How did the Government Construction Summit move us forwards?

Lord Deighton is always refreshing, and opened the summit by promising “it is not about new initiatives but getting stuff done”. Ironically he was followed onto stage by Michael Fallon to launch the Industrial Strategy for construction. OK, the strategy is more of a vision than an initiative, targeting 33-50% improvements by 2025 in costs … Continue reading “How did the Government Construction Summit move us forwards?”

Collaborative Procurement

The authors of this guidance document on Collaborative Procurement have identified the key forms of collaboration that are currently taking place within the industry, which are delivering real efficiencies and cashable savings. The guide seeks to create awareness of the options that exist for collaboration within the industry, irrespective of the market sector or organisation, … Continue reading “Collaborative Procurement”

OFT seem to think lowest price bidding is good competition?

Today saw OFT’s announcement of fines averaging 1.5% of turnover for around 100 companies caught in its two-year investigation of ‘bid rigging’. The coverage raised some interesting issues for me: 1. For once, the industry’s spokespeople did well. And much better than when the story first broke in April 2008. Specifically, I heard Stephen Ratcliffe, … Continue reading “OFT seem to think lowest price bidding is good competition?”

Reverting to type

Last week I went to the regular meeting of the Herts and Beds Constructing Excellence Club. A big turnout, over 50 people, and a very good presentation by Renewables East.  Paybacks are much lower than 10 years ago. But the conversation afterwards turned to the extent to which the recession will mean that such ‘nice-to-haves’ … Continue reading “Reverting to type”