It’s Wise Up Wednesday: National Stress Awareness Day

It’s Wise Up Wednesday

National Stress Awareness Day

As you may have seen on breakfast TV or heard on the radio driving in to work, today is National Stress Awareness Day.

And we know that being a Specialist Contractor can be stressful, even on an average day, If it’s a day when you get a Payless Notice from the Main Contractor, or simply haven’t been paid when you should, then that stress level goes off the scale!

Not getting paid can be the catalyst for a troublesome time for everyone, unless it is dealt with correctly.

Putting it off

Avoiding taking action is extremely common in the run up to not getting paid – it can help you to temporarily avoid that difficult conversation or issuing a suspension notice, but at what cost?

According to a recent study 64% of people had put off a major decision because they felt it was ‘not the right time’. And therefore many of us could be holding onto worries and stress that is impacting our health and happiness while creating a hostile environment for all those involved.

Stressed to the limit

When something is playing on your mind, at any time, it can be highly stressful. But having the additional pressure of non-payment, can really push you to breaking point. Avoiding a difficult decision or discussion also uses up valuable emotional energy and the entire combination can result in mental, emotional and physical symptoms.

The ripple effect

Not only does this situation affect you, it impacts the people around you too. Those closest to you will notice your change in attitude or behaviour and atmospheres may become tense and awkward.

Talking to someone else can really help you rationalise your thoughts and saying them out loud can sometimes give you a completely different perspective on them. Make sure the person you confide in is someone you trust but who will also be honest with you. You don’t want them telling everyone about your concerns, particularly if you decide not to act upon them.

Think about you

This may sound like a selfish one, but your happiness is just as important as everyone else’s. If you’re not happy, then something needs to change. It is common for people to choose to put their business before their own needs, but ultimately, as an unhappy parent or partner you will make those closest to you unhappy too.

Small Steps

It is important to point out that making a decision doesn’t necessarily mean you need to commit to “going legal” or “getting contractual” as some people refer to taking action to get paid. It may just be to seek further advice or to investigate an alternative scenario.

Sometimes people place too much pressure on fast tracking to the worst possible scenario, when in reality, they just need to make small steps to help them progress to a place of clarity.

If you want to know more, one small step you can take is to come along to one of our seminars It is a practical no-nonsense approach to learning all the basic principles that can easily be understood and used to protect your business on a day to day basis.

I have been successfully presenting courses for Specialist Sub-Contractors for 22 years and together with our Consultants have recovered literally hundreds millions of pounds on behalf of Specialist Subcontractors using simple techniques that you can easily learn.

But hurry because the last event this year is next week…

“Protect Your Cash Flow”

“Understand Your Contract to Minimise Risk and Maximise Profit”


The dates and fast access venue is as follows;

14 November – Village Hotel Leeds North Close to A1 and M62

Here’s what your fellow Subcontractors said about our last event;

“Easily digestible information delivered in an interesting and easy to understand format”

“Very detailed and informative”

“Very informative and well delivered”

“We were struggling to get paid; not any longer!”


Session 1 – Contract Formation

Session 2 – Introduction to JCT Contracts and Construction Act

Session 3 – Time, Notices and Delay and Disruption

Session 4 – Instructions, Variations and Maximising Return

Session 5 – Getting Paid On Time and the Right Amount

Session 6 – Resolving Conflicts and Disputes

Session 7 – Putting It All Together


Our events are exclusively for Specialist Contractors so you are in the friendly company of other Specialist Contractors, and everything is designed to provide a broad appeal for all Specialist Contractors staff including;

Estimators, Contracts Managers; Project Managers; Commercial Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Credit Controllers and Directors


The Secrets To Getting Paid and Minimising Risk and Maximising Profit!

Specialist Contractors don’t get paid because they don’t understand the contract or don’t apply it when they should. We will reveal all you need to know to enable you to understand the fundamentals of those subcontracts, and how to get paid.


It could cost you your business if you don’t hear this!

The value of this whole days training is £350 + VAT, however, you can get your Early Bird booking  discount and enjoy the reduced rates as follows;

  • 10% discount when you book one place
  • 20 % discount when you book 2 or more places
  • And if you are a member and StreetwiseSubbie Buddy (or join us now), you are eligible for even more heavily discounted preferential rates.

All rates are subject to VAT

Booking couldn’t be simpler, just contact Jo or Tanya directly on 01773 712116 or email to confirm your places.

But hurry, don’t miss the last opportunity this year.

I hope you enjoyed my Wise Up Wednesday email and that it gave you some food for thought, and I sincerely hope to speak with you soon.

Best regards


P.S.Please don’t get stressed, but if you do please talk to someone. If you have a problem, or you’re not sure what to do, or just want a second opinion, please give us a call on 01773 712116, or email

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