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Follow-up survey of Welsh local authorities’ procurement practices

This short report is based upon a survey of local authorities in Wales that was carried out in the first quarter of 2016. The local authorities which responded are listed at Annex 1. The survey was conducted using the Freedom of Information Act (the questions are listed at Annex 2). Download this document as PDF

23 August 2016|Surveys - Wales|

Follow-up report on procurement practices in English local authorities

In September 2014 the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group published a report titled: Payment Practices and Pre-Qualification in Public Sector Construction. This was based upon a survey of public bodies (local authorities, health trusts, police and fire services) using the Freedom of Information Act. Download this document as PDF

23 August 2016|Surveys - UK|

Leading Construction Body Calls on PM to Activate Productivity Action Plan

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has written to the Prime Minister seeking confirmation that construction is within the remit of the new Economic and Industrial Strategy Cabinet Committee. SEC Group – which represents the construction industry’s engineering sector – has also asked the Prime Minister to consider targeted and measureable action plans to raise ...

15 August 2016|Press Statements|

Read Your Payment Terms First

Barrister, Professor Rudi Klein, advises on the importance of being clear on your payment terms Go to your payment terms first When initially presented with contractual documentation, always check the payment terms first.  If they are not satisfactory, any issues should be resolved at the outset.  It is not unusual for discrepancies to arise where ...

11 July 2016|Articles|

Mandating the use of NEC subcontracts

Occasionally in these editorials I have expressed surprise that there is a general lack of insistence by clients on the use of NEC subcontracts. I do not understand how the collaborative and pro-active management mechanisms in NEC can operate effectively unless they also apply to a supply chain that delivers – in value terms – ...

5 July 2016|Articles|

Spotlight on Local Authority Construction Procurement Practices

A recent survey has provided an invaluable insight into some aspects of construction procurement by almost 200 English councils.  The survey was carried out by the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group which represents the largest sector in UK construction (by value).  The key results are as follows: Significant progress has been made in standardising the ...

4 July 2016|Press Statements|

Bonfire Of The Charters

or the story of Reggie the Roofer Reggie has been in the roofing business for many years.  Much of his business comes from tier 1 contractors working in the public sector. Reggie has a good memory.  He recalls attending a launch of the “Fair Payment Charter” on 19 September 2007.  This charter was signed off ...

3 May 2016|Articles|

May Elections: NI Construction Body Publishes Its Manifesto

Saving the Northern Ireland taxpayer up to 20% on public sector construction costs through the use of an innovative procurement strategy and greater use of digital technologies. Making sure that only quality firms operate in Northern Ireland construction. Ensuring that there is cashflow security for small businesses and statutory measures are introduced to deal with ...

12 April 2016|Northern Ireland Press Releases|

May Elections: Welsh Construction Body Publishes Its Manifesto

Saving the Welsh taxpayer up to 20% on public sector construction costs through the use of an innovative procurement strategy and greater use of digital technologies. Making sure that only quality firms operate in Welsh construction. Ensuring that there is cashflow security for small businesses and statutory measures are introduced to deal with the much ...

12 April 2016|Wales Press Releases|

Support from Industry for Government’s New Construction Strategy

The publication today of the Government’s Construction Strategy 2016 -20 has attracted immediate support from the construction industry. The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group – representing the largest sector in the industry by value – has praised the government for sticking to the key tenets of the previous Strategy, launched by the Cabinet Office in ...

23 March 2016|Press Statements|