“Making It Happen” The Core Theme at 2015 ‘Win Work – Get Paid – Make Money’ Construction Conference

2015 conferenceAlthough the construction industry has enjoyed a growth spurt, recovery in many areas is still fragile, and it’s still a dangerous place for the unwary! That’s why our 3rd annual construction conference focused on how Specialist Contractors can tap into growth, whilst at the same time ensuring your commercial and contractual interests are protected.

Hence its focus on three key areas; winning work, getting paid and making money!

The conference has grown in popularity each year and is now the biggest exclusively Specialist Contractor Conference in the UK which is open to all Specialist Contractors. The Conference is not limited to one single trade, and it attracted delegates from all parts of the UK.

Keynote speaker and ex-Tropicana MD Gordon Bromley gave an energetic and inspiring talk on “making it happen”. He talked delegates through a simple but highly effective 2 page business plan for achieving growth and profitability in just 12 months; he also focused on the use of “Must Win Battles” to drive growth and performance; all invaluable advice for Specialist Contractors of all sizes and specialisms.

Gordon Bromley

Bromley also got our delegates thinking about what their business is really about, getting us all to think about the purpose and value that we offer on both a logical and emotional level to our customers.

He also talked about the importance of keeping your staff happy and aligned with your company’s goals. Staff morale is often low on the list of a business owner, not because we don’t care, but because we are too busy focusing on the customer! Gordon reminded us how happy employees do everything better and how this can impact your overall success.

The key theme of Gordon’s talk was making it happen, ‘it’ being whatever you see as the future for your business. One particular quote that resonated with us all on the day was “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got!” In other words, get off your backside and make growth happen in your business by making changes!

In total 10 speakers delivered relevant and inspiring presentations about how to “Win Work, Get Paid and Make Money”.

Mike Dickenson

Talks from Tony Rand, Geoff Noake, Kirsten Howells and Rachel Dines on PR and marketing helped delegates to see how they can separate themselves from the competition and charge more for their services.

There was plenty of emphasis on the contractual side of things too, with speakers Richard Brackenbury, Mike Grant, David Galavan and Barry Ashmore all covering a whole range of issues and how the right support can save you money, rather than costing  you money, and why it’s vitally important for you to check the T’s and C’s! David Galavan gave an informative talk on making money through intelligent tendering and Barry Ashmore revealed the dirty tricks main contractors use to stop you getting paid and making money.

The conference was a huge success and our biggest yet, with over 120 delegates from across the UK gathering at The Belfry Hotel in Nottingham for a third year running to learn how they could improve their business and network with fellow Specialist Contractors.


The positive atmosphere that resonated throughout the day showed that YOU, the Specialist Contractors in the industry are ready to start winning work, getting paid and making money. Subbies are the foundation of the UK construction industry, so let’s make that foundation stronger by working together towards growth and improvement!

Missed out this year? We will be offering access to all the presentations online very soon, keep checking our social media for updates!

Want to make sure you join us again next year? We are taking early bird bookings now! Email info@streetwisesubbie.com to find out more and secure your place at what is sure to be another sell-out event.

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