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Our Director’s meetings are normally lively affairs and yesterday’s was no exception.

One of the topics that Tanya quite rightly raised was about our ever growing range of dedicated services for you the Specialist Contractor.

Now, depending on how you you look at it, providing such a comprehensive range of services is both a blessing and a curse.

On the one hand it enables us to provide just about every back office support service you could possibly need, but on the other hand it gives us a bit of a headache communicating exactly what we do.

Improving The Lives Of Specialist Contractors

Our rationale, raison d’etre, objective, or whatever else you want to call it, is to improve the lives of Specialist Contractors. And we do that by bringing you cost effective resources to help make your life easier and your business more profitable.

By working with our Service Delivery Partners across the country, we bring you professional support in all of the following areas;

  • Contracts
  • Commercial
  • Applications and Payments
  • Legal matters
  • Retention Collection
  • Insurance
  • Credit Management
  • Lead Generation
  • Social Media
  • Printed Materials
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Sales and Marketing
  • PQQ and Bid Writing
  • Health and Safety
  • First Aid Training
  • ISO Certification
  • BIM Training
  • Procurement
  • Project Management Software
  • HR

So there we have it. Whatever you need all in one place.

And, because we only work with Specialist Contractors you can be sure that we know the kind of problems you face, and the solutions that work best. Saves a lot of time, and a lot of money.

So please feel free to give us a call on 01773 712116 or email us on info@streetwisesubbie.com.

I sincerely hope to speak with you soon.

Best regards

P.S. Please remember if you need any support please take action sooner rather than later. If you’re not sure what you need, or just want a second opinion, please give us a call on 01773 712116, or email info@streetwisesubbie.com



#WiseUpWednesday Retention “Discussed” In Parliament

This week’s Wise Up Wednesday Guide for Specialist Contractors is a bit unusual in as far as it has an extract from yesterday’s business in the House Of Commons which included a question about retention.

We are all aware of the scourge of retentions in the construction and engineering industry, and as usual it’s you the Specialist Contractor that suffers!

Here’s Exactly How It Went

So here without further ado is the “discussion” which took place yesterday, sourced from the official record produced by Hansard;

Stuart C. McDonald (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East) (SNP)

What is his policy on the non-release or late release of cash retentions in the construction industry. 

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Margot James)

Unjustified late and non-payment of a retention payment or any amount owed is unacceptable. These practices cause particular problems for small businesses in the construction sector, and the Government are committed to tackling them. We will shortly be publishing research into these issues, alongside a consultation document.

Stuart C. McDonald

The system of cash retentions has been wreaking havoc in the construction industry for decades. Can the Minister assure us that there will soon be radical action to overhaul the system, and can she explain why it has taken so long?

Margot James

There is, indeed, far too much abuse of the system of cash retention, and it has been going on for too long. The burden of administrative time spent securing payments and the drain on working capital weigh far too heavily on smaller firms in the supply chain, and I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we will be taking action.

Toby Perkins (Chesterfield) (Lab)

If the Government had only listened in 2015 to the amendments the Labour party tabled to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, we would already have a solution. We were told then that the Government were going to take action. We were told again a few months ago that they were taking action with their proposals about naming and shaming businesses that did not publish their late payments. We now have yet another consultation. Research from Crossflow Payments shows that 74% of small businesses do not believe that the Government’s recent changes will make any difference. Can we have a policy that actually enforces action on late payments, rather than the series of consultations that we have had?

Margot James

I agree that action is needed, but it is important that we take the right action. We have undertaken a consultation, the results of which will be published shortly. That will be followed by a consultation on the 2011 changes to the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, which will consider the merits of ring-fencing retentions and the extent to which contractors are making the payment of retentions conditional on the performance of obligations under other, completely separate contracts.

There You Have It

And so the questions and the “discussion” moved on to something else entirely.

No wonder it takes so long to get any kind of action, let alone effective action!

So, don’t hold your breath, because whilst they keep on “consulting” nothing useful will ever get done. And remember that last time the Construction Act was amended it took 13 years…

So What’s To Be Done?

The current “Payment Law” in the form of the Construction Act is a lot better than nothing, and it exists to protect you, but it can’t do that if you don’t apply it. It’s not difficult to get your head around it, so please don’t be put off by thinking it’s legal mumbo jumbo that only lawyers can understand.

The Act gives you a good start in the battle to get paid properly, albeit that it takes a bit of getting your head around. And as always we are on hand to help you understand the law, and to take action on your behalf to ensure you get paid.

And if you haven’t yet downloaded our complimentary guide on how to get paid you can do so here; How To Get Paid

I sincerely hope to speak with you soon.

Best regards



P.S. Please remember if you have a problem, take action sooner rather than later. If you’re not sure what to do or just want a second opinion, please give us a call on 01773 712116, or email info@streetwisesubbie.com (please do not click reply to this email).


Helping Secure A better Future for Specialist Contractors

#WiseUpWednesday Vote For Yourself & All Subcontractors

Unless you have been living on Mars for the last few months you will know that tomorrow is election day.

Once you’ve voted and played your part in deciding who is going to run your country for the next five years, I want to encourage you to do what all successful business owners do – work very hard to make the actions of the politicians as irrelevant as possible to their business lives.

Successful Specialist Subcontractors simply do not accept that others control their financial future – because they ensure that they are the masters of their financial destiny.

One of the reasons that politics evokes so much passion, is that many believe Politician A or B will be their saviour – or at least their financial saviour. It never happens – never, which is why this dependency on politicians is mixed with so much anger towards them.

The assumption is that the quality of our lives is their responsibility. “It’s their fault.”

Politicians aren’t bad people. They’re just un-qualified people doing the best they can. And they have an impossible job. The result is always going to be somewhat chaotic. And they haven’t got a clue about what it takes to run a business, never mind a Specialist Subcontracting business, so you ain’t getting any help there.

So, whatever happens tomorrow, leave them to it for the next five years, while we focus on shaping our own financial destiny.

And you can create your own destiny by mastering the art and science of being a successful, financially free Specialist Subcontractor. It’s a subtle combination of strategy, mindset, marketing, and contractual nouse.

An Opportunity To Vote For Yourself

So here’s your opportunity today, right here, right now, to take action and vote for yourself!

Because here is your opportunity to join Specialist Contractors from all over the UK who are already voting for themselves by being part of the StreetwiseSubbie Community.

Here are 10 great reasons why you should vote for yourself and come and join us;

1. We are the UK’s only business resource exclusively designed for Specialist Subcontractors regardless of size or specialisation.

2. Get ahead of the competition with the latest most up to date information on how to get paid on time.

3. Find out how a few simple steps can help you to secure all the work you will ever need at the best possible price.

4. See what the smart Specialist Contractors do to avoid the Main Contractors dirty tricks and onerous terms.

5. Network with other like-minded Specialist Contractors and hear how they overcome their problems.

6. Learn how to maximise your return from variations and how to actually get paid for them.

7. Hear from successful Specialist Contractors on how to stay motivated for success.

8. Discover what’s working and what’s not working in the battle to Win Work, Get Paid, and Make Money!

9. Secure the knowledge that will keep your business safe over the next 12 months.

10. Join the 1% of Specialist Contractors who are smart enough to take time out and immerse themselves in success!

Places are exclusively for Specialist Contractors regardless of size or specialisation.

We have Silver, Gold and Platinum Buddy packages available and some great introductory offers, so give us a call on 01773 712116 or email us at info@streetwisesubbie.com, and we will send you more details and a special free gift just for enquiring.

I hope you will vote for yourself, and I sincerely hope to speak with you soon. And as always, if you need any help with any of your business problems, please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.


Best regards

The Streetwise Team

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