Main contractors vow to cut paperwork for suppliers

Catering equipment distributors signed up as suppliers on the government’s Constructionline database could see a reduction in the paperwork they face when dealing with some of the UK’s largest main contractors.

Nine major construction firms yesterday confirmed they would adopt the pre-qualification register’s health and safety and PQQ standards to ease the burden on their suppliers.

The companies which have put their name to the agreement are Vinci, Kier, Bouygues UK, Lend Lease, Seddon, Longcross Construction, Lakehouse, Bullock and McLaughlin & Harvey.

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Their commitment to the register will eliminate the need for subcontractors across the country, including those from the catering equipment sector, to duplicate PQQs and Stage One health & safety assessments.

Constructionline said the average PQQ & Health & Safety Assessment costs a subcontractor £650 to complete.

Overall, the nine firms and their supply-chains are expected to save more than £25m a year.

Rebecca Sperti, director at Constructionline, called the agreement a “huge milestone” for the organisation, SSIP and PAS91, and said it marked a major step forward in the industry’s bid to reduce duplication and simplify procurement for second tier suppliers.

“Having long been the established PQQ service for local and central government, our mission has been to broaden our reach into the private sector through tier one contractors,” she said.

“With some of the industry’s biggest names making this commitment then we have made great progress and we want to continue to engage with many more. The group have shown real leadership to make significant changes to their own practices to align their systems with the three standards, which will deliver massive benefits to thousands of smaller contractors.”

Constructionline is the UK’s largest online database for pre-qualified contractors and consultants.

With more than 8,000 buyers using the register, it aims to help suppliers to the construction industry avoid having to repeatedly fill in standard pre-qualification forms for every construction tender.

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