegates and counting already signed up and travelling from all over the UK.

Secondly, let me draw your attention to the fact that David Cameron has written to the NSCC and stated that he is…

“…very aware of the pressures faced by subcontractors in the construction sector’ and that ‘the construction supply chain should not have to wait for lengthy periods to be paid for work they have already completed’.

He went on to say that ‘this is something the Government takes extremely seriously’ and that ‘payment will be included within the Industrial Strategy for Construction’.

There is an overall feeling of a lack of security and safe footing within the construction industry, and we hope the huge amount of support for our conference will help us to call on Mr Cameron to get to grips with the real problems and adopt their Fair Treatment Charter across all public procurement and make it law as soon as possible.

It’s all very well Mr Cameron saying that payment “is something the Government takes extremely seriously” and that “payment will be included within the Industrial Strategy for Construction”, but do they understand what is really going on?

If they do, then they need to address the real problems of late payment, reduced payment, lack of proper valuation and unfounded set offs, all driven by grossly unfair contractual arrangements. The list goes on and on!

We as an industry have to find an answer, and if the government cares about the industry and the 200,000 jobs already lost they need to action this now, before it’s too late! Clearly there is no shortage of thoughts, ideas and inspiration, but what the industry desperately needs is action!

The Prompt Payment Code and Government’s Mystery Shopper service DO NOT WORK, and on the face of it an effective solution that could be introduced both quickly and economically, is the StreetwiseSubbie.com’s ‘Fair Treatment Charter’. If you would like a copy please email us at info@StreetwiseSubbie.com.

The Fair Treatment Charter will be launched in earnest at the ‘Specialist Contracting in the UK is Broken! – What Can We Do To Fix It?’ conference at the Nottingham Belfry on 7th June 2013.

Because we have over 100 delegates have moved to the Nottingham Belfry, which is a much larger venue!

The Nottingham Belfry Hotel Mellors Way, Off Woodhouse Way, Nottingham, NG8 6PY.  Please Allow 10 Minutes From M1 J26

Here is the link to the new venue; Nottingham Belfry Hotel

We still have a few spaces available. Simple email us at info@streetwisesubbie.com

Here’s the programme;

8:30 Registration and tea and coffee

9:00 Start prompt

Barry J Ashmore – The Launch of StreetwiseSubbie Fair Treatment Charter

Steve Sutherland – The Specialist Contractor Who Was Prepared to Stand Up and Be Counted!

Richard Brackenbury – Recent Legal Developments That Affect You!

Diane Dean – The Pitfalls of Not Checking Credit References!

10:20 Coffee Break

Natalie Wilson – Social Media’s Not Just For Kids!

Justin Perry – How to Get Rid of Retention!

Kevin Sharkey – Cash is King – Managing Working Capital & Access to Finance’

Bernard Coleman – The Upside of Specialist Contracting!

Steve Pilling – Contractors Dirty Tricks and How to Beat Them!

12:15 – 1:00 Buffet Lunch and informal networking

1:00 – 2:00 Flexible Q&A session “All Your Questions Answered!”

Please let us have your questions and whether you would prefer to remain anonymous or raise your question personally from the floor.

2:00 Onwards Take advantage of a Free 15 minute consultation with one of our experts!

I look forward to seeing you all there, and once again I thank each and every one of you for the overwhelming support we have received.

Please share, Tweet, and help us to spread the word with the hashtag #buildfair4all


What Has EMCOR Pulling Out Of The UK Got To Do With You?

It is sad to see yet more jobs about to be lost lost in the UK construction industry, but unfortunately their involvement on a local publicly funded project is part of a bigger picture about which you should be concerned! 

The story of one publicly funded project is a perfect case study of everything that is wrong with UK construction at the moment;

1. Publicly funded Employer that doesn’t care what happens in the supply chain
2. Contractor enjoying the fruits of a very lucrative and fair contract with the Employer
3. Massive slice of work let to multinational “Rat Pack” Sub-Contractor
4. Rat Pack Sub-Contractor sub lets everything on onerous terms
5. Local Sub-Contractors suffer at the hands of Rat Pack Sub-Contractor
6. Local Sub-Contractor’s business put at risk by underpayment
7. Legal remedies difficult because of onerous terms
8. Government’s Mystery Shopper service takes no action – quote it’s a “disputed invoice”
9. Public body Employer takes no action – “its nothing to do with us”

Nett result: Public Funds (your money) finds it’s way not into the local economy, but onto the balance sheet of a big (in this case American) corporation. A corporation that has put nothing back, has now had enough and is shutting up shop, having taken our money!

If there was ever a time for the whole industry to wake up and come together as one then this is it.

I want to hear from all sides of the industry and the government, because EMCOR’s decision to pull out should send a massive shock wave around the industry. The industry is broken and it needs fixing!

This is an opportunity for all fair minded players in the industry to come together and genuinely set positive change in motion. Change that will benefit the whole industry, not just you and your organisation.

We need to take action before it’s too late! If yo are old enough you will remember when we had a mining industry, a car industry, a shipbuilding industry, do you want construction to go the same way?

If you want to help please get in touch at barry@streetwisesubbie.com or post your thoughts below.

If you are a Specialist Contractor and want to protect your business into 2013 and beyond, and want to grow your business despite the Recession then please do not miss…

‘Specialist Contracting in the UK is Broken! – What Can We Do To Fix It?’

An Exclusive Half Day Conference and a MUST for all Specialist Contractors .


If you have already reserved your place, (and lots of you have because we are 73% full already!) then you are in for a real treat.

But if you haven’t booked you need to know about this special event now before it’s too late.


This is an essential event for you so if you haven’t already done so please reserve your place now. It’s only £25.00 per delegate!

Full details are here; http://www.streetwisesubbie.com/conference .

I strongly suggest you confirm your place now, because if you miss it you will regret it.

All you need to do is send an email setting out how many places you want to info@streetwisesubbie.com

Even if you can’t make it personally please consider sending a colleague, if you can’t come at all please support it by spreading the word and forward this email to every Specialist Contractor you know.

If you are a Contractor, a Client, Consultant, Supplier etc etc, and want to be part of the solution, please get in touch and let’s make a difference together.

Thanks and best wishes