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Constructionline grows at record rate

Constructionline, the government backed register of pre-qualified suppliers, saw more than 600 contractors signed up to its service during the first three months of 2009 - the highest number ever recorded in its 11-year history.

The figure represents a year-on-year increase of 65 per cent. The latest figures also show 70 new clients adopted the scheme as its preferred procurement tool including the University of Southampton, Luton Borough Council and New Forest Council.

Buyer usage – which records the number of tender lists created by construction clients – also increased 20 per cent.

Constructionline re-launched last month following a £1 million investment and claims an increasing number of small and medium sized contractors are looking to shield themselves from the continued downturn in privately funded work by using the service to help secure more stable Government-funded projects.

Constructionline sales and marketing director Paul Prince said: “With demand for privately-funded construction continuing to decline, SMEs have found it harder to win work in their traditional markets.

“Contractors – particularly SMEs who make up over 50 per cent of our database - are continuing to shift their focus towards the public sector to better insulate their order books.”