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Last updateTue, 21 May 2019 11am

Headlines that prove it's been a very bad year for Specialist Contractors

In recent months, the events at Carillion and those described in a crop of bad headlines have shocked the UK construction industry and caused untold hardship for thousands of Specialist Contractors!

  • “System makes it too easy to shaft subcontractors”
  • “Failed Cover Structure owes £9m to trade creditors”
  • “Subbies left out of pocket as North West contractor goes under”
  • “Angry subcontractors left with unpaid bills as £37m turnover contractor goes under”
  • “Suppliers owed millions as Heritage Building & Conservation in administration”
  • “Vaughan Engineering dragged down by Carillion costs supply chain £9m”
  • “Flooring specialist Polydeck Group in administration”
  • “Carillion’s board savaged for recklessness, hubris and greed”
  • “Failed Lagan Construction Group owed firms over £21m”

Which is why, during July, Limited is holding a series of events in and around London designed to help Specialist Subcontractors in the construction and engineering industries put into practice practical strategies that StreetwiseSubbie has been working with for the last 28 years. 

The day-long sessions include:

“Understand your Contract to minimise risk and maximise profit”

“Introduction to Contractual awareness and using JCT Subcontracts”

The dates and fast-access venues are:

03 July 2018 – Birchwood Park and Country Club, Dartford.
04 July 2018 - Brooklands Hotel, Weybridge.
17 July 2018 – The Jurys Inn, Watford.
18 July 2018  – Marriott Hotel, Waltham Abbey.

Here's what Subcontractors said about the last event;

“Easily digestible information delivered in an interesting and easy to understand format”

“Very detailed and informative”

“Very informative and well delivered”

“We were struggling to get paid; not any longer!”

StreetwiseSubbie’s managing director, Barry Ashmore, says: “These unique events are exclusively for Specialist Contractors and their staff and will appeal directly to estimators, contracts managers; project managers; commercial managers, quantity surveyors, credit controllers and company directors. The information they receive on the day is based on real issues affecting the construction industry today and provides down-to-earth strategies that can be put into practice immediately.” 

The value of this day-long event is £350 plus VAT. However, Early Bird booking discounts are available as follows:

  • 10% discount when you book one place 
  • 20% discount when you book two or more places

To book, please call 01773 712116 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information about StreetwiseSubbie, the services it provides to specialist contractors and details of membership, can be found at