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Wise Up Wednesday: Subcontractors Write Off £2.8 Billion A Year!

According to a new report by Bibby Financial Services, Subcontractors are writing-off a staggering £2.8 Billion in bad debts every year as non-payment continues to blight construction.   It’s not surprising therefore …

Wise Up Wednesday: Applying The Payment Law

This week’s Wise Up Wednesday Guide for Specialist Contractors is about the all important topic of getting paid. The “Payment Law” in the form of the Construction Act exists to protect you, …

9 Headlines That Show It’s Been a very Bad Year For Specialist Contractors

“System makes it too easy to shaft subcontractors” “Failed Cover Structure owes £9m to trade creditors” “Subbies left out of pocket as North West contractor goes under” “Angry subcontractors left with unpaid …

Wise Up Wednesday: Bad Contractors or Clients Are Bad For Your Business!

Welcome to this week’s Wise Up Wednesday, the Specialist Contractor’s regular weekly burst of useful information, sometimes hard hitting, but always quick to read and designed to help rather than hinder your …

Download your Wise UP Wednesday May Compilation Here

Every Wednesday, Barry Ashmore, managing director of,  sends out his Wise up Wednesday e-mail to all our e-mail subscribers. Full of important information to help specialist contractors to keep on top …

Wise Up Wednesday: Subbies Owed £9.2m Won’t Receive A Penny!

The collapse of M&E specialist Vaughan Engineering Ltd has left subcontractors and suppliers holding unpaid bills totaling more than £9m. The firm called in administrators at its three UK offices in March …

It’s Wise Up Wednesday: And It’s Time your Voices Were Heard!

The failure of Carillion is still attracting the attention of the media, and that is the best opportunity in a very long time for Specialist Contractors to force change. But how can …

It’s Wise Up Wednesday: Recklessness, Hubris and Greed…

They sound like characters from one of Grimm’s Fairy Tales don’t they? Sadly, they are used to describe the way Carillion’s directors ran their business, as set out in a damning 100-page final …

Wise Up Wednesday: Don’t Be Scared Of The GDPR… (Part 2)

This week’s Wise Up Wednesday is Part Two. So if you didn’t see Part One drop us a line at and we will send it to you. As I said last …

Wise Up Wednesday: Don’t Be Scared Of The GDPR… (Part 1)

Usually, your Wise Up Wednesday e-mail concerns itself with contractual matters, but occasionally, I like to look at other topical matters going on in and around the Construction industry. Unless you’ve been …

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