It’s Wise Up Wednesday: Payment Alarm Bells!

It’s Wise Up Wednesday

Payment Alarm Bells!

Small and medium sized building firms have sounded the alarm that banks are again withholding funding on projects.

The latest survey of over 300 members of the Federation of Master Builders shows that banks are becoming more cautious about lending to Contractors, and it follows recent data from the Bank of England that lending to construction since the collapse of Carillion has fallen for six consecutive months.

One major contractor is quoted as saying that it is struggling to extend credit for its early payment mechanism for subcontractors seeking to be paid on better terms, despite rising demand from the supply chain.

Brian Berry, FMB chief executive, said:

“Anecdotally, we are hearing worrying reports of banks withholding previously agreed funding for projects which is delaying start dates and dampening growth. This may or may not be related to Brexit-nerves.”

If Contractors are short of cash you can rest assured that it will mean that they will squeeze their payments to you their Subcontractors!

You need to be ready to protect your business from the nightmare of non-payment and reduced payment.

We already know that many Contractors will try every trick in the book not to pay, or to pay late, or to knock your payment.

You need to be ready to defend your cash flow.

Are You At Risk? – Protect Your Business Now!

If you want to know more, our courses provide 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 our Consultants have practised what we preach, because in that time our experts including me, have recovered literally millions of pounds on behalf of Specialist Subcontractors using simple techniques that you can easily learn.

“Protect Your Cash Flow”

“Understand Your Contract to Minimise Risk and Maximise Profit”


The dates and fast access venues are as follows;

30 October – Village Hotel Liverpool Close to M62 and M57

13 November – Village Hotel Newcastle Close to A1 and A19

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

Don’t see a date/location that suits? Contact us for future dates.

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 our last round of seminars sold out very quickly.

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.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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