Build Up strikes deal with local authorities
Published: 02 August, 2010
UK: Local construction industry workers are being given a golden opportunity to secure lucrative new contracts thanks to a deal struck by Build Up North Staffordshire.
The construction industry network, which boasts more than 600 members, is now giving members direct access to tenders with the area's five local authorities – who collectively place millions of pounds worth of contracts every year.
After 12 months of negotiating Build Up North Staffordshire has brought together all local authorities to make bidding for, and hopefully winning, work with them as easy as possible for local contractors.
Builders, plumbers, architects, electricians, landscape designers and many other businesses signed up to the network will now have a head-start in tendering for work with Stoke-on-Trent City, Staffordshire County, Stafford Borough, Staffordshire Moorlands District and Newcastle Borough Councils.
Project manager Nigel Barrett explained: "Anyone working in the construction sector knows that tendering for local government contracts can be time-consuming. Often it is a barrier which stops smaller businesses from competing for this type of work – so we are breaking down the barriers and making it far, far easier.
"Build Up members will have a head-start in tendering as there will be no laborious form-filling. The local authorities have worked tirelessly with us to make this happen and we are grateful for their support."