|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;
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I sincerely hope to speak with you soon.
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 email@example.com
Although the construction industry has enjoyed a growth spurt, recovery in many areas is still fragile, and it’s still a dangerous place for the unwary! That’s why our 3rd annual construction conference focused on how Specialist Contractors can tap into growth, whilst at the same time ensuring your commercial and contractual interests are protected.
Hence its focus on three key areas; winning work, getting paid and making money!
The conference has grown in popularity each year and is now the biggest exclusively Specialist Contractor Conference in the UK which is open to all Specialist Contractors. The Conference is not limited to one single trade, and it attracted delegates from all parts of the UK.
Keynote speaker and ex-Tropicana MD Gordon Bromley gave an energetic and inspiring talk on “making it happen”. He talked delegates through a simple but highly effective 2 page business plan for achieving growth and profitability in just 12 months; he also focused on the use of “Must Win Battles” to drive growth and performance; all invaluable advice for Specialist Contractors of all sizes and specialisms.
Bromley also got our delegates thinking about what their business is really about, getting us all to think about the purpose and value that we offer on both a logical and emotional level to our customers.
He also talked about the importance of keeping your staff happy and aligned with your company’s goals. Staff morale is often low on the list of a business owner, not because we don’t care, but because we are too busy focusing on the customer! Gordon reminded us how happy employees do everything better and how this can impact your overall success.
The key theme of Gordon’s talk was making it happen, ‘it’ being whatever you see as the future for your business. One particular quote that resonated with us all on the day was “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got!” In other words, get off your backside and make growth happen in your business by making changes!
In total 10 speakers delivered relevant and inspiring presentations about how to “Win Work, Get Paid and Make Money”.
Talks from Tony Rand, Geoff Noake, Kirsten Howells and Rachel Dines on PR and marketing helped delegates to see how they can separate themselves from the competition and charge more for their services.
There was plenty of emphasis on the contractual side of things too, with speakers Richard Brackenbury, Mike Grant, David Galavan and Barry Ashmore all covering a whole range of issues and how the right support can save you money, rather than costing you money, and why it’s vitally important for you to check the T’s and C’s! David Galavan gave an informative talk on making money through intelligent tendering and Barry Ashmore revealed the dirty tricks main contractors use to stop you getting paid and making money.
The conference was a huge success and our biggest yet, with over 120 delegates from across the UK gathering at The Belfry Hotel in Nottingham for a third year running to learn how they could improve their business and network with fellow Specialist Contractors.
The positive atmosphere that resonated throughout the day showed that YOU, the Specialist Contractors in the industry are ready to start winning work, getting paid and making money. Subbies are the foundation of the UK construction industry, so let’s make that foundation stronger by working together towards growth and improvement!
Missed out this year? We will be offering access to all the presentations online very soon, keep checking our social media for updates!
Want to make sure you join us again next year? We are taking early bird bookings now! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and secure your place at what is sure to be another sell-out event.
When StreetwiseSubbie director, Geoff Noake, reached his 60th birthday earlier this year, he wanted to do something special to celebrate it in the most memorable way possible. As a long-time cyclist and keen cycle racing fan, Geoff decided that a week-long cycling holiday in the Alps would be the perfect break and that he would attempt to ride up some of the most famous mountains of the Tour de France.
His 6 day ride took him from Cuneo in the Southern Alps, to the summit of Alpe d’Huez in the north and on the way he successfully cycled over 8 major alpine summits. These included the Col de I’zoard, the Col de la Bonette, which boasts the highest through road in Europe and that ‘Giant of the Alps’, the Col du Galibier. Geoff completed his ‘Tour’ with the Col de la Croix de Fer , followed by a 20 mile descent and an 8 mile ride to the summit of the most famous of them all, Alpe d’Huez.
Over the course of the week, Geoff cycled, on average, 45 miles a day – over 260 miles in total – with around 38,000 feet of climbing on roads averaging 6% and 7% gradients, but with long sections that ramped up to 9% and 10% to provide hard and sustained cycling for mile after mile. On Alpe d’Huez, the sun beat down and the road rose to 13% in places, just to add that extra bit of fun!
This was a ‘holiday’, not a charity ride, but Geoff’s youngest grandson, Max (2), has a rare skin condition called Congenital Melanocytic Naevus (CMN for short) which is basically large moles or birthmarks on the skin. These can cover up to 80% of a baby’s body, are highly volatile and often life threatening, so he opened a Just Giving page to raise what he could for “Caring Matters Now”. This is a small charity that supports children and families with CMN, so, if you think his efforts are worth a small donation, then you can find it at www.justgiving.com/Geoff-Noake. You can find out more about CMN at www.caringmattersnow.co.uk