The first ‘Meet the Contractor’ event hosted by Crossrail and the National Specialist Contractors’ Council (NSCC) has been branded success.
The event, held last month, gave over 200 Specialist Contractors the opportunity to hear first-hand about the latest contract opportunities on Crossrail and meet directly with the project’s tier one contractors.
More than 150 ‘one to one’ appointments between Crossrail tier one contractors and Specialist Contractors took place throughout the day and Dave Bywater, Managing Director of TASS Ltd, highlighted the opportunity it provided to win work:
“This is the most useful event I have attended for a long time. Direct contact with contractors, particularly on such a high profile project like Crossrail, is invaluable and we have already received an order as a result of the event which shows just how effective it was.”
In his keynote speech, Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme reinforced Crossrail’s commitment to fair payment, including 30-day payment periods, no retention and Project Bank Accounts, as part of its engagement with the supply chain to unlock innovation and potential.
NSCC is committed to improving payment practices within the construction industry and the Fair Payment Campaign provides a range of guidance and tools designed to help Specialist Contractors get paid on time.
The event also included an exhibition of Crossrail tier one contractors, including BBMV, BFK, CSJV, DSJV, HMJV, Morgan Sindall and Vinci, as well as NSCC, Crossrail and CompeteFor, the online service that enables businesses to compete for contract opportunities linked to the Crossrail project.
Suzannah Nichol MBE, chief executive of NSCC, who chaired the event, said: “The huge success of the ‘Meet the Contractor’ event demonstrates what can be achieved when the supply chain works together in a smarter, more efficient way.”
“In the current market, winning more work is at the top of every Specialist Contractor’s list and this event enabled them to showcase their business direct to potential clients in a way that they do not normally get the opportunity to do.”