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SEC Group says 2018 should focus on the “3 Ps”

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group – representing the largest sector in the UK construction industry (by value) – is calling on the Government and industry to focus in 2018 on the following: PROCUREMENT PAYMENT PROFESSIONALISM SEC Group’s CEO, Professor Rudi Klein, explained that the industry’s only route to long-term improvements in growth and productivity [...]

2018-01-09T12:56:12+00:00 9 January 2018|Articles, Newsletters|

Construction industry applause for Welsh Government’s announcement on Project Bank Accounts

The announcement by Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Mark Drakeford AM, that as from 1 January 2018, project bank accounts (PBAs) will be used on building projects over £2 million (procured by Welsh Government bodies) has received praise from the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group Wales/Cymru. SEC Group Wales represents the largest sector (by value) in [...]

2017-12-07T11:49:58+00:00 7 December 2017|Articles, Newsletters, Press Statements, Wales Press Releases|

Scottish Public Sector & compliance with Procurement Act (Report Sept 2017)

The Specialist Engineering Contractors' (SEC) Group prepared this short report based on a survey of Scottish contracting authorities (other than local authorities) using the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The survey was directed at establishing the extent of compliance with section 15 (5)(d) of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2017.  This provision requires contracting authorities [...]

2017-09-05T11:31:49+00:00 25 August 2017|Articles, Newsletters, Surveys - Scotland|

Help us gather evidence of late payment in Scotland

The Specialist Engineering Contractors' Group (SECG) Scotland recently met with Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, to discuss the issue of payment abuse. Following the meeting, the Minister expressed interest in payment security legislation for construction (possibly involving 30 day payments and protection for retention monies) and is keen to obtain examples of payment abuse. [...]