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Main contractor benefit Q&A

Q: DO YOU MANAGE AN UP-TO-DATE SUPPLY CHAIN?

The supply chain management process is not only time-consuming and laborious, it’s costly too. We estimate it costs you £300 to collect, assess and monitor each subcontractor’s pre-qualification information. So, for an average supply chain of 2,000, costs can be as high as £600,000.

We understand the frustrations that come with having to collect, assess and monitor each and every member of your supply chain’s pre-qualification information. A big part of your team’s working day can be spent managing contractors’ records and chasing for updated information.

The Constructionline solution:

Constructionline offers you access to verified data on the vendors that matter to you, at your finger-tips, saving you time and money and reducing risk in your supply chain. All Constructionline registered supplier data is verified and updated daily, including financial information, insurance, experience and health and safety credentials. And, we’ll chase each and every supplier for updated records when necessary.

Q: HOW DO YOU VERIFY THE SUPPLIER DATA YOU RECEIVE?

When recruiting contractors for your supply chain, the accuracy and validity of supplier data is essential in the reduction of risk, further down the project timeline.

Verifying the accuracy of the data provided by suppliers is time consuming and costly and often the data is taken on face value.

The Constructionline solution:

We verify the information provided to us by suppliers using industry recognised 3rd party organisations. We check SSIP certificates with their central portal, to ensure they are genuine and still valid. We use Experian to monitor the financial status of a supplier on a daily basis and we check Companies House to ensure your supply chain are registered and their Directors are not disqualified.

Q: DO YOU RECEIVE DAILY ALERTS ON SUPPLIER’S INFORMATION?

Supply chain risk management is essential to construction buyers, concerned with the validity and accuracy of their subcontractors’ pre-qualification information. In order to reduce risk in their supply chain, buyers must monitor vendor data on a regular basis to ensure all information is up-to-date and meets the required industry standards - an incredibly time-consuming process.

The Constructionline solution:

Constructionline assess all subcontractors' pre-qualification information to government and industry standards. And as a part of our commitment to help manage your subcontractors’ information, we carry out daily checks supplemented by financial monitoring from Experian. And, we’ll alert you should anything be of concern, so you can relax, safe in the knowledge that we’re helping to minimise risk.

Q: HAVE YOU OPTIMISED YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT PROCESS?

With the average supply chain comprised over 2,000 suppliers, sifting through all the information to find the correct record can be an onerous task. Furthermore, searching your supply chain to create a short list of suppliers that meet a certain contract requirement can be equally tedious.

The Constructionline solution:

With the Constructionline supply chain management solution you’ll have easy access to all the vendor information held on our database. For instance, using our intuitive search function, you can create a short list of companies that meet your criteria from within your own supply chain or our wider database, you can download a copy of one insurance certificate, a full set of PQQ information on a single subcontractor, or a report against your entire supply chain.

Q: HAVE YOU ADOPTED PAS 91 TO ASSESS SUB-CONTRACTORS?

It’s no secret that the pre-qualification process, although necessary, is widely regarded as a burden for both the buyer and the supplier. You will have your own questionnaire and process for both new contractors wishing to work with you and existing supply chain members. In fact each buying organisation in the UK will be asking the same questions and requesting the same supporting information in a slightly different format.

The Constructionline solution:

Developed as an industry solution by the British Standards Institute (BSI) to alleviate the administration burden, PAS 91 provides a standardised set of stage one assessment questions to be issued to suppliers when they wish to enter your supply chain. Suppliers are required to simply copy and paste their standard answers for all buyers who have adopted PAS 91.

The PAS 91 question set has been mandated for use in central government procurement, and has been recommended by government as a common minimum standard across all other sectors.

As the foundation of our supplier assessment, we have aligned our pre-qualification questionnaire to PAS 91:2013. So, by registering with Constructionline, you’ll automatically become PAS 91 compliant, safe in the knowledge that all registered suppliers have met the required standards.

More than 190 Constructionline registered buyers have now fully adopted PAS 91 into their procurement process.

Q: DO YOU ENGAGE WITH SME BUSINESSES?

With strong commitments to working in a sustainable way, more and more clients will ask their Main Contractor to source local or small contractors to work on their projects.

Typically, if a buyer wishes to connect with local SME businesses, they will place a public advertisement in the press or using an online portal, with the hope that the right suppliers will respond to this, either by expressing an interest or attending an event held by the buyer.

The Constructionline solution:

Our database is made up of over 30,000 pre-qualified contractors, consultants and material suppliers (of which, over half are SMEs). You can use this database to find suppliers relevant to your contract opportunities. The Constructionline service helps you to connect with the SMEs that make up our database, and filter the list based on your supplier profile requirements (e.g. by location, company size and trade).

As a part of our commitment to champion the cause of local/SME suppliers, Constructionline offers a number of services to facilitate the communication link between buyers and suppliers:

  • We host bespoke Supplier Engagement events on your behalf to help you secure a local supply chain for a particular project.
  • We’ll assist you in hosting a webinar if you’re looking to engage with suppliers in an area where you don’t have an established supply chain.
  • We hold an annual programme of regional Meet the Buyer events, where you can meet face-to-face with suppliers to talk business.
  • Our Opportunities Notices Board gives you the opportunity to advertise your upcoming contract opportunities to registered suppliers on our database.
  • The Constructionline database allows you to filter search results by supplier location and company size - an easy way to identify the local SME suppliers that exist within your supply chain.

Q: ARE YOU MAXIMISING SCORES ON YOUR TENDER SUBMISSIONS?

When tendering for client’s projects, it has become more and more important for buyers demonstrate a commitment to providing opportunities for local/SME businesses as part of their submission proposal.

The Constructionline solution:

Using Constructionline’s reporting functionality, you can extract data, such as the proportion of micro, small and medium businesses that make up your supply chain, to demonstrate SME engagement to clients - important, when tendering for their project opportunities.

Exhibit good practice for your tender submissions - We’ll put together a case study, demonstrating your use of Constructionline to achieve sustainable procurement.

Q: HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE LOCALISM WITHIN YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN?

Both the private and public sectors have placed a large emphasis on procuring local SME suppliers as a part of their project requirements. More and more buyers are committed to investing in local communities and recognise that it is vital that SMEs are successful in winning construction contracts as they typically spend money with local suppliers.

The Constructionline solution:

Constructionline will assist your localism agenda by helping you to engage with SMEs based locally to your projects. As a part of our commitment facilitate the communication link between buyers and suppliers, Constructionline offers a number of services for you, the buyer, to engage:

  • We host bespoke Supplier Engagement events on your behalf to help you secure a local supply chain for a particular project.
  • We’ll assist you in hosting an webinar if you’re looking to engage with suppliers in an area where you don’t have an established supply chain.
  • We hold an annual programme of regional Meet the Buyer events, where you can meet face-to-face with suppliers to talk business.
  • Our Opportunities Notices Board gives you the opportunity to advertise your upcoming contract opportunities to registered suppliers on our database.
  • The Constructionline database allows you to filter search results by supplier location and company size - an easy way to identify the local SME suppliers that exist within your supply chain.

We’ll even help you demonstrate best practice for your tender submissions by putting together a case study, highlighting your use of Constructionline to achieve your localism agenda.