By looking at how buyers have used Constructionline in 2016 so far, we know there is a strong appetite for skilled subcontractors to join growing supply chains:
Our service is designed to make it as easy as possible for buyers to get a sense of your offering when looking to procure services, so if you are a supplier, the key is to ensure you are using Constructionline comprehensively.
We’ve compiled five handy tips below to help you make the most of your membership.
Constructionline works best when your profile is up-to-date. In a sense, the service works like social media, which means the more detail you include, the more visible you’ll be. The level of information you share will determine how appealing you will be to buyers when they download your profile, so take time to refine your information and refresh it regularly.
Advertising that your business is a member of Constructionline tells potential buyers you’ve been assessed to government and industry standards. You can download our logo to add to your headed paper, website and brochures, email signature and other marketing collateral.
Networking is a vital way for SMEs to build relationships with prospective clients. We have a busy calendar of regional Meet the Buyer and Supplier Engagement Events, which are attended by major contractors, industry-leading housebuilders and public sector bodies throughout the year. Be sure to keep an eye out for the opportunities available in your region.
Use the service to see which clients have upcoming projects and seek supply chain partners. Find out how their procurement process works, what quality assurance standards they require, and where they advertise contracts. This can go a long way in understanding where there are new and long-term opportunities to win work.
Public sector buyers are obliged to advertise their contracts publicly and large contracts must be advertised on The Official Journal for the EU (OJEU) to create a level playing field for all suppliers. Our Opportunities Notice Board is continuously updated with the latest work on the market, so set reminders and alerts to check it regularly.
You can find out more about the Constructionline service here.