Wise Up Wednesday – How Not To Fix Your Problems!

How Not To Fix Your Problems – First Things First.

A great many Specialist Contractors, Trade Contractors and Subcontractors are in business because they are good at fixing problems and getting practical stuff done.

From groundworks to foundations to superstructure and every conceivable trade and specialisation you are good at delivering the most complicated, the most challenging projects.

But, as soon as it comes to the commercial and contractual side of things, a great many of you will struggle, because it’s just not what you do or enjoy. We all have things we are not good at. Amongst the long list of things I am not good at are computers and techy stuff. It just leaves me cold.

And that’s fine, as long as you have someone you can trust to take care of it for you. We have Ash who takes care of all our IT, Will and Kev who take care of our web site, and Rhys who is a wizz at Adwords, so it’s not a problem.

If If I tried to take care of all of that, it would be a disaster and I would actually make things worse rather than better. And that’s the very important point that I would like you to take on board.

You Don’t Have To Go It Alone

I want you to avoid the mistakes that we see an awful lot of Specialist Contractors, Trade Contractors and Subcontractors making, because they think they should be able to take care of these things themselves.

Please don’t make that mistake. You are human, and just because you are the boss does not mean that you have to be good at everything. Especially stuff that is completely alien to you.

Just this week, we have been helping a Specialist Contractor to get his variation account settled because he was getting nowhere presenting the information in the wrong way using their own efforts, and as a result they were getting underpaid by £100,000!

Ouch! That’s a real big headache, and whilst your problem might not be that big why struggle alone?

At the other end of the spectrum we have collected an outstanding retention payment in just 1 day that our buddy had been struggling with for months. That’s right – the Contractor paid the very next day after getting our Consultant’s letter.

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Help Is At Hand – It’s What We Do!

This week’s Wise Up Wednesday has a simple message, and it’s one we are very proud to share.

“We fix your problems!”

From the free and subscription based resources on our web site, to providing Consultants to act on your behalf, we work exclusively with Specialist Contractors, Trade Contractors and Subcontractors to fix problems and provide solutions.

Our service is for all trades and specialisations and the individual turnover of our members ranges from £500k to £130million!

If our web based resources don’t fix your problem, our Consultants act on your behalf to help you resolve all manner of issues including;

  • Payment
  • Set off
  • Payless Notices
  • Extension of time
  • Liquidated damages
  • Adjudication
  • Retention collection
  • Claims for loss and expense
  • Variations
  • Technical issues
  • Legal issues
  • Insurance related problems
  • Health and Safety
  • BIM and ISO certification
  • Lead generation
  • Etc.,etc.

Our Consultants are professionally qualified experts in a whole range of different disciplines including adjudication, quantity surveying, law, planning, health and safety, ISO, BIM etc.

And depending on the type of membership you choose you will benefit from the first hour each month for free and discounted rates. Which makes our service ultra competitive.

We achieve fantastic results for our members!


So, there we have it. We are here to provide you with not only great free advice via our ‘Wise Up Wednesday’ emails and our web site, but we also provide practical hands-on help to apply the right strategies, principles and techniques at the appropriate time, to make your business even more successful.

I have been assisting Specialist Contractors just like you, to resolve payment and all sorts of other problems for the last 30 years. And, Streetwisesubbie.com has been providing services to our Buddies (members) for the last 12 years.

We are pretty confident that we can help you, so please feel free to call our friendly team and speak directly to an expert on 01773 712116. Initial advice is free, subject to you being a UK based Specialist Contractor, Trade Contractor or Subcontractor.

You can also contact us using the Contact Form on the website.

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