#WiseUpWednesday: QS cash vampires

You may have seen this. It’s yet another grim headline from Construction Enquirer and a sad reflection of the widespread abuse of Subbies by Main Contractor’s QS’s.

It’s a sickening state of affairs which is getting worse by the day as cash strapped Main Contractors use every trick in the book to reduce and delay your payments.

When you’ve poured your heart and soul into getting the lads organised, persuaded the suppliers to get the gear to site when you needed it, and filled in the missing design details – so you could actually get the job done, what reward do you actually get?

In fact Roger, the sleek haired 30 something QS in his pin striped suit and crisp white shirt is probably going to say; “Who instructed you to do that? We aren’t paying you without an instruction, you’ve delayed us …

If that sounds all too familiar read on.

The people who say they are working towards a solution such as Build UK, are so far removed from the grim reality of life that they haven’t got a clue. Their position is that there is a Government 30 day prompt payment policy in place, so everything will be well…

Frankly it’s total BS!

The formation of Build UK has not solved the problem of payment disputes. How can it when its Main Contractor members beat up the Specialist Contractor members?

Main Contractors and Subbies are oil and water, they don’t mix. Bully boy members stealing from the weaker members…

What basis is that for an organisation that’s meant to be “Leading the Construction Industry”. Leading it to it’s death more like…

The payment problems in the construction industry and the fact that Main Contractors simply bully their Specialist Contractors into submission has prevailed for years, with nobody – certainly not the Government – showing any enthusiasm to change it.


Specialist Contractors continue to go bust as payments never materialise, and it’s ironic how the problems on projects never arise until the work is completed and the final account is submitted…

So What’s The Answer?

  • Firstly, StreetwiseSubbie works exclusively with you the Specialist Contractors in order to, resolve your immediate payment problems and recover monies owed to you.
  • Secondly, we give you the tools and skills you need to ensure that you do everything you can to avoid problems in the future
  • Thirdly, if things go wrong, we stop you being be bullied into simply doing what the Main Contractor says without getting paid for it.
  • And last but not least we provide a whole range of dedicated business support services specifically tailored to your needs as a Specialist Contractor.

So, if you need help with any of your business problems why not check out how we can help you with our low cost high value service at: Buddy Details.

Alternatively you can call us on 01773 712116, or email info@streetwisesubbie.com

Act Quickly

If your account comes under attack from a “QS Cash Vampire” the best advice is to act quickly and to take appropriate advice. Our Professional Consultants have decades of experience in contractual and commercial matters and will give you no-nonsense, practical advice that won’t blind you with legal jargon.

Here’s that link again: Buddy Details

So, if you need any help with any of your business issues, including fighting back against the “QS Cash Vampires”, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@streetwisesubbie.com, or pick up the phone and give us a call on 01773 712116.

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