Wise Up Wednesday: Let’s Get Through This Together!
It’s Wise Up Wednesday and we just want to make sure you know that it’s business as usual at StreetwiseSubbie, and we want to ensure we all get through this together.
Whatever we all think about the coronavirus pandemic and whether we are or aren’t doing all the right things, quick enough, too soon, too late etc., we would like to help all Specialist Contractors, Trade Contractors and Subcontractors get through this together.
Boris Says Back To Work – But Please Don’t Carry On Regardless!
Personally my stance has always been that if it is Covid 19 safe to carry on, then work should carry on. But, as I have said before, that is where the problem lies, because it is very difficult to make all sites safe to work on and indeed many construction activities cannot be done without breaching social distancing rules.
Then there’s the problem of being able to get to site safely and a massive difference between one joiner travelling to site alone in his van and going into an empty house to second fix skirting etc. and that same joiner going to site on the tube in London to work on a site with 800 other trades where any number of obstacles prevent proper social distancing, or other forms of transmission.
And there are always those that will ignore, exploit, coerce, connive simply for financial gain, and some that are just acting in a downright despicable manner.
Get Through This Together
Things are never going to be the same again. And as far as construction goes, some things should never be same again!
In order to get through this, we need to work to change the way that risk is driven down through the supply chain, and the way that cashflow is strangled by the Main Contractors.
But none of this will change unless Specialist Contractors, Trade Contractors and Subcontractors cooperate and collaborate as never before.
First And Foremost We Need To Get Through This
As you might expect we are seeing coronavirus problems manifesting themselves in dozens of different ways, but one thing is common to almost all of the situations. The Employer, the Contractor, the Consultants, all want to dump the problem onto the Subcontractors!
If that’s isn’t your experience, then that’s great, but if you are getting dumped on, what can you do about it?
Get Through This Together – Take Action To Protect Your Business
Please take the contractual side of things very seriously indeed and please do not think that this is going to be simple and straightforward, or that common sense and fair play will prevail…
Collect The Money That Is Rightfully Yours!
No doubt one of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic is that your cash flow will be taking a bit of a battering! So now is a great time to focus on making sure you get your retention money back. And what better way than to get it collected professionally on a No Win No Fee basis?
Our professional Consultants understand how retention should work and the applicable law and we know all the dirty tricks that the Contractors use to hang on to your money, and most importantly how to get it back for you!
So, why delay? Call our Retention Hotline on 01773 712116 for details. Take the stress and hassle out of the process and use our expert team. Our specialist retention collections team take the hassle out of collecting retention owed to you and we will provide you with a proposal for a no collection no fee commission on retention cases where appropriate.
(Unfortunately we cannot offer a cost effective service for individual tradesmen where less than £5,000 is outstanding)
Get Paid On Time Challenge Spurious Set Offs
If you have a £10,000 plus payment problem you are entitled to free down to earth advice that will help you to solve your problem fast!
Our Nationwide Team have vast experience in resolving construction related payment problems and are available to help you get paid as quickly as possible.
Included in our team are Quantity Surveyors, Construction Contracts Consultants and Specialist Construction Solicitors, so we have the capability to resolve your problem fast, whether it’s £10,000 or £100’s of thousands!
So, if the Contractor is not paying you, or not valuing your application or variations properly or is making a set off or contra charge against you, or payment is delayed, and you want to know if you can suspend the works, walk off site, adjudicate or arbitrate then call our friendly Helpline and speak to one of our experts on 01773 712116 today.
Negotiate With Your Suppliers and Subcontractors
Obviously this has to be done very carefully and diplomatically, but you should talk to everyone you owe money to whether that be your subcontractors or suppliers.
You should try and limit the flow of money out of your business in just the same way as you are trying to maximise the flow into the business. It isn’t going to be easy and every situation is unique so don’t think there is one simple way you can do this.
If you are fair and reasonable and honest, then you should be able to reach appropriate agreements.
Call Our Helpline Sooner Rather Than Later & Let’s Get Through this Together
Our friendly team are on hand to ensure that you get the help and support you need. Call us on 01773 712116 or email StreetwiseSubbie here.
Please take on board what we saying, this is not some scaremongering BS, because I see first hand what happens to naive Subcontractors.
Let’s get through this together. Take action now to protect your business, your team, and your family.